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For decades, Good Housekeeping at been with you every step of the way, providing cleaning tips and product testing recommendations to help keep your home running smoothly and keep your family safe. And that’s why we are delighted to present our second annual award for the best cleaning product. To select these 28 top performing products, we considered all cleaning categories, then narrowed the field to things and most often cleaned our readers, and selected those that were the best in our dishwashing cleaning lab tests , remove stains, shine floors, and more. Some of these choices are proven favorites, others are new and innovative, but all of them are those that our experts cannot (and do not want to) live without.
Cleaning laboratory director
Director of the Good Housekeeping Institute
Cleaning laboratory test analyst
Platinum Powerwash Dish Spray
This new multi-year winner formula Dawn eliminates overnight soaking and endless washing of greasy pots and pans with burnt food. Spray the foam on an item or sink, then have your dinner. Before you can finish the dessert, the dung will be ready to be removed with just a light rinse or scrub.
WHY HE WON: A grimy grill, a charred pan and a splashed oven door were no match for this powerful spray in our tests. You can even use it on your sinks.
Magic wand for cooktop
Anti-scratch glass cleaning rod for hob
Keeping glass cooktops clean and streak-free is not as simple as it seems. Wait too long and the pieces burn. Use the wrong cleaner and you get streaks. With ScotchBrite’s cool tool, all that is needed for a showroom glow is water and a light rub.
WHY HE WON: This gentle scrubber easily removed difficult things without scratching them. We used it to clean a stove in our test kitchen and were super impressed.
Assiduous grout brush
Robust grout brush Smart Scrub
Drop the toothbrush and switch to a tool that attacks dirty grout from any angle. Casabella’s the diamond-shaped head and double rows of sturdy hairs mean less wrist twist and less pressure while you rub.
WHY HE WON: This tool makes it easy to clean vertically, horizontally and in hard to reach corners, and is comfortable to hold
800 series dishwasher with CrystalDry
Who wants to run the dishwasher and has to dry items by hand when done? Bosch’s the new models pass hot, humid air through a mineral chamber, then return dry heat to complete the job – all in just 30 minutes without compromising energy efficiency.
WHY HE WON: Even dishwashers that clean well often leave plastics wet, but with Bosch’s innovative drying approach, we literally threw in the towel. The storage containers, lids, utensils and beverage bottles that we placed inside came out perfectly dry and without the other models having left them.
24h cleaning spray
24 hour multipurpose cleaner and disinfectant
Bacteria can be reintroduced to a surface as soon as they are touched. New Microban 24 hour cleans, disinfects, disinfects and provides continuous surface protection, killing bacteria up to 24 hours.
WHY HE WON: We discovered that it is an excellent all-purpose cleaner that works quickly and on most surfaces, has lasting benefits and comes in versions for cleaning and disinfecting bathrooms.
Impeccable machine tabs
Dishwasher cleaning tablets
Yes, the appliance that cleans your dishes must also be cleaned. Drop in a Refresh monthly tablet to remove tartar and mineral buildup. Use it in an empty machine or with a regular load.
Protective bathtub drain hair catcher
The only real way to avoid tub reinforcements is to prevent the hair from going down the drain. TubShroom fits into the opening of the drain and catches the hair before the obstructions occur – without slowing the flow, so you won’t be ankle deep in a pool of water.
Soft fabric softener
Ultra-soft and gentle liquid conditioner / softener
Thanks to Downy’s dye and fragrance-free formula, even sensitive skin can have soft tissue. And it helps eliminate stretching and lint that can get to clothes during the wash cycle, so clothes are smoother and less irritating.
Super-Duper Stink Stopper
Odor removal packs
Waste management is certainly one of the disadvantages of cleaning the kitchen, but with Fresh wave Odor elimination packs don’t have to be smelly. Place one of these small mesh bags in the bottom of your trash can and the pearls of nix odor-smelling vegetable oils will smell for 30 days.
Trusty Pet Stain Zapper
Professional stain remover for animal stains and odors
Frequent damage from a puppy or cat can ruin not only your carpet, but also the padding and flooring below. This is why it is important to remove both the stain and the odor. Bissell’s the formula contains enzymes to attack odor causing bacteria so that your fur baby doesn’t pick up the smell and repeat the offense.
WHY HE WON: Not only does it work on pet crashes, but it also removes food and other stains, such as makeup, carpets, upholstery and mattresses.
Unmatched Upright Vacuum
Dynamic U1 Powerline Upright Vacuum
A good vacuum cleaner is your best friend for cleaning, and that honey is a caretaker. Use it on carpets, floors, upholstery, draperies, delicate surfaces and beyond. For allergy sufferers, it includes a HEPA AirClean filter and a high efficiency dust bag.
WHY HE WON: Miele exceeds our collection and filtration tests, so you will know that what goes into the vacuum cleaner will stay there.
Powerful paper towels
Select-A-Size paper towels
Our favorite starts again! Whether you clean up spills, mirrors shine, or remove a stain, Premium paper towels blow the others out of the water and are at home in any room of the house.
WHY HE WON: Bounty paper towels always exceed our resistance, absorption and performance tests on wet and dry ground. We swear by them at home and in our institute laboratories.
All-purpose cleaning cloth
Embossed woven fabric
These oversized microfiber cloths from Maker’s Clean are so large that they should be called towels. Use them to dry dishes, pets or showers, as well as to clean windows, pick up spills, etc.
WHY HE WON: With just a few drops of water, we easily shone mirrors, chrome and appliances. They are so large that there is always a dry place, and we liked not having to switch to a second towel for polishing.
Coolest cordless vacuum cleaner
Cordzero A9 Ultimate, Cordless stick vacuum
We have tested many of the latest “pole” vacuum cleaners in our GH Cleaning Lab, and LG CordZero tops the list. Use it with the telescopic wand for floors and high places or as a handheld computer for stairs, the sofa and the car. It comes with two batteries, three nozzles, a compact storage medium and more.
WHY HE WON This amazing machine is powerful, versatile, beautifully designed and easy to use and store.
Let it Mr. Clean to improve a great thing. That’s what the company did with Magic Eraser Sheets. Thinner and more flexible than blocks, they are made to clean tight spaces like around taps and in the rails of shower doors.
Silver Mess Free Wipes
Silver Wipes remover for wipes and varnishes
Go ahead, wear your silver jewelry and use Grandma’s sterling silver tray. Polishing silver has never been easier Weiman’s wipes. They are thick, efficient and neat. The snap-top cartridge prevents them from drying out quickly.
Sizzling Grill Steamer
Grilltastic Steam Cleaning barbecue brush
Charred grates are difficult to clean, and frankly, who wants to? His the steamers do well in our tests, and this one was no exception. It is easy to use and works quickly, and the head is dishwasher safe.
Rejuvenating cream for leather
Washed leather furniture is no longer intended for the trash with Furniture Clinic repairing balm. Select the best match from 21 colors and work it in the cleaned worn area to give the leather a new look.
Fast fabric refresher
Clothing odor eliminator
You know you do it – we all do it. We drape the items we have worn only once on the back of a chair in the hope of putting them back in place before washing them. Febreze’s a new spray can help put your clothes back in service. Lightly spray clothing and allow to dry to remove odors such as trapped sweat, smoke and cooking odors.
WHY HE WON: Use this great formula to remove at least one more wear from your clothes. The fine mist penetrates and dries quickly. In addition, it reduces laundry and can keep the house cleaner.
Anti-crease dryer sheets
WrinkleGuard Mega dryer sheets
Drying sheets are known to pull the plug on static electricity, but they generally don’t leave fabrics as soft as liquid fabric softeners. Bounce’s the new leaves are twice as thick as regular leaves, so they soften more and contain additional ingredients to help relax and align the fibers for less wrinkles and less ironing.
WHY HE WON: We washed 100% cotton sheets, pillowcases and dress shirts, and after tumbling with Bounce, all of them were soft and noticeably smoother.
King Size detergent pods
Power PODS laundry detergent liquid caps
Large washing machines today carry fairly large loads, and large loads mean more dirt even if you can’t see it. Tide Power Pods have more cleaning power than two regular packs to better fight stains and odors in large, heavily soiled loads.
WHY HE WON: The cotton and polyester samples we coated with coffee, wine, salad oil, lipstick, ink and more (and left in place for almost two days) came out as close to stains we’ve never seen, even in cold water!
Most elegant steamer
CHI irons are a favorite of the cleaning lab, and now this new slim steamer is too. Comfortable to hold and the size of a flat iron, it heats up quickly, is easy to fill and pumps five minutes of steam when you press the button.
WHY HE WON: We have achieved professional results even on the front tab of a cotton shirt. It works in all directions without sinking and has a travel case.
First-rate stain remover
Advanced Action Gel Stain Remover
This gel formula adheres to fabrics to quickly penetrate and remove stubborn and dried stains. And don’t worry if you can’t wash an item right away: Yell is safe to apply and leave on the fabric for up to a week. Phew!
WHY HE WON: If there’s one thing we know at the GH Cleaning Lab, it’s the stains. The powerful Shout formula works not only on fresh stains, but also on those that are tumble dried (oops!).
Revolutionary washing machine
Front loading washer UltraFresh
The dirty little secret of front-loading washers is out: they stink. Deposits that accumulate inside cause mold growth and odors that can be transmitted to clothing. GE devicesThe washer drains the drum with fresh air after the cycle to remove additional moisture, and the Microban components help prevent the growth of odor-causing bacteria.
WHY HE WON This is a breakthrough for front loaders. In GH testing, the UltraFresh Vent option worked like a charm, and it has other cool features like bulk dispensing and one-step washing and drying.
Powerful dish soap
When Seventh generation made this dish soap, he thought about performance and the planet. It is a grease resistant formula in a 100% post-consumer recycled plastic bottle (PCR), which includes the cap.
WHY HE WON: In our assessments, it washed more dishes than any other herbal dish soap we tested. We applaud that it is USDA Biobased certified, carries EPA Safer Choice certification and lists all ingredients on the label for greater transparency.
Botanicals Liquid Laundry Detergent
A good laundry detergent is hard to find, and Gain proves that doing good must not be done at the expense of good. Made with 65% plant-based ingredients, it is also free from dyes and brighteners.
WHY HE WON: In our test of 43 detergents, Gain Botanicals was the best, beating traditional brands on cotton and polyester fabrics in hot and cold water.
The vinegar cuts the fat and dissolves the lime, but it smells. Schmidt’s took the power to clean vinegar (20% stronger than regular white vinegar) and added essential oils and herbal cleansers for a pleasant and effective spray.
WHY HE WON: We erased the splashes, smears and stains with ease. Schmidt’s is a USDA certified bio-based product in a 100% PCR plastic bottle.
Robust terry cloth
Kitchen sponges are absorbent but become germs and do not last, and washable cloths can get wet. Ten and Co.’s cellulose-cotton terry cloths offer the best of both. They absorb spills, feel heavy in the hand, dry surfaces without leaving streaks and can be washed and reused.
WHY HE WON: Once you’ve tried them, you’ll never go back to the stinky sponges again. We used them to clean dishes and the kitchen and found them flexible and absorbent.
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