Entrepreneurs have pitched the sharks many products to help you clean your house.
These 10 cleaning products from “Shark Tank” will make your chores easier.
Shopping for your home is hard enough, but cleaning it is arguably more difficult. This chore is never discussed with much excitement, probably because most people don’t enjoy cleaning.
If you watch “Shark Tank,” however, there have been a number of product pitches that could convince you otherwise and motivate you to clean your room and belongings more often.
Some address the pain of washing your dishes and water bottles and will save your arms from intense scrubbing sessions. Others are safe, eco-friendly alternatives to traditional cleaning products. You’ll also see ways to include your pets and tech devices in the cleaning party.
Here are 10 products from “Shark Tank” that will help you keep your entire house clean.
So what makes this smiley scrubber so renowned? The foam adjusts to the temperature (firm in cold water, soft in warm water) so you can switch between tough scrubbing and light cleaning, and it won’t scratch even delicate surfaces like glass, ceramic, and leather. You can use them anywhere, not just for dishes.
Sponge (2-Pack) (button)
An eco-friendly cleaning system
Many folks are moving from away from disposable products and towards more reusable options. New startup Blueland is giving you both a cleaner home and a cleaner planet through a clever and cost-efficient system that involves dissolvable cleaning tablets and reusable bottles. During an appearance on “Shark Tank,” Blueland successfully convinced investors how and why its non-toxic cleaning tablets and sustainable packaging would change the way people clean — and after trying it ourselves, we’re converts, too.
In just 10 minutes, PhoneSoap kills 99.9% of the bacteria lurking on the device you bring with you everywhere. Its UV-C light technology breaks down this bacteria and reaches every inch of your phone, plus it includes a charger so you can clean and charge at the same time. We saw the newest model — PhoneSoap 3.0 — at CES this year and it even lets you charge two devices at the same time.
These durable, absorbent towels are an eco-friendly paper towel alternative made of organic bamboo. Each sheet looks and feels like a regular paper towel, but can be washed up to 100 times. Each roll of 30 Bambooee sheets is equivalent to 429 paper towel rolls.
While traditional splatter screens cover the pan and make it difficult to check on your food and resulting in condensation, the funnel-like Frywall surrounds the perimeter of the pan. The BPA-free silicone accessory still protects from oil splatters, while allowing you to continue cooking.
The world’s first self-cleaning dog potty, best for dogs under 25 pounds, takes care of a dirty and frequent chore. You can adjust the timer to automatically change a dirty pad one, two, or three times a day, or manually change it with a push of a button. The machine will wrap and seal the waste, keeping your home clean and odor-free.
Self-Cleaning Automatic Potty Pad Machine (button)
A thorough detail brush that doesn’t make a mess
From your car wheels to patio furniture to BBQ grills, the Brush Hero detail brush can clean all the hard-to-reach areas. With its steady torque and powerful scrub, it’s more reliable and less messy than screwing a brush onto a power drill. The set comes with one soft and one stiff brush head.
Sweeping is a pain, especially when you realize traditional broom and dustpans don’t even catch all the dirt and debris on the floor. This special broom has electrostatic bristles to collect all types of debris and uses a push-and-pull motion to scrape it into a foot-operated dustpan. You only need to use one hand to operate it, plus you never have to bend or stoop over.
One-Handed Broom with Dustpan (button)
Tablets to clean the inside of your water bottle
We’re big advocates of using reusable water bottles and thermoses, but they’re not always easy to clean. To clean out your bottle properly — that means all the gunk hiding in the nooks and crannies, not to mention odor buildup — fill it with warm water and drop in one Bottle Bright tablet. After 15-30 minutes, the tablet dissolves and wipes out stains, germs, and residue so your bottle is squeaky clean again.
For a “Better Life” free of warning labels and harmful chemicals, shop this natural cleaning brand. Its products are so safe that you can spray them in your mouth — which is exactly what the cofounder did during his pitch. They’re free from dyes, alcohol, synthetic fragrances, sulfates, and petroleum-based cleaning agents.
Let’s face it: cleaning the bathroom is never going to be the highlight of your day. But bathrooms are exposed to plenty of germs on a daily basis, and they aren’t going to clean themselves.
With a regular cleaning schedule and the right products, however, you can get your bathroom clean quickly and easily so you can move on to activities that are more enjoyable. Brian Sansoni, SVP of communication at The American Cleaning Institute, said there are many places in the bathroom we neglect to scrub, so it’s best to have a schedule.
“In general, you want to work from the top down and start from the farthest point from the door,” he said. “For products that need some time to work, like toilet cleaner, it can help to apply [it] first thing and let it sit before cleaning to reduce the need for elbow grease.” He also recommends wiping down the base of the toilet, behind the toilet, faucets and behind them, and baseboards.
Cleaning the toilet is undeniably unpleasant, but it doesn’t have to take long and or be difficult.
When it comes to cleaning the toilet, I’m a fan of use-and-toss products. I don’t want germ-infested sponges or rags in my cleaning closet. That’s why I love Clorox Disinfecting Wipes. They have a pleasing scent without being overwhelming, making quick work of wiping down the toilet from top to bottom, including underneath the seat.
As for the inside of the bowl, with the Clorox ToiletWand Disposable Toilet Cleaning System, all you have to do is click the disposable cleaning head into place, scrub around the inside of the toilet, toss the soiled cleaning head into the trash, and then store the reusable “wand” in the handy-dandy included caddy. And, voila, you have a clean and stain-free bowl.
What to buy:
The best cleaning products for your tub and shower
For most of us, scrubbing the tub or the shower ranks only slightly above a visit to the dentist. If your shower or tub enclosure is looking a little worse because of grunge buildup on glass doors, tile walls, or the tub itself, the Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Bath Scrubber will be your saving grace.
Just wet the melamine sponge and the rich foaming cleansing agents will be activated to tackle tough tub stains. And, with a sponge that’s 30% larger than Mr. Clean’s original Magic Eraser, it can even clean fiberglass and tile that border your bathtub, too. If your tub is really bad, though, you may need to lend a little elbow grease with the help of OXO’s Good Grips All-Purpose Scrub Brush.
If mold and mildew creep into your bathroom, you’re going to need to bust out the big guns. The Skylarlife Home Mold & Mildew is a whitening agent that will remove even the most obstinate black stains.
Once your tub or shower is clean, keep things fresh between cleanings with a daily spritz of the Method Daily Shower Spray on your tile, glass, and tub spout. The floral scent is fit for a bathroom, and the plant-based, all-natural cleaner helps prevent soap scum and mildew buildup, too.
If you feel really inspired, give the shower walls and glass doors a quick once-over with the OXO Good Grips All-Purpose Squeegee to routinely keep your tub or shower enclosure looking like new.
What to buy:
Magic Eraser Bath, Cleaning Pads (4-count) (small)Good Grips Scrub Brush (small)Home Mold & Mildew Remover (small)Daily Shower Spray (Pack of 2) (small)Good Grips Squeegee (small)
The best cleaning products for your sink, mirror, and counter
While the counters and mirrors in your bathroom accumulate water spots, toothpaste flecks, makeup spills, and other yucky messes, they generally aren’t as germy as the toilet or tub. You can get those surfaces clean, shiny, and streak-free with the plant-based Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner from Puracy.
Just mist it over your hard bathroom surfaces, let it sit for a minute or two, and then wipe it away with one of Zwipes’ Microfiber Cleaning Cloths. No streaks, no lint, no muss, no fuss — just clean mirrors and counters.
What to buy:
Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner (small)Microfiber Cloths (24-pack) (small)
The best cleaning products for your bathroom floor
A steam mop like the Libman Spin Mop and Bucket can get bathroom floors clean in a few minutes.
Bathroom floors can get pretty nasty, but with the right products, you won’t have to fear entering your bathroom.
Twelve seasons in and hundreds of products later, the show “Shark Tank” (where entrepreneurs pitch their inventions to a team of celebrity investors) continues to entertain us. However, that doesn’t always mean the products are actually good. Some end up being a little too creative or out-there and border on plain gimmicky or “Who would even use that?”
We looked through all the “Shark Tank” products available for purchase and came away with a selection of star items for the home and kitchen. Many solve for the wasteful designs of common products you already use, while others address the annoying inconveniences that everyone experiences.
Check out the “Shark Tank” home products that are worth buying below.
A tray that fits neatly on your wheelbarrow and holds your gardening tools
It’s no fun lugging around all your gardening essentials as you do yard work. The Burro Buddy attaches to most wheelbarrow sizes (4, 5, 6, and 7 cubic-foot wheelbarrows) and has a neat organization system for short-handle and long-handle tools, personal items like your phone or wallet, and even a drink for when you want to reward yourself.
We’ve all been there: you’re quickly hammering away and with one careless swoop, you hit your fingers instead of the nail. This cool magnetic tool holds the nail securely in place while protecting your fingers.
Using scissors to cut wrapping paper always seems to result in uneven or jagged cuts. The Little Elf cutter, which slides on over your tube of paper, makes smooth and perfectly straight cuts every time.
It’s always a shame when you can’t make the most of your condiments or bath products. This kit comes with a few adapters for different size bottles and has a clever design that gets all the product out of the bottle.
Sure, you can buy bottles of kombucha at the store, but if you have extra time on your hands and want to appreciate the full process, you can use this kit to make your own. It includes starter culture, pH strips, organic sugar, and more. Reviewers love how easy to follow the instructions are.
Blueland’s products are free of triclosan, parabens, phosphates, ammonia, or VOCs, plus they save space and plastic — the bottles are made of glass and the actual cleaner comes in tablet form so you only need to add water to make your cleaning solution. Read our review here.
This hamper drops down as you add clothes and rises as you remove them, meaning doing laundry will no longer be that uncomfortable chore you never look forward to. It eases the strain on your lower back, so it’s especially great for expecting mothers, people with bad backs, and the elderly.
Granted ramen is already a pretty convenient meal to make, this tool makes the process even easier. The water line stops you from overfilling the bowl, the bowl doesn’t get overly hot, and you don’t need to use a pot and stove. It’s perfect for anyone who doesn’t have access to a kitchen, including students living in dorms and office workers.
A tiny spatula to get every last drop of sauce or makeup
Think about all the ketchup, nail polish, and foundation that goes wasted because you can’t get to the last remnants in the bottle. This small tool helps you get in all the nooks and crannies of bottles — so you’re really getting your money’s worth.
A splatter screen that still lets you access your pan to cook
While traditional splatter screens cover the pan, making it difficult to check on your food and resulting in condensation, the funnel-like Frywall surrounds the perimeter of the pan. The BPA-free silicone accessory still protects from oil splatters, while allowing you to continue cooking. Read our review here.
These durable, absorbent towels are an eco-friendly paper towel alternative made of organic bamboo. Each sheet looks and feels like a regular paper towel, but can be washed up to 100 times. Each roll of 30 Bambooee sheets is equivalent to 429 paper towel rolls. Read our review here.
The fact that you just spent an hour lovingly cooking a homemade meal and even organized it into easy-to-eat compartments often means nothing to a baby or toddler, who can hurl dinner to the floor in one easy swoop. This placemat will stay right in place on any flat surface, making it that much easier to get food from the plate into your child’s mouth. Read our review here.
Sweeping is a pain, especially when you realize traditional broom and dustpans don’t even catch all the dirt and debris on the floor. This special broom has electrostatic bristles to collect all types of debris, and uses a push-and-pull motion to scrape it into a foot-operated dustpan. You only need to use one hand to operate it, plus you never have to bend or stoop over.
It’s easier than ever to track your baby’s development with this modern nursery innovation. The soft foam pad tracks changes in weight to the .25 of an ounce and automatically syncs with the Hatch Baby app so you can view progress and learn new insights about your baby. The product grew out of the co-founder’s own experience as a mother when she couldn’t tell whether she was breastfeeding enough.
This eco-friendly alternative to plastic bags has multiple uses: for storage and transportation, marinating, or sous vide. Its air-tight, pinch-lock seal keeps your food fresh, and it doesn’t require any additional lids or seals. The BPA-free silicone is also dishwasher-, microwave-, and oven-safe.
Wondercide, a safe and natural alternative to monthly chemical treatments, was conceived after the founder’s dog got pesticide poisoning from a vet-subscribed flea and tick treatment. It has no toxic effects, won’t stain fur or flooring, and comes in fresh lemongrass, cedar, and rosemary scents.
Hang up all your movie posters, concert posters, and photos without ruining them or the wall with these magnetic stickers. Just place the sticker on the wall, then place the magnet and poster over the sticker. It works on all different types of wall textures.
This sous vide connects to your phone to make sous vide cooking more streamlined than ever. You can create and send recipes to the machine and precisely control the temperature from your phone with the app, letting you keep tabs on your meal even when you’re not in the kitchen.
You’ve baked a beautiful cake, but now you’re faced with the trouble of getting it out without ruining it. This parchment paper is cut in a unique shape that lets you lift your baked goods out of the pan in a breeze. You won’t have to worry about greasing the bottom enough or cutting the parchment paper yourself. If you bake a lot, you’ll love this product.
If you’ve already tried many indoor potty training systems, your search ends here with the world’s first self-cleaning dog potty. You can adjust the timer to automatically change a dirty pad one, two, or three times a day, or manually change it with a push of a button. The machine will wrap and seal the waste, keeping your home clean and odor-free. It’s best for dogs under 25 pounds.
Read more about the ‘Shark Tank’ products we love here:
These days, many vacuums come with bells and whistles like Wifi compatibility, advanced particle detection, and a whole army of specialized attachments.
But if you don’t need or care for these features and you’re working within a budget, you can still get an effective vacuum for much less money.
Suction power and ease of use are the most important factors to focus on, and all of our cheap vacuum cleaners below tick those boxes. Though we use the word “cheap” throughout, what we’re really referring to is value – the best performance and utility you can get for the least amount of money.
We’ve tested all kinds of vacuums, including those in the $600-$800 range, and it turns out $100-$200 can get you a great vacuum, too. Here’s how we tested each of our budget vacuum contenders. For help on how to shop for a cheap vacuum and when to find the best deals, check out these tips.
The Bissell Cleanview Swivel Vacuum is a bit on the large side, but it’s powerful and operates smoothly. It even comes with multiple attachments to pick up pet hair and clean hard-to-reach spots.
Pros: Powerful suction, large cleaner head, large and hygienic dust bin, comes with attachments, convenient foot controls
Cons: A bit heavy and clunky, loud
Bissell’s Cleanview Swivel Pet Vacuum is your classic corded upright vacuum. As restrictive as the cords are on these kinds of vacuums, Bissell builds in many thoughtful design features to make up for the inconvenience.
The large, square cleaner head has a brushroll that effectively lifts and removes small and large debris, passing all of our cleaning tests with flying colors. From whole Cheerios to fine flour, the vacuum sucked up all the particles cleanly and quickly. It worked well with pet hair as well.
It has five settings for different floor types, which you must bend down and adjust at the top of the cleaner head. But turning on the vacuum is as easy as pressing a lever at the base with your foot. There’s also a separate foot pedal to tilt the vacuum and allow it to swivel in different directions.
The dust bin is a generous size and easy to remove by simply clicking the release button at the top. The contents empty out at the bottom so you’ll have minimal or no direct contact with all the dirt and dust. The bin has a handle on top, letting you carry your vacuum downstairs or to different rooms with ease.
For its consistent, powerful suction and easy maneuverability, the vacuum is already a great deal. Even better, it comes with a few attachments, which you affix to the 6-foot-long hose to clean upholstery or get into crevices. For these cleaning tasks, we might still prefer a cordless handheld vacuum, but it’s nice to have the option here. We do love that the attachments are stored directly on the vacuum so you’ll never lose them.
The best cheap cordless stick vacuum
This affordable Hoover vacuum impressed us with its quiet but strong cleaning power. It feels light and easy to maneuver since the dust bin is located at the base of the vacuum, though this design also prevents you from cleaning under low spaces.
Pros: Quiet, cleans well on all surfaces, less tiring to use because dust bin is located at base of vacuum, large dust bin
Cons: Doesn’t come with attachments, dust bin location means you can’t get under low spots, a little heavy
You won’t compromise cleaning ability or price in this convenient cord-free vacuum. It picks up most small and fine particles effectively on carpet, hardwood, and tile. It has a harder time with large particles like Cheerios.
The vacuum is on the heavier side compared to cordless competitors, but it doesn’t feel like it because the dust bin is located near the cleaner head, rather than the handle. This makes vacuuming feel more comfortable and less tiring. It’s also quiet and smooth as it cleans, and you can barely tell it’s picking small particles up (rest assured, it is).
As a cordless vacuum, it’d be even more convenient to use if the dust bin placement didn’t obstruct access to low spaces under furniture. Unfortunately, you’ll need to figure out another way to clean under your bed and couches. Another small drawback is that the power and various mode buttons are located on top of the dust bin, so you need to bend down any time you want to turn your vacuum on and off or change modes.
Still, I loved this vacuum for its consistent and reliable cleaning ability, reasonable battery life, and quiet motor. If you don’t want to spend more than $200 or you only need a basic cordless vacuum, this one will meet your needs and exceed your expectations.
If you’re looking for a cost-effective vac that cleans well on a variety of surfaces, gets deep into corners, and runs quietly, the Moosoo MT-720 Robot Vacuum is your best bet.
Pros: Good performance on carpet and hardwood, excellent corner cleaning, quiet operation, compatible with Google Assistant and Alexa, low-profile design
Cons: Gets stuck easily, can’t set no-go zones
For a low price, the MT-720 offers plenty of smart features and a user-friendly design. It costs less than many corded and cordless vacuums, plus it’ll do all the cleaning work for you so you can get back some time in your day.
It’s easy to set up and start using in just five minutes. The app lets you schedule the vacuum to clean at the same time every day or mix it up. You can also choose smart, wall follow, spiral, random, and manual control cleaning modes. The app creates a map of the area cleaned, but you cannot set no-go zones as you can with other room mapping robot vacs.
The MT-720‘s performance is good on hardwood and carpet, picking up almost all of the coffee grounds, cat litter, and pet hair. It does an outstanding job in corners, coming within an inch of the corner and picking up 70% of the flour on carpeting and 85% on hard flooring. It’s also small enough to get into tight, low spaces that other models might miss.
Counterintuitively, the strong suction doesn’t translate into loud operation. On high suction, the sound meter registered 66 dB, or a little louder than a business office. On low, it was 59 dB, which is quieter than normal conversation.
The biggest negative with the MT-720 is that it tends to get stuck easily. During testing, it regularly got stuck on the one-inch threshold between the living room and kitchen of the testing area.
The compact Bissell Pet Hair Eraser vacuum is convenient to keep in your car or on hand for small and short cleaning tasks. It’s not too heavy and picks up everything from fine pet hairs to ground coffee.
Pros: Comes with attachments, compact and relatively light
Cons: Short battery life, disposal method could be more hygienic, weak suction for large particles
Sometimes you don’t need a full-sized vacuum cleaner. A small handheld vacuum is a useful addition to your cleaning kit because you can store it in your car, desk, or closet.
Bissell‘s handheld vacuum is powerful and cleans most particles up completely (it struggles with large particles like Cheerios). We’ve noticed that you need to hold it at about a 45-degree angle to the surface for the suction to be most effective.
For my hand, which is admittedly on the smaller size, the grip is large and a little uncomfortable to hold after a long time. But with a short 15-minute battery life, you won’t be grasping this portable vacuum for too long anyway. You also don’t need to hold down a power trigger — there’s a simple on/off button.
We love that it’s a convenient tool to have nearby when you notice some debris around you or if you spill something and want to clean it up immediately without lugging out your traditional upright vacuum. An added bonus: the included attachments. The motorized brush is our favorite and effective at removing stubborn, embedded dirt.
The downsides of the vacuum are that it emits a loud and high-pitched whirring noise when in use, and it’s difficult to clean. There are a few steps to accessing the dust bin, and once you pull it out, dust and other fine particles tend to release into the air. If you’re not prepared, they’ll fly right into your face.
What else we tested
What we recommend and why:
Shark Navigator Lift-Away Upright Vacuum: Overall, this popular upright vacuum has solid cleaning performance and it’s easy to use, but it didn’t outperform the Bissell and it felt slightly heavier to handle. Its cleaning head is also smaller.
Tineco Pure One X Smart Vacuum: We love the lightweight and smooth maneuverability of this cheap cordless vac, which somehow also manages to include all the works, including a paired app and a few attachments. It was our pick for the best cordless vacuum for pet hair. If you’re okay with a small dustbin and weaker carpet performance, you’ll like the Tineco.
Vacuuming ability: I tested each of the vacuums against five materials (flour, ground coffee, cat litter, whole Cheerios, and dog hair) on three different surfaces (carpet/rug, hardwood, and tile). I scattered half a cup of each material on each surface — resulting in 15 tests for each vacuum — and rated each vacuum on its ability to suck up the material powerfully, cleanly, and thoroughly. Our robot vacuum testing also included corner cleaning and obstacle avoidance. If the vacuum came with attachments, I also tested the attachments on appropriate surfaces (e.g. crevice tool on furniture cushions and car seats) and rated their effectiveness.
Battery life: If the vacuum is cordless, I used it until its battery died and compared the actual battery life to the advertised battery life.
Comfort and ease of use: I noted the ergonomics of each vacuum: how tiring it is to hold, how easy it is to maneuver, and the effort required to activate the power button. I also noted whether it could fit under low spaces and any additional helpful features like a headlight to illuminate your cleaning path.
Disposal method: I evaluated the cleanliness and ease of emptying the dustbin after a cleaning session. How is the bin opened? Do I have to reach inside and touch dirt and dust that didn’t empty out completely?
Storage: I noted how the vacuum breaks down into multiple parts and whether it comes with a wall mount or docking station.
Warranty and customer service: I registered each vacuum, noted warranty terms, and spoke to customer service reps to evaluate the ease of registration and quality of service.
What we’re testing next
To round out the vacuum types in this guide, we’re testing canister vacuums next. They’re easier to maneuver since the canister is separate from the hose and cleaner head, and many have powerful, thorough cleaning suction. They tend to be more expensive than uprights, around $300-$400. One of Miele’s well-known canister vacuums is $1,500.
Eureka Mighty Mite Bagged Canister Vacuum Cleaner: Weighing 8.6 pounds, with a long hose and cord, this Eureka canister vacuum is easy to carry around the house. It comes with multiple attachments and even has a blower port to help you clean your oft-neglected garage and outdoor spaces. It’s one of the most popular options on Amazon.
Not all cheap vacuums are created equal. Often, shoddy construction results in your vacuum parts or motor breaking down within months of use. Here are some features to look for in a vacuum, even if you’re being budget-conscious:
Motor: The motor is the most important contributor to suction, and thus, cleaning ability. Edward Chudleigh, a former Dyson engineer of 11 years, recommends a brushless motor: “Brushless motors are very efficient and translate much more of the available power from the battery to cleaning the floor. The trouble with brushed motors is that there is more friction in the system which in turn eats some of the battery power and, amongst other things, makes the machine less efficient.”
Type of brushroll: The size, placement, and type of brush on the vacuum affect how much dust is swept up, and also whether the brushes can dig into various surfaces to lift up dirt and debris.
Type of filter: Look for HEPA (high efficiency particulate air) filters, which are allergy-friendly. They trap and remove at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, dirt, mold, bacteria, and other airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns.
Battery life (if applicable): Cheaper cordless vacuums may not have as long as a battery life as more expensive competitors. You may need to charge your battery more often, or consider buying a replacement backup battery to keep on hand for longer cleaning jobs.
Cord and hose length (if applicable): Long cords and hoses reduce the need to hunt around the house for an open outlet. The average cord length of an upright vacuum is 25-30 feet.
Warranty: Even budget vacuums should come with at least one year of warranty on parts and labor. All our best cheap vacuum picks come with 1-3 years of warranty. Make sure to register your vacuum online to speed up the warranty process later.
How often should you clean and change your vacuum filter?
The guidance varies model by model and there are different kinds of filters (cartridge, disk, foam, cloth), so you should check your product manual. Generally, you should wash and dry it when you notice a smell or if you observe a decline in vacuum performance. Some vacuums will also alert you when you need to change the filter. A clean filter is important for effective cleaning; a dirty filter restricts airflow and decreases suction power.
Where and when are the best vacuum deals?
Prime Day (usually in the summer) and Black Friday/Cyber Monday (also known as Cyber Weekend) are the best times to find all-time-low prices on top vacuum brands like Shark, Dyson, Hoover, and Bissell. They’re usually discounted across all major retailers, including Amazon, Target, Walmart, and Best Buy.
HEPA: Stands for high efficiency particulate air. A HEPA filter traps and removes at least 99.97% of dust, pollen, dirt, mold, bacteria, and other airborne particles with a size of 0.3 microns and can be found in air purifiers and vacuums.
Whole machine filtration: The entire machine is sealed to prevent unfiltered particles from escaping. All air passes through the filter before it is expelled.
Dustbin: Where all the dust, dirt, and hair are stored as you vacuum. The dustbin should be emptied out into the trash after you’re done cleaning.
Brush roll: A cylinder with bristles located in the cleaning head that rotates and helps release dirt from carpets and rugs. The bristles of a brush roll may leave scratches on hardwood and tile, so you should turn off the brush roll if possible. Replace your brush roll when the bristles wear out (like on your toothbrush).
Crevice tool: A long, flat attachment with an angled tip. It’s good for getting into tight corners including baseboards and stairs and between couch cushions.
Dust brush tool: A small attachment with soft bristles. It’s good for blinds, windowsills, and delicate objects.
Upholstery tool: A wide, flat attachment that allows for strong suction. It’s good for furniture with fabric upholstery like mattresses, chairs, and couches.
Even if most of your home has wall-to-wall carpeting, some floors require more than just vacuuming.
We rounded up the best floor cleaners specially designed for different floor types below.
Taking care of hard surface floors is a never-ending job. Sweeping or vacuuming will capture much of the loose dirt and hair, but eventually, stuck-on messes will need to be cleaned with a mop and a good cleaner.
I don’t have carpeting in my home except for area rugs, so I’ve learned to care for hardwood, ceramic tile, and stone floors on a weekly basis to keep them looking clean and fresh. I’ve also tested floor cleaners, vacuums, brooms, and mops for many years as a home economist, so looking for products that are most effective, easy to use, and of great value is second nature to me.
While some cleaners are interchangeable, what’s needed to clean the grout in ceramic tile floors isn’t the same as what’s used to keep hardwoods gleaming. That said, we provided five options best for cleaning wood, laminate, vinyl, ceramic, and stone floors so you’ll have a pristine clean.
Pros: Simple-to-use spray bottle, no rinsing, leaves no streaks, dries quickly, large bottles available for refills, low VOCs
Cons: Cannot be used on floors that have been oiled or waxed with paste wax
The majority of wood floors in homes are sealed with polyurethane or polyacrylic urethane finish. Harsh cleaning chemicals can permanently dull this finish and leave streaks. So, when it’s time to clean spills and muddy footprints, the Bona Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray is your best bet, as it’s specifically formulated for wood floors.
After sweeping away loose dirt, I do a quick spritz with this water-based formula and follow through with a clean mop, and my floors look fabulous. There’s no rinsing needed and it never leaves any streaks.
Pros: Works for hardwood and laminate flooring, hypoallergenic, no rinsing required, safe to use around children and pets
Laminate floors don’t require as potent of cleaner and nearly as much maintenance compared to expensive hardwood. Sometimes, using a wood-only cleaner leaves laminate floors full of streaks and water spots. To combat this, the Black Diamond Stoneworks Wood & Laminate Floor Cleaner is fit for your next deep clean.
Though it’s usable on wood, this hypoallergenic formula will tackle stains, dust, and oil on bamboo, cork, Pergo, Armstrong, and Mohawk floor types. No rinsing is required and it’s safe to use around children and pets — just spray and wipe.
Pros: Cleans floors with no rinsing needed, restores shine, non-toxic and fragrance-free, the spray bottle is reusable, fresh lemon scent
Cons: Not readily available in all mass-market stores
Vinyl floors are built to take lots of abuse. That’s why they end up in kitchens, bathrooms, laundry rooms, and mudrooms. Rejuvenate All Floors Cleaner is the best cleaner for removing messes and stains with a streak-free finish and no rinsing required.
It works well when sprayed on the floor and cleaned with a microfiber mop. Because the formula is pH-balanced to neutralize contaminants and contains ingredients that will remove old wax buildup and grime, it left the floor looking great. I didn’t have to rinse or repeat the mopping. The lemon-scented formula is also non-toxic, fragrance-free, and Greenguard Gold-Certified with low chemical emissions.
The Rejuvenate Restorer fills in scratches, helps prevent sun-fading, and improves traction. I used Rejuvenate on a friend’s dingy, scratched vinyl floors and it improved the look so drastically she changed her mind about wanting to replace them.
Pros: Concentrated so you use less, biodegradable, effectively cleans tile and grout, septic-safe, can be used with electric floor cleaner or with a mop, performs well, lightly scented
Cons: Not readily available in mass-market stores
Taking care of ceramic tile floors should be a breeze because the tile is stain-resistant, doesn’t scratch easily, and lasts for decades. Howevergrout, if left unsealed, will absorb stains, attract dirt, and can be damaged by strong cleaners. Luckily, the Hoover Renewal Tile & Grout Cleaning Formula makes maintaining ceramic a breeze.
It’s highly concentrated, so read the directions to learn how much to mix with water. Be careful not to use too much of the product, or you’ll have to do some extra rinsing. The cleaner can be used in both an electric floor cleaner or with a good mop. The key to successfully getting the grout back to its natural color is using hot water with the cleaner to help cut through the grime.
I was thrilled with how easily it cleaned the floor and only a couple of tough spots needed a bit of extra scrubbing with a brush. The scent is clean and not overpowering, and it will have your tile and grout looking fabulous when used regularly.
While stone floors may seem indestructible, they’re pretty sensitive to products, stains, and spills that contain acids. Any spills that contain wine, citrus juice, or vinegar should be cleaned up immediately because they can etch even sealed stone floors. Harsh chemicals like chlorine bleach or ammonia can be quite destructive to such an expanse of flooring.
StoneTech helps the sealant last longer and maintains the natural beauty of the stone with its citrus or cucumber scent. You can purchase it ready to use or in a concentrated formula to add to water. The ready-to-use formula is available in a spray bottle as well as a gallon jug for refills. To clean your floors, simply spray a small area and clean with a microfiber mop. No rinsing or drying is necessary. The cleaner is non-toxic and biodegradable, too.
Tips for cleaning your floors
Cleaning your floors doesn’t have to be difficult if you have a good floor cleaner, the right type of mop, and the time in your week to regularly tend to such surfaces.
Start by sweeping or vacuuming to remove loose soil and hair. If you don’t, you’ll just be swishing it around and often leaving it behind. Use a clean mop head or disposable pad to prevent soil from re-depositing, and remember to allow plenty of time for the floor to dry before tracking in more dirt.
Take a minute to read the instructions on the back of the floor cleaner bottle. Some products go directly on the floor, while some need to be mixed with water; some require rinsing, but some don’t. Following the directions can help you be more successful.
Expecting fresh, clean clothes from a smelly washer, or sparkling plates from a dishwasher crusted with hard water minerals is a fool’s errand. All you’ll get is frustration and disappointment.
Luckily, there are easy-to-use products available that can restore appliances back to their prime. Many use natural ingredients and are not toxic to the environment or your lungs. Just a seasonal cleaning will usually remove build-up and flush away odors, allowing the appliances to do their jobs well. Of course, if your household has some big messes, you may need to clean the appliances more often.
Along with my own housekeeping, I’ve tested cleaning products for decades as a home economist for companies and publications. I’m always looking for the most effective, easiest to use, and the best value in products and these are the best ones for the job when it comes to cleaning appliances.
Here are the best cleaning products for kitchen and laundry appliances in 2021
Pros: Non-toxic, uses natural ingredients, fresh scent, pre-measured individual packets, simple to use, suitable for multiple appliances
Cons: Does not clean the outside of the appliances
Even with all of the water and detergents that pass through the dishwasher, garbage disposal, and washing machine, they can still accumulate a layer of residue that traps soil, odor-causing bacteria, and minerals from hard water. When all this gunk clings to the inside of the appliance, it cannot perform optimally and causes problems.
LemiShine has developed a formula, based on crystallized citric extracts, that works to cut through that residue. By adding an envelope of the powder to an appliance and running a cycle with hot water, you will quickly have cleaner dishes and laundry, and odor-free garbage disposal.
While LemiShine offers individual appliance cleaners, the Multi-Purpose is the best value because of the versatility and price. I keep some on hand for quick and thorough cleanings anytime I see or sniff a problem.
Pros: Can be used in a dishwasher loaded with dirty dishes, no wrapper to remove, effectively removes grease deposits, limescale, and odors
Cons: Excellent choice for regular cleaning, but may not remove years of heavy build-up
Stop and think of what lurks on your dishes when you stick them into the dishwasher — grease, bacteria, and crusty food. A good detergent and the volume of hot water swirling in the dishwasher cut through all of that gunk, leaving the dishes clean. But where does the messy stuff go?
Most gets flushed away, but some clings to the sides, seals, and components of the dishwasher. Eventually, the build-up becomes too much and redeposits on your dishes. No one needs that.
That’s where Finish In-Wash Dishwasher Cleaner comes in to cut through the limescale, grease, and fatty deposits that you can see, and also those in the hidden parts of the dishwasher. All that crud can clog pumps, drains, and pipes, which reduce the performance of your machine.
Every three months or so, I simply place one of the tablets in the bottom of the dishwasher tub when I’m ready to run a full wash cycle. There are no wrappers to remove or a need to empty the dishwasher of dirty dishes. Since Finish Quantum Max Powerball Tablets is rated as one of the best dishwasher detergents, using the Finish In-Wash Dishwasher Cleaner was the next natural step.
Pros: Non-toxic ingredients, simple to use, effectively removes odors and residue from disposal
Cons: Does not remove clogs or jams in the disposal
Maybe it’s because I always loved the vinegar and baking soda volcanoes at the science fair, but watching the foaming action of CLR Garbage Disposal Foaming Cleaner and Freshener makes me happy. Happy because I know that the foam is helping to dislodge bits of food and grease that is causing my garbage disposal to smell funky.
The individual, premeasured packet contains citric acid and sodium bicarbonate, along with other ingredients that help cut through the gunk and leave a fresh clean scent. It is so easy to use but you should follow the directions to allow the ingredients time to be effective. The cleaning time is around seven minutes, and there’s no need to scrub — just watch the science experiment happen.
If your laundry isn’t smelling as fresh as you’d like, Lemi Shine Washing Machine Cleaner will remove funky odors from the washer that are transferring to your towels and clothes.
Pros: Effectively removes body soil, bacteria, and detergent residue from the washing machine drum, includes wipes for hard-to-reach areas like door seals and the outside of the appliance, non-toxic, and pleasant citrus scent
Cons: Not widely available in all mass-market stores
Today’s high-efficiency washing machines use around 14 gallons of water and hold larger loads, and we use more cold and warm water to protect synthetic fabrics. That leaves lots of opportunity for body soil, product residue, and bacteria to cling to the inside of the washer drum and rubber seals that protect it from leaking.
All that gunk can redeposit on your clothes, making them less than clean and fresh. That’s why you need to clean your washer and the best cleaner is Lemi Shine Washing Machine Cleaner.
Using non-toxic citric acids, the powder strips away the build-up, and you even get a handy wipe to use after each cleaning cycle to capture any residue on the seals and to wipe down the outside of the washer where drips and soil can accumulate. I also love the fresh scent.
Pros: Fume-free formula, removes heavy, baked-on stains, safe for electric and gas ovens
Cons: Does not work quickly, requires at least 40 minutes to work effectively
I’m a pie baker who can’t seem to remember not to overload the pie plate with filling. Sure enough, the pie bubbles over onto the oven floor. Fortunately, I know that clean-up can be simple with Easy-Off Professional Max Fume Free Oven Cleaner. Until I found this product, I dreaded cleaning the oven because of the fumes. No more.
The key to using it is having a cold oven. Just spray on the cleaner and wait at least 40 minutes (longer is even better). The grease and spills will wipe away easily. It’s safe to use in electric and gas ovens and oven racks — even ovens that proclaim to be self-cleaning.
The best for ceramic and glass stovetops
Smooth glass and ceramic cooktops are prone to scratching. Weiman Cooktop Cleaner Max can safely get rid of cooked-on spills and tackle the stains and leave your cooktop scratch-free.
Pros: Removes the worst burned-on messes and grease effectively, does not scratch glass and ceramic surfaces, comes with a scrubbing pad
Cons: Does not remove scratches, not readily found in all mass-market stores
After years of the standard enamel and stainless cooktops that could stand up to scrubbing from a steel wool pad, I ended up with a smooth ceramic cooktop. It looks sleek and conducts heat well, but removing the overflow from a boiling pot was a challenge until I found Weiman Cooktop Cleaner Max.
The micro-bead technology gives just the right amount of abrasive power to remove burned-on food and grease but doesn’t scratch the surface. After cleaning and rinsing, there are no streaks or watermarks left behind. The lemon-scented paste formula is applied with a cleaning pad that is included, which stores conveniently on the top of the container.
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Whether you’re caring for someone who’s sick or cleaning your home, disposable gloves add protection.
Nitrile gloves are especially great because they are stronger than latex, plastic, or vinyl.
We found the best disposable glove options for food prepping, industrial work, cleaning, and more.
Though we tend to lean more toward “reusable” than “disposable” these days, having disposable gloves on hand is a safe and recommended practice to follow. The CDC recommends wearing gloves for cleaning, caring for someone who’s sick, and for manufacturing, public service, and transportation industries and occupations. And if you do any industrial work where you may encounter potentially hazardous materials, wearing heavy-duty gloves is recommended by Environmental Health and Safety programs for safety.
Even just around the house, disposable gloves are great for everything from deep cleaning to handling food for backyard barbecues. We found options from standard nitrile gloves to heavy-duty options. Our picks are also all latex-free to avoid potential allergic reactions.
What we like: Easy-to-grip tactile fingertips, rip-proof, elegant sky blue design
Box count: 100
Nitrile gloves are one of the best materials for disposable gloves because they protect against most chemicals and infectious agents. The Hand E-Touch Disposable Nitrile Gloves allow for precise control with textured tips and can be used for medical situations, cleaning, salon work, food prep, and more. These gloves are a top pick because they are thick enough to provide protection, yet lightweight and stretchy for comfortable wear.
What we like: Ambidextrous hand orientation, durable HDPE material, covers wrists, FDA compliant
Box count: 525
These clear gloves are simple, easy to slip on, and are constructed with high-density polyethylene. The fact that they feature a long cuff design to prevent water from seeping into your sleeves and are compliant with FDA standards make them especially fit for food handling.
What we love: All-around textured protection, chemical- and puncture-resistant, repel dirt and grime
Box count: 100
When working with high-intensity tools or toxic chemicals, protective gloves are vital to protect against exposure via skin contact. Gloveworks’ Heavy-Duty Industrial Nitrile Gloves with Diamond Grip Box is fit for industrial use because of their thick and textured protection that makes for a heavier duty glove that’s especially resistant to ripping.
These gloves also offer good elasticity and are puncture- and chemical-resistant. These high-grade nitrile gloves are especially good for automotive, janitorial, painting, and plumbing uses.
What we love: Beaded cuff, great for sensitive skin, solvent-resistant
Box count: 40
Mr. Clean is one of the most well-known faces in the cleaning aisle, but that’s not the only reason the brand’s nitrile solvent-resistant gloves are fit for ridding household messes and grime. True to the name, the gloves are well-designed to block residue from soaking onto your fingers or palms — a must for when you’re ready to tackle kitchen countertops, sink faucets, or wiping down furniture.
The gloves are also great for sensitive skin and come with a beaded cuff so they stay intact better while cleaning.
What we love: Thick PVC material, comes in various sizes, ambidextrous hand orientation
Box count: 100
For one-time-use gloves, you may not want to spend much. Medpride’s Medical Vinyl Examination Gloves are an affordable option that aren’t quite as thick as nitrile gloves but are still a step up from cheaply-made plastic gloves prone to tears. They come in small, medium, large, and extra-large size options to ensure a good fit.
These gloves are fit to be used by medical workers and home or hospice care workers, but they are also an affordable solution if you just want to keep some disposable gloves on hand around the house.
What we love: Highly stretchable, come in various sizes, huge number of gloves per box
Box count: 1,000
Dre Health’s Powder-Free Disposable Gloves are made of a strong nitrile blend that offers good grip and ideal stretch. An especially good option for those who need to supply employees with gloves or who work in an industry where they need constant disposable gloves at the ready, this bulk option offers serious value.
These gloves can be used for everything from medical exams to gardening and the beaded cuffs prevent them from slipping. They also come in four sizes to ensure a good fit.
Spills and smudges happen, and the right type of cleaning cloth makes a world of difference.
Zwipes is our top pick because its cloths are multipurpose and don’t leave streaks or lint behind.
If you wipe, polish, and dust often, a reusable, sustainable cleaning cloth is practical to have on hand. These cloths aren’t limited to countertops, either – you can use them to dust pantry items, polish metal, and even wipe smudges off laptop screens and car windows.
By selecting the right type of cloth for each task, you can also limit potential damage to the item you’re cleaning. Paper towels and some fabric towels can scratch finishes or leave lint that can damage electronics.
As a home economist who has years under my belt testing cleaning products for companies, I’m always looking for unique picks that are effective, easy to use, and of great value. . Below, I rounded up the best cleaning cloths I’ve found, plus tips on how to maximize their use.
Zwipes Microfiber Cloths are a plush, 110,000 fiber-count cleaner that can scrub stubborn stains or dust delicate decor pieces.
Pros: Great at absorbing water and picking up dirt, can be used without chemicals or detergents, prevent lint and streaks, quick to dry, machine washable
Cons: Thinner and smaller than some other brands, can leave lint if not rinsed before using
If you haven’t added microfiber cleaning products to your arsenal, you’re missing out. These small fibers make a cleaning cloth more effective in absorbing water and attracting dirt molecules.
The Zwipes Microfiber Cloths are constructed with 110,000 microfibers per square inch and can be used without chemicals or detergents. With so many fibers (usually nylon and polyester), the dirt and bacteria are trapped in these cloth types until you use laundry detergent and water to flush them away. The cloths will leave mirrors, surfaces, and stainless steel streak-free, too.
What’s more, these cloths absorb eight times their weight in water and dry in half the time of the average brand, so you can clean multiple rooms in a snap.
The best cleaning cloths for tough messes
If you’re giving your home a deep clean — and hopping from room to room — Mr. Clean’s Magic Erasers will conveniently loosen tough grime.
Pros: Flexible for cleaning hard-to-reach areas, can be cut for smaller jobs, no additional chemicals needed, tackles tough grime
Cons: Can’t be used on highly polished surfaces or wood, too thin for some tasks
Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Sheets use melamine-foam activated with water as micro-scrubbers to remove scuff marks and stuck-on grime from nearly every type of surface. And they aren’t a favorite just because of the advertised cleaner clad in all white — the disposable sheets are only 1/16-inch thick and super flexible so I can reach caked-on dirt in hard-to-reach places.
I often cut the sheets in half for a small job and appreciate the full size for removing grease on stovetops, grime inside the microwave, and deeply-rooted water stains on sinks and faucets.
My favorite thing about the sheets is their functionality without the use of additional chemicals, which is difficult to find when tackling tough grime. For tougher messes where a wipe won’t cut it, Mr. Clean Magic Eraser blocks should do the trick. I do recommend that the freshly cleaned area get a rinse with a damp microfiber cloth to remove any foam particles that might remain.
Pros: Naturally prevents bacteria, sponge and microfiber design, great for cleaning small items, highly absorbent, leaves surfaces streak-free
Cons: Cloths can be stiff until washed several times
If you love using a sponge in the kitchen, but are concerned about the number of coliform bacteria (Salmonella or E.coli) that can lurk in the pores, Libman Microfiber Sponge Cloths are a great option. Made from a synthetic sponge quilted between a soft microfiber exterior, they’re ideal for washing dishes and cleaning kitchen counters alike.
I appreciate that each cloth is small enough to wash the inside of drinking glasses and coffee mugs, too. The sponge adds to the cloths’ absorbency while the microfiber produces streak-free surfaces whether using them wet or dry.
One tip for any type of microfiber cloth is to never use fabric softener or dryer sheets (I hang mine to air dry) when cleaning. The fabric softener will coat the microfibers and make them less absorbent. I find that each cloth stands up to about 25 or so washes until I’m ready to replace it.
Cons: Black cloths may leach dye when wet and should be hand washed separately from other fabrics
Our smartphones, eyeglasses, and other delicate items take much abuse. To remove smudges, the Magic Fiber Microfiber Cleaning Cloths are essential, as cotton and paper towels can leave lint and cause scratches.
The long-lasting and pocket square-like cloths are finely woven from microfiber and produce no lint, absorb oil, and can clean fingerprint-ridden screens. The microfiber attracts dust and holds onto it until the screen is spotless instead of dragging the particles across the surface. When I use them, just a few wipes with the dry cloth are effective most of the time. If screens or lenses have lots of smudges, lightly dampening the cloth with plain water will help.
These cloths are amazing, thanks to the polishing agent embedded in the soft microfiber fabric. As you polish sterling silver, gold, brass, or copper, the dark oxidation that dulls the finish is transferred to the Sunshine Cleaning Cloth. When the cloth has turned black, toss it away.
Tips on how to best use cleaning cloths
When something needs to be cleaned, most of us just grab a cloth and dive in. But, there is a proper way to use any cleaning cloth to prevent redepositing soil on surfaces or cross-contamination between tasks.
No matter how great the cleaning cloth may be, once it’s full of soil, it won’t collect any more. If the cloth is saturated, you’re simply swiping dirt or germs all over the surface —not removing them.
When you begin working with any type of cleaning cloth, fold it in half, then fold in half again. This gives you eight clean sides to use. As you move from one area to the next, refold the cloth to a clean side for a fresh and soil-free cleaning cloth for each job.
To help prevent cross-contamination between bathrooms, kitchens, and living areas, use different colored cloths for each room. Once cleaning cloths are heavily soiled or beginning to fray, use them one last time for a really messy job — like cleaning a greasy outdoor grill or dirty car wheels — before tossing.
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I could spend hours considering the features of cookware and food products, but I’ve probably only spent about 1/100th of the same time thinking about and picking out the soap in my kitchen.
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That attitude is changing, though. The growing popularity of natural beauty products has me looking more closely at the ingredients in all the other products I use in my daily life. There are few products I use more every day than soap.
Grove Collaborative soap review
Grove Collaborative, an online marketplace for the best natural home and personal care products, sent me its Autumn Fig Collection ($37.95, currently out of stock) last year, which includes gel dish soap and gel hand soap.
I took to these simple and common household supplies with surprising gusto. The scent played a big role – the sweet and rich fig fragrance managed to be bright and clean rather than cloying, and it was a refreshing change from the generically “fresh” scents of most soaps. To top it off, this fragrance is all-natural, made with a blend of essential oils and other plant-based ingredients.
These soaps cleaned as well as any other I’ve tried before, so it’s not really the effectiveness itself that impressed me. Instead, it was that they were made of safe, plant-based ingredients and promoted eco-friendly practices. The soaps come in refill packs rather than single-use plastic bottles and can be used with Grove Collaborative’s Glass Dish Soap Dispenser (16-ounce, $14.95) and Glass Hand Soap Dispenser (13.5-ounce, $13.95).
The dispensers are made from sturdy, partly recycled glass, so they’re reusable and refillable. Add a silicone sleeve and they won’t slip around on your sink top. Overall, they looked much sleeker than plastic bottles.
The Autumn Fig set also came with a natural soy candle, organic cotton tea towel, and European dish cloth, but it was the soaps that I loved the most because they elevated everyday cleaning rituals and made them safer for my body.
The bottom line
Overall, the gel dish soap and gel hand soap were a great introduction to Grove Collaborative’s standards of sustainability, quality ingredients, and beautiful products. I’ve since ordered again from the site for other home and personal care items like household cleaners and they were also top-quality.
While the Autumn Fig Collection and scent are no longer being sold, there are many similar soaps and collections that also contain natural ingredients and fragrances. You can find all hand soaps here and all dish soaps here.
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It protects your baby’s sensitive skin and delivers the cleaning power needed for the whole family’s laundry at an affordable price.
Bringing a new baby home is both an exciting and sometimes overwhelming time. The little one is relying on you for everything including clean clothes and bedding that will not irritate delicate skin.
According to Cleveland Clinic pediatric dermatologist Joan Tamburro, DO; “A child who has skin problems may be more prone to laundry detergent reactions. A family history of atopic dermatitis (eczema) also may put your infant at higher risk.”
As a laundry and housekeeping professional, I’ve been testing products for companies, agencies, and publications for many years. So with the birth of my first grandchild, I was delighted to be able to lessen one anxiety by recommending the best laundry detergent for both the baby and his parents.
The main culprits in commercial laundry detergent that causes skin irritation and allergic reactions are dye and fragrance. By choosing a product that is dye and scent-free, the detergent can be used for not only baby’s clothes but all household laundry.
If you are looking for a reasonably-priced, effective laundry detergent that is safe for your baby’s delicate skin and can be used for the rest of the family’s laundry, All’s free clear liquid detergent is your best bet.
What we like: Performs well for both baby and family laundry, mid-priced, readily available in mass-market stores and online, free of dyes and perfumes
As I was testing and selecting a laundry detergent for our precious new one, I took into consideration the product’s ingredients, cleaning ability, cost per load, and ease of use. As a new parent, the last thing you need is a product that makes the laundry routine any more complicated.
The final verdict after testing more than 10 products was that All free clear liquid will give a baby the protection he needs from irritation, remove all but the worst stains, not break the budget, and can be used to wash clothes for the entire family. It is also the most highly recommended detergent brand for sensitive skin by dermatologists, allergists, and pediatricians.
It seems others agree with me as well. On Walgreens, all free clear has a rating of 4.8 out of five stars. One reader states, “I’m so sensitive, allergic to everything! This is the only detergent that I can use that doesn’t cause a reaction. Even other “Free” products cause me to react.”
All free clear comes in liquid, powder, and single dose packs. I would recommend the liquid formula, costing about 20 cents per load, because it can also be used to pretreat stains. Just work in a tiny amount of the liquid into the stained area with your fingers or a soft-bristled brush and wait about 15 minutes before washing.
The best baby laundry detergent for the environment
What we like: Plant and mineral-based ingredients are environmentally-friendly, detergent works well on baby stains and can be used for laundry for the entire family
Protecting a new baby is always a top priority, but we should never forget that protecting the Earth is also important. After all, our actions today will affect the world that a child faces in the future.
Seventh Generation products adhere to that philosophy and use only plant or mineral-based ingredients. Seventh Generation Baby Laundry Detergent received a 97% rating as a USDA Certified Biobased Product and is never tested on animals.
One member of the What to Expect community, Lakewood Chick, says “We use Seventh Generation Free & Clear for everyone’s clothes, not just baby. I think it works great and it makes me feel much better knowing harmful chemicals aren’t in it.”
After giving it a try on our baby’s laundry, I was delighted with the results. The plant-based enzymes removed tough formula and diaper stains with ease. Over on Amazon, 61% of buyers rated it as a five-star product. The cost at around 25 cents per load is higher but the results are worth it.
What we like: Contains enzymes to tackle tough stains, available in unscented and scented formulas, concentrated formula with an easy-to-handle bottle
Newborns need to be swaddled with soft, irritant-free fabrics from the moment they are born. Fortunately, other than some diaper accidents, they don’t create too many difficult stains. But as they age and are introduced to commercial formulas that contain iron and then those first solid foods, the stains can be a challenge especially if they sit around for several days before being washed.
That’s why I was so pleased to discover that Babyganics contains the enzymes protease to break down protein stains (diaper stains) and amylase to tackle starches and carbohydrates stains. What also makes Babyganics a good choice is that the formula is plant and mineral-based and carries the USDA Certified Biobased label.
Babyganics Baby Laundry Detergent has a five-star rating by 61% of buyers on Amazon. One reviewer is particularly pleased with the 3X concentration since “you don’t have to buy it as often as others compared to its size nor need to hold up a bulky container every time you have to do the laundry (pretty important for tired moms).”
Developed to use in both standard and high-efficiency washers at a cost of around 23 cents per load, I use Babyganics liquid detergent as a stain pre-treater before tossing those dirty bibs into the washer. If you like a bit of scent, it also comes in a lavender scent created with natural essential oils.
What we like: Mineral-based and contains no petroleum-based products, produced in the United States, removes diaper stains and odor
Every parent must make the decision on whether to use cloth or disposable diapers with each having its own merits. If cloth diapers are the final choice, learning how to clean and disinfect them properly is a must. Even if you use a diaper service, there will be times when you need to wash a load of diapers at home.
Rockin’ Green is a small company based in Texas that tackles the challenge of diaper laundry with a mineral-based powdered detergent that removes tough stains but leaves the fabric feeling soft to the touch. Free of dyes and perfumes, the company also offers a Hard Rock formula if you live in an area with hard water that can leave fabrics stiff and scratchy.
On What to Expect, one community member, Smallsteps, reports that ” I no longer have to add tons of other stuff to get my diapers clean and stink free!”
Some 70% of buyers on Amazon give the product a five-star rating. I found that if you follow the proper routine of rinsing and pre-soaking soiled diapers and wash them regularly, for less than 20 cents per load your little one will have clean, odor-free diapers every day.