Best of house cleaners

Published: February 9, 2015
THE BEST OF HOUSE CLEANERS There are many different cleaning products and tools on the market, each promising to help make housework easier. However, in order to keep your home clean, there are a few basic tools and cleaners that are an absolute must-have to make cleaning both effective and easy. Although everybody's cleaning needs are slightly different – for instance, a home with full wall-to-wall carpeting throughout will have different needs than one with hardwood floors – hese house cleaning basics will cover all your cleaning bases.
  1. 1 Swiffer sweeper

      This type of sweeper is great for dry mopping hard surface floors.The disposable pads pick up far more dust, pet hair and dirt than a broom can, making sweeping floors easier and more effective. The head of the sweeper swivels, making quick work of tight corners where a broom would be ineffective. Some models are also wet mops.
  2. 2 Bar Keepers Friend

    Bar Keepers Friend is an absolutely indispensible cleanser for many household cleaning jobs. This inexpensive cleanser will make quick work of cleaning even the toughest stains from many surfaces, including stainless steel, ceramic tile, fiberglass, porcelain, copper and china. Safe for use around food, Bar Keepers friend is great for cleaning sinks, stainless steel pots and pans, and can remove rust and other stains quickly, leaving a shine behind.

  3. 3 Hoover WindTunnel Pet Rewind vacuum

    For pet owners, this vacuum is a must. The WindTunnel Pet Rewind™ bagless upright helps you manage unruly pet hair with an integrated, easy-to-clean air-powered pet hand tool for use on furniture and in corners. The patented WindTunnel® technology traps and channels dirt into the dirt cup and minimizes scatter -- great news when you're dealing with floating pet hair!

  4. 4 Clorox Clean-up

    Clorox Clean-Up is a great cleaner for the bathroom and kitchen, killing germs that can cause odors and disease. Because it contains bleach, it not only cleans but also disinfects. It quickly cleans away dirt, stains and grease, in addition to killing mold and mildew.
  5. 5 Murphy's Oil Soap

    Murphy's Oil Soap has been unsurpassed for decades in its ability to safely and gently clean finished wood surfaces. Ideal for cleaning hardwood floors and wood trim, it also does a great job cleaning furniture and many other household surfaces, including painted surfaces, no-wax floors and more. Traditional Murphy's Oil Soap is available in a concentrate,
    but there is also a spray product for easy cleaning without the need to dilute.
  6. 6 Milsek Furniture Polish

    Milsek Furniture Polish doesn't leave behind a waxy or silicone build-up, as many types of spray-on furniture polishes can do. Instead, it polishes wood by nourishing it with natural oils, leaving behind a non-greasy finish in addition to a beautiful shine. It is unsurpassed for polishing and protecting wood furniture and trim in the home.
  7. 7 Windex

    Windex is a classic for cleaning glass without streaking.
    It is also perfect for cleaning other surfaces in your home, such as stainless steel, mirrors, chrome and tile. It cleans these surfaces quickly and effectively without leaving behind a residue or streaks.

  8. 8 Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

    These amazing sponges can remove scuff marks from floors, remove stains and crayon marks, and are good for cleaning the tops of stoves, including countertop stove surfaces. They also do a remarkable job on sinks, and most other surfaces. They work without the need for additional cleaners, and can remove almost any type of marks or dirt.
  9. 9 Lysol Toilet Bowl

    This effective toilet bowl cleaner has a thick formula that helps clean above the waterline. It is powerful enough to dissolve mineral deposits and rust stains, and disinfects while it cleans to help kill bathroom germs.
  10. 10 The Works Tub and Shower Cleaner

    Very effective on shower and tub areas, this cleaner removes even tough soap scum and mineral deposits on contact without the need for scrubbing. Simply spray the cleaner on shower surfaces, and wipe or rinse clean. It is also one of the more economical tub and shower cleaners on the market.