Stuff We Love Awards 2013: Cleaning Products

Our floors shine. Our toilet sparkles. And we give the credit to these 10 get-it-done cleaning products and small appliances. Comment below on your top picks for a chance to win $500!

Best Countertop Spray: Mrs. Meyer’s in Radish

Best Cleaning Products Countertop Spray Mrs. Meyers

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What it is: Mrs. Meyer’s all-purpose countertop spray freshens and clean without the potentially harmful chemicals found in some traditional sprays. Now available in a radish scent, the cleaner is great for tile, counters, walls, bathroom fixtures, porcelain and synthetic stone. 

Why we love it: “I love using Mrs. Meyer's Countertop Spray to clean my kitchen countertops at the end of the day. The scent is light and refreshing and I don't have to worry about harsh chemicals.” —Rachel Ball, blogger, Elephantine

To buy: Mrs. Meyer's Countertop Spray in Radish, $3.99 at mrsmeyers.com

 

Best Scrubber: The Original Spaghetti Scrub

Best Cleaning Products Spaghetti Scrub

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What it is: The Original Spaghetti Scrub is a reusable scrubber made from corn cobs or peach pits. It's abrasive and effective enough to clean through tough grease with only a small drop of soap.

Why we love it: "I mean, they're made of peach pits. How cool is that?! It gets schmutz of pretty much any surface quickly and easily—and unlike normal sponges, you need hardly any soap to get the job done." —Justina Blakeney, blogger, Justina Blakeney

To buy: Goodbye Detergent Original Spaghetti Scrub, $1.30 at amazon.com

 

Best Laundry Detergent: The Honest Company 4-in-1 Pods

Best Cleaning Products The Honest Company 4-in-1 Laundry Pods

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What they are: The sustainable brand's laundry pods promise to do four things—clean, fight stains, brighten and soften—without harsh chemicals or fragrances. The pre-measured portions work on all types of laundry and are hypoallergenic and biodegradable. 

Why we love them: “Honest’s laundry pods are a favorite for so many reasons. They don’t contain any harsh chemicals, chlorine or fragrances, so they’re perfect for my eczema-prone kids’ clothes; they’re pre-measured and super-convenient and they’re multi-tasking powerhouses.” —Erika Janes, senior editor, iVillage

To buy: The Honest Company 4-in-1 Laundry Pods, $15.95 at honest.com

 

Best Mop: Shark Steam PocketBest Cleaning Products Shark Steam Pocket Mop

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What it is: A mop that harnesses the power of water alone to clean tile and hardwood floors. The two-sided steam pocket pad gives twice the cleaning power of traditional mops and comes with two cleaning heads: one for large areas of floor and another for tighter nooks and crannies.

Why we love it: “I can clean my wood and tile floors without using any chemicals, and I can throw the mop into the washer and dryer and use it all over again the next time I clean. My floors really look great and I feel as if I have been kind to the environment.” —Sharon Rowley, iVillage iVoice and blogger, Momof6

To buy: Shark S3601 Steam Pocket Mop, $129.99 at amazon.com

 

Best Wood Cleaner: Murphy Original Oil Soap

Best Cleaning Products Murphy's Oil Soap

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What it is: Murphy Original Formula Oil Soap, which has been around for over 100 years, is a staple that can be used to clean finished hardwood floors, furniture, cabinets, tile and linoleum.

Why we love it: “It is amazing on hardwood floors, but I use it on tile and vinyl flooring too. It smells amazing, and is a natural gentle soap. It is also widely available, unlike some other natural products which can only be found in specialty shops.” —Tanya, blogger, Dans le Townhouse

To buy: Murphy Oil Soap Original Formula, $7.26 at amazon.com

 

Best Dishwasher Soap: Ecover Tablets

Best Cleaning Products Ecover Dishwasher Tablets

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What it is: Ecover's phosphate-free tablets are easy to use (just pop them in your dishwasher) and completely biodegradable. 

Why we love it: “Some green cleaning products say they’re planet-friendly, but when you read the fine print, they’re not. Others are as green as they say they are, but they don’t actually work. I tried many dishwasher detergents before finding Ecover—it’s truly green and it works!” —Lisa Moran, pregnancy and parenting channel editor, iVillage

To buy: Ecover Ecological Automatic Dishwasher Tablets, $4.05 at vitacost.com

 

Best Stain Cleaner: Bissell Spot Clean Complete Pet

Best Cleaning Products BISSELL SpotClean Complete Pet Handheld Deep Cleaner

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What it is: Bissell's latest handheld spot cleaner promises to permanently remove tough stains on carpets, rugs, upholstery and stairsespecially pesky pet stains and smells.

Why we love it: "I picked a couple of older spots—the problem areas in my house—and the spot cleaner cleaned them up really well. I also love that there are measuring marks that tell you how much solution to add depending on a large or small stain." —Amanda Hawkins, associate lifestyles editor, iVillage

To buy: Bissell Spot Clean Complete Pet Handheld Deep Cleaner, $119.00 at bedbathandbeyond.com

 

Best Vacuum: Eureka AirSpeed One Turbo

Best Cleaning Products Eureka Vacuum

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What it is: Ringing up at less than $60, this bagless vac cleans multiple carpet types and removes dust and dirt from furniture and stairs using an attached turbo nozzle.

Why we love it: "At just nine pounds, this vacuum is very portable but has the strength of a heavyweight. It’s super easy to handle and has 40 feet of reach, which comes in handy when I’m cleaning behind furniture or on top of our entertainment center. It also has a special nozzle for my stairs and upholstery." —Dina El Nabli, health and lifestyle director, iVillage 

To buy: Eureka AS2011A AirSpeed One Turbo Bagless Upright Vacuum with Turbo Nozzle, $59.96 at walmart.com

 

Best Wall Cleaner: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Select-a-Size

Best Cleaning Products Mr. Clean Magic Eraser

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What it is: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser uses water-activated micro-scrubbers to remove scruff marks, dirt and stains from walls, baseboards and floors. The select-a-size model is scored in six different sized portions for the ideal size for any job.

Why we love it: "This thing lives up to its magic reputation. I don’t know how it works, but it gets out everything—pen on the tables, dirty fingerprints on the wall, algae off the exterior siding, you name it." —Liz Zack, editorial director, iVillage

To buy: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser Select-A-Size Cleaning Pads, $4.85 for 6 at soap.com

 

Best Backyard Sweeper: Black & Decker 36V Sweeper Vac

Best Cleaning Products Black & Decker 36V Sweeper Vac

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What it is: Black and Decker's outdoor sweeper vac converts from a leaf blower to a easy-to-handle vacuum to remove debris from patios, decks, garages and walkways.

Why we love it: “It’s very lightweight and manageable. I use it to clean my patio which accumulates a lot of leaves, debris and lawn clippings. It effectively suctions up almost all of the debris. What I like most is the ease in switching between the blower and vac functionvery simple and quick.” —Cynthia F., iVillage reader

To buy: Black and Decker LSWV36 36V Lithium Ion Sweeper Vac, $149.99 at amazon.com

 

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