Best Countertop Spray: Mrs. Meyer’s in Radish
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
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
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 Pocket
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
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
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
What it is: Bissell's latest handheld spot cleaner promises to permanently remove tough stains on carpets, rugs, upholstery and stairs—especially 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
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
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
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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 function—very simple and quick.” —Cynthia F., iVillage reader
To buy: Black and Decker LSWV36 36V Lithium Ion Sweeper Vac, $149.99 at amazon.com