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Cleaning

Cleaning doesn't have to be a time-consuming chore. With the right supplies, tools, and accessories, cleaning can be easier and more efficient. From dish soap to your laundry detergent and everything in between, we've researched and tested hundreds of items that claim to help you clean your home. We dish the dirt on which cleaning products work best and which claims are hype, and we dig deep into what's in the bottle.

A Great Shop Vacuum (or Wet Dry Vac) Ridgid 12-Gallon WD1270 Wet Dry Vac
The Ridgid 12-Gallon WD1270 Wet Dry Vac is a capable, powerful vacuum we’ve used to clean up big spills and messes for years.
The Best Air Purifier Coway AP-1512HH Mighty
The results of some 300 hours of research over four years prove that the Coway AP-1512HH Mighty is the best air purifier for most people.
The Best Robot Vacuums EcoVacs Deebot N79
After testing 14 models on more than 90 cleaning cycles in 2017, we think the nimble EcoVacs Deebot N79 is the best affordable robot vacuum.
The Best Laundry Detergent Tide Ultra Stain Release Free
We spent 85 hours doing research and ran 456 pounds of laundry to determine that the best overall detergent is Tide Ultra Stain Release Free. It’s tops at removing odors and stains, plus it’s not too pricey.
The Best Wet Mop O-Cedar Microfiber Cloth Mop
We considered hundreds of mops and tested eight, and the O-Cedar Microfiber Cloth Mop (along with the O-Cedar Quick Wring Bucket) was the best at soaking and scrubbing every spill we tested it against.
The Best Cordless Stick Vacuum Dyson V6
After more than 100 hours of research and testing, we’re sure the Dyson V6 is the best cordless vacuum, with cleaning performance no other brand can match.
The Best Handheld Vacuum Black+Decker Max Lithium Flex Vacuum BDH2020FL
More than 100 hours of research over the past five years proves the Black+Decker Max Lithium Flex Vacuum BDH2020FL has power and versatility that no other handheld vac can match.
The Best All-Purpose Cleaner Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner
After over 60 hours of research, and more than 500 swipes with paper towels on five different stains and four different surfaces, we think Puracy Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner is the cleaner to get.
The Best Vacuums Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352
After our look at more than 330 vacuums over hundreds of hours, our favorite vacuum for most people is still the Shark Navigator Lift-Away NV352.
The Best Steam Mop Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940
Steam mops can ruin your floors, so read this before buying: After putting in 38 hours of research and testing, we know the Bissell PowerFresh Steam Mop 1940 is the best tool to clean (only) glazed tile or sealed stone floors.
The Best Portable Carpet and Upholstery Cleaner Bissell SpotClean Pro
After 25 hours of research and testing five portable steam cleaners and carpet cleaners, we think the Bissell SpotClean Pro is the best tool for spot treating rugs and upholstery. It was the best at lifting chocolate, wine, and coffee stains from couch cushions and a white shag carpet.
The Best Dish Soap Seventh Generation Natural Dish Liquid
After more than 65 hours of research and testing 28 detergents, we found the Seventh Generation Dish Liquid is the best for most people. You can’t beat the cleaning power of Seventh Generation. Plus, the company doesn’t use dyes or synthetic fragrances in its product, and it doesn’t test on animals.
Which Vacuum Should I Get?
The complete set of questions to ask, factors to consider, and options available to find the best vacuum to suit your needs.
The Best Broom, Dustpan, and Dust Mop Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom
Over the past six months, we spent 125 hours researching 215 brooms, dustpans, and dust mops before testing 36 of them firsthand. The $10 Casabella Wayclean Wide Angle Broom is the best and least expensive broom we tested. The $6 OXO Good Grips Clip-On Dustpan outperformed every other dustpan when paired with the Casabella broom. The $19 O-Cedar Dual-Action Microfiber Flip Mop held more dirt than any other dust mop we tested.
The Best Toilet Brush Lysol Bowl Brush
We spent more than 30 hours on research, scrubbed three toilets 48 different times, and compared notes with professional housekeepers to find the $6 Lysol Bowl Brush is the best toilet brush for most bathrooms. The caddy is the simplest to use, clean, and disinfect of any we tested, as well as the only caddy that allowed the brush bristles to dry out completely. Of course, it can also clean a toilet well.
The Best Outdoor Brooms O-Cedar Professional 24" Multi-Surface Push Broom
We tested 14 outdoor brooms with a troop of Boy Scouts to find that the O’Cedar 24” Multi-Surface Push Broom is the best option for your driveway, decking, patio, or garage floor. Its blend of stiff and soft bristles can handle fine particles and heavier debris, wet or dry. A unique fastener you won’t find on any of the competition means the head won’t detach from the handle while you’re sweeping.
The Best Kitchen Trash Bag Glad Tall Kitchen drawstring bag
The best trash bag for hauling garbage that is heavy or sharp or simply kitchen detritus is the Glad Tall Kitchen drawstring bag. It’s the favorite of Consumer Reports and Good Housekeeping and consistently stood up to our testing, holding vastly more weight and demonstrating more resistance to rips and tears than other trash bags.