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Spring Cleaning
Spring cleaning is always easier with the right gear. From trash bags all the way to label makers, we’ve gathered the best tools to store, organize, toss, wash, and clean with ease. Whether you're ready to chuck your entire closet or you just want to tidy up around the kitchen, these are the supplies that will help you do the job right.

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 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 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 Utility Knife Milwaukee Fastback Flip Utility Knife with Blade Storage
After 40 hours of research over 3 years and testing 23 knives, we’ve found the Milwaukee 48-22-1903 Fastback Flip Utility Knife with Blade Storage stands above the rest.
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 LED Light Bulb Cree 60W Equivalent Soft White A19 Dimmable LED
After researching dozens of LED light bulbs and testing 10, we found that the Cree 60W Equivalent Soft White A19 Dimmable LED is the best. It’s affordable and fully dimmable, and it doesn’t hum.
The Best Paper Towel Bounty Select-A-Size
Bounty Select-A-Size paper towels have more scrubbing ability and wet strength than anything else available, as we’ve confirmed over years of use and in interviews, research, and tests.
The Best Air Purifier Coway AP-1512HH Mighty
The Coway AP-1512HH Mighty is the best air purifier we found in 180 hours of research, due to its excellent performance, affordable price, and low maintenance.
The Best Detergent for Hand Washing Clothes Soak
Move over, Woolite--after 35 hours washing 40 fabric swatches in 22 different washes, Soak beat out competitors to become the best delicates detergent.
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.
The Best Label Maker Brother P-Touch PT-D210
After 40 hours of researching—including talking to small business owners and home users—and testing eight popular models, we’ve determined that the Brother PT-D210 is the best label maker. It was the easiest to use and printed consistently high-quality labels, despite being one of the cheapest models we tested.
The Best Leaf Rake Ames Jackson 1923700 Steel-Tine Leaf Rake
After investigating 42 different rake models and testing five with members of a seasoned volunteer landscaping crew, we found that Ames's Jackson 1923700 Steel-Tine Leaf Rake is the best option for most people. The Jackson rake is well-balanced, more durable than other models we researched, and can work like new for years.
The Best Basic Home Toolkit HDX 76-Piece Homeowner’s Tool Set
After 70 hours spent researching and testing home toolkits, we found that Home Depot’s HDX 76-Piece Homeowner's Tool Set is the best for most homeowners. The compact HDX set features all the essentials at a lower price than competitors charge, and it omits the useless filler tools found in other kits.
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 Storage Containers (for Most People) Sterilite 30 Quart Ultra Latching Storage Box
After more than 40 hours of testing plastic storage containers by stuffing them, dropping them, soaking them, and hauling them around, we found that the Sterilite 30 Quart Ultra Latching Storage Box has the best balance of durability, security, and affordability ($40 for a six pack). It didn’t crack in our drop tests or leak in our water tests designed to re-create a flooded basement. And if you need a larger or super-rugged bin, we have picks for those, too.
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 Scissors & Kitchen Shears Kai 5210 8-inch Dressmaking Shears
The Kai 5210 8-Inch Dressmaking Shears are the best all-around household scissors because they’re light and they cut with the smoothest snip of any scissors we tested. They handled cardboard, blue jeans, and even picture-hanging wire without issue. For the kitchen, the OXO Good Grips Kitchen and Herb Scissors are the best for most people because their micro-serrated blade grips meat while the other blade cleanly cuts through—something the competition doesn’t do.
The Best Step Stool Gorilla 2-Step Aluminum Step Stool Ladder with 225 lb. Type II Duty Rating
We took a hard look at new competition in the world of step stools, but it was the new version of last year's favorite Gorilla EasyReach 2-step that came out on top. It's a great size for most use cases, is surprisingly light, and gives you a bigger lift than other stools we tested. Plus, this newer version features a built-in tool shelf.
The Best Duct Tape Duck Max Strength
If you’re looking for the best roll of duct tape to have around the house, we recommend Duck Max Strength. It has a strong adhesive that sticks well to wood, masonry, plastic and glass. It tears in a nice straight line and has good flexibility so it’s easy to wrap around odd shapes and curved surfaces.
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.
The Best Portable Document Scanner Epson ES-300W
After 100 hours of research and testing since 2013, we think the wireless, battery-powered Epson ES-300W is the best portable scanner for most people.
The Best Paper Shredders AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Cross-Cut
After we interviewed a man who made his living stealing discarded personal data and then tested paper shredders with a physicist, we recommend the $50 AmazonBasics 12-Sheet Cross-Cut for your paper-document, credit-card, or data-DVD-shredding needs. It was our pick last year, and we still couldn't find a shredder with comparable shredding capacity for the same low price.