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5 Cleaning Products We Love

Our top picks for effortless cleaning.
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If cleaning were fun, it would be called shopping. These superhero-like tools help you get through it fast, with less effort and more style.

1. Dyson DC65 Animal Complete

$650; dyson.com

If it’s power you seek, look no further. Dyson’s Radial Root Cyclone technology creates the maximum suction possible. Add the famous Dyson maneuvering “ball,” and even the tightest corners are easy to navigate; carpet, wood, tile are all a piece of cake, without the sore back. It’s a must for pet owners and anyone with serious ground-in dirt.

2. Bissell Steam Mop 18677

$122; bestbuy.com

Yes, the 360-degree-swivel head reaches under counters and around toilets, but the real draw of this steam mop is cleaning any type of floor with just water. If you’re looking for a chemical-free home, it’s the way to go. Steam is a sanitizer, so you don’t have to worry about leaving germs to fester in the interest of going green.

3. Fels-Naptha Soap

$3.30; soap.com

Created in the 1890s, this cleaning staple continues to attract a cult-like following (just take a look at its Facebook fan page, where devotees offer tons of cleaning uses). One of the more popular: pretreating tough stains like makeup and chocolate. Others swear it cleans a mildew-ridden shower like nothing else.

4. Eureka Easy Clean Handheld Vacuum

$38; homedepot.com

Rotating brushes, crazy-strong rollers, and serious suction make this lightweight wonder (under five pounds) ideal for sucking up dog hair and vacuuming Cheerios from the kitchen floor. Bonus: It’s small enough to get the mess in the car, too.

5. Brendan Ravenhill Dustbin

$149; westelm.com

What can you expect from what Ravenhill describes as the love child of a trash bin and a dustpan? A surprisingly sleek, chic design that gives you two essential products in one. The magnetic brush sticks to the side so it’s easy to grab, while the dustpan lifts easily off the top.

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