23 Essential Cleaning Products HGTV Editors Swear By

Make tackling messes a little easier with our favorite tried-and-true cleaning tools.

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January 21, 2021

From a game-changing spot cleaner to an eco-friendly cloth that'll help you reduce your paper towel usage, these tools and supplies have earned permanent spots in the cleaning supply closets of HGTV staffers.



"It’s called the 'Pet Hair Eraser' for a reason. This tough, little machine is perfect for quick pet cleanups, like clumps of hair, scattered litter and food debris. I also use it often to vacuum out my car after messy road trips. The included crevice tool makes it so easy to get in awkward places a standard vacuum just can’t reach." — Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

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"I’m obsessed with this carpet and upholstery spot cleaner. We use it at least weekly. It’s gotten raspberries out of a rug, yogurt off of a sofa, and it brought back a carpeted stairway that we were sure we would have to replace. They should basically hand these out at the hospital when you have kids, though it’s awesome for pets as well." — Marianne Canada, Executive Producer

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"Over the past few years, I’ve tried to reduce my waste in the cleaning department, like using microfiber cloths instead of paper towels, using refillable bottles, etc. This spray mop deep cleans everything from porcelain to vinyl flooring with little waste. It comes with a refillable bottle and reusable microfiber mop pad and a pocket-sized cleaning concentrate that lasts for a while. Plus, I love that the concentrate is phthalate-free, paraben-free, bleach-free, ammonia-free and formaldehyde-free, so it’s safe to use around my pets and toddler. I personally love the Meyer lemon-scented concentrate." — Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

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"I was always skeptical about Dyson vacuums. When my sister saw me vacuuming during a recent visit, she asked how I could drag an appliance around the house that weighed more than a small child. She recommended the Dyson D7 cordless as a replacement and my life has never been the same. If you think you hate vacuuming, I’d bet that you’re just using the wrong one. Since it doesn’t need to be plugged into an outlet and it weighs next-to-nothing, I can zap cobwebs in the high corners of the ceiling, suck up all the Christmas tree needles and keep our dog’s hair tumbleweeds at bay. And I enjoy using it." — Mallory Ziglar, Influencer Marketing Manager

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$399.99 $300

"I always thought a robot vacuum wasn’t for me (I’m really particular about cleaning). But this gadget has changed my life! It may not get every single crumb and dust bunny, but it has decreased the amount of time I have to spend vacuuming each week. Instead of plugging up my corded Shark Navigator every day, I only pull it out to spot clean once or twice a week. Just this morning, my i3 vacuumed the whole house while I went on a neighborhood walk and drank coffee. Can’t beat that convenience!" — Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

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$429.99 $301

"One of my pet peeves is feeling dirt and crumbs stick to my feet. But, thanks to my Neato robot vacuum, stepping on yucky floors is much less of an issue. Dog hair and crumbs are much more manageable, and I don’t spend as much time cleaning the floors." — Molly Miller, Assistant Editor

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"We all know that vinegar can be used to clean almost anything, but did you know that there’s a BIG difference in the distilled white vinegar you buy at the grocery store (five percent acidity) and cleaning vinegar (six percent acidity)? One percent might not sound like a lot, but it actually makes the product up to 20 percent more effective. I started using cleaning vinegar on my glass shower door and I had one of those “no freaking way” moments. The hard water spots I’ve never been able to get clean wiped right off! Just pour the vinegar directly into a spray bottle and use it undiluted as an everyday cleaner for spills on carpet, glass, toilets and other hard surfaces. The smell dissipates in a few hours and your home is left sparkling clean. Pro tip: Don’t use this strong cleaner on porous surfaces such as wood or natural stone countertops and never ever cook with it – save the five percent vinegar for that." — Chelsea Faulkner, Editor

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$11.99 $8

"We refinished our wood floors and got a puppy at the same time... not necessarily a good mix, but we couldn’t say no. We needed to find a spray that would clean up the puppy mess without ruining the flooring. This stain remover has blown our minds. We’ve used it both on our hardwood and on rugs and in both cases, the cleaner removed the spot/stain, left the area smelling fresh and completely removed the odor so that Chief (our pup) was no longer returning to the same spots to have another accident. Highly recommend for both puppy parents and long-time dog moms and dads." — Ellie Sanders, Assistant Editor

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$11.97 (Pack of 3)

"I'm addicted to Mrs. Meyer's products, which make even mundane chores like washing dishes — I am the last person in America without a dishwasher, I think — more pleasant. The peony scent is a current favorite." — Felicia Feaster, Managing Editor

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"I have a senior dog with a slight incontinence problem. This stuff works wonders on pee-pee stains." — Jackie McGilvray, Editor

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"This is my faaaaavorite glass cleaner. It’s cheap, 100-percent recyclable, made in the U.S.A. and works so much better than Windex. Use it with a soft microfiber cloth, and you’ll get crystal clear, streak-free mirrors and glass every time." — Molly Miller, Assistant Editor

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Cruelty-free, ammonia-free, compostable (what!), non-toxic and super effective at cleaning multiple surfaces, these wipes are my go-to for countertops, tabletops and wiping up spills. Plus, they smell heavenly." — Chelsea Faulkner, Editor

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"Litter boxes are a pain, but I can forget they exist for a while thanks to this deodorizer spray. One spritz will cover the entire litter box, destroying odor on contact. Plus, it doesn’t affect clumping! (I know you were wondering.) It even works well for trash cans." — Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

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"I’m a big fan of Bar Keepers Friend for tough stains. This stuff works miracles on stainless steel cookware that has seen better days, removing discoloration and burnt-on food to make it look shiny and new. It can also remove rust, tarnish and mineral deposits from all kinds of surfaces." — Shannon Petrie, Managing Editor

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"Nothing cleans and shines stainless steel appliances (including black stainless steel) like Weiman wipes. Fingerprints, grease, food smears – gone. Plus, you only need one or two to clean an entire fridge, so the product lasts forever." — Chelsea Faulkner, Editor

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"Cleaning bottles by hand is a breeze with this gadget. Other ones I tried over the past year either couldn’t hold up to frequent use or started to mold after just a few weeks — ew! This sponge bottle brush stands upright — away from kitchen germs and bacteria — and comes with a hidden soft, rubber nipple brush to use on small parts." — Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

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"When faced with particulate matter grossly embedded just below the surface of any substrate that demands a militant level of cleanliness... I reach for a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser. Got scum on the tile? Mr. Clean. You got some gunk in the bottom of your Le Cruset that's marring its glorious enamel finish? Mr. Clean. Found yourself with a nasty buildup on your stainless steel sink? Buck up and hit it with a Mr. Clean. They're as safe as any sponge since they're essentially melamine foam, but it's always a good idea to test them on a surface before you go scrubbing it into oblivion." — Derek Trimble, Contributing Writer + Photographer

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"I've been prepping and cooking so much produce at home this past year, so I finally got a brush specifically for scrubbing fruits and veggies to make cleaning staples like carrots so much easier. Plus, it's made from bamboo, recycled plant fiber bristles and recycled plastic bristles, and I love how it looks on my counter — so much better than a neon plastic brush!" — Laura James, Editor

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"For years, I’ve exclusively used cheap toothbrushes to clean hard-to-reach spots like grout and sink drains – until I ran across this set of OXO scrubbers. They work just like a toothbrush, but the bristles are ten times stronger, so they clean better and you can use them over and over. This equals less waste and less money spent replacing your cleaning brushes every month." — Chelsea Faulkner, Editor

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$24.98 $20

"I use a mixture of vinegar, water and essential oils to create natural all-purpose cleaner, and these amber spray bottles are the perfect, stylish vessels to hold my homemade solution. They’re reusable, durable, endlessly versatile and made in the U.S.A.!" — Molly Miller, Assistant Editor

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"I love my glass shower door but hate cleaning it. To prevent the inevitable water droplet residue from building up, I keep this handy little squeegee in the corner of my shower, mostly out of view, so I can do a quick wipe down after showering." — Laura James, Editor

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"I came across this lint/pet hair remover on TikTok and had to have it. My dog sheds like crazy and the ChomChom Roller has been a lifesaver for removing hair from furniture, car interiors and other fabric surfaces. The best part? No sticky paper, batteries or power source required. Simply use quick back and forth strokes to pick up hair and lint. Press the button to open the waste compartment and empty all the contents. It’s that easy!" — Morgan Faulkner, Editorial Assistant

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"When the bottles, sippy cups and baby spoons start to pile up, this dishwasher basket saves the day. It features a smaller top basket — ideal for nipples and pacifiers — and a large lower basket — perfect for collars, valves, spouts and more. Plus, it comes with a straw rack on the side." — Kayla Kitts, Managing Editor

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