Best Cleaning Products for Every Kind of Mess


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The hardest part about cleaning is finding the right — well, best — products to get the job done. Because, let’s face it, a pesky wine stain isn’t going to remove itself. Whether you’re dealing with stubborn soap scum, hard-to-clean streaks, or burned-on spills, these cleaning products selected by the Good Housekeeping Cleaning Lab will make everything in your house — clothes, countertops, and carpets, included — look just like new. Right this way to a cleaner, mess-free home.

Platinum Action Pacs Detergent – CASCADE

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Not only does this GH Seal holder dissolve stuck-on food without a problem, but it leaves glasses spot-free and shiny. Thanks to Dawn’s grease-fighting power, these do-it-all pacs clean baked-on messes in one wash, which means there’s no pre-wash necessary.

Magic Eraser Extra Durable – MR. CLEAN

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Crayon on walls, scuffs on floors, even dried-out refrigerator spills wipe up easily with this tool. “We haven’t found another eraser that lasts as long or works as well as this GH Seal holder,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab.

Disinfecting Wipes – LYSOL

Antibacterial wipes are the superheroes of cleaning supplies: they’re easy to grab, disposable, and clean while they disinfect. To get rid of germs, use them on faucets, toilets, and appliance handles; light switches; doorknobs; remote controls; and other common areas. 

ProClean Stain Fighter Liquid Laundry Detergent – PERSIL

If you’ve stayed true to liquid laundry detergent, Persil ProClean Stain Fighter is the best of GH’s test. This detergent beat out 42 other formulas because it can remove even the most stubborn stains — yep, even coffee.

Hardwood Floor Cleaner Spray – BONA

Give your hardwood floors a much-needed clean without taking away their shine — literally. A leader in our Cleaning Lab tests, Bona dissolved dried-on stains and left our test wood floors looking good as new. 

Cooktop Cleaning Kit- AFFRESH

Cleaning your stovetop doesn’t have to be messy or complicated. This cleaning kit, complete with cream cleanser, scrubbing pads, and a scraper, gets rid of burned-on spills without streaking.

Disinfecting Wet Mopping Cloths – SCENTIVA

Sure, that mop tucked away in the closet does the job, but it doesn’t disinfect like these scented Scentiva cloths. If you need to kill germs (think: bathrooms, pet areas, or anywhere that kids roam), then these are your best bet. 

Bathroom And Kitchen Cleaner – CLR

If you dread cleaning the bathroom, CLR is for you. “This is my favorite cleaner, because it dissolves soap scum and whitens grout with very little scrubbing or effort,” says Forte. Another bonus:  It carries EPA Safer Choice certification, so you don’t have to worry about harsh fumes.

Goo Gone Original- WEIMAN

Life’s stickiest moments are no match for this tough cleaner: “Goo Gone is best for removing sticky stuff, like tape residue, gum, and candle wax,” says Forte. You can even use it on hard surfaces, carpeting, and clothing.

These are some of the best cleaning products you should invest in to keep your house clean.

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