Best Cleaning Tools from the Archives

Best Cleaning Tools from the Archives

Sarah Coffey
May 24, 2010

Cleaning tools aren't the sexiest things to write about, but we use them constantly. They make just as big of an impact on our home life as a shelving system or a rug, so it's nice to give them a fair shake every once in a while. We combed the archives for our editors' favorites, and we're hoping you'll fill out the list for us.

  1. Pop-Up Sponges: Made from 100% cellulose, these sponges can be stored flat. When you're ready to use them, just add water and they expand. Find them here (among other places) for $14/pack.
  2. Miele Vacuums: They're pricey (ranging from low hundreds to several thousands) but good. Miele's HEPA canister vacuums are well suited to homes with bare floors and area rugs, since they're great at sucking up the dust that collects near baseboards but not as easy to maneuver over a huge carpeted area.
  3. Electrolux Ergorapido 2-in-1 Sweeper: This stick vacuum is good for people that need a quick, daily vacuum for hard floors and an occasional dust-buster style hand vac for furniture, drapes, and textiles. The smart design combines a handheld and stick vac in one piece.
  4. Twist Euro Cloths: These spongy sheets replace paper towels, and you can buy them at Whole Foods or other major chains. Find more info here.
  5. Muji Cleaning System: This Japanese system is a kit of parts that comes with a broom, duster, sponge, and mop all in one. Find it here.
  6. Polder Compact Dish Rack: At just 6.5 inches wide, this stainless steel dish rack can fit into a narrow strip of space on the countertop. Find it here or at stores like Bed, Bath & Beyond or Buy.com for around $25.
  7. Simplehuman Steel Frame Dish Rack: Their dish racks are sturdy and well-designed with a drip tray and drainage spout that funnels water without getting gross. Find it here or at major kitchen retailers for $70.
  8. Tub Trugs: We use these flexible plastic tubs for laundry and the occasional ice bucket, but they also work for gardening. Find them here starting around $12.
  9. California Water Blade Squeegee: Shower and window sprays never work as well as we wish they did, but squeegees are surprisingly efficient. This one is designed for cars, but it works just as well on glass surfaces. Find it here for $20.
  10. Retractable Indoor Clothesline: If you dry your clothes on the shower curtain rod, this is a great way to streamline your system. Find it here for $35.


Photos: Williams Sonoma (1), Miele (2), Gregory Han (3), Janel Laban (4), Sarah Coffey (5), Maxwell Gillingham-Ryan (6, 7, 10), Simplehuman (7), Auto Barn (9)

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