Best Products: Strong Household Cleaners

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All of these are from reader's comments and has grown by over 40 comments to deepen the list. Some of these are toxic and some are not. We recommend non-toxic, but realize that some folks will debate over whether non-toxic can really get stuff as clean. What do you think? This is a companion piece to our Gentle Household Cleaner List.

patrick (the other one) - I swear by SoftScrub and Clorox Clean-up.

pphilip - Also a fan of Clorox Clean-Up - just when I think nothing will get that stain off my countertop, it does.

Brian - RED DEVIL - BEST Drain Opener (lye) 18 oz. white plastic bottle with red & blue lettering ($4.29).

Patrick - I use mrs. myer's clean day products, and a miele. they are such a pleasure to use i want to regularly clean.

Fiona - White vinegar is a great, non-toxic cleaner that I swear by.

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Me of Me Inc - Mr. clean magic sponges are great.

EBrown - Method daily spray shower cleaner. Smells fabulous and actually works.

Rachael - SoftScrub has been the cleaning product o' choice for a long time, despite the white residue it can leave behind. I use a flat, rectangular Scott brillo pad to clean surfaces, since it removes grime and tile gunk.

Oh, forgot about the Clorox bleach pen. Gets crud out of those bathroom and kitchen sink crevices, and it got tea stains out of my white-on-white embroidered duvet cover.

(ReEdited from 2005-05-10 - MGR)

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Maxwell left teaching in 2001 to start Apartment Therapy as a design business helping people to make their homes more beautiful, organized AND healthy. The website started up in 2004 with the help of his brother, Oliver.