The 7 Best New Cleaning Products of 2021

published Dec 23, 2021
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When you find a cleaning product that you really, truly love, it’s hard to imagine your life without it. Just imagine what it was like to clean a sink, stove, or shower without a Magic Eraser, for example. Maybe you can remember a time without the Magic Eraser (it came out in 2003), but you probably don’t want to.

The passion that people feel when a cleaning product effortlessly gets the job done is why it can be hard for a new cleaning product to enter the market; when people know what they like to use, they’re skeptical about trying something new. On the other hand, though, it’s exactly why the cleaning product industry is worth more than $34 billion a year. Yes, billion. The risk of people not loving a product is outweighed by the possibility that people just can’t get enough of it. After all, you never know just what could become the Magic Eraser. 

In 2021, there was more demand on the market for cleaning products than ever (thanks to COVID-19), and there were a handful of new items to hit the market. Here are 7 of our favorites:

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These plant-powered laundry detergent squares are liquidless, powderless, and plastic-free. One sheet handles one load of laundry and cleans the clothing through natural enzymes. Made without dyes, brighteners, parabens, or phosphates, ECOS offers a more sustainable and clean laundry option than you might have seen before. What’s more, it has a 4.5-star rating and more than 3,200 reviews on Amazon.

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If the brand name Safely sounds familiar to you, it’s because it was created by Kris Jenner. Safely’s Universal Cleaner comes in a smartly-designed bottle (the branding is pretty chic, too) and uses ingredients like mineral salts and coconut oils to safely and effectively clean surfaces. Plus, the bottle is refillable.

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Forget what you think you know about sponges, because the Sqwishful sponges are a little different. Made from natural wood pulp, these sponges start out flat and expand when exposed to water. The compressive nature of the sponge means it saves you space, but also reduces its carbon footprint. Plus, they have a unique shape that helps you reach tricky corners or edges of dishes and silverware.

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In search of everyday wipes that are 100 percent cotton and include basically nothing else? These would be a good option. They are fragrance-free, soap-free, lotion-free, paraben-free, alcohol-free, hypoallergenic, dermatologist-approved, pediatrician recommended, and usable for newborns or adults, making them perfect for just about anyone with sensitive skin.

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Technically, The Pink Stuff was created in 1938, so it’s not exactly a new product. However, it reached new levels of fame in 2021 thanks to TikToks advertising just how well it works in cleaning everything from glass, to barbecues, to boats.

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Dyson launched three new vacuums in 2021, but its V15 Detect is particularly great, as it’s ideal for those who live in smaller spaces. The model has a bunch of high-tech, new features, as well as the cutting edge technology that Dyson is known for, including letting you know just how much dust and dirt it’s picked up in real time. Pretty cool.