7 Surprisingly Stylish Cleaning Tools That Double as Decor

published Jun 5, 2023
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someone dusting a wood table with a pink microcloth
Credit: Photo: Sidney Bensimon; Prop Styling: Anna Surbatovich

You’ve heard the phrase “out of sight, out of mind,” but that’s especially true when it comes to cleaning supplies. If I don’t see my mop, then I’m honestly way less likely to even think about using it. Can’t find my counter spray because it’s stashed under the sink? I may just forgo the task altogether. That’s why cleaning supplies that actually look stylish are the ticket: You can keep them out in the open, just like you would with decor, to potentially help kick off your next quick tidying session or weekend cleaning marathon.

Maybe you’re even short on closet storage or under-sink space for stashing these to begin with or just happen to appreciate a really well-designed everyday item. Either way, these seven ultra-sleek cleaning tools for the bathroom, kitchen, and beyond serve major style inspiration — all while getting the job done and done well.

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A toilet brush is one of those cleaning supplies you absolutely need but wish you never had to see — that is, until now. New York-based home brand Staff created a funky-meets-functional toilet brush with a bright green handle, shiny black holding canister (air holes included!), and a brass ring for extra pizazz. Because of the brush head’s replaceable design, you can keep your bathroom happy with this cheeky tool for years to come.

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Designed by Scandinavian home goods brand Iris Hantverk, this sleek long-handled dustpan and brush set is handmade by visually-impaired craftsmen using birchwood and horsehair. The warm tone of the wood, paired with the minimalist pan, makes this a decor-worthy addition to any empty corner, and it’s compact enough to stay on display 24/7.

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Danish-inspired home brand HAY is synonymous with an elevated, fun aesthetic, and that even extends to their cleaning staples. These patterned sponge dish cloths come in a pack of 3 for under $20, with your choice of four different color combos. Perfect for kitchen clean-ups, these eco-friendly cloths were created in 1949 by a Swedish engineer for ultra absorbency. They’re also dishwasher-safe, completely biodegradable, and made with recycled material — what’s not to love?

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Staff has truly cornered the market for whimsical cleaning supplies, as seen with their recently-launched mop, too, which features three translucent, acrylic handles separated by sparkling brass accents. It’s topped with a rubber “hat,” as well, designed to stay propped up against a wall (while just generally looking cute, too). Pair this with disinfecting wet mop pads for an easy — and downright fun — cleaning experience.

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Whether you make your own natural cleaning solution or use a concentrate, a reusable bottle should be part of your cleaning arsenal. These handmade matte black glass spray bottles from Etsy look undeniably sleek and come in three different sizes. Keep at least one out on your counters, or try another as a plant mister.

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Your bathroom deserves to look just as design-forward as any other space in the home, but nothing’s aesthetically pleasing about a water-stained glass shower door. Make your wipe-down ritual feel like less of a chore with this shower squeegee by Blomus, available at Amazon and West Elm in colors like moonbeam, misty rose, tan, and charcoal. Each comes with a matching over-the-door hook, too, and both pieces are made of rust-resistant silicone.

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Yamazaki Home

Stylish cleaning supplies call for equally stylish storage, and Japanese brand Yamazaki knows how to make everyday essentials beautiful. Their simple white caddy has an easy-to-hold wooden handle for toting necessities from room to room. Plus, it can function well as a toolbox or toy bin if need be.