We will never clean the same way again.
Every year, we test out countless cleaning projects and are inundated with recommendations from cleaning pros on the one wipe, scrubber, or brush they just can’t live without. By the end of the year, some of the products end up in a cabinet never to be touched again, while others earn themselves a permanent spot in our cleaning toolkit. Here are six products that made the cut in 2017.
Cleaning a cast-iron skillet the right way (i.e. without dish detergent) even when it’s caked with cooked-on food goes down as one of the most notoriously difficult cleaning tasks. But earlier this year, we discovered a product that’s up to the challenge: The Ringer. This stainless steel scrubber resembles chainmail, and according to our review, it’s every bit as tough as it looks.
To buy: $15; amazon.com.
Microfiber Cleaning Cloth
Did you know that microfiber is actually capable of cleaning on the microscopic level? The fibers are so tiny, they can brush bacteria off of surfaces, even when used without sprays or chemicals. Plus, they create a streak-free shine on mirrors and windows.
To buy: $7; amazon.com.
Scotch-Brite Disposable Toilet Scrubber
When we asked cleaning experts for the fastest, least gross way to clean a toilet, Becky Rapinchuk of Clean Mama recommended this toilet wand. The brilliance behind the design: while the wand is reusable, each scrubbing sponge is disposable, and a single button releases the sponge into the trash so the process is as hands-off as possible.
To buy: $9; amazon.com.
One of our favorite tools from our list of spring-cleaning must-haves this year, we appreciate this tub strainer’s ability to prevent a drain disaster. It catches hair before it causes a clog, saving you from having to use a drain cleaner or call a plumber, explains Donna Smallin Kuper, the blogger behind unclutter.com.
To buy: $13; bedbathandbeyond.com.
Efferdent Anti-Bacterial Denture Cleaner
Denture tablets may be an unconventional item to add to your cleaning arsenal, but trust us when we say they’re miracle workers. This year, we used them to get stubborn stains off of plasticware. Fill each plastic container with warm water, drop in a double tablets, and viola—your tomato sauce-stained containers look brand new.
To buy: $11; amazon.com.
Sabrina Silver Polishing Cloth
When it comes to refreshing tarnished silver, brass, or gold jewelry, nothing beats this pre-treated cloth. No messy creams necessary—one side of the cloth cleans, while the other side buffs.
To buy: $7; amazon.com.