What a Chore: 8 Modern Cleaning Tools
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The HALO100 works not only on carpet but tile and hardwood floors as well and uses Oreck's UV-C light chamber--in addition to a HEPA filter--to ensure that all germs, dirt, and debris are cleaned out of the carpets
- Sweeping up is a crummy job, but someone’s got to do it. Luckily, these eight vacuum cleaners are here to help you eliminate even the biggest of messes.
Did you know that most surface cleaners are a mix of 5% solution and a whopping 95% water? That's a whole lot of bottle you're buying every time for such a small amount of concentrate. Replenish recognizes that ratio can be made the most of with their new bottle design. The large, top half is designed to be reused; The bottom portion carries enough cleanser for four h20-from-the-tap refills, and buying a replacement requires a quick trip to the online store (with free shipping, no less!). We have it on excellent authority from a decidedly tidy and ever-clean colleague that the stuff works wonders. Sign up here to purchase.
Washing up is rarely as enjoyable as the eating that precedes it, which makes us appreciate simple cleaning tools that somehow manage to bring a little levity to the sudsy process. Dutch industrial designer Gijs Bakker made the Dishmop for Droog (the company he co-founded in 1993), and using it is not unlike taking tongs the serving dish to sneak the last meatball. Simply grasp the round sponge between the ends of the steel utensil, secure, and start scrubbing.
- British manufacturer Dyson recently launched the DC 59, a cordless vacuum that's one-and-half times more powerful than its predecessor.
When selecting Electrolux's Versaility upright vacuum cleaner, you can pick your color in amethyst, tangerine, or vivid green but all will come with a HEPA filter and quick-release wand to help you clean those hard-to-reach spot.
LG's Kompressor vacuum boasts the company's DualForce+ suction system, a bagless bin, and a 40-foot cord--though we think its remote control for adjusting settings while cleaning might be a little over the top. Nonetheless, the LuV300B gets the job done and is one of the few vacuums to be certified asthma- and allergy-friendly by the Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America. (HEPA filter equipped.)
The Birillo Toilet Brush lends a touch of elegance to an otherwise dolesome household chore. Created by Italian-based designer Piero Lissoni, the Birillo Toilet Brush is made from shatter-proof PMMA in opaque white and high polished stainless steel to create a mirror effect. Perfectly compliments the rest of the collection of Birillo bathroom accessories for the modern home.