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.
- I'll confess it now: I still buy and use all those household cleaning beasties that I know I shouldn't like Windex, Formula 409 and that scourge of bathtub rings, Soft Scrub.
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.
- Tis the season for having guests—and thus a clean house, as well. And while you'll want a toilet brush on hand, you may not want your current one out on display.
Spring cleaning is (likely) not the most glamorous thing you'll get up to this month, but there's little else that's more fulfilling than emptying out a junk drawer and organizing—really and truly organizing—the contents that remain. These open-topped bamboo boxes are a nice alternative to plastic bins, and, because they're stackable, would suit almost any depth of drawer.