Best Household Cleaners According To Interior Designers Whose Jobs DEPEND On Clean

best-household-cleaners-by-Melissa-Ann-Barrett.jpgI like seeing unbiased reviews regarding peoples’ favorite household cleaning products. 

Honest feedback from those whose opinions truly matter is hard to come by. 

That’s why I’m grateful to House Beautiful for posting these interviews with 14 top designers. In addition to their favorite design styles and products, there is also valuable information about their favorite household cleaners.

One thing’s for sure: an interior designer needs to make a great first impression. And high-end designers (like the 14 featured here) have access to some of the best products around. To see which household cleaners they personally choose to get the job done is quite interesting to me. 

Here’s a summary of the household cleaning products these interior designers like best…

Barbara Barry’s Favorites

Soap: Luxo sandalwood bar soap

Vacuum: Miele vacuum


Mario Buatta’s Favorites

Soap: Glycerine soap

Cleaning product: Simple Green

Vacuum: Electrolux vacuum


Eric Cohler’s Favorites

Soap: Molton brown soap

Cleaning product: Murphy Oil Soap


Barry Dixon’s Favorites

Soap: Hermès Eau d’Orange Verte soap


Peter Dunham’s Favorites

Soap: Santa Maria Novella soap

Cleaning product: Mrs. Meyers lavender


Steven Gambrel’s Favorites

Soap: L’Occitane lavender with wheat exfoliant soap 

Cleaning product: Mrs. Meyer’s lemon verbena


Philip Gorrivan’s Favorites

Soap: Malin + Goetz rum bar soap

Cleaning product: Mrs. Meyer’s geranium

Vacuum: Miele Capricorn canister vacuum


Alexa Hampton’s Favorites

Soap: Ivory soap

Cleaning product: Method


Celerie Kemble’s Favorites

Soap: Jo Malone orange blossom shower gel

Cleaning product: Mustela baby wipes 

Vacuum: Dyson vacuum

Soap: Santa Maria Novella almond soap

Cleaning product: Goo Gone

Vacuum: Electrolux canister vacuum


Soap: Dove white unscented

Cleaning product: Murphy Oil Soap


Soap:  Ivory soap

Cleaning product: Mr. Clean Magic Eraser and Cape Cod Metal Polishing Cloths

Vacuum: Miele vacuum


Cleaning product: Bon Ami scouring powder

Suzanne Tucker’ Favorites

Soap: Annick Goutal’s Eau d’Hadrien fine soap

Cleaning product: Formula 409 and Simple Green



The most interesting things that I noticed from these interviews…

1. Most of these designers prefer really unique soaps; most of which I’ve never heard of (besides Ivory and Dove, of course). My favorite bar soap is Dove Regenerating Calming Night Bar

2. Miele and Electrolux appear to be the most popular vacuum cleaners. And canisters no less! I’ve used an Oreck for nearly 20 years, and I’ve been very happy with it. But a friend who cleans houses for a living agrees that Miele is the best.

3. Mrs. Meyers was the common denominator when it comes to these interior designers’ favorite cleaning product. I’ve been meaning to try it out, and now I’m more convinced than ever that it’s definitely worth a look. I’m glad at least one person gave a shout out to the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers. Those things really do work miracles!


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Lynnette Walczak

Lynnette Walczak

I like to help people find unique ways to do things in order to save time & money -- so I frequently write about "outside the box" ideas that most wouldn't think of. As a lifelong dog owner, I often share my best tips for living with and training dogs. I worked in Higher Ed several years until switching gears to pursue things I was more passionate about. I've worked at a vet, in a photo lab, and at a zoo -- to name a few. I enjoy the outdoors via bicycle, motorcycle, Jeep, or RV. You can always find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun websites).

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