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

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I 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’s also valuable information about their favorite cleaning supplies.

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 incredibly interesting to me!

Here’s a list of the household cleaning products 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


David Kleinberg’s Favorites

Soap: Santa Maria Novella almond soap

Cleaning product: Goo Gone

Vacuum: Electrolux canister vacuum


Christopher Maya’s Favorites

Soap: Dove white unscented

Cleaning product: Murphy Oil Soap


Windsor Smith’s Favorites

Soap:  Ivory soap

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

Vacuum: Miele vacuum


Madeline Stuart’s Favorites

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 with these designers 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, 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 cleaning blocks really do work miracles!


Other Highly Recommended Cleaning Supplies

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I like to help people find unique ways to do things that will save time & money -- so I write about "outside the box" Household Tips and Life Hacks that most wouldn't think of. I'm super-organized. And I LOVE to clean! I even enjoy doing laundry (but not ironing). I’m also a lifelong dog owner -- so I often share my favorite tips for living with dogs inside your home (like smart home design choices and dog-friendly cleaning & decorating ideas). Career-wise, I've been sharing my best ideas with others by blogging full-time since 1998 (the same year that Google started... and before the days of Facebook and YouTube). Prior to that, I worked in Higher Ed over 10 years before switching gears to pursue activities that I'm truly passionate about instead. For example, 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. When I’m not cleaning, organizing, decorating, or fixing something… you'll find me at the corner of Good News & Fun Times as publisher of The Fun Times Guide (32 fun & helpful websites). To date, I've personally written over 200 articles about cleaning, organization, DIY repairs, and household hacks on this site! A few have over 2M shares; many others have over 100K shares.

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