My Complete List of Cleaning Products

posted by Andrea | 09/14/2018

Over the years, the types and brands of cleaning products I use has morphed and changed due to several factors…

  • I use the products that are most easily available to me (I order monthly shipments from Grove.co, so I use the brands they offer)
  • I use the products I feel work best for my lifestyle and our home
  • I use the products that fit the best into my storage spaces (yes, I buy based on what fits best in my cabinets!)

Since I’m often asked what type and brand of cleaning products I use, I thought I’d compile all that information into one post.

First… a Quick List of My Most Favorite Cleaning Products:

These are the cleaning products I use daily in and around my home (Note: this post contains affiliate links — which means, at no cost to you, I may get a small commission. Read my full disclosure policy for more information.)

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Now, for those of you who prefer a more thorough list, I did a walk-through of my entire home over Labor Day weekend and compiled one big list of every single cleaning product in my home, where I store it, and what I use it for!

Enjoy!

OUR BATHROOM:

  • Seventh Generation Sanitizing Wipes (under the sink)
  • Shower cleaning spray and scrub brush (under the sink)
  • Toilet brush (next to the toilet)
  • Waste basket (next to the toilet)

I use the sanitizing wipes on a fairly regular basis to wipe down the counter, sinks, faucets, toilet, light switch, door latch, etc.

The shower in our bathroom is currently the only shower I need to clean (Nora takes a shower in our shower and the other kids just use the bathtub upstairs) so for now, it makes sense to keep the shower cleaning tools under my sink. In the future, I might keep a spray bottle of my shower cleaner in each bathroom — we’ll see.

All other bathroom cleaning products are stored in our bathroom cleaning bucket (which I’ll take about later).

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KIDS’ BATHROOM:

  • Seventh Generation Sanitizing Wipes (in the red hutch above the toilet)
  • Paper towels (in the red hutch)
  • Toilet Bowl cleaner (in the red hutch)
  • Toilet brush (under the sink)
  • Waste basket (under the sink)

I use the sanitizing wipes to wipe down the door knob, sink, faucet, counter, and toilet in the kids’ bathroom pretty much every day — and it’s gross again by the next day! Eventually, I’ll probably have Nora or Simon start doing this (trading off each day), but for now, I just want to know it’s fairly clean and somewhat sanitized.

I clean this toilet much more often than the other toilets (because 3 kids use it regularly every day!) so that’s why I keep an extra toilet bowl cleaner in this bathroom and not the others. I like to have it easily accessible so I can quickly clean the toilet when I’m upstairs and not have to run downstairs to get the bathroom cleaning bucket. Yes, I realize that makes me sound somewhat lazy, but it just works for our house and my life right now!

I clean the bathtub and floors on an as-needed basis — or at least every other week.

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NEW HALF BATHROOM:

We JUST finished transforming our previously tiny laundry room into a very spacious new half bathroom off our kitchen (see all the before/after pictures here)!

Because this room has a huge amount of storage space and it’s very centrally located in our house, I’ve decided that for now, we will store the bulk of our cleaning supplies in this room.

The vast majority of all cleaning products in our entire house now live in the cabinets above our sink — and honestly, we still have plenty of extra space in these cabinets. Yeah, I’m excited!!

  • Bathroom cleaning bucket (under the sink)
  • Toilet brush (under the sink)
  • Plunger (under the sink)
  • Waste basket (next to the toilet)
  • Iron and spray bottle (cabinets above sink – with the intent of eventually moving this into the laundry room)
  • Swiffer pads (cabinets above sink)
  • Small basket of t-shirt rags, cleaning cloths, dusting cloth, window cloth, and sponges (above sink)
  • Small basket of WD-40, Goo-Gone, extra plastic gloves, rubber gloves, and a few scrub brushes (above sink)
  • A few ice cream buckets that we use for various cleaning tasks (above sink)

We have a handful of cleaning products I don’t use all that often, but still like to have on hand. These all live in the bathroom cabinet above the sink as well.

I also store all our extra toilet paper, paper towel, tissue, bags, etc. in these cabinets.

Since I still have an insane amount of extra storage space, I’m thinking of using some of it for kid’s art/craft supplies or even pantry overflow — I haven’t decided yet. For now, I’m just enjoying the empty cabinets!

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LAUNDRY ROOM:

As I just mentioned above, our former laundry room is now our new half bathroom — and our former full bathroom is currently being transformed into a new (much larger) laundry room!

However, for the time-being, our only laundry area is in the basement. It’s not ideal, but it works.

As you’ll read below, we have very few cleaning supplies in our laundry area — mainly because I no longer use laundry detergent or any type of fabric softener.

  • I use these Laundry Balls, which basically eliminate the need for laundry detergent… I just leave them in the washing machine.
  • I also use these Wool Dryer Balls, which replace fabric softener and/or dryer sheets and are left in the dryer all the time.

I’ve gotten enough questions about this that I’ll most likely do a full laundry related post once our new laundry area is finished, but for now, you can see what laundry/cleaning products we do use below (all of which are stored in the brown basket on top of our washing machine.)

  • Bleach
  • Spot treatment spray
  • Mesh laundry bags
  • OxiClean
  • Small scrub brush for scrubbing stains

We won’t have much storage in our new laundry area — but thankfully we won’t have all that many laundry products to store!

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KITCHEN:

I have one small bin under our kitchen sink with cleaning products as well as one shelf where I store all my kitchen linens — but other than that, I don’t keep any cleaning stuff in the kitchen as I don’t want that type of stuff around our food (or easy access for our kids).

 

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GARAGE and OUTBUILDING:

We’re outside A LOT, so it makes sense for us to have a few cleaning tools in both our garage and outbuilding.

  • Paper towel
  • Baby wipes (for all the sticky, messy fingers)
  • Seventh Generation Sanitizing Wipes
  • Push broom and wicker broom
  • Buckets and dish soap for washing cars, bikes, scooters, etc.

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Vacuum:

I get so many questions about what vacuum I use… and I don’t have a great answer because I don’t think I’ve ever had one vacuum that I love for years and years. However, I don’t really know what I want, so for the time being, I’m not willing to spend money buying something different!

We’ve had a handful of Hoover and Oreck vacuums over the last 8 years — mainly because I got them all for free as part of being a Hoover Ambassador for several years.

I’ve liked all the vacuums… but I’ve never completely LOVED any of them. They all seem to die out after a couple of years of regular use and abuse. And since Hoover vacuums aren’t very high-priced, maybe that’s just their life expectancy.

That said, I’m currently “in the market” for a new vacuum and I’d love to know what you would recommend!

We have tons of hard floor in our house, as well as carpet, and carpeted stairs — it would be ideal if I could find something that works well on hard floors, carpet, stairs, etc. I’d also like a few attachments so I can quickly do the baseboards, get under couch cushions, etc. 

My sister has a Dyson Animal Vacuum and swears it’s the absolute best thing ever. We have other friends with a similar house setup who love their Shark vacuums (I hear so many good things about the Shark brand these days). And then we have relatives who have been using their Rainbow and/or Kirby vacuum systems for years and years with fantastic results.

I’ve also been doing a little “research” of my own and mentioned (on Facebook) that I’m interested in a Sanitaire commercial-grade vacuum… which then generated a huge conversation about what vacuums you all love (and don’t love!)

If you have any thoughts on vacuums… please, share them with me!! If I ever finally make a new vacuum purchase, I’ll let you know what I think after using it for a few months!

 

A few more cleaning resources:

These are my FAVORITE microfiber cleaning cloths, and they are SO inexpensive (only $10.89 for 5 cloths). We’ve been using them for several years now and I just ordered a bunch more to save on shipping. I regularly give them as gifts (along with other items) and am constantly asked “where did you get those amazing cloths?”

For those of you who don’t want to spend money on cleaning rags — try my DIY t-shirt rags. They’re super soft, they’re free, and they don’t leave any lint behind! I often use these for really grubby jobs or messy crafts, and then toss the rags when I’m finished.

Here’s a link to my favorite DIY cleaning products (I still use these recipes to make many of my own cleaners).

Here’s a link to my favorite cleaning-related posts.

Here’s the link to ALL my cleaning posts from the past 8 years of blogging!

I mentioned that I loved using vinegar to clean… so if you’re looking for more uses for vinegar, here are 101 different ideas!

What are your favorite cleaning tools?

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41 comments

  1. Jen

    09/17/2018

    I love the Kirkland dishwasher tabs too, but that Amazon price is just under double what you pay in the club! Might be worth a membership, depending on how many you use and other things you find that might save you money with a membership!

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes yes, I definitely buy mine straight from Costco — I just wanted to point out that you COULD get them from Amazaon if you didn’t have a membership but wanted to try them out first.

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  2. Calliope

    09/15/2018

    Oh Andrea I love these kind of posts!
    I store my products where I use them. So every bathroom has all I need and each floor too. So I have two vacuums, two mops, two brooms, two swiffers etc
    I make my own cleaners so I only really have one or two spray bottles and a clorine bottle
    I have a dyson that I use only on carpets. It’s just too heavy to move around the house. But for carpets it is awesome. I have laminate flooring in my house and only a few area IKEA low pile carpets only in winter so they clean easily with a Miele canister vacuum. I’ve been through A LOT of vacuums and Miele is the most expensive but it gets the job done easily, efficiently and it lasts! I love it so much that I decided to buy another one for upstairs. I bought a slightly smaller version because I want to store it inside a cabinet. I also want a vacuum with a bag.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Calliope!!

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  3. Erin

    09/14/2018

    So my husband is really into vacuum cleaners. We have an oreck but seems to break down a lot although it is so lightweight and great for stairs. My husband recently bought a Sebo. It does a great job lifting the carpet pile but is very heavy. The Sebo is also great for tile and hardwoods and it self adjusts for the flooring type. Most of our carpet is upstairs so we keep the Sebo upstairs and use the oreck downstairs. My MIL has a Riccar that she loves. She is a vacuum snob like her son so I trust her opinion.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — I love this! Glad you have a neat-freak hubby — how nice!

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  4. Bridget

    09/14/2018

    I think You would love Norwex…one envirocloth can replace all of these products!

    I had a dyson, went to shark and now I’m back to dyson. 🙂

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    Abbie Reply:

    I agree with the Norwex comment. (And I am not a seller;)) Have you ever tried any of their products? As far as vacuums, I love our Shark!

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  5. Jean

    09/14/2018

    I love a good vacuum and am willing to pay more for something that lasts. We have both a Riccar (upright) and Miehle (canister) from our locally owned vacuum store. They can be service and repaired and they last.

    For laundry, I really like the Norwex detergent. You only have to use a scant amount, a bag lasts us a very long time and it takes up little space in the laundry cupboard.

    I will also put a plug in for good old fashioned Fels Naptha soap. It I great for scrubbing out really difficult stains. If you “shave” it, it is a great old fashioned remedy for poison ivy. Our kids came home more than once from summer camp with poison ivy and the camp nurse sent a baggie of shaved Fels Naptha soap along with them. It worked!

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    Andrea Reply:

    oh yes, Fels Naptha! We have that too — although I wish I would have known about the poison ivy trick! Dave and I both got poison ivy last month!

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  6. wilma

    09/14/2018

    We have two Dyson vacuums. We have a Dyson container vacuum, with the turbine driven head. I would NOT recommend this vacuum for carpet, as the turbine driven motor (basically there is no motor in the attachment, it rotates from the suction of the vacuum) doesn’t work well on carpet. I also have the cheapest Dyson stick vacuum. This vacuum has a motor driven head.

    For both vacuums I have an extra attachment–the floor brush. It is AMAZING. you can lay the whole vacuum flat so it can get under almost anything. It works extremely well.

    The stick vacuum works so well, I rarely even use the big old Dyson anymore (which I’ve had for about 10 years and still works great). I keep the big Dyson in the basement, and use it almost exclusively there. The stick vacuum goes in a drawer in our living room, and the stick park just lives under the same piece of furniture–you can only see it if you’re on the floor.

    I just run the vacuum when I get home from work, and again before bed (usually). it’s especially nice for a quick clean up after meals. Of course, both vacuums need crevice tools, etc., and those work just fine.

    To conclude (haha), I would highly recommend Dyson, but not anything turbine driven for carpets, and I would pay extra for the floor brush (it works amazing on all hard surfaces–no more brooms for me!!).

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    wilma Reply:

    Oh, the motor head on the stick vacuum works great on carpets

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks!

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for this Wilma — very helpful!

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  7. Kelly Hess

    09/14/2018

    I’m like you and keep bathroom cleaning products on the first floor for our half bath and then upstairs in the linen closet for our two full baths. It is so much easier not to have to take cleaning products up and down the stairs. I just grab my bucket, rag, and paper towels and head upstairs to clean.

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  8. Shelley

    09/14/2018

    Hands down, get a Shark! I have a Kirby and they work well but they are unbelievably heavy. I also have a rainbow and they are amazing, but very cumbersome. My mother has cleaned houses for years and they only use sharks. They work better and hold up better than any other vacuum, way better than the Dyson.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, Kirbys are SOOOOOOOO heavy! I need light-weight to take it up and down the stairs!

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  9. Michelle

    09/14/2018

    For hard wood, blinds, baseboards, stairs, cars, cobwebs, shoe cabinets, dryer lint, around appliances, furniture, closets, under the kitchen table… I can’t recommend the Dyson stick enough. I use mine on carpet too and think it does a good job. My husband likes to use the Dyson animal on the carpet every week or two. It does. Lot of the other tasks too but not as simple quick and easy to use. Having a cordless and lightweight vacuum is just awesome.

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Michelle! I do really want a cordless one for the main floor (kitchen area) but I’m worried about batteries dying after 6 months or a year. Does your battery hold up well?

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    Wilma Hovius Reply:

    We had a problem with the battery after the expiry ended on the Dyson stick (3 year warranty) and because they had no batteries in stock, the company sent my a brand new stick vacuum for free. I’ve had great service from Dyson.

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    Andrea Reply:

    good to know — thanks Wilma!

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  10. Katie

    09/14/2018

    Great rundown!

    Clorox Wipes are a go-to in my bathrooms. Each day I wipe down the vanities and the toilets with one – I buy them through my Amazon subscribe and save subscription. I also keep Glas cleaner and a roll of paper towels under every sink so I can easily wipe mirrors.

    Being on a septic system, we cannot use powder detergents of any kind, so I stock up on Cascade Dishwashing liquid at Costco, and purchase Ecover laundry detergent and fabric softener through Vitacost.

    I’m a huge fan of Better Life cleaning products so I buy the following direct from them: Window Cleaner, All-Purpose Spray cleaner, Floor Cleaner.

    As far as actual tools go, I am in love with my Eufy Robo-vacuum, which runs everyday while I’m gone and takes care of most day to day floor stuff, which mostly consists of picking up dog hair. Knowing the vacuum will run also makes me make sure stuff is picked up off of the floor! I have a central vac system for my more thorough manual vacuuming.

    But I really love the XL Mop with the telescoping handle and microfiber Mop clothes from Fly Lady, which I use for both dry mopping and wet mopping, along with the Microfiber Multi-wand for dusting. I can use the telescoping handle with the multi-wand to reach high things, and shorten up the handle with the mop to let me 4 year old help too 🙂

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  11. Rhonda

    09/14/2018

    I have had a Dyson animal (not the hand-held one, this one is the big one that plugs in with a cord) for 11 years, and it’s now just on it’s way out (I think it was the brush motor that’s going, and can’t be repaired). It is an expensive vacuum, but we’ve put it to good use. I have had belts replaced on it a few times, but other than that, I think I’ve been happy (like you said, if you had a less expensive vacuum that lasts only a few years…well, maybe it’s just “you get what you pay for” and that’s the life expectancy.) I’ve also had a Dyson animal DC44 cordless/rechargeable for about 4-5 years. It’s great for floors and rugs (I have LLBean water hog rugs in different areas), and it’s great for doing stairs (you can put on a short attachment and then not have to worry about extending your larger vacuum attachments up or down the stairs). I need to replace my larger Dyson, and I have someone who cleans my house once a month (she uses my vacuum when she comes, but also has her own). She also recommends the Shark vacuums. I will let you know if I make the switch!

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    Rhonda Reply:

    The DC44 Dyson also can be mounted on the wall (near an outlet for easy recharging and storing).

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    Andrea Reply:

    yes, I have a spot in our new laundry room where a vacuum could be wall-mounted, so I’m interested in this concept too!

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    Rhonda Reply:

    Your family might be able to get by with one smaller cordless type of Dyson, but we need a larger one too because the collection column would fill up with dirt and hair (we have two dogs) too quickly at our house. Or I guess it depends also on how many times per month you vacuum. If it’s frequently then a vacuum that won’t hold much dirt would work out.

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    Wilma Hovius Reply:

    I vacuum every day and I empty the little canister every day–no pets, just 3 kids. I agree that it doesn’t hold that much. But I can basically vacuum our whole main floor on one charge (about 1200 sq feet), and it won’t be overly full from that.

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  12. Aimee

    09/14/2018

    I got a Dyson v6 animal stick vac last year on black Friday. It has been the best investment. I have a central vac but rarely use it. Borrow one and you will be amazed at how much dirt is in your carpet and, for us, it was dog hair.

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    Andrea Reply:

    yikes — I don’t know if I want to see how much dirt is in my carpet!! haha!

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  13. Kristen

    09/14/2018

    We just got a Shark vacuum and I LOVE it. We have a mix of carpet, hard wood, and area rugs and it works great on all. The one we got has a hardwood floor attachment so I just switch that out and I don’t even have to use a broom on the floors anymore, just use that. It is a standup/canister/stick vacuum so you can use it in whichever way works best for what you need in the moment, easily switch from one way to another. The canister is super easy to empty. We got the one specifically for pets, but the other models seem to have those similar features. I’d just make sure to get the one with the hardwood floor attachment. It was expensive, but so far it’s been worth it – we’ll see how well it holds up over the years but I’m sure it’ll last us a long time.

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  14. Debby

    09/14/2018

    Hello Andrea. Just gonna give my two cents about vacuums. I looovvvveeee a good vacuum. I was also going through one about every two or three years. I had a Kirby that lasted longer but it was quite heavy and difficult to attach and unattach attachments. I hated it so much. So I bought a Dyson and I absolutely love it. I think I have had it now for about 7 years. No bags. Super easy to clean. We have two dogs and it picks up the hair really well. It also has extra long tubing on the attachment aspect that allows me to leave the vacuum on the first floor landing and do the entire flight of stairs. It has a button that turns off the beater brush for hardwoods. I have hardwood in all of my rooms except the family room and living room. I am sold. I think I paid about $400 for it but honestly I would have had three Hoovers or Eurekas by now. I have also heard good things about Shark. We have a corded hand held Shark that we really like for the cars. It’s nice and compact and nice for quick jobs. Good luck

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks Debby!

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  15. Anna

    09/14/2018

    I have a shark navigator lift-away and I absolutely love it! My old house had carpet but we have all hardwood and tile where we live now and it’s done a great job on all of it.

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  16. Eileen

    09/14/2018

    Andrea love the way u have u the rubber gloves stored on d kitchen door. What kind of a holder is that. I need one of them. Thanks.

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    Andrea Reply:

    haha — it’s called… a clothes pin! 🙂
    I just used super sticky 2-sided tape to put a clothes pin inside the cabinet door — simple, but it’ works!

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  17. Amy

    09/14/2018

    I love several of the products mentioned! Microfiber cloths are so awesome for so many jobs in our house. I will have to try the PerfectClean brand!

    Just wanted to drop a comment about the laundry balls. These things are a total scam and don’t actually clean your laundry. A basic budget friendly detergent is a much better way to wash clothes (not ‘homemade’). Most of the companies of these ‘laundry balls’ have been sued for false advertising and lies.

    http://www.fluffloveuniversity.com/cloth-diaper-myths/the-down-low-on-detergent-less-washing-systems/

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    Andrea Reply:

    interesting — I’ll definitley read this article because I’ve been pretty happy with my laundry balls (but also skeptical of IF they are actually doing anything or not!) thanks!

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    Jenny Reply:

    To me, the laundry balls mechanically “help” the detergent. They definitely don’t take the place of it. And the dryer balls work great in spring, summer, and fall, but in the winter I have to add a tiny bit of fabric softener to prevent static. I do hang laundry outside some, then run it quickly through the dryer to get lint, pollen, and wrinkles out.
    I just got a new washer to replace my 20-year-old machine, and am very disappointed. It takes twice as long and I don’t feel like it cleans as well. It has safety features and is environmentally-friendly, but I just want an easy, strong washer! I want to be able to change the water temp, open and rearrange or add stuff, etc. It’s confusing and I’m so mad. I didn’t know that I would need to ask for those features!

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    Shelley Reply:

    You would love a speed queen washer and dryer. They are old school.

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    Andrea Reply:

    This is a brand I’ve looked into for our new laundry room — This is the unit I’m looking at buying

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    Andrea Reply:

    Thanks for sharing… I’m definitely going to read up on this more!
    Also, I’ve heard many people who wish they would stick with their old washing machines. I’m already doing my research for our new laundry room — and I’m looking into less traditional options (a.k.a. not trendy or commercialized brand machine). We’ll see what I find!

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