What if we told you that cleaning didn't have to be a bummer? The right cleaning product—especially one that goes above and beyond the call of duty and smells great to boot—can make your day-to-day tasks easier, quicker, and more fun (we swear!). To prove it, we tested nearly 100 cleaners across 14 categories, including wood furniture polish and all-purpose wipes. The clean winners are....
Best Dishwasher Detergent
How we tested: Pyrex casseroles after lasagna night, coffee cups with dried residue and bowls with caked-on oatmeal, yogurt and chili were put through the same cycle with six different detergents.
Why it won: Some detergents do a great job on grimy dishes but leave streaks on glasses and silverware, or vice versa. But after a cycle with Cascade, glassware sparkled, stainless steel was spotless and heavily soiled casseroles, pots and plates were squeaky-clean.
What ALL YOU Reality Checkers say: "It's currently my teenage son's job to load the dishwasher, and he doesn't always rinse the dishes before he puts them in. When we used Cascade, I was unable to find any leftover food residue—not even on the pan we had roasted chicken in the night before."—Dynal R., WY.