Simply Her's Smart Shopper Clean Home Heroes winners 2015

The Simply Her team has tested a slew of cleaning products and gadgets to bring you the most effective ones, from detergents to mops and vacuum cleaners. By LIM TSIAO HUI


1 Best hob and stove cleaner

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Bio-home Kitchen Cleaner, $5.60

A powerful cleaner that worked like magic on greasy hobs and oily spots - it dissolved grime faster than any of the other soapy solutions we tested.

2 Best all-purpose detergent

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Dettol Multi Action Cleaner, $5.50

If you need just one cleaner for your kitchen, this is it. It cuts through grease to leave countertops, floors and even mirrors spotless and gleaming.

3 Most refreshing kitchen cleaner

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Magiclean Kitchen Cleaner, $4.50

It leaves countertops squeaky clean to the touch, with a pleasant, fruity scent to boot!

4 Freshest-smelling bathroom cleaner

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Cif Bathroom Cleaner, $4.50

This leaves a subtle, powdery scent with no clinical afternotes.

5 Best floor cleaner

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Kao Magiclean Floor, $5.75

This cleaner consistently soaked up and cleaned oily smears effectively - a must-have for sparkling floors.

6 Freshest-smelling toilet cleaner

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Harpic Active Cleaning Gel - Wild Flowers, $3.10

It got rid of noxious stains and odours, leaving behind a light floral scent.CLEANING TOOLS

1 Best window-cleaning tool

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Scotch-brite Multipurpose Window & Glass Surface Cleaner, $28.85

When you need to wipe down windows, mirrors and the glass doors of bookshelves without climbing onto a stool, this tool does the stretching for you.

It has a handle that can be lengthened to 1.1m, and comes with a microfibre cloth to dust, a squeegee to wipe, and a scourer to scrub.

The bonus: one end can be bent at different angles to reach and clean shelf tops too.

2 Best flat mop for kitchens

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Magiclean Wiper Mop, $20.85

Whether your floor is greasy after the daily dinner prep or at the end of a long day at home with the kids, a few swipes with this mop gives it the freshest underfoot feel.

3 Most ergonomic flat mop

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Scotch-brite Easy Sweeper, $18.95

If you have a cleaning roster for everyone in the family, there's no excuse for the kids not to help out with this height-adjustable, lightweight mop which they can handle easily. Plus, it picks up dust and hair to leave floors spotless.

All cleaning detergents and tools are available at major supermarkets.


1 The ultimate upright vacuum cleaner


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Dyson DC74 Fluffy, $999

It's powerful, versatile and user-friendly. The cordless machine really sucks up dirt and dust, leaving floors spanking clean.

It also doubles as a competent hand-held vacuum: just detach the motor and fix a roller or brush attachment or a crevice tool, which makes it great for blinds, sofas and car interiors.

2 Best heavy-duty steam sanitiser

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Philips Steam Plus Sweep and Steam Cleaner FC7020, $269

If your good ol' mop needs to be retired, this new-age electric one makes a good replacement. This sweep-steam-wipe machine with rotating bristles picks up dust as it ejects steam and wipes away dirt. Its tank easily holds enough water to clean a three-storey house in one go.

3 Most fuss-free upright vacuum cleaner

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Bosch Athlet BCH6ATH25, $649

Just charge it, then swipe it across your floors. It's a cinch to manoeuvre and use, and has a washable dust canister. Unlike most other uprights, it can stand on its own so you don't have to lean it against the wall when you need your hands free.

4 Best robotic vacuum cleaner

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LG Hom-bot Square, $1,299

It cleaned well, quietly and gently. Thanks to its effective sensor, it does not bump into furniture legs, yet sweeps out dust from around them well. With an easy-to-empty dust bin that comes with a brush to dislodge dust from the filter, it's user-friendly too.

5 Most Inventive Cleaning Gadget

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iRobot Braava 380t Floor Mopping Robot, $549, from John Ackerman

This modest-looking mopping device gets the job done effectively - no pushing needed. It's quiet, and left nary a spot untouched when we tested it.


1 Most user-friendly vacuum cleaner

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Rowenta Silence Force Extreme Eco Intelligence, $499

This machine won us over with its user-centric design. Making adjustments is easy - just press a button or push a knob to affix and remove attachments, adjust the tube length and select the power setting.

Other vacs have a brush attachment, but this one has an attached brush, so you only need to remove the telescopic tube to switch from cleaning the floor to brushing your armchair.

2 Best-for-small-spaces vacuum cleaner

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Electrolux Ultrasilencer Green, $369 (promotional price from now until Jan 31, 2015)

Not only is this compact in size, it also has features that make it a natural for tight spaces: a slim nozzle that's half the size of other vacuum cleaners' nozzles, and a retractable handle that makes it a breeze to store. Its easy-to-fix attachments ensure you don't have to struggle with the appliance in a small space.

3 Most powerful vacuum cleaner

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Philips Performerpro FC9192, $439

It picked up cereal, talcum powder and coffee beans quickly, leaving hardly a speck behind. We were also impressed by how well its unique parquet nozzle cleaned our wooden floors - the nozzle has two round detachable and washable microfibre pads that rotate as it vacuums.

Other useful features: an easy-to-lift handle at the top of the machine, and a swivel hose that makes tugging it along a cinch.

All robotic machines and vacuum cleaners are available at major electrical stores, unless otherwise stated.


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