The Best Upright Carpet Cleaners

Bissell DeepClean Lift-Off Deluxe Pet 24A4  

You probably don’t need to buy an upright carpet cleaner. Aside from spot-cleaning major stains, one wash per year is plenty for most people, so it makes more sense to rent a machine or hire a pro. But if you want fresh-looking rugs all the time, get the . We tested eight models, and this was the only one that completely cleaned up our mess. Share this review on Facebook Share this review on Twitter Save this review on Pocket Share this review on Pinterest Bissell DeepClean Lift-Off Deluxe Pet 24A4 The best dirt and stain removal $220 from Amazon DeepClean Lift-Offstandalone portable spot cleaner Hoover Turbo Scrub Carpet Cleaner FH50130 Cheaper, nimbler, okay at cleaning $100 from Home Depot $125 from Walmart Hoover Turbo Scrub Carpet Cleaner FH50130 Bissell DeepClean Lift-Off Deluxe Pet 24A4 The best dirt and stain removal $220 from Amazon Hoover Turbo Scrub Carpet Cleaner FH50130 Cheaper, nimbler, okay at cleaning $100 from Home Depot $125 from Walmart Share this review with E-mail  

Our pick

This is the only carpet cleaner we tested that completely removed dirt and other tough stains. Thanks to the lift-off canister, it doubles as a convenient spot cleaner, too.

The  was able to wash a heap of potting soil out of our test carpet in just a handful of back-and-forth passes, whereas every other model left something behind (or just smeared the dirt around). That’s enough of a reason to pick the DeepClean Lift-Off, but for bonus points, it’s also an excellent spot cleaner. Using either its main scrubber or its hose tool, we were able to totally remove tough stains—including dried red wine and bacon grease—that every other cleaner struggled with. Even better, it has a lift-away canister (identical to our favorite , as far as we can tell) that makes using that hose a little more comfortable. The main downsides are that when you need to use it in upright mode, it’s heavy and bulky compared with other models, and it costs more, too. We also found that it left our rug much more damp at the end of a cleaning session.

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Budget pick

Although it left behind some dull stains that the Bissell cleaned up in our tests, this Hoover is much cheaper, smaller, and lighter. It could keep rugs looking pretty good between professional cleanings.

The  is not quite as good a cleaner as the Bissell 24A4, but it is smaller, lighter, and more maneuverable, for a lot less money. We found that the Hoover left the dirtiest parts of our test rug looking a little dull, and it struggled to clean up red wine and ink stains (even when we used its scrubbing hose tool). But if you hire a professional every year anyway, you could use this Hoover to keep the fibers looking relatively bright between those visits. It also has a heat-dry feature, so you don’t have to wait as long to walk on your carpet again after a cleaning.

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Our pick

This is the only carpet cleaner we tested that completely removed dirt and other tough stains. Thanks to the lift-off canister, it doubles as a convenient spot cleaner, too.

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Budget pick

Although it left behind some dull stains that the Bissell cleaned up in our tests, this Hoover is much cheaper, smaller, and lighter. It could keep rugs looking pretty good between professional cleanings.

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The research

Why you should trust us Who should get this How we picked How we tested Our pick: Bissell DeepClean Lift-Off Deluxe Pet 24A4 Budget pick: Hoover Turbo Scrub Carpet Cleaner FH50130 The competition Care and maintenance Dryex Carpet and Rug CleaningDan Dan the Carpet ManTop Notch Carpet & UpholsteryJay’s Mobile Detail & Carpet Cleaningportable carpet and upholstery cleaners Reviewed.com portable carpet and upholstery cleaner this guide vacuuming The best carpet cleaners remove the most dirt and stains but are also easy to use.  48-ounce bottle of formula for about $20  Why you should trust us 

To learn what makes a good carpet cleaner, we interviewed four professional carpet and upholstery cleaners: Michael D. Ellis of  in Olympia, Washington; Dan Richard of  in Orlando, Florida; Rodney Rhoden of  in Orlando; and Jay from  in Las Vegas. We also talked to some customer service reps from Crate and Barrel, Pottery Barn, and Room & Board, and we interviewed a product manager from Bissell. We did some of those interviews in 2016, when we first published our guide to ; a few others we did in 2018 to expand our coverage to include upright models.

We spent more than 30 hours researching and comparing carpet cleaners, including 10 hours of hands-on testing with the eight best models we could find. On top of that, I’ve been covering the portable cleaners category since we first published that guide, and I’ve been writing about appliances generally for more than six years—first at  and now as a staff writer for Wirecutter.Who should get this 

An upright carpet cleaner can keep your rugs and carpets looking pretty fresh. Most people are happy to clean their rugs just once a year, in which case it probably makes more sense to rent a Rug Doctor from the supermarket or to call a professional cleaning service. But if you want to keep your rugs looking tip-top all year long, you could buy a carpet cleaner of your own.

Upright carpet cleaners are meant to freshen up the dull, dingy look that builds up in rugs over time. But these cleaners can also work well for cleaning up major stains like spilled wine or dog poop—you just might have to use the hose and scrubbing attachments for those jobs. (If you’re concerned about cleaning up only those kinds of stains, you’re probably better off getting a —they’re smaller and more convenient for those jobs, and they typically cost less than uprights.)

Before buying anything, think about whether you really need to own a carpet cleaner. Unless you’ll use it at least a few times per year, you probably don’t.

Renting one could make sense instead. While it usually costs about $250 to buy our favorite upright carpet cleaner, you can rent one (typically a Rug Doctor model) from Home Depot, Walmart, or even your local supermarket for around $40 per day. The downside is that a rental cleaner is bigger and heavier than most uprights, and getting it into a small car could be a minor challenge.

Or you could hire a professional. They can get your carpets much cleaner than any store-bought (or -rented) machine can, and in hiring one you sidestep any risk of accidentally ruining your rug. Most services charge around $80 to $130 for 200 to 400 square feet of carpet, but check out  from HomeAdvisor for a better breakdown of how much a professional cleaning might cost you.

Also, before you buy (or rent) a carpet cleaner, make sure your carpet can handle the water-based extraction-cleaning method they use. Most can. But if you have an heirloom rug or something really high-end that you’re nervous about damaging, it’s wiser to hire a professional. “If you don’t know what you’re doing, it’ll bite you in the butt—by over-wetting, delamination, etc,” wrote Michael D. Ellis of Dryex Carpet and Rug Cleaning in Olympia, Washington, when we asked him about the downsides to store-bought cleaners.

You can avoid the need for wet-cleaning your carpets by  them, ideally at least once a week. Dan Richard of Dan Dan the Carpet Man in Orlando, Florida, told us one of the main reasons people end up needing to hire a pro is that they don’t vacuum enough. Vacuuming is also a sure way to keep dust, allergens, and perfumed chemicals at bay.How we picked Photo: Michael Hession

Based on what we learned from our experts and owner reviews, here’s what we think is most important in an upright carpet cleaner.

 The best carpet cleaners can completely remove dirt, soil, and other stains, without smearing sediment or residue, in just a handful of back-and-forth passes. They also have a strong suction that removes excess moisture, allowing the carpet to dry pretty quickly, without soap residue.Cleaning performance:

 For an upright cleaner to be really valuable, it should have an extendable hose, plus attachable tools, that can completely remove tough stains from both carpet and upholstery (including stairs, cushions, and auto interiors). Most models with hoses come with a attachment. Ideally, they also have a  for reaching tight corners.Hose-tool performance:scrubbing brushcrevice tool

 Ideally, a cleaner should be light enough for you to grab it by the handle and haul it up or down a flight of stairs. That can be a little hard to find, though some models  with an empty tank (water adds some heft, obviously), which is manageable. The handle and wheels should also let you push the machine easily from odd angles, even over bumps and thresholds.Maneuverability:weigh less than 20 pounds

 We focused on machines with solution tanks that were easy to fill up and clean out. You’ll see —one for a full detergent load and one for a small amount, or “quick clean,” in case you don’t want to leave excess solution in the tank when storing it away. The dirty tank should have a  so you can fit your hand in to wash it manually. The tanks should have so you can rest them on the floor or counter while filling them.Ease of use and operation:two fill lines on the clean tankremovable lid flat bottoms

 This feature blows hot air on your rugs to help them dry faster after the wet-cleaning process. It’s a useful function, though as far as we can tell it’s found only in Hoover carpet cleaners. Depending on how much solution you use, the heated drying should allow you to walk across freshly cleaned carpet in an hour or two, rather than waiting up to five hours for an unheated air dry.Heated drying:

We also preferred cleaners with a . Without one of those, you have to hold the cord in your hand while cleaning just to avoid running it over. The machine should also have a , allowing for easy on/off control; if not, it should at least have a . The hose tool should quickly and easily snap onto the machine; if it’s permanently attached, the tools should easily snap on and off. Finally, we looked for cleaners that  while running at full power.clip on the handle to hold the power cordpower button on the handlepedal switch on the baseweren’t too loud

Some features aren’t as important as they may seem. You can pretty much ignore the following:

 With the exception of the crevice tool, which can be useful for cleaning tight spaces, most of the hose-tool attachments work the same—they just have different widths. Given the secondary use of the hose tool and how the attachments are mostly meant for cleaning stains on furniture, car interiors, or stairs, the width of the hose tool isn’t especially important.Number of scrubbing tools or cleaning attachments:

 You’ll find a variety of tank types and designs. Some keep the clean tank and the dirty tank completely separate; some combine them. Some are big; some are small. Some have plastic bladders that sit within the dirty tank, saving space and time when you’re cleaning. Some of these differences are helpful when it comes to cleaning and filling, but not so much that they affect the machine’s overall cleaning performance.Tank design:

 Uprights typically range in tank size from ¾ to 1¼ gallons. You may find that the smaller ones run out of solution too quickly, while the bigger ones add too much extra weight to the machine while also requiring you to waste solution after each use. We think 1 gallon represents a good compromise, but we didn’t dock points from any machine for having a different size. How much area a full tank covers depends on how filthy the carpet is and how much solution you’re using; we’ve seen estimates ranging from 200 square feet on a full tank to a mere 15 square feet. That’s quite a spread—but because you personally control how much solution the machine uses, it’s impossible to credit the machine itself with how much mileage it gets.Solution-tank capacity:

 We haven’t found a carpet cleaner with a power cord that’s less than 20 feet. That’s plenty of length for pretty much any situation, especially when you factor in the length of the hose tool.Cord/hose length:

 Most cleaners come with an 8-ounce trial-size bottle of formula—some, more than that. We’ve never tested formulas against one another, so we can’t say for sure whether one type is best, but they don’t appear to have any huge differences. If you use your machine only two or three times a year, that trial-size bottle might last you the entire year, but chances are, you’ll have to resupply in short order. You can pick up a . That should last a couple of years, depending on how liberal you are with the solution trigger.Cleaning formula:

Most carpet cleaners cost between $200 and $250, but you can definitely run across some cheaper models out there for as low as $100. We haven’t found that price scales reliably with cleaning performance, though the cheaper models tend to have fewer hose-tool attachments or in some cases no hose tool at all. They also seem to be the exclusive territory of Hoover; Bissell, the other player in this arena, is usually a bit more expensive.

We put together a list of 26 competing models, winnowed it down to eight top contenders, and had those units shipped to an apartment in Boston for testing. The contenders were: Bissell CrossWave 1785A Bissell DeepClean Lift-Off Deluxe Pet 24A4 Bissell DeepClean Premier Pet 17N4 Bissell PowerLifter PowerBrush 1622 Bissell ProHeat 2X Revolution Pet Pro 1986 Hoover Turbo Scrub Carpet Cleaner FH50130 / Hoover Power Scrub Deluxe Carpet Cleaner FH50150FH50150NC Hoover Power Scrub Elite Pet Carpet Cleaner FH50251 We ran each cleaner over a patch of dirt until we removed as much soil as we could.  How we tested Photo: Michael Hession

We bought two cream-colored, 5.25-by-7-foot area rugs and coated each in an even layer of potting soil. Then we doused the fabric in tap water and used a broom to rub the soil into the carpet fibers, creating an evenly stained surface. We let it dry before testing, visually dividing each of the two carpets into seven “columns” for testing—four for the carpet cleaners and three for the attached hose tools (two of the models we tested didn’t have hose tools). One by one, we turned the cleaners on and ran them over their respective carpet “columns” or sections, taking as many passes as necessary to clean the carpet as much as possible.

We then tested each machine’s hose tool on a separate section of carpet. For the top performers, we created the same set of stain types—protein, tannin, dye, and oil—as we use for testing portable carpet cleaners, using egg batter, red wine, black pen ink, and cooking oil, respectively. We didn’t have a way to assess precisely how much stain or soil a cleaner removed from each section; we just used our eyes to judge which machine performed best.

We then tested each carpet cleaner for ease of use: We tested how easily the machine could pass over bumps and thresholds, and judged how sturdy the wheels, handles, latches, and overall build quality were. We also looked at how easy each machine was to lift and carry around. We checked to see if each machine had a cord clip and power button on the handle or the base of the machine. We looked at how easy it was to clean the dirty tank, and we tested how easy it was to attach or remove the various parts, including the cleaning scrubber, hose tool, dirty tank, and clean tank. We looked for two level lines on the clean tank, and we determined how easily we could remove, open, and clean the dirty tank.

Finally, we ranked each machine by cleaning performance, hose-tool performance, price, maneuverability, and usability features (size, weight, cord clip, clean-tank level lines, cord length, power-button location and type, number of hose-tool attachments, clean/dirty tank size, cord length, warranty, amount and type of cleaning formulas included, noise). We put all this data into a spreadsheet and looked at everything side by side, selecting the top two models as our picks.

The Best Cordless Stick Vacuum

Dyson V7 Motorhead                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                             

Power cords got you wound up? If you want a cordless vacuum that can clean your entire home, the  is probably your best bet. It’s as powerful as cordless vacuums get, with the best handling, quietest operation, and easiest to empty dustbin for the price. We’ve done more than 125 hours of research and testing on cordless vacuums over the past three years, and this was an easy choice to make.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Share this review on Facebook                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Share this review on Twitter                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Save this review on Pocket                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Share this review on Pinterest Dyson V7 Motorhead The best cordless vacuum $300 from Amazon $250 from Walmart $250 from Macy’s V7 Motorhead plug-in model Shark IonFlex DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light A heavier and louder cordless vacuum, better on hard floors $275* from Amazon $320 from Macy’s Shark IonFlex DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light Hoover BH50020PC Linx Signature Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner Good performance, great price $147* from Amazon $147 from Walmart Hoover Linx (BH50020) Dyson V8 Absolute The very best and most expensive cordless vacuum cleaner  $350 from Amazon $370 from Walmart Dyson V8 Absolute Dyson V7 Motorhead The best cordless vacuum $300 from Amazon $250 from Walmart $250 from Macy’s Shark IonFlex DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light A heavier and louder cordless vacuum, better on hard floors $275* from Amazon $320 from Macy’s Hoover BH50020PC Linx Signature Cordless Stick Vacuum Cleaner Good performance, great price $147* from Amazon $147 from Walmart Dyson V8 Absolute The very best and most expensive cordless vacuum cleaner  $350 from Amazon $370 from Walmart                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Share this review with E-mail  

Our pick

One of the most powerful cordless vacuum cleaners, and the most pleasant to use, with smooth handling, tolerable noise, and a no-touch dustbin. Great for cleaning up all kinds of debris (including pet hair) from bare floors and most carpets.

We found in our testing that the  is particularly good at getting dust and hair out of carpets, compared with most other cordless models. It works well on bare floors, too. The battery can last 28 minutes with the cleaning head attached, which is plenty for most apartments or townhouses, and even a lot of single-family houses if you work fast. It can also convert into a handheld vacuum, and comes with two snap-on tools.

On the downside, the V7 is a very expensive vacuum. But if you want a cordless vacuum that can clean your whole home as thoroughly as a good , this is how much it costs. Our runner-up is the only model that comes close to matching the cleaning performance, but we think paying the extra amount for the V7 is worth doing because this model is easier to use.

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Runner-up

Better at getting crumbs off bare floors and pet hair off furniture. But it’s heavier and louder, has a shorter battery life, and just isn’t quite as pleasant to use.

*At the time of publishing, the price was $285.

The  isn’t our main pick because it’s noticeably heavier and louder than the Dyson V7 Motorhead. It’s not quite as strong of a carpet cleaner, either, and the battery lasts for only 20 minutes. But it’s better at cleaning upholstery and picking up big crumbs off bare floors, and has a longer warranty. The battery pack is also removable and charges in a separate dock, which could help the IonFlex DuoClean have a longer life span than the V7. If those upsides seem more important to you, grab this Shark instead of the Dyson.

Budget pick

For quick pickups or good-enough apartment cleaning, the Hoover Linx is the sturdiest cordless vac for the money.

*At the time of publishing, the price was $170.

If you just need something affordable and convenient for tidying up a small space, the  is a tried-and-true option. It’s one of the most effective cleaners among budget-priced cordless vacs, and it has a respectable 16-minute run time. The foam filter is reusable, clogs and tangles are easy to clear, and the machine doesn’t need much general maintenance. Like its competitors at this price, it’s effective only at cleaning bare floors and maybe sweeping up some surface-level crumbs and hair from short rugs. The Linx has been available since 2009 and has thousands of owner reviews, so we know that most people should expect good performance from it over a couple of years. (This model used to be known as the Hoover Platinum Collection Linx; to the best of our knowledge, the new vacuum is exactly the same.)

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The very best cordless vacuum cleaner, with more attachments, a longer battery life, and slightly stronger suction than our main pick. But wow is it expensive.$500

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The  is the best cordless vacuum overall. It’s essentially the same vacuum as the V7, with a little more suction, six minutes of extra battery life, and some tools that help it clean upholstery and bare floors better—useful but mostly marginal advantages over our main pick, for a whole lot more money. It is a great machine, though the price is way steep.

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Our pick

One of the most powerful cordless vacuum cleaners, and the most pleasant to use, with smooth handling, tolerable noise, and a no-touch dustbin. Great for cleaning up all kinds of debris (including pet hair) from bare floors and most carpets.

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Runner-up

Better at getting crumbs off bare floors and pet hair off furniture. But it’s heavier and louder, has a shorter battery life, and just isn’t quite as pleasant to use.

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*At the time of publishing, the price was $285.

Budget pick

For quick pickups or good-enough apartment cleaning, the Hoover Linx is the sturdiest cordless vac for the money.

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*At the time of publishing, the price was $170.

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The very best cordless vacuum cleaner, with more attachments, a longer battery life, and slightly stronger suction than our main pick. But wow is it expensive.

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The research

Why you should trust us                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Who should get this                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       How we picked                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       How we tested                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Our pick: Dyson V7 Motorhead                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Flaws but not dealbreakers                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Long-term test notes                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Runner-up: Shark IonFlex DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Budget pick: Hoover Linx (BH50020)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Upgrade pick: Dyson V8 Absolute                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       What about the Dyson Cyclone V10?                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       The competition                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       What to look forward to robotshandheldsplug-ins                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                        Why you should trust us 

Liam McCabe, who wrote the first few versions of this guide, has covered vacuums for Wirecutter for more than four years, logging hundreds of hours of vacuum research and testing. He’s personally tested dozens of vacuums of all types (cordless, , , and traditional ) in several homes with varied floor plans. And he has at least passing knowledge of hundreds more vacuums. He wrote this guide from 2014 through 2016 (at one point, he had more than 19 vacuums in his condo for testing), and has edited it since 2017. And for what it’s worth, he’s mostly lived in spaces where cordless vacuums are easier to use than plug-ins.

At one point, we had more than 19 vacuums in one condo for testing.

Michelle Ma is a former retail reporter who has interviewed dozens of manufacturers about how their products are made, sold, and used. For this update, she looked into 32 new models and logged over 20 hours testing nine models total, both at home and at our test site. She also lives in an apartment with a tight floor plan, where a cordless vacuum makes more sense than a plug-in model.

Although we do our own testing, we also think it’s important to hear what other people have to say. We’ve interviewed a bunch of vacuum experts over the years, including: Kyle Wiens, CEO of , which publishes vacuum repair manuals iFixit                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Caroline Blazovsky, founder of  and indoor air quality specialist who sits on the ’s public education committee My Healthy HomeIndoor Air Quality Association                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Greg Truex, senior director at J.D. Power who handles home appliance studies David VanAmburg, managing director at the  American Customer Satisfaction Index                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Justin Haver, vice president at  and 20-year veteran of the vacuum industry GoVacuum.com                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Denis Spindler, owner of  in Waltham, Massachusetts, since 1984 (and an employee there since 1977) Mr. Sweeper Sew & Vac                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Brian Driscoll, a vacuum service technician and shop manager known as the  from  Vacuum King of Reddithis series of popular AMAs                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Jeffrey May, indoor air-quality consultant and author of  My House Is Killing Me!: The Home Guide for Families with Allergies and Asthma                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Brian Oliver, brand manager (at the time) of the  Asthma and Allergy Foundation of America                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Rob Green, reliability manager (at the time) at  Dyson                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Anthony Del Gaudio, a product manager (at the time) for  Miele                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Josh Mutlow, senior design engineer at Dyson Christopher Shook, director of engineering at Stanley Black & Decker Zara Jones, product manager of handheld vacuums at Stanley Black & Decker Keith Barry, editor in chief of  Reviewed Home                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Rich Brown, executive editor of  appliance reviews at CNET CNETConsumer ReportsGood HousekeepingReviewed.com plug-in modelsthe very-best plug-in models we have a quick guide for that                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                      Our picks (left to right): Dyson V8 Absolute, our upgrade pick; Shark IonFlex DuoClean, our runner-up; Dirt Devil Reach Max Multi, our budget pick; Dyson V7 Motorhead, our main pick. 

We’ve also made a point to listen to as many of our readers as we can through comments on our guides, emails, Twitter exchanges, and message board posts.

And we also read other vacuum reviews, including customer reviews (we’ve easily scanned more than 1,000) as well as those from other editorial sources like , , , and .Who should get this Photo: Michael Hession

If you’re willing to pay more for the convenience of a cordless vacuum, go for it. The best cordless vacuums now have enough cleaning power to match good plug-in vacuums, and enough battery life to clean small to midsize homes in a single session (up to roughly 2,000 square feet for our main pick).

Obviously, the best part about owning a cordless vacuum is that you have no cable to unwrap and rewrap during every cleaning session or to catch on corners and doorways. If you’ve ever skipped vacuuming because you’re feeling too lazy to unwrap the cord (guilty as charged) or your cramped floor plan makes cord-wrangling feel like a major chore, a cordless vacuum can be a life-changer. They’re also typically thin and light, which makes them easy to handle and to stash away between uses. Apartment dwellers usually gain the most by going cordless.

But cordless vacuums have some disadvantages compared with good . They always than models with comparable cleaning ability. For example, our main pick costs more than twice as much as our favorite plug-in model. Cordless vacuums also have much  on average, as well as  periods most of the time. That’s partly because the batteries in cordless vacs are likely to wear out after a few years. Their . Even the longest-lasting models won’t quite be able to clean a typical new-construction house (about 2,600 square feet) in a single session. They also all need , so once the battery dies, you’ll need to walk away from cleaning for a while. And compared with , cordless vacuums .cost much more shorter life spansshorter warrantybatteries don’t last long enough to clean big housesat least three hours to rechargecan’t clean as deeply or filter dust as effectively

If you’ve ever skipped vacuuming because you’re feeling too lazy to unwrap the cord, a cordless vacuum can be a life-changer.

If you need more help choosing the right type of vacuum for your home, !How we picked Photo: Michael Hession

We started by making a list of all the cordless vacuums we could find. Since 2014, when we began to cover this category, we’ve tracked 115 models (though many are now discontinued). Here are the factors we prioritized:

Crucial, bare-minimum features:

We didn’t seriously consider any models that didn’t meet these baselines. More voltage does not necessarily mean more cleaning power, but 20 volts is a good baseline for decent suction. Weaker batteries struggle with larger debris, like the road salt or chunks of food we sometimes cleaned up while testing.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A 20-volt battery or greater:  Most cordless vacuums now use this battery type, but some old stragglers out there still use NiCD or NiMH batteries. Those types take much longer to recharge than lithium-based cells, and NiCD-based models are particularly awful because they start to lose suction about halfway through their running time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       A lithium or lithium-ion battery:  That’s about the cutoff for 1,000 square feet of cleaning. Because we were looking for a cordless vacuum that could replace a plug-in, we wanted to find something that could work in more types of homes than just small apartments, even if it couldn’t quite handle the average American house.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       At least 20 minutes of running time:  Most of the time you’ll be cleaning your floors, but it’s handy to have a two-in-one design so that you can clean windowsills, shelves, curtains, ceilings, upholstery, and tight spaces around furniture and appliances.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Can convert to a handheld vacuum:  : This is crucial if you want your vacuum to really work on carpets.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Bristled brush roll

Important, useful features:

These traits set the best models apart from the good ones. Some cordless vacuums are much better than others at getting ground-in hair and dust out of carpets and cracks between floorboards. Although battery voltage and a good brush roll can tell you a little bit about this, the best way to get at this is through testing. A good cordless vac should suck up noticeable debris from bare floors and short- or medium-pile carpets in a couple of passes, as well as some of the less-noticeable fine dust and hair that accumulates deeper in carpets over time.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Cleaning power:  People with wrist pain, or who live in tight spaces, often turn to a cordless vacuum for the ease of handling it provides over a traditional upright. So we looked for models that didn’t feel heavy and clunky and that could steer around corners and into tight spaces with ease. A swiveling joint really helped with handling, though most models have one these days. An easy-to-empty dustbin, intuitive controls, and easy-to-remove filters also factored into our decisions.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Comfort and handling:   Although 20 minutes was our baseline, the more the merrier.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       More battery life: The typical upright vacuum comes in at around 70 decibels (dBC), so we’re looking for something around that or lower. Aside from general loudness, we also looked for vacs that operated at lower frequencies, which sound less annoying.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Noise:  We’ve found that an average customer rating of four out of five stars is an accurate cutoff for user satisfaction. Any lower is a sign of a design flaw or quality-control problem.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Strong customer ratings: 

Less-important features:

These are factors that may seem important, but are actually so similar from model to model that they’re not worth fussing over. Warranties are typically around two years for most cordless vacuums, though we did favor brands with better reputations for responsive customer service. We also heard from the folks at J.D. Power that only 5.8 percent of people actually use their warranties, so it’s low on the list of priorities for most people.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Warranty:  Both are pretty much a given on any cordless vacuum these days.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Reusable filters and swiveling joints: 

We found that the sweet spot for cordless vacuums with all the right specs (on paper at least) can be anywhere from $180 to $350.

Cheaper vacuums under $180 lack some important features and won’t come close to replacing a good plug-in vacuum. However, some work fine to tidy smaller spaces—not a bad choice for a cozy apartment with light or no carpeting, or as a secondary vacuum for your kitchen. Spend less than $80, and they’re all bad.

Spending more than $350 can yield some marginal upsides, like a somewhat longer battery life, or extra attachments that improve cleaning performance in some scenarios. You can get one of these if you want, though it’s a lot of money to pay for modest improvements.

After winnowing the possibilities based on specs, we decided to call in nine vacuums for testing: Eufy HomeVac Duo                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Deik EV660                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dirt Devil Reach Max Multi Cordless (BD22522)                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       VonHaus 2-in-1 Cordless                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Hoover React BH53200                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Shark IONFlex DuoClean Cordless Ultra-Light                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dyson V6 Cord-free                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                       Dyson V7 Motorhead                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                 Dyson V8 Absolute

For previous versions of this guide, we also tested the , , , , and , which are all still available. We didn’t think that they were the best picks last year, so we didn’t retest them this year. Hoover LinxHoover Air Cordless LiftHoover CruiseBlack+Decker Smartech HSVJ520JMBF27Eufy HomeVac Lightweight

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Whether you need our services on a weekly or monthly basis, you can look forward to our industry-leading services and flexible scheduling without the pressure of contracts.

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Our customers love the fact that we incorporate their wishes into our time-tested cleaning methods. By working with you to create your very own cleaning plan and following it every time we perform a cleaning service, we’re able to ensure consistent results that meet your needs. Each of our professional house cleaners undergoes extensive training to ensure that the services you receive are not only the Molly Maid way, but are your way as well. It’s our honor to wear a nationally recognized uniform and provide your most important space with the quality cleaning it deserves.

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How to Clean an Oven Quickly and Painlessly

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Remember that night when your  bubbled over in the oven? Yep, the cheese and sauce — while burnt — is still there. Same with the juices from your . And the  from last weekend. Not only is an oven’s grime and grease a fire hazard, it also influences how your food cooks tastes. To prevent buildup, Carolyn Forte, director of the  Cleaning Lab, recommends deep cleaning your oven . But if you really want to stay on top of things, wipe it down once a month or when you notice it’s starting to look dirty.and two or three times a year

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Shutting the oven door and pretending that it’s not full of grime, grease, and bits of food is not a cleaning solution. Instead, follow this guide by to make your oven look — and cook — as good as new.


How to Clean Inside the Oven

Wipe down loose bits of food on the inside with a damp sponge or cloth. If available, use the self-cleaning cycle on your appliance to ensure that every nook and cranny is touched. Hold up: Isn’t the oven’s self-cleaning function usually more trouble than it’s worth?

It depends. If you use this function regularly — every four months like Forte suggests — then you won’t deal with foul odors or smoke, which many people complain about. However, it’s important to remember that for the function to work properly, the inside of the oven reaches insanely high temperatures to burn off any leftover food and grease. That means some smoke and a funky burning smell are inevitable.

If you don’t own a self-cleaning oven or aren’t in the mood to deal with the smoke alarm aftermath, use  to effectively remove any spills. For a more natural approach, sprinkle  to absorb fresh spills and wipe it up with a damp sponge or cloth once the oven is cool.


How to Clean Oven Racks

Your approach for cleaning the oven racks should be totally different from how you clean the appliance’s inner shell. First, remove the racks from your oven so that you can comfortably — and effectively — clean them. Wash the racks one at a time in warm, sudsy water. Scrub stubborn gunk and grime with a pad, like . Rinse the racks, let dry, and slide them back into place.


How to Clean Oven Door

The outside of your oven, however, can be cleaned the same way as the interior with warm, sudsy water and a sponge. For streak and spot-free glass, spritz on a glass or grease-cutting multi-purpose cleaner like . Scrub with a , rinse with a clean cloth or sponge, and let dry.        IZUSEKGETTY IMAGES

And whatever you do,  that suggests you take apart your oven door. “You should never disassemble the oven door to clean between the glass layers,” says Forte. “This should only be done by an authorized technician to help prevent damaging the glass or the door, or voiding your oven’s warranty.” don’t try the Pinterest hack


How to Clean Tough (and Stubborn) Grime

That sticky  filling that’s clinging on to your oven for dear life? The only way to completely get rid of it is by using your appliance’s self-cleaning function. If you don’t want to deal with the hassle or have an older appliance, place a hot, wet cloth on top of burned spots to help soften the gunk. Then scrub with a  and wipe dry. apple pieheavy-duty pad


How to Prevent Gunk and Grime

Just because you now know how to effectively clean your oven doesn’t mean you shouldn’t try preventing a mess in the first place. As a general rule of thumb,  or  to prevent splatters and place  on the bottom racks when baking pies and casseroles to catch anything that might spill over. As soon as you suspect a spill, wipe it up before it becomes a bigger problem. cover pans with lidsaluminum foilbaking sheets

Here’s Exactly How to Clean Your Microwave

All it takes is one leftover  to turn a sparkling clean microwave into a war zone. If you avoid cleaning this appliance because you think it requires more elbow grease than you can muster up, we have good news: Carolyn Forte, director of the  Cleaning Lab, has easy tips to help you tackle this on the regular. spaghetti dinnerGood Housekeeping Institute

But first, you’ll need a few supplies. Many household essentials work very well at getting rid of all the gunk in your microwave. You can use  to get rid of all the gunk in your microwave — but steer clear of bleach.baking soda, dish soap, and vinegar (white or apple cider)

There’s really no need to use bleach on microwaves because the surfaces generally don’t get stained like countertops or sinks do, according to Forte. Plus,  actually cautions against using bleach on any part of the microwave because it makes the plastic parts brittle. General Electric  

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How to Clean the Inside of Microwaves

Place 1 cup of water and some lemon, lime, or orange slices (squeeze a little juice from the fruit slices into the water) or several tablespoons of white or apple cider  in a microwave-safe bowl and set it inside your appliance. Turn it on high power for several minutes until the mixture boils and the window is steamy. Let it cool for 5 minutes before opening the door, then remove the bowl and wipe the inside clean with a sponge. vinegar


How to Clean Greasy Microwave Doors

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Clean the rubber gasket around the door with a sponge dampened with water and dipped in a little baking soda. Wipe with a damp cloth or sponge to rinse. If the window is greasy, clean with a mixture of half vinegar and half water, then dry. You can also wipe your microwave door down with a good all-purpose, grease-cutting cleaner, like .Simple Green All-Purpose Cleaner


How to Clean Microwave Exteriors

Here’s another place you can utilize your  (or even a sudsy mix of dish soap and water). Just make sure you apply the cleaner with a cloth or sponge — don’t spray directly on the appliance, or you’ll risk cleaner getting into the vent holes. “You don’t want cleaner getting into the inner workings of the microwave,” Forte says. “And don’t spray the control panel directly either.” When you’re done applying the cleaner, rinse with a clean sponge or cloth and buff dry. all-purpose cleaner    


How to Clean Stubborn Spots

For super stuck-on ick, Forte recommends using Good Housekeeping Seal holder . You can wash most removable pieces (like the turntable) in the dishwasher or a sink full of sudsy water. Just make sure you read your manufacturer’s manual beforehand. Mr. Clean Magic Eraser


How to Prevent Excess Microwave Grime

Want to make your cleaning experience easier next time? Forte recommends wiping down your appliance every couple of days, depending on how often you use it and, of course, right after something splatters so bits don’t bake on. Be sure to cover any foods you reheat, even with just a paper plate, to prevent splatters in the first place. You’ll thank yourself later.

How to Deal With Distractions Stealing Time Away From Your To-Do List

Many successful entrepreneurs swear by some variation of the to-do list.  maintains several on her phone at the same time. Casper’s prefers using sticky notes. Postmates CEO  is a fan of apps such as Clear.  sets regular alarms to spur her back into action. Barbara CorcoranJeff ChapinBastian LehmannRandi Zuckerberg

But in any given day, there will be things that will throw you off course: an unexpected meeting, dealing with a customer complaint, or maybe you just didn’t get enough sleep and your third cup of coffee isn’t cutting it.

Your impulse might be to stay the course as best you can and not let distractions sap your productivity. But a recent study from University of Texas, University of Maryland and UCLA sought to explore how effective that approach really is, by comparing what the researchers identified as more classic “time management planning” to “contingent planning.”

With contingent planning, the idea is to account for the disruptions that can seep into your day and structure your day around them. “Contingent planning is less commonly used than time-management planning because individuals frequently make plans that overestimate how much they will get done and underestimate (or fail altogether) to account for how their work will be disrupted,” the researchers explained in a of their findings in  summaryHarvard Business Review.Related: 27 Founders Reveal Their Favorite Tool to Keep Them Organized

The researchers monitored the work of 187 employees from different industries over the course of two weeks. They found that time management planning was effective for the participants’ engagement in their work and daily productivity.

But this kind of planning worked best when there were a limited amount of interruptions. Ultimately, they found that on days when up to 20 percent of the time was taken up with interruptions, time management planning did very little to help the employees get things done. When it came to the employees who utilized the daily contingent planning, the researchers found that the positive influence of that mindset was maintained even in the face of a lot of interruptions.

“While the benefits of time-management planning are less effective when interruptions occur, contingent planning continued to be beneficial regardless of the level of interruptions employees faced,” the researchers explained.

As you go about your day, there will be all manner of distractions. Acknowledging that isn’t a failing, but rather a key to making the most of the time you have.  Does this strategy make sense to you? Let us know in the comments.

7 Best Vacuum Cleaners to Buy in 2019, According to Cleaning Experts

When it comes to buying a new vacuum, the two most important questions are: Is it easy to handle and can it really pull up dirt? We wouldn’t be Good Housekeeping if the vacuums on this list didn’t pass that test with flying colors. But this next part gets personal:

If your home is mostly carpeted and all on one floor, an upright vacuum is your best choice. It comes with attachments for crevices and upholstery and uprights do the best job deep cleaning carpets.

For homes with stairs, bare floors and only a few carpets, go for a canister vacuum. Most come with a power nozzle and rotating brush to clean the occasional carpet, but often have a dedicated attachment to clean hard floors without scratching or scattering dirt. And, they are easier to maneuver into tight spaces and up and down stairs.

Stick or pole vacuums are best suited for bare floors and low pile rugs. Most are rechargeable with limited run times, so they’re ideal for quick clean-ups.

Robot vacuums get under the bed and behind furniture and can even clean while you do something else, but they don’t deep clean. Used regularly, they can help cut down on the need to haul out your full-sized vacuum.

Finally, grab a hand vacuum for the dry spills on bare floors and to quickly clean upholstery or the car.

Overall, our top vacuums to buy in 2019 are:

•Top Lab Pick: Miele Dynamic U1 Maverick
•Top Cordless: Bissell Air Ram Cordless
•Top Canister: Miele Compact C2 Electro+ PowerLine
•Top Robot: iRobot Roomba i7+
•Top Combo: Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute
•Top Handheld: Black + Decker Dustbuster Cordless
•Best Value: Hoover REACT

Keep reading for more details about each of our picks, if you think your kid will want in on the action, too, you’ve got to check out one of our favorite toys: Dyson’s “Little Helper” toy vacuum!

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Miele Dynamic U1 Maverick Vacuum

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This Miele is ideal for allergy and asthma sufferers, since the Good Housekeeping Seal-holder’s self-sealing bag keeps dirt out of the air. It’s a powerhouse that cleans everything from delicate curtains to deep carpets. Some consumers said it was heavy, but its cleaning power can’t be beat.

Good Housekeeping Seal holder
Self-sealing bag
Quietest model in our test
Heavy
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TOP CORDLESS
Bissell Air Ram Cordless Vacuum

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$194.00
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This GH Seal holder ran for an impressive 37 minutes in our lab tests and was among the quietest we tried. We also like that the handle lays flat on the ground (by rotating it at the base), which makes it easier to vacuum under furniture and other tough-to-reach places.

Good Housekeeping Seal holder
Long run time
Super quiet
No attachments
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TOP CANISTER
Miele Compact C2 Electro+ PowerLine Vacuum

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The motorized power nozzle on this Miele canister can tackle five different carpet pile heights. The soft parquet brush is perfect for bare floors that may be susceptible to scratching. The adjustable suction lets you clean everything from delicate drapes to heavily soiled carpets. No speck of dirt is out of reach.

Good Housekeeping Seal holder
High filtration bag and HEPA AirClean filter
Durable metal wands
Expensive
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iRobot Roomba i7+ Vacuum

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The i7+ easily picked up oatmeal and sand from carpet and bare floors. Unlike other robots, when it returns home, any debris is automatically dispensed into the base and enters a sealable, replaceable bag. Great for allergy sufferers, there is no emptying a bin after each use.

Goes around furniture legs well
Carrying handle
Goes back to base on it’s own when bin is full
Must buy replacement bags
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TOP COMBO
Dyson Cyclone V10 Absolute Vacuum

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Despite its slim look, this 2-in-1 machine rivaled full-size upright vacuums when it came to pulling dirt out of carpets. It’s super easy to use and it comes with two heads, one for carpets and one for bare floors.

Super lightweight
Cordless
Doubles as a hand vacuum
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Black + Decker Dustbuster Cordless Vacuum

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This small but powerful handheld comes with a long nozzle that pivots a full 360 degrees to nab dust around tight spaces. The pull-out crevice tool extends the vacuum’s reach, and the flip-up brush gently removes dust from delicate furniture surfaces, carpet, and upholstery.

Cordless
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Hoover REACT Vacuum

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$244.48
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This Hoover can go from carpet to bare floors without missing a beat. Its special floor-sense technology automatically adjusts the brush speed to prevent scattering and damage as you move from one floor surface to the next. It has a removable canister to better reach underneath low furniture.

Floor-sense tech adapts to different floor types
Great for hard-to-reach places
Four included attachments
Tips over easily
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Sarah Bogdan, a trained mechanical engineer, researches and evaluates home appliances and cleaning tools for the Home Appliances & Cleaning Products Lab at the Good Housekeeping Institute — whether she’s assessing irons and vacuums or detergents and cleansers, she’s constantly analyzing data and tracking what’s buzzing with consumers.
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9 Homemade Cleaners That Actually Work, According to Cleaning Experts

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Some of the items in your pantry (like  and ) work as effective cleaners and, even better, cost next to nothing. So the next time you’re staring down a big mess but you’re out of , don’t run to the store — try one mixing up one of these DIY standbys instead.

: Never combine ammonia-based cleaners with chlorine bleach or products containing bleach, such as powdered dishwasher detergent. The fumes they’ll create are extremely dangerous. Before doing any mixing, read the product labels first. Always label any bottles of DIY cleaners with all the ingredients inside. In case a child or animal gets into it, it’s important to know what the mixture contains.Important Safety Tip

1. Scented All-Purpose Cleaner

What you’ll need: One part  white vinegar One part water  rind Lemon Rosemary sprigs much more

Combine the above ingredients together, pour into a spray bottle, shake, and then let infuse for a week before using. Once done, you can use the solution to remove hard water stains, clean trash cans, wipe away wall smudges, and . Plus, the fruit’s acid adds extra cleaning properties — perfect for stubborn stains. 


2. Kitchen Cleaner and Deodorizer

What you’ll need: 4 tablespoons  baking soda 1 quart warm water appliancesGood Housekeeping Institute

To clean kitchen counters, , and the inside of your refrigerator, all you need is baking soda. “It makes a great deodorizer and can be used to shine stainless steel sinks and appliances,” says Carolyn Forte, director of the Cleaning Lab. Just pour the above solution on a clean sponge and wipe.


3. Glass Cleaner

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What you’ll need: 2 cups water 1/2 cup  or  whitecider vinegar 1/4 cup  rubbing alcohol 70% concentration 1 to 2 drops of  for smell (optional) orange essential oil wash your windows

The next time you need to  and mirrors, combine these ingredients and pour them in a spray bottle. Hint: Don’t clean windows on a hot, sunny day, because the solution will dry too quickly and leave lots of streaks. For mirrors, spray the solution on a paper towel or soft cloth first before wiping.


4. Brass Cleaner

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What you’ll need:  or  White vinegarlemon juice Table salt and more

To clean non-lacquered cabinet pulls, bathroom appointments, , dampen a sponge with vinegar or lemon juice, then sprinkle on salt. Lightly rub over surface. Rinse thoroughly with water, then immediately dry with a clean soft cloth.


5. Heavy-Duty Scrub

What you’ll need: 1/2  lemon 1/2 cup  borax powder enamel sinks and tubsAmazon

Rust stains on porcelain or  are no match for this cleaner. Dip the lemon into the borax and scrub the surface, then rinse. (This is not safe for marble or granite.) Tip: You can find borax, a laundry booster, in the detergent aisle or order it on .


6. Grease Cleaner

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What you’ll need: 1/2 cup  sudsy ammonia tough grimeoven

Sudsy ammonia contains detergent that helps remove . Mix 1/2 cup with enough water to fill a one-gallon container. Then clean your  racks, stove hoods, and grills by dipping a sponge into the solution and wiping over the surface before rinsing with clear water. You can also soak oven racks and grill grates in the mixture directly, with a little extra ammonia if they’re particularly dirty.


7. Water Ring Remover

What you’ll need: One part  white non-gel toothpaste One part  baking soda left a water ring

Places you’ve accidentally  (but not on unfinished wood, lacquer, or antiques), dampen a cloth with water, add the toothpaste mixture and rub with the grain to buff over the spot. Then take a dry cloth and wipe off. Use another soft cloth for a final shine. Polish as you normally would.


8. Last-Resort Clothing Stain Remover

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What you’ll need: 1 gallon hot water 1 cup  powdered dishwasher detergent 1 cup , not ultra or concentrate regular liquid chlorine bleach badly stained but washable white clothing

Treat  by mixing the above ingredients into a stainless steel, plastic, or enamel bowl (not aluminum). Soak garment for 15-20 minutes. If stain is still there, let it soak a bit longer, then wash the item as usual.


9. Marble Cleaner

What you’ll need: mild dishwashing liquid2 drops  2 cups warm water

Mix dishwashing detergent and water the next time you want to clean natural stone countertops. Sponge over marble and rinse completely to remove any soap residue. Buff with a soft cloth; do not let the marble air-dry. Caution: Never use vinegar, lemon, or any other acidic cleaner on marble or granite surfaces; it will eat into the stone.

Can Learning Agility Improve over Time?

It is clear that today the success of businesses depends on leaders who are agile when it comes to learning – The ones who can perceive problems, resolve the most complex challenges, and effortlessly thrive even in a constantly changing and volatile environment are truly the kind of leaders that all organizations need today.

What some companies, strangely, do not realize is that such people may already be working with them, and hence their potential may be underutilized or even ignored. Studies show that in companies today at least 15% are top potential because they are high on learning agility, and it is the job of companies to identify and develop this critical-to-success attribute. 

It is easy to identify your top talent – the ones with high learning agility. They would display social prowess, empathy, higher tolerance for a lack of structure, and would be highly engaged. They are the ones who have promoted twice as fast as the rest, owing to their top-class performance and contribution to the company. Ideally, these qualities should be immediately recognized and highly appreciated, especially in today’s business environment. The qualities mentioned are what make outstanding leaders whom every company would want to retain.

Is Learning Agility Recognized?

Despite the importance of and the easily recognizable qualities associated with high learning agility, companies seem to favor and recognize attributes and talents that are easier to measure and account for. When we say account for, we mean those that enable a company to track the development of an employee in a steady manner, and through a well-defined business structure.

The reasons for ‘ignoring’ this attribute, up to now, are that it is difficult to classify and describe, and tough to measure. Learning agility is on the same path as emotional intelligence – everyone knows it is important but very few cultivate it or value it as much as they should. Most leaders and managers prefer to go through their workdays ‘fighting battles and putting out fires’, without giving much thought about how they can keep crisis from happening and if they do occur, how they can use them as opportunities to grow and develop. The idea is to bring such attributes to the fore, and help companies and leaders to recognize and nurture learning agility that may exist across the workforce.

Understanding Learning Agility to Improve It

We have already discussed the mainstays of learning agility and its description. For ease of continuity, learning agility can be defined as an outlook or mind-set that supports certain practices. This in turn enables people to constantly develop, challenge status quo, and put new strategies in place to deal with increasingly complex problems within the organization. It is easy for people with high learning agility to discard irrelevant ideas and skills, and quickly learn new skills and gain more knowledge and a better perspective.Learning agility connects with emotional intelligence, say experts

Since people with high learning agility are better at recognizing and managing their own emotions and perspectives, they have an enhanced ability to listen with empathy to the thoughts and perspectives of other people. They are also better equipped to, therefore, understand the emotions of others, and respond in the most appropriate manner. Linking these attributes can help companies work better, and focus on improving learning agility in their personnel. The idea is to enable learning agility and remove any factors that may interfere with its sustenance and growth.Improving Learning Agility and Helping Others Build it too

As mentioned at the start, building and improving learning agility is possible and extremely beneficial. Ensuring its growth rides on several factors, according to experts, and we enlist and discuss these factors below:Innovating and Transforming

This is about challenging and questioning traditional beliefs, assumptions, perspectives and the status quo, with a clear vision of finding better and unique ways of approaching situations and people. People with high learning agility not only seek new ideas, but are able to generate them too, since they have the ability to view things from myriad angles and a growth mind-set.Better Performance Levels

When people challenge themselves and their shortcomings, their abilities, and knowledge are strengthened. They handle conflicts, stress, and difficult situations a lot better, thereby allowing them to learn faster, pick up new skills, and have better performance levels when compared with their co-workers.Seeking Feedback and Learning from it

People with high learning agility actively seek feedback and learn from it. They use feedback to understand their own behavior, and other people better, and as a result become more insightful, empathetic, and knowledgeable about others and their problems. Strong self and environmental awareness are among the top catalysts for success.Risk Taking

High learning agility prods people to seek challenges and venture into ‘unknown areas’, putting themselves in the midst of unfamiliar situations. They do this to learn something new, and grab ‘strange’ and exciting opportunities, not just for thrill of it. They consistently move out of their comfort zone, learning, building confidence, and developing mental strength and ability.Helping Others to Build Learning Agility

With so much instability and volatility in the business world today, a handful of people with gumption would not be enough to tide over challenges. Hence, people with high learning agility not only utilize their abilities to help themselves and the company, they also help their co-workers to discover their strengths and utilize them to the full.

They help others see the potential of learning agility thereby, encouraging them to build, grow, and use it to their advantage and for business success.Do Not Place Blame or Become Defensive

People with high learning agility grow this skill by remaining answerable if something were to go amiss. They are willing to accept their failure or fault in case of a blunder, and then use their mistakes to become better next time.Intuition to be Trusted

One of the best ways to build learning agility is to trust one’s intuition. This means recalling and thinking through the similarities and differences between situations and projects, rather than behaving aggressively or reacting without thinking.Reflect and Explore

Enhancing learning agility is completely about learning, and learning only happens when people reflect on what may have gone by, and explore better ways of managing similar and new circumstances. Their mind is always open, such that they learn from anyone and any situation. They also remain mindful to reflect consistently on their own behavior and attitude.Experimentation

The underlying premise of learning agility is constant learning and growth. People ‘high’ on this ability, make time to experiment – searching for new ways to address a problem or demolish a challenge.

A setback is never a failure for such people, but rather acts an accelerator to reduce the possibilities of failing and a stepping-stone for advancement in a person’s career.

Closing Words

Companies and businesses today are using the latest technology and tools, attempting to reinvent and simplify their processes and operations. In order to keep pace with these evolving techniques, companies need smart people – people who would learn quickly, put their learning to good use, think on their feet, and consistently keep up with changes. Companies that can move faster than their competitors, are more likely to find success, and maintain their front-runner status for a long time.

In order to reap the benefits of learning agility, a company, and its people must be willing to improve this skill over time, and this would require consistent effort and robust commitment. Learning agility is most definitely an asset, which must exist in every company today.

To improve this ability over time, a company must proactively identify the individuals with this ability, and create career paths within the organization to nurture their skill and gain the maximum out of their efforts. Companies need to change as well, becoming more adaptable, flexible, and build high responsiveness to change and duress. Both companies and individuals must practice learning agility, such that success would be guaranteed even in the most difficult times, and despite the fiercest of competitors.

How to Remove Dye Stains From Clothes, Upholstery, and Carpet

If you’ve ever accidentally let a colored sock slip into a load of whites, then you know about . The  occur when colors run in the wash or during drying, or when an overdyed item rubs against another. Unfortunately,  are a major offender. Pay attention to those tags that say  — they’re there for a reason. dye transferstainsnew denim jeans”wash before wearing”

But if your sofa cushion already has an indigo tint, it’s not too late. , Director of the Cleaning Lab at the , has got you covered with the best methods for removing dye stains from white and colored clothing, plus carpeting and upholstery. Carolyn ForteGood Housekeeping Institute


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This solution works for both colorfast and white washable fabrics, Forte says. Start by mixing four gallons of the hottest water that’s safe for the fabric with one packet of . Make sure the remover is fully dissolved. If the whole load has turned pink, you can use multiple packets depending on the amount of clothes. Carbona Color Run Remover

Add the dye-stained items to the mix and soak, stirring occasionally, until the unwanted color lifts. Rinse thoroughly in warm water. For stubborn dyes, you can repeat that process as necessary. Follow up by laundering.


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To save your sofa or chair, mix one tablespoon of , and one tablespoon of  with two cups of cool water. dishwashing liquid, like Dawnwhite vinegar

Using a , sponge the stain with the . Leave it on the stain for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with the cloth and more solution. You can use your phone timer to keep track. Then sponge with cool water and blot until the liquid is absorbed. clean, white clothdetergent-vinegar solution

Next, sponge the mark with  and blot to remove the stain. Sponge with more cold water and keep blotting. rubbing alcohol

If the stain remains, mix one teaspoon of  and one tablespoon of  with two cups of cool water. Sponge the stain with the detergent-ammonia solution. Leave it on for at least 30 minutes, blotting every five minutes with a clean, white cloth and more solution. Finally, sponge with cold water and blot dry. dishwashing liquidammonia

Still not working? Dab the stain with a cotton swab dipped in . “Hydrogen peroxide acts like an all-fabric, color-safe bleach, so it’s worth a try,” Forte says. “Just be sure to test it for safety on a hidden part of the fabric or carpet before applying it to the stain.” hydrogen peroxide

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First, mix one tablespoon of and one tablespoon of  with two cups of warm water. Using a , sponge the stain with the detergent-vinegar solution, blotting frequently. Flush with clear water and blot until the liquid is absorbed. dishwashing liquid, like Dawn, white vinegarclean, white cloth

Then, sponge with  and blot some more to lift the stain. Finish up by sponging with plain, cold water and blotting until the liquid is absorbed. rubbing alcohol

If the spot is stubborn, use the same detergent-ammonia solution that you would for upholstery, letting it sit on the stain for at least 30 minutes and blotting every five minutes with a clean, white cloth and more solution. Then sponge with cold water and blot dry. A cotton swab dipped in  can also help as a last resort.  hydrogen peroxide