Putting 4 Top-Rated Cleaning Products to the Test

Environmentally-friendly and great for your skin!


Product reviews are definitely part of this generation of consumers. Whether it’s a 5 star or 1 star, it helps us decide if we want to “add to cart.” Every year BrandSpark International gathers a list of newly launched products in a variety of categories and puts them to the test. Each product is rated by consumers like us, right here in Canada. The Product that scores the highest within their category is given the ‘Best New Product’ title. I tested four of the 2022 household cleaning product winners.

Sponge Paper Towels

This is their strongest and most absorbent premium paper towel to tackle your toughest messes. Choose-A-Size® format allows you to use as much or as little as you need. And they’re made in Canada!  I am probably the biggest mess maker in the house. Paper towels are useful for jobs like cleaning the inside of your sink and to soak up spills quickly. And I love that you can choose a size that meets the needs of the job. I don’t want to take off more than I need. The kids know…when I make a mess…which has happened many times, that I’ll yell for how many pieces I need lol. I do think it’s important to swap paper towels for reusable cloths or towels whenever you can though.

Price: $6.99

Tide Single Use Detergent Pods

Gentle, hypoallergenic clean at the microscopic level, removing both visible and invisible dirt from your garments. They’re perfume- and dye-free, so it’s gentle on your skin. Recognized by the National Eczema Association and the National Psoriasis Foundation. Works in all machines and water conditions. Close package after use. The pods can look like a treat to a small child and ingesting them is dangerous. The container has a child lock which I can attest to being hard to open.

How to dose:

  • 1 laundry pac for regular loads
  • 2 pacs for heavily soiled loads
  • Then Add clothes and turn on any cycle, any temperature

Price: $18.99

Tide Zero Liquid Laundry Detergent, Clean Scent Technology

Formulated with zero added phosphates, zero added dyes, and zero added chlorine. And, you don’t have to give up freshness because it has a soft lavender scent that is made with CleanScent technology. I am very picky about my scents and this smells so so good in the bottle. But I do find it fades faster than I’d like.

How to dose:

  • Measure with cap.
  • For medium loads, fill to bar 1.
  • For large loads, fill to bar 3.
  • For HE full loads, fill to bar 5.
  • Can be used with cold water

Price: $19.67

Downy Fabric Care

Downy Light Laundry Scent Booster Beads are small, lightly scented laundry beads that give you all-day Downy freshness. Made with no heavy perfumes, no dyes, and no phosphates. I LOVE the scent of this one too! They had me at Ocean breeze. 4x longer-lasting freshness to your laundry than with the leading detergent alone. Safe for all colors and fabrics, and all washing machine types. Simply toss beads into the washer drum before clothing. Use as much or as little as you want to get your desired level of freshness. It is recommended to start with 1/2 a cap the first time you use them and adjust next time. Toss them in the washer before clothes. Do not put in the liquid dispenser. Great for activewear and towels. The only downside I see to this one is that you may get carried away with the beads and go through a bottle pretty quickly.

Price: 15.97