Don't Waste Your Money is supported by our readers. When you purchase an item through links on our site, we may earn an affiliate commission.

The Best Cleaning Brush

Last updated on May 19, 2024

Our Review Process

Don't Waste Your Money is focused on helping you make the best purchasing decision. Our team of experts spends hundreds of hours analyzing, testing, and researching products so you don't have to. Learn more.

Look for the DWYM seal for products that are the best in a category.

Our Picks For The Top Cleaning Brushes

View All Recommendations
Product Overview
Key Takeaway
 Top Pick

Trazon Non-Slip Rubber Cleaning Brushes, 3-Pack

Don't Waste Your Money Seal of Approval

Trazon

Non-Slip Rubber Cleaning Brushes, 3-Pack

You'll get not one, not two, but three cleaning brushes when you opt for this set. All are constructed using a durable ABS plastic and outfitted with non-slip handles for a solid grip. The brushes work well to clean everything from soap scum to tile grout, so they really are quite versatile.

Overall Take

Choice of ColorsYou'll find this cleaning brush comes in a choice of red or blue.

 Runner Up

Holikme Decontamination Ergonomic Cleaning Brushes, 5-Pack

Holikme

Decontamination Ergonomic Cleaning Brushes, 5-Pack

Do you know someone who is moving into their first home or apartment. This five-piece cleaning brush set makes for an excellent gift. It includes every type of brush one would need to keep their home clean and sanitized. You can even get the set in a choice of red, green, blue or black.

Overall Take

Excellent Starter SetWith this cleaning brush set, you'll receive two scrub brushes, a scouring pad, a tile line brush and a gap brush to get into those deep grooves.

 We Also Like

Lodge Ergonomic Cast Iron Scrub Cleaning Brush

Lodge

Ergonomic Cast Iron Scrub Cleaning Brush

If you have cast iron cookware, this cleaning brush is the tool you need. The round head has plenty of bristles to get great results quickly. The handle features an ergonomic design and a hole for easy hanging between uses.

Overall Take

For Cast Iron CookwareThis cleaning brush is made to clean cast iron cookware, with nylon bristles that clean without scratching.

 Strong Contender

Libman Narrow Spaces Cleaning Brushes, 3-Pack

Libman

Narrow Spaces Cleaning Brushes, 3-Pack

This cleaning brush includes three handy scrubbing brushes to help you tackle all sorts of messes. The brushes are made from heavy duty polypropylene and the brush fibers are made from recycled pet bottles.

Overall Take

Best SetThis cleaning brush is a handy scrubbing kit for any home or apartment.

Buying Guide

Every job requires a specific set of tools. Sponges, rags and paper towels all serve a purpose. But one tool that never goes out of style is the old-fashioned cleaning brush. It may have evolved over the decades, but the basic functionality remains the same. You’ll get a handle attached to bristles, with the bristles made from materials strong enough to clean.

Simplemost Media

But there are different brushes for different uses. Your primary consideration will be the surface on which you’ll be using the brush. Some bristles are made for tackling outdoor surfaces like concrete and bricks. The same goes for carpets, which can handle harsher bristles. However, if you’re using your brush in areas like your bathroom, you’ll want to make sure the material won’t scratch your surfaces.

Simplemost Media

Another material type that needs special bristles during cleaning is cast iron. If you have pots or pans made from cast iron, you already know it needs special treatment. You can’t simply toss it in the dishwasher or hand wash it with the same cleansers you’d use with your dishes. A cast iron scrub brush is built to clean without scratching.

Simplemost Media

A second important feature in a cleaning brush is the handle. Some handles can start to hurt your hand if you’re scrubbing for a while. If you’ll be using harmful chemicals—for instance, while you’re staining a deck or bleaching caulk that has molded—make sure the handle is long enough to keep your hand far away.

Simplemost Media

Consider how you’ll clean your brush and store it between uses. You’ll need to be able to get deeply-rooted grime out after each cleaning session. After that, make sure you have a well-ventilated place to store it while it dries to avoid moisture issues. Some cleaning brushes are sold as sets to give you one for each area of your home.

MORE: Do those cleaning spin brushes work? We tried one to find out

What to Look For

  • Scrub brushes aren’t just for handling those more complex cleaning tasks. They also can get into nooks and crannies that sponges and rags can’t. That makes them popular for cleaning grout between tiles, among many other uses.
  • As you’re comparing brushes, look at the bristles. Many are made from nylon, but you’ll find some are stiffer than others. That harshness can become problematic if you’re working with sensitive surfaces.
  • Although more flexible bristles may be safer to use on some indoor surfaces, keep in mind they may not hold up under rigorous use. You’ll need a brush that can withstand the water and chemicals you’ll be using, as well as the stress you’ll be putting them under.
  • Scrubbing away stubborn problems like mold requires stiff bristles, which can leave you looking for a delicate balance if you have mold buildup on your shower or floor tiles.
  • The handle of the brush plays an important role, too. Look for one that will be comfortable for holding for long time periods. An ergonomic design and rubberized grip can keep you working when you otherwise would give up due to hand fatigue.
  • Another feature to prize in a brush is a handle that prevents slipping, even when the brush is wet. Classic wooden cleaning brushes had that feature, but many of today’s plastic and rubber ones need a special feature to keep slipping at a minimum.
  • Some brushes have holes built into the handle for easy hanging. If you don’t already have hooks in a handy place, you can hang one in a storage closet or garage.
  • Even if you usually clean your brushes after each use, occasionally disinfect it using a mixture of Borax and washing soda, along with vinegar and hot water. Soak it for five minutes before allowing it to dry on a rack.

More to Explore

The kitchen and bathroom are typically the dirtiest areas of the house, making them most likely to harbor bacteria. You should disinfect your sink at least once a day, including the faucet. You should also clean toilets at least once a day to keep your environment as healthy as possible. If you have trouble scrubbing grime away from a certain area of the kitchen or bathroom, spray your favorite cleaning solution on it and let it soak for a while before trying to remove. That film on your shower door has a surprising solution: lemon oil. Spray and let it soak for a while and it should wipe right off.

From our partners