ISSUE 18  |  Berlin Bound

10 Easy Pieces: German-Made Cleaning Staples

May 06, 2015 9:00 AM

BY Izabella Simmons

From the land of high-performance cars, everyday cleaning tools built for beauty and function. Here are 10 grime-combating, dust-bunny battling favorites.


Above: A German stainless steel and beechwood Dustpan and natural horsehair Brush is $49 for the set from Kaufmann Mercantile.


Above: The Laundress Horsehair Broom from Germany is $60. (For more old-world horsehair designs, see Berlin’s Answer to a Good Night Sleep.)

Above: The handmade Rice Straw Broom is €16.50 ($18.40) from Manufactum.


Above: The Redecker Scrubbing Brush with Handle is $17 (marked down from $19 ) at Restoration Hardware. Photograph via Rakuten.


Above: A German Bristle Brush for dish cleaning is $15 at Schoolhouse Electric. 

Above: Redecker’s Copper Cloth will not scratch steel or enamel; $14.70 for two cloths from the Eco Store. 


Above: For sending dust flying, the Rattan Carpet Beater by Redecker is $28 from Food52.


Above: The tear-proof and absorbent Honeycomb Weave Dishcloth is woven in Germany; €2 ($2.20) from Manufactum. 


Above: The Wesco Singleboy 3.4-Gallon Trash Can is $129.95 at Crate & Barrel. (Take a look here for more ideas, including these Gorgeous German Pedal Bins.)


Above: The Miele s6270 Onyx Canister Vacuum Cleaner is $499 (reduced from $549) at Crate & Barrel. Learn about this German-made workhorse in my post Why I Love My Miele Vacuum.


Above: The perfect companion for all these cleaning tools? Consider the cult favorite German Alape Bucket Sink by AG.Stahlform; $249 from Rejuvenation. To see more examples in action, go to Design Sleuth.

For more German staples we swear by, take a look at the Mercedes of Kitchen Tools.

And if you’re as into cleaning supplies as we are, click here and here.