The Real Cost of Being Clean

By Lewis Braham - 2013-07-16T19:53:16Z

Photograph by Neville Mountford-Hoare/Getty Images

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Household Cleaners/Supplies

Americans spent $4.7 billion on household cleaners in 2012, according to Mintel. IRI numbers show that another $1.9 billion was spent on cleaning supplies -- mops, brooms and so on -- in the last 12 months, down 1.7 percent from a year ago.