Most Trusted Air Freshener: Glade
Glade debuted in 1956 as a way to banish cooking and tobacco odors. The original product came in two fragrances—Blossom and Evergreen. Now there are 50 scents. SC Johnson chemists created Glade based on breakthroughs made during the Korean War to eliminate hospital odors. Fun fact: Famed architect Frank Lloyd Wright designed SC Johnson’s headquarters in Racine, Wisconsin.
Most Trusted Cleaning Product: Lysol
German doctor Gustave Raupenstrauch invented the first Lysol disinfectant in 1889 to help end a cholera epidemic. In 1918, Lysol was promoted as a way to fight a deadly flu pandemic. It became available in drug stores and hospitals in 1930. Today, Lysol partners with a number of public-health organizations as part of its Mission for Health campaign, including the CDC, the PTA, and National Association of Pediatric Nurse Practitioners.
Most Trusted Facial Moisturizer/Cream: Olay
South African chemist Graham Gordon Wulff developed a skin treatment during World War II to prevent pilots’ burns from getting dehydrated. With help from his wife Dinah, he later tweaked his product to become a moisturizer for women. At first they sold the product, called Oil of Ulan, door to door in South Africa before expanding internationally. Under Procter & Gamble, the brand name changed to Olay in 2000. Today, Olay runs over 400,000 safety and quality tests on its products each year. More than 1,000 employees around the world work full time on these tests.