clean·​er | \ ˈklē-nər How to pronounce cleaner (audio) \

Definition of cleaner

1a : one whose work is cleaning
b : dry cleaner also : a dry-cleaning shop usually used in plural
2 : a preparation for cleaning
3 : an implement or machine for cleaning

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Synonyms for cleaner


cleanser, detergent, soap

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Examples of cleaner in a Sentence

He recommends using baking soda as a general household cleaner. a kitchen shelf loaded with household cleaners

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While the powerful sponges have proven to be pros at lifting scuffs and stains all over the home, this is a certainly a new purpose for the multi-purpose cleaners. Taysha Murtaugh, Country Living, "This Grandma Cleaned Her Slimy Green Pool in 24 Hours Using a Single Magic Eraser," 18 July 2018 When rinsing the stripper and cleaner, Barr suggests using a garden hose—and steering clear of pressure washers. Emma Bazilian, House Beautiful, "Everything You Need to Know About Staining a Deck," 1 Apr. 2019 But your credentials as a government serial cleaner really good. Fox News, "Judge Jeanine: Democrats call in serial 'cleaner' Bob Mueller," 18 Aug. 2018 Always test any cleaner on a hidden part of the fabric for safety first. Carolyn Forte, Good Housekeeping, "How to Clean a Couch Like a Pro," 29 Mar. 2019 In addition to being unnecessary, residue from harsh cleaners like bleach might irritate your skin. Carolyn L. Todd, SELF, "What the Hell Is a Sitz Bath? (And Why Would You Take One?)," 14 Mar. 2019 Put on leather gloves and safety glasses, and use cotton rags and window cleaner to clean both sides of the plate glass. Joseph Truini, Popular Mechanics, "How to Cut Glass," 11 Feb. 2019 Briefly, the Kuznets Curve shows that countries tend to get dirtier and more polluted in their early development, but hit an inflection point at a certain level of wealth and start getting cleaner. David Roberts, Vox, "The case for “conditional optimism” on climate change," 29 Jan. 2019 Besides direct power being cleaner, the added power for the card is to help run the ports on the new breakout box. Gordon Mah Ung, PCWorld, "Exclusive first look: Creative Labs' high-end Sound BlasterX AE-9 breaks cover," 8 Dec. 2018

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First Known Use of cleaner

1720, in the meaning defined at sense 1a

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The first known use of cleaner was in 1720

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English Language Learners Definition of cleaner

: a person whose job is to clean something
: a substance used for cleaning things
: a device or machine used for cleaning things

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to speak slightingly about or to degrade

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