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

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

— see also take to the cleaners

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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
Recent Examples on the Web To clean, use a glass cleaner specifically designed for fireplaces ($9, The Home Depot) and buff with paper towels or a soft cleaning cloth. Jessica Bennett, Better Homes & Gardens, 11 Oct. 2021 Fortunately, this is nothing our upholstery cleaner hasn’t seen before. Marni Jameson,, 8 Oct. 2021 By 2018, with the vessel now a dead ship and the area around Hodeidah overwhelmed by vicious fighting, virtually nobody was left on board the Safer except for a chief engineer, an electrician, two mechanics, a cook, and a cleaner. The New Yorker, 4 Oct. 2021 Other uses of it include a disinfectant cleaner, stain remover and is a common ingredient in teeth whiteners, according to the Cleveland Health Clinic. Jordan Mendoza, USA TODAY, 22 Sep. 2021 The politics were not particularly complicated: Democrats had run on ending the pandemic efficiently and competently—that is, without telling people to eat fish tank cleaner. Alex Shephard, The New Republic, 21 Sep. 2021 Wipe down both faces using a lint-free shop towel and brake cleaner. Ben Wojdyla, Popular Mechanics, 20 Sep. 2021 Vacuuming floors may seem like a chore, but having a highly effective cleaner on hand can minimize the hassle. Maya Gandara,, 20 Sep. 2021 Never use a drain cleaner on the disposal, and don’t grind plastic, glass or the shells of oysters or calms in your disposal. Washington Post, 3 Sep. 2021

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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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22 Oct 2021

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“Cleaner.” Dictionary, Merriam-Webster, Accessed 23 Oct. 2021.

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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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