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    27 Great Cleaning Products The BuzzFeed Shopping Team Swears By

    We tried them and loved them, so we think you will too.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A microfiber spin mop great for anyone who lives in a small apartment *and* who procrastinates cleaning their floors because it's not any fun.

    "I've been using this regularly for the last six months and I never thought I'd be so impressed by something so seemingly boring. The foot-operated wringer is a life-saver for a lazy cleaner like me, and the microfiber mop dries quickly and stays fresh in between uses." —Daniel Boan

    Get it from Amazon for $38.99.

    2. Insect traps you place in your plants to attract flies, gnats, midges, and other insects and keep them from flying around your house and annoying you so very much.,

    Plus, they're super simple to use. Just peel apart the traps, insert them in the adjustable stakes, and place the stakes into your plant. Once it's full of bugs, you can throw it away and replace it with a new one.

    "There is NOTHING more irritating than gnats or any other tiny insects invading your home. I have these Sticky Stakes in every potted plant I own and they actually really work! Each pack comes with seven traps, so feel free to stock up." —Heather Braga

    Get a pack of seven from Amazon for $6.99.

    3. A power scrubber designed with stiff bristles to scrub any built-up gunk you may have been putting off cleaning in your bathroom for a bit too long...(no judgment!).

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    "I'm obsessed! This thing works small miracles: I cleaned about half of my bathroom's grout to its original sparkling-clean cream color in 40 minutes, and it took honestly no effort at all. And — as if easy, sparkling grout wasn't enough! — it busted through some serious soap-scum buildup in my bathtub (thanks, fancy soap and slow-draining tub) in less than a minute.

    Honestly, when I first tried the scrubber out, I didn't see too many uses for it other than for grout. But after owning it for a while, I've realized that while I don't need it every single week, it's priceless for the occasions I encounter tough gunk that I'd otherwise only conquer with excessive patience and elbow grease." —Natalie Brown

    Get it from Amazon for $19.

    Read Natalie's full review of the Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber here.

    4. A PhoneSoap UV sanitizer built specifically with UV-C bulbs to kill 99.99% of the bacteria and germs on your phone in as little as 10 minutes.


    I love my PhoneSoap. Honestly, I didn't use it that much before the pandemic started — maybe every once and a while, but since March, it has been in constant use. It's super easy to use. All you do is set your phone in it, close it, and press the lightning bolt button on it. The button will stay lit for the whole 10 minutes it's cleaning and turn off when it's done. It really has helped me have a bit of peace of mind in the last six months. And the device holds a charge for a long time. My whole family uses it, and we probably charge it maybe once a month. I highly recommend it.

    Get it from Amazon for $79.87.

    5. A keyboard cleaner and a screen cleaner perfect for anyone whose devices have seen better days — and by better days I mean when there weren't crumbs from your 3 p.m. snack stuck between the keys.


    "I've tried both of these and I'm a little obsessed with using them! The three-in-one deep cleaning set has a handy microfiber cloth in a pouch, a firm-bristle brush to for crusted-on gunk (we all eat lunch at our laptops, admit it), and, my personal favorite, a clever pipe cleaner-like brush to get between your keys. I'm even more obsessed with the double-ended brush, which has a microfiber tip on one side and the WORLD'S SOFTEST retractable bristles on the other. Like, I use this thing more as a fidget toy and for petting the bristles than for cleaning. My laptop is so gross that it's a little past hope, but these tools have definitely helped make clearing out crumbs easier and cleaning my computer more fun. I even use them on the rest of my desk!" —Katy Herman

    Get them both from Amazon: $9.99 (for the keyboard deep clean set), $9.99 (and the laptop and screen cleaner).

    6. A natural sweater pill remover made from upcycled car windshield glass that'll remove any pills from your sweaters, towels, bedding, and more to make them look as good as new.

    BuzzFeed / Maitland Quitmeyer

    Celsious is a Black woman-owned and environmentally focused laundromat *and* online shop based in Brooklyn.

    "Like many of you, I've been living in sweats and PJs during this almost-year of WFH full time. And it's made me revisit the state of some of my loungewear. Take for example, this college sweatshirt I wear all the time — as evidenced by the rather EXTENSIVE pilling all over it. So when I saw this pumice-esque sweater stone (it's made from upcycled car windshield glass — how cool is that?!), I decided it was worth the try. We've featured electric pill removers (mostly the fan-favorite Conair one) many times, and they really work. But sometimes you're looking for a little more detail or control — that's where this stone comes in handy.

    I was able to navigate around the contours of the logo on my sweatshirt with ease, removing pills using the corner or the entire flat bottom in a few quick strokes. It truly took no time at all — the sweatshirt was done in mere minutes. The only thing I would note is that particles do "fall out" of the stone, so do your pill-removing on a surface that's easy to sweep or vacuum up at the end." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it from Celsious for $17 or Amazon for $11.38.

    7. A wine-stain removing spray that works like magic to get stains out of anywhere — trust me, accidents happen and you can get that stain out of your white carpet.

    Bottle of the wine stain remover on a carpet with a glass of wine spilled next to it

    TBH this is one of my favorite things to keep on hand. It works wonders. I've used it to remove a rosé stain from a white shirt, a berry stain on a comforter, and even a red wine stain on a white/grey rug. With a little bit of scrubbing, everything looked as good as new. I am obsessed and always have to keep it around for safe measures.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    8. A cooktop glass cleaner with a biodegradable formula made to break down burned on food, grease, and grime — leaving your stovetop so clean you might even want to eat off of it.

    "My snowbird grandparents have been sending me to check on their summer home occasionally while they quarantine in Florida, so I've had the fun job of shoveling snow off their deck and finagling a million envelopes out of their overstuffed mailbox over the past few months. On my most recent visit I decided to stay for a few days, and was intent on cooking myself a lavish meal. Well, I've never really used an electric stove before and, I don't know WHAT I did, but there were giant streaks and marks all over it after I was done. I tried everything to get them off, and I am definitely NOT overreacting! I finally mustered up the courage to tell my grandparents I ruined their stove, only for them to break out in laughter. Grandma instructed me to use get this cleaner below the sink and, well, the rest is history. It literally wiped the streaks away before my eyes. Magic." —Griffin Gonzales

    Get it it from Amazon for $7.98.

    9. A Black+Decker battery-run power scrubber that does the hard work for ya because cleaning only has to be as hard as you make it.

    Model using the scrubber brush to clean around the burners on the stove

    "I have this bad boy and it's a little miracle worker on cleaning up that buildup that sticks to your tub!" —Elena Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    10. Dawn Powerwash dish spray to coat your dirty dishes completely and make it super simple to wipe away the caked-on grease from your breakfast dishes you just didn't have the energy to clean after you finished cooking and eating.

    The spray bottle being used to cover a pile of dirty dishes in a sink

    Cooking and eating takes a lot out of ya. I get it!

    "I live in an apartment without a dishwasher, and I honestly use that as an excuse to order takeout food instead of cooking. But, as soon as I got my hands on a bottle of this stuff (regular Dawn is my go-to dish soap, BTW), I put it to use on both a saucepan I used to make homemade enchilada sauce *and* the casserole dish I baked those enchiladas, which had a ton of caked-on food. It really does work like I say it does! Like, scary well." —Elizabeth Lilly

    Get it from Target for $4.99.

    11. A cordless Black & Decker hand vacuum that's lightweight and easy to grab when you're in a pinch and need to clean up a spill fast — or you just need to clean areas that are hard to reach with a regular vacuum.


    "I love this handvac sooo much. It's lightweight, and it sucks up anything you put in its path. Everyone should have a reliable hand vac in their home for those little spills and emergencies." –Bek O'Connell

    Get it from Amazon for $53.99.

    12. A air freshener made with 100% plant-based materials so it won't leave behind any greasy traces after you spray it in the bathroom.

    Model spraying the air freshener on a couch

    "Beyond the great scent range — black currant rose is my favorite — I love that these don't seem to deposit a greasy film on surfaces in my bathroom once the scent particles have settled. Other air fresheners I've used seem to leave behind an oily residue on the counters and the porcelain on the toilet. This one hasn't, which I appreciate because that's one less thing for me to clean." —Melanie Aman

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in 11 scents/varieties).

    13. Or a Pet House room-freshening spray specifically designed to neutralize the worst pet odors because even if you love them dearly, your pets can still make some of the worst odors ever, and nobody should have to live with that.

    BuzzFeed writer, Marquaysa Battle holding the room spray with dog dishes in the background
    BuzzFeed / Marquaysa Battle

    "I'm sincerely loving this Pet House spray to pieces. I have a 10-year-old doggo and while I keep him bathed regularly, I still like to spritz his kingdom (read: my room) with something that smells super good. The Sunwashed Cotton scent specifically makes my nose happy. Another perk? My dog and I both have allergies (oh, the odds) and everything else I spray tends to send us both into sneezing fits. This spray doesn't tickle either of our noses and it's kinda unbelievable. Good scent. No itchy noses. Plus, the spray instantly refreshes my room and sticks around a nice little while. 10s across the board with this baby. Next, I want to try the Fresh Citrus scent." —Marquaysa Battle

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99 (available in six scents).

    14. A roll of bamboo towels that'll replace six month's worth of paper towels, so you can keep your home clean, feel good about the impact you have on the environment, *and* never have to worry about using tissues to clean up a spill because that's all you have left in your house.

    Model's hands cleaning a watermelon held by a single bamboo towel

    "You don't realize how many paper towels you go through in a day and using these bamboo towels changed the way I approached cleaning up household messes. These were great for taking care of the kitchen countertop throughout the day (especially while trying to feed a toddler)." —John Mihaly

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three quantities).

    15. A FURemover squeegee great for sweeping up pet hair, or even your own hair because sometimes you shed just as much as a dog, and that's totally okay.

    The broom is made with 100% natural rubber that attracts hair to it. It can be used on carpets, rugs, hardwood, and linoleum.

    "An embarrassing confession: I do not have a pet, but I shed like nobody's business. My hair gets so ingrained in the carpet that a vacuum truly does nothing for it, so I often was just unrooting clumps of hair from the floor with my hands (sorry for the visual). I bought this broom, and it immediately started pulling it up GOBS of hair. My carpet, like, genuinely changed color (turns out the pink was supposed to be much pinker, whoops). Anyway, do with that semi-horrifying information what you will." —Emma Lord

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98 (available in six styles).

    16. The Laundress surface cleaner created to work just as well on stainless steel as on wood, so you only need one product to clean your home.

    The surface cleaning sitting on a marble counter with two towels folded next to it
    The Laundress / Via

    "Hello, it's me, a newly minted Laundress head. I started using this spray about a week ago and in the days since have completely lost control! I insist on cleaning every corner of my apartment with the sweet, ylang ylang-scented stuff. Did I mention it is the first product that's ever successfully worked to remove all the grime on my fridge? No choice but to stan." —Colin Gorenstein

    Get it from The Laundress for $13.

    17. A grooming glove that'll essentially trick your pet into thinking you're giving them some love, when in fact, you're removing all the loose hair so it doesn't end up in piles around your house.

    The grooming glove with silicone nodules, full of hair in front of a French bulldog
    AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

    "My dog is perfect in every way, but he has recently started to shed, and I am finding that all my clothes are covered in his fur. (According to his vet, it’s common for Frenchies to go through more shedding in the fall and spring to make way for a new ~seasonally-appropriate~ coat.) I had seen this pet grooming glove all over the internet, so I figured I’d give it a try. And boy oh good boy, it genuinely works.

    The glove is super comfortable and using it couldn’t be more foolproof: just put it on and run your hands through your pet’s fur. That’s it! The silicone grooves pick up so much fur with ease. Like, my dog looks close to hairless. HOW is he shedding so much!?!? After a few runs, I found that I would have to remove fur from the glove before continuing (you can pick up the fur with your other hand or run the glove under water — either works) but it’s no biggie. The silicone actually makes it really easy to keep this clean.

    We got Rockie when he was 5 and he’d been riddled with skin issues and allergies, so I was pretty nervous to use anything that could potentially aggravate his conditions. However! Not only does this *not* bother his skin, but he….loves this. A lot. He starts snoring after exactly two run-throughs on his back. Also, his coat looks SO shiny after each use!

    TL;DR: this is one of those inexpensive add-ons that any pet owner should have on hand." —AnaMaria Glavan

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+.

    18. EcoTools makeup brush shampoo free of parabens, phthalates, petroleum, and perfume so you know that your clean sponges and brushes won't wreak havoc on your face when you use them after *finally* cleaning them.

    BuzzFeed / Heather Braga

    "After reading about how necessary it is to actually clean your makeup brushes (I know, I KNOW, I should’ve been doing this for years) I was super grossed out and motivated to order the right supplies to do the job. I’ve heard good things about Ecotools makeup brush cleansing shampoo so I figured I’d start there. The Amazon listing also suggested buying a silicone makeup brush cleaning pad to go with it so I figured... why not? Well, now I’m patting myself on the back because ordering these two items was a GAME-CHANGER!

    I could not believe how much residue came off my brushes in just one cleaning. You only need to use a little dab of the shampoo, so one bottle will definitely last a long time. The silicone pad made it super easy to thoroughly lather the brushes without leaving my bathroom sink in shambles. I also loved how each section was labeled with which brush should be cleaned in each area. My brushes look brand new! Don’t hesitate like I did — buy both the shampoo and the mat ASAP." —Heather Braga

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44. And you can get the same silicone mat she used (behind the brushes in the photos) from Amazon for $6.98+ (available in five colors).

    19. A microfiber duster to actually trap dust particles instead of having them fly around the room, so it seems like you cleaned, when you really just moved dust around. Plus, when you're done cleaning, you can just remove the cloth and throw it in the washing machine.

    BuzzFeed / Yi Yang

    "Do you dust? Because I don't! I find that when I dust, the particles just fly into the air, and it seems like I'm not cleaning at all. Well, everything changed when I bought the OXO microfiber hand duster. Dust and dirt stick to this thing like a magnet — it's both gross and satisfying to see. The best part is, the cloth is removable and machine-washable so it's clean and ready to be used for next time. It's a small thing, but my apartment feels so much cleaner with this duster around!" —Yi Yang

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    20. The TubShroom with some of the most disgusting but oh-so satisfying review images. You may wonder how you still have hair on your head after using this product...but at least it won't be backing up your tub anymore.

    BuzzFeed editor, Jess Probus holding the TubShroom filled with hair
    Jess Probus / BuzzFeed

    "Ok, so you might think you have a lot of hair but let me tell you, you don't even know!!! My wife and I both are often recognized from behind by the height and heft of our hair and no one knows it more than the sad, overused, heavily purged shower drain in our apartment. If I had a dollar for every Drano injector or tub snake or as-seen-on-TV miracle product I've purchased to alleviate our hair problem, I would have enough dollars to hire a plumber, which I have also actually done multiple times. But that was before the TubShroom came into my life.

    The name was probably the thing that first made me click, because it's fun to say. Then I read some of the more than 5K raving Amazon reviews and immediately ordered it. The craziest part of the TubShroom's magic isn't just that it catches ALL the hair before it gets down the drain, every time, but that it does so without slowing down the draining process for the shower. It's incredibly easy to clean off and I only have to do it once a week when I'm cleaning the bathroom. Life changing, indeed." —Jess Probus

    Get it from Amazon for $12.37+ (available in six colors).

    21. A Blueland Clean Essentials filled with eco-friendly alternatives to regular cleaning products that still work hard and get the job done.

    The Clean Essentials kit's cute spray bottles, tablets, and hand soap pump

    The kit comes with three reusable cleaning bottles, one reusable foaming hand soap bottle, and four tables, including a multi-surface cleaner, bathroom cleaner, glass and mirror cleaner, and foaming hand soap. The products are made without any triclosan, parabens, phosphates, ammonia, chlorine bleach, phthalates, or VOCs. Plus, after you buy this set, you can get refills for each bottle for only $2 and cut down your plastic waste at the same time.

    BTW — Blueland is a woman- and minority-founded brand from Sarah Paiji Yoo!

    "I recently bought this kit after thinking about it for 6+ months and I am OBsessed. You just fill the bottles with warm water (there's a designated line), pop in a tablet, and let it dissolve. It's seriously that simple. I immediately tested everything out to see how it holds up against my usual products (Mrs. Meyer's, Clorox, and Windex) and I was really pleased with the results. The most exciting thing though is how affordable it is to refresh your stock. The more tablets you buy the cheaper they are — you can get a nine-tablet refill for just $14!! If I were to buy nine new bottles of cleaner from my NYC bodega or grocery store, that'd at LEAST $45!" —Chelsea Stuart

    Get it from Blueland for $39.

    22. A Jetz Scrubz sponge made out of a material that will not scratch your dishes no matter how many times you use it. And because it's durable, you'll be using it for a long time.

    (left) BuzzFeed editor, Natalie Brown squeezing the sponge (right) The same sponge but not squeezed to show the size
    Natalie Brown, BuzzFeed

    "If you use a regular sponge to wash your dishes, you probably know the stinky sponge smell. And you must know what causes that stink: literally ~billions~ of bacteria, throwing a party on the very thing you use to wash your dishes. That's why I'm thrilled about Jetz-Scrubz: the sponge that NEVER stinks. And that lasts through literally MONTHS of dishes without totally deteriorating because it's incredibly durable.

    The images above = my Jetz-Scrubz, which I've used for about two months now — and it literally shows no signs of wear or tear. Now, I have a dishwasher and don't cook too many tough-to-clean dishes, but I would have gone through at least two regular cellulose sponges in that time. And this Jetz-Scrubz is still kicking; I bet it lasts at *least* four months total, if not six...or more.

    Its secrets are several: it's synthetic, so it doesn't have any natural fiber that encourages bacteria to thrive. The soft/spongy side makes dishes a sparkling clean, but it doesn't have any holes big enough to pick up food particles. And the scrubby side's super tough but also durable, so it stands up to tough, stuck-on foods. It also won't scratch anything, no matter how much elbow grease you put into it, and it never shows stains, even if you wash out a bowl that used to contain beet salad.

    So if you're ready to join me at the stink-free, long-lasting, nonscratch sponge party, go get a pack!" —Natalie Brown

    Get a set of six from Jetz Scrubz for $24.99.

    23. Goo Gone, which is an adhesive remover to help you get the pesky sticker residue off items you buy or even gum from the bottom of your shoes.

    Yi Yang / Via BuzzFeed

    "Goo Gone is one of those things that I somehow had never heard of until this year (though others have apparently had it in their households for years). When I saw it in this BuzzFeed post, my life was changed forever. I couldn’t believe I had lived for so many years without this stuff. So many presents were ruined by price stickers that wouldn’t peel off properly and so many reusable glass containers thrown away/recycled because I couldn’t get the sticky label off of them.

    When I got my hands on a bottle, I immediately put it to test. A couple of days ago, I bought a really cool glass milk saucer from the MoMA store, but the product label left an ugly and sticky residue on it (why do shops allow stickers like this?!). I applied the Goo Gone, washed with soap and water, and voilà — the adhesive came right off, leaving my saucer crystal clear. Then, I cleaned off an old soy sauce container and turned it into a flower vase. And it can do so much more than just removing price stickers; the product description says it’ll work on candle wax, permanent marker, crayon, glue, gum, tape residue, adhesive, paint, tree sap, tar, etc. It’s also surface-safe and can be used on carpet and upholstery, clothing, and any hard surfaces — including glass, laminate, metal, wood, plastic, vinyl, windows, ceramic, granite, flooring, countertops, tile, and wood. And bonus: It smells nice and citrusy!

    Since purchasing Goo Gone, I’ve cleaned off several candle tins, a Trader Joe's growler, and a kimchi jar previously marred by sticky labels — they can now be reused as pen holders and food containers! In fact, now I'm constantly looking around my apartment to see what I can Goo Gone (yes, I'm using it as a verb) and reuse. Definitely one of my best household purchases EVER." —Yi Yang

    Get it from Amazon for $8.09.

    24. Aunt Fannie's all-purpose cleaning vinegar spray made with a non-toxic formula and essential oils for anyone who wants a greener cleaner that will still actually do the work and get things clean.

    The cleaning vinegar sitting on a bathroom sink

    "Initially, I was a little concerned that this would smell like straight-up vinegar (which, ew). However! After using this in my kitchen, I was OVERWHELMED with happiness — because it proved me otherwise. But after I sprayed, wiped, left the kitchen to grab a new roll of paper towels, and came back? There was no scent at all. All that was left was a sparkling countertop.

    I definitely notice a huge difference between this cleaning vinegar and the other household products I was using before: besides the lack of chemical fragrances, this vinegar-based solution appears to actually clean a lot better, too. For example, it never leaves a greasy, sticky film like I’ve noticed tends to happen with other products. Plus, it seems as though my counter tops tend to stay clean for longer." —AnaMaria Glavan

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    Read AnaMaria's full review of Aunt Fannie's all-purpose cleaning vinegar spray here.

    25. Green Gobbler Drain Clog Dissolver that dissolves hair, soap scum, grease, and even paper from your drains so you don't need to call a plumber to come and do the job for you.

    Reviewer photo of the green gobbler bottle that has two openings with twist-off caps

    It liquefies things in your drain in minutes and is safe to use in pipes, toilets, showers, baths, and sinks.

    "My bathroom sink tends to stop up far too easily and this does a drastically better job of clearing the gunk than Drano or Liquid-Plum'r. I also love that it's noncorrosive (I live in a pre-war apartment building with old pipes) and odorless (no one loves feeling like a bug being fumigated in their own home)!" —Elizabeth Lilly

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    26. A five-pack of Keurig cleaning pods to give your coffee machine the cleaning it oh-so deserves after being there for you every day, making you delicious cups of coffee.

    The packaging of the k-cup brewer cleaning cups

    "These bring me a weird amount of joy because it basically takes no effort on my part, and I know my coffee maker is clean. Just think about how nasty the inside of a Keurig can get! I genuinely feel better about my coffee after I've used a cleaning pod." —Kayla Suazo

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $7.99.

    27. And the Dyson V7 Motorhead Cordless Stick Vacuum a number of people on the team (including myself) own, love, and won't stop raving about. It really is the best of the best.

    Model using the vacuum to clean up food spilled under a high chair

    I've been using the cordless Dyson for over a year now, and I still love it SO much. Yes, I know that it's a bit pricy, but I totally think it's worth it. I used to DREAD vacuuming. I hated how long it took, how you had to keep stopping to unplug and replug in the cord, and how mundane the whole experience was. Well, not anymore. I honestly never thought I'd be the kind of person to get excited about getting a vacuum, but this baby is brilliant. I can vacuum my whole apartment in about five minutes (it's pretty small) without ever really stopping. Plus, it has different attachments that help me reach those hard-to-reach places (*cough, cough* under my couch) that haven't seen a vacuum in years. It's also super easy to grab if anything spills in the apartment and have clean in minutes. I seriously recommend it to everyone I know.

    "I live and die for this vacuum. It is my absolute favorite Black Friday purchase to date and my husband would say the same. It has a swivel head that perfectly gets into all the hard-to-reach crevices of our apartment. I would buy this lightweight gadget again and again and AGAIN." —Heather Braga

    Get it from Amazon for $249.

    How I feel every time I use my Dyson vacuum:

    Twentieth Century Fox

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