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    I Used To Be A Cleaner – Here's 28 Products I Swear By (And Two I Never Use)

    Spoiler alert: very few of my faves are over £5.

    🧹Hi! I'm Amy, and as you might have guessed, I was a cleaner before I started working for BuzzFeed. While I haven't had to tackle any *dubious* hotel rooms for a couple of years, I'm still obsessed with finding the best products for the job – here are 28 of my faves (and two items I'd never buy!).🧹

    1. You can't go wrong with some classic baking powder. It's perfect for cleaning everything from ovens to shower units, and you can use it as a deodoriser in your fridge too (hello, ~adventurous~ cheeses).

    2. You can sub out a lot of cleaning products for one another (I use washing-up liquid for my glass surfaces all the time), but I refuse to use anything other than Elbow Grease as a degreaser.

    3. I just don't think I would have been able to do my job without this roll of 40 cleaning cloths.

    4. If I had to clean a house with only one product, I reckon it'd probably be this ridiculously useful concentrated disinfectant from Fabulosa.

    5. If you rely on your dishwasher, you'll probably want to keep it clean so it can run as smoothly as possible. This handy powder is a great way to remove buildup and grime!

    6. This double-sided toilet brush will get right under the rim of your loo!

    7. If you love your pet but hate how much hair they leave behind, this reusable fur-removing roller is ideal.

    8. A ~professional~ finish is in the details, which is where this mini dustpan and brush set comes in.

    9. You know those multi-product toilet-cleaning TikToks? Yeah, this fast-acting fluid from Duck proves that you only really need one solution to get the job done.

    10. A few years into using Dr. Beckmann's carpet-cleaning solution, I'm still amazed by how well (and quickly) it works.

    11. Speaking of fast-acting solutions to long-standing problems, this bargain mould remover gets to work in three minutes.

    12. Believe it or not, these pumice stones are the best solution for that truly tough-to-budge limescale at the base of your loo.

    13. This squeegee makes the difference between squeakily wiping your entire shower screen down in tiny circles or sweeping away the grime in super-satisfying wipes.

    14. Most of the UK is in a hard water area, so this descaler spray is basically priceless.

    15. My flat's grouting has gotten fairly grubby over time, and scrubbing in between the tiles doesn't always solve the problem. This grouting pen is a low-effort solution – I liked how smoothly the product went onto my walls!

    16. Anyone who likes to cook will know that hobs can get icky REALLY quickly. My favourite ring burner seemed impossible to clean, but these magic eraser sponges did a pretty good job!

    17. The Pink Stuff paste is a cult-status product for a reason – it'll clean everything from metal to tiles! I was amazed by how quickly and effectively it got rid of the hard-to-budge rust under my shower.

    18. I share my flat with a few other people, so it's no wonder that our shower drain sometimes gets clogged up with hair. This powerful unblocker got our water running freely again!

    19. When it comes to smooth, reflective surfaces (like glass, ceramic, and stainless steel), regular sprays and cloths just don't cut it. You know what does, though? These simple but effective microfibre cloths!

    20. The floor in our kitchen is painted white, which means any spills and stains show up immediately. We always keep these Dettol wipes on-hand in case we spot a mark – I like their lemon scent, and the fabric is really tough.

    21. Remove soap scum, light limescale, and grease from your shower and sink with this specially-designed spray.

    22. This double-sided scourer will clean your pots and pans using only water.

    23. Transform your grimiest appliance with this deep-cleaning Oven Brite kit.

    24. Transform your extremely well-used cups with this deep-cleaning powder.

    25. If your wooden surfaces are always covered in mugs, chances are that they're looking a little worse for wear by now. This specially-designed furniture restorer will get rid of the ring marks and water stains that your cups can leave behind!

    26. This flexible brush will help you to tackle everything from your drains to that grimy hole near the bottom of your fridge!

    27. I'm absolutely not the type to choose a brand name for the sake of it, but the trusty Henry Hoover has truly never let me down. It packs the most suction per pound I've found so far!

    28. And last but not least, can we take a moment to appreciate these trusty Marigold gloves? I've had mine for a couple of months now – they're really thick and durable!

    Now for the products I wouldn't recommend. Let's start with handheld electric carpet cleaners (the ones where the engine and the brush are all in one small unit). IMO – and I hope this isn't dramatic – they're the worst of both worlds.

    I've also never seen any real point in buying single-function window cleaners (diluted washing-up liquid or white vinegar do the job brilliantly, and they're multipurpose too).