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    I Used To Be A Cleaner – Here Are 22 Cleaning Products I Think You Should Own

    Including the best cleaning paste, and cloths that won't leave streaks on your glass.

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    1. Teflon oven mats keep your oven fresh after you've cleaned it.

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    Prevention is better than the cure – if you've cleaned out a gross oven once, you'll want to delay a second scrubbing for as long as possible. These mats catch the grease, crumbs, and oils that fall onto the floor of your oven, and they're easily washable too – you can just scrub them with some washing-up liquid like a plate. You can cut it to fit your oven, too!

    Price: £6.99 for two.

    2. These drain sticks will clean out and deodorise your drains.

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    Drains are really annoying to clean, and when stuff builds up in there, it can smell really bad (also, it's probably the cause of that ~mysterious~ smell in your kitchen.) These enzyme-packed sticks slowly dissolve, breaking down whatever's in your drain with them, and leave a nice smell behind 'em too.

    Price: £5 for a pack of 12.

    3. Some of this Bin Buddy stuff will stop stinky leaks happening in your bin.

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    This powder absorbs all the gross liquid and smells from inside your bin – it's more or less the same idea as a kitty litter, but for inside your bin bag. The citronella in this formula repels flies too!

    Price: £2.74.

    4. Flat cloths work equally well for your windows and your wine glasses.

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    If you've got a load of glass and chrome, you'll know that it can be hard to keep that stuff sparkling. These cloths are completely flat, meaning they apply pressure really evenly – your stuff won't get streaks!

    Price: £8.99 for a pack of ten.

    5. Microfibres (I really, really mean that.)

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    Microfibre cloths are a cleaner's dream (and yes, sometimes we do dream about the job!) They clean and polish hard-to-clean surfaces like glass, chrome, and stainless steel, and they're fab for dusting things too.

    Price: £7.99 for a pack of 12.

    6. A deck scrub is invaluable if you've got tiled floors or decking...

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    if you've got a deck or tile floors (especially if you have those lil' mosaic tiles), deck scrubbing is probably the only way to get them thoroughly clean. Because it has stiff bristles, one of these will get really deep into hard-to-penetrate surfaces, like uneven tiles and grouting. It's basically the same principle as hand-scrubbing floors, but with an easy-peasy handle! Customers say this one works great.

    Price: £9.79.

    7. ...and a good general mop, if you haven't.

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    Most of us know it's important to vacuum, but you really can't get a nice finish on your floors without a mop. For most households, the pros of string mops don't weigh up against the cons – they fester in peoples' mop buckets, get stinky, and take ages to dry too. For those annoying everyday lil' spills, this one is great! It dries really quickly because of the spinning mechanism in the bucket (powered by a handy AF foot pedal), and its microfibre head is machine-washable.

    Price: £22.50.

    8. Microwaves can get manky – consider buying this Angry Mother cleaner, which steam-cleans your microwave in seconds.

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    This kind of cute, kind of terrifying microwave cleaner works by loosening the gunk from your microwave with steam. Just fill it up with vinegar, water, and some lemon juice to neutralise the vinegar smell, turn your microwave on, and wait. After five to seven minutes your microwave should be ready to wipe down!

    Price: £4.99.

    9. You need a really good vacuum. You just can't properly get rid of dust without one.

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    Great vacuums are incredibly helpful, and while there's a myth that you've got to fork out hundreds for a good one, I haven't found that to be true. This one has over 560 reviews with a four-star average, and it doesn't require a bag either (those can be a real pain.) Plus, it comes with loads of different attachments, so you can finally get to the dust on your window ledge and the bits under your sofa cushions!

    Price: £52.95.

    10. A majority of the mess in most folks' home comes from clutter rather than actual dirt. These shelves are great!

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    A lot of the homes I've cleaned have had Roombas, and while they can be really helpful for vacuuming, I was hired because people still have loads of stuff they need putting away. This organiser helps you store your things while keeping them visible (Marie Kondo made a POINT!)

    Price: £23.99.

    11. You should get a big ol' laundry basket for more or less the same reason.

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    Clothes are probably the biggest cause of clutter in most peoples' bedrooms, and while I can kind of see why, there are some v easy solutions to that problem! This laundry basket is collapsible, so it won't take up much space when it's not in use. Plus, it's cute to boot – this one comes in nine different fun patterns!

    Price: £6.10.

    12. A good old-fashioned duster is actually worth it, I promise.

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    No matter where you go, cobwebs are a problem. Even if you don't have those annoying arachnids, nobody really dusts anywhere above shoulder height, and you should. Customers love this one, which can clean out hard-to-reach spots like your radiator and the gap beneath your fridge too!

    Price: £12.99.

    13. Please do yourself a favour and get some extra extra strong bin liners.

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    Bins get so manky so quickly. I know we literally put rubbish and nothing else in them, but still, leaks and tears from weak bin bags are responsible for what is probably one of the grossest parts of most people's homes. It doesn't need to be that way, people! I've used these bad boys at work before, and they do the job really well (over 130 reviewers seem to think so too!)

    Price: £5.99.

    14. Carpet shampoo is worth it.

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    Everyone has a Dreaded Patch on their carpet somewhere (if you don't have one on your floors, you likely have at least one on your sofa!) This carpet cleaner works brilliantly for both. It has an attachment that lets you apply the shampoo directly onto stains, and customers love how fast-acting it is!

    Price: £7.70.

    15. Ovens can be disgusting. Consider buying some oven cleaner that's really heavy-duty!

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    If you cook, it's basically inevitable that your oven is going to have a bit of grime in it. This oven cleaner is really effective – just leave it to work its magic and wipe away the grease and dirt!

    Price: £6.99.

    16. Mould is really, really common, especially in colder, wetter climates. Get this mould spray if you need to.

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    Loads of houses have mould, and if you're in a colder climate, it's everywhere. This mould cleaner has some really great reviews, and it works on your grouting too!

    Price: £7.99.

    17. Got a pet? Yup, that'll mess your stuff up pretty fast. Consider buying this reusable pet hair roller!

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    We love our furry friends, but that doesn't mean we're a fan of the hair they leave everywhere. This lint roller is re-usable, and because it's specifically designed to pick up animal hair, it picks up really delicate peices of hair and dust. Plus, it's easy to clean – just press a button and all the collected hair will fall out into the bin!

    Price: £12.99.

    18. These lil' bags for your compost bin will protect it from gross slimy stuff (it's made from corn starch too, so it'll biodegrade along with your banana skins!)

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    If you've got a compost bin, you'll know how hard it can be to keep that thing clean. Slime and smells can get trapped in there, but buying lil' plastic bags to protect your bin kind of goes against the whole eco-friendly thing! These bio-degradable, leak-proof bags are the perfect solution.

    Price: £8.99 for a pack of 150.

    19. Cream cleaner does everything. Everything. No wonder The Pink Stuff was rated five stars by 75% of reviewers!

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    Got stains on your tiles? Cream cleaner. Grout generally a bit manky? Cream cleaner. Taps a lil' rusty? Cream (and I MEAN this) cleaner. This stuff is made up of gritty cleaning beads suspended in a gel, so it grinds away at tough stains without damaging the surface beneath. This stuff is suitable for use on most hard surfaces (think ceramic tiles, barbecues, pots and pans, and more!)

    Price: £3.99.

    20. And while we're on the topic, these flexible drain cleaners are the least gross way to get hair out of your plugs.

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    You can shape these drain cleaners to hook out the stuff from your plug holes, especially handy if you've got loads of hair or cook often. Customers say they're really easy to use, and they're washable too!

    Price: £10.52.

    21. Magic erasers actually do live up to the hype.

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    These things might seem a bit gimmicky, but they are actually helpful for getting stains off of walls and doors without damaging your paintwork! They can clean taps and glass without leaving streaks too. No wonder reviewers rate this one so highly!

    Price: £5.99 for 12.

    22. Finally, these double-sided window cleaners help make your glass extra sparkly.

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    Cleaning glass is really satisfying, but not being able to reach the other side of your windows can be incredibly frustrating. This bad boy has got your back! It's got a rope, so you won't lose one half of the cleaner while you're cleaning, and it's strong enough to work through double glazing as well.

    Price: £23.99.