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    24 Things To Keep Your Home Cleaner If You Have Kids

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    1. A pack of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers for whenever your child decides to use your white walls for their next Crayola masterpiece. This thing has every right to have the word "magic" in its name — there's no other explanation for how well it removes stains.

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    Promising review: "This is as magical as unicorns!!! Buy NOW! I use it everywhere... walls, baseboards, mirrors, window panes, cupboards, floors, lamps, glass, faucets... everything looks brand new. Just got red hair dye that had been there for over a year off the wall in a minute. Made shower glass look brand-new after five years of hard water stains. This is the cleaning magic wand you’ve always wanted." —Michela

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $12.48.

    2. Or a pack of generic melamine sponges that work just as well as the name brand sponges but are a lot cheaper. Think of the money you'll save over the years.

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    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review of these sponges.

    Promising review: "As good as Mr. Clean Magic Erasers but half the price. They clean so many surfaces better than anything. We use them at the bar and clean our chalkboards, metal sinks and ice wells, beer coolers, FRP backsplash walls, and even graffiti in the bathrooms comes off more easily with these than other cleaning products. I took one home and cleaned my shower faster and more easily than with bottles of shower cleaner. Highly recommended." —Stephen Brandau

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

    3. A OxiClean laundry whitener + stain remover to accomplish something similar for the white clothes your child spent all day spilling Jell-O and juice on.

    a before and after shot displaying a reviewer's white paints after being cleaned with the stain remover
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    Just add to every load of laundry or you can dissolve in some water to pre-soak to get out really tough stains.

    Promising review: "I can't use regular bleach without making a mess and inadvertently bringing back acid-washed jeans. This stuff is a lifesaver. It brightens up my colors, revives my whites, and gets out stains as well as any funky smells that can be lingering around, especially in gym clothes or anything else that gets sweaty. It also does wonders for towels, eliminating that mildewy funk they can get and zapping any stains, even in kitchen towels. While nothing can really get out turmeric, alas, this comes the closest, and that's saying a lot!" —Scholar of the Shire

    Get it from Amazon for $6.83.

    4. A leather conditioner that'll transform your worn-out leather couch back to how it looked before you had children. It's a way better looking kid-proof solution than plastic slip covers.

    a before and after photo set displaying a reviewer's couch after being treated with the leather conditioner
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    The formula is also water-, snow-, and rain-repellent so it'll build a layer of protection for your belongings to last longer.

    Promising review: "I use this for my everyday boots, as well as my dress shoes. I'm not always gentle with my boots and I thought I had ruined them the other day (worn out color, scuffs all over), but I cleaned the muck off, gave them a brushing, then applied this leather honey and after letting it sit, my boots look almost like the day I bought them! It keeps the leather supple and restores color. You only need to use a small amount per use!" —David Horning

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    5. Or this eco-friendly pill remover stone to help you maintain a fabric couch that's often abused by rambunctious rugrats.

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    Promising review: "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. BTW, I procured mine from Celsious, but they're also available on Amazon." —Maitland Quitmeyer

    Get it from Celsious for $17 or from Amazon for $10.68.

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

    6. A carpet spot remover that doesn't require any rinsing or vacuuming. Just spray it directly on the stain and it'll disappear before playtime even ends.

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    Promising review: "I had terrible rust and oil stains all over the seats of my car. I tried other cleaners to get them out, but they actually made the stains darker. I took it to the dealership to see if they could get it out and they flat out told me no, so I gave up and lived with it for almost five years. Then I tried this after it was recommended by a friend. I sprayed it on and literally watched the stain run right off my seat. It was amazing! I thought I was going to have to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the seats in my car because nothing else would work. This stuff really is awesome!" —Brittany

    Get it on Amazon for $12.13.

    7. A microfiber cleaning cloth if your phone or tablet is basically raising your toddler (no judgement), and you'd rather not have a cluster of tiny smudges clouding your screen once they're finished with it.

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    Promising review: "I wear glasses and spend most of my time staring at the screen of some electronic device. Until I ordered these cloths, I was cleaning my glasses and screens with a microfiber cloth that came with my glasses. It worked OK, but my glasses always seemed to be at least a little smudged. Enter MagicFiber. ZERO smudging. Crystal clear lenses and clean screens. And the cloths are huge so you get plenty of cleaning area. Oh, and they are dirt cheap. Get more than you think you'll need because friends and family are going to want to 'borrow' these." —Faceless Consumer

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    8. A bottle of Poo-Pourri toilet spray toilet spray to keep on deck for whenever potty training gets a bit pungent.

    the bottle of poo-pourri displayed next to some lemons
    Amazon

    Just spritz into the toilet bowl before you go and *poof* no more stinky smells!

    Promising review: "One bathroom in an apartment just isn't enough for two adults with a healthy colon. Enter Poo-Pourri. It is very fresh and not overpowering. It is not synthetic smelling. With most room sprays, you end up just smelling flowery poo. This masks the smell completely. I can walk in the bathroom 30 seconds after my boyfriend and only smell lemon." —Allison H

    Get a two-ounce bottle from Amazon for $8.22 (available in 20 scents).

    9. A stainless-steel bar so your hands won't ever have to smell like the obscene amount of dirty dishes your hungry teenager somehow manages to create each day.

    a hand holding the stainless steel bar over a kitchen sink
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    Promising review: "This little bar of 'soap' does exactly what it is intended to do. Do you have a sponge or rag that has that.....odor? Simply wash your hands under the sink with this little guy and suddenly, your hands smell like hands again. I've used it after handling several smelly items that have a tendency to make an odor stick with you. It's worked consistently every time." —Jeremy

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    10. A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend soft cleanser you can use to tackle messes of all kinds (and all ages) in the kitchen or bathroom.

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    One reviewer said it even removed permanent marker! Also, read our full review of Barkeeper's Friend.

    Promising review: "Bar Keepers Friend should really be called 'Homeowner's Magician!' I purchased this cleanser in an attempt to revive our stainless steel knife set, which is a great, moderately priced set that has seen better days, and I'm extremely happy that I did. The cleanser not only took away the rust spots with minimal difficulty, but it returned them to their original luster! After cleaning our knives, I gave it a shot on our porcelain sink, which I typically have to douse in bleach cleaner to remove the stains from, causing the entire kitchen to be filled with noxious fumes... and it worked beautifully! The stains came clean, and it made the sink look pretty enough to eat off of." —Kat Ferrari

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.90.

    11. Or this equally as versatile organic Castile soap that can be used to clean anything from car windows to dirty laundry. The plant-based formula is so safe you can also use it on your kids' toys.

    the 34-ounce bottle of organic lavender soap
    Pur Home

    Pur Home is a Black woman-owned cleaning brand from Angela and Michelle Richardson. The company focuses on plant-based, biodegradable, sulfate-free, and nontoxic cleaning products.

    Get it from Pur Home for $19 (available in four scents).

    12. Orrrr this all-purpose cleaner that literally smells like cotton candy, in case you're looking for something with a particularly kid-friendly scent.

    the 16.9-ounce bottle of all-purpose cleaner concentrate
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    Good Vibes is a Black woman-owned business based in Philadelphia. Their plant-based all-purpose cleaner comes in a handful of fresh scents from sandalwood to frankincense and myrrh.

    Promising review: "Absolutely LOVE LOVE LOVE this product. All of the scents are honestly DIVINE — I love this particular scent for laundry! I have tried so many natural laundry solutions and nothing leaves the clean smell like this. You have a customer for life. Please make room deodorizing sprays! :)" —Rainbow Rae

    Get it from Good Vibes for $10.

    13. An electric spinning scrubber with a series of snap-on heads that'll allow you to scrub counters, car wheels, sinks, windows, and more. Kids love gadgets, right? Maybe you can use this to ease them into doing the chores you've been secretly avoiding for years (we won't tell them if you won't).

    the white spinning brush with its included attachments
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    Promising review: "Goodness! Look no further. I just had to express my satisfaction with this product. It was unbelievable! I’m a big cleaner, and tools like this make the job easier. I was skeptical because the price and it seemed too good to be true, but let me tell y’all — so worth it! You won’t regret it. It’s a small price to pay for the amazing uses you’ll get from it. As a bonus, they’ve attached multiple heads and it comes with a charger. The item has two speeds and it’s so easy to use. I’m truly impressed and highly recommend this product! I’ve been able to take out dirt from my tile floors hiding since the '90s. My floors look brand new now and I am now debating If I even need to replace new floors now that I have this magical product! Woohoo! Thank you very much!" —Carmen Vera

    Get it from Amazon for $35.99.

    14. A 12-piece toy cleaning set if you're serious about creating Type A toddlers who genuinely love chores. The set includes everything your little helper needs to "clean" and develop a healthy relationship with household responsibilities — and the toys actually do a pretty good job of cleaning!

    a reviewer's image of the full cleaning set
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    The full set comes with a duster and dust pan, a mop and bucket, a broom, some cloths, a caution sign, a sponge, and a spray bottle (that you can fill with water and a small amount of vinegar so it's safe for a child to use).

    Promising review: "My daughter always wants to help when she sees me cleaning, so my husband found this cute set for her. It's just adorable and it's the perfect size for her to easily control (compared to trying to handle a full-size broom or Swiffer). Now she has her own cleaning tools so she can 'help' while mama does the real cleaning!"—Pawpatrolisonaroll

    Get it from Amazon for $21.99.

    15. Or this baby mop onesie if there's no shame to your game and you're willing to turn your newborn into the world's cutest Swiffer.

    kid in mop onesie
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    If my kid kept the floor clean just by crawling around I'd never teach them how to walk.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.99+ (available in four sizes and three colors).

    16. Heavy-duty cleaning wipes you can use to wipe down the microwave after your junior chef's next Spaghetti-O experiment.

    a tub of heavy duty cleaning wipes next to a dirty microwave
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    These wipes are nonabrasive so they're safe to use on smooth surfaces like car exteriors.

    Promising review: "I think these wipes are made out of magic because they can clean just about anything with very little effort! One wipe cleaned my ENTIRE BATHTUB, including the hard water buildup and some residual soap scum. The wipe stayed wet for the entire use, and there was absolutely no sweating involved. I hate cleaning but I was so pumped about the tub, I took wipe #2 to my hood vent and good golly, it's like it's brand new. I've told everyone I know to buy these." —JenM

    Get a 90-pack from Amazon for $13.98.

    17. A super helpful dishwasher magnet for them to turn whenever they load the machine. What better way to raise responsible young adults than to teach them early to avoid putting dirty dishes in a clean load?

    two black and white dishwasher magnets that both say the words dirty and clean
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    All they have to do is remember to turn it at the appropriate time.

    Get it from TheRedSwanGiftShop on Etsy for $7.95.

    18. An adhesive remover to remove sticky residue from almost any surface. Also...WHY DO CHILDREN MAKE EVERYTHING SO DAMN STICKY???

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    Read our full review of Goo Gone! It can help you get out of all sorts of *sticky* situations.

    Promising review: "I have a terrible habit of putting chewing gum through the wash which then gets stuck all over the barrel of the dryer. For years I'd just put up with having the gunk stuck on there, but I decided to give this a try to get rid of a particularly bad lot that got stuck on. It is amazing — the gum comes straight off with very little work, and for smaller amounts of gum you only need a tiny bit of it. One bottle has lasted for ages. It's also easy to clean off the Goo Gone itself once you're done. Excellent stuff." —mech4bg

    Get it from Amazon for $7.03.

    19. And a scratch-free scraper tool for residue that requires a little extra elbow grease.

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    You can use this to scrape off candle wax from tables, dried food from countertops, adhesive stickers off new products, soap build-up in bathrooms, etc!

    Promising review: "The perfect handy tool for getting into tight places. It's firm enough for multiple uses but it doesn't scratch or mar surfaces. I should have gotten the five-pack, I have so many uses for these things. I think the best use yet was cleaning the sliding door track, I finally could get into the corners to get the grunge out. A great invention." —MissPicky

    Get it from Amazon for $9.97.

    20. A mini bottle of touch-up paint that'll cover any nicks and scratches caused by unexpected roughhousing. Your walls and furniture will thank you.

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    Promising review: "Thank god this exists! Over the years, my sloppy 'hair-dying job at home' has left several spots on my white bathroom walls. This is exactly what I was looking for. If you're unsure which color to use (no need to be an exact match for this type of touch-ups), you can contact the company and they'll send you a color chart for free.

    This is like a whiteout for the imperfections. I didn't want to have to paint the entire bathroom for some small spots, but those spots were bothering me for certain. Now I don't even know where those spots are anymore, and the walls look normal. This is such a lifesaver." —mrsj

    Get it from Amazon for $13.95 (available in nine shades).

    21. A stainless steel cleaner to EVISCERATE existing grease stains, watermarks and fingerprints, *and* help prevent new ones from appearing.

    the bottom of a spotless stainless steel oven
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    Promising review: "I was truly surprised at how well this product worked. A friend recommended it, and I thought at this price, I would give it a try. I couldn’t believe the difference it made to my stainless-steel appliances. Highly recommend using a microfiber cloth as directed. It buffed out all the smudges and fingerprints and does a good job of preventing future fingerprints. See photo: Right side is before and left side is after." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $11.25.

    22. Dye-trapping sheets if you're raising teenagers who often forget to separate the laundry (by forget, I of course mean actively choose to not do it).

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    These work in all water temperatures!

    Promising review: "These are an absolute necessity in my house! I have two little girls and I never have enough of their dirty clothes to do loads separated by color. I just throw everything in together (yes, even reds and whites) and nothing ever bleeds onto the other. My husband does his own laundry, too, (he isn't the best at separating), and this saved him when a red sock accidentally made its way into the whites. I use these for my jeans, too, since there are many variations of color; from light wash to dark. If you do laundry, then you need these!" —Shannon Schneider

    Get a 72-count from Amazon for $9.94.

    23. And a clothes folder so they can learn this valuable life skill even if they never land an after-school retail job at the mall.

    A step-by-step image on how to use the perforated folder
    Amazon

    It can be adjusted to accommodate thicker pieces like sweaters.

    Promising review: "You would think folding is simple, but with this product, it's a perfect fold every time. It makes a pile of clothing so compact. Everything is uniformly folded. Makes putting clothes in drawers so much neater and more orderly. It makes my life easier." —S. Erhart

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    24. A pack of reusable cloth towels in case your teen has a habit of going through an entire roll of paper towels in a single weekend.

    Cozy Simple Living / Etsy

    Cozy Simple Living is a Pennsylvania-based Etsy shop that sells an array of handmade items. If you're in the market for face masks, napkins, or coasters, give 'em a look.

    Promising review: "Incredibly fast shipping, I love them. They cling well to each other so there's no need for snaps. I'm officially done with real paper towels. Also they included a couple of items for free to try. I will never shop from anyone else." —Cassidy

    Get it from Cozy Simple Living on Etsy for $26.50 (available in various patterns).

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