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    38 Cleaning Products You've Gotta See To Believe (And Luckily, We Have Photo Evidence)

    If you love a gross but satisfying before-and-after, you've come to the right place.

    1. A two-pack of that *iconic* cleaner, The Pink Stuff, because once you see how much stain-lifting power this unassuming paste has, you'll be happy you bought in bulk. Not only does it get stains out, it does so quickly and with minimal effort on your part so you can keep those energy- and mood-zapping cleaning sessions to a minimum.

    gif of britt using the pink stuff to scrub stains off of white grout
    britt holding a tub of the pink stuff
    Britt Ross / BuzzFeed

    Upon moving to a new house, I discovered I'd inherited some not-so-well-maintained white bathroom tile, with white grout to match. At least, the grout had been white at one point. Woof. After having heard nothing but raves about The Pink Stuff, I decided to see how well it would work on what has probably been my most trying cleaning task to date. Well, I'm happy to report that after a bit of light scrubbing, The Pink Stuff was able to lift most of the muck off of the grout, revealing a much lighter surface underneath (GIF for proof!). While I think it might take a few more applications for the grout to *dazzle,* I'm super impressed by the difference I was able to see right away, and with not very much elbow grease to boot. I mean, it is white grout, so if it was able to work wonders on that, I can't wait to see what it does for my crusty pots and pans!

    Promising review: "The stuff cleans anything. I had an old outdoor lounge chair that had been sitting outside for years. It had so much buildup on it I was sure I would have to just throw it away. We tried everything, and the Pink Stuff was the only thing that worked. It looks brand new! I also use this on my oven and my shower. It does take a little elbow grease but the result is always beautiful." —~MJ~

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    2. A pack of foaming garbage disposal cleaner that'll replace lingering smells — you know, the ones that always make you think, "Wow, should I be cleaning my garbage disposal?" — with a bright, lemony scent. Plus, it's fun to watch it bubble up!

    Promising review: "Glisten is great and easy to use. I don’t like products that are complicated and have numerous steps to them. Glisten is easy, does the job, and smells good. No more smelly drains. Just drop it in the drain with a steady stream of water and the disposal on, and that’s it. A bubbly freshness cleans the’s that easy." —Helen Lanning

    Promising review: "Performs exactly as describes. Have two kitchen sinks that had odors. Tried in both and both no longer have a smell. I'd highly recommend this product to anyone who wants to clean their kitchen drains." —DPK

    Get a two-pack (good for eight uses) from Amazon for $9.40.

    3. A fume-free oven cleaner so you can breathe a bit easier when you finally get around to doing everyone's least favorite task. This NSF-certified product doesn't contain lye or harsh fumes, and reviewers say it works like a dream on caked-on messes and grease stains if left on overnight. Your parents will faint the next time they visit.

    reviewer before photo showing the inside of a crusty oven
    same reviewer's after photo showing the inside of the oven looking much cleaner

    Promising review: "I’ve tried scrubbing my oven with a baking soda paste but it barely did anything to clean my oven. I had years of baked on grease from baking lasagnas and roasting chickens in my oven that looked like they were seriously here to stay. That is, until I tried this amazing product. I sprayed my oven and left it overnight. The next morning — all of the grease stains just simply wiped off with a paper towel! It was that EASY. I’m pretty sensitive to fumes too and this did not bother me at all. Definitely a new staple in my kitchen." —CupCake

    Get it from Amazon for $6.27.

    4. Or, a 100 percent natural oven scrub made of pumice that can cut through tough stains just as well as chemical cleaners, aka no unpleasant odors to see (smell?) here. In fact, reviewers say the slightly minty scent is actually a treat for the nose!

    gif of someone applying the cleaner to a dirty oven door, then wiping away the stains
    The jar of scrub
    Everneat / Etsy

    Everneat is a small Etsy shop based in Fairfield, Connecticut that specializes in natural cleaning products.

    Promising review: "Love everything about this! Love the scent and the clean it provides! We could not get our oven window clean with any previous product — this did it in seconds :)" —Elizabeth Rowe

    Promising review: "This stuff is MAGIC! One application and it took 15 years of yuck off my oven that refused to come off with other oven cleaners! The product does most of the work so you really don’t have to scrub for hours. Highly recommend this stuff!" —Traci Hutchinson

    Get it from Everneat on Etsy for $19.99+ (available in a plastic or glass jar, and in three scents).

    5. A super popular pet hair remover you can use on furniture, bedding, clothes, or anything where shedding tends to accumulate. Best of all? It's totally reusable and requires none of that annoying sticky film, making it eco-friendly!

    Reviewer photo of a black pillow covered in white dog hair and you can clearly see which side they brushed with the fur remover because all the dog hair is gone in that section
    reviewer photo of the pet hair remover filled with hair

    Promising review: "This thing is magical and I wish I had found it sooner. Even the most stubborn of dog hairs that have been seemingly woven into the fabric of your couch are no match for the ChomChom. The satisfying click of the roller will have you ChomChom-ing every surface you possibly can, while your dog looks at you in cold betrayal for removing his precious fur deposits. He plots revenge against this new nemesis, revenge that is doomed to fail from the start, because the ChomChom is far too powerful. Meanwhile, you are transfixed by the serotonin rush filling your brain as your ChomChom fills with more and more hair, leaving a path of de-furred sofa in its wake. The dog barks in disapproval. You smile, finally sitting on fur-free furniture for the first time in a long time. Maybe you’ll even have friends over now." —Will

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    6. A pack of dishwasher cleaning tablets, because how clean could your dishes really be if your dishwasher itself is a mess? Their subtle, crisp scent is a welcome change from those rancid odors that often creep up over time with dishwasher use, and in terms of your dishwasher's appearance, I think the photos speak for themselves. 

    A dirty dishwasher with brown stains on the bottom
    The same dishwasher, which is now stain-free after using the tablets

    Just pop them into the tray where you'd normally put detergent (or on the bottom of your dishwasher if you're washing dishes at the same time), and run as usual!

    Promising review: "This was simple to use, smelled good, and I was pleasantly surprised when I opened the dishwasher after the recommended cleaning cycle. This product actually did what it advertises that it will do! Great results, fairly economical — and by the way — it works!" —Old Southern Charm

    Promising review: "Just get them. Changed the way my 20-year-old dishwasher works. Much cleaner dishes and the interior is like new. First time you use it, run it empty with just the cleaner. I didn't realize how much mold and ickiness it got out of my machine." —drpicard

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $8.99.

    7. A plant-based stainless steel cleaner and polish for anyone who loved the look of their shiny appliances the first week they got them, then quickly realized they're actually a breeding ground for fingerprints. It's made with aromatic lavender essential oil to polish and shine without streaking, and creates a protective barrier to help prevent future smudges.

    reviewer before and after photos showing a streaky looking stainless steel oven, and then the oven looking shiny and streak-free
    reviewer holding the stainless steel cleaner spray bottle

    Promising review: "This is hands-down the only product that has ever perfectly cleaned my stainless steel appliances. It deserves 10 stars because nothing else comes close to removing streaks and toddler finger prints as easily and completely as this. I have tried for years to get my appliances to look like new. Everyone who has stainless should own this." —Danielle

    Promising review: "The scent was great. When I was cleaning my fridge, my husband came into the kitchen wondering why did I smell so good. Obviously it wasn't me — it was the spray! Our appliances are older and have tons of stains. With this spray, they now look like brand new. The smell is definitely awesome — cause it's lavender — and the spray is easy to use. Highly recommend this spray!" —LLD

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    8. A dryer vent cleaner attachment so you won't have to worry about extra lint buildup becoming a potential fire hazard. You probably didn't even know this existed (but you'll be glad/horrified you discovered it once you see how much filth it sucks up).

    Reviewer using the dryer vent cleaner
    Reviewer photo of sock and lint sucked out of the dryer with the vent cleaner

    This adapter is compatible with most vacuum cleaner pipes, so all you have to do is attach it to your vacuum and guide it around your dryer to suck up excess and hard-to-reach lint. Too much lint build-up not only slows down the drying process, it's also a fire hazard, so this handy device can actually be considered a safety tool!

    Promising review: "Yes, we had a sock in our dryer vent!! This past summer, the lint trap broke on our dryer. Our kids ran the dryer regardless! What a disaster. Received my vacuum kit today, and now my clothes are dry! I sucked up the sock, as well as a piece of lint roller tape. Great product!" —Laurel Enoch

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in four colors). 

    9. A non-toxic spot remover that'll tackle just about any stain you'd assume was permanent. From coffee and tomato sauce to tar and blood (!), it's got your couches, clothing, and carpets covered. 

    reviewer before photo of a child's bathing suit with stains on it
    after photo of the same bathing suit, now stain free

    It's small enough to keep with you on the go, and is super easy to use — just apply it to the stain, let it sit for a few minutes, and then wash in the machine or by hand as usual. In fact, BuzzFeed Shopping editor Elizabeth Lilly said she once recommended this to a friend "who fell in a puddle of motor oil on a sidewalk, then accidentally wiped it on her camel coat. It got the stains out!"

    Promising review: " My toddlers colored my couch with pink Sharpie. I tried everything to get the stain out, but it wouldn’t budge. Two months later, I found this stuff and thought to give it a try. Oh. My. Word. The stain is totally gone. With a few doses, I got it all the way out. Now I want to go and tackle every old stain I have. This stuff is a miracle." —Just Me

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.48 (also available as a pack of three). 

    10. And an all-purpose stain spray, which is called "Emergency Stain Rescue" for a reason. Use it on any fabric you want to keep looking like new, so whether you're famous for wearing white shirts whenever pizza night rolls around or have a toddler who loves hugging you with slimy hands, you'll want to keep a bottle stashed in your cabinet. 

    reviewer before photo showing a yellow stain on white fabric
    same reviewer's after photo showing the stain gone

    The Hate Stains Co. is a small biz that was founded by a parent who set out to create a stain remover that was non-toxic but effective. 

    Promising review: "I bought the smallest bottle because I wasn't sure how good of a stain remover this product was, but I have to say that this little bottle of stain remover works like magic. I used it to take old dog urine stains off my white carpet, and it worked! What a surprise. I also took some other old, dark stains off the carpet with it that didn't come off with other carpet cleaners. It works better than any of the other carpet cleaners that I have used, and now I will be trying it on some other items that are stained. I can't say enough good things about this product." —Diane Merritts

    Promising review: "I've tried Shout wipes, stain removal pens, and all the other tricks in the book. This removes organic stains from sweat better than anything I've tried thus far. I followed the directions, got the fabric wet, sprayed it on, and left it to chill for an hour. When I came back, I was dumbfounded. I can't believe I didn't have this sooner, I'm about to buy a gallon!" —Mark Bogumil

    Get it from The Hate Stains Co. on Amazon for $7.95 (also available in packs of two or three, and with on-the-go wipes). 

    11. And! A plant-based spray I learned about via TikTok (where else?!) that, according to reviewers, will send even the most stubborn tomato sauce, oil, sweat, and baby poop stains packing their bags. 

    reviewer gif showing the stain remover getting rid of a big orange stain on white fabric
    reviewer before photo of a shirt covered in stains
    after photo of the same shirt looking stain-free

    Based in Austin, Texas, Puracy was started by two best friends with the aim of making plant-based cleaning products that are gentle enough to use around children. 

    Promising review: "With a little one, a dog, and an outdoor-loving family, I am constantly doing laundry. I have tried other natural stain removers and none really do the job. They get out some stains, or need to be washed within 15 minutes and retreated, which isn't always a reality in our home. This, however, is amazing! I haven't met a stain this can't handle! It has to soak for a long time, which makes laundry easy and allows for flexibility. Also, it has no odor, no residue, no damage to clothes. It is amazingly easy to use and does an amazing job. I have gifted this to a few friends with babies just because it really is that good!" —Trixie L

    Get it from Puracy on Amazon for $9.99+ (available in two sizes). 

    12. A citrus-scented foaming car upholstery cleaner you'll want if your car's had its fair share of drive-through visits, with the ketchup stains and lingering French fry smells to prove it. Now, you won't have to do any explaining when you give someone a ride, except to tell them how you keep your car so spotless (and smelling so good!).

    Promising review: "So I had a spot on my dash that I wanted to clean and grabbed this stuff because I figured my car could use some TLC over the years. Well, I went to clean one small part and ended up almost detailing the entire inside of both front and back driver and passenger side doors. It worked so well, so fast, and smelled so good that I couldn't stop. My car looks brand-new!" —Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.