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    31 Stain-Lifting Products That'll Make You Feel Like A Cleaning Wizard

    You'll be tempted to quit your day job and become a magician once you see how miraculous these products are.

    1. A fan-favorite carpet cleaner that'll help you keep your cool the next time the dog/kid/SO makes a mess on that white rug you insisted on getting. Don't worry, it'll make stains and regret vanish!

    Cream carpet with large and dark brown chocolate milk stain on it
    The same carpet with the chocolate milk stain totally removed

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING. We have a 1.5-year-old puppy and have make several futile attempts to clean up carpet stains from her potty training days. Another dog owner clued us into this, and we cannot believe we didn't buy it sooner. Seriously, the same night this arrived, I spilled an entire bottle of beer on white carpet (oops), grabbed the Folex, sprayed a bunch onto the stain, massaged it into the carpet with my finger tips, and blotted with a damp towel. You can't see ANY remnant of a stain. I've also attacked old stains (like one-plus year old) and saw the same results. Seriously, buy this!!!" —AKM

    Get it from Amazon for $9.45.

    2. Or, a bottle of Resolve carpet cleaner you should definitely try out before ripping up and replacing all of your caca-coated rugs. Take that, pet stains!

    My BuzzFeed Shopping colleague Stephanie Hope loves this stuff: "I'm convinced it's actually just a bottle of magic. This has been able to get even the oldest stains out of our carpets, but also works great at cleaning up the CONSTANT hairballs my cats leave around."

    Promising review: "I don't know jack about cleaning. I keep my place in decent condition, but I had some nasty stains in the carpet that I never thought I would get rid of. We're talking baked in 6- to 7-year-old stains, especially near the shoe mat near the door. I bought this and sprayed it on there, and just let it sit all day. And the stains are pretty much gone. It's incredible. I'm often skeptical of cleaners, mostly because I think the majority of them can't clean anything that isn't only a few days old. But this literally destroyed a stain a half dozen YEARS old that I thought was going to be there until the carpet was replaced. I've used Resolve before, too, but there's something about this specific mix where it just annihilates stains. Needless to say, for the rest of the minor stains in the house they didn't even stand a chance. Can't beat this stuff. 10/10 recommended." —Brandon T.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.78.

    3. Or! A pack of stain-removing pads to keep you from crying every time your beloved pup decides your new carpet is the best place to pee. They work on wet and dry stains, and all you have to do is plop 'em down, stomp, and let the magic happen. No more scrubbing!

    reviewer photo of a stain on a beige carpet
    same reviewer's photo showing a clear rectangle surrounded by the stain to demonstrate how well the pad worked during a spot test

    They're also great for things like wine, mud, coffee, blood, and juice.

    Promising review: "WOW! Honestly, I was a little skeptical of the promise of these pads, but I bought them just to try out. THEY WORKED AMAZINGLY WELL! Seriously. I have some stains that are 1.5–2 years old. I've tried everything to get them out. I put these pads on the stains (two to cover the spot), let sit for about an hour, pulled them up, and the stain was gone. I truly couldn't believe it. The pad was yellow. Somehow the old urine was soaked up into the pad. My carpet looks like new. I couldn't recommend these any higher for what I wanted and what I got. Wish I could give this more than five stars." —Matt

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.90.

    4. A three-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: "After hearing so many people raving about Pink, I finally ordered some. Wow! What a terrific job it does on things like burnt-on oven spills, stains in a shower, cleaning outdoor does the annoyingly tough jobs with speed and surprising gentleness. I love this product so much; I've given containers away to family and friends! This stuff is magic!" —Parasol Associates

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $19.99.

    5. A fume-free oven cleaner so you can finally get around to cleaning your oven after years of stalling. 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.

    6. Or, a 100% natural oven scrub, because it's many years of avoiding this dreaded task? It's made of pumice that can cut through tough stains just as well as chemical cleaners, so no unpleasant odors to see (smell?) here.

    The jar of scrub
    GIF of the cleaner being used to clean an oven door
    Cleaning Studio / Etsy

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

    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).

    7. A red wine stain remover that'll ease any apprehensions you might have about hosting friends now that your new white couch has finally arrived. 

    A reviewer's stained fabric
    A reviewer's clean fabric after using the stain remover

    For best results, absorb the excess liquid, then saturate the spot with the stain remover. Let it sit for one to five minutes, and then blot it out. This product can also be used on hard surfaces to remove latex paint and grease.

    Promising review: "When you have anything white in your house and you have a love for red wine THIS PRODUCT IS A MUST! We had a dinner party of about 15 people in our house so I bought five bottles just in case. Someone spilled red wine on our brand-new white couch. I was so mad, but I used this stuff and it was GONE. It didn't just take most of the red wine out — the red wine was GONE! No trace of it at all! I will buy more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $9.50.

    8. A set-it-and-forget-it multipurpose outdoor cleaner, because your driveway, fence, and patio deserve some attention, too! Those green moss and mildew stains you thought you were stuck with? Nope, no match for this stuff. Spray some on, and then...literally just admire your beautiful "work."

    reviewer before and after showing a mold covered stone patio next to one that's mold-free after being sprayed with the cleaner
    reviewer photo of some outdoor patio tiles showing three that are green and one that isn't, since it was sprayed with the cleaner

    Promising review: "I have a brick patio. When I bought this house it was covered, and I mean covered with moss. A good power wash each spring was never enough to stop the moss from returning, and month after month during the summers was a struggle, man vs plant. I did that for two years, cursing and complaining the whole time. This April I did my spring power wash as usual and immediately treated this patio. It is now going into August and I have not had even a wisp of moss this year — I mean nothing! I would recommend this product without any reservations. When you put it on you may think to yourself that it doesn't look like you really did much. It dries quick and looks the same as it did before, but wow does it do exactly what it says it will do." —PM in NH

    Get it from Amazon for $19.94.

    9. A concentrated leather cleaner that'll make your couch look like new, especially if the only way you've cared for it up until now is a quick paper towel swipe every now and then. And it's safe to use on everything from handbags to jackets!

    a reviewer's couch cushion half clean and half stained
    a different reviewer's sofa half clean and half dirty

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I knew my couches were dirty but I didn't realize they were this bad off. Prior to switching to Leather Honey I was using leather wipes from another company. Those wipes didn't do much for dirt removal as I am now seeing. The leather is a yellow cream color but the sofas were looking gray. Leather Honey took the dirt right off. I left the solution to soak in for two minutes in the more problematic areas and then wiped it off clean." —Ruby

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two sizes).

    10. An eco-friendly hard-water stain remover to give you the crystal-clear shower doors you always wanted but didn't think were actually attainable. Surprise!

    Promising review: "We tried everything to get rid of hard water stains and nothing worked. We were getting our house ready to sell and our tub and sink were a mess. We tried this product and it worked immediately, restoring everything to like-new. It was fast and really worked! We even used it to clean our glass stovetop. It was amazing how clean it got things. I have a bad back and have to be careful about scrubbing things and it takes no effort to use. We use it in our new house and love it!" —Bradley

    Get it from Amazon for $18.88.

    11. A teeth-whitening pen you'll appreciate having on hand when you're between cleanings and notice those pearly whites are looking a liiittle less than ivory. Apply for just 30 seconds once or twice daily for a smile that's 4–8 times brighter!

    You'll get over 20 uses out of each pen!

    Promising review: "My teeth have been coffee stained for years. I’ve tried everything to whiten them, lucky I ordered these pens about a month before prom and within two uses I already noticed a huge difference! Unlike whitening strips it doesn’t leave your teeth splotchy and the taste is okay! I totally recommend this product!!!" —Allie

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $16.99.

    12. A laundry soap bar that might not look like much (aside from its cute pink color), but its stain-lifting powers will knock your socks off (and clean them, too!). Many reviewers also *swear* by this for cleaning makeup brushes/sponges!

    Promising review: "When I went on my first solo backpacking trip across Ireland, I only had enough room in my pack for three sets of clothes. I contemplated buying individual packets of laundry detergent, but was glad I decided to go with Zote soap instead. It was easy to carry with me and to use to wash my clothes in the sinks at the hostels I stayed it. This bar will last you forever and made my clothes super clean and smelling nice." —Maryann K.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.74.

    13. Or, some stain-removing tablets you can just toss into the washing machine if you don't have time for blotting and scrubbing laundry by hand. And not only do they tackle tough stains like it's their job (I guess it technically is), they also act as fabric softener!

    Dirty brown sock
    The same sock with most of the stains gone
    The Fizz Whizz / Etsy

    The Fizz Whiz is a small biz based in Tampa, Florida, making haircare, skincare, and home goods with simple ingredients.

    Promising review: "All I can say is, 'Wow!' I was skeptical to use this because I have softened water, and tabs do not dissolve in my washer. But I decided to try it because of all of the positive reviews. I put two tabs in my top load washer and washed a vest that had a nasty sweat ring stain around the collar. I previously soaked the vest for six hours in another whitener, but that stain was still noticeable. After washing it ONE TIME with these tabs, that sweat stain is gone! I am very impressed and will keep these tabs on my Favorites list!" —Miriah

    Get a pack of 50 from The Fizz Whiz on Etsy for $14.

    14. An Angry Mom microwave cleaner for anyone who never remembers their microwave is dirty until they open it to heat something up (and thus, never clean it). Just fill with vinegar and water, heat in the microwave for five to seven minutes, and then marvel at how easily the stains from the tomato soup that exploded all over your microwave last month wipe right off.

    Reviewer photo of the Angry Mom inside a dirty microwave
    Reviewer photo of the Angry Mom inside the same microwave, which is much cleaner

    Promising review: "I thought this might be a little gimmicky, but I was willing to give it a try. I am glad I did! I barely had to touch the cleaning cloth to the walls of my microwave, and the gunk just slid right off!" —W. Taylor

    Promising review: "Clear instructions and very easy to use. I was really having a hard time getting some of the food stains on the back and top of my microwave for a while, and it all came off." —Mark

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in four colors and as a set of two).