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    34 Tried-And-True Cleaning Products That’ll Do The Work In Half The Time

    Because no one wants to spend all day cleaning. No one.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A powerful wheel cleaner that'll make sure no one will catch you ridin' dirty. When you spray it on your tires, the solution will begin to break down and dissolve the dust. You'll know it's working because it'll begin to change colors. Then, just rinse. You don't even have to scrub, and even if you do, the solution cuts normal scrubbing time in half.

    Promising review: "It will take one look from your friends to say, 'Did you buy some new wheels?' This stuff is absolutely amazing. For the full effect, dismount your wheel and spray the back. Go do something for 10 minutes. Wash with water, no scrubbing needed. Turn the rim face up, do it again. Do the rest of your rims, and don't forget the tire protectant when you reinstall them. This stuff will handle salt, road tar, off-road dirt, and mud; you get it dirty, it comes clean. Where was this stuff when I was racing off-road?" —johnfcon

    Get it from Amazon for $16.26.

    2. A bag of Bottle Bright tablets made from biodegradable, chlorine-free, and environmentally safe ingredients to finally rid your fave bottle of that mysterious stain on the bottom. The best thing about it is there's no work for you to do so the tablets can clean your favorite tumblers while you complete other tasks, or kick back and relax.

    A before, during, and after photo of a metal water canister rusted, bubbly, and then clean after using the tablet

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting Hydro Flask coffee mug — I tried everything. Bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER Hydro Flask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand-new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another Hydro Flask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    3. A spin mop and bucket reviewers say makes mopping quick and easy and helps the floors dry easier, too. The faster those floors dry, the faster you can move on to the next thing on your to-do list.

    the mop and bucket

    Promising review: "I'm so glad I bought this. Now I can see why I can never find it in brick and mortar stores. I highly recommend this. The spinning helps you to not touch the mop to wring it out. The shape of the mop head helps you get into corners. The material of the mop head makes it very absorbable, great for drying up the water on the floor. I used the twist mop for a while but the mop head strands kept getting tangled and stuck, and replacing the head was hard for me. It was such a pain. I haven't replaced this head yet but I saw how easy it clicked on. So far, I love this mop." —Sara Cabrera

    Get it from Amazon for $52.

    4. A disposable Clorox toilet cleaning kit that'll make cleaning the commode simple and easy. Just look at the photo below and see how much stain-busting cleaning power can come in just one of those disposable heads.,

    The kit comes with a toilet wand, a storage caddy, six disposable refills, and 10 rainforest-scented refills.

    Promising review: "Love the convenience and the fact that it cuts down on overall cleaning time. It also minimizes the toilet water and bacterial carryover that regular toilet brushes create. Highly recommend." —Nate and Julia

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.99.

    5. A makeup brush shampoo perfect for cleaning your makeup brushes and sponges without leaving behind residue. It's also cruelty-free and vegan.,

    Promising review: "This cleanser is great! It fully removes all makeup from the brushes without leaving them feeling beat up (I'm not the most gentle when it comes to cleaning brushes). I use a thick foundation that soaks heavily into the bristles, but this removed it all. At first I thought it was a bit thin, but after using it, a little bit goes a long way. It has a nice lather, but very nicely and easily rinses out. I use this with the "MelodySusie Big Size Brush Cleaner" scrubby from Amazon. I was able to clean my brushes much faster than normal, and I feel more confident that I got all the makeup off the bristles. This has a very slight (not strong at all) scent of grapefruit. It's refreshing without me having to worry about it irritating my face or leaving a fragrance left on my brushes." —Kryssy

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    6. A set of Affresh dishwasher cleaning tablets to clear out all the leftover residue from dishwasher tablets, limescale, and other mineral buildup.

    Promising review: "This works extremely well. We haven't done any cleaning on our dishwasher in five years, and the sliding dish trays were tough to pull out or push in, there was detergent buildup all over the inside, and there was a milky film on all our cups. I bought Affresh, ran the dishwasher with two tablets while it was empty, and the difference was astounding. There was still some build-up and I figured it would require another cycle, so I popped another two tablets in, ran the machine a second time, and now it looks and sounds brand-new. No more film on the glasses, no more dirty dishes from clogged sprayers, no more odors, no more build-up around the door seals. I'm going to be buying Affresh from now on, and hopefully it will extend the life of my dishwasher." —Martoune

    Get six tablets from Amazon for $5.99.

    7. A roll of machine-washable reusable bamboo towels that can be reused 120 times. They're soft enough to use on the skin but tough enough to handle cleaning in the kitchen, car, or anywhere else you'd normally use a sponge or paper towel.


    Promising review: "You want strong, tough, and absorbent? Here you go. These towels drink up water without falling apart and dripping all over. The area by my dog's bowl usually takes two or three paper towels to wipe up the mess, but it only takes one of these. And it is not sopping by the end. These towels clean extremely well and are eco-friendly. How can you go wrong? An excellent value!" —Alvin Truthfinder

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    8. A carpet stain remover perfect for the clumsy or households with kids. Just apply, agitate, and blot for instant results.

    A photo of a stained carpet next to another photo of the same carpet with the stain removed

    Promising review: "YOU NEED THIS IF YOU HAVE KIDS OR PETS! I am convinced this stuff is magic in a bottle! If I can get up an ENTIRE bottle of ketchup that was rubbed in the carpet, you can get out anything!" —Ashley T.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.38.

    9. A dryer vent coil brush reviewers say is ~quick and easy~ and will clean out the buildup of lint in your lint trap, and improve the drying power of your dryer.

    The vent coil brush removing built-up lint from the dryer

    Promising review: "We are in love! This thing cleans so well and gets all the way down the line and around the corner. Its wide bristles really help get all the lint out and even help scrub some of the really stuck in their pieces off. We use this regularly now to clean out the vent!" —Leslie G

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    10. An all-natural oven scrub featuring an eco-friendly formula that includes pumice stone to gently and quickly scrub away all of that built-up crud in your oven.

    Cleaning Studio / Etsy

    This oven scrub is made out of 100% plant and mineral-derived ingredients. To clean your oven, apply the scrub over the oven surface including the interior glass, scrub with a metallic or scouring sponge, then use a damp microfiber cloth to wipe the surface.

    Cleaning Studio is a small business based in Fairfield, Connecticut that specializes in natural cleaning products and microfiber cloths.

    Promising review: "This is the first time in my 50+ years that I have actually enjoyed cleaning my oven. And no, I am not joking! This product is effective, easy to work with, smells amazing, AND I only used a tiny amount of product!!! I don't think I could imagine a way to improve this product. Highly, highly recommend it!!! Well worth any wait." —Diane Coury

    Get it from Cleaning Studio on Etsy for $17.99+ (available in plastic or glass jars).

    11. A jetted tub cleaner because you vaguely remember a time when the water in your jetted tub was crystal clear. Now it's gone from a cloudy substance to literal mud — time to clean.

    Three side by side photos of the same bathtub going from rusty to clean

    Promising review: "This is now going to be my go to for cleaning my jet tub. It worked fast and did a really good deep clean. It was very easy to use. And I didn't notice any harsh smells. Would recommend!" —Maxamos

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    12. A water-based alkaline wood cleaner that'll restore your favorite wood pieces by removing dirt, oily films, and dried spills.

    This cleaner foams and removes built-up residue such as dirt, oily films, and dried spills.

    Promising review: "This stuff works AWESOME! If you have any of the white water marks — GONE with this stuff. Any black spots — GONE with this stuff. Removes buildup from other products. Leaves a CLEAN, refreshed wood product. I use this on ALL my antiques, and I have not had ANY problems with this. Just great results! I wish I had found this sooner!" —AaronDr

    Get it from Amazon for $11.58.

    13. A microfiber brush set in case you've been wondering whether there's a product made for cleaning blinds. Yes, yes there is.


    This handy dandy tool comes with five microfiber cloths, meaning you'll be able to clean your whole darn house in one sweep.

    Promising review: "Cleaning blinds is the worst. I saw this nifty tool and bought it on a whim. Glad I did! Once I figured out the trick to putting the cleaning cloths on the plastic tool, it was very easy to use. I use a dry cloth to get rid of most of the dust. Then I replace the cloth with a moist cloth and finish the job. Quick. Easy. Just like cleaning jobs should be." —Walt Bristow

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (also available in green).

    14. A jewelry cleaning jar perfect for restoring your favorite pieces back to the way they looked the day you got them in a matter of minutes.

    before and after of a reviewer's jewelry collection cleaned

    It includes a basket for easily dropping in and removing pieces put in the solution. But please also note this should not be used on pearls!

    Promising review: "This stuff its amazing! I cleaned all my jewelry in under 20 minutes. I read a review that said this stuff doesn't work and that it ruined a watch, I believed they left the watch in the liquid for too long. When I tell you it's 5 seconds, it's 5 seconds. If you leave the jewelry for more than that, It will be ruined. This stuff works wonders. Also, it smells like rotten eggs, but it works! I had bought a bunch of ALEX AND ANI bracelets that are cooper and after a little while they look awful. I was very disappointed because each bracelet is about $35. So, I submerged them for five seconds and MAGIC!!" —maria rosello

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    15. Or a jewelry-cleaning pen designed for cleaning jewelry with diamonds or other precious stones. Just wet the tip of the brush, twist the end so the cleaning solution comes out, brush your jewelry, rinse, dry and marvel at the sparkle., Amazon

    Promising review: "This is such an easy efficient way to wash your diamond and gemstone jewelry. I can’t believe I didn’t know about this. There is a small a brush applicator at one end and a twist on the other end for the gentle cleanser to come out of the brush. The cleaner works really well. Brush, little lather, water and you are good to go. Fast and easy solution to removing hair product or lotion if you don’t remember or have time to take your rings off. It really gets in the tight crevices. I keep it with my makeup brushes for easy access. It is slim, small and light. Was a little hesitant at first but with price was willing to try. SOOO glad I did. Highly recommend." —happinessis

    Get it from Amazon for $6.47.

    Check out my coworker's Diamond Dazzle Stik review for more deets!

    16. A screen cleaner kit just begging to take those fingerprints and crumbs off of your screen so you can stop wondering if that's an exclamation point or a bug.

    a before and after of a computer that is covered in finger prints and then clean as the first day they bought it

    The set includes the spray and an extra-large, scratch-free microfiber cloth. The formula has no alcohol, ammonia, or harmful phosphates and will gently clean HDTVs, PC monitors, Kindle Fires, tablets, laptops, smartphones, Apple Mac products, iPhones, and more!

    Promising review: "Too bad this doesn't come in gallon sizes. I admit I use it on my windows and mirrors, as well as my electronic products. I realize it's pricey, but I despise streaks. This product makes cleaning very fast without steaks. I just cleaned up dried pop that had spilled on my glass top coffee table." —cooking

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    17. A pack of BootRescue cleaning wipes to help care for your leather and suede boots and keep them in the best condition.


    Promising review: "Great for a quick cleaning. I work in some very dirty and harsh environments at a waste water plant. After work, a quick wipe with these gets the boots pretty again." —Styxzz

    Get 10 wipes from Amazon for $8.49.

    18. A brush set reviewers say will get the dirt out of your nooks and crannies quick, and with great results. You can finally scrub out that old conditioner that's 'chillin in the corner of your shower.


    Set includes: large brush and small brush with wiper blade.

    Promising review: "These are absolutely a must for grout cleaning and deep cleaning the hard-to-get-to nooks and crannies in the kitchen and bathroom. The ergonomic handles are easy on your wrists, and the strong bristles get the job done. While I have a larger grout brush on hand for the grout on my tile floor, these are perfect for countertop tile grout." —Sandy B.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two colors).

    19. A cleaner and deodorizer because you don't need new carpet. You just need to give this nontoxic cruelty-free formula a chance to make your carpet look ~like new~ again.

    FYI: This cleaner is only for use in carpet-cleaning machines, so you like, have to get one of those too. Here's the one they are using in the review photo!

    Promising review: "This product works very well and FAST! It has eliminated urine and pet odor on my carpet, and all I did was mix the solution with hot water and spray on the carpet without even using the machine to do the work. I used the carpet brush, and it worked great!" —Chay

    Get it from Amazon for $16.97+ (available in two sizes).

    20. An all-surface cleaner made with simple ingredients so you can feel confident cleaning your house without worrying about harsh chemicals.

    HumbleSuds / Etsy

    Humble Suds is a small shop based in Denver, Colorado that creates natural plant-based cleaning products.

    Promising review: "I used the surface scrub today on my bathtub and bathroom sink, and it works WONDERS! I love that the ingredients are minimal and organic, but gets the job done. I love this product!" —hinako jefferson

    Get it from HumbleSuds on Etsy for $14.95+ (available in two classes).

    21. A handy brush because sometimes dishes need to sit in the sink overnight. In the morning, you'll be happy you have this little brush to quickly lift that crusty food without you having to scrape one utensil with another.

    Model washing fork with utensil cleaner

    Promising review: "I bought this brush to quickly and safely clean knives and it works great for them, but I also use it to clean the sealing ring from my Instant Pot! Fast and easy!" —PrimeShopper

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    22. A chainmail scrubber you can use to clean or restore your cast-iron skillets, woks, pots, pans, dutch ovens, and more.


    Promising review: "Prior to purchasing this, our cast-iron cleaning routine consisted of rinsing followed by a quick scrub using coarse sea salt and a paper towel. This gadget is great for a more thorough cleaning, especially on stubborn areas. It's very effective and cleaning is quite easy, requiring nothing more than a quick rinse. The small ring attached to it is useful for hanging on a pot rack. Recommended." —Cooking The Books

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98.

    23. A two-in-one ultra-slim brush and scraper, a multi-use item that'll help you loosen the grime hiding in your window and door tracks.


    Promising review: "Perfect little brush to get in the hard to clean areas. Used it in the tracks of an old pet door stuffed with dog hair and dander. Shocked at how much gunk came out with this brush. I like how the bristles are longer and can really reach into the nooks and crannies." —Island girl

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97 (also available in pink).

    24. A descaling solution because once you use it, you'll never forget to clean your coffee maker again. Is this what we've been drinking with our morning lattes? 🤢


    Promising review: "Impressive product easy to use gets all coffees debris out of machine. I value my espresso and coffee maker and felt like it is a quick and easy process I can use regularly. Thank you!" —Lara

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.99.

    25. Or a set of cleaning K-Cups that makes cleaning inside your machine as easy as brewing a cup of coffee. After a good cleaning, your morning ✨cup of joe✨ will go back to being the best part of waking up.,

    Promising review: "I bought this product because the needle in my Keurig 2.0 keeps clogging, causing inconsistent brew and taste. These cleaning cups fixed both of my issues and I especially liked that it was really quick and easy to use… I put the cleaning pod in and ran one cycle, then took the pod out and ran a rinse cycle to clean out any leftover grinds. FAST, EASY, and GREAT results…VERY HAPPY!!" —Corey West

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $10.95.

    26. A nonabrasive, bleach-free cleaning and polishing powder you'll have to see to believe and thankfully, we have photos. This cleaning polish can break down years of old crud, perfect for washing the history off of the stove in your new rental space.

    Reviewer photo showing before-and-after results of using Bar Keeper's Friend

    It'll remove rust, tarnish, stains, and mineral deposits from stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic, copper alloys, fiberglass, Corian, brass, bronze, chrome, and aluminum.

    Promising review: "I bought this after seeing numerous recommendations, and after years of searing and occasionally burning things in my stainless pans, it was time to try to bring them to a better state. Not only did this easily scrub off the latest culinary leavings, it scrubbed off the years of buildup of oil, fat, cooking spray and whatever else that have been continually baked on in the oven, stove and dishwasher. A little powder, a dash of water, a quick, light scrub,'s gone? How is that possible? What's in this stuff? I do not know, I do not care. After scrubbing my enamel stovetop in a fraction of the time with no scratches and better results, I became thoroughly convinced the contents of BKF is not of this realm. It's magic." —Bulb

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.69.

    27. A microwave steam cleaner for when the "soften butter" instruction goes horribly wrong. Just fill mama with water and vinegar, and pop her in the microwave. She'll get mad, blow her top, and leave your microwave looking brand new. Ready to try that butter again?

    Promising review: "This little device is great and it's super simple. Fill to the lines with vinegar and water, nuke for seven minutes, let it sit for two minutes, then wipe clean. My embarrassingly super gross microwave wiped completely clean with a couple of paper towels. I highly recommend this." —UglyPetty

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four colors).

    28. A reusable and machine-washable duster that fits onto the Swiffer duster handle and will knock that dust right off the shelves with one ~swift~ swipe.

    Set of reusable Swiffer dusters in various colors
    TS Designs US / Etsy

    TS Designs US is a small Etsy shop based in West Leroy, Michigan that makes vintage gifts, decor, and eco-friendly items to add to your home. 

    Promising review: "LOVE the washable duster attachments. These are SO soft and such great quality. The stitching is strong and I don’t worry about anything coming apart. We use ours with our swifter duster wand and it fits perfectly. If you’re looking for a more sustainable item, this is one for you." —Cassie Couch

    Get it from TS Designs US on Etsy for $5 (available in 10 colors).

    29. A bottle of Goo Gone foaming spray, a foaming solution that'll have you waving "bye" to grease grime buildup that won't harm those beautiful countertops.

    Promising review: "Love this stuff! It really works and it cuts the grease quick." —mayolia stevens

    Get it from Amazon for $13.50.

    30. A pair of fluffy slippers because we've all secretly cleaned up a spill with our socks. This way, our feet stay dry and the spill is gone. It's a win-win.


    Promising review: "So why do I like mopping slippers? I have a 2-year-old and they're great for mopping up little splashes like drops of water from doing dishes. The extra padding is nice. No paper towels wasted and it's immediate. Plus these are cute. You have to have a sense of whimsy for this functional novelty item." —G. Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four sizes and 14 styles).

    31. A reusable pad you can use with your Swifter Wet Jet or Swiffer Sweeper to keep your floors nice and tidy. It's so annoying to want to clean your floors and realizing the box of refill pads is empty. No more late-night trips to the store, you can just pop these in the wash and they're ready to clean again.

    PNW Busy Bobbin/Etsy

    PNW Busy Bobbin is a small Etsy shop based in Nooksack, Washington that crafts handmade eco-friendly items.

    Promising review: "Started my process of cutting my waste down this January and I have three cats so I use my Swiffer A LOT. I was spending so much on Swiffer pads because of it. They arrived and the quality was way better than expected! So easy to use with my floor cleaner and I’m in love! I’ll be placing another order soon for a different pattern!" —emmamiccicke

    Get it from PNW Busy Bobbin on Etsy for $13.49 (also available in a pack of two).

    32. A broom for pet and human hair so now you see pet hair all over the floor, ~waves magic broom,~ and now you don't!

    Emma Lord / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Best investment I purchased so far from Amazon. I can’t believe how fast, precise, and easy this is to use! Excellent investment for those with and without pets. I swept a section under my large area rug and pulled up some much hair and God knows what that I didn’t know was imbedded in the carpet despite vacuuming. Unbelievable. This little thing gets DEEP into the surfaces of the fabrics somehow and really loosens up those unseen, nearly microscopic pieces. It does take a few good and hard sweeps if you really want a deep clean." —JT

    Get it from Amazon for $12.44.

    Read BuzzFeed editor Emma Lord's full FURemover broom review for more deets!

    33. And, a pumice cleaning stone that'll turn your stain-filled toilet into an actual glistening porcelain throne worthy of your royal hiney. 👑🍑

    Reviewer photo showing before-and-after results of using pumice cleaning stone on toilet bowl

    Promising review: "This pumice stone made it fast and unbelievably easy to rub off years worth of that hard, disgusting white calcium buildup from pool tile. I wish I had found this before I wasted time with other harder and less effective methods. Unless you only have a small area to clean, you'll probably need the double pack since the stone dissolves away as you scrub. Overall, this is a great product." —PKinFL

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (also available in a pack of two).

    34. A pet hair remover to collect all the fur that's left all over the house like little piles of buried treasure.

    Promising review: "We have a golden retriever and I've struggled keeping our bedding clean because she sheds bad and I don't have the heart to not let her sleep in our bed. The dog hair just gets tangled in the fabric and I'm constantly aware of it because it gets everywhere. I've tried lint rolling, but everything just rolls up in the roller and it's a nightmare. Vacuuming doesn't really work without a battle either. I would nearly be in tears and would waste so much time trying to get mediocre results from vacuuming and/or lint rolling. This is literally so much easier and quicker. The next picture of all the fuzz in my hand is from all the bedding, mind you this was one day after it was all washed and dried. Do yourself a favor, and buy this ASAP." —Kellynn

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    How you'll be cleaning this weekend knowing it won't take that long:

    Columbia Pictures

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