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    27 Cleaning Products Anyone Who Inherited Someone Else's Mess Will Really Appreciate

    Finally, conquer the messes that have been taunting you since move-in day.

    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 reusable pumice stone to quickly rid your toilets, sinks, and tubs of the unsightly brown rings you took no part in creating.

    reviewer photo showing toilet half cleaned with the pumice cleaning tool

    Promising review: "When we bought our previously owned condo, all three of the toilets had a permanent dark ring. I must have tried at least six different cleaning products that claimed to eliminate rings. None worked. I was actually considering buying new toilets as the ring was embarrassing to me. A friend recommended the pumice toilet bowl ring remover and I was prepared to be disappointed again. But it worked perfectly. The ring is gone on all three toilets and it only took a few minutes per toilet. I don't know when I have ever been so totally satisfied with a product. It just saved me a whole lot of money and I am no longer embarrassed by the appearance of my toilets." —lynn mcdonald

    Get it from Amazon for $11.81.

    2. A plant-based stainless steel cleaner that'll eliminate the seemingly permanent layer of streaks, smudges, and grubby fingerprints preventing your stainless-steel appliances from living up to their "stainless" title.

    reviewer before-and-after photo showing their stainless steel sink looking brand new after using stainless steel cleaner

    It also comes with a microfiber cleaning cloth!

    Promising review: "We got this product because, while stainless steel appliances look so nice when you first get them, as soon as you start using them you get fingerprints galore. All of the 'home remedy' tricks we tried were annoying, or so labor-intensive as to be overly frustrating, so this product has been wonderful. It takes only a few minutes to clean all the appliances and make them look brand new again — great for when company comes over and you want to pretend like you always live in a magazine spread for home rather than the comfortable way you normally do :-)" —Anton Stocker

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    3. A dryer vent cleaning kit that attaches to your vacuum so you can suck lint and other debris (aka major fire hazards) from all the narrow crevices you're positive the last person living here never thought to check.,

    The entire set comes with a plastic hose, a Holikme adapter, and a vacuum hose for use with most any vacuum. Plus, a flexible lint brush!

    Promising review: "I love this dryer lint extension for the vacuum. I wanted to try a cheaper option first before I spent way more money having someone clean the lint trap deep down. So much lint came out of my dryer, it was wild. I'm very good at cleaning it after using the dryer, but inevitably there's always more that we can't see or reach because it's too deep. It's a great way to keep it clear of lint to increase the efficiency of the dryer, which will save money from electricity and extend the life of the dryer, and prevent possible fires." —Cat Landis

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    4. A flexible drain snake with a clog-catching micro-hook head and rotating handle if your drains never quite drain water like they should. Just keep a barf bag nearby for when you pull up the wet, hairy monster that's made a den in your pipes.


    This pack contains a reusable handle and five single-use heads that you just remove and dispose of after handling your clogged pipes.

    Promising review: "Wow. Best thing ever. Seriously. I have had tweezers and sticks and plumbers and chemicals trying to get my master sink to drain. Plumber even said I need an entirely new faucet to get the drain plug part because they don't sell those separately. Well, I have two sinks, a tub, and shower that all match so that was not a valid solution. Doubt I can find the same model. So I bought this thing. Stuffed it down, pulled up hair, and black muck. Did it about eight times quickly, ran the water, went right down the drain. Seriously. This is the best tool ever and the best $12 I have ever spent. Everyone with a sink needs this tool. Seriously." —juliejules

    Get a five-pack from Amazon for $17.95.

    5. A pack of biodegradable foaming drain cleaning tablets for taking care of all the out-of-sight grime that's living in your garbage disposal and causing that stench you're getting just a little too used to having around.

    Promising review: "Never thought there was a product out there to specifically clean the disposer. In the past, I would use a lot of soap/cleaners and water, but this works WAY better. You can literally hear a difference in your disposer after cleaning with this product." —CPG RZ Review

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $4.09.

    6. A microfiber window blind cleaner because it's obvious the previous owner never did more than a cursory dusting. This thing's got three blades so you can really get in there and clean the tops and bottoms of two blinds at once.


    This set includes four microfiber dusters and a tiered plastic base.

    Promising review: "OK I'll be honest, I ordered this because of the price. After reviewing several other options and having been disappointed with previous dusters I've had, I figured why spend more money on something that isn't going to work? So I ordered the least expensive option but WOW does this little tool rock!!!! It's very easy to use and clean. It does a fantastic job of cleaning and dusting the blinds and gets ALL of the crud off of them. My blinds haven't been this clean since the day they were first installed. VERY happy with purchase." —Amazon Shopper

    Get the six-piece set from Amazon for $8.99 (available in two colors).

    7. Some fizzing Johnny Drops to give your toilet a cleansing spa treatment without all that tiring scrubbing. It's basically a bath bomb but for your porcelain throne.

    White bath bombs next to the brown paper bag packaging
    Juniperseed Mercantile / Etsy

    Juniperseed Mercantile is a Colorado-based small biz run by science teacher Tiffany Norton who creates all-natural cleaning, skincare, bath, and body products.

    Promising review: "This is my second purchase of these so you can tell I totally love them. They work great and I just store them in a jar on the back of the toilet. Definitely can't say I’ve ever stored any other toilet cleaner out in the open." —Laura Wick

    Get it from Juniperseed Mercantile on Etsy for $2.50 (also available in a pack of five for $10).

    8. A cleaning brush that can go where no sponge or rag has gone before. Its ultra-thin design can fit into those hard-to-reach window and door tracks and the handle doubles as a scraper for stuck-on debris.

    A model using the blue cleaning brush on a window

    Promising review: "This is an amazing set of brushes. Don't be fooled by the low cost. The brushes are soft and long enough to get into tight spots but firm enough to hold up. They work amazing in those hard-to-clean aluminum window runners and sliding doors. I've used them to clean in enclosed fan blades, refrigerator vents, etc. They wash easily and with a bit of TLC they hold their shape. Always nice to find something so simple and inexpensive that works so well." —CNJ

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $5.48.

    9. A TikTok-famous pink cleaning paste so you can tackle all those annoying scuffs and stains left behind for you to handle without endless, abrasive scrubbing that might end up damaging the surface underneath.

    It's made up of cleaning beads suspended in a gel, so it'll grind away at tough stains without damaging the surface beneath. It's suitable for use on most hard surfaces like ceramic tiles, barbecues, pots, pans, and more!

    Promising review: "The stains I had on my stovetop would never come out with anything I used, until I got The Pink Stuff. Came in a little bit smaller container than expected but a little goes a long way. I usually just use a clean rag and scoop some on the rag and start rubbing in and in less than a minute my surface is clean. I rinse with water and leaves no residue! Also used to get out the hard dirt stains from the bottom of the built-in nonslip tub and presto, it's white again! Love this and will be getting more." —Judith Bisson

    Get it from Amazon for $9.94.

    10. A fume-free oven cleaner if your stove came "pre-loved" and covered in years of baked-on grease and stubborn stains you'd like to turn back the clock on without making your home smell like a vat of chemicals.

    Promising review: "This works so well! My oven was horrible. I don't think it had even been cleaned (prior to me moving in). I replaced my oven gasket and used this stuff and it's like a brand new oven. I even used this on an old broiler pan that had baked on grit — then ran it through the dishwasher to ensure all chemicals removed. Like brand new! I will suggest a few things. If your oven is really dirty, use a putty scraper to get the majority of the gunk off. Then go back through with paper towels and wipe out the foam + grease lifted. THEN go through with soap and hot water (I used a bucket) and sponge the chemicals out and do a final scrub. I am telling you, this will get everything out like a brand new oven, takes a little elbow grease to shine it up and I made sure to clean all chemicals out before heating the oven again. Buy this. it works." —Pickle Squeezer

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $21.71.

    11. A natural carpet deodorizing powder made with a mix of baking soda and borax for getting rid of the mysterious smell lingering in your carpet. Just sprinkle it around the room, let it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuum like normal.

    a cardboard tube filled with the powder
    Pardo Naturals

    Pardo Naturals is the brainchild of Rita Pardo, a Black mother and entrepreneur who, inspired by her daughter's medical needs, developed a line of natural products for the body, hair, and home. She specializes in products for people with issues related to sensitive skin and can even customize orders to avoid certain allergens and irritants.

    Get it from Pardo Naturals for $9 (available in four scents).

    12. A jetted bathtub cleaner because you're not trying to get blasted by the filth left behind by the previous owners every time you turn on the tub's jets. Avoid that grossness and fill the tub with water, pour in the cleaner, run your jets, and let the "yuck" seep out.

    Promising review: "This stuff is seriously amazing! I am relentless about cleaning my tub because I use it so often and always get grossed out if I don’t. Before I purchased this, I used the typical homemade recipe of bleach and powdered dishwashing soap. I’d have to run two or three cycles to get it crystal clear. One cycle with this stuff, 15 minutes, and the results are amazing! The first photo (above) is with my tub running with the solution. Then I drained it (second photo) and wiped it down with a sponge. When I refilled the tub up, and reran the jets, I kid you not the water was CRYSTAL CLEAR! See for yourself in the last photo! I’m so impressed!" —Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    13. A hard water stain remover that doubles as a protective sealant to get rid of the film making your shower glass look permanently foggy and protect against future stains. Side effects might include running into your nearly invisible shower door — it'll be that clean.

    It also works on a wide range of surfaces like stainless steel, brass aluminum, hard vinyl, chrome, and more.

    Promising review: "I've tried everything to get the stains out of my tub and nothing has come close to working as well as this! Our house is old and has hard water from a well. We've been trying to get this tub to look better sense we bought our house, two years ago. My husband and I were considering replacing our tub because it looked so bad, but this made our tub look like new! The smell is pleasant and I feel more comfortable using nontoxic cleaning products, like this! I do want to mention that we used a cleaning brush drill attachment and it worked incredibly well together to finally get our tub looking clean! Be sure to get a brush attachment with this and you won't be disappointed!" —Starre

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

    14. A set of drill brush scrubber attachments to eliminate caked-on soap grime with a fraction of the usually required elbow grease. Charge up your standard electric drill, attach the right brush head for the job, and let the modern luxury of motorized rotation cut through grime quicker than your sad sponge ever could.

    Before and after image of a shower door with hard water stains turned totally clean again

    The set includes three brush head attachments: a flat two-inch detail brush, a flat four-inch brush for large surfaces, and a rounded brush for corners.

    Promising review: "I let my tub get extra dirty on purpose because I knew this brush set was coming. In five minutes my tub was sparkling clean. This item is no joke. The flat brushes are awesome for big surfaces and the cone brush hits the hard to reach corners. I liked them so much I bought a set for my Mom." —Jason B.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in various brush stiffnesses).

    15. Dishwasher cleaning tablets so you can do the most adult thing I can think of and deep clean the thing that cleans your dishes. Good thing these tablets make giving your machine a deep internal clean as easy as...well...running the dishwasher.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I used it in my dishwasher. Had standing water on the bottom, dropped one tablet in the water. Put it on light wash cycle and at the end of the cycle, the water was gone! It thoroughly cleans and I have not had any other problems. I now use it regularly. I recommend this highly to keep your dishwasher clean and eliminate clogs from buildup. It was recommended to me by my super and after my positive experience I am happy to co-sign his recommendation." —cheapchicshopper

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $4.85.

    16. A pack of reusable Swiffer covers if you've been dismayed by the number of disposable mop covers you've gone through trying to scrub your floors into squeaky clean submission.

    A Swiffer mop with on of the gray reusable covers on it
    Saged Home / Etsy

    Saged Home is a Portland, Oregon-based Etsy shop run by Ariel Russel who creates reusable, zero waste cleaning solutions and home goods with a sleek minimalist aesthetic.

    Promising review: "The sweeper cloths exceeded expectations. Dare I say spring cleaning is fun? 🙂 Eco-friendly packaging even included a kind note. A great, but probably not last, purchase from this store." —wxmaggie

    Get it from Saged Home on Etsy for $16.50+ (available in packs of 6, 12, and 24 and in two colors).

    17. A fast-drying grout paint pen for help covering up those dingy stains living in your tile cracks. Think of it like one of those adult coloring books — fill in the lines and bask in your ~artistic~ sensibilities.


    Promising review: "I didn't know how bad the grout really was until I started using the pen to make it white again. After just one pass it looked like a different place. After two coats it looks like new grout. The only difficulty I encountered was the tip was just a little too wide so I got overlap onto the tiles that had to be wiped off while doing the job and I couldn't get right up to the walls because of the wide tip. I will order another pen with a smaller tip to clean up the edges. I am really pleased that in less than an hour I got such results. Don't know yet how long it will stay clean looking." —Raymond H Dean

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99 (available in additional colors).

    18. A nonscratch cooktop cleaning kit because you don't trust those mystery stains on your ceramic cooktop, and this kit has everything you need to take it from always vaguely greasy to ~glowing~.

    The full kit contains a 10-ounce bottle of the cooktop cleaning solution, one cleaning pad, a grip pad tool, and a scraper.

    Promising review: "Cerama Bryte was the brand my grandmother recommended using and grandmas are always right! The extra scrape-y tool is a lifesaver for tough splatters. The cleaner and scrubber themselves work wonderfully. After using this, our stove looks sparkling like new again!" —britt

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    19. A powerful mold and mildew stain cleaner to lift the most daunting grout and caulking stains without the back-breaking scrubbing. Just apply the concentrated gel formula, wait six to eight hours, and watch your stains (and your worries) wash down the drain.

    Promising review: "We moved into a new apartment and the mold was out of control and it was disgusting. We tried so many products to get it out until we found this one and decided to try it as we didn’t had anything to lose. I’m so happy we bought this! This is basically concentrated Clorox as a gel so it’s so much easier to apply than the liquid and it kind of stays in place. You just have to apply it, wait a few hours, and remove it (no scrubbing required). Just make sure your shower is dry when you apply it and you’ll be good to go. Definitely worth buying if you have the same problem and nothing has worked." —Chris

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    20. A lightweight carpet shampooer that'll lift years worth of caked-on stains from the last owner's pets so your pets have a fresh surface to wreak havoc on. Thankfully, this gizmo will also help keep your carpet clean without shelling out the big bucks for professional cleaners.

    Before: a reviewer's stained corner of carpet and After: no more stains in sight

    And it only weighs about 13 pounds — heavier-duty carpet cleaners usually weigh around 20 — so you won't feel completely exhausted by the time you're done with your living room.

    Promising review: "I run dog services, boarding, and daycare out of my home. My carpet sees high traffic regularly and potty accidents on occasion. Love this Hoover! Holy moly! It picks up an INCREDIBLE amount of deeply embedded debris, dirt, stains, and hair. The difference in how much cleaner my carpet is after using it is OUTSTANDING!! I regularly vacuum and spot clean with other carpet cleaners and couldn’t fathom the filth I was actually living in after using the Hoover. It’s easy to assemble and lightweight, too. You can’t deny the results when cleaning out the dirty water tank. Easily the best purchase I have made for my small business! Very impressive!" —Patty DeCarlo

    Get it from Amazon for $89.99 (originally $129.99).

    21. A wood polish so you can treat those very charming but very old built-in cabinets with a combination of beeswax and orange oil that conditions and protects wood while working its magic to hide dings and scratches.

    Promising review: "This product is a MIRACLE! I can't believe how well it worked. Seriously unbelievable. One application and my coffee table looks great again. EASY to use, nothing special required. While I was watching TV, I used an old cloth/rag and spread it on. As easy as that. Nothing else worked on my abused coffee table, this stuff did. I HIGHLY recommend this product." —Carol L. Hill

    Get it from Amazon for $13.25.

    22. An all-natural scour paste if you're looking to declutter your cleaning supplies and snag one multipurpose product that can remove questionable films, grime, and grease from a wide range of surfaces — tiles, ovens, baths, oh my!

    Humble Suds / Etsy

    Humble Suds is a Denver-based Etsy shop creating plant-based cleaning solutions that are safe, effective, and come in cute packaging (Bonus!).

    Promising review: "I’m truly impressed! I used it on white grout (gulp) and it worked beautifully! The fact that it’s all-natural is quite the bonus. Thanks!" —Gail Pritchard

    Get it from Humble Suds on Etsy for $14.95+ (available in two sizes).

    23. A pack of washing machine tablets for complete confidence that the hand-me-down washer that cleans your clothes is actually clean — with no scrubbing required! Just pop a tablet inside your empty washer and run through a cycle like normal for a shiny, deodorized washer drum.,

    Promising review: "I never bother to go back and write reviews, but I had to for this product. My washing machine was funky and that's the nicest description I can come up with. I popped one of these tablets in and set the wash to hot as directed. When it was done, like other reviewers, two different earrings that I've been missing, magically appeared in the washer. It was as though they had been previously stuck somewhere and freed during the cleaning. I ran the washer again just because the tablet wasn't fully dissolved after the first wash. Once done, the inside of my washer was sparkling and has not smelled funny since. This product is seriously amazing." —A. Forsythe

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $10.80.

    24. A pack of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers you can use virtually anywhere to make walls, tubs, windows, floors, and more look like new again. Now, that's a neat magic trick!


    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 $14.70.

    25. An all-purpose car cleaner that'll erase any trace that you lent your car out to the messiest person you know and leave every plastic, leather, rubber, carpet, and fabric nook and cranny squeaky-clean without the expensive trip to the detailer.

    This powerful formula comes with a cleaning cloth, too!

    Promising review: "I have used every product that you can find on the shelves of your local store. When I sprayed the cleaner on the light beige interior of a 25+ year-old car, the interior turned to its original color. After years of detailing, I had assumed at this point, the color was set and that's it, not with this stuff. While cleaning it I literally said out loud, 'No way, no way,' because I was in disbelief at how amazing it worked, and the results are in the compliments I receive from friends." —Andrea Garcia

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    26. A gutter scoop so you can spare your hands from the terrifying sludge fest left behind in the gutters and get all those dead leaves and mud out of there without, ya know, actually touching it.

    Reviewer using the red scoop to remove leaves from their gutter

    Promising review: "Not sure why it took me so long to find this item. After years of scraping out packed silt in the bottom of my gutters, I saw this and ordered it. I was a little unsure if I could use it on my smaller than standard size four-inch gutters, but if anything the smaller size lets this thing fit even tighter and scoop out more efficiently. (I do have to lift it over the gutter junctions but that's fine.)" —W. Steward

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    27. And a sweet-smelling fabric freshener if the mess you're inheriting is your pet's love of rubbing their wet fur smell all over every throw blanket in the house. Give it a spritz, enjoy the fresh scent, and maybe find a better hiding spot for your favorite Netflix binge blanket.

    Sivi Tidy Co.

    Sivi Tidy Co. is a Jacksonville, Florida-based, Black woman-owned small cleaning company offering vegan cleaning products and services. They also allocate a percentage of every purchase and/or service booked to charity!

    Promising review: "OK so I keep this in my spare bedroom and kids' toy room to freshen up and it's legit the best smelling stuff ever. I make my bed in the a.m., spray this in the air, and boom — it leaves my room smelling so beautiful!!!" —Jessica a

    Get it from Sivi Tidy Co. for $8+ (available three sizes).

    The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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