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    32 Cleaning Products With Before-And-After Photos That Just May Convince The Dirtiest Person To Actually Clean

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    1. Stain-lifting pads made to tackle icky pet stains. You love 'em but you don't have to live with their stains. Here's to avoiding renting a carpet cleaner to deal with accidents.

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    Promising review: "Our poor older pup started having some incontinence issues and had several accidents in the house. I was really frustrated until I found these. They work amazingly well. They're small, so if the area was larger I had to use two or three, but they pulled up stains and saved the house from being smelly. I even used one on an older stain (that I'm pretty sure wasn't pet related) and it came up after leaving it on for about 24 hours. I make sure to keep a supply of these in the house at all times now." —MC

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.99.

    2. A jetted tub cleaner you simply run through in a bath cycle and just watch the filth EMERGE from the pipes. Then you simply wipe it away! It'll be equally horrifying and satisfying. Worth it.

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    You run your bath, add the cleaner, watch the gunk emerge, drain your bath, and then clean off the gunk!

    Promising review: "It's disgusting to see what comes out of your jets when you use this product. I can't believe we bathed in this! I've run bleach and dish detergent through my jets before, and that combination never cleaned with this efficiency. I highly recommended this product." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    3. Water bottle-cleaning tablets to make sure everyone's go-to container actually gets cleaned and LOOKS it. No more actually-clean drink containers discarded because of their lackluster looks.

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    Promising review: "I wasn't sure if this was a gimmick or not. Turns out it works really well. I have four metal thermos-like containers that are used to keep tea warm every day. Over time, the tea stained the insides and was very difficult to remove. I added one of these tablets to the container, filled it with hot water, and let it sit for a few hours. When I came back to rinse it out, I was literally amazed at how clean it was. I think it looked cleaner than when they were new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!" —Robert A Moreno II

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    4. A wood polish and conditioner with so many amazing reviewer pics that even though covering up dings and scratches isn't *technically* cleaning, you'll let it slide with your revived wood surfaces!

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    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places. We also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were. Several other areas were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magical eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. I'm buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    5. A pumice stone that'll scrub away hard water marks and you should most definitely label as "TOILET" so people don't use it on their feet(!!!!).

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    Promising review: "We rented a home and the toilets were disgusting. Someone suggested a pumice stone and let me tell you it was amazing!! The picture is after just five minutes with the stone. I tried bleach, every toilet bowl cleaner available, and countless hours of scrubbing to no avail...but this stone worked instantly! I will be buying several more!! The stone does dissolve when scrubbing so you need a couple. I was able to do almost two toilets completely that looked awful with one stone!!" —CristaCross

    Get it from Amazon for $10.10.

    6. And in case the situation is a bit more dire, a toilet wand cleaning system with removable heads so you'll stop regretting your decision to potty train your cats.

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    Includes a wand, storage caddy, and six disinfecting wand head refills.

    Promising review: "So, we have a toilet that belongs to the cats. We don't use it, we don't look at it, we like to pretend it does not exist. Even with semi-regular flushing, cat waste is pretty nasty stuff and built up quickly in the bowl. One of these wands cleaned it up in a single session! Before and after pic attached." —Whitney

    Get it from Amazon for $8.12.

    7. An ultrasonic jewelry cleaner to scrub away dirt and debris from a cloudy wedding band or smudged glasses with *just* the power of water while you go about your day doing the things you do.

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    Promising review: "I ordered this product based on the great reviews and I was not disappointed. My center stone is a white sapphire and gets dirty extremely quickly. I've tried different cleaners and even taking it to mall jewelers, but they could never get it as clean as the jeweler we bought it from (that's over an hour and a half away). Because of this, my ring would get so dirty to the point of not even wanting to show it off. This little guy with some Blitz Gem and Jewelry Cleaner made a HUGE difference. I ran it a handful of times because of how dirty it was and can't believe how shiny it is now. Very pleased with this purchase!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $24.96.

    8. And a cleaning pen that'll *gently* revive the look of your jewels that you DIDN'T EVEN REALIZE have grown cloudy over time. Don't worry, it's made with micro-fine cleansers, polishing agents, and a polymer for a pro-level shine at the price of your morning coffee order.

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    Promising review: "I worked several years in a fine jewelry store that sold this product. We used the Dazzle Stick from time to time to add a quick shine to merchandise that was just tried on and on days our jeweler was not there to professionally clean items. I was always impressed with the instant shine the diamond stick provided. The brush tip is very helpful for getting under the stones and in the setting where gunk builds up reducing that brilliant shine. I recently got engaged and immediately purchased a Diamond Dazzle stick of my own. It's the perfect way to quickly give my ring some shine before leaving the house. You simply brush, rinse, dry and go. I don't feel this product replaces the need to professionally clean your jewelry every now and then, but it does help with the maintenance of that new shiny sparkle." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    Check out our full review of Diamond Dazzle Stick here!

    9. An ink remover that'll erase all sorts of pen accidents and transform hand-me-downs that've been etched with Sharpie pens. I'm not joking.

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    Promising review: "Amodex took ink out of my expensive scrubs. A pen leaked in my pocket and made a thick glob of ink stain on the scrub jacket and a little on the pants. After using the Amodex and washing in cold water, there is no evidence of a stain and the fabric looks exactly how it looked before the stain. There was no damage or discoloration of the fabric. Thank you, Amodex. This product just saved me the $75 that it would have cost to replace the scrubs." —Michelle hammer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.89.

    10. A targeted cleaner that has a commercial-strength formula to cut through the mess to annihilate tough soap scum on shower doors, tub bottoms, sinks, whatever.

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    Promising review: "Sharing our nasty before picture so you can really see the difference! Our tub/shower has a grippy bottom and scum and dirt cakes on there so easily. The only way I've been able to get it off before was literally scraping it inch by inch, I've spent hours and all it ever got was somewhat clean - never enough for me to want to take a real bath in it. This stuff is expensive but with the good reviews I decided to try it, it works amazingly!! I sprayed it on (it came with a great spray nozzle and a lid) and left it for about 15–20 minutes. Then I took a brush with hard plastic bristles (I believe a soft brush would have even worked) and with less than 20 minutes of scrubbing the entire tub and walls it was cleaner than when we moved in. The grime and scum almost like melted off. It smells pleasant, it's not crazy strong smelling but in an enclosed space I still felt the need to wear a mask while cleaning." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.88.

    11. A ~powerful~ shoe cleaner that'll turn back time on those kicks your kid swears could use replacing. Sry Jr.

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    Promising review: "I have had my Nike Roshe runs for about a year now, and I don't go easy on them. I play sports and run in the dirt with them all the time, but I also like to wear them for fashion purposes. Pink Miracle helped restore my daily shoes to look like I just bought them — now I can wear them for even longer. Very pleased with Pink Miracle, I will buy it again when I run out of my bottle." —Romario

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    12. A rust-removing spray to work like a magic trick in neglected showers, minus the elbow grease. Spray it on a rusted surround, leave the room, and come back to diminished stains you can easily wipe away.

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    Promising review: "Seeing is believing. I posted before and after pictures of our bathtub. It was gross and orange rust stained. Not even Mr. Clean Magic Erasers touched the rust stains. But now it's shiny and looks brand new. I sprayed it on (yes, it's more of a liquid than a gel but it still works). I came back an hour later and wiped it off. No elbow grease needed. Majority of the rust was gone, only thing left was soap scum and that easily wiped away. I'll be buying this stuff again!" —NMP

    Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

    13. An affordable hand vac that'll make cleaning up discarded fluff from your furniture NBD. Seriously, walking around like an animal fur hedgehog out of laziness is no way to live.

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    Promising review: "Holy crap!! Are you skeptical when it comes to buying stuff online? ME TOO! That's why I figured all of these rave reviews were a crock of crap. I've seriously bought every kind of vacuum out there. But I have four cats and a Golden Retriever, so I was getting desperate! I believe the saying is… a picture is worth a thousand words. Check mine out! Of note, the 'before' picture was taken of my dog's bed AFTER it went through the washer and dryer. Look at all of that left behind hair!!! And the 'after' picture was taken after only THREE MINUTES spent vacuuming her bed. I. Am. SOLD! BTW, I've NEVER taken the time to review a product before, just FYI." —Luka Chan

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99.

    14. AND a scratchy lil' tool for FINALLY getting all the pet hair off your fabric surfaces both inside your house and car. You'll wonder how you lived without up until now.

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    Promising review: "This this is like magic. Our van was nasty and covered with hair from a German and Australian Shepherd. Looked brand new after. Don’t think about just buy it. It will blow your mind." —Dan

    Get it from Amazon for $10.19.

    15. A wheel cleaner that'll undo the grunge of the road.

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    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, 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 $14.99.

    16. An ~intense~ grout cleaner – it can bring blackened grout back from the disgusting brink because you shouldn't want to wear shoes in the bathroom.

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    Promising review: "I never thought I'd be able to clean my grout out again without hiring someone professional to do it! But this cleaner did the wonder!!! I used it with my steam cleaner and here's the before and after pictures! I did dry brush it before I used the steam cleaner and I saw all the dirt getting out! It really works! It was hard work though, if I ever get a bigger house I might just hire someone to do it." —Chen

    Get it from Amazon for $10.98.

    17. A drill brush cleaning kit you can attach to your drill/driver for an informercial-like cleaning sesh that'll have you seeking out all the dirty surfaces you've been ignoring. This'll handle all the elbow grease.

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    Includes three brushes that'll attached to a standard handheld drill.

    Promising review: "I’m in love with this. I manage many apartment properties and finding people to do the cleaning has been tricky business, so I end up having to get in and clean these horrendous filth pods tenants lived in and left me to deal with when they move out. The ovens and stove tops are usually the worst, and I absolutely hate cleaning. I came across this drill attachment set, and let me tell you, it helped me tremendously! I still had to get in with a putty knife on some of them but it really cut down my elbow-grease time. If it wasn’t for this drill attachment, I think my arms would have just fallen off trying to clean it as good as I did! My only con would be that it doesn’t have any extension of any sort, so I really had my drill all up in that oven, but well worth it." —alicia haats

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in five color combos).

    18. A holy grail soft cleanser to help you *easily* erase all those gray and rusty stains on household surfaces you came to term with years ago. They aren't paying rent, so give 'em the boot!

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    FYI, this is the pre-mixed version (which saves you a bit of time). But you can also try the original powder version. To understand just *how* versatile this product is, check out our review of Bar Keepers Friend and prepare to be amazed!

    Promising review: "I’m now a permanent customer. I’ve used CLR, Clorox bowl cleaners, and others but this is my favorite. I used a small broom to clean my tubs and tile (as I usually do) even though instructions said to use a sponge; it dried my hands pretty bad (please use gloves). So I used the broom instead and it worked pretty well. I would recommend. I even tried it on my stove and it worked like a charm." —Itzel A.

    Get two 13 oz. bottles from Amazon for $9.15.

    19. A makeup brush cleanser because you and I both know you're not washing your beauty tools as frequently as you should. (Same.)

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    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." —Kryssy

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    20. A container of silver-polishing wipes that may just convince you to take out those heirloom pieces you're ignoring out of fear of suffering a scrubbing-induced elbow injury.

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    Package includes 20 saturated wipes that measure at 5.5” x 7.9” each.

    Promising review: "It was so satisfying to watch the tarnish wipe right off! I'm no silver snob/don't know a lot about taking care of it, so I'm not sure if this product is the best for your high-end silver, but for me it definitely does the trick! It took me three to four wipes for the pitcher and two for each the cream and sugar bowls. It looks like I probably used a third of the container. (Though the wipes were still very saturated, they had so much black/tarnish I would start a new rag. I'm not sure if it's recommended to just keep using it even when it gets all ruddy?) So this might not be the most reasonable option if you have a large amount of silver." —Lauren

    Get a container of 20 wipes from Amazon for $8.09.

    21. A leather refinisher in a range of colors so you can revive your favorite spot on the couch that's taken the brunt of your story-watching and Lazy Sunday–lounging.

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    FYI, you can feel OK about using this because it's non-toxic and won't rub off on your clothing!

    Promising review: "I have always been skeptical about products actually taking care of worn leather. It always seemed like a hoax. Well, it’s not! I was ready to throw out my double recliner leather couch when in one last ditch effort I looked online for a remedy. I bought this product, and it’s the most amazing stuff in the world! I highly highly highly recommend it!" —Cynthia Filip

    Get it from Amazon for $14.55 (available in 29 colors).

    22. A mold and mildew remover that'll work its magic on gross grout stains while you kick back and catch up on your stories.

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    I am literally describing my life. Yep, it even works on pesky pink grout stains! My mom turned me onto this stuff in college and I've used it since.

    Promising review: "Nothing removes mold and mildew from my shower like Tilex. I'm not the best Suzy Homemaker, so my shower can get kinda gross looking. I used the Tilex and my shower was noticeably cleaner after just soaking in the spray for a few minutes. I then scrubbed a bit and even better! Now to get a smaller brush so that I can scrub the bottom better." —Mteren

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.91.

    23. A shoe shine kit that just may make you have to make those trips to your local shoe repair a little less frequent. You don't have to break up but there's def gonna be a break.

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    The kit comes with two tins of black polish, a shine brush, a dauber, and a cloth.

    Promising review: "KIWI is my favorite brand for shoe care items. From shining actual military boots to polishing my dress shoes, I haven't found a better quality shoe shine. This pack is extremely useful for those who are new to polishing shoes themselves since it comes with everything a beginner really needs to learn. Remember that these are new horsehair bushes, so you may lose a few hairs the first time you use the dauber." —Lord McFatty

    Get it from Amazon for $14.22.

    24. A legit stain remover to help remove those mud stains (and basically any other kind of stain) from your kid's shirt without harmful scrubbing.

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    Promising review: "And I love this stuff!! I will continue to buy this because of the stains it removed! I followed the instructions and scrubbed the spot treatment in with a wet wash cloth and as soon as it came out of the dryer the stain was completely GONE!" —Bethany

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $11.30.

    25. Or an all-natural stain remover you'll feel OK about using in case you're trying to cut harsh chemicals out of your cleaning routine but still don't want to use elbow grease.

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    I use this stuff and it WORKS.

    Promising review: "Got rid of the gross food stains from my son’s Mickey chair! Check out the pics! You dip the stick in hot water, rub on stains, and rub the surface with a hot wet cloth. It’ll create a bit of lather. Then go over again a few times with the wet cloth to get all the soap out. You’ll need a bit of elbow grease but it works!" —kimmouse

    Get it from Amazon for $5.24.

    26. A steaming microwave cleaner for harnessing the power of anger to loosen up crud and dirt inside your microwave for wipeable messes. Time to say buh-bye to those leftovers that've been in there long enough to start getting a rent invoice.

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    Promising review: "It usually takes me 10 minutes of scrubbing to get my microwave clean each week. I filled to the line with vinegar and put her in for seven minutes. Once almost done I removed her and easily wiped the mess up in only a few minutes. I would buy again even if she didn't come with instructions. She does produce a vinegar smell so next time I will add lemon juice as others suggested." —Teli

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

    27. Detail brushes that, when paired with some powerful cleaners, you can use to bring your grout BACK to its original state. You forget it was white, didn't you?!

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    Promising review: "The bigger brush stayed together without fraying for my entire laundry room. I could do many more rooms with this brush- unlike a toothbrush! Buy them!" —Skylar

    Get them from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in two colors).

    28. A water mark removing cloth that could also do wonders on the nail polish remover you dribbled down your nightstand two years ago that's been a running "project for next weekend" for the past two years.

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    Promising review: "Worked wonders! I spilled nail polish remover on my nightstand. This worked like magic! Just rub lightly with the cloth." —JMac

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    29. Goo Gone – it can make all sorts of sticky messes you've resigned to living with disappear — including that old magnet that fused with your rental apartment's fridge (me) or stickers fused with garage door windows (my friend who just bought a house).

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    Seriously, a swipe of this stuff made the goo leftover from a magnet wipe away like magic. Of course after i'd ruined a manicure unsuccessfully scratching away at it.

    Promising review: "I used this on my JBL LSR4236P Studio Monitors and it worked very well. For some reason JBL decided to put some kind of weird adhesive on the front of these monitors, which caught every piece of cat hair and dust that touched it over the years. Used this with some paper towels and a little elbow grease and the adhesive came off quickly. The Picture I added: (Left) After Goo Gone (RIGHT) Before Goo Gone." —Andrew

    Get it from Amazon for $7.26.

    30. An all-purpose car cleaner that'll works its magic on upholstery, leather, and other car surfaces because sometimes it feels like you live in that vehicle and it SHOWS.

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    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." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    31. Magic Erasers to handle most of the elbow grease when you *do* have to scrub at a variety of stains ranging from weather-ravaged wood furniture to candle wax on walls to just regular old bathroom soap scum.

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    Promising review: "The sorcery is incredible! I'll just leave this here! I think it speaks for itself! It did what sandpaper nor a wire brush could do!" —C. Gaikoski

    Get a box of eight from Amazon for $7.97.

    32. And in case you need a lil' more power, a power washer can do the hard work in reviving outdoor hard surfaces like sidewalks, gates, patio furniture and more!

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    Note that you need to be careful on wood when using a pressure washer because it can be too intense and actually damaging!

    Promising review: "I love this washer. It competes with my 2200 PSI gas-powered pressure washer, which in fact I sold to keep this. But doesn't have the noisy gas engine or the heavy weight. Easy to move around lightweight and has great power. Very quiet. I love all the attachments and the different stream types. The soap dispenser works well. I'm cleaning everything, my deck, my house, the garage doors, the concrete slab. It takes off all the dirt and mold from the old concrete stairs and sidewalk." —Tim S.

    Get it from Amazon for $149.

    Make your life even tidier. Check out the best all-natural cleaning products for your home, the best bathroom cleaning products, organization products perfect for neat freaks, and, of course, our ultimate guide to cleaning every single room in your house.

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