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    Updated on Jul 10, 2020. Posted on Jun 28, 2020

    31 Cleaning Products For Anyone Who Feels So Overwhelmed They Don't Know Where To Start

    Take a deep breath and tackle it one room at a time.

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    We've all been there — every now and then you look up from your laptop and realize your whole space is a mess and a half.

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    If you feel like you don't even know where to start, you can make it way more manageable by breaking it down!

    Let's go from room to room and tackle this messy lil' adventure together. First things first — here's what you need to tackle the kitchen.

    1. A set of dishwasher cleaning tablets you can pop into a cycle with your dirty dishes to wipe out all the extra grime and that funky smell, all without ever having to touch a sponge or any other kind of cleaning utensil.

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    Promising review: "We have very hard water in this area, and though my dishwasher is supposed to be self-cleaning when you use the right detergent (which I have been), it's been getting gunkier and gunkier and a couple of months ago the rinse aid dispenser stopped filling properly. When I looked that up, the online advice said that can happen if it gets too dirty and gave advice on running the dishwasher with vinegar and other tricks. But I saw this and, being pleased with Affresh's machine cleaners I'd used on my clothes washer, decided to try it. It worked AMAZINGLY, in ONE try. My rinse aid dispenser immediately started working good as new again, and my dishwasher is the cleanest it's been since we got it! Love it!" —Mouriana

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    2. A fume-free oven cleaner that will loosen up all those stains overnight — plus it's gentle enough that you don't need protective gloves to use it, but tough enough that it'll erase the evidence of all your baking misadventures and that time you fell asleep while cooking pizza rolls.

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    Promising review: "Oh man, this stuff is awesome! I sprayed and left it on overnight. I had no idea what to expect. I took a paper towel and started wiping out the oven. The grime just melted away. It was awesome! I am VERY pleased!" —Ksgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

    3. A set of Bottle Bright tablets so you can tackle all the sludge caked on your automatic kettle, coffee maker, or favorite ceramic mugs.

    A before shot of a stained travel mug, a during shot of it with bubbles, and an after shot of the same mug shiny and stain-free
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    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. 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 that 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 a set of six from Amazon for $8.

    4. An "Angry Mama" microwave cleaner that uses vinegar and water to blow hot steam into your microwave oven and loosen up all the old food and stains in a mere seven minutes.

    A figurine shaped like an angry person with steam vents coming out of its head
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    Promising review: "This product is so amazing, I'm going to get one for all of my children. I am a teacher, and I let my students use my microwave. Usually it takes me half an hour of scrubbing after 31 students have made popcorn, and heated up lunches. This time I used the product, and I literally spent less than one minute just wiping down the microwave!!! I will now keep one in my classroom, and one at my home. A miracle product that actually does what it says, remarkable!!!" —Desiree Barlow

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    5. A foaming garbage disposal cleaner you can plop into your sink, run a little water on, and let its blue magic fizz its way up to the top while clearing out all the gunk from your culinary adventures in one go.

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    Promising review: "These are amazing! I was skeptical at first but I followed the directions (which are super easy) and was grossed out and satisfied at the same time to see the gunk that was removed. You put the entire packet down your disposal (I read that twice too) and magic happens in under two minutes! That is what I call powerful and successful cleaning! The scent is super clean and light with a hint of lemon. These will definitely be a cleaning staple for me." —KPITT

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $7.29.

    6. A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend soft cleansing liquid and scouring cloth to quickly take care of even long-term, caked-on stains on everything from steel appliances to pans to stove tops to sinks — *without* scratching surfaces.

    A BuzzFeed editor's stove with burnt remnants caked on it and an after picture of the same stove with all the stains gone
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    Psst — people also mention using this on their showers, tubs, and bathroom sinks!

    Promising review: "As of late, my 7-year-old Le Creuset has been looking anything but appetizing. It had a lot of black stains from constant use, and I've never been able to find anything to get rid of them. However, BKF managed to make it look like new! And the scrubbing pad worked like a charm." —Carrie M.

    Read BuzzFeed's full review of Bar Keeper's original formula and the soft cleansing liquid for more deets!

    Get a bottle + a scouring sponge from Amazon for $17.99.

    7. A glass and ceramic cookware cleanup kit that comes with heavy-duty scrubber, a razor blade, *and* a cleaner specifically designed to get at those caked-on stains, so you can knock it all off in a few minutes and get your Ina Garten game face on in peace.

    A smooth top stove with stains and deposits and an "after" pic of it without any stains
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    Promising review: "I’d almost given up on trying to clean up my flat-top stove, but this product has given me hope again. It’s super easy and fast. You just scrape off things first, than apply the liquid, buff it with the scrub they give you, and wipe/scrape clean. It took less than 10 minutes and looked great! I recommend using this regularly on the stove." —Shopper

    Get it from Amazon for $11.48.

    8. A set of stainless-steel cleaner and polish wipes to give all your impossible-to-clean kitchen appliances that brand-new, streak-free kind of gleam, from the fridge to the stove to the dishwasher.

    A "before" image of a streaked stainless steel fridge and an after image of it without streaks
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    Promising review: "I have looked and tried many products made for stainless steel and they have all left streaks. This product doesn't leave any streaks and the stainless looks brand new! No greasy look or feel. Provides a nice shine." —amused

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $23.99.

    9. A multi-surface scrub cleaner you can use to scour your kitchen counters, sink, *and* tub, and leave them smelling so fresh you might just start hanging out in the kitchen for the heck of it.

    A jar of lavender scented multisurface scrub cleaner
    PURHome

    PUR Home is a Black woman-owned, eco-friendly household product company that launched in 2017, emphasizing transparency in the ingredients both in its products and packaging,

    Promising review: "Everything just sparkles after I use this scour powder. This powder plus a little water and my bathroom and kitchen are spotless and shiny. I also love that I don't have to work really hard to get things clean, the product is great at breaking down dirt, grease, and oil." —Shanae

    Get it from PUR Home for $9.99 (available in five scents).

    10. Plus a set of three adorable, machine-washable Swedish dish cloths that are super absorbent and designed with a cross-hatch pattern for easier scrubbing. Each one of these can replace over a DOZEN paper towel rolls. The Brawny paper towel man is shaking.

    A lemon-printed Swedish dish cloth
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    Promising review: "I originally picked these up to use in lieu of nasty, nasty dishrags that invoke my inner THIS IS NOT CLEAN demon. Since then, I have used them for everything from cleaning the kitchen to wiping up spills. After use, just toss in the wash and they are ready to go again. They are the perfect size and do an excellent job on every task to which I have applied them. They come in a variety of fun prints and I have yet to wear one out. Paper towel usage has taken a real nosedive, which is a good thing given its relative scarcity at present." —sandra simpson-kraft

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $14.51 (available in 12 prints).

    Now let's tackle the bathrooms and laundry areas, y'all.

    11. A set of brush and flush toilet tabs made with baking soda that'll fizz up in your toilet for 10 minutes and make it super easy for you to brush away the gunk.

    Lemon verbena-scented toilet tabs
    PARDO Naturals

    PARDO Naturals is a Black-owned business established in 2014 that is committed to creating toxin-free products for home, cleaning, and pets, with an owner who specializes in sensitive skin issues and can customize your order based on your skin care needs or potential allergies.

    Get a set of six tabs from PARDO Naturals for $8.99.

    12. A pumice stone that will instantly make the inside of your toilet look brand-spanking-new, even if the rings have already thwarted your efforts with the toilet brush.

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    Promising review: "I had stubborn stains on my toilet bowl that wouldn't come out with toilet bowl cleaner, the toilet bowl brush, bleach, or anything else I tried. The stains were stuck for months but the pumice was able to remove it instantly. The pumice did not scratch the bowl at all." —Margaret D.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    13. A power scrubber brush you can attach to a DRILL (!!) that basically does all of the hard grime-busting on shower doors and bathroom floors before you can break a sweat.

    A scrubber attached to a drill next to a shower door, half of which is foggy from stains, the other half of which was cleaned by the drill and is totally transparent
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    Promising review: "These brushes are freaking fantastic. I tried them on a portion of my shower and bathroom floor tiles and grout. I immediately had to do the rest because it made the cleaner sections look dirty. I also tried it on the side of my fridge that is next to my stove top. It did a pretty good job there as well at removing grease and stains. The only downside is that it made me enjoy cleaning!" —Eric T. Ma

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors).

    14. A bottle of Goo Gone for instantly banishing all those mysterious gooey, sticky, tough-to-scrub stains, like toothpaste and shampoo residue.

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    People also swear by this for removing annoying stickers from new products in their kitchens and bathrooms, too!

    Promising review: "I have been using Goo Gone since it was first introduced and every year I find new uses for it. I keep a large bottle in the garage for cleaning tools and removing adhesives, and nothing works better. I've only recently started using it as an all-purpose kitchen cleaner, and it has taken over most of my kitchen and bathroom jobs. Newest use — quickly and easily cuts through the soapy residue left behind in the bathroom sink and shower." —24karats

    Get it from Amazon for $7.87.

    15. A mold and mildew removal gel you can leave on the offending spots for six hours, then wipe away like nothing nefarious ever grew there in the first place.

    A moldy corner of a bathroom and an after pic with the mold all gone
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    Promising review: "Wow! After YEARS of elbow grease and zero results, I tried this stuff before giving up and stripping the old caulking from the top of my shower. I’m so glad that I did, too! I mean, look at these results! Granted, it was on for about eight hours instead of six because I forgot about it, but the black mold/mildew just rinsed away — no scrubbing at all! STOKED! Super easy to use, too!" —Nice marmot!

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    16. A drain snake you can funnel into your shower drain that honestly works a little *too* well at unclogging hair, pulling it up in one fast (and semi-horrifying) go.

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    Promising review: "I’m so excited to finally have a bathroom sink that drains!! Since moving into my apartment, my bathroom sink and bathtub took forever to drain. I bought multiple de-clogging solutions but they didn’t assist or help much with the problem. When my bathtub was taking over an hour to drain I decided it was time to try these out! After receiving it I went to work, within minutes it pulled out so much hair in both drains. It’s disturbing/disgusting yet weirdly satisfying because now my sinks drain!!" —DebSD

    Get a set of three from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. A bottle of jetted tub cleaner so easy to use that literally all you have to do is run your bath water, pour in the cleaner, and run your jets.

    A jetted tub with hard water stains full of water and soap and an after pic of the hard water stains gone from the tub
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    Promising review: "OK I was considering just closing off the jets in my tub because I never could get the 'gunk' out. It had never been cleaned before really from the inside. This stuff is AWESOME. I did two runs — since I'd never done it before. The first run really did it — the second got just a little more out but wow. So impressed! I can use my jets again!" —Angela B

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    18. A heavy duty grout cleaner you only need to let sit for 10 minutes before you slide the dirt and grime in all those sneaky crevices like it's your superpower.

    A tiled floor with dirty grouts and an after pic of the grouts completely white
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    Promising review: "I never leave reviews on Amazon but this grout cleaner definitely deserved a review. I tried three other cleaners before buying Grout-eez and they did nothing but waste my time and money. Grout-eez got my grout perfectly clean in no time, plus it was easy to use and no odor. I'll never use another grout cleaner." —Tyler

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    19. A set of washing machine cleaning tablets that'll tackle that weird mold + mildew smell in one cycle. Your laundry will come out so fresh that you'll hold your nose up to it like you're auditioning to play "Human In Scented Detergent Commercial."

    A model putting a tablet in the washing machine
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have been using bleach to clean my machine for some time, but decided to give this a try a few months ago. My very first clean with Affresh left me surprised and delighted for not only did it clean my machine, it eliminated the nasty smell that always transferred to my clothes thanks to a build up of mold I didn't even know about. Every month now, I toss a tablet into the drum and let it work its magic. Now, my machine is cleaner than ever, and my clothes always smell wonderfully fresh. I highly recommend this to everyone." —Kelli Crawford

    Get a set of six tablets from Amazon for $11.98.

    20. A hard-water stain remover to spare you hours of fruitless scrubbing (and spare your poor eyeballs the cringe of seeing a stain massacre every time you open your shower curtain).

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    It also works on shower doors, windshields, toilets, and tile, so you can get a ton of bang for your buck.

    Promising review: "Had hard water stains on my large glass window in my huge walk-in shower. I tried everything out there for several months. Nothing even touched it. Honestly, we purchased this and laughed at how we were wasting more money. Wow!! It took the stains right off. And it did it fast. We couldn't believe it. I have never been so happy over a cleaner. It doesn't even have a strong smell. I hardly ever write reviews but I had to on this one. One of the girls at work was having the same issue. I let her try it out and it worked for her. And it doesn't take much. I cleaned my entire window and didn't even go past the skinny part on the neck of the bottle." —LORIE LARANCE

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Next up are the bedrooms and the living room!

    21. A broom for pet and human hair that can work on any type of floor, but is specifically designed to pull it up from the carpet faster and deeper than even a lot of vacuums can reach. Time to find out what color your carpet's *actually* been the whole time!

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    An embarrassing confession: I do not have a pet, but I shed like nobody's business. My hair gets so ingrained in the carpet that a vacuum truly does nothing for it, so I often was just unrooting clumps of hair from the floor with my hands (sorry for the visual). I bought this broom and it immediately started pulling it up GOBS of hair. My carpet like, genuinely changed color (turns out the pink was supposed to be much pinker, whoops). Anyway, do with that semi-horrifying information what you will.

    Promising review: "I bought this broom two years ago and it is still going strong! I have four large breed dogs and we have fur — EVERYWHERE! This works so so good! I came back and purchased one for my neighbor and sent one to my favorite pet rescue down south. I am always amazed at what this picks up even after I just ran the vacuum. If you remove the head from the handle you can use the head to do in all the crevices along baseboards where fur gets trapped on the carpets. I also use it that way to do the carpet corners on the stairs. Lastly I use it to get dust and cobwebs off the floors and ceilings. It truly is a super tool." —Roseann

    Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    22. A pet urine stain-removing spray that instantly tackles both old and new stains *plus* the funky smell, so you can enjoy your Bath & Body Works candles without the vague top notes of cat pee.

    A model spraying the stain eliminator on a carpet
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I have six elderly cats, a few of which oftentimes leave smelly pee puddles to register their disdain at whatever cats get 'peed off' about. It's not a litter box problem and, although I've caught one or two of them doing it, I can't blame them all. This product works great on fresh messes as well as dried ones. After blotting up fresh pee pods, I saturate the area with Rocco & Rossi's odor remover and let dry. For dried stinky stuff, I just saturate the area and let it dry. It has a pleasant odor and completely eliminates the ammonia odor. Believe me, I've tried all kinds of products, and this one works the best. I buy gallons now just to have on hand. It's better than smelling that awful pee!" —mona mia

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    23. A fast-acting carpet spot-removing spray to take care of those miscellaneous stains from a previous tenant or that not-so-miscellaneous time you spilled half of the red sauce from your leftover noodles facedown on the floor.

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    Promising review: "WOW! A must-have for any home. My carpet had some mystery stains that other stain remover products could not budge. I had resigned myself to never having them any better, until I found this product. It was very easy, spray it on, then put a paper towel on top and it disappears. Seriously! There were a couple that I had to go back for a second time, but after having lived with these carpet blemishes for years... I was more than happy. I even used it on a cushion, you don't have to worry about harmful chemicals. You also get a lot of cleaner for your money, I was surprised at how big the bottle was, and you do not need to use lots when you apply, so this will last a very long time." —Malm

    Get it from Amazon for $11.94.

    24. A carpet and upholstery cleaner with a fabric-safe brush attached to quickly rub all those old mystery stains out of your couches, chairs, and carpets.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE this Woolite carpet stain remover with its rubbing brush. We stayed for some weeks at dear friend’s home while we were waiting to move and they were out of town. Their cat had done some nasty things in their rooms. We thought we’d show some of our appreciation by cleaning some of these spots off their light gray carpeting. IT WORKED! THEY NOTICED! THEY LOVED IT! I don’t know about the cat. So we bought this house with white carpets. Who puts in white carpets?? Anyways, we have white carpets. So I bought these Woolite cans and know they will be used and will do a great job." —Sany123

    Get it from Amazon for $14.90.

    25. A red wine stain-removing spray to pick up both old and new red wine stains from carpets, couches, towels, and fabrics in a matter of minutes, so now even your white duvet is safe from your cabernet's clutches.

    A before image of a red wine-stained plush blanket and an after with the wine stain completely gone
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    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. We didn't need the five bottles, but someone did spill red wine on our brand new white couch. I was so mad, but I used this stuff and it was GONE. Not just took 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 $7.94.

    26. A lightweight vacuum that's a heavy-hitter when it comes to quick cleaning — this sucker is designed to get into nooks and crannies, and equipped with three nozzles so you can use it to tackle all those hard-to-reach spots under furniture, in corners, and on stairways.

    A model holding the vacuum by one of its handles
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    Plus, it's designed to work on everything from carpets to shag rugs to hardwood floors, so you can use it in every room.

    Promising review: "I can’t imagine rating this vacuum at less than 5 stars, especially considering the price point. Not sure why it is so affordable, but I’m glad it is. At first glance it does not look particularly fancy or high tech, but this thing absolutely works. The suction is impressive, the unit is lightweight and stores the attachments compactly, and the settings are easy to use. I honestly can’t believe how much it picked up from my carpets. It was also effective for the pet hair on my couches. Noise output is average, cord length seems reasonable — perhaps the hose could be longer for cleaning surfaces overhead, but not a huge concern for me. Overall I could not be more pleased with a product that actually does its job." — goodbatch

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

    27. Plus a carpet cleaning solution that will dig in so deep your carpets will look like they're in a model home.

    A reviewer image of a strip of carpet they just used the solution on, which is noticeably brighter and cleaner than the surrounding carpet
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    Promising review: "After reading the reviews I thought I could at least try it, and holy smokes, this is a miracle cleaner!!! I think I have tried every cleaner on the market for pet stains and nothing ever really works on my carpets. Even if I get it off the top, it somehow comes back up. My crazy dogs hate the rain and they have one spot that they always go on when they decide they are not going outside. I have cleaned the spot probably 100 times. I cleaned this area one time with this cleaner and my spot steam cleaner and it is completely gone! The stain and smell are 100% gone, not just covered up like before, completely and absolutely gone. Miracle cleaner for sure!" —PLLane

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    And now that the rooms are spick and span, let's tackle the windows and hard-to-reach messes.

    28. A vinegar-based, streak-free glass and window cleaner so the sunlight can stream into your space without a bunch of weird mystery smudges and streaks.

    A person cleaning a window with the cleaner
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I am amazed! I honestly didn't think a 'natural' glass cleaner would work this well but I was tired of being terrified by the chemicals in my Windex so I decided to give it a go. Totally pleased to say this product cleaned my mirrors and windows with zero streaking (dare I say it worked BETTER than Windex?!). It has very light, pleasant aroma and even after wiping down all the glass in my kitchen and bathrooms, I didn't have a sneezing fit like I often do after spraying cleaners. Will definitely purchase again." —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $8.49.

    29. Plus a set of reusable, streak-free microfiber cloths to tackle windows and other glass surfaces with. (Bonus — these can also clean glass surfaces with *just* water.)

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I just received my package of cleaning cloths and promptly opened them and got to cleaning. They cleaned off water spots and smudges off bathroom fixtures and cleaned off the mirror with JUST water. NO streaks, NO lint, everything dried beautifully. I just rinsed the cloth and hung it to dry and it was completely dry the next morning. The only thing better would be having someone else use them for me because I am a lazy human." —Emringer

    Get an eight-pack for $16.99 (available in seven different color combos).

    30. A squishy universal dust cleaner that will get into all your space's nooks and crannies, like keyboards and AC units and the vents in the back of your printer. Take that, dust.

    A gel molded into the shape of the keyboard to pick up dust on it
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I was skeptical at first. Was afraid my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! The opposite, it cleaned it as good as new. Got all those dog hairs between the keys! No smell lingering on keyboard or my hands. No sign I even used it except a clean keyboard. Kind of fun to play with. Squeeze it between your fingers! LOL. My next task for it will be those dust return air vents on our heating system and use it on my dusty window blinds. This stuff works and I highly recommend!" —Billy

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    31. A super effective extendable feather duster to reach all the leftover weird spaces, like the ceiling fan or your window blinds.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "This has changed my life. I can now reach to clean my ceiling fans anytime without needing a step ladder. The pole has multiple points of adjustment and the end tilts and locks in every imaginable position. The duster itself is nice quality, picks up dust easily and shakes it off just as easily to clean before storing. I also love that it detached completely to replace other handheld dusters. I no longer worry about dust bunnies falling onto my bed, this one grabs it all!" —MSD

    Get it from Amazon for $17.99.

    And a bonus, for all you overachievers out there: an all-purpose car upholstery cleaner so you can go to town on the interior of your car and lift up all the stains in one deeply satisfying go.

    A before pic of a stained, grimy cloth car interior and and after pic of it without stains on it anymore
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    Promising review: "I have tried many many different sprays, wipes and concentrates for cleaning vehicle interiors. This is my personal favorite. I love how it penetrates even the most hard stuck-on dirt and makes it easy to wipe up. After a few days with my windows open I noticed that unlike other detail sprays this one dries completely matte and leaves no sticky residue behind. Everyone can appreciate that. The only downside I can think of is that I didn't order enough. I highly recommend this product and look forward to many gallons more. It's well worth the money spent. Work smarter, not harder. This is the ticket." —Mom of 2

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    You once the mess is finally taken care of and your space is all sparkly and clean:

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