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    33 Cleaning Products That'll Make Annoying Messes More Manageable

    Bissell Stomp & Go Cleaning pads, squeegee brooms, and more products that'll come to the rescue when it's time to clean.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Some may have been sent as samples, but all opinions and reviews are our own. 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 Wet & Forget shower cleaner that (gasp) you can literally leave and clean later. Instead of bending over a tub and scrubbing for eternity, all you have to do is apply it to the grimy area, go do something more enjoyable, and rinse it away the next day.

    on left: before picture of dirty tub interior with dirt stains near the drain and walls
    on right: after picture of same tub with barely any stains after using the Wet & Forget treatment

    Promising review: "I have been having shower draining issues so there was a build up of soap scum in my shower. I have a very weak stomach and cleaning the shower makes me physically ill. I have tried several products that have claimed to be no scrub/wipe but this has been the only one that has worked. I sprayed it after my shower and left it to sit until the next night. Found that A LOT of the grime had disappeared. Now, was it perfect? No. But I think with consistent use it will get there. Highly recommend this product." —KZ

    Get a 64-ounce bottle from Amazon for $19.74.

    2. An all-natural multi-purpose spray because cleaning your home doesn't have to involve stinky formulas that give you a headache. It's available in soothing scents (hello, peppermint and lavender!) that smell nice and rid multiple surfaces from messes. Spritz some on your counters and walls to take off goo and stains.

    on left: before photo of brown stain on wall. on right: after photo of same wall with no stain after using the multipurpose spray above
    Bek O'Connell/BuzzFeed

    The Hoot is a Black woman-owned small business specializing in all-natural cleaning products. It was started by Tonya Newsome, a professional cleaner, who noticed some traditional cleaning formulas created with harsh ingredients were causing skin irritation. Newsome decided to create a cleaner that's just as effective on messes without SLS and SLES (sodium lauryl sulfate and sodium laureth sulfate).

    Former colleague Bek O'Connell has tried this cleaner and raves: "You know that refreshing feeling you get after a deep clean at the dentist? That's how I feel about my home after using this spray. The peppermint smell is so invigorating and makes everything smell fresh. It cuts through grime and dust with no problem, and I think might actually scare off mice (rodents hate minty smells). The sprayer works well, and the bottle is even made from recycled plastic. I have to say, it's really nice to use a cleaner that works but doesn't give off unpleasant fumes or put my dog at risk. If you're looking for a multipurpose spray that smells like a nice piece of gum instead of the bottom of a swimming pool, try it out!"

    Get it from The Hoot for $6.99+ (available with two sprayer nozzle options and shop all scents here).

    3. Bissell Stomp & Go Cleaning Pads that'll spare you from grabbing a carpet-cleaning machine and cleaner. Just step on them to release a solution that'll lift set-in stains from coffee, wine, mud, and pet urine. Plus, no scrubbing is required: Just let these gems take care of the mess, and your carpet will smell and look great again.

    Promising review: "These things saved me from replacing my entire upstairs carpet! We had already replaced one section before finding these and were worried we’d have to replace another section at a cost of $3,000. Stomp and leave it for 24 hours, and I was amazed to see my carpet was its original light cream color. I now stock a box of these and have told every one of my pet-owning friends about them. I’ll never spend hours scrubbing the floor or carpet shampooing again!" —findingk8

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $27.48.

    4. A cooktop-cleaning kit because the burned food on your stove is not fun to look at and a pain to remove, but this makes it easy! It comes with a bottle of cleaner, a cleaning pad, and a scraper that'll gently eliminate stains without causing damage.  

    Use this trio on a variety of smooth cooktop ranges, including ceramic, glass, halogen, and more!

    Promising review: "I had tried four different cleaners before discovering this one and I wish I would have found it sooner! All of that caked-on liquid that runs out of the pans and burns into the stove top while you’re cooking?? This removes all of it. It doesn’t scratch your glass-top stove top and it leaves it looking brand new. I won’t ever buy another cleaner — this is it for me!" —Christine

    Get it from Amazon for $11.53.

    5. Reusable microfiber pads designed to fit your Swiffer WetJet, so you can just toss them in the wash (instead of throwing them away) when you're done cleaning. Reviewers adore these because they pick up more dirt, dust, and grime compared to the disposable ones. Dry sweeping or mopping up a mess will be so much easier with these!

    reviewer holding the dirty mop pad, looking shocked at how much dirt it picked up
    reviewer pic of the green pad attached to a Swifter mop

    Promising review: "I wish that I had discovered these long ago! They work better than disposable pads! Not to mention that they are so much better for the environment and super easy to use. Our laminate and tile floors shine. Easy to throw in the wash and air dry. GREAT product!!" —G. P. Johnson

    Get a 2-pack from Amazon for $14.95.

    6. The Pink Stuff cleaning paste that's popular on TikTok for a reason — it'll tackle stubborn stains on your stove, bathroom sink, kitchen tiles, and more messy surfaces at home. The before and after photos below speak for themselves and you'll be glad your cookware doesn't look rusty anymore. 😲

    Promising review: "I’ve seen this product all over TikTok and so I decided to order it to see if it’d work a miracle on my glass top stove that is disgusting and has crust and stains I hadn’t been able to get rid of. I’ve tried all the products for glass tops and none of them worked to remove all the junk. I used this, scrubbed a bit, and wiped it away with a damp cloth and BAM my glass top is clean, shiny and looks brand new again!! Highly recommend! I can’t wait to see what it does with my tile grout!" —Kristi

    Get a 2-pack from Amazon for $14.99

    7. dryer vent cleaning kit to suck up debris from the depths of your dryer vent. This hose is over 2.6 feet long and attaches to your vacuum, making it easy to clean hard-to-reach crevices and remove all the nasty stuff clogging up your dryer vent.

    This kit comes with a vacuum hose attachment and flexible lint brush to help give your dryer vent a deep clean!

    Promising review: “Okay, LET'S TALK ABOUT THIS HOSE. My dryer was like one cycle away from catching fire, and my vacuum’s skinny hose nozzle was too short to get into my dryer vent because the nozzle widens after 6 inches. So when I saw this product go on sale I bought it and it came the next day. It came in two or three pieces that fit into each other and go over the vacuum hose. It was SO SATISFYING to watch the big clumps come out of the dryer vent! I mean my dryer was nasty. Look at the pictures. I have a German shepherd and a pit bull, so our laundry is always full of nastiness. Well, this little hose got it all and it looks brand new in there. The big clumps were hard to get through the hose at first until I realized I could pinch the opening of the hose to make it circular, which allowed the clumps to fly through. Even the sound was satisfying. I will be vacuuming under my fridge next. No dying in a fire for me.” —Bee92

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99 (available in four colors).

    8. And washing machine cleaner tablets for grime and stinky residue left behind from dirty clothes. They're designed for top and front load washers and give the pump and valve, basket and drum, and filter parts a deep clean. Place one of these babies in your empty washer, select the "clean washer" cycle, and use a cloth to remove debris. 

    Note: It's recommended to use these tablets once a month to clean your washing machine.

    Promising review: "I like the ease of use of Affresh; I like how my washer smells after I’ve used it, and if something happens where the machine ends up a little funky, I throw another one in before my monthly scheduled date to use it. I find it to be a great way to help my washer smell fresh and really clean, which gives me confidence that my clothes will be that way, too." —Marina

    Get a 6-pack from Amazon for $11.98

    9. A water-based instant carpet spot remover because dirt, food and drink messes, and pet accidents will *poof* disappear with a couple of sprays. If the wine stain on your living room carpet is an eyesore, let this cleaner get the job done before any friends or family stop by!

    red salsa all over carpeted stairs
    the same stairs now stain and salsa free

    Promising review: “There are products that you love and buy again. And then there are products that you love and can’t live without. And then above that, are a few select products that you revere and hold with the highest honor. Folex is that product. I have used Folex for years and it works wonders on everything from spilt coffee, wine, and dog messes, without any chemical smells or residue. But my love for Folex grew so much deeper when I dropped a 32 ounce jar of salsa down the stairs. My husband took one look and declared that the stairs were ruined and would need to be replaced. I took a look, grabbed the Folex and said, 'We’ve got this.' If you have children, pets or are very clumsy with your canned goods, you need this bulk-size jug in your arsenal of cleaning supplies.” —Carobnty

    Get it from Amazon for $12.80+ (available in two sizes and in multi-packs).

    10. A wowworthy grout cleaner that'll probably make you believe in magic, because it'll remove years and years of dirt and grime from floor tiles. If you'd rather not spend an entire day scrubbing and mopping, definitely consider this heavy-duty formula for your bathroom or kitchen.

    Apply it to grout lines, let it sit for 5–10 minutes, and agitate the grout with a bristled brush to lift all the nasty gunk that's been there for way too long.

    Promising review: "This stuff is seriously amazing. This is the one and only product review I have ever written, just because I'm so impressed with this stuff. Getting our house ready to sell and decided I needed to finally clean our filthy kitchen grout. This just lifted the grime away, took almost no scrubbing and no elbow grease. Totally worth the twenty bucks a bottle." —James David Lambert

    Get a 32-ounce bottle from Amazon for $19.95.

    11. pumice stone for the nasty rings in your toilet bowl that won't budge, even with bleach. Use one of these scouring sticks to remove mineral deposits, limescale, rust, and other stains in a few minutes. 

    on left, picture of half toilet bowl covered in iron stains and the other half clean after using a pumice stone
    on right, another toilet bowl with yellow stains slowly disappearing after using gray pumice stone next to it

    These pumice stones can also be used to clean other surfaces, like ceramic tile, concrete, and porcelain, around your home!

    Promising review: "I can’t even tell you how much I love this product. I was so embarrassed of out toilet and bathtub in our guest bathroom. Our water is so full of iron, you can’t even drink it, so it stained everything it touched. It took a little bit of elbow grease but this is the only thing I have found that will take the staining off! I will recommend to anyone I know!" —MorganeC.

    Get a 2-pack from Amazon for $9.09.

    12. And a fizzing toilet tablet if your throne could use an odor *and* cleaning upgrade. Drop one of these in your bowl where it'll fizz up and loosen up grime you've been trying to get rid of. Once you let it sit for 10 minutes, grab a toilet brush to wipe away any leftover streaks. Oh, and it'll leave your toilet smelling so fresh afterwards!

    Gif of a toilet tablet fizzing and dissolving
    before photo of a dirty toilet with hard water ring and stains
    the same toilet looking clean
    Melanie Aman / BuzzFeed

    Pardo Naturals is a Black woman-owned business known for their natural body, hair, and home products. If you're looking for cleaners, candles, soaps, and more products that are made with chemical-free ingredients, Pardo Naturals can help you achieve a more eco-friendly living space.

    BuzzFeed editor Melanie Aman swears by these fizzy toilet tablets: "For all the folks who don't enjoy cleaning the toilet — myself included — these dissolving tablets make quick work of a grimy bowl. The tablets are a little hard to dislodge from the plastic container (although that does make me feel confident that they're secure during transit and won't break; mine all arrived intact!), but once you get one out, you drop it in the toilet and let it do its thing. It'll start fizzing — just like a bath bomb — loosening any stains and streaks in 10 minutes so they come away with a light brushing. I never let the toilet get too bad (and usually it takes awhile for me to notice any buildup since there are only two people in the apartment), so I can't vouch for them if you have really set-in hard water stains or haven't cleaned the commode in six months. But if you're looking to ditch the harsh cleansers in your toilet cleaning routine, this is a great addition to your lineup." 

    Pre-order six tablets from Pardo Naturals for $10.50 (available in seven scents).

    13. A stainless steel cleaner kit because it'll help remove gross smudges, fingerprints, and stains from your kitchen. Your sink and fridge will look so darn shiny again, thanks to this essential-oil based formula and included microfiber cleaning cloth. Plus, it doesn't leave any streaks or residue!

    Promising review: "I was hesitant because other cleaners weren’t great. They either didn’t work or left a weird residue that dust would stick to. This cleaner doesn’t leave a residue and actually works! Highly recommend!" —Courtney B.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.95.

    14. A Bissell Little Green machine so perfect for your living room that's also your pet's favorite hangout spot. It penetrates carpets, household fabrics, and upholstery to deep clean dirt and urine stains. Any couch or armchair covered in questionable spots will look almost brand new in no time. 

    a tan suede recliner covered in dark black stains
    the same recliner with all the stains removed and the fabric looks clean again

    Promising review: "Two months ago we got an 6-month-old puppy who has needed some time to get adjusted. That included more than a few accidents in our living room and on his bed. This machine has made clean up of everything so much simpler and I love that it's deep cleaning and has a nontoxic pet cleaner so that our not-so-little puppy can isn't harmed through exposure or smells. Also helpful since my teenage sons like to camp out on the couch with their friends on long weekends and our couch gets that fresh clean smell in an hour." —Kindle Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $117.99.

    15. A FlexiSnake Drain Millipede to unclog painfully slow drains and remove gross gunk. This baby latches onto trapped hair and debris and gets them out, stat. Loose hairs, last night's toothpaste, and leftover soap debris will be history thanks to this lil' snake.

    Reviewer shows gross hair and gunk lifted out of drain by yellow FlexiSnake Drain Millipede
    Reviewer shows hair and debris lifted out of bathroom sink by FlexiSnake Drain Millipede

    Promising review: "It immediately latched onto the hair clogging my drain like some kind of an alien extraterrestrial creature. I was disgusted and amused at the same time. I tried it on my other drains and it worked well. This thing is incredible for removing hair In your drain." —Michael

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    16. pet hair remover that'll pick up all the fur hiding around your home. It'll quickly remove clumps embedded in carpets and couch cushions — just lightly sweep the stone over each surface — and turn it into a fluffy pile that could be mistaken for one of Paris Hilton's small dogs.

    Promising review: "Holy cow this is magic. I have a 230 pound mastiff. I have purchased any and everything claiming to get dog hair off car carpet. I have used at least three different vacuums and attachments. Lately I have been using a microfiber towel because it had some grip. Then this piece of magic arrived. It gets every single hair no matter how embedded. There were hairs I had a hard time removing with my fingers. The Fur-Zoff pulled them right out. This has cut my hair removal time in half! Thank you for this savior of a tool." —David R.

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    17. And a squeegee broom to remove pet fur and human hair from indoor surfaces. Its rubber bottom picks up debris deeply trapped in your carpets and rugs, or scattered all over your hardwood floors. Take a look at the results below and you'll probably never go back to your vacuum. 

    the same broom next to giant pile of black dog fur on floor
    Dalmatian next to same broom and pile of gray dog fur

    BuzzFeed editor Emma Lord owns this squeegee broom and said: "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 — you can read my full review of the pet hair broom for more deets."

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    18. A red wine stain remover because you accidentally spilled a glass of vino on your favorite blanket and you've tried everything to get the stains out. Spritz this phosphate-free liquid onto bedding and clothes to gently remove wine stains sans bleach.

    on left, white wine-stained faux fur blanket
    on right, same blanket with little-to-no wine stain after using the wine stain remover spray

    This cleaner can also be used on coffee stains, sauce stains, and ink stains!

    Promising review: "Totally impressed! The unassuming generic packaging and label left me a bit skeptical, but this stuff is almost as exciting as the wine I spilled! This Cabernet stain sat on my ivory faux fur blanket (see above) for over a month before I tried this product. Completely gone in one try! Get this. Seriously. You won’t be disappointed." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $10.34.

    19. Goo Gone to lift sticker labels, chewing gum, and crayons from household surfaces and car exteriors and interiors. Raise your hand if you're done using fingernails (and your free time) to peel away gunk. 

    on left, before photo of sticky residue on window
    on right, same window with clear glass after using Goo Gone

    The only surfaces it doesn't work on? Silk, leather, suede, or rubber! Oh, and it's EXCELLENT for cleaning up that sticky, gross dust that accumulates around your kitchen.

    Promising review: "I bought this to help get some sticky junk left from Velcro on my motorcycle. I had tried rubbing alcohol and other tricks before using this stuff. Let me just say what a difference this stuff makes. All the sticky junk just wipes away on the first try. I didn’t need to soak it or anything. No residue was left behind at all and no damage to the paint. Best $8 I ever spent!" —Appleee

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

    20. A spray-on cleaning gel for the stubborn rust turning your tub and shower walls a not-so-great orange hue. It dissolves them on the spot and scrubbing isn't necessary at all. Reviewers swear by it for those hard-to-clean spots in the bathroom that are prone to stubborn stains.

    on left, hand holds Iron Out spray bottle in front of shower wall with orange and white streaks from the stain-removing formula
    on right, same shower without orange rust stains after using the Iron Out spray

    Promising review: "Moved into our first home which had some rough problems to tackle due to years and years of hard water and rust. One problem in particular was the forever stained shower. I tried several different products with no or very little success. In fact by the time I picked this stuff up I was pretty skeptical that anything would help our situation. When I bought it (first time in spray form) I actually sprayed two passive streaks on the shower wall and immediately walked out. A few hours passed and I went to go to the bathroom and was absolutely floored to find, no kidding, two very white streaks where the spray had been. I’ve uploaded the before and after photos of the shower as proof (see them above!). Since, I’ve used both spray and powder forms for many cleaning tasks." —Sarah K. 

    Get a 2-pack from Amazon for $13.90.

    21. A blinds duster because it's been a minute since you've cleaned your window blinds, and you just noticed they're covered in gross debris. It comes with washable microfiber sleeves that'll effectively pick up dust and can clean the tops and bottoms of two blinds at the same time. 

    hand holds blue blinds duster to clean dusty blinds on window
    same blinds duster covered in dust

    Note: This isn't recommended for large blinds or straight blinds, so for those you may want to try a bigger duster, such as this fluffy microfiber one

    Promising review: "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 a duster brush and five microfiber sleeves from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two colors).

    22. Or a high-reach dusting kit that'll tidy up your ceiling fans and other hard-to-reach areas in your home. Put that step stool away and use this handy tool to easily wipe away dust from ceiling vents and framed art.

    Model uses extendable high-reach duster to clean hanging portrait
    Amazon

    You can reach up to 12 feet with this kit, which comes with three dusting attachments!

    Promising review: "This is exactly what I needed to clean the vents on my ceiling! I needed a retractable duster that could store easily in our small apartment, but is also sturdy enough to reach 15 feet without being hard to control. With this product I can literally sit on my couch and clean the vent from across the room (only joking, but pretty impressed). The attachments all fit well on the pole, and the angle attachment is great since our ceiling is angled." —Stephanie B.

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99.