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    1. Defeat every household ~eventuality~ with a fan-favorite stain removing spray that works on anything from vino to coffee stains (and even accidents from your furry friends!). The time to tackle that 3-year-old blemish is NOW.

    Before/after shot of wine stain on a towel

    Promising review: "This is a great red wine remover but that’s not why I bought it. This is a great STAIN REMOVER! Don’t limit its use to red wine — this is great for spot removal, oil stain remover, blood removal, dog stains, kid stains etc. Use this and it will sell itself. 100% it works!" —estee a zeigler

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $19.95.

    We tested out some common, and some unique, stain removal hacks so you can avoid future freak-outs.

    2. Remove years of buildup on shower heads by using a solution of vinegar and baking soda wrapped up in a plastic bag. Or! (even easier) use a decalcifier for about one to two hours to remove unwanted limescale and grime. This basically does all the work for you, so you can get back to more important things like catching up on The Housewives.

    Shower head wrapped in a ziploc bag filled with the baking soda solution
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    Promising review (for the decalcifier): "This really is amazing. I've had hard water stains on my shower faucet and handle for about three years. They've been pretty much baked in to the point I was shopping for replacements. I applied this directly to a microfiber towel and with a little elbow grease the stains came out. Unreal." —keith k

    Get vinegar for $14.09 and decalcifier for $12.95+ from Amazon; and baking soda for $2.79 from Target.

    To save you the time and effort, we tried out some easy cleaning hacks — that actually work.

    3. Revive every scratched-up surface that you thought was beyond repair with multi-purpose cleaning solution. This stuff gets to work on rust, burnt grease, and even sharpie marks, so this once daunting task can be over in mere minutes.

    Before/after image of scuffed up sink and clean sink

    Promising review: "I was so bummed when I scratched up my pretty white sink with pots and pans. I thought I'd need to have it replaced or try to sand it and refinish it somehow, but I bought this stuff as a last ditch effort to fix it myself. It takes some elbow grease to make them go away, the scratches don't just wipe off, but if you scrub at them for a few minutes they melt away pretty quickly. After two rounds my sink looks nearly brand new again. It also worked on a few mineral stains in my bathtub that I thought were permanent after soft scrub failed to remove them. Again, a little of this stuff, the scrubby side of a blue sponge, a little bit of effort and they were gone!" —Dan Borden

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    To see how good this stuff really is, check out our Bar Keepers Friend review.

    4. Split your list of to-do's into a 10-day schedule so you can deep-clean your whole house one day at a time, instead of getting overwhelmed (and eventually pretending the mess doesn't exist). Day 1: bedroom. Day 10: appliances (and a celebratory cocktail).

    Illustrated graphic outlining the schedule
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    See how easy it really can be with our handy 10-day spring cleaning challenge.

    Here's a rundown of everything you'll need to take on all 10 days:

    Top down image of all the ten products
    Lauren Zaser / BuzzFeed

    Let's break it all down:

    1. 16oz Glass spray bottle ($6.99 on Amazon)

    2. Microfiber cloths ($16.98 on Amazon for a pack of eight)

    3.  Microfiber socks ($16.99 on Amazon for a pack of five)

    4. Ziploc plastic bags ($19.95 on Amazon for a pack of 150)

    5. Lemon

    6. Duster ($13.24 on Amazon)

    7. White vinegar ($14.09 on Amazon)

    8. Magic Erasers ($9.98 on Amazon for a pack of eight)

    9. Rubber bands ($8.15 on Amazon for a pack of 80)

    10. Newspaper

    11. Dryer sheets ($7.49 on Amazon for a pack of 240)

    12. Antibacterial all-purpose cleaner ($3.85 on Amazon)

    13. Paper towels ($18.27 on Amazon for a pack of eight)

    5. *Finally* get rid of those dried-on grease stains from the Bolognese sauce that overflowed on your stove two months ago with a cooktop cleaning kit. It'll Ctrl+Z any and all stubborn stains and residue, so you can finally stop placing those distracting ~decorative~ pots and pans on there.

    Before/after image of dirty and clean oven top

    This comes with a *handy* cleaning pad and scraper!

    Promising review: "This works amazingly! I hadn't thoroughly scrubbed my glass cooktop in years — I only wiped them down with random multi cleaners which never seemed to do much. Then a friend recommended this product — AMAZING! The included scrubbers and scrapers really make the difference. As others have said it will leave your cooktop shiny and new — even marks that had been on there for years came almost completely off: 98% better." —B. Swartwood

    Get it from Amazon for $11.51.

    6. Achieve dazzlingly clean floors in little to no time with a Swiffer wet and dry mop. It's basically the simplest solution for tackling hard-to-reach (and not-so-hard-to-reach) spots that have gathered inhabitants of the hair, fur, and crumb variety.


    This comes as a starter kit: one sweeper device, two dry heavy duty cloths, one wet heavy duty pad, five dry sweeping cloths, and two wet mopping pads!

    Promising review: We recently purchased a new home with hardwood floors throughout. I love the beautiful floors but between kids and our dogs and cats, the floors get dirty quick! And because they are darker in color, the dog and cat hair is very noticeable. I quickly got tired of vacuuming every day and went looking for something to make cleanup faster and easier. I am loving my Swiffer Sweeper! It is very light to pick up and sweep around the house. I can easily get under tables and chairs and into corners, plus it glides easily along baseboards where animal hair likes to gather. In just a few minutes I can have the floors cleaned up! The Swiffer Sweeper is great for quick daily cleanups!! —JMo

    Get it from Target for $13.69.

    7. Make dish duty a less taxing task by pouring hot water over your sink full of dirty utensils first. It'll miraculously dissolve residue so when the time comes to scrub with an extra-tough sponge, the hard part is basically done. That way "overnight soaking" doesn't lead to a Monday morning of removing leftovers from the sink.


    The Sponge Daddy ($4.69 on Target for a pack of four) was designed with hardened residue in mind: one textured side quickly scrubs away stuck-on debris, while the other soaks up liquid and holds on to soap. AND! It won our title for best mid-priced sponge!

    Check out even more easy tricks in "6 Clever Ways To Speed Up Your Chores."

    8. Or! Throw hard-to-clean dishes in the dishwasher with a bit of Finish booster powder to spruce up mugs that have had coffee stains in them for so long, you've forgotten what they looked like when you first purchased them. One cycle with this, and they'll be back to their Day 1 state.

    Watermarked and clean mug

    Promising review: "I could not get my flatware to come out clean from the dishwasher and I wondered if it was the hard water. I was using up to three soap blocks in each load with only partial improvement. I used this the first time and voilà! Perfectly clean flatware for the first time. I LOVE this!" —Susan A

    Get it from Amazon for $9.17.

    9. Wipe away years of water rings, scratches, and scuffs from surfaces you thought were beyond help with wood polisher. This stuff tackles tough stains and acts as a conditioner to reveal a brighter grain and texture on your beloved furniture.

    It feeds your wood protective carnauba wax and beeswax to give it some ~luster~ and extend its lifetime.

    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever. It was dry, dirty, and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive, showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel, just a fantastic smell!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    Get it from Amazon for $6.09.

    To learn more, check out our before-and-after Howard Feed-N-Wax Wood Polisher review.

    10. Eliminate unsightly grout with an automatic scrubbing brush. It comes with a detachable oscillating brush head so you'll feel instantly gratified the moment you're reminded of the color that's separating your kitchen, bathroom, and backsplash tiles (spoiler: it's white!).

    The grout brush on a half clean half dirty tile surface

    Promising review: "I love this product!!! I saw this recommended on a TIK TOK video. A family had just built a new home and recommended this product for cleaning. I LUV It. It gets in the nooks and crannies to really get tight areas clean. I use this to clean my window sills patio door cracks. I used to use old tooth brushes to clean tight areas. This is my new go to tool. Very high powerful handy tool. Well worth the purchase." —Lisa

    Get it from Amazon for $22.48.

    To find out more, see how we tested out the grout scrubber along with other cleaning gadgets that actually work!

    BEHOLD: the grout brush in action.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    11. Cancel showering with a pool of water beneath your feet with a TubShroom. This little tool ~neatly~ captures hair and product residue so your drains remain unclogged. And, according to reviewers, it's super duper easy to clean.

    The tubshroom with hair surrounding it

    Promising review: "I can't say enough good things about this product. I have a family of four, and would frequently have to snake our shower drain. It appears I won't be having that problem ever again. I even give my dog baths, and this collects the hair. You don't know how much hair you wash down your drain until you use this!" —Aaron Morlock

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors).

    Peep our full review of the TubShroom.

    12. Need to unclog your drains first? Try this cult-favorite drain snake to avoid a call to your plumber and ~satisfyingly~ clean out the creatures you never knew existed in your bathroom pipes.

    A clump of hair captured by the drain snake

    Promising review: "The most disgustingly satisfying thing since pimple popping videos. We moved into an OLD complex and the maintenance people are busy repairing AC units from the '70s so the chances of our bathroom drains being fixed anytime soon was zero. I was sick of seeing my toothpaste and face wash scummy up my sink, but the crap I pulled out of my drain. So satisfying, yet... blech. It took less than five seconds. I have a toddler. That's basically GOLD in my book. But don't try to reuse or even try to clean this thing. It's gross and at the price you can just order another. My drain now happily does its job!" —Katie Brinegar

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+.

    Not convinced? Check out all these incredible Drain Snake reviews.

    13. Discover ingenious ways to remove even the toughest stains with common household items you probably already own — so you don't have to shell out the big bucks to replace your beloved clothes and sheets. Who knew all it takes is a little shaving cream?!

    A graphic outlining the guide to stains

    Get shaving cream from Amazon for $3.79 (for a pack of two).

    14. Or take care of any mess with no-nonsense OxiClean. All you need is H2O to activate it and you've got some bubbling oxygen power that'll wake heavy-duty stains out of their slumber. Because sweat marks do not pay enough rent to live on your mattress!

    Promising review: "I've seen the commercials for years and thought it was another gimmick. Our dog has been bringing in mud and jumping on our bed right after. Washing with detergent alone didn't remove the stains very well. I washed it with some of this stuff and all of it came out. I couldn't see where the stains previously were. Needless to say, I started doing a bunch of loads of white clothes to get them all whiter!" —Kristy

    Get it from Amazon for $7.72.

    15. Gather up crumbs, spills, and pet hair off any surface (we're talking carpets, furniture, wooden floors, wherever) by using a squeegee broom. Because, thank heaven, some messes are just surface-level and don't require overthinking (or over-cleaning).

    Its natural rubber bristles attract pet hair on multiple surfaces, like carpet, tile, hardwood, and linoleum AND has a built-in rubber squeegee (aka the thing you use on your windshield) for cleaning windows and spills.

    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 well! 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. I also use it to get dust and cobwebs off the floors and ceilings. It truly is a super tool." —Roseann

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    16. Get up to speed on the fast and equally effective tricks for cleaning your house from top to very bottom. It can seem daunting at first, but, honestly, it's nothing a little Bar Keepers Friend cleaning powder and stain-removing spray can't help you out with.

    A pinterest header titled "The ultimate guide to cleaning your home"
    Zoë Burnett / BuzzFeed

    Promising review (for Bar Keepers Friend powder): "How did I not know about this stuff? It seriously is a miracle in a jar. Our water softener has been going for a while and needless to say appliances and bathrooms have been taking a beating. My upstairs shower was ruined, or so I thought. I’ve tried everything and nothing was touching the staining. I bought this out of desperation. I wet the shower down, sprinkled about half of the can on the whole surface, and let it sit like that. I came back in after an hour or so with a green pad and went to work. It took a couple rounds of reapplying, scrubbing, and rinsing, but my shower/tub is white again! It was so heavily stained it went past brown. I can’t recommend this product enough!" —Sofia Gray

    Get them from Amazon: a pack of two Bar Keepers Friend powder for $6.92 and stain-removing spray for $11.97.

    For more on how to clean anything (and I mean anything), check out our ultimate home cleaning guide.

    Just look at this stain-removing spray get 👏 to 👏 work 👏:

    Before/after of dirty and clean carpet

    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! 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 $11.97.

    17. Reset your oven to the setting of "squeaky clean" with Easy Off oven cleaner. Because, let's face it, you haven't even thought about giving this a scrub-down since you moved into your apartment two years ago. But we won't tell — with this treatment, you can erase years of neglect overnight!


    Did we mention it's lemon-scented?

    Promising review: "Truly an amazing product! I was dreading the chore of cleaning an oven in a house I am renovating. This product easily saved me hours of scrubbing and worked like magic." —Erinn

    Get it from Walmart for $3.87.

    18. Reverse 10+ years of caked-on pan grime with a good ol' soak in warm water, dish soap, and a dryer sheet for an hour. When time's up, remove the dryer sheet and wipe down the pan with a sponge to bring it back to its gleaming OG state.

    Graphic displaying a dirty pan with text that reads: "Dirty pan? Clean it with a dryer sheet"
    Ashley McGetrick / BuzzFeed

    Promising review (for the dish soap): "Dawn is the only dish soap to buy. I not only use it for dishes but to scrub the shower, remove spots from clothes, clean sinks and everything else you can think of to clean. Only a small amount is needed for cleaning. Dawn goes a long way." —thomas boschke

    Get dish soap for $18.20 (for a 90oz bottle), dryer sheets for $7.49 from Amazon; and a sponge for $4.69 (for a pack of four) from Target.

    Want more tips like this? Check out these fast and easy cleaning and organization hacks.

    19. Eliminate the element of panic when you're met with graffiti art in the form of Sharpie scribbles on your precious white walls. Simply spritz some hairspray on the scene of the crime to break down the ink and give it a quick swipe with a cloth. Phew! Crisis averted.

    Caroline Miller / Nifty / BuzzFeed

    Get a can of hairspray from Amazon for $3.39.

    To save you some trial and error, we tried out more easy cleaning hacks — that actually work — and that you should probably check out for yourself.

    20. Restore your hope in bathroom ~doody~ with a pumice stone that will miraculously make your stained toilet sparkle once again. Simply wet the stone, gently scrub, and gross rings of horror, be gone!

    Before/after image of dirty and clean toilet

    Fret not, its material is specially made to avoid scratching your toilet. Plus the heavy-duty plastic handle protects your hands while you clean because...yuck.

    Promising review: "I'm so embarrassed to show how disgusting my toilets have been, but it's worth it for me to help anyone who has suffered as I have. We built our house and have lived in it 33 years. We dug a well and the water was beautiful, until air hit it. The copper, iron, lime are all so bad the chart doesn't even go that high. We have spent thousands on a huge filter that filters all the water coming into the house from the well. My toilets have been disgusting to me, though clean (as clean as I can get them). This pumice stone — HOLY MOLY, my toilets are clean! I am totally amazed. It took about 30 minutes on each one. The stains are gone. THEY ARE GONE!" —Libby Nance

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    21. Breathe new life into yellow-stained pillows with a powerful combo of borax, bleach, powdered dishwasher detergent, and powdered laundry detergent.

    Before/after image of yellow-stained and white pillows
    One Good Thing

    Promising review (for the laundry detergent): "For several years I've used Biz in loads of oil-spotted work clothes. It is very effective. I have found it useful with wine or coffee stains and with grass stains in gardening clothes." —G. Nielsen

    Get borax for $8.99, six cases of bleach for $37.97, powdered laundry detergent for $13.32 and two packs of powdered dishwasher detergent for $11.99 from Amazon. 

    Check out more from One Good Thing for "How To Whiten Yellowed Pillows."

    22. Dust down tricky light fixtures and make your home *glow* once again with trusty microfiber cloths. Plus, these won't leave fibers behind so you can achieve a truly *streak-free* clean on mirrored surfaces!


    They're great for windows or any glassware, too!

    Promising review: "I couldn't get my windows clean using cleaning solution, newsprint, and a lot of elbow grease. There were always streaks and dirt left behind. Enter these things. One quick cleaning, and I do mean quick, and my windows are now cleaner than any windows I've ever cleaned. It's simply amazing. We were all standing around in utter shock and delight before running around trying the cloths on other stuff: the TV, the picture glass, etc. I know it sounds corny, but I couldn't wait to get up this morning, because I woke up in the middle of the night excitedly thinking about trying it on the car today. They are truly, truly amazing." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $16.98.

    23. Say sayonara to tumbleweeds of fur gracing your floors with a pet hair-removal glove. This will not only have your fluffiest pals looking like they just stepped out of the groomers, but it's probably the easiest way to prevent future shedding issues.

    Reviewer image of all the fur collected in the glove

    You'll get a pair: one for the right hand and one for the left.

    Promising review: "I've been looking for an alternative way to manage my pup's shedding and all I can say I wish I got these sooner. These gloves showed to be more beneficial all-around compared to the typical brushing. For one, the pup likes it (as opposed to the brush he tried to avoid at every session), so I’m not wasting time any more trying to get him to come here and stay here, etc. Now it’s wagging tails instead at the sight of these gloves. The process is much quicker now, as the gloves gather not only more easily, but I’d say at least twice if not triple the amount of hair at a time. Apparently these gloves work on his mood too, as he always ends up starting a playfight nibbling at the gloves." —BOA

    Get them from Amazon for $11.04.

    Need more convincing? See why pet owners have left hundreds of reviews of the Delomo grooming brush.

    24. Supercharge your cleaning powers with six easy-to-achieve tasks that can be done anytime of year — since we're spending so much time indoors anyway. Future you will thank you for handling small chores now so you don't run into issues in the long run. Hello, citrus-scented garbage disposal cleaners.

    Graphic of 6 ways to be a spring cleaning superhero
    Bed Bath & Beyond

    You'll need a vacuum ($148 on Amazon) with an attachable brush to get to hard-to-reach places like your vent covers *and* to deep-clean your couches.

    Plus! If you're too lazy to make your own frozen citrus peels (totally understandable), try these lemon-scented garbage disposal cleaners ($12.35 on Amazon) that you can just toss down the drain.

    Check out more from Above & Beyond for "6 Ways To Be A Spring-Cleaning Superhero."

    25. Transform dirty-looking rugs with an effective carpet cleaner solution that works so well you might think it's magic. Don't worry, your eyes aren't deceiving you — this formula literally reverses years of sticky soda spills, pet stains, and shoe markings.

    Reviewer image revealing a clean carpet after using the solution

    It also deodorizes any gifts your pet might have left you (and it's biodegradable and non-toxic so your furry friend is totally safe).

    Promising review: "I never write reviews, but with this I had to. I've had this product about a month and a half and it is nothing short of a miracle. I have light cream carpet and five indoor pets. My husband and I work full time, so sometimes the chance for an 'accident' is not out of the question. We live on a farm-like property with a lot of dust and dirt. I used this on my traffic areas and just couldn't believe my eyes. The water was black, and my carpet looks as though it was cleaned professionally. When using this, you can literally see the dirty water being extracted from the carpet into the clear tank. One of my best purchases ever." —shannon m. adkins

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    26. Alleviate the need to give your toilet a daily scrub down with cleaning gels that live on the side of the bowl and, trust us, will quickly become your best friend. These give your throne a good cleanse every time you flush, so you don't have to worry about brushing through grimy rings (and whatever else is in there) on the reg.,

    Each application lasts about 12 days! Refills have six gel stamp uses, and one dispenser.

    Promising review: "This little blob helps keep my toilet cleaner longer and it smells nice. Super easy to stick to the inside of the toilet bowl and I don't have to touch the toilet bowl! I saw this product while browsing cleaning items and decided to give it a try because it was a good price. I am not disappointed! I would definitely recommend this product." —Ireadfantasyformysanity

    Get it from Amazon for $4.32.

    27. Stop allergy-causing particles from traveling around your home with an extendable fan duster and window blind duster. *Bless you* for creating a dust-free household!

    The fan and blind duster

    Promising review (for the window blind duster): "I just used this for the first time. I knew my blinds were dirty, but holy moly — they were embarrassingly dirty! This tool is super easy to use and does a great job! It's a great product for a great price." —phyllis s.

    Get them from Amazon: the ceiling duster for $14.99 and the window blind duster for $7.99.

    28. ~Rest~ assured you're sleeping on a fresh, clean mattress by sprinkling a solution of baking soda and lavender essential oil on top of it. Then just wait an hour, and vacuum it all off. A natural and easy hack we can sleep easy knowing about!

    One Good Thing

    Promising review (for the lavender essential oil): "I am absolutely in love with this! I use it for many different things around my home. I use it to keep my mattress, pillows and down comforter fresh. It helps me get a better night sleep, since the lavender is a calming solution." —kimmy

    Get baking soda for $2.99 from Target and lavender essential oil for $6.99 from Amazon.

    Check out more from One Good Thing for "How To Clean A Mattress."

    29. Save time and clean just about anything in your dishwasher, really. Think: window screens, refrigerator shelves, air's all good to throw in. A powerful dishwasher detergent will thoroughly cut through dirt all the while you're putting your feet up and infinitely scrolling.

    Graphic titled "24 things you never knew you could clean in the dishwasher"
    Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    REMEMBER: If anything is delicate or made of plastic (aka will melt) keep it on the top rack, where the heat isn't as intense.

    These dishwasher detergent pods ($17.49 on Amazon) work overtime to clean tough, burnt-on messes so everything you throw in to the dishwasher will get a through ~scrubbing~.

    And for more, check out all the things you can clean in a dishwasher.

    30. Invest in your future aka your sparkling clean floors with a heavy-duty vacuum — so you can save on splurging on a new carpet every day, ahem, I mean, time you spill.

    And it's lightweight so lifting it isn't a *chore*.

    Promising review: "Have long hair? Have you killed other vacuums with your (slightly worrying amount) of shedding? Then look no further. We bought a another Bissell vacuum a year ago, and it didn't take long for my long hair to just kill the little vacuum. Now, we have this vacuum and our apartment is actually clean because my hair is not too much for it. The bristles have grooves that prevent hair from caking on, and it's very easy to clean. The brushes are also adjustable, so you can really get into the carpet if you want. It's also pretty light for something so heavy duty. For the price, it's a great vacuum and would really work if your place isn't very big, as the cord isn't super long." —J. Haller

    Get it from Amazon for $148.

    31. Douse a magic erasing sponge in baking soda, borax, and hot water so you take care of wall scuffs that you once thought were irreversible in a flash.

    Graphic titled "DIY Magic Erasing Sponge"

    Get a Magic Eraser for $9.98 (for a pack of eight), borax for $8.99 from Amazon; and baking soda for $2.99 from Target.

    Check out the full Magic Erasing Sponge tutorial.

    32. Remove hazardous lint ball buildup with a dryer vent cleaning kit and brush — you can even attach it to a power drill for extra efficiency. This small but mighty device will eliminate fuzzy residue that can lead to long-term damage.

    The vent system with a pile of lint collected

    Promising review: "We moved into our new house about two years ago and needed to clean out the dryer duct. This kit made it super simple. The rods were easy to attach and very flexible, but still strong enough to spin, even when extended all 12 feet! We got out a TON more lint than we could ever imagine out of the duct! Buying this kit and doing it myself already paid for itself. It was $150–$200 to have a specialist come over and do the same work. Took me all of about 20 minutes to move the dryer, use the brush and all attachments, vacuum, and use disinfectant up the dryer vent!" —Michael Wiggin

    Get it from Amazon for $16.79.

    33. And don't forget about the appliance that does your least favorite chore for you with Affresh dishwasher disinfectant tablets. These dissolve residue buildup and blast away foul odors to get your machine cleaning dishes like it used to.

    Reviewer image of a sparkling clean dishwasher

    Promising review: "As soon as the product was delivered, I made sure my dishwasher was empty, tossed a tablet into the detergent slot, and ran my dishwasher on a normal cycle. Prior to putting the tablet in, my dishwasher smelled musty and like food; ya know that odd dish-water smell? After my cycle was over, I popped my head into the dishwasher where it literally smelled like brand-new machine. The floor, walls, and water jets of the dishwasher were spotless and free of residue. I will be adding this simple cleaning task to my list once a month!" —Alyssa Panzella

    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    34. Instantly (read: slyly) disguise any ~mysterious marks~ that have been sitting with you on your sofa for months by just flipping over the cushions. Just be *extra* careful now, because once you flip, there's no going back!

    Image of flipped cushions with the words "pretty" and "not so pretty"
    Thrifty & Chic

    Feeling ambitious? This set of Woolite carpet and upholstery cleaner stain remover ($14.99 on Amazon) uses a combo of powerful detergent and a fabric-safe brush to remove tough pet stains, mud, and everything in between that's unwelcome on your couch.

    Check out more from Thrifty & Chic for "How To Fake Clean A House."

    35. Zap away unsightly hard water marks that live in your shower with rust-removing spray gel. This'll get your washroom back to a state where you can receive your full security deposit back, no questions.

    Promising review: "I used it on our tubs, toilets, sinks, and shower. It took one bottle of this stuff to achieve the same result as three bottles of other brands. I will buy this again hands down. I just sprayed, walked away for a few minutes, and wiped and rinsed." —Carrie D.

    Get it from Amazon $4.98.

    36. Challenge intimidating messes (even on soft surfaces!) with a swipe of a heavy-duty cleaning wipe. Otherwise known as the perfect solution for the cleaner who wants to do *the least* when it comes to household maintenance.

    The heavy duty cleaning wipes cleaning a stained carpet

    These work on almost any surface: leather, fabric, furniture, hardwood, pans, metal, WHEREVER. And! They'll clean up grease, oil, tar, dirt, ink, lipstick, nail polish, food, and a whole lot more.

    Promising review: "These are awesome! The size of the container is large and so was the quantity I received. The wipes are huge and tough, great for scrubbing! I cleaned my whole house with these and they removed stains I haven't been able to get out for a while. I also tried them on my walls and they did not remove the paint. Also, they smell fantastic: no chemical smell whatsoever. These are a great deal on Amazon, and I will be purchasing them again!" —Suze

    Get a pack of 90 from Amazon for $13.94.

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