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    Updated on Jul 17, 2020. Posted on Jul 10, 2020

    23 Incredibly Useful Cleaning Products You'll Wish You Knew About Sooner

    Well, you know about them now and that's what counts.

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    1. A dishwasher starter set so you can have a quality clean every time.

    Blueland

    Each set comes with 40 fragrance-free dishwasher tablets (safe for dishware, glassware, silver, and porcelain) and a reusable steel tin.

    Promising review: "I started using Blueland products just a few months ago and absolutely love them. They clean so well with no residue left behind."—Mary P.

    Get it from Blueland for $18.

    2. A concentrated gel made with a formula that'll cling to silicone sealants (the thin area around your shower head, in between your tiles, etc.) and kill mold and mildew as well as prevent it from popping up again.

    A before and after of a shower bed with water mildew in the before and none in the after
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This product deserves more than five stars. It is magic! I've tried everything for the mold in my tub tiles and grout, and nothing has worked — but not only did this remove the mold, but it left the grout looking really shiny. I couldn't be happier!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    3. A bottle of stain remover that'll dissolve even the worst rust stains right before your very eyes, no scrubbing required. When you said you liked a ~rustic~ vibe for your apartment this is NOT what you meant.

    A before photo of rusted shower and an after photo of the same shower showing the product removed all rust stains so the shower appears new
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "We have a VERY high iron concentration in our well water at home and it ends up slowly turning our shower, sink, and toilet a deep orange color over time. Have tried a ton of products to try to fix this issue but nothing works nearly as well as this product. Smells absolutely terrible but works AMAZING. A few spritzes of this and you can watch the orange dissolve away before your eyes. I use this formula for the sink and inside of the shower and use the powder formula for inside the toilet as that seems to work better there." —Samantha

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    4. A powerful wheel cleaner made with an acid-free and pH-balanced formula to penetrate dirt and grime safely with incredible results.

    amazon.com

    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 $16.37+ (available in two sizes).

    5. A bottle of Hope's Perfect sink cleaner and polish to remove stains and restore any stainless-steel, cast-iron, porcelain, or acrylic back to its original spotless state. As soon as you see how shiny your appliances are going to be you'll wonder why you didn't buy this YEARS ago.

    A side by side of a rusty sink next to the same sink now clean and shiny after using the product
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Every once in awhile you stumble on a product on Amazon that you buy on a whim because of the good reviews. When you actually receive the product and use it you can't believe how good it really is. This is definitely one of those products. Truth be told, the stainless-steel sink in my house is 14 years old. While we have cleaned the sink thoroughly every two weeks since we have moved in, we have never polished it or use a product such as this one. The first time I applied it to the sink we could tell that there was an amazing difference. In fact, the sink sparkled so brightly from the overhead kitchen can lights it really was too bright to view! You can tell that this product is 'doing its job' because a black film comes off of the stainless steel after you clean it." —From Wyoming to California via NYC

    Get it from Amazon for $3.97.

    6. A bag of Bottle Bright tablets that'll clean your bottles, plastic containers, mugs, and everything else with no scrubbing required. I for one am tired of looking inside my water bottles and going "Ew, guess I'm not drinking today!"

    A before, during, and after photo of a metal water canister rusted, bubbly, and then clean after using the tablet
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask 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 HydroFlask to replace it. Now 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 I used it on another HydroFlask 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 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    7. A disposable Clorox toilet cleaning kit designed to clean the crap outta your toilet bowl. I'm a #1 fan of this #2 cleaner-upper!

    A photo of a dirty toilet bowl next to the same toilet bowl now clean
    amazon.com

    Are you grossed out by the fact that your old toilet brush is sitting in literal filth? Then this scrubber kit is for you. It includes a wand, storage caddy, and six refill sponges, the latter of which you could toss after just one use. Plus the cleaning liquid needed is built-in so you really don't have to do anything at all!

    Promising review: "Throw away your nasty toilet brush because THIS THING IS AWESOME! Tons of cleaner on the little pads; I could have cleaned eight toilets with one pad. Love that you can click and toss the used pad. Genius!" —Hannah G.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.76.

    8. A makeup brush shampoo so your favorite tools can look how they did when you *first* brought them home — without any harsh ingredients. Now is the best time to play with makeup and you want to avoid unnecessary breakouts from dirty utensils! Wow this before and after is the highlight of my day.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Well, I can happily say that this cleaner does a bang-up job! My brushes were saturated with old color, to the point that I thought I might need to spring for a new set. Aside from just looking bad, though, all that old color was probably affecting pigment and application any time I used them. A little of this cleaner, a handful of seconds working it in and rinsing, and my brushes look practically as good as the day I bought them! Saved me a ton of money in new brushes, and it didn't take away from my being-lazy time!" —ysar

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (also available in cleansing cloths).

    9. A set of Affresh dishwasher cleaning tablets that'll make the thing that cleans your stuff actually clean itself! There is residue that's been hanging out in there for a while now and this is a simple and fast solution to make it disappear.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This works extremely well. We haven't done any cleaning on our dishwasher in five years, and the sliding dish trays were tough to pull out or push in, there was detergent build-up all over the inside, and there was a milky film on all our cups. I bought Affresh, ran the dishwasher with two tablets while it was empty, and the difference was astounding. There was still some build-up and I figured it would require another cycle, so I popped another two tablets in, ran the machine a second time, and now it looks and sounds brand-new. No more film on the glasses, no more dirty dishes from clogged sprayers, no more odors, no more build-up around the door seals. I'm going to be buying Affresh from now on, and hopefully it will extend the life of my dishwasher." —Martoune

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    10. A roll of machine washable reusable bamboo towels, because little costs like these add up — especially if you're guilty of ripping off multiple sheets at a time for each meal, cleanup, etc. These replace up to *six months* of paper towels because of how efficient they are.

    Amazon

    Promising review: "You want strong, tough, and absorbent? Here you go. These towels drink up water without falling apart and dripping all over. The area by my dog's bowl usually takes two or three paper towels to wipe up the mess, but it only takes one of these. And it is not sopping by the end. These towels clean extremely well and are eco-friendly. How can you go wrong? An excellent value!" —Alvin Truthfinder

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (also available in packs of two and four).

    11. A stainless-steel cleaner kit for irons that have been put to work for years without the TLC they need to keep going. Years of staining, gone in minutes. That adorable spring dress you just pulled out of storage is not going to de-wrinkle itself!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Amazing product! Iron was used at too high of a setting on a polyester blouse. I was able to clean it in less than 10 minutes with almost no effort. The iron is as good as new, which is more than I can say about the blouse." —RJ

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. A garbage disposal cleansing tablet that'll foam up to remove odor and built-up residue from what is arguably the grossest place in your entire kitchen. You're welcome!

    A before, middle, and after of a sink being cleaned by the garbage disposal tablet
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Holy cow I didn't realize how easy and quick it was to clean a garbage disposal until I bought this product! Typically, in my naïve thinking, I'd just use vinegar and baking soda down the drain and call it good. Little did I know that there was an actual cleaning product available until I stumbled across it through a BuzzFeed article. So of course, I had to try it. Very simple instructions: it literally takes five minutes and some hot water and VOILÀ! You have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. Let me say that anytime I got a whiff of an odor, all I did was drop one of those packs in the disposal and the smell was GONE! Plus the blue foam bubbling through the sink was amusing to watch ;-). Worth every penny!" —VadersGirl

    Get it from Amazon for $7.62+ (available in three sizes).

    13. A carpet stain remover, because you've spent way too much money on professional cleaners when you can get the job done yourself. And the best part is you don't need to rinse or vacuum!

    A photo of a stained carpet next to another photo of the same carpet with the stain removed
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "YOU NEED THIS IF YOU HAVE KIDS OR PETS! I am convinced this stuff is magic in a bottle! If I can get up an ENTIRE bottle of ketchup that was rubbed in the carpet, you can get out anything!" —Ashley T.

    Get it from Amazon for $14.

    14. A dryer vent coil brush to remove lint and dust buildup in important spaces that could cause harm if left there.

    The vent coil brush removing built-up lint from the dryer
    Amazon

    Promising review: "We are in love! This thing cleans so well and gets all the way down the line and around the corner. Its wide bristles really help get all the lint out and even help scrub some of the really stuck in their pieces off. We use this regularly now to clean out the vent!" —Leslie G

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    15. A jetted tub cleaner you can run through your system as part of your regular routine so you can finally enjoy that bubble bath you've been craving.

    Three side by side photos of the same bathtub going from rusty to clean
    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Love this stuff. I was skeptical at first. I am a huge germaphobe and this worked well enough for me to actually take a bath at my new place with the jets on!" —Ann

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    16. A water-based alkaline wood cleaner that'll be tough on dirt, oil, and dried spills but gentle on the wood itself. You won't know just how dirty your railings are until you give them a good scrub.

    amazon.com

    This cleaner foams and removes built-up residue such as dirt, oily films, and dried spills.

    Promising review: "This stuff works AWESOME! If you have any of the white water marks — GONE with this stuff. Any black spots — GONE with this stuff. Removes buildup from other products. Leaves a CLEAN, refreshed wood product. I use this on ALL my antiques, and I have not had ANY problems with this. Just great results! I wish I had found this sooner!" —AaronDr

    Get it from Amazon for $14.66.

    17. A microfiber brush set with four extra sleeves designed to get up close and personal with the dust on your blinds. *Starts singing* "I can see clearly now the dust has gone."

    Amazon, amazon.com

    This handy dandy tool comes with five microfiber cloths, meaning you'll be able to clean your whole darn house in one sweep.

    Promising review: "Where has this blind cleaner been for the past 50 years???? I have struggled to keep my blinds clean for so many years, and happily found this item. It WORKS!!! And I love that it comes with extra sleeves, and the sleeves are machine washable. The handle is plastic, but I feel confident it won't break any time soon." —marionvgt

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

    18. A jewelry cleaning jar, because years of wear have dulled your precious pieces more than you might think and now is the best time to break out your shiniest of jewels. Use this cleaner to remember what they looked like when you first got them!

    before and after of a reviewer's jewelry collection cleaned
    amazon.com

    It includes a basket for easily dropping in and removing pieces put in the solution. But please also note this should not be used on pearls!

    Promising review: "Decided to try this and WOW! It literally worked in seconds and was so efficient, I cleaned every piece of silver I owned because I was so amazed. I will never use anything else! This stuff is awesome!" —ACC41606

    Get it from Amazon for $7.95.

    19. Or a jewelry-cleaning pen so you can really get into the nooks and crannies of your favorite pieces.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    This twist-to-dispense pen delivers a cleansing solution through the center of the bristles. The formula consists of micro-fine cleansers and polishing agents combined with a polymer to make and keep your gems shiny and new.

    Promising review: "If I could give this 10 stars I would!!! I'm a little of a fanatic when it comes to keeping my jewelry clean, especially my wedding set. I tried this product on my diamonds, Swarovski crystals, and Brighton jewelry and the results are nothing less than amazing!!! This restored one of my Swarovski rings that I have not worn in years due to the cloudy color to a sparkling brilliance just like the first day I bought it!! I cannot recommend this product enough!!! I just ordered additional wands so I don't run out!!! Home run Amazon!" —Kristina B.

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    Check out my coworker's Diamond Dazzle Stik review for more deets!

    20. A screen cleaner kit, because your Zoom date should be in HD.

    a before and after of a computer that is covered in finger prints and then clean as the first day they bought it
    amazon.com

    The set includes the spray and an extra-large, scratch-free microfiber cloth. The formula has no alcohol, ammonia, or harmful phosphates and will gently clean HDTVs, PC monitors, Kindle Fires, tablets, laptops, smartphones, Apple Mac products, iPhones, and more!

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely incredible. I've had my MacBook for a few months now and in the college environment of lugging it back and forth to class, eating around it and doing group projects it had turned into a grease machine. I had tried just about every version of microfiber cloth, the sprays that promise they don't streak, and just about every electronic wipe on the market. To no avail, I went to Amazon and with the glowing reviews, I couldn't say no to giving it a try. Got it today and I am just blown away. Never have I felt the need to write an Amazon review, but here I am because it's just. that. good. Attached are pictures for proof, it works people! Ordering a travel size version to keep in my backpack as we speak!" —Matthew McGuire

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    21. A pack of BootRescue cleaning wipes for your favorite pair of leather or suede shoes that got stained getting caught in the rain.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Worked perfectly on black suede booties. Splattered some creamy soup on them two months ago. Couldn't find anything that removed the stain. Tried these wipes as a last-ditch effort. I can't believe it; they look brand new!! Stains came right out with very little effort." —AAD

    Get 10 wipes from Amazon for $8.19.

    22. A brush set handy enough to banish the soap grime from your bathroom sink or dirt caught in your grout.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Set includes: large brush and small brush with wiper blade.

    Promising review: "These are absolutely a must for grout cleaning and deep cleaning the hard-to-get-to nooks and crannies in the kitchen and bathroom. The ergonomic handles are easy on your wrists, and the strong bristles get the job done. While I have a larger grout brush on hand for the grout on my tile floor, these are perfect for countertop tile grout." —Sandy B.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    23. A cleaner and deodorizer that'll make your carpet look like it was just installed. I bet you forgot what color it was when you first got it!

    amazon.com

    FYI: This cleaner is only for use in carpet-cleaning machines, so you like, have to get one of those too. Here's the one they are using in the review photo!

    Promising review: "I was very skeptical. I just have to say the ratings are accurate! I had a room that had housed some pets while we were away at work and over many years accidents happened. When you’re not there to clean it up right away the carpet gets stained. I had used carpet cleaners with all kinds of recommended cleaners. But it just didn’t have an impact. After using up the last of another cleaner I had I finally opened this one." —KristenK

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes).

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