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    28 Things That Will Clean For You So You're Free To Live

    If you *despise* cleaning, you'll definitely want some of these products that'll do most of the hard work themselves.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. 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. Some Wet & Forget shower cleaner that'll make it easy to keep your tub and shower nice and shiny. All you have to do is spray, and it'll clean and prevent scummy buildup all on its own. No scrubbing or wiping required — hooray!

    The bottle of wet & forget shower cleaner
    Before: a dirty shower floor; after: the clean shower floor
    Amazon

    Promising review: "Does a FANTASTIC job if used regularly. I love this product. I hate cleaning tubs. This product has made our tubs look new. I don't use it every shower...maybe every third. Just spray down everything after the shower and forget about it. You DO need to rinse the tub before the next shower due to product making it slick. The fumes of other cleaners always messed with my asthma. I have noticed that for some reason with this one, I sneeze twice, because I have to spray shower doors while I'm still in the shower...but it never affects my lungs. I would recommend this to EVERYONE!" —Angela GIllaird

    Get enough to last 12 weeks from Amazon for $17.13.

    2. A spinning makeup brush cleaner because cleaning and drying your brushes by hand takes forever, and you have way better things to do. So, why not let this device do the work for you? It swirls your brushes in soapy water until leftover makeup, dead skin cells, dirt, and debris are gone, and then spins the brush until it's dry.

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    It comes with the brush spinner, charging station, eight rubber collars that securely connect the makeup brush to the spinner, a glass bowl, and a splash guard ring.

    Promising review: "I use my makeup brushes daily, and they get filthy. I've used other cleaners and this product wins hands down. The wand and the cleaner itself takes all the hard work and does it for you, not to mention the the brushes dry in seconds. This is the cleanest my brushes have ever been. Highly recommend." —Valerie

    Get it from Amazon for $23.86+ (available in two colors).

    3. A bottle of hard water booster powder you can simply add into to your dishwasher if you tend to end up with spots, residue, and hard water film all over your dishes, cups, and silverware even *after* they've been through a cycle.

    Reviewer photo of stained mug next to a clean mug after using powder
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    Promising review: "This seems to work really well in our dishwasher. The dishwasher was starting to leave a white film on everything and smell bad. I started using this along with the maximum or ultimate (I can't remember which right now, and I'm too lazy to go check) all-in-one Finish detergent pods, and it's been working great and getting the dishes clean. Also, we have well water." —Carole

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    4. A genius self-cleaning litter box so when nature has run its course, you won't have to be involved. This bestselling litter box does the dirty work for you, and is designed to sift out clumps so that your cat won't leave a fun trail of litter all over your house for you to clean up later.

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    It has sensors, so it knows when your kitty is in the box, and it rakes the box automatically 5, 10, or 20 minutes (you choose the setting) after they leave. All the nastiness is stored in an odor-locking trap until you change the tray (which you only have to do every few weeks)! Plus, it even includes a counter that'll let you know how often your cat uses the box, in case you need to monitor their output for health reasons.

    Promising review: "This litter box has changed my life! Our home environment is cleaner, and I don't have to handle nasty cat litter before I take care of the baby. My cat loves it too!!! She flopped down inside and took a nap as soon as I set it on the floor. If your life is a never-ending list of things to remember, do yourself a favor and get this litter box, and cross cat crap off the list!" —Melissa M.

    Get it from Amazon for $169.95+ (available in two styles and in three colors), and get some tray refills here.

    5. A portable, hands free Bissell SpotBot that'll take care of stains all on its own, doing all the spraying, scrubbing, brushing, and suctioning that you definitely don't feel like doing yourself.

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    It also comes with a hose and tool attachment if you'd prefer a more hands-on cleaning session.

    Promising review: "I have an older pug and he has always been good, but I knew one day this machine would be brought out. I had it nine months before my first use. He got sick one week, and I literally used the machine about 12 times in a week. All I can say is Bissell knocked it our of the park with this. It’s amazing. It cleans so well. It is the simplest machine I have ever used that does so much. It is well designed. Quick setup. And clean up. It does all the work for you. And it does a fantastic job. I love it. Worth every penny. I’ll never be without one. If you are on the fence, buy it. I can’t believe how good this machine works. And the design is flawless. The tanks are so easy to fill. And clean for storage. And if it can clean 100% of what we had this week. It can clean anything!!! Like it never even happened. Thank you Bissell!!!" —David

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99.

    6. A cleaning K-Cup you can pop into your Keurig just like you're making a normal cup of coffee. Then all you have to do is brew one large cycle with the cleaner pod, and one or more with just water (depending on how dirty your machine is), and you're done! Reviewers are overjoyed by how easy it is, and are relieved that they no longer have to wonder what gross bacteria is hiding out in their morning bean juice.

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    Promising review: "Our coffee can start to taste funky after several uses. We run this through once, then two times with just water. Works great and coffee goes back to tasting like normal! It clears out any build up that can affect the taste of your coffee. It is super easy and just as quick as making a cup of coffee." —Colorado Customer

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $9.95.

    7. A fridge deodorizer that'll banish those off smells that continue to linger even after you've tried every home remedy in the book. It's effective for up to six months and reviewers say it'll help keep your produce fresh for longer, too!

    Promising review: "This is an awesome product. Despite our refrigerator’s filter, the ice in the open bin in the freezer was developing odors. This is so much better than baking soda. I can’t believe the difference. The product itself doesn’t seem to have an odor; it just neutralizes the freezer smell so that there is no smell at all. We had even purchased a new ice bin thinking the old bin was the problem. I wish I had figured out this cheaper solution first. I hope it’s still available when it’s time to replace!" —Marell

    Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

    8. A Scrubbing Bubbles toilet cleaning stamp – it'll hang out on the inside of your bowl and give it a lil' clean with every flush...so you don't have to get in there and do the cleaning yourself! Simply stamp it on, and it'll ward off gross toilet rings and keep your throne smelling nice and fresh for up to 12 days before you have to add another one. Problem solved!

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    Promising review: "The product is easy to use, although the device seems a little strange at first. Just read the directions and you will see how easy it actually is to place the gel dots on the toilet bowl. I always use three gel dots around the inside of the bowl. It makes the bathroom really fresh and clean. They last about two to three weeks, depending on how much the toilet is used. These really help keep the bowl clean and the entire bathroom smelling clean and fresh." —Gina R.

    Get six stamps from Amazon for $3.97 (or Subscribe & Save for $3.77/month).

    9. A septic-safe jetted tub cleaner that'll get rid of the grime from the inside of your jetted bathtub, jacuzzi, or whirlpool in just *15 minutes* with basically no effort required on your part! Now you can actually enjoy using your tub instead of feeling like you're cooking in a bacteria soup.

    Reviewer photo of their jetted bath tub pushing out brown, dirty water
    Same reviewer's jetted tub drained but still dirty
    Same reviewer's jetted tub with clean water and a sparkly exterior

    Promising review: "Works better than anything else we have tried on our six-foot jetted hot tub. We have well water with lots of minerals. Oh Yuk gets the crud out fast and rinses easy. Been using it for three years and nothing else comes close." —Linda

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    10. A germaphobe-approved smartphone sanitizer to simultaneously sanitize *and* charge your phone! Forget about trying to wipe down every crevice with different cleaners and anxiously wondering if they'll mess up your screen or seep into the headphone jack. Just set your phone in this case, and the UV light will zap 99.99% of the uninvited germs clinging to your phone while the USB port gets you back to fully charged.

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    PhoneSoap is a small business that creates products to help you keep your phone germ-free.

    Promising review: "I love that I can put my phone in there after I get home and it is sanitized in no time at all. I work in health care and I makes me feel better about having my phone at work." —Tammy

    Get it from Amazon for $79.95.

    11. A made-to-order, self-draining ceramic soap dish ingeniously designed with a drainage spout to transport excess water directly into your sink instead of building up at the bottom of the dish for *you* to deal with.

    The dish holding a bar of soap and placed with the spout over the edge of a surface
    Kim Hau Ceramics / Etsy

    Promising review: "I love this soap dish! I bought some handmade soap at a farmers market and wanted a soap dish for it. This one caught my eye because of the sensible drain, the minimalist design, and the matte black glaze." —Linda BInder

    Get it from Kim Hau Ceramics on Etsy for $40 (available in four colors).

    12. A robot vacuum that'll actually do an efficient job so you can read a book, sip a lil' cocktail, and take a load off while it scoots around and does the work for you.

    The robot vacuum next to a sleeping child
    Amazon

    This robo-vac has an infrared-sensor for evading obstacles and drop-sensing tech to avoid falls. It also automatically recharges so it's always ready to clean. It comes with a remote control (two AAA batteries included), charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool, an extra set of high-performance filters, four side brushes, and five cable ties. It can clean continuously for up to 100 minutes.

    Promising review: "We are very pleased with our Eufy who we named Sneaky Pete because he is very quiet and can sneak up on you. We run him twice a day and are always surprised how much grime and pet hair he picks up. The instructions are simple and clear. Cleaning is super easy. He travels under beds and couches where we would not normally be able to reach with the traditional vacuum. After comparing all of the leading robo-vacs, we chose the Eufy because it was rated as high as expensive ones and was less than half of the cost. We chose well. Like all robo-vacs, Pete will become confused on an area that is black due to the anti-fall safety feature. Like a black patch of a rug. But, we don't hold that against him. Our dog is totally indifferent to Pete which is another pleasant surprise. We are very happy with our Eufy." —Dahna Brinkley

    Get it from Amazon for $149.99 (available in two colors).

    13. A bottle of Green Gobbler Drain Clog Dissolver that'll quickly gobble up any hair or other buildup in your various drains to give you one less thing to handle yourself.

    a green bottle with two openings with twist-off caps at the top of it.
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    Green Gobbler is plant-based, biodegradable (yayyy environment!), odorless, and non-corrosive so it won't damage your pipes during the cleaning process.

    Promising review: "OK... So I have to do a little review on this product BECAUSE I have had a stopped-up kitchen sink and have LITERALLY tried EVERYTHING down to the industrial products with NO luck. I decided to go on Amazon and read a few reviews. This is the one I decided to go with. I only used one chamber, let it sit for an hour, and then used boiling water. My sink is NO LONGER stopped up!!! I saved a plumber bill and this was $11.97. HUGE win for this woman!!" —Tabpeach

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    14. A powerful rust-removing spray – it dissolves rust on contact so you can simply wipe it clean *without* all that scrubbing you didn't feel like doing in the first place.

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

    Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

    15. All-natural bottle cleaning tablets that'll make your stainless steel thermos look (and smell) brand new with no scrubbing required!

    Reviewer before, during, and after images of a thermos using the tablets
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    These are biodegradable and odor-free.

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. A bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. 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 a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.

    16. A garbage disposal cleaner to bubble and fizz through the odor-causing grime all on its own, while you just stand back and wish you'd gotten it sooner.

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    Here's all you have to you do: Run some hot water, pop one of the packets in your disposer, let it foam, then wait for the foam to fully disappear. Garbage disposer = clean and odor-free.

    Promising review: "Works like a charm! These are pretty cool! I was a little skeptical but I followed the easy-to-use directions and it worked just like the product said it would. Foamed up and cleaned the drain!! Smell removed!!" —Jennifer K

    Get two packs of four from Amazon for $9.99.

    17. A Magic Eraser – it works...like magic! Just add water, and you'll be amazed at how the dirt and filth just wipes right off. Use it on surfaces, walls, bathtubs, oven doors, light switches — you name it!

    tub with sop scum with a clean spot thanks to the Magic Eraser
    Amazon

    This is the most durable Magic Eraser with 3X the power of bleach.

    Promising review: "The tubs are plastic/fiberglass. My daughter played with some toy that marked the tub — a lot of BLACK, DEEP marks! It looked awful. I tried to scrub it with soap, bleach, alcohol, rags/towels, Ajax, and nothing worked... Used these and the marks were gone in seconds." —Michael D

    Get a box of eight from Amazon for $11.99.

    18. Some washing machine cleaning tablets you just have to run through a cycle to clean your machine and keep your clothes smelling fresh.

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    Promising review: "I purchased with skepticism, but after using them I am pleasantly surprised. I LOVE this product!! Our laundry used to come out smelling WORSE than before I washed it. I thought I needed to buy a new washing machine. NO!!! I used two tabs initially (two different wash cycles), then use one a month for maintenance. My clothes always come out smelling fresh and clean! What a miracle, money-saving product. Only wish I’d known about them sooner!" —Ashley

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

    19. A coconut-based laundry stain pre-treat stick that'll get rid of pesky stains on all fabrics without requiring you to do any hand washing! Just wet the stained area, rub it with the Wunderbar stain stick, throw it in the wash, and that's it! Yellow pit stains, oil, makeup, food, dirt, and yes even poop will be long gone by the time the cycle ends.

    the stick-shaped bar of soap
    Celsious

    You do have to dampen the fabric first, but that takes all of two seconds. Celsious is a Black-owned, woman-owned small business based in Brooklyn that specializes in effective laundry products!

    Get it from Celsious for $8.

    20. A mold- and mildew-removal gel to banish those gross things we'd rather not think about. Just apply the gel, let it sit for six hours, and simply wipe away!

    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.

    21. Some hydrogen peroxide-infused toilet bombs that'll fizz around to freshen and clean your bowl. When used regularly, they'll even eliminate the need to get in there with a pumice stone!

    the five white spherical toilet bombs
    Juniperseed Mercantile / Etsy

    All you have to do? Drop one in the bowl, swish once or twice, let it fizz for about five minutes, then scrub for a minute or so with a toilet brush. Juniperseed Mercantile is a Littleton, Colorado-based small business with a passion for great skincare, simple living, and the earth.

    Promising review: "This is my second purchase of theses so you can tell I totally love them. They work great and I just store them in a jar on the back of the toilet. Definitely can't say I’ve ever stored any other toilet cleaner out in the open." —Laura Wick

    Get them from Juniperseed Mercantile on Etsy for $10.

    22. A pack of dishwasher-cleaning tablets, because who wants to spend time loading up the dishwasher only for it to present you with dishes that are STILL dirty?? No thank you.

    Reviewer photo showing a cup and silverware before and after using the cleaning tablets
    amazon.com

    These tablets are designed to penetrate, dissolve, and remove odor-causing residue that accumulates inside your dishwasher over time, as well as remove lime and mineral build-up. Using Affresh tablets once a month can prolong the life of your dishwasher and make it more effective at doing its job: cleaning your dishes.

    Promising review: "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, or 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.

    23. A grill cleaning robot that can clean a BBQ like nobody's business. Seriously, humans are no match for this thing. If you or anyone you know grills on the reg and hates the cleanup — this may be a worthy investment.

    The grill cleaning robot
    Amazon

    Promising review: "This thing really works. My wife cleans an AirBnB rental with a BBQ. No matter how many times the owners ask people to clean grill, they don't. My wife has about a five-hour window between reservations to get the place clean. Cleaning a BBQ grill can easily take 30 to 60 minutes. But, not with this thing. Hit the button three times, which gives you 30 minutes, drop it on the grill, put the lid down and voila your grill is cleaned. The surface of the grill looks almost new. It's almost a miracle. The brushes get quite a beating, but luckily it's only $11 for a replacement set. How could you go wrong with this thing? I am buying a second one for my BBQ grills on the patio.

    Update: I bought my second one this week. My wife quit cleaning the AirBnB house, but gifted the GrillBot to the owners because it saves so much time and does such a good job. I can't live without my GrillBot." —Terry Ball

    Get it from Amazon for $109.95 (available in two colors).

    24. A robot window cleaner so wiping down the windows can stop being your job. Reviewers also use it to clean their shower walls, mirrors, and even their floors if you're really trying to knock out a bunch of tasks with one device!

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    The Gladwell Gecko Robot Window Cleaner uses AI to clean every inch of your windows and is especially handy if you can't reach the tops of your tall windows. It comes with an app so you can control it from your phone.

    Promising review: "This product is sooooo cool! I live in the desert and my windows need constant cleaning to keep the dust away. I don't even need to spray my windows with cleaner unless there are fingerprints — and even then it’s not always needed. I sit the Gecko on the window while I vacuum or do laundry. It beeps when it’s done and then I move it to the next window. Extremely simple!" —Karen Kline

    Get it from Amazon for $199.95.

    25. An "Angry Mama" microwave cleaner to loosen up all of those splatters that have been there for way too long so you can just wipe them right off with a paper towel. Easy peasy!

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    Just add water and vinegar, and place this gadget in the microwave for five to eight minutes on high heat. Afterward, wipe off with sponge, rag or napkin, and all the grime will come right off!

    Promising review: "I'm embarrassed to say I hadn't cleaned my microwave in about six months. It's an awful task. I ran Angry Mama one time, wiped down easily, then ran it one more time to get it detailed really clean. Highly recommend using it more often than once every six months for a super fast, super clean microwave!" —Kelsey

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (available in four colors).

    26. A pair of fluffy slippers with microfiber mops on the soles ingeniously designed so you can keep your floors clean just by walking around... which you were probably gonna do anyway! The soles are detachable, making them super easy to clean when needed – plus, they are super adorable looking *and* quiet.

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    Promising review: "So why do I like mopping slippers? I have a 2-year-old and they're great for mopping up little splashes. Drops of water from doing dishes and the extra padding is nice. No paper towels wasted and it's immediate. Plus these are cute. You have to have a sense of whimsy for this functional novelty item." —G. Kim

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four sizes and 17 styles).

    27. A natural glass cleaner that uses vinegar, essential oils, and alcohol to help cut grease and leave your bathroom mirror streak-free. Just spray and wipe — and your work here is done!

    the spray bottle of natural citrus glass cleaner
    Pardo Naturals

    Pardo Naturals is a Black woman-owned small business based in Georgia. The shop makes products designed for people with sensitive skin, and even offers natural product–making classes.

    Get it from Pardo Naturals for $8 (available in four scents; Shop Pay, Google Pay, and PayPal available).

    28. And finally, an odor-neutralizing candle that'll banish the overwhelming scent of ~dog~ that tends to linger around your apartment no matter how much you spray, scrub, and clean. This pet-safe candle is made with a proven odor neutralizer to actually get rid of pet smells instead of just covering them up with intense, fake-smelling fragrances. They come in a variety of pleasant-smelling, nonoverwhelming scents you'll love having in your home, and all you have to do is just light it up and let it do its thing!

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    BuzzFeeder Mallory Mower uses these candles and loves them! Here's why:

    "I'm in a small apartment with multiple litter boxes and two particularly well-fed cats. These candles were recommended to me by a coworker when I brought up the stress of keeping my place smelling fresh. I get each new sent every season, because they are the only thing I need to keep my home from smelling like pets. I firmly believe they are the best odor control around."

    Promising review: "I have multiple dogs in the house and am always concerned that it smells like that to visitors even cleaning everyday. I have use other candles and melts that add a pleasant smell to the underlying odor, but these candles do better. I have been able to leave the house for hours and when I first open the door, on my return, I don't smell dog. We recently had a house full of people (many of them pet parents) over for Christmas dinner and it was actually commented 'Your house smells really nice. How do you keep the dog smell out?' I laughed and told them I was just wondering if the candles were working. I guess I got the BEST answer." —LLL Texas

    Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in 28 scents).

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