Skip To Content
    Updated on Sep 25, 2019. Posted on Sep 25, 2019

    26 Useful Cleaning Products For Anyone With A New Home

    There's nothing like the fresh start of a new home β€” but, trying to keep it "fresh" isn't always easy. 🏠

    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 β€” prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pack of dishwasher cleaning tabs you can use if your home has an old dishwasher installed with questionable cleanliness. And if you do have a brand new dishwasher, you can make sure it actually *stays* clean.

    Amazon

    These tablets are designed to penetrate, dissolve, and remove residue that can make your dishwasher stink. They also help get rid of lime and mineral build-up that can appear inside your dishwasher. Use them once a month to keep your dishwasher fresh and clean!

    Promising review: "Works extremely well. We haven't done any cleaning on our dishwasher in five years, and the sliding trays were tough to pull out and push in, there was detergent build up all over the inside, and there was a milky film on all our cups. I bought this, 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, and no more build-up around the door seals." β€”Martoune

    Get a pack of six tablets on Amazon for $5.96.

    2. A bottle of mold and mildew remover, because those tubs and showers can get gross within the blink of an eye. Just apply the gel on the surface, let it sit for 7-8 hours, and rinse it off β€” no scrubbing required!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "Wow! I would give this 10 stars if I could. We've had issues for a few years with the caulking behind the handle of our kitchen faucet turning black from mildew. We've scrubbed with what seems like a million different products, with no luck. We were actually just talking about ripping out the caulking and doing a total replacement. But, my husband saw this online the other day and decided to order it. Almost immediately when he applied it, you could see it was starting to work. We left it on overnight and the black is COMPLETELY GONE! It's incredible. 1000% worth the (small) investment." β€”Nicole D.

    Get it on Amazon for $12.99.

    3. A bottle of ammonia-free Windex glass cleaner so you can keep those new selfie mirrors in tact and fingerprint-free at all times.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This windex is my favorite. It smells great and leaves my windows and mirrors streak-free. I also use this on my quartz countertops. It was recommended to me by the guys who installed my countertops because of the 'no ammonia.'" β€”trishh12

    Get it from Amazon for $2.50.

    4. A bottle of wood polish and conditioner that'll really come in handy for sprucing up your wood furniture after the movers inevitably ding it up a bit.

    amazon.com

    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 and 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... fantastic smell!" β€”Tiffany Sadowski

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $8.48.

    5. An all-in-one steam mop with a detachable handheld unit you can use to work magic on almost any surfaces including laminate, hardwood, tile, grout, and carpet. Just take it for a ride through the new place before you even unpack!

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Wow! Seriously I don't ever write reviews but this mop is a serious game changer! Where have you been my whole life!? I have worked really hard at creating a non-toxic home/life and this is just the icing on the cake! It works so well on wood, tile and that pesky laminate flooring that feels impossible to clean without breaking a sweat! Just call me Joy cause I'm ready to host this mop on HGTV! Not only does it actually clean your floors, but it's super easy and I love the function that when you set the mop sitting up right on it's own it goes into off-mode and you just have to pull the mop handle down to get it going again. GREAT for all homes especially ones with pets and babies." β€”maggie

    Get it from Amazon for $121.99.

    6. An extendable microfiber duster set since you honestly never know when that ceiling fan was last cleaned.

    Amazon

    It comes with four pieces: an adjustable handle that extends from 24 to 49 inches, a regular short handle, a fluffy duster good for brushing stuff down from high places, and a bendable chenille and microfiber duster that grabs and holds onto dust and dirt.

    Promising review: "Perfect for my needs. Love the telescoping design and that it has no protruding joints that would prevent it from fitting underneath furniture with low clearance. Reaches under, behind and around all the tight spaces I can't get to without moving heavy furniture around. The duster is also very lightweight and can handle delicate situations." β€”Sjay

    Get it on Amazon for $17.99.

    7. A daily shower spray to keep the residue and bacteria away. Plus, you don't even have to rinse it off!

    Amazon

    It's the middle product pictured above β€” you just spray it on after your shower, no rinsing required! It works well to prevent mildew and soap scum in showers without glass doors, too.

    Promising review: "Our shower has one of those full length glass doors that was impossible to keep from hazing over. We even use a squeegee on the door after every shower, and it still managed to build up on the door. I have tried so many different cleaners, but had just about given up on ever having a spotless glass door. I decided to try this stuff since I love the smell of eucalyptus, so even if it didn't work, it wouldn't be a total loss. Now we use the squeegee as usual, and then spray the door with this shower cleaner and the door is completely clear. No scrubbing. No wiping. I love it!" β€”girlgeek

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.25.

    8. A fume-free oven cleaner so you can get rid of the gross crispies and baked on spills as they happen β€” that way they won't accumulate for, you know, years and years.

    amazon.com

    Technically the directions say you actually only have to wait for two hours to get results. (And many reviewers say it's true!)

    Promising review: "Oh man, this stuff is awesome! I sprayed and left it on overnight. I had no idea what to expect. I took a paper towel and started wiping out the oven. The grime just melted away. I am VERY pleased!" β€”KsGrl444

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    9. A foaming garbage disposal cleaner so you won't smell a yucky, rotting aroma every time you go to do the dishes.

    amazon.com

    Note that it's best if your garbage disposal's just generally smelly or dirty and not actually clogged β€” if it's clogged, definitely call a plumber.

    Promising review: "After seeing it say it only takes two minutes (mine was closer to four) I thought there was no way it would work. But I can literally hear how much easier the disposal spins. I can see the metal which used to be black. I'm in an apartment where it has probably never been cleaned. I didn't even know the second sink drain was white until this. It had a layer of brown gunk. Simply amazing, I'm shocked how well this stuff works." β€”J. Peace

    Get a pack of four on Amazon for $5.25.

    10. A pack of washing machine tablets to prevent your washer from making your clothes smell funky.

    Amazon

    They're safe to use with pretty much any type of washer: HE or regular, top-loading and front-loading. Just drop it in, set your washer to go, and forget about it.

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

    Get a pack of six on Amazon for $11.98.

    11. A pet hair removing roller, because as much as you love your furry friend, you definitely don't want your new couch covered in their hair.

    Because it doesn't rely on adhesive paper, you only have to buy it once and use it forever β€” cleaning the hair off the brush when it gets clogged, of course!

    Promising review: "We live in a household that contains two humans, two dogs, and two cats. It's a real Noah's Ark furnished with a black sectional couch. Our dogs hate the vacuum so much so they will attack it even before we power it on. This makes the task of cleaning our couch extremely unpleasant and nearly impossible. Thanks to Chom Chom, we no longer have this problem! With a simple, quick, SOUNDLESS sweep, we're able to keep our couch pet-hair-free in blissful peace. This tool does an amazing job picking up pet hair but not so much with crumbs. We were so impressed, we gifted these as Christmas presents for all of our pet-loving friends." β€”Magpie

    Get one on Amazon for $24.95.

    12. A squeegee broom guaranteed to keep all of your floors looking brand spanking new. The 100% natural rubber brush picks up pet hair like a magnet and easily removes hair from carpets, rugs, hardwood, and linoleum.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    The built in squeegee edge can also be used to clean windows, showers, and windshields. Use it to clean up liquid spills on tile, concrete, or any hardwood surface too. It's basically a must-have to keep your floors shining.

    Promising review: "This thing just plain works. We got a mature golden retriever last year and were told he didn't shed. Then in the spring he started shedding badly. We were tired of hair everywhere and I found this product on a whim one day. I ordered it and it was tough at first. The bristles pulled the hair up but then caught the tufts and spread them around. I found that using short quick strokes with the rake turned upside down got the best results. The backside is like a squeegee and helps pull the hair up in long rolls and keeps the hair in one big pile." β€”Nick V.

    Get it on Amazon for $13.05.

    13. A set of drill brushes so you can remove any of that hard-to-clean grossness the last homeowners or renters may have left behind.

    amazon.com

    Make sure to use them only on surfaces you're pretty sure they won't scratch! And you can alway test in a discreet area first to check.

    Promising review: "I bought this on a whim because my walk-in shower is just a pain to clean. I'm 51 and I guess I've just been old school with how I clean, so hand scrubbing it was for years. The FIRST time I used this to clean my shower it took five minutes AND it scrubbed my shower more clean than it has been in years. In the corners, the floor, the glass door...everything came out squeaky clean. I'm NEVER cleaning my shower by hand again." β€”Terry

    Get the set of three brushes on Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors).

    14. A robotic vacuum that will effortlessly keep the dust and dirt off the floor for you β€” unpacking and getting organized is time consuming enough!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    This robo vac can easily move between hard floors and low-pile carpets/rugs and can pick up all the accumulated dust, dirt, and hair while you go about your day.

    Promising review: "I set it up to go around my house once a day while I'm at work and I have never been disappointed. The amount of cat hair and dirt/dust that it picks up everyday is disgusting. I LOVE IT. I couldn't believe that EVERY DAY there is that much dirt on my floor that I would have waited until the weekend to sweep or vacuum up. There is no longer the feeling of little bits of dirt on your feet while walking through the house barefoot. I highly recommend this vacuum for the price and for what we bought it for β€” to sweep/vacuum our hardwood floors and minimal carpets." β€”Allison Darrow

    Get it on Amazon for $239.99 (available in two colors).

    15. A pair of small deep clean scrub brushes that'll keep all of the cracks and crevasses squeaky clean.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "I HIGHLY recommend these brushes for grout. If you are on the fence of 'Ehhh do I NEED a grout brush? I could just scrub the floor...' Stop. Get these brushes. They are stiff and cut down the elbow grease time incredibly. Plus you can use them on anything. Pros: Sturdy, easy to clean, solid brushes. Con: Hands may 'hurt' a bit after use due to elbow grease." β€”Jennifer

    Get the two on Amazon for $5.99 (two colors).

    16. A drain millipede, because you don't want the sink to stop draining a couple weeks into living at your new place. You have enough things going on!

    Amazon, amazon.com

    It's covered in thousands of little hook-teeth which tightly grab onto the clog and pull it all the way out!

    Promising review: "The shower drain had been clogged for months. We tried so many bottles of Draino and others, but nothing worked. After I saw this product listed on one of those BuzzFeed lists, I thought I would try it. It was incredible how much hair this thing pulled up from the beginning. It took about five minutes and lots of clearing of clumps, but the shower is draining perfectly again! Like some other reviewers have mentioned, it’s best to toss it after use, especially if your drain is as bad as mine was. I’m definitely hooked!" β€”E. Marlowe

    Get one on Amazon for $5.28.

    17. A pumice cleaning stone you will want to keep your bathroom sparkling. ✨ Especially after you host a housewarming party.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I have a 19-year-old master bathroom–toilet that had accumulated some nasty stains over time which regular toilet brushes and cleaning products just would not remove. Decided to try this pumice stone, figuring that the worst that could happen would be that it scratched the porcelain and I'd have to replace the toilet. Which was what I would have had to have done anyway, if I couldn't get the disgusting stains out. Pumice stone worked like a charm! Given the nature and severity of the stains, it required some elbow grease, but 10 minutes later I have a new-looking bowl, and I see no signs of scratching. Am very happy with this purchase...well worth the very low price!" β€”Happy Retiree

    Get it on Amazon for $7.99.

    18. Some Goo Gone adhesive remover that'll come in handy as you're removing tape and packaging from various things around the house.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. So far, I have used it to remove heavy adhesive from a tile floor where we had previously had a cover for a wire running across the area. I applied Goo Gone, scraped the majority of the adhesive and fibers off, then wiped off the remaining residue with a paper towel. I also used it to clean grease off of wood veneer cabinets using a paper towel, and it was so effortless! We have a microwave above the stove, and I also used Goo Gone to clean grease from the exhaust vents, which was so much easier than ever before." β€”Cass

    Get an 8 oz bottle on Amazon for $7.87.

    19. A pack of biodegradable cleaning wipes for quick clean-ups around your bathroom, bedroom, kitchen... pretty much anywhere.

    Green Works / Facebook, Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "Okay, so I'm lazy. Using a reusable cleaning cloth and a spray on cleaner might save me a little money. But these are easy to use, don't require washing, do a good job of cleaning up the kitchen and bathrooms, and are compostable so can be thrown into my lawn waste bin. What's not to like??" β€”bargain hunter

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $12.28.

    To learn more about how fast these work, check out "I Lived By The One-Minute Rule For An Entire Week".

    20. A pack of six non-scratch sponges that'll really do the job after you've successfully cooked a meal in your new kitchen.

    BuzzFeed Reviews

    Promising review: "This sponge absorbs just as well as any other, but the scrub pad is what makes this a must have for washing dishes and pots and pans. It is safe for Teflon coating but tough enough for steel and aluminum. The scrub pad also lasts longer than any other I've used. Scotch Brite pads also stay bonded to the sponge better than any other." β€”Carmelo Noce

    Get a pack of six on Amazon for $5.14.

    See why this won lowest-price kitchen sponge on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    21. A rust stain remover to get rid of the unappealing rust that was already there or the rust that'll surely show up in a few months.

    amazon.com

    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, walk away for a few minutes, and wiped and rinsed." β€”Carrie D.

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    22. A microfiber dusting glove so you can prevent allergens from building up in all the little places.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Promising review: "Do you hate having to dust around things? I know I do. This glove is ideal β€” you can just wipe away dust while easily maneuvering around odds and ends in your way. Because it’s your own hand inside the glove it’s also easy to maneuver over oddly shaped things like silk plants or blinds. I absolutely recommend this!" β€”Katherine Wise

    Get it from Amazon for $12.09.

    23. And a pair of dusting slippers to help you keep the floors clean while you're shuffling around and focused on getting everything in order.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "This must be the greatest idea since the discovery of fire! Two days in, and my hardwood is shining! And all with just walking around! Of course the quality is pedestrian (pardon), of course it doesn’t look like it was made by Versace, but that’s not the point, is it?" β€”Nigel

    Get them from Amazon for $11.48 (available in sizes 6-11 and in three colors).

    Check out "We Tested Gadgets For People Who Suck At Cleaning, And Here's What Actually Worked" for more details on these lil' helpers.

    24. A carpet cleaning and deodorizing solution to add to your carpet cleaner, because not all new living quarters come with new carpets! This may be even more necessary than you realize.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I live in an apartment so the carpet quality is not the greatest. I had a stain that occurred from a garbage can liner leaking a long line of... I don't know what... across a four-foot piece of carpeting. No home remedies worked. Bought a steam cleaner I had been wanting and this product. I am totally amazed at how well it worked! The stain is gone. I need to add that I had tried EVERYTHING with a lot of elbow grease and nothing else worked. Whatever it was in my carpet this product was removed completely after two applications in two days!" β€”Cat D.

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    25. A ceramic cooktop cleaner that'll keep your pretty new cooking area looking HGTV-approved. It's safe on all smooth tops, including radiant and halogen.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I honestly did not think this product would work! I tried nearly everything, including the sample that came with my black glass stove. I squirted the product onto the stove top and used a damp scrub pad. Most of the built-up brown stains and white streaks came off with minimal scrubbing effort. What impressed me was that the white streaks were 95% gone as well! Nothing took these off before. I highly recommend this product! The only thing I will use from now on!" β€”Natalie

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $15.99.

    26. And a carpet and upholstery stain remover, because a spilled glass of wine or juice will likely occur at some point and it's much better to be prepared.

    amazon.com

    Promising reviews: "Got dried black paint out of a white carpet!" β€”Erica Puskar

    "If you are ever thinking you might need this, TRUST ME you do! This is only the second review I’ve ever written, but felt like I needed to because this product is so amazing. My 2-year-old threw up chocolate milk on our cream carpet. It was a complete disaster. I tried everything and nothing even made a dent in it, until this. It’s also scentless, which was great because I got the stain up right before my little girl’s bedtime. TOP NOTCH!" β€”Jillian Briggs

    Get it from Amazon for $11.20.

    Read BuzzFeed's full write-up on this stain remover!

    These products will have you in your new place like:

    Disney

    Some reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Make your life even tidier. Check out the best all-natural cleaning products for your home, the best bathroom cleaning products, organization products perfect for neat freaks, and, of course, our ultimate guide to cleaning every single room in your house.

    Shopping for something specific? Check out BuzzFeed Reviews to find the best things for every budget!

    BuzzFeed

    Shopping Newsletter
    Β 

    Find great products and the best-money saving deals around, delivered right to your inbox.
    Newsletter signup form