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    Updated on Aug 21, 2019. Posted on Aug 18, 2019

    36 Effective Cleaning Products That'll Finally Get The Job Done

    Tough stains COWER in the face of these products.

    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. A jewelry cleaning pen — aka the ~Dazzle Stick~ — that'll do just that: Make all your favorite pieces dazzle again and rid them from any cloudiness.

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    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 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 $5.49.

    2. A mighty mildew stain remover that can restore tile, plastic, and even vinyl upholstery and make it look like it's brand stinkin' new again. Think: Outdoor furniture, boats, and anything that regularly faces harsh weather.

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    Promising review: "I don't often write a review of a product. But this was so impressive, I thought I should let others know. We have a set of vinyl outdoor chairs that were constantly covered with mildew. When we were feeling ambitious, we'd take the time to power wash the chairs, which worked pretty well but was a lot of work. The problem was that a couple days later, the mildew was back almost as bad a before. With this mildew stain remover, we sprayed the chairs, let them sit a few minutes, and hosed off with a regular garden hose. Easy. And they were cleaner than they ever got using the power washer. When we put the chairs away two months later, they were still clean." —Christine A. Simonson

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99 (available in three sizes).

    3. A wood conditioner made with a beeswax and orange oil formula that'll basically be a spa treatment for your wood surfaces. It polishes, creates a protective layer, and helps prevent the wood from drying out or fading.

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    Check out BuzzFeed's full write-up on this Feed-N-Wax Wood Polish!

    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 — and a fantastic smell!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48 (available in eight size).

    4. A hard water remover to *finally* rid glass surfaces from that cloudy film. You may end up running into your practically invisible shower door, though — you've been warned.

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    Promising review: "When we moved into our new place the shower doors looked like they had never been cleaned before. I tried at least 10 different products and methods to remove the hard water spots but nothing even made a dent. Bio Clean, however, was like a magic eraser! I scrubbed each door for about 10 minutes and it was incredible! I’ve never written a cleaning product review before but this one is worth every penny." —Shane B

    Get it from Amazon for $19.70.

    5. Fizzy tablets that'll save your bottles from stained-on grime and nasty odors. If you thought your bottle was a goner, think again!

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    Promising review: "I wasn't sure if this was a gimmick or not. Turns out it works really well. I have four metal thermos-like containers that are used to keep tea warm every day. Over time, the tea stained the insides and was very difficult to remove. I added one of these tablets to the container, filled it with hot water, and let it sit for a few hours. When I came back to rinse it out, I was literally amazed at how clean it was. I think it looked cleaner than when they were new. I called my wife over to show her, and she was equally impressed. Awesome product!" —Robert A Moreno II

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8.

    6. A miracle-working laundry bar for knocking the toughest stains *out of the park*. Yes, it's baseball pants-approved!

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    Promising review "If you’ve got a baseball player with white pants, this is a MUST have. You can soak pants for days and still have stains. This gets rid of everything. I use a soft toothbrush so I don’t pill up the fabric. A bar will last months. Also, it's probably really good to get rid of blood (aka evidence). Just allot yourself enough time to scrub (and dry) before you call 911. That's the key. That’s just something I thought of off the top of my head. Not based on any true story that may or may not still be under investigation. Just a useful tip. Happy cleaning!" —L. Arnold

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $8.99.

    7. A $7 jewelry cleaning cloth that'll give you ~crystal~ clear results. It removes tarnish so your best pieces can shine and sparkle again.

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    Read a BuzzFeeder's full review of this fab cleaning cloth, and a lil' blurb here:

    "The first thing I cleaned off was an old Tiffany's necklace. I hadn't worn it in a couple years, and it was covered in tarnish. After rubbing the piece on the cloth for a minute or two, it literally looked like new again! I was amazed at how easy it was to use — it's a lot less messy than toothpaste and other cleaning solutions. The cloth is quite soft as well, so I wasn't worried about it scratching any of my jewelry. I read in the instructions that you never have to clean this cloth, and that it lasts for years and years (depending on how much jewelry you polish, of course)." —Yi Yang

    Get it from Amazon for $7.24.

    8. A power drill brush attachment to deep clean showers, ovens, sinks, and anything that has unbeatable stains (until now that is!).

    Jason B. / amazon.com, alicia haats / amazon.com / Jason B. / amazon.com

    The brush kit comes with three style of brushes: two for surface cleaning, and a rounder one for getting in the corners! The attachments have a quarter inch shaft so they should fit standard cordless drills.

    Keep in mind, this is *just* for the brush attachments. The power drill is not included — but if you want one you can get a good one for $65.82.

    Promising review: "I have NO idea why this product would ever have less than a 5-star review. It is a great brush set. I used all three in an effort to get some mildew stains off the grout in my shower. NOTHING worked, but a bit of Soft Scrub (bleach) and these brushes worked like a charm! I then used the larger brush on the floor of the shower, and to remove some soap scum from the glass shower doors. WOW! Where has this been all my life?! Excellent product, and it works like it should in conjunction with your power drill." —SomeGirl

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95.

    9. A ceramic cooktop cleaner essential for removing the nasty, caked-on food gunk and burn stains stuck on the sides of your burner from your attempt at making cacio e pepe three weeks ago.

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    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!" —Natalie

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    10. An upholstery stain remover so you don't have to stress over any "oh crap" kind of moments — like say, black paint on white carpet. *Cringes.*

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    Promising reviews: "Got dried black paint out of a white carpet!" —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!" —Jillian Briggs

    Get it from Amazon for $12.09.

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

    11. A degreaser cleaner that'll take your driveway (and other hard surfaces) from a greasy, oily mess to a clean and pristine concrete heaven.

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    Promising review: "I was skeptical that it would really remove all the oil stains on my driveway from oil leaks, but it did. I didn't dilute it at all, just poured it over the stain, waited about a minute, then with my hose did a hard blast over the stain. All gone! Usually not even a trace of the stain left. A few times there was a small trace left that most people wouldn't notice at all, but I just re-did the same thing and the entire stain was gone." —agoutimouse

    Get a 1-gallon bottle from Amazon for $15.80.

    12. A powerful grout cleaner, because beautiful, grime-free grout lives under all that dirt, you just have to believe, scrub (automatic brush, anyone?), and use a little bit of this magic:

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    Promising review: "I never leave reviews on Amazon but this grout cleaner definitely deserved a review. I tried three other cleaners before buying Grout-EEZ, and they did nothing but waste my time and money. Grout-EEZ got my grout perfectly clean in no time plus it was easy to use and no odor. I'll never use another grout cleaner." —Tyler

    Get it from Amazon for $19.95.

    13. And! A cleaner and degreaser that'll eliminate any "I have no idea what that is" residue and leave behind sparkly CLEAN surfaces. These results do not lie!!!

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    Promising review: "There’s is nothing like this in the market! You must try it to believe it! My wife and I got brand new floors. It’s been a year and the floors got really stained with practically anything that's come its way. This product saved us from even thinking on removing or paying a professional to come clean. We are so impressed that we have shared this with family and friends!! Incredible! Thank you so much for creating a product this good!" —Matmas

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    14. And! An angular brush with narrow bristles for specifically (and effectively) cleaning grout.

    Keith Burrows / amazon.com, Renee C. / amazon.com

    Promising review: "Yes!!!! This works!!! I used this on the grout on the kitchen floor that we have not scrubbed in 10+ years. The first half hour I was using two toothbrushes to scrub. Why? Because I had the toothbrushes and didn't want it to go to waste. Boy what a waste of time! I should have thrown out the toothbrushes and used this in the beginning! I really appreciate this product and its design. The bristles stayed hard and was easy to control over the tiles. Easy 5 stars." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in eight brush types).

    15. A multipurpose car cleaner that basically screams, "I CAN DO IT ALL," and then genuinely does it all. Use it to scrub leather, vinyl, upholstery, carpet, plastic, and any part of your ride that could use a sparkle.

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    Promising review: "All their products are great! But this new product they have developed knocks it out of the ball park! The pictures above are of a 2007 Nissan Titan truck I was detailing for a customer. The seats were disgusting and stained. I CAN ASSURE YOU ALL I USED WAS CAR GUYS SUPER CLEANER to clean the seats. I simply sprayed Super Clean all over the seat until it was damp, I scrubbed with a detail brush, then vacuumed all of it up and dried it with a microfiber. The results speak for themselves. This really is a SUPER CLEANER that is capable of cleaning mostly every interior surface and does an amazing job at it." —Joseph L.

    Get the cleaner plus a towel from Amazon for $16.99.

    16. A set of cleaning sponges so you're prepared to tackle any tough surface cleaning job the moment you spot it — from marker scribbles to the seemingly permanent stains in your bathtub.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love these sponges. I use them in the kitchen, the bathroom, and on the sides of the pool. But the use I like the best is to clean my vinyl wood floors. They get the spots and footprints off quickly without damaging the floor. I've use mops but they didn't remove what everyone had tracked in without pressing down really hard. These work quickly and efficiently." —D. Morales

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $9.95.

    17. An impressive stain remover that'll look rust stains straight in the eyes and say, "Stains, who??" And then completely destroy them right then and there. HELLO, look at this proof!!!

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    Promising review: "The photos speak for themselves. When we bought our home there was no water softener and years of iron build up. We tried so many things on our shower. Nothing worked. We were convinced we’d be stuck until we renovated the bathroom. The iron out worked wonders. I still can’t believe it. We had to let it sit for about an hour. It then dissolved and wiped right off. Definitely use in a ventilated area if possible." —M. Gilardi

    Get it from Amazon for $4.24.

    18. A bottle of dishwashing booster powder that'll bring certain residue-covered dishes back to life with one rinse cycle. Yes! ONE CYCLE!

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    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 $5.97 (available in two sizes).

    19. A restorative headlight wipe kit to make your headlights look so shiny and new, you may start asking all your family and friends if you can clean their cars.

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    Promising review: "This stuff worked great! My car is six years old but it looked more like 20 with the cloudy headlights. The kit I received came with a double-sided, fine sandpaper-type square, a red cloth, blue gloves, and a sealed package containing the wipe. The instructions are simple and clear: wet the surface and use the green side of the square to gently scrub off the milky, yellowish stuff on your headlights. Follow up with another splash of water and use the grey side to polish. This step will take more time and effort depending on how bad your headlights are. Once you think you're ready for the last step, take the red cloth and thoroughly dry the surface. I let it sit for a few minutes to make sure everything was dry as a bone. Last step: put on the gloves, open the packet, remove the thick wipe and carefully go over the surface once. All in all, this was a simple procedure that didn't take too much effort and my headlights look brand new. Win-win!" —Jeneroo2u

    Get it from Amazon for $8.88.

    20. A concentrated gel so your shower grout and sealant can be F-R-E-E from mold and mildew build-up. May you no longer be completely grossed out by your bathroom!

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I couldn't be happier with this product! It saved me the chore of re-caulking my bathtub in only one application. I applied it and actually forgot about it. The next morning I opened my shower curtain and said, 'OMG!' I really didn't expect to get these results." —Linda Hartman

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    21. A food-grade mineral oil for rejuvenating dry, wooden kitchenware back to its original vibrancy. It's tasteless, odorless, colorless, and is safe to use on cutting boards, butcher blocks, countertops, and wooden bowls and utensils.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I recently took it upon myself to refinish my family's ancient '60s cutting boards...you know, the ones that slide out from the counters and are an original part of a horribly outdated pink-tiled kitchen. I have three of these cutting boards in total. I sanded them down and finished up the wood with this product. My cutting board looks gorgeous and brand new! I've included a picture of the one I refinished (left) and one that hasn't been refinished (right) yet just to give an idea of the transformation. Great product, beautiful cutting boards!" —Shannon Courser

    Get it from Amazon for $9.48.

    22. A drain snake that'll pull an unsightly amount of hair from the depths of your drain. Yikes, these are some nauseatingly impressive results:

    amazon.com / amazon.com

    Promising review: "I’m so excited to finally have a bathroom sink that drains!! Since moving into my apartment, my bathroom sink and bathtub took forever to drain. I bought multiple de-clogging solutions but they didn’t assist or help much with the problem. When my bathtub was taking over an hour to drain I decided it was time to try these out! After receiving it I went to work, within minutes it pulled out so much hair in both drains. It’s disturbing/disgusting yet weirdly satisfying because now my sinks drain!! I cannot believe how easy it was to use, (I received a pack of three) but only needed to use one for both sinks." —DebSd

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $5.99.

    23. A cruelty-free, non-toxic, hypoallergenic, natural stain remover so effective, it can even rid your white shirts from those dreaded pit stains.

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    Check out BuzzFeed's full review on this Puracy laundry stain remover.

    Promising review: "I've tried several stain removers and have to say this stuff really does remove stains. It has removed: blood, grape juice, baby barf, chocolate, grass stains, sweat stains, melon, pretty much everything. I have to say I was almost shocked at how well this worked. My wife says they should rename it 'chill mom,' because she no longer worries about stains at all. That's priceless when you have a very curious and adventurous little boy who keeps finding new ways to get dirty." —Martin Isaksen

    Get it from Amazon for $12.48.

    24. An all-purpose powder cleanser that'll tackle every inch of dirt, grime, and rust that has taken over your house. Pots? Yes. Stovetops? Of course. Glass??? YOU BETCHA.

    Kayla Suazo / BuzzFeed / Arlington Anne / amazon.com

    This is my stovetop!!! Read my full review on this Bar Keeper's Friend powder cleanser.

    Promising review: "This stuff is like magic! Straight up wizardry. I love it! I initially bought it to clean my sink, which is porcelain and even though it's not even a year old, is just holding on to all the coffee and tea staining. I'd say it took less than a minute after making a paste with Bar Keepers Friend to clean the sink up to a nearly new shine. I've used it in the sink, in the bathroom, to clean stainless steel pots and pans, and on a 17-year-old Revereware tea kettle (which I thought would never be restored to its former loveliness, btw). This is a product that I will buy again and again, and will happily recommend to anyone." —Nicci Stephenson

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.70.

    25. A pet stain and odor remover to basically reverse time and make it as if your fur child never had an indoor accident in the first place!

    amazon.com

    Even the sneaky pee accidents!

    Promising review: "I have tried just about every carpet cleaner. This by far is the best to clean up my puppies' oopsies. I have a black light I use to find their accidents and you can see the before and after... It is the only one that really lifts it out. Plus it smells great. I will be buying more." —Iggy

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    26. A suede and leather brush that'll get the annoying scuffs and salt lines off of your favorite shoes, bags, journals, coats, and the like. Point is, stains have no room in your closet, no they do not.

    Lissette Castillo / amazon.com

    Promising review: "This brush saved my shoes! I posted before and after photos so you can see the difference. My shoes were light pink with big noticeable stains on the sides. I just brushed it on the same direction until the stains wore off." —Lissette Castillo

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    27. A wood polish for filling in scratches and nicks on furniture, floors, and cabinets. By the time you're done with this thing, your wood surfaces will look BRAND STINKIN' NEW.

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    Promising review: "I used this to treat a couple pieces of furniture, one that had only a few scratches, and one that was a train wreck. On the first one, it looked quite nice after applying. On the second one, I couldn't believe the difference it made! The 31-year-old (pine) piece was heavily worn and hadn't seen any real upkeep in its lifetime. After one application, the difference was like night and day. I definitely recommend this product to rejuvenate wood furniture. Like others have said, it doesn't REMOVE anything, but cleans and darkens blemishes so they visually blend in. I've now gone over all the wood furniture in our living room and the overall difference is remarkable." —icheckemout

    Get the darker wood polish on Amazon for $4.82.

    28. A natural laundry detergent powder that, when mixed with water, can banish stuck-on stains for good. I mean, if it can give results like these on a carseat, imagine what it could do for clothing!

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    Promising review: "Love it! I haven't used conventional detergent in a while so it's hard to compare the two. But, I love feeling confident that I'm not putting toxic chemicals near me or my children. Also, if you make a concentrated solution with a little water, it takes off stains pretty well. I also used it to clean my daughter's dirty car seat." —Yesenia P.

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in three sizes and two scents).

    29. A long, bristled brush to reach in your dryer and remove the lint (the very lint that can cause lint fires!) buried at the bottom.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I saw lint in bottom of the lent vent when I removed the screen but couldn't get to it. This guy does the trick. Love that the brush is long, perfect to get down deep and pull out years of lint. At first glance I didn't think this brush would fit into the lint trap but the bristles are quite flexible and the brush slipped right in. This is also great for cleaning under the refrigerator." —budgetshopper

    Get it from Amazon for $11.28.

    30. A powder cleaner for walls, floors, and wood that'll give you some impressive before-and-afters you'll want to show to everyone.

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    Promising review: "Amazing product. It removed years of dirt from the very neglected, 200-year-old house that I just purchased." —Amazon Customer

    Get a 1-pound box from Amazon for $10.50 or a (huge) 4.5-pound box from for $16.34.

    31. A pumice stone with a helpful handle that'll be the easiest and most effective way to remove nasty stains from your toilets, sinks, and tubs. Maybe now you'll have the courage to tackle that grimy toilet...

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    Promising review: "I used this on my toilet and was amazed! We just rented a new apartment and no matter what we tried nothing worked. We tried everything. But with just a little elbow grease and the Pumie, we were able to remove the deposits. See for yourself." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    32. A septic-safe, jetted tub system cleaner to thoroughly remove all the grime that secretly builds up in your bathtub like a little rude sneak. Just peep those dirty bubbles!!!

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    Promising review: "Ok I was considering just closing off the jets in my tub because I never could get the 'gunk' out. It had never been cleaned before really from the inside. This stuff is AWESOME. I did two runs since I'd never done it before. The first run really did it and the second got just a little more out, but wow. So impressed! I can use my jets again!" —Angela B

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99 (one bottle does four rinses).

    33. A tub of heavy duty cleaning wipes for taking care of tougher jobs — like grease, paint, permanent marker, and scuffs — that everyday wipes simply cant handle.

    amazon.com

    Promising review: "I love these wipes. They worked great for taking off grease and everything else listed. They hold up to hard scrubbing, and have enough product in the wipe to not dry out before you're done with it. Great buy for the garage." —Jessica

    Get it from Amazon for $8.66+ (available in two sizes).

    34. A wine stain remover you'll be grapeful to have stored under the sink when an unexpected spill strikes.

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

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

    35. 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 is the best wood cleaner! It doesn't leave a super shiny or wet appearance on your table top — just a beautiful, clean look. Much better than other wood cleaners I've tried in the past!" —Georgie Girl

    Get it from Amazon for $9.68.

    36. And lastly, a pack of stainless steel wipes for restoring all your kitchen appliances to their original, shiny glory.

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    Promising review: "I purchased these wipes to clean my stainless steel refrigerator. I wanted something that would remove water stains and restore the shine, and these wipes delivered! After a few minutes of vigorously wiping back and forth along the grain my refrigerator was looking brand-new. I was impressed with the results and noticed that the canister said the wipes could be used on sinks, so I tried one in my stainless steel sink to see what would happen. As you can see from the pictures, after just a few minutes of cleaning my sink was sparkling and incredible! I began cleaning all of the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and just a few wipes and 20 minutes later my kitchen was looking better than ever." —Connor

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $13.98.

    With results like these, I guess cleaning *can* be fun.

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