Skip To Content
    Mar 8, 2020

    45 Cleaning Basics You Should Probably Know By Now

    Bookmark this now and clean...later.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. To start, clean every area from top to bottom so you don't have to re-clean what you've already done. That means dusting from the ceiling down — no one wants to sweep TWICE after de-fuzzing your fan.

    Amazon

    Dust trimming, light fixtures, and furniture *before* working on your floors to cut down on work.

    This extendable (over 5 feet!) duster will get the job done in no time flat. It can rotate and bend at multiple angles, and it even has a microfiber head you can toss in the wash and reuse. Get it from Amazon for $14.99.

    Promising review: "Perfect for hard-to-reach places like ceiling fans, it makes cleaning a breeze and the duster collects all the dust and particles without them 'raining' on me while standing underneath." —Watership Down

    2. After dusting every surface in your home, ~keep~ your baseboards dust-free by rubbing a dryer sheet along them. It'll repel dust (and even pet hair) for a surprisingly long time!

    flickr: sitkaprojects / soap.com

    Check out the tip at The Krazy Coupon Lady.

    Get a box of 240 Bounce dryer sheets from Amazon for $17.73+.

    3. Remove every single pet hair from your couch, carpet, and more by running this pet hair remover over everything you own. It's a rolling brush, with no adhesive paper or tape needed, so you can use it again and again (and again and again).

    youtube.com

    It has over 6,000 five-star reviews!

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my crazy cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-pound. tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it's snowing – he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don't have a pet. I don't care, it's THAT good." —Stephanie

    4. And knock out pet stains (these things happen to even the goodest boys) with a carpet spot remover so you can banish wine stains, pet stains, and what-the-heck-even-is-that stains — WITHOUT rinsing or vacuuming.

    amazon.com

    Enjoy this before and after photo of this stain remover WIPING OUT an "IDK how long this has been there" cat vomit stain. Gross! But also amazing! And btw: it also works on upholstery, woodwork, and even walls.

    Promising review: "This is by far THE BEST carpet cleaner out there!! I love this product! Do you have the following on your carpet...Old stains? Ketchup? Ice cream? Pet potty, marker, weird odd stains that shouldn't be there but your kids deny they did it... This is your product! I was desperate to get the stains out from the messy kids. I didn't spray it, I poured this on the stain enough to get it super wet. Walked away for about 3-5 mins to soak on the old stains and scrubbed it with a hard bristle brush. And boom, no more stains!!!!!! Seriously. I'm buying in bulk. LOVE this stuff. Product arrived quickly and brand new." —Sandra McDade

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $18.66.

    5. Don't ~just~ wash your pillowcases, but also regularly wash your pillows themselves (at least twice a year!). You do spend hours with your face pressed against it, after all.

    onegoodthingbyjillee.com

    If they've turned yellow from SwEaT (it happens to all of us, guys), just use a magical combo of laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, and bleach or bleach alternative.

    Get the full instructions at One Good Things By Jillee.

    6. And wash & dry your pillows, duvet, towels, and clothes *without* ruining their perfect fluffiness by popping a prickly lil' pufferfish in the dryer with them.

    Amazon

    He'll poke and prod them into incredible softness. Plus you'll save lots of money by skipping the dryer sheets (or saving them to dust your baseboards)!

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.50.

    Promising review: "I use dryer balls to keep my sheets and clothes from clumping together during the drying cycle. They help keep air flowing between the items when drying.Also, if you are drying or fluffing lighter items (such as pillow cases or linen items) without these balls in the dryer...the item just rolls around in one place by itself. These balls keep give the lighter item weight so that it moves around the dryer more." —Mom of Great Kids

    7. Clean your ~cleaning machines~, too! Just run your washing machine on a hot setting with 1 or 2 cups of vinegar and wipe it out.

    iheartnaptime.net

    Get all the info at I Heart Naptime.

    You can use this technique on your dishwasher too!

    Or try a pack of washing machine cleaning tablets that'll blast away any hidden mold or mildew, meaning your towels will come out of the wash smelling like clean laundry, not mysteriously stinky. Get a pack of six from Amazon for $11.99.

    8. While you're at the ~machine cleaning~, sanitize your dishwasher by running it with a liquid cleaner and disinfectant designed to remove limescale, ruse, grease, and other nasty buildup so your machine runs more efficiently than ever. It even kills Salmonella and E. coli!

    Glisten

    Just pour in your dishwasher (with no dishes in it obv.) and run it at the hottest setting. Voila! All clean with zero scrubbing needed.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $18.92.

    Promising review: "Oh my, I can't believe how this worked! I haven't used my dishwasher in years because of stubborn hard water stains, it just didn't get my dishes clean. I was so tired of washing the dishes by hand when I did have a dishwasher. Well, I used this once in my dishwasher and when I opened it up afterwards I could not believe my eyes, the dishwasher was sparkly clean!!! Amazing! I've been using my dishwasher all week and am so happy about that. I plan to keep this in stock now and will use it monthly to keep it clean and shiny, yay! Thank you to the makers of this terrific product, please don't ever stop making it." —Yuvonne Moore

    9. Learn exactly what products and potions remove the worst stains, so when your happy hour turns sad (i.e., when you spill red wine all over your favorite blouse), you know exactly what to do.

    BuzzFeed

    10. And spray the toughest stains (hello food, sweat, and blood stains!) with Puracy's enzyme-based spot remover. It'll erase every trace of stain, without bleaching or fading any colors.

    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    You can use it on clothes, car seats, carpets, bedding, and more.

    Get it from Amazon for $20.98.

    Promising review: "I feel like you won't believe what I'm about to write, because I can't believe it myself. On New Year's Eve Eve, my husband and I had an epic fail. We dropped a glass of red wine in our bedroom, and as if it was a gymnast, the glass tumbled three times before crashing on the ground. Red wine flew all over the carpet, bedding, and my favorite pale yellow upholstered bench at the end of our bed. We stood there in shock, and then I remembered I had just bought Puracy. After spraying the better part of a bottle on various linens, our carpet and my pale yellow bench, IT LOOKS LIKE THE EPIC WINE FAIL OF 2016 NEVER HAPPENED. It's seriously like magic. I still can't believe my eyes and really wish I took before and after photos. Worth every penny!!!!! It's now my go-to stain remover!!" —Amazon Customer

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review for even more convincing evidence.

    11. Get pollen, cobwebs, and other detritus off your window screens by passing a lint roller over it quickly.

    familyhandyman.com

    Lint rollers are really just magical neatening tools in general — try them on your lampshades too!

    Take a peek at all the details at Family Handyman.

    Get a pack (two handles, five refills) of top-rated *extra-sticky* lint rollers from Amazon for $12.99.

    12. Dust your blinds, air-conditioner vent, and more hard-to-reach areas with a three-part microfiber wand that gets 'er done quickly.

    Amazon

    Get a pack of one wand and five sleeves from Amazon for $8.99.

    Promising review: "I can’t give this enough stars! You see these gimmicky type things and wonder if they work. This does, and is perfect in every way. Aside from my own house, I clean for others, and this has easily cut my blind cleaning time in half. Which is perfect for such a tedious job. It gets to the edge of wide blinds. When you’re done, just throw them in the laundry. Worth every penny and then some." —AM Kipp

    You can also DIY your own with a set of tongs and a microfiber cloth — check out the tutorial at One Crazy House.

    13. But actually, microfiber cleaning cloths are your best friends when it comes to *streak-free* cleaning — use them on your car, stainless steel, countertops, wood furniture, floors (reusable Swiffer sweepers, anyone?) and wayyy more.

    amazon.com

    It comes with two kinds of cloths (four each) — clean the glass with a damp green cloth, then follow up with the dry blue cloth. Shiny!

    Get the set of eight from Amazon for $16.98.

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

    14. Shine up your wood furniture and banish those water marks and rings by rubbing in a Feed n Wax Wood conditioner that'll basically erase years of damage. It polishes beautifully, bringing out the natural color and sheen of your pieces — whether the wood is finished or unfinished — *and* adds a layer of protection.

    amazon.com

    All you have to do is apply with a cloth, wait 20 minutes (perfect time for a mid-cleaning snack!) and wipe off the excess.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    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!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    15. Conquer the scariest bathroom messes with mold & mildew removing gel, because you don't need to get your whole shower redone when this is in your life. Just squeeze out and let this non-drip gel work its magic overnight — NO s c r u b b i n g.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    Promising review: "Didn’t think it would work, but it DID with no scrubbing!! My husband didn’t think our grout was originally white, but I knew better. I put this on before bed on a section of grout in the shower, and woke up to gorgeous and bright white, no scrubbing at all the next morning. Just rinse it off. Absolutely buying another bottle. It wasn’t quite enough for my entire shower, but to be fair, we have a lot of small tiles. I think 2 bottles will get the whole shower floor. Bravo on a great product." —thekuan

    16. For extra scrubbing power, try a toothbrush-like brush with an ergonomic grip and stiff bristles that do the heavy lifting for you.

    amazon.com, amazon.com

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $5.99 (available in two colors).

    Promising review: "I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, these brushes! I usually used toothbrushes to help me get a good clean in small areas, but I found myself really having to scrub with them which did damage to the brushes. And when that happened, the brushes were then no good to me. I was moving out of my old house and had to get it cleaned to Military Specs as it was base housing, and I needed something to really help me get it cleaned. I found these brushes and thought, those might help me with the grouted areas, so for $6 I thought it couldn't hurt. As soon as I started using them, I just couldn't stop! I used them for grout, corners, cabinets, hard to reach places around my kitchen/bathroom faucets, around the base of my toilets, the inside of my windows, you name it and I cleaned it with them! After I finished my old house, I some how misplaced them and I was DEVASTATED! Needless to say, I ordered another set and began cleaning my new house with them. I have already recommended them to everyone I know and will continue to do so. These are one of my new favorite cleaning tools. I LOVE them, and could not praise them enough!!" —Katelynn C.

    17. Powerfully clean your toilet — without having to keep a gross toilet brush and all the germs sitting on the brush head — by using a Clorox toilet wand with disposable scrubby heads *preloaded* with cleaner so you can clean the whole bowl with one hand — and *one* product.

    amazon.com, Amazon

    I use these myself and they get the JOB DONE.

    Get the kit (one wand and six scrubbers) from Amazon for $8.88 — and get a 30-pack of scrubber refills from Amazon for $11.99)

    Promising review: "You ever look at your toilet brush in disgust and resentment? How's a dirty used up brush sitting in your throne room? You clean your bathroom but then you put that sucker down in its place and it's just like, mocking you. It's never truly immaculate. Never knowing true cleanliness. Fear no more. Now you can shine the porcelain throne and not have to worry about a used up toilet brush mocking your clean sparkling bathroom. Gone are the days of breathing in dirty poop particles from the reusable potty cleaning brush thingy. Clorox Toilet Wand is the answer to your prayers if you want an easy, deep cleaning, toss-away-after-you're-done type contraption for that porcelain throne of yours. Fast, cheap, and easy. Just like.... How we like to clean." —Juliana

    18. But if it's already too late for some of those stains (looking at you, hard water!), use a special pumice stick that removes stains without damaging the porcelain.

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $10.45.

    Promising review: "I did not wake up this morning thinking I was going to write a review on toilet bowl cleaner. But the Pumie is JUST THAT AWESOME! The area I live in has super-hard water. I have spent weeks and used probably $50 worth of various cleaners in an attempt to remove my toilet bowl ring with pretty much no results. Less than 10 minutes with the Pumie and my toilet looks as sparkling clean as the day I installed it! I have uploaded pictures which speak for themselves. Don't hesitate, just buy yourself a Pumie! You won't be disappointed!" —Suzy

    19. Get the grossest bathroom scrubbing D O N E in record time with a set of three scrubbing attachments you simply add to any power drill to make cleaning your tub, floor, appliances, or even the wheels of your car ridiculously fast and easy.

    Amazon, amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in five colors).

    Promising review: "I bought this brush a long time ago and it sat unused. Last week, I finally pulled it out to clean the floor of a very dirty fiberglass bathtub. What a great little tool! A job that easily would have taken me a half hour with a regular brush and Comet, took about five minutes and with no smelly harsh chemicals. I am really kicking myself for not trying it months ago. Now, I'm planning to buy one for each of my kids for Christmas." —xxxxx111000

    20. Wax off those water spots and fingerprints and wax on a layer of protection by rubbing some ~wax paper~ on your faucets.

    creeklinehouse.com

    Get 75 square feet of wax paper from Amazon for $5.49.

    Check out all the deets at The Creek Line House.

    21. Harness your laziness and descale your showerhead while you watch Netflix. Just fill a baggie with vinegar and lemon essential oil and let it sit!

    thenymelrosefamily.com

    The gunk and scaliness will wipe off easily.

    Take a look at the full how-to at The Melrose Family.

    22. Keep your shower clean and mildew-free between deep cleanings by spraying a 🙌 no-scrub, no-rinse 🙌 cleaner on after every shower.

    Amazon

    Best invention ever? Possibly.

    Get it from Amazon for $2.98.

    Promising review: "Our shower has one of those full-length glass doors that was impossible to keep from hazing over with soap scum. 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!" —GirlGeek

    23. Or hang a dish brush filled with a vinegar–and–dish soap solution in the shower with you for a no-brainer cleaning while the conditioner sits in your hair.

    practicallyfunctional.com

    Get a pack of two soap-dispensing brushes just like this one from Amazon for $17.95.

    Learn all the genius of this tip at Practically Functional.

    24. Unclog your drain by alternating vinegar, baking soda, and boiling water to blast out whatever's blocking up your pipes.

    onegoodthingbyjillee.com

    Let's be honest, it's 100% hair.

    Get the full instructions at One Good Thing By Jillee.

    25. Or if your hair clog is too powerful for that classic science fair combo, try a drain snake with over 4,000 micro hooks and a slim design to shimmy down any drain (you don't even need to remove the cover) and snag all the hairs and goop that's clogging the system — in one quick pull.

    amazon.com

    I've used this myself on a clogged sink AND shower drain (I've got...a lot of hair) and let me tell you — it truly works.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    Promising review: "I bought one of these because of the reviews and I thought, with six kids I know we have slow drains. So I break it out on a Saturday night and started with my bathroom sink. OH MY GOSH! Disgustingly amazing. In two seconds I pulled out a massive hair/soap clog. It was truly amazing and so gross! I went to work on the other bathroom drains and they weren't nearly as amazing or as quick but I pulled a bunch of dried hair out of the kids' tub. So after five drains, I had my fun. I've spent a small fortune on Drano type products that never seem to work. I won't buy them again. I was even so amazed I shared the nasty pic on Facebook and didn't think twice about somebody judging me. Get this. Be prepared to throw it away as you're not going to want to clean it." —Jennifer R. Little

    Check out more gross before and after pictures in Hundreds Of People Love This Drain Snake, And The After Photos Have Me Gagging.

    (But really just buy a TubShroom, guys.)

    Amazon

    You'll never have to use that drain-clearing tip again.

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

    Promising review: "Perfect product. Can't say enough good things about this. I have a family of four and would frequently have to snake our shower drain. It appears I won't be having that problem ever again. I even give my dog baths and this collects the hair. It does not seem to slow the flow of water down the drain significantly. I'm very impressed having been using around a month. You don't know how much hair you wash down your drain until you use this!" —Aaron Morlock

    Learn more about the TubShroom (complete with grossly satisfying hair pics) in our review!

    26. Keep Bar Keeper's Friend Soft Cleanser in your house (it's pre-mixed so it makes less of a mess than the original powder). Seriously. It works on SO. MANY. SURFACES — sinks, cookware, stainless steel, faucets, countertops, tubs, toilets, grout, and more — so you can get to work and see results with only one product.

    amazon.com

    Check out our first-hand review of Bar Keeper's Friend original *and* the soft cleansing liquid for more deets and photographic ~evidence~.

    Get a 2-pack from Amazon for $22.38.

    Promising review: "This is one of my favorite cleaning products for cleaning porcelain or steel. Nothing else seems to clean like this product, seriously. I think some of my tough stains might be rust-related or from hard water, & this stuff cleans it easily (better than bleach, which doesn’t!) I apply the liquid cleaner on a sponge, then spread it over the stainless steel in my kitchen sink & also my porcelain bath tub. If there’s a tough stain, I leave the solution on for about a minute or two. Then I turn on the water & wipe it all clean with my sponge. All the stains seem to disappear!! My bath tub looks as clean as the day I bought it, & I’ve had it for 10 years!! My kitchen sink is spotless as well with little effort. I’ve tried bleach in the past, but it could never remove tough stains & had a strong smell. This product doesn’t smell as strong, but it cleans much better with less effort to boot! I only recently tried it out, but it is the only cleaner I’ll buy for tough stains from now on! This product is awesome." —Candy21

    27. Touch-up messes or everyday dust with a super-lightweight vacuum that converts to a hand vac *and* a shorter stair vac.

    Amazon

    It's only FOUR POUNDS, swivels easily, and has an 18-foot power cord for easy access without unplugging and re-plugging all the time. And it comes with a crevice tool for hard-to-reach areas.

    Get it from Amazon for $29.99 (available in two colors).

    Promising review: "This thing is life changing! I have a very small condo so you'd think keeping it tidy wouldn't be an issue, but I have two cats (one longhair, one short) and in an urban area it's very prone to city dust. I can use this on my hardwoods, kitchen and bathroom tile, and my area rugs, as well as my upholstered furniture which has crevices that gather stuff like you wouldn't believe. I actually love the fact that it's a hand vacuum with a handle — it takes up as much space as a broom and dustpan and sucks up dust, cat hair/litter, dirt, etc like magic! The cord is nice and long — again, small place, but it reaches practically the whole area of my apartment. Huge upgrade to Swiffering! Very nice quality little vacuum." —John J.

    28. Keep your vacuum efficient as heck by cleaning the bristles with a seam ripper.

    rehanadujour.com

    Get a highly rated seam ripper from Amazon for $3.98.

    Promising review: "I didn't buy this for the typical reason. I needed this because of all of the hair that gets wrapped around the brush roller on my vacuum which renders it useless. Before, I had to remove the roller itself from the vacuum, then cut the hair out with scissors, which aggravated me to no end. Now, I can just run the seam ripper down the side of the roller while everything is intact. So. Much. Faster! :D" —JustSoYouKnow

    29. Freshen up and sharpen your garbage disposal by tossing in homemade frozen tablets made with vinegar and sliced lemons and limes.

    bitzngiggles.com

    Just make sure to freeze for at least a full 24 hours so the vinegar freezes completely.

    Learn more at Bitz n Giggles.

    30. De-gunk and disinfect your earbuds with a toothbrush and some rubbing alcohol.

    buzzfeed.com

    Bet you didn't think about how gross your earbuds are until this very moment, did you.

    Check out the steps in Gross Earbuds? Clean 'Em Up With This Easy Routine.

    Get a three-pack of cheap toothbrushes from Amazon for $2.22 and some rubbing alcohol from Amazon for $6.99.

    31. While you're at it, clean your phone. You can make your own disinfecting spray with water and 70% isopropyl alcohol.

    buzzfeed.com

    Get a six-pack of screen-cleaning cloths from Amazon for $5.99 and the isopropyl alcohol from Amazon for $6.99.

    Get all the deets in Here's How To Actually Clean Your Disgusting Phone.

    For the lazy, try a phone sanitizer from Amazon for $150+.

    32. Remove the product buildup from your curling iron and other hair tools with a combo of baking soda, rubbing alcohol, an old toothbrush, and some sudsy water.

    buzzfeed.com

    Your flat iron and hair dryer won't smell like burning hair when you heat them up anymore!

    Check out the video for all the steps.

    33. Refresh your mattress with a combo of baking soda and lavender essential oil; just sprinkle, sit, and then vacuum it up.

    onegoodthingbyjillee.com

    The vacuum will suck out dirt, too — plus the lavender will help drift right off to sleep.

    Get a top-rated lavender essential oil to try this with from Amazon for $8.99 (for .33 oz; also available in larger bottles).

    Learn more at One Good Thing By Jillee.

    34. Shine up your stainless steel with a can of Pledge.

    ashadeofteal.com

    Stainless steel cleaners can be expensive — try this instead!

    Get a three-pack of Pledge from Amazon for $36.

    Promising review: "I love this variety of Pledge for cleaning and polishing my stainless steel kitchen appliances. It does a great job. No streaks and fingerprint resistant. Removes baked-on food if left to stand a bit. (Do not spray near burners of course.) If you are using another product, give this Pledge a try!" —An Educated Consumer

    Learn more about this trick at A Shade of Teal.

    35. Or try a plant-based stainless steel cleaner to remove streaks, marks, and fingerprints from all of your appliances with one wipe of the included microfiber cloth.

    amazon.com

    Get the set of cleanser and polish from Amazon for $14.97.

    Promising review: "If you have a Subzero fridge, you know the struggle is real when it comes to keeping it clean. It's a different type of stainless steel and shows all product residue. Then I found this stuff. Oh wow! A few seconds of polishing and it looks amazing!! it has never looked this good, this shiny, and this clean! Best product ever!" —Katerina

    36. Let your dish sponges drain in an unobtrusive basket that attaches right to your sink, keeping them cleaner and bacteria-free for longer.

    Amazon

    Get it from Amazon for $4.27+ (available in three sizes).

    Promising review: "We were sick of our sponge falling into the kitchen sink, so we bought this. Thinking it would just keep the sponge out of our way, we installed it and found that the sponge dries between uses and last a lot longer. No more wet sponges falling into the sink! Be sure to clean the surface very well before applying the suction cups. Ours has been up for weeks and has not even shifted yet. A very good product." —Paul R.

    37. And then when they get funky, just pop your sponge in the microwave for two minutes to disinfect.

    38. Wipe away food and grease that's stuck on your microwave with ease — just heat up 1/2 cup of water and some lemon juice for three minutes.

    Jenny Chang, Natalie Brown, Nifty / BuzzFeed

    It'll come right off! No elbow grease required. Check out the video for all the info.

    Or just use a steamy little lady to power off stuck-on food to wipe off with ease. Get it from Amazon for $9.01+ (available in three colors).

    39. Scrub foundation, powder, and oil off your makeup brushes for once using a textured silicone mat. It'll make a huge difference in how your makeup goes on.

    Amazon

    It'll make your makeup application so much easier!

    Get the set of two scrubbing mats (large one pictured above, plus a mini size) from Amazon for $6.99.

    Promising review: "I was dreading washing two mugfuls of makeup brushes. I thought it was going to take me hours to do, because it usually does. After I got this it only took me about twenty minutes and my brushes are completely clean. I used the Ecotools brush shampoo as well." —Samantha Kristine

    40. And scrub your makeup brushes up with a plant-based, paraben-free shampoo so you can feel good about *finally* washing caked-on foundation out of your favorite tools without irritating sensitive skin or leaving behind residue. The formula'll even leave the bristles soft and conditioned.

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    Promising review: "This is the best brush shampoo I've ever used. I've used brush shampoos from high-end/luxury lines, too, and they did not work as well as this. First and most importantly for me, there is no scent! I absolutely hate when companies put heavy perfume in products that end up touching or going near the face. When washing brushes with shampoo that is heavily perfumed, that just ends up irritating my sinuses whenever I'm using the brushes to apply makeup. So awful. This is not like that at all, so I can use my makeup brushes without having sinus/allergy trouble. It cleans extremely well! No more going over and over again like with using other makeup brush shampoos. A little goes a long way, too, so it is extremely economical. The value is awesome. I highly recommend this brush shampoo and will continue purchasing it." —L.L.

    41. Get your water bottle crazy clean with these little scrubbing beans — just toss one in and shake it up!

    Amazon

    They fit through narrow mouth openings, so even the hardest-to-clean containers will become easy.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.95.

    Promising review: "I was a little skeptical, but these little beans are miracle workers. I've got shining metal travel mugs now instead of travel mugs with tea stains baked on the bottom. Just toss them in and give them a shake and you'll have clean mugs too!" —M. Bolte

    42. And deep clean that borderline-foul travel mug you can't bear to look into. Just drop in a Bottle Bright tablets that'll deep clean your thermoses and on-the-go bottles — no scrubbing required. These'll get into all those hard-to-reach spaces and remove *all* the gunk.

    amazon.com

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $7.98+.

    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

    43. Whip up a gentle and non-acidic spray for your granite using just dish soap, water, and alcohol.

    frugallyblonde.com

    You can also add some essential oils to make it smell amazing, too!

    Get the recipe at Frugally Blonde.

    44. But don't *just* stick to your counters. You might think your stovetop is dirty forever, but break out a Cerama-Bryte cooktop cleaning kit, which includes cooktop cleaning solution, a scrubbing pad, and a scraper so you can absolutely remove every bit of baked- and caked-on food from any smooth range — no matter how long it's been there.

    amazon.com

    Get the kit from Amazon for $11.03.

    Promising review: "Never give up, like the Little Engine that could. I love my glass top stove, but cleaning it is not as easy as just wiping it down. If you have one, you know how it is when something boils over or spills. This bakes whatever hits the glass and leaves those frustrating scorch marks. No matter how hard I scrubbed, I could never get the film off. I have tried every cleaning product, as well every home remedy suggestion and it never removes the marks. I came across this product on Amazon and after reading the reviews, thought, 'Why not?' Ah, all is good in the world after finding this. I put a quarter-size dot of Cerama Bryte, scrubbed it with a light scratch pad, and rainbows and unicorns came dancing. Ah, so shiny. I think I’ve invested 20+ labor hours trying to clean the stove top, and just gave up. With this product, it took me five minutes. If you have the same issue, get this stuff — it’s incredible. 5 stars+++" —Implied Queens

    45. And clean out that grimey, residue-filled oven with a fume-free oven cleaner you can spray on, leave for a minute, and then wipe away for an oven so clean, you'll think it was swapped out for a new model overnight. Time to reward yourself after all this cleaning with a cake.

    amazon.com

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

    Promising review: "Holy moly. This is some kind of miracle product. I sprayed it inside my oven and left it overnight, and wiped off an incredible sludge of brown goo in the morning, leaving behind a nearly pristine oven interior. There were a few areas that I had missed, so I sprayed and came back later that day. There are a few brown spots that don't really want to come off, but I am not too fussed about them. 95% of the grease came right off. It worked on the sides of the oven and on the rack. What I really liked is that it didn't smell too bad. I expected some terrible toxic chemical, and though it does have a ('lemon') odor, it's not that strong. Definitely better than running the self-clean and filling my house with fumes for five hours. The can is a lot bigger than I expected, and I barely used any (I was cleaning the 'small' oven). It will last for a long time. Prepare to sacrifice a sponge to this project as well." –SBP

    Now put on your favorite cleaning playlist and get to work!

    20th Century Fox

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

    Make your life even tidier. Check out some of the best home organization products on Amazon, 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

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