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    31 Cleaning Products To Use When You Move (And Want Your Deposit Back)

    The place will look so good after using these, you just might want to stay in your apartment.

    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 melamine erasers that'll clean your walls so well it'll be like your daughter's abstract marker masterpiece never ended up on your living room wall in the first place.

    Which'll be a shame when everyone realizes she's the next Picasso.

    Promising review: "I own a cleaning business and have spent a small fortune on the name brand. I clean everything from condo rentals to long term lease/residential rentals and I have had to clean unimaginable NASTY, I mean 'pics or it didn't happen' kind of nasty and these cut right through it. These work just as well as the name brand, if not better, and they seem to last a little longer!" β€”Keisha Marie

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $8.95.

    2. A powerful no-rinse stain remover sure to remove every accidental spill your house has seen – yes, even the red wine you dropped when Bachelor in Paradise got too intense (correction: BOTH glasses of red wine you dropped).,

    Jordan is back and that's all that really matters. In this world.

    Promising review: "I had terrible rust and oil stains all over the seats of my car. I tried other cleaners to get them out, but they actually made the stains darker. I took it to the dealership to see if they could get it out and they flat out told me no, so I gave up and lived with it for almost five years. Then I tried this after it was recommended by a friend. I sprayed it on and literally watched the stain run right off my seat. It was amazing! I thought I was going to have to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the seats in my car because nothing else would work. This stuff really is awesome!" β€”Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $11.20.

    3. A drain millipede that's gonna dig down deep and get the gunk out of your pipes so your landlord doesn't ask why your sink looks like a scene from IT.


    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+ (available in two styles).

    4. A Click N Clean mop kit you can use if your floors just need a basic scrub down. Not only can you use this to clean your old floors, but it can be a super useful daily tool at your new place, too!


    Promising review: "I bought this product so I could get rid of three other mops and scrub brushes I was using. I am getting rid of the other mops, scrubbers, etc. This system is easy-to-use. It snapped together quickly. The heads are easy to change. The cleaning surfaces swap quickly. And the bottles snap into place quickly. Great product! Super happy." β€”Kim F

    Get it from Walmart for $43.67.

    5. An extendable microfiber duster set, because your high ceilings made your apartment a great place to live, but a rather difficult place for your short self to dust.


    This includes an adjustable handle that extends from 24 to 49 inches, a regular short handle, a fluffy duster, and a bendable chenille and microfiber duster.

    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 from Amazon for $17.99.

    6. A fume-free oven cleaner that'll eliminate all evidence of the lasagna you attempted to make when you finally realized your parents wouldn't be coming over to make dinner.

    Fun fact: boiled-over tomato sauce and crime scene stains? Same thing.

    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.

    7. A water-based alkaline wood cleaner – it's gonna wipe away dirt, oil, and dried spills while being gentle on the wood itself. Turns out your hands were always filthy and your railings really felt it.

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

    Get it from Amazon for $9.69.

    8. A pack of biodegradable cleaning wipes sure to clean up every surface of your old place until it shines bright like a diamond (well, bright like freshly polished linoleum).

    Green Works / Facebook, Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

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

    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 $16.99.

    9. A pack of dishwasher cleaning tablets to rid your washer of any limescale or mineral buildup, because the historic landmark you're moving into doesn't have a dishwasher and you want to send this one off with the respect it deserves.


    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 $4.44.

    10. A powder cleaner for making your floors, walls, and wood look brand-spanking new. You're gonna deserve getting *two* deposits back after a scrub down this efficient.

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

    Get it from Amazon for $9.51.

    11. A bottle of Krud Kutter to break up the built-on grime your floors have been clinging to since you decided a "shoes off" policy was an unnecessary system your parents inflicted on you and not something you would use in your own home.


    I hate when they're always right.

    Promising review: "Ok background: We have vinyl strip flooring made to look like wood. We had no idea how to take care of it and had managed to wax some sort of impenetrable layer onto the floor so that mopping was ineffective. Nothing cut through this later and I had tried it all. Steamers. Boiling water. Bleach. Scrubbing Bubbles. Abrasive powders. Everything. We put this on full strength and let it sit for 20 minutes and the sludge just wiped off. We used a scraper to just easily slide the gunk off. My lord, Krud Kutter is the best stuff in the world, and there are no fumes or chemical burns." β€”Kathleen B.

    Get ti from Amazon for $5.97.

    12. A watermark removing cloth to rid the countertops of the watermarks you left after re-gifting the coasters your father got you at Christmas.


    The cloth is reusable and can be used to remove marks on wood caused by water, alcohol, and heat. It's also useful to polish metal and chrome.

    Promising review: "I must admit I ordered this as a last hope. I had a mark on my bedside table that I tried various things to remove, but was totally unsuccessful. I tried this today, and there is NO sign of the mark. It is like brand new again. I was thrilled with the result and highly recommend it to anyone, but would suggest you try it first to save yourself grief! It is inexpensive in the first place, but to know I can reuse it if necessary on another mark, (hopefully that doesn't occur, but life happens), makes it an even better value." β€”Kritik

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    13. A pumice stone β€” it's gonna break apart the worst hard water buildup on toilets and tubs and truly ~rock~ your world.

    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.

    14. And a bottle of the multipurpose Barkeeper's Friend for gently cleaning away the hard water stains that are usually really hard to get off.,

    Promising review: "Like a hot knife through butter for built up hard water stains on my glass shower doors. I've tried everything and this stuff worked in two minutes. Made me a little embarrassed it took so long to find something so effective. I haven't tried it on anything else yet but I guarantee I'll be reordering just to have extra. Just can't have enough of a good thing." β€”Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.79.

    15. An extra-tough sponge that'll scrub off burnt-on residue without scratching any surfaces.

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    This was our pick for the best low-price kitchen sponge on BuzzFeed Reviews.

    Promising review: "These are great for cleaning those 'non-stick' pans that stick. Everyone has them. They won't scratch, but will still scour away any mess. Keep them fresh longer by adding a tablespoon of bleach to your dish water, or toss them in your dishwasher." β€”qbNurse

    Get a pack of nine from Walmart for $7.82.

    16. A hardwood floor cleaner so you can leave your old apartment with floors your landlord ~wood~ actually want to walk on.

    This cleaner is plant-based, biodegradable, and safe to use on sealed hardwood and laminate floors. All you have to do is squirt and mop, there's no need to rinse!

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough good things about this cleaner! I am a bit of a neat freak and need my house to be CLEAN, so I have high standards. This really does get grime and dirt off wood floors while leaving it looking shiny, conditioned, and beautiful. This isn't a cleaner that makes them look good for a couple hours β€” they stay great looking until the next time I clean my floors, (once a week or every other). Also, there are never streaks, white marks, or sticky residue left behind by this cleaner. It is very easy to use as well. I give the floors a quick once over with a dry microfiber mop first to get dust/debris and then, (using a new pad), use the same mop to apply the cleaner. I squirt it directly onto the floor in a zig-zag motion. On top of it all, it smells wonderful, but not too strong, and a little while later you just barely smell a pleasant scent, and no chemicals. Have been using for years and will continue." β€”Sam&Meg Kang

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    17. A pack of washing-machine tablets to dissolve and wash away any odor-causing residue your sweat-stained competitive hopscotch laundry may have left behind.


    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.

    18. And a dryer vent coil brush because you shouldn't ~brush off~ cleaning every nook and cranny before you move out.


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

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    19. A foaming garbage disposal cleaner that'll clean out your sink so your landlord doesn't dispose of your deposit.

    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 from Amazon for $5.94.

    20. A jetted tub cleaner for jets that have filled with dead skin cells, dirt, and bacteria-filled buildup because your "treat yourself" baths did not involve cleaning up afterwords.

    To use, just run your water, pour in some cleaner, and start your jets. It only takes 15 minutes!

    Promising review: "This stuff is seriously amazing! I am relentless about cleaning my tub because I use it so often. Before I purchased this, I used the typical homemade recipe of bleach and powdered dishwashing soap. I’d have to run two or three cycles to get it crystal clear. One cycle with this stuff, 15 minutes, and the results are amazing! I first ran my tub with the solution, then drained it and wiped it down with a sponge. When I refilled the tub up and reran the jets, I kid you not the water was CRYSTAL CLEAR! I’m so impressed!" β€”Chelsea

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    21. A squeegee broom you're especially gonna want when you adopted a dog *before* leaving your non-pet-friendly place., Amazon

    This even works on hardwood floors!

    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 from Amazon for $12.99.

    22. A three-pack of mold and mildew stain removing spray sure to clean the mysteriously face-like stain above your bed. Let's just hope Matilda doesn't find her way to your next place.

    Promising review: "This is seriously the most amazing stuff. My bathroom has no ventilation at all, so we've been struggling with mold/mildew. Not any more!! Within a minute, it was disappearing!" β€”Missy Lehman

    Get them from Amazon for $23.79.

    23. And a mold and mildew removing gel that clings to the grime on tiles and edges so you can actually get those areas cleaned up.


    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 from Amazon for $12.99.

    24. A stainless steel cleaner for when you really only used your sink as a permanent storage space for dirty dishes and... it shows.

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

    Get it from Amazon for $4.17.

    25. A microfiber dust brush that'll spruce up your window shades so well you just might notice you actually did have a view through those dust bunnies.


    This includes five microfiber cloths.

    Promising review: "This product is AMAZING! You can clean both sides of two blinds at once and grip them firmly to get ALL of the dust off. Plus, it comes with five covers, so that no matter how dirty your blinds are, you'll be able to finish dusting your whole house! I also love that you can wash the covers and don't have to waste money on refills." β€”Sarah

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

    26. A set of drill brushes so you can eliminate every grimy surface in your space, from cooked-on grease on a stovetop to built-up dirt in a bathtub to the years of... mysterious growths on your tile and grout.

    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 from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in six colors).

    27. An oil stain remover β€” you're gonna ~marble~ at how well this gets rid of the olive oil stains your salad-loving heart almost left behind.

    This works on marble, granite, limestone, travertine, slate, sandstone, grout (for ceramic and porcelain tile), masonry, and concrete – no need to worry about discoloration, because it's not gonna happen.

    Promising review: "Had an oil stain on my untreated West Elm marble top buffet from a kids toy. I purchased the oil stain remover and crossed my fingers that it would work. Followed the directions, waited 72 hrs to let it dry completely, and then scraped it off with a credit card. It worked perfectly! I couldn't be happier with the results. I highly recommend this product!" β€”marv

    Get it from Amazon for $8.96.

    28. A disposable Clorox toilet cleaning kit because it'd be a real ~bummer~ to lose your deposit over a gross toilet.

    Promising review: "Nothing could be easier than this. Just swish and toss! The soft squishy sponge gets under the rim easily, unlike a stiff brush. The best part, of course, is that you dispose of the sponge after just one use. No more keeping that dirty brush under the bathroom sink! This system is a keeper and I bought one for every bathroom in my house." β€”Carol Lynn

    Get it from Amazon for $7.59.

    29. A grout pen that'll make your tile cleaner than the day you moved in... unfortunately.

    Promising review: "I was pleasantly surprised by how far these went. I did the entire floor of my large master bathroom plus a little of the shower with one pen. It is pretty forgiving and you have quite a bit of working time before it dries completely. This was not a quick task, but it went faster than I thought it would. I was worried the white would look too bright, but it just makes everything look so much cleaner. I'm very happy with this product!" β€”Jenelle

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in three colors, and two sizes).

    30. A roll of machine washable reusable bamboo towels that'll be great for your place, and *our* place... earth-friendly cleaning products πŸŽ‰!


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

    Get them from Amazon for $9.99.

    31. And a rust stain remover that'll have the shower sparklin' even if your ~rusty~ cleaning skills left it neglected for far too long.

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

    Get it from Amazon for $4.24.

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