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    21 Useful Cleaning Gadgets That Actually Do What They Say They Will

    Gadgets that have your back so you can save your elbow grease.

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    1. A set of three brush attachments for your drill to supercharge your cleaning powers — they require *zero* elbow grease to transform cloudy shower doors, grimy ovens, gunky tile, and so much more.

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    You get the pictured short bristle, four-inch diameter brush, a similar two-inch diameter brush, and a brush that looks like a toilet brush.

    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 these 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." —Terry

    Get the set on Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors that correspond to different stiffness levels).

    2. A deep-clean detailing brush set for scrubbing the grossness out of smaller spaces, like the grout in that one little nook the drillbrush just can't reach.

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    Promising review: "I LOVE, LOVE, LOVE, these brushes! I was moving and had to clean it to Military Specs as it was base housing, and I needed something to really help me get it cleaned. As soon as I started using these, 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. These are one of my new favorite cleaning tools. I LOVE them, and could not praise them enough!!" —Katelynn C.

    Get them on Amazon for $5.39.

    3. Or a handheld power scrubber, which is basically a giant toothbrush with a bigger head and stiff bristles designed to tackle all the grossest nooks and crannies around your home.

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    Promising review: "Amazing. Used this with Goo Gone Grout and Tile Cleaner and I was flabbergasted. I'm ashamed to admit I haven't cleaned the grout in the bathroom in 11 years. This is before, and after. No effort. No time. Spray, turn the power scrubber on, and with no effort on my part, bingo, like new. Next, the kitchen floors!" —Jodi Sh Doff

    Get it on Amazon for $19.62.

    I have one of these and swear by it — check out my full power scrubber review for more!

    4. If you have what seems like acres of tile with grungy grout: a steam mop to extract the most ground-in dirt using only two simple ingredients (water and electric power).

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    Promising review: "I actually feel legitimate love for this inanimate object. I have steam cleaned my entire house in the last 24 hours and I cannot believe how dirty everything actually was!! Even things I thought had been cleaned well. We've only lived here for three years, and have maintained the floors in the same condition they were in when we moved in. I always assumed the grout was just dark. Wrong-o!! The kitchen floor was absolutely disgusting, and cleaning even a 5 x 5' area results in a totally black pad. (Incidentally, I totally recommend ordering extra pads so you don't have to stop in the middle of a big job and wash them.) So, despite the fact that it's embarrassing to admit to all of Amazon that my house is shamefully filthy, I have to give two thumbs up to this beautiful appliance and let you know that if you are on the fence, hop off and order this thing!" —Erin B. Morrigan

    Get it on Amazon for $89 (and extra pads for $15.95).

    5. A rubber wheel you attach to your drill for the sole and exclusive purpose of quickly removing decals and bumper stickers from cars and boats without damaging the paint one bit.

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    Promising review: "Bought a used car to get back and forth to work. Only problem being the back was covered in bumper stickers. Eleven to be exact. I don't like bumper stickers. At all. This Whizzy Wheel removed all of them in 25-30 minutes total no problem. Still has probably half the wheel left so I stuck it in my garage toolbox in case I need to eradicate any bummer stickers in the future." —PrestidgeSouthside

    Get it on Amazon for $19.97.

    6. A fun-size broom-and-dustpan set you can keep anywhere you frequently need to quickly wipe up little messes — like getting tracked-in leaves out of your camping tent.

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    Promising review: "OXO quite by mistake has created the best tent broom I've ever used. I know they had other things in mind when they designed this but it is perfect for car camping (a little too big for backpackers). The bristles are soft and fine enough to get the sand off your taffeta tent floor without damaging it. The cup style dust pan holds your sweepings so you don't have to re-sweep after you accidentally tip them. The whole kit packs together securely so nothing gets lost. Five star performer." —H Bart

    Get it on Amazon for $6.99.

    7. A pet hair remover stone so you can truly extract every last piece of your dog's hair from your car the next time you go to detail it.

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    Promising review: "Holy cow this is magic. I have a 230 pound Mastiff. I have purchased any and everything claiming to get dog hair off car carpet. I have used at least three different vacuums. Lately I have been using a microfiber towel because it had some grip. Then this piece of magic arrived. It gets every single hair no matter how embedded. There were hairs I had a hard time removing with my fingers. The Fur-Zoff pulled them right out. This has reduced my hair removal time in half! Thank you for this savior of a tool." —david r

    Get it on Amazon for $10.79.

    8. A garbage disposal brush to scour the nasty underside of the rubber splash guard, which just might be the culprit behind that not-too-lovely odor emanating from your sink.

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    Promising review: "I pour some bleach crystals down the sink and gently stuff this in the sink and begin to scrape away the gunk. I carefully remove the brush slowly so that bleach doesn’t fly out with the bristles and turn on the water and run the disposal for a minute. It seems to clear the stench, do it at least once a week for a stinky sink. Be very careful though, when I first got this I pulled the brush out to quickly and the gunk out of the disposal got on me and the countertops and let me tell you that was bloody disgusting haha." —beng2016

    Get it on Amazon for $10.80.

    9. A robotic vacuum cleaner because you can program it to run at specific times of day (like, right after everyone leaves the house in the morning) to ensure that you'll always have sparkling floors free of dirt, dust, and hair.

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    You just set its cleaning time with the remote control, then forget about it (well, until you need to empty the dust bin). It works on both hard floors like tile and wood, and low-pile carpets.

    Promising reviews: "This thing has changed my life. I know that sounds weird but honestly of all my Amazon purchases, and there have been many, this is one of the very best. Every day when I get home from work I open it up and it's loaded. 1200 square feet, half tile, half new carpet. Still loaded." —Nick Carraway

    "My biggest concern was the amount of hair my husky sheds on a daily basis. It’s set to run after we leave for work and again after we go to bed. The amount of hair this thing picks up is RIDICULOUS. You do have to tie up lose cords etc but that should be done anyway, and there are certain spots it got stuck but those were easily solved issues. My only regret is not getting this so much sooner." —Kentucky Joe

    Get it on Amazon for $239.99 (available in black or white).

    10. A blinds-cleaning tool that grips the top and bottom of two blinds at a time, picking up every last bit of dust and grime as it goes.

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    It comes with five microfiber sleeves you can toss in the washing machine when they get dirty.

    Promising review: "I got mold this year, so simply running a feather duster was not enough. This tool gives you the perfect amount of tension so that you can really grip the blinds and dig in to remove the filth. It took down the mold and held up to a lot of scrubbing. Also, since the multiple covers are easy to swap out, you can get one nice and soapy then swap in a dry one to dry off the blinds off as you go. The plastic handle is thick, solid and up to the task. I did some real scrubbing this let me go three or four times faster with no strain on the blind itself. Very very happy!" —V. Imrich

    Get it on Amazon for $7.99.

    11. A set of three water bottle cleaning brushes so you can scour every weird angle and banish that sour smell from your favorite bottle or to-go coffee mug once and for all.

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    Promising review: "If you drink out of a reusable water bottle and don't have the time or patience to shove your adult-sized hand into a small opening, then you want this!!! After discovering dark residue (most likely mold) on multiple reusable water bottles, I realized I needed to seriously up my bottle cleaning game. Because the majority of the adult population does not have the petite hands of a six-year-old girl, most of us experience the difficulty of really getting a bottle clean. These brushes make it super simple and fast. It even has a brush for the straw and other small openings. The looped brush is nice for cleaning the under side of a cap, crevices, or whatever other thing you want to shove it into. Sturdy handle and firm brushes that clean without scratching (what do you know, just like OXO claims)." —Adam Casper

    Get the set on Amazon for $9.99.

    We've tried, tested, and love these — check out our full water bottle cleaning brush review! (It's number six.)

    12. A diamond cleaning pen — you simply twist to dispense a little of the magical liquid, then brush it over your diamond to make it sparkle and shine as brightly as it did the first time you put it on your finger.

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    It also works on other precious stones, like emeralds, although it doesn't work on pearls.

    Promising review: "Don't get me wrong — my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However...after using this Diamond Dazzle Stik...*oh my goodness*! After one use my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my beautiful diamond until I cleaned it. It literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance!" —liltreeclimber

    Get it on Amazon for $5.49.

    13. A four-piece cooktop cleaning kit with all the tools you need to conquer even the most impossible-seeming cooked-on mysteries on your glass stove.

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    Promising review: "I hadn't thoroughly scrubbed my glass cooktop in years, only wiped it down with random multi-cleaners which never seemed to do much. Then a friend recommended this product... AMAZING! The included scrubbers and scraper really make the difference. As others have said it will leave your cooktop shiny and new. Even marks that had been on there for years came almost completely off... 98% better. The key is to use very little product. Let it dry to a haze and wipe with a clean dry cotton towel. (Just like waxing a car). If you aren't getting a mirrored finish it's because you've used too much product and not enough elbow grease to polish off." —B. Swartwood

    Get the kit on Amazon for $11.48 (includes a bottle of the cleaner, a cleaning scrubber pad with a handle, and a scraper).

    14. A pack of three drain clog removers because if you're a person with long hair (or share a bathroom with a person with long hair), you know the drains are always eventually gonna run a little slower.

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    They're extra long at 23.6 inches, so you can get everything lodged deep in your pipes.

    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 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!!" —DebSd

    Get the pack of three on Amazon for $7.99.

    15. A dual-ended kitchen squeegee and brush to quickly clean off your countertops: simply use the brush side for any stray crumbs, then squeegee any water around the edges of your sink down the drain where it belongs.

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    Then you can wipe your counters down with your favorite all-purpose cleaner.

    Promising reviews: "This combination brush and squeegee is perfect. This comes in handy so often I'm surprised I haven't had something like it before. It's great on our quartz counter top and when I wash the sink, it's squeegees the water away reducing water stains. I love it!" —cforakis

    "The squeegee part pushes everything (including water) into the sink, leaving the counter top clean and relatively dry. The brush part is good for dry type stuff but 98% of the time we use the squeegee. The handle is nice, easy to hold, and sits nicely on the side of the sink making it always available." —Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $9.99.

    16. A pumice stone on a stick designed to scrub off those stubborn hard-water toilet rings that basically no other cleaning products seem to be able to touch.

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    All you have to do is wet it first to prevent it from scratching the surface of your toilet.

    Promising review: "This thing is a straight up miracle. I've had brownish hard water rings around the inside (water level) of my toilets for decades. Bon Ami, CLR, muriatic acid, scrubbing, swearing...nothing worked. Finally it a fit of disgust I ordered the Pumie. I wish I could go back in time and tell myself to get this long ago. The stains are gone for the first time in forever. Haven't scratched the toilet bowl as far as I can see. If you've got hard water stains, don't worry about chemicals...just get this thing and in about ten minutes you will be as delighted as I am, and not embarrassed to have people in your bathroom anymore." —JS

    Get it on Amazon for $9.29.

    17. A headlight restoration kit that attaches to your drill so you don't have to put in any serious effort to get crystal clear, like-new lights.

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    Promising review: "I was skeptical in beginning, shocked at the results! My almost 14-year-old BMW e39 headlight lenses were so glazed and clouded over due to UV and rock salt damage that the HIDs were dangerously non effective especially at night. I was skeptical how a $15 kit would help but the OEM replacement for the headlights are $600 a pair. The instructions are extremely easy to follow. Just be diligent and follow through everything. Don't cut corners. It took about 1h15m each headlight, but the results were really impressive."Billy Rosewood

    Get it on Amazon for $12.47. Many reviewers also recommend adding a UV protectant for the final step to make the treatment last longer. 303 Protectant's a well-reviewed option, on Amazon for $20.68.

    18. A carpet cleaner and shampooer — it sucks up years worth of set-in stains and is ready to extract any fresh spills your family may inflict on your rugs during the holidays.

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    Here's to not needing to replace carpet!

    Promising review: "I went out on a whim and bought this when I was on sale for $80 because my carpets had just gone through hell and back after getting a new puppy. After vacuuming normally, I was ready to test this thing out. Was I hopeful, yes, but I didn’t expect for it to be this good! My carpets look great and it’s lightweight and easy to use. The best part is I can spot clean and not clean the entire carpets again! I used Oxyclean Rug Doctor carpet cleaner and sprayed very dirty spots with a mixture of half bleach and water. This thing has saved me well over $300 and I’ve only had it for two weeks. I can’t rave enough about it! And I’m just happy my carpets look great again." —Zuleyma Escobar

    Get the carpet cleaner for $104.99+ and the Rug Doctor cleaning solution for $14.97, both on Amazon.

    19. A pressure washer because there's nothing more satisfying than cleaning off the dirt and mildew that inevitably takes over all your outdoor furniture and surfaces.

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    Reviewers also use it on outdoor cushions, wood decks, house siding, and so many other places. Plus you can fill it with detergent to wash your car.

    Promising review: "I love this washer. It competes with my 2200 PSI gas-powered pressure washer, which in fact I sold to keep this. But doesn't have the noisy gas engine or the heavy weight. Easy to move around lightweight and has great power. Very quiet. I love all the attachments and the different stream types. The soap dispenser works well. I'm cleaning everything, my deck, my house, the garage doors, the concrete slab. It takes off all the dirt and mold from the old concrete stairs and sidewalk." —Tim S.

    Get it on Amazon for $133.69.

    20. A brush spinner to extract every last bit of packed-in, dried-on makeup from your favorite brushes AND dry 'em in less than a minute.

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    You charge up the wand with a USB, put your brush in the wand, and choose one of three different speeds to spin it clean in a pretty little glass bowl.

    Promising review: "Love it so far! It has its own charging station and it really does cut my brush washing time more than half. I'm kind of in love with this thing. I washed my foundation brush that had Kat Von D Tattoo foundation on it...soooooo... if you don't know what that means... y'all. It works. Like a freaking charm!" —spacegirl

    Get it on Amazon for $29.99.

    21. An extendable tub and tile scrubber that makes it simple to reach both the highest and lowest corners of your bathroom without having to hurt your knees kneeling *or* teeter on a stepstool.

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    It expands from 26 inches to 42 inches, and has a scrubby pad that's tough on grime and holds water so you can rinse the scrubbed-up gunk away.

    Promising review: "I really like this! I am 71 with arthritis, and cleaning tubs and showers was difficult. The extendable handle is very sturdy. The scrubbing pad is tough, but did not scratch the vinyl tub or shower. We have iron in our water and if the water softener runs low on salt, the orange color in the water accumulates. I used 401 spray cleaner and the OXO scrubber and the orange stain is gone from the white tub! Perfect!" —Carol Miller

    Get i ton Amazon for $12.99.

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