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    1. A robo vac to keep your floors cleaner than you ever thought possible: it moves between hard floors and low-pile carpets/rugs without a glitch, and can pick up all the accumulated dust, dirt, and hair left strewn about your home while you go do literally anything else.


    It automatically recharges itself and comes with a remote you can use for a set and forget–schedule. All you have to do is empty the dust bin every once in a while.

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

    Get it on Amazon for $229.99+ (also available in white).

    2. A set of drill brushes so you can go to town on essentially any grimy surface, from cooked-on grease on a stovetop to built-up dirt in a bathtub to the accumulated years of grime on tile and grout.

    Just make sure to use them only on surfaces you're pretty sure they won't scratch! You can alway test in a discreet area first to be sure.

    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." —Terry

    Get the set of three brushes on Amazon for $14.95+ (five bristle stiffness options available).

    3. A no-rinse daily shower spray because the best way to avoid any scrubbing at all is prevention, and this uses non-toxic, biodegradable ingredients to lift soap scum, oils, and the minerals in hard water off your shower walls. That way, everything actually gets rinsed down the drain instead of drying where it lands.


    Some reviewers even say it helps prevent mold! Note that it doesn't get rid of built-up hard water stains; it will just help keep them away after you've scrubbed.

    Promising review: "I hate scrubbing my tub. I feel like just a couple of showers later it's starting to look grimy again around the drain, and who has time to do a full-on clean twice a week! I know I don't. I really like that this prevents the slime from building up as easily and the real bonus for me was that it makes my fixtures look sparkling clean when normally the hard water buildup makes them look crusty. The smell is nice once you get used to the potent eucalyptus note. It won't substitute regular cleaning, but it makes a noticeable difference between scrubs." —Stephanie

    Get two bottles on Amazon for $15.45.

    4. An easy-to-install kit that turns most tank toilets into automatic self-cleaning toilets. That's right! You may never have to scrub your toilet again.


    You can get it with chlorine bleach cartridges or with "blue" cleaning cartridges (that have a disinfecting cleaner that's less harsh than bleach); but because the system stays in the overflow tube, you don't have to worry about damage to any of the plastic or rubber parts of your toilet tank if you do prefer the chlorine. And if you have no experience dealing with your toilet, don't worry! It really does take just one minute to install.

    Promising review: "I've used many different toilet bowl cleaners in my day, all with very little success. This is the first one that actually did the job of regular manual bowl scrubbing. In our heavily used family bathroom, this unit lasted 3–4 months before it ran out of the cartridge, and the results started to become evident. The whole time it not only kept the water/scent clean, it kept the scum/mineral buildup around the waterline completely gone! Gone are the days of weekly scrubbing the nasty toilet! This is truly a great product." —Chris F

    Get it on Amazon: the chlorine version for $15.40 or the blue version for $10.35.

    5. Or a toilet gel you can stamp just under the rim to clean the bowl each and every time it's flushed, keeping your commode sparkling clean for up to 20 weeks in a row., Scrubbing Bubbles /

    That's four months at a time! All you have to do is re-stamp as needed. If you can't imagine not using your toilet brush, you can use the small remaining bit of gel to scrub down the bowl before applying more. I used this in college and can personally attest it really does work.

    Promising review: "These work really well. I used to clean my toilet every other week, but these really do keep it in check! The key to making these last and saving you money is PLACEMENT. Before applying, look to see how your toilet flushes and where the water cascades from. I found a location in my toilet where the water doesn't really drain, so I install the gel where water would not totally flush over it. I have noticed that after using the bathroom, it does seem to cover up any smells. Which is a plus!" —V_O_R

    Get 20 week's worth on Amazon for $6.50.

    6. A spray gel — it's designed specifically to tackle and dissolve even the more egregious layers of built-up rust and iron stains from basically every surface in and around your home, with a simple spray –> wait –> wipe.

    Promising review: "Seeing is believing! I posted before and after pictures of our bathtub. It was gross and orange rust stained. Not even Mr. Clean Magic erasers touched the rust stains. But now it's shiny and looks brand new. I sprayed it on (yes, it's more of a liquid than a gel but it still works). I came back an hour later and wiped it off. No elbow grease needed. Majority of the rust was gone, only thing left was soap scum and that easily wiped away. I'll be buying this stuff again!" —NMP

    Get it on Amazon for $4.97.

    7. And the no-scrub Tilex mold and mildew cleaner that functions exactly the same way (spray, wait, wipe!) so you can take care of the nastiness in under ten minutes and get back to actually enjoying your bathroom.

    Promising review: "This definitely WORKS. I noticed the difference within less than a minute after applying. As long as you are fully aware of all the chemicals in the remover and use it with caution, you will be amazed at how fast this thing will clean — in my case, all the mold that's been sitting on my shower titles for over a year." —sp

    Get two bottles on Amazon for $14.50.

    8. Or, if you have more deep-set mold in your caulk, a bleach gel. It works its magic by actually staying exactly where you put it for several hours on end (instead of running off like a spray might), so it actually has the time to go to work.


    Promising review: "Seriously. We spent so much time trying different 'hacks"' to whiten the black spots on the caulk in our bathroom (bleach, bleach pens, putting saran wrap over the bleach, etc) and were a few days from ripping it out. This product was listed in a BuzzFeed article on amazing cleaning products, so we decided to try one last time. It was SO easy. Very minimal smell, and six hours later, perfectly white caulk. Just rinsed with water. No scrubbing. Highly recommend." —Amanda

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $12.99

    9. A UV sanitizer for your phone because it could lower your chances of getting sick, at least a little bit — it may not get rid of all the smears of grease on your screen, but it will annihilate a bunch of germies.


    A couple of years ago we tested a bunch of our phones for germs, and the person with the cleanest phone used a similar device every night. Although if you really want to help your immune system, you prob also should follow these tips to avoid getting sick.

    Promising review: "I work in a hospital and goodness knows how much germs are there! It gives me peace of mind that I can sanitize my phone whenever I need to. Added bonus is when I put my phone to my cheek, I don't get any break outs!" —Chris RN

    Get it from Uncommon Goods for $59.95+ (two sizes available) or Amazon for $79.95.

    10. 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. All you have to do is leisurely wave it back and forth, and it scrubs 60 times each and every second., Amazon

    It's like a giant electric toothbrush, but y'all, I own one and it REALLY works. You literally see the dirt come up and the grout lighten with just 30 seconds of use. They make a specialty grout head you can buy for it, but TBH the default brush works just as well, unless you have incredibly narrow grout lines.

    Promising review: "Last night I was reborn. Everything I'd experienced up until that point suddenly was just 'before.' The present and future seemed like a beautiful, promising 'after.' 'What is the cause of this renewed zest for life?' you might ask. It was the use of the Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber on my shower grout. It elevated a simple baking soda and water solution to alchemical proportions. This thing is nirvana. My pink-tiled shower, which never looks clean no matter how many hours of backbreaking and bicep-burning labor I put in, now looks bright, clean, full of promise. An otherwise disgusting and dated purely utilitarian part of my home is now art. This this is absolutely incredible. Buy it, see for yourself. 11/10 would recommend." —Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $19.62.

    If you want even more info, check out my full Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber Review.

    11. A concrete oil stain remover so your driveway, garage, sidewalk, or patio can always look just as pristine as it did the day it was poured (or, well, after it dried). And you barely have to lift a finger, because you literally just douse the stain with it and wait.

    Okay so maybe most of us don't have driveways with stains on 'em, but STILL, the photos are so satisfying! It doesn't contain bleach, acid, or other hazardous just gets the job done.

    Promising review: "Changed the oil on my girlfriends car and some oil spilled on my NEW driveway...which I didn't notice until four days later. Four spots all about the size of a dollar bill baking in the Arizona sun for four days. Put the stuff on — sits on the stain like pancake batter (don't be afraid to pour liberally) — and let it sit from 6 p.m. 'till about 9 a.m. the next day. It dried and the instructions said to just sweep the stuff up. Well it broke apart with the broom and the stains were gone, so I just swept up the powder pieces. Took about a minute. I WAS SHOCKED — something that actually works on oil — and its easy. Absolutely NO sign of anything that was there." —AmazonBob

    Get it on Amazon for $12.97.

    12. The Diamond Dazzle Stik — you gently brush it onto your diamond, sapphire, emerald, and other precious-gem rings for a sparkling clarity worthy of a professional cleaning.

    All you have to do is twist to dispense a little of the liquid, then brush it over your jewelry to make everything sparkle. It works for stones, gold, and silver, but not pearls!

    Promising review: "I was skeptical about this but once I opened and used it... OMG! I have an amethyst wedding ring and the stone was so cloudy it looked terrible. I tried to clean it with a toothbrush and warm water/mild soap as I was instructed when it was purchased. It would get clean but I couldn't get behind the stone so it would never really look clean. I used this product and once it was rinsed and dry it looked just like the day I received it. I was so excited! The bristles on the brush really get into the tiny holes behind the ring setting which allows for an actual scrub on the back of the stone to remove the buildup. This product is amazing." —KY Acton

    Get it on Amazon for $8.73.

    13. Or an ultrasonic jewelry cleaner that needs just a dab of dish soap and a little distilled water to make your engagement ring, eyeglasses, and even your dentures sparkle...all in one three-minute hands-off cycle.

    Promising reviews: "I just used this and I am IN LOVE!! My rings were gross from lotion, sunscreen, hand soap, sweat etc. I don't have time to run to my jeweler to get them professionally cleaned. This does the trick, and same exact results! In three minutes. 💕" —Rebecca Morea

    "If you want to use it for dentures, it works. If yours have long-term deposits not responding to cleaning tablets, they WILL come off, but it means doing a daily clean for a couple of weeks. Now my dentures look the best they have looked in years, but it took a couple of weeks." —J in NYC

    Get it on Amazon for $39.99.

    14. A robotic mop you can set to scrub up your bathroom and living room floors each and every day, and pretend like you're living at your favorite hotel in the lap of luxury, where everything's impeccably clean all the time, even if you have several dogs.


    Because you like clean floors, but have better things to do than mop every day. Even though it's made by iRobot, it doesn't charge at a home base like a Roomba — it just has a battery pack that you charge on the wall. It's also like, 1/4 of the price of those vacuums.

    Promising review: "This my fourth mopping robot, after two iRobot Scoobas ($599 each) and a Neato Pro XV ($449). This Braavajet is amazing! It is sooooo quiet, which is a welcome relief from the noisy cleaning of the others. Its battery goes forever, easily 90 minutes. It's fast, too. Even though it has a much smaller footprint than the others, its speed makes up for it. It cleans very well. I let it go in a large room, and it cleaned as well as the Scoobas. My floors are tile with two area rugs, so there is a lot to clean, especially with my two dogs. At this point, I have decided to sell my Scoobas and use the Braavajet exclusively for floor sweeping and wet mopping. I recommend this highly." —Elaine M

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99 (and two extra washable, reusable cleaning pads for $14.37).

    15. A foaming garbage disposal cleaner so you can know for sure that every last inch of your disposal doesn't have any caked-on food causing a stench, including on the underside of the splash guard and the interior side walls.

    This gets rid of any odor, although it won't unclog your garbage disposal — for that, you'll have to call a plumber.

    Promising review: "Holy cow I didn't realize how easy and quick it was to clean a garbage disposal. Very simple instructions, literally takes five minutes and some hot water and VOILA! You have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. Anytime I get a whiff of an odor, all I do is drop one of those packs in the disposal and the smell is GONE! Plus the blue foam bubbling through the sink was amusing to watch." —VadersGirl

    Get 12 packets (which TBH will probably be enough for an entire year) on Amazon for $14.99.

    16. A dishwasher cleaner and disinfectant to disband and dissolve any limescale, rust, grease, and other buildup because you deserve a dishwasher that *actually* gets your dishes clean. Oh, and it kills E-coli and Salmonella, too, and all YOU have to do is stick the bottle upside-down in your silverware basket and run your washer on hot.


    Well, you'll remove then lid then leave on the wax-like seal, which will melt at just the right time to work it's magic.

    Promising review: "My husband and I have been sooooo frustrated with our eight-year-old dishwasher. We have tried everything including having someone come over to service it. We were getting these white flecks all over our glasses and we would have to wash and rewash them to no avail. Then I found this product. When it arrived I used it once and noticed a significant difference…then I figured I would do it a second time — not unreasonable since we hadn't done anything in eight years — and now ALL the calcium deposits are gone and it is working perfectly!!!! I can't be more thrilled!!!!!!" —PH

    Get a pack of three on Amazon for $17.20.

    17. An oil stain remover that works wonders on basically any kind of stone (whether it's untreated *or* sealed and polished) because you shouldn't have to live with the consequences of that one leaky bottle of olive oil.

    It works on marble, granite, limestone, travertine, slate, sandstone, grout (for ceramic and porcelain tile), masonry, and concrete — and it won't discolor the surface of the stone even one bit!

    Promising review: "Had an oil stain on my West Elm untreated marble top buffet from a kids toy that was left there. I purchased the StoneTech 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!" —marv

    Get a can of it on Amazon for $8.97.

    18. A wood polish and conditioner that practically erases damage as if it was never there, like your antique beside tables that have had one too many water glasses sweat on them overnight. Simply rub it on, go enjoy your favorite Parks & Rec episode (aka wait 20 minutes), then return to wipe any excess away.

    Promising review: "This stuff is absolutely amazing. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places, we also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were, and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magic eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new." —Kris

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $8.48.

    FYI, if you're facing much damage that's a little worse, you might want to try their other (also well-reviewed!) product, called Restore-A-Finish, first; it does more to hide minor scratches, white heat rings, deep water marks, and stuff like that. The two products are actually made to be used together! Get that on Amazon for $7.99.

    19. A red wine stain remover so you can use the ~magic of science~ to actually fade all kinds of spills (like coffee, blood, ink, and marinara sauce) right before your eyes.

    Emily Shwake / BuzzFeed

    Promising review: "I had an unfortunate accident where a guest knocked over a glass of port wine from an end table which splashed on white window shades, white window sills, white base boards, taupe-colored painted walls and white with dark beige–carpeting. I left it that way for a few days in order to research the best way to clean it up without negative results. I used the spray today, after days of doing nothing, mostly because I was afraid to make it worse. Lo and behold! It completely cleaned the window sills, the window shades, the baseboards, the walls and the carpeting! You cannot even tell it happened. No stains or color change to the carpet or the walls or the white painted surfaces. Before you try or use anything, buy this. It cannot be beat! I was afraid I might have to hire a professional to clean the carpet and that I might have to completely repaint walls, but no." —Sharon Hamilton

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $6.67.

    20. A barracuda cleaner that crawls along the walls, floors, and steps of your pool to devour all the lingering dirt, bugs, leaves, sand, and pebbles.


    Some reviewers mention it even helps keep algae down after rains.

    Promising review: "This thing works great! I wish I had bought this years ago! Even though I will brush the pool walls down every now and then, I DON'T see even a slight cloud of dust moving with the brush like I always did before, because there is so much LESS dirt in the pool (even if it looked clean, there's dirt in there). So now, my pool is being cleaned when I'm not even home for ten hours a day, everyday! Yes, it is expensive, anything to do with a pool always is, but for all the time and sunburn it has saved me, I'd say its worth every penny." —LasVegasTony

    Get it on Amazon for $255.96; and if your pool tends to catch lots of leaves, reviewers recommend adding on the leaf basket for $62.

    21. A bottle of makeup brush and sponge shampoo because it breaks up all the various layers of stubborn foundation, contour, concealer, powder, and eye makeup that's embedded itself in your tools. Even the ones you use most often will look fresh out of their packaging in no time!

    Plus it'll reduce the amount of dirt and bacteria that tend to accumulate on makeup tools over time. (Oh, and it's cruelty-free.)

    Promising review: "I clean my brushes (not as often as I should) and I have NEVER gotten this much gunk out of my brushes with regular soap. This stuff is amazing, takes almost no scrubby effort and my brushes are the cleanest they have ever been. Definitely recommend." —Melissa

    Get it on Amazon for $5.29.

    22. Some fizzing cleaning tablets that loosen seemingly permanent gunk from your coffee/tea mugs and pots so you can keep enjoying your favorite drinks out of your favorite containers they way you did when they were brand new. Your job? Drop them into your vessel with hot water, and let the fizzing do the work.

    You can also use them to make washing stubborn dishes a little easier (hello, baked-on cheese from your favorite casserole dish).

    Promising review: "At work we have stainless steel coffee pots with a plastic top that no one cleans and they are often left on for hours at a time. The bottoms got very gross and someone tried to clean them with hot water & soap, but not much happened. I bought these, added hot water and two tablets (since they are bigger than a water bottle), and let the pots sit over night. So much came off with no scrubbing! I then soaked again for about another hour with two more tablets and almost all of the grime was gone. I did scrub just a tiny bit to get all the stains out with a brush I had and you can see the difference between the before and after! They are almost like new! I did this on two pots and we were all amazed by the results." —Heather

    Get a package of 12 tablets on Amazon for $8.

    23. A fume-free oven cleaner — it will erase the evidence of all those years of delicious baked goods, frozen pizzas, and bacon with a single overnight treatment.

    Technically the directions say you actually only have to wait for two hours to get results. (And many reviewers say it's true! Ooo, and that it works really well on grills, too.)

    Promising review: "This went way above and beyond my expectations. I sprayed the inside of my embarrassingly dirty oven (three years of roasting vegetables, bacon, chicken...) and let it sit overnight. The next morning it all wiped clean with a gentle wipe with a paper towel. I did literally zero scrubbing. My oven looked just like the day I bought it. I did rinse it as well as I could, several times with just water trying to get all the chemicals off, which I think I did. I left the door open and let it air dry for a few hours. Then I fired the oven up to burn off any chemical smells before actually baking anything. Where has this been all my life?" —Kat

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    24. Some washing-machine tablets to dissolve and wash away any odor-causing residue so your clothes stop coming out smelling like they're not as clean as they could be.


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

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

    Get a pack of six on Amazon for $11.98.

    25. A one-step stainless steel cleaner and polish that repels dirt, grease, and fingerprints because it's important to be able to a) quickly clean your appliances without a ton of effort, and b) actually use your appliances after they're clean, and still have them look like you cleaned.


    Promising reviews: "This is the best. I have a Weber stainless grill that was looking a little dingy (we grill two or three times a week). It took food stains, oil residue, bbq sauce and everything right off with very minimal effort, unlike other products I’ve tried that take some elbow grease." —Otter 6

    "I have one appliance (the fridge) that is not the newer fingerprint resistant stainless steel. I used this product ONCE when I got it a couple months ago — to get rid of all the fingerprints — and honestly, I haven't had to go back and clean my fridge again. I've even had the fridge moved in and out of it's spot in order to fix a leak and repaint the baseboard. Still no obvious finger prints" —Leslie Tremayne

    Get it and a microfiber cleaning cloth on Amazon for $14.97.

    You, with all the extra time you have because these products make keeping your home clean almost too easy:


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