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    15 Useful Cleaning Gadgets Parents Will Wish They'd Known About Sooner

    Cleaning up after kids is hard enough. Make it a little easier on yourself!

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    1. A bottle brush that has a hidden detail brush in the handle and that won't clutter up your bottle rack.

    2. A portable stain-lifter that'll save your carpet, rugs, furniture, and car upholstery from spilled drinks, splats of ketchup, and those dreaded mystery stains.

    3. Or a full-size heavy-duty carpet cleaning machine, if you regularly contend with bigger carpet stains, or just want an upright cleaner.

    4. A smart automatic vacuum that'll keep your floors dirt-free with very little effort — and that you can control with your phone or Alexa.

    5. A refillable phone and screen cleaner sponge that'll quickly wipe off those sticky, gross fingerprints your kids keep leaving all. over. your. stuff.

    6. A battery-powered sweeper that'll pick up all sorts of dry spills and messes faster than you can say "broom and dust pan."

    7. Or if you prefer a broom, a touch-less stationary vacuum that'll mean you never have to pull out a dustpan again — and that might be a better choice if you sweep up a lot of hair or pet hair, because the hair won't tangle in any bristles.

    8. A self-cleaning toilet kit that you can install in almost any regular tank toilet, then cross at least one thing off your to-do list basically forever.

    9. A hair-catcher that'll keep all your shower drains — even the ones your long-haired teenagers use — flowing freely.

    10. And a dual-ended hairbrush cleaner to give to the same long-haired teen, because the last time you noticed their brush...they needed it.

    11. A set of air-tight paint touch-up pens, to easily cover up any scratches, scuffs, or other child-related marks that refuse to clean off any other way.

    12. A HEPA air purifier that captures the germs and the allergens floating around in the air, so your entire family's less sniffly.

    13. A set of three water bottle cleaning brushes that'll get the gunk out of every last nook and cranny of the whole family's reusable water bottles.

    14. Heavy-duty extra-large cleaning wipes that'll make quick work of all kinds of messes — mud, lipstick, crayon, stickers, nail polish, food, just to name a few — on surfaces from carpet to countertops to leather and more.

    15. An expandable tub scrubber that makes quick work of an annoying job, so you can just enjoy having a clean bathroom.

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