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    27 Basic Cleaning Products For Anyone Who's A Little Clueless About Where To Begin

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    1. A classic Swiffer that'll be super effective and, like a hand-written letter or broken-in denim jacket, timeless.


    This starter kit comes with the mop, seven dry cloths, and three wet cloths.

    Promising review: "Our Swiffer has been a true time-saver in my house! We have newly installed laminate flooring and winter has been harsh. The Swiffer is quick to clean up those paw prints that somehow manage to find their way in! This is a great starter kit that comes with everything you need to have your floors clean!" —Olivia

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    2. A steam cleaning mop that'll turbo-charge the mop portion of chore time. Regular mopping...feels like nothing. This steam mop will actually do something.,

    Promising review: "This is absolutely amazing. I just redid my kitchen and used dark grout, but I tried this steamer out in my bathroom first — and it restored the grout and floor to a like-new condition! It did take some scrubbing during steaming, but it was worth it. It has also cleaned up scuff marks, stains, and continues to brighten grout every time I use it. I've told everyone I know about this product and highly recommend it! Seeing the results first hand now, I would've paid even more for this product. It's worth every penny." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $89.96.

    3. A necessary Clorox toilet cleaning kit. Gone are the days of keeping an upsetting, bent up toilet brush in your bathroom. This one's sleek design and replaceable heads makes even the grossest task feel a little more luxurious.

    The kit comes with one wand, a caddy, and six disposable scrubber refills.

    Promising review: "Do you ever look at your toilet brush in disgust and resentment? How is a dirty used-up brush still sitting in your throne room? You clean your bathroom, but then you put that sucker down in its place and it's just mocking you. It's never truly immaculate. Never knowing true cleanliness. Fear no more. Now you can shine your 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: the answer to your prayers if you want an easy, deep clean and to toss away the brush after you're done. Fast, cheap, and easy. Just how we like to clean." —Juliana

    Get it from Amazon for $8.88.

    4. An angled broom for all of your basic sweeping needs. If you don't have a broom yet...please...get one...for me.

    This broom also comes with a dustpan that locks onto the broom.

    Promising review: "This is my second time purchasing this broom and dustpan, so I feel like that says it all. This picks up everything on the floor, and I love that the dust pan clips on to the broom! I have a large home with lots of tile floors, so having two of these brooms is awesome. I have two cats, two dogs, and a Conure parrot, so this makes for cleaning up faster and easier." —TXBonnieBelle

    Get it from Amazon for $10.97.

    5. A trusty pumice stone so you can gently scrape away hard water stains, calcium, and lime to make all of your fixtures like-new.

    Promising review: "I'm really dumb and thought that if I used spray paint over the sink, I could just wash it away before it dries (spoiler alert I couldn't). So I had this huge silver spray paint stain on my sink that I thought I would just have to live with and maybe paint my whole sink silver to cover it up. But this little dude cleaned it up so well! I was so surprised how well it took all of it off. this thing is Amazing." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    6. A daily cleaner that you simply spray on the glass at the end of each shower. Without rinsing (!!!!) it will prevent soap scum and hard water build up, meaning you have to heavy-duty clean far less often.

    It's the middle product pictured above! Spray it on after your shower, no rinsing required! It works well to prevent mildew and soap scum in showers without glass doors, too.

    Promising review: "Our shower has one of those full length glass doors that was impossible to keep from hazing over. 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

    Get it from Amazon: one bottle through Prime Pantry for $3.29, or a pack of two bottles for $14.24.

    7. An extendable microfiber duster set so you can get into all those hard-to-reach places — starting from the top down of course! The one unbendable rule of dusting.


    The duster has an adjustable handle that extends from 24 to 49 inches and includes both bendable chenille and microfiber duster heads.

    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." —Sjay

    Get it on Amazon for $15.99.

    8. A bottle of Barkeeper's Friend, a cleanser and polishing powder that will shine your old pots and pans right up! Now they'll totally be fit for those trendy open cabinets you've been eyeing.

    The cleanser is non-abrasive, bleach-free, and effective on most surfaces in the kitchen, bathroom, and outdoors.

    Promising review: "As you can see in the photo, it’s safe to say this stuff works. I left it on for a little while, and when I came back, this was the result of less than two minutes of scrubbing!" —Donette

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    Learn more in "You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House."

    9. An automatic scrubbing brush so you can get *scrubbed-for-five-minutes-straight* results without the hand and arm cramps and time commitment.

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    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 $15.99.

    If you want even more info, check out this BuzzFeeder's full review!

    10. A lightweight handheld vacuum for swiftly taking care of any little mess that comes up. This one goes out to every time I've spilled rice on the ground, stared at it wordlessly for 10 minutes, and then just...walked away.


    Promising review: "This is such a wonderful vacuum! The fact that it is handheld makes it very easy to store and easy to use, and the crevice tool is makes it easy to clean nooks and crannies that gather dust. The attachable nozzle has been great for vacuuming our rug, and the filter is very easy to clean (though it does fill up quickly)." —Sting

    Get it from Amazon for $26.99.

    11. Some Goo Gone that's a pretty great catch-all for any weird mystery mess you find. From removing price stickers to getting gum off of basically anything, GG has you covered.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. So far, I have used it to remove heavy adhesive from a tile floor where we had previously had a cover for a wire running across the area. I applied Goo Gone, scraped the majority of the adhesive and fibers off, then wiped off the remaining residue with a paper towel. I also used it to clean grease off of wood veneer cabinets using a paper towel, and it was so effortless! We have a microwave above the stove, and I also used Goo Gone to clean grease from the exhaust vents, which was so much easier than ever before." —Cass

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    12. A dishwasher cleaner and disinfectant, because it's kind of bogus to clean your dishes in a dirty dishwasher.

    Simply run your dishwasher with the container of cleaner inside to disinfect against E. coli and salmonella, remove lime scale, and rid yourself of leftover grease.

    Promising review: "This stuff is amazing! I tried EVERYTHING before purchasing this product to try to unclog my old portable whirlpool drain which had funky sitting water and wouldn't fully drain. NOTHING worked until I got one of these babies. The smell was way better after one use. After the second bottle, the smell was gone completely, and after the third round — bye-bye fully to the drain clog!!! Mind you, I had a really really bad clog from lazy non-upkeep of the washer and this will now be a regular treatment to keep the washer FRESH and running smoothly. There's nothing worse or more dangerous and bacterial than rank, sitting dishwasher water, and this stuff is a miracle! Will be using in the future! Thank you 'Dishwasher Magic' for your quality product! IT WORKS!" —Kara

    Get it from Amazon for $10.79.

    13. A vinegar-based glass and window cleaner to achieve the streak-free shine you've dreamed about since you were a little kid.

    Promising review: "I am amazed! I honestly didn't think a 'natural' glass cleaner would work this well, but I was terrified by the chemicals found in my other glass cleaner, so I decided to give it a go. This product cleaned my mirrors and windows with zero streaks. It has a very light, pleasant aroma, and even after wiping down all the glass in my kitchen and bathrooms, I didn't have a sneezing fit like I often do after spraying cleaners. Will definitely purchase again!" —Lauren

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    14. A pet hair vacuum, because, although you love them, you haven't known peace since you got a pet that started shedding everywhere. This vacuum lifts the curse and is an absolute essential for pet owners.

    The hand vac has a 16-foot power cord and comes with two nozzles for cleaning upholstery, carpeting, and the inside of your car.

    Promising review: "Holy crap! Are you skeptical when it comes to buying stuff online? ME TOO! But I have four cats and a golden retriever, so I was getting desperate! A picture is worth a thousand words — check mine out! The 'before' picture was taken of my dog's bed AFTER it went through the washer and dryer. Look at all of that left behind hair! The 'after' picture was taken after only THREE MINUTES spent vacuuming her bed. I. Am. SOLD!" —Luka Chan

    Get it from Amazon for $30.99.

    15. A can of Easy-Off oven cleaner that will keep you from setting off your fire alarm due to burnt-on food literally every time you cook. It HAS to stop.

    Promising review: "Simply UNBELIEVEABLE. Fume-free and no gloves needed, but dissolves ANYTHING cooked on! I had not cleaned my oven EVER. I simply sprayed it on, shut door overnight, and wiped it off with paper towels. I don't have to dread cleaning the oven ever again! You can use it for everyday spot cleaning and only have to let it sit for a couple hours for minor things. I used it on my broiler pan that would not scrub clean with even steel wool — no need to scrub ever again now! My crockpot leaked over the bowl and burned on inside of the heating chamber. I just sprayed, covered, and wiped in morning. I plan on using it to clean the grill in the spring and am sure it will make it a breeze." —Andrew J.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    16. A miraculous carpet stain remover to assuage all of your fears of irreversible food/drink/anything stains. No more living in fear of unfixable spills — relish in this weight being lifted off your shoulders.

    Promising review: "WOW! A must have for any home. My carpet had some mystery stains that other stain remover products could not budge. I had resigned myself to never having them get any better, I found this product. It was very easy. You spray it on, then put a paper towel on top, and the stain disappears. Seriously! There were a couple that I had to go back for a second time, but after having lived with these carpet blemishes for years, I was more than happy. I even used it on a cushion, as you don't have to worry about harmful chemicals. You also get a lot of cleaner for your money, I was surprised at how big the bottle was, and you don't need to use lots when you apply, so this will last a very long time." —Malm

    Get it from Amazon for $11.18.

    17. A dazzling diamond cleaning pen that couldn't be easier to use. Perfect for making your jewels as breathtaking as when you first got them, which is to say, stunning., Amazon

    Promising review: "OMG. I have no idea what is in here, but it made my diamonds shine like stars. Honestly, I was so blown away I immediately wrote this review. I travel for work and my jewelry gets dull. I bought this to throw in my bag. I tried it as soon as I got it, and there's some magic stuff in there that made even my brand new jewelry look better. It's awesome. You will love this." —SH

    Get it from Amazon for $4.49.

    Check out "This Pen Will Keep Your Diamonds Sparkling Until The End Of Time" for more info!

    18. A TubShroom to stop drain clogs before they even begin. We love a proactive cleaner.,

    Promising review: "I am one of those people who clogs shower drains with my hair. It got to the point where I brushed my hair well before getting in and kept a brush in the shower to wrap the excess hair in while shampooing, and would STILL clog the drain every six weeks or so. I've had this about two months now and thought I'd really test it out by no longer brushing my hair before or during the shower. No clogs! It's amazing how much this thing catches considering it's this cheap looking piece of rubber that doesn't even fit well. I will say, it's much easier to clean when dry. I tell everyone I know about this thing." —Megan

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors. Have a pop-up or flush drain? Try OXO's hair catcher instead, $9.99 on Amazon.)

    Head to "This Mushroom-Shaped Hair Catcher Is So Gross, But Really Satisfying" for more info!

    19. A deep-cleaning brush set, because sometimes an old toothbrush just won't cut it when it comes to the tough stains. Trust me, you'll want to be Edward Bristle-Hands with these brushes come cleaning day.


    The set comes with a large brush and a double-ended small brush with a wiper blade.

    Promising review: "I HIGHLY recommend these brushes for grout. If you are on the fence of 'Ehhh do I NEED a grout brush? I could just scrub the floor...' stop. Get these brushes. They are stiff and cut down the elbow grease time incredibly. Plus, you can use them on anything." —Jennifer

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99+ (available in two colors).

    20. A rust stain–removing gel that will have you bidding goodbye to all of your rusted out bathroom fixtures, even if the color rust is tbh kind of chic.

    Promising review: "I cannot say enough great things about this product. We just purchased a home that has a well with very high iron content in the water. I tried everything to remove the stains from our three toilets but nothing worked. I found this product online and immediately went to Amazon. The results blew me away. I didn't have to scrub at all. I let it sit in the tank for several hours and the results floored me!" —Toni Huitt

    Get it from Amazon for $12.97.

    21. A watermark-removing cloth that will help you refurbish anything from cherished family furniture to the new desk you just spent five grueling hours putting together then immediately set a celebratory sweating cocktail glass on.

    Promising review: "This removed the most stubborn watermark on earth! My desk had three very obvious rings from where hot mugs had been left unattended, and despite trying everything that was recommended online, nothing worked to reduce their appearance. This cloth must have some miracle oil in it because it removed the rings when nothing else would, and they haven't come back. Be sure to really rub the cloth over the water mark (it may take some time, but it's worth it!), and save the plastic bag that it comes in just in case you need it again." —Trini

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    22. A ceramic stovetop cleaning kit that's like the "undo" button for cooktop errors. This high-maintenance appliance doesn't get the satisfaction of stressing you out anymore. You're too powerful!

    The kit comes with the ceramic cooktop cleaner, a scraper, 10 scrubbing pads, and burnt-on grease remover.

    Promising review: "We, regrettably, had not properly cleaned our glass stove top for six months. We’d wipe and clean with generic products we had, but nothing removed the deep stains. It was not properly maintained by the previous tenants either, so I wasn’t hopeful we’d get it back to its original appearance. It looked horrible. With help of the razor, this product completely transformed our stove top. It looks like it was just installed. I’m so happy and relieved. This will be a must-have item in our kitchen for years to come." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    23. A combination broom and squeegee to effortlessly remove hair from carpet, meaning old strands clinging to your feet constantly is a thing of the past.


    Promising review: "I have long hair. Due to a thyroid issue, I lose more strands than I used to. Every few days the hair starts to accumulate on the bathroom floor. This broom picks up all the hair from the tile just going over it once. It even gets the strands on the edges and corners. Unlike regular brooms, all the hair stays on the broom until I remove it instead of strands falling back to the floor. Thanks to a review I read before ordering this broom, I also use it on the carpet before vacuuming. I quickly pull it towards me, and it grabs all the hair from the carpet. It only takes a minute or two per room and I no longer have to remove the roller brush from the vacuum and cut all the hair wrapped around it every month." —Nicolor

    Get it from Amazon for $13.33.

    24. A garbage disposal cleaning brush to oust the scary gunk hiding right under the rubber guard.


    Promising review: "I purchased my Mr. Scrappy in July 2017 and use it nearly weekly — it's that quick and easy. Today after using for at least the 40th time I was admiring how the brush still looks great, so I came back to post a picture. There's no rust and the bristles are still all good and stiff. The brush easily rinses clean under the faucet — I squirt on a little dish soap before popping it in the drain and then it's just a matter of rinsing the brush off when I'm done. Tip: cover with a paper towel as you pull it out of the drain to avoid drips flipping up and out on you as the bristles straighten themselves!" —cooee

    Get it on Amazon for $10.69.

    25. A drain millipede so you can be the hero of your apartment and be the roommate who finally fixes that wildly inconvenient drain clog.,

    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!" —E. Marlowe

    Get one on Amazon for $5.28.

    26. A toilet gel to keep your toilet clean for more than .5 seconds. It cleans just a lil' bit every time you flush and keeps everything sparkling 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 it on Amazon for $6.50.

    27. Microfiber cleaning cloths you can use to wipe down so many surfaces in your house and *yahoo* can be thrown right in the wash to use again.


    Promising review: "These are super absorbent, nice quality cleaning rags! They don't pill after washing, and the nice colors make it easy to separate them for different uses. Plus, these are fantastic for dusting and cleaning glass!" —Mariam G.

    Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $10.19.

    Great job cleaning! We're all so proud of you.


    The reviews in this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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