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    Sep 21, 2019

    30 Cleaning Products Under $20 For People Who Haven't Tidied Up In Forever

    "9-1-1? Hello, I'm a sentient house and my human hasn't cleaned me in five years."

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    1. A combination broom and squeegee that wrangles hidden hair from carpets, no problem. Surprise! You've been walking on a giant hairball for years and years.

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    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 $13.05.

    2. A pet stain and odor remover so you don't need to get too mad at your adorable pets after they get a little too excited when you get home.

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    Promising review: "This stuff works sooooo well. I have tried many other brands of pet stain remover, and this one is definitely the best. I have two indoor cats with hairball issues; they are often spitting up hairballs, or stomach acid only before or after the passing of the hairball. (Sorry for the TMI.) Of course, they only want to do this on the carpet and rugs. This stain remover effectively removes the bodily fluid, hairball, etc., with a nice, fresh minty scent and no sticky residue. I keep a bottle upstairs and downstairs so I don't have to go hunting for it during those 2 a.m. hairball vomiting sessions (because, of course, that's the only time they want to throw up)." —Heather Coburn-Schill

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes and two scents).

    3. A flexible drain snake that will remove *years* of built-up hair and gunk from any drain in your home. You'll even get a trophy for your brave efforts. Yes, the trophy is a three foot hair clog.

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    Promising review: "For years I've been punching holes through debris with my traditional wire snake but not cleaning debris. Thanks to this gadget, removing gunk and debris is no longer a problem. I admittedly was skeptical when reading about this tool on Amazon, but I purchased one anyway. Now I'm a believer and have the photo to prove it. The tube of gunk I extracted with this little wonder was so big I called my wife in to show her what was lurking below the sink she uses. Highly recommended!" —Coffee Roaster

    Get it from Amazon for $5.28.

    Check out "Hundreds Of People Love This Drain Snake, And The After Photos Have Me Gagging" for our full write-up on the drain snake and more absolutely revolting pics of it in action.

    4. Tried-and-true OxiClean stain remover so you can star in your very own infomercial about cleaning every dang piece of fabric in your house.

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    Put Oxyclean in with your regular detergent when you run them through the wash or apply to upholstery like you would any other cleaner. It's chlorine-free and color-safe.

    Promising review: "I'll let my pictures speak to how amazing this works. I had a stained mattress that I'd been covering with a mattress pad for years. As I was preparing for a move, I decided to give OxiClean a try and see if it could remove the stains that had been there for well over SEVEN YEARS. I honestly don't even know what caused the stains, but OxiClean removed them. I honestly can't believe the results. I wish I'd done this sooner!" —Little Greek

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98.

    5. An Angry Mama microwave cleaner that absolves you of all nasty microwave sins. This mama is begging you to zap some oily, bubbly lasagna, and she looks mad, so get to it.

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    Promising review: "This little device is great. Super simple. Fill to the lines with vinegar and water, nuke for seven minutes, let sit for two minutes, then wipe clean. My embarrassingly super gross microwave wiped completely clean with a couple paper towels. Highly recommend." —UglyPetty

    Get it from Amazon for $8.68.

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

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    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.

    7. A wood polish and conditioner with beeswax and orange oil to hide dings and scratches, add some healthy natural luster to your dull antiques, and overall give all the wood items you own the new life they deserve!

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    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. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. 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. Several other areas were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magical 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. I'm buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We're so glad we found this product." —Kris

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    8. A classic Swiffer kit your mom has sworn by for years — and for good reason! It makes cleaning hardwood and tile floors so easy, you may even find yourself dancing with it like you're in a dang commercial.

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    The starter kit comes with the sweeper, seven dry cloths, and three wet cloths.

    Promising review: "Couldn't live without my Swiffer. It works great on the hardwood floors. The dry cloths really pick up the dirt and all the pieces of crud brought in the house on the bottom of my shoes, even though I try to only wear 'house shoes' when inside. I like that the bottom is hinged allowing you to push the Swiffer under thin spaces. I no longer use it wet, but it works just as well wet as dry." —goldenlvr

    Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

    9. A jetted tub cleaner that reveals all the built-up goop that's been lurking in the bowels of your tub. You can't unsee it, but you'll be SO happy to know it's gone.

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    Just fill your tub, add some of the cleaner, run the jets for 15 minutes, and shield your eyes from the yucky stuff that comes out!

    Promising review: "Oh my gosh! You think your tub is clean and then you see what comes out with this! I followed the directions, and almost immediately this disgusting residue shot out. Then more came out as the chemical had time to circulate. So glad I got this cleaner instead of sitting in filth, especially because we just bought a new house and I thought, 'Maybe I should try to find out if there is a special cleaner for these tubs.' Glad I did and can know my tub is cleaned out." —Aaron Johnson

    Get it form Amazon for $16.99.

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

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    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 $10.52.

    11. A carpet cleaning solution to reverse the YEARS of dirt and grime you've subjected your floors to. Yes, it's a floor and that's what happens, but maybe just thank this cleaner and promise it you'll start taking off your shoes from now on?

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    The solution is biodegradable, so no harm will come to your pets and kids when they inevitably decide to roll around on the carpet while it's still wet.

    Promising review: "This is a wonderful product. I have an older dog who can't always wait until I get home from work so accidents occasionally happen. I have a Hoover Rug Scrubber and this product is very easy to use with my machine. Carpet Miracle works amazingly well on stains and odors, even those that have set for a while. I did the carpet in the 'room of shame' twice just to be sure, although for normal soil and odors once should be more than enough. It leaves behind a wonderful clean, fresh scent, and the carpet feels and looks wonderful. I plan on continuing to use this product to keep my carpets clean and my home smelling fresh." —Vicky Faurot

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    12. A pack of Mr. Clean Magic Erasers which, if you haven't tried them yet, everyone needs to experience using in their life. Cleaning basically everything with one hand-held thingamajig just feels too good to be true.

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    Simply wet the eraser and scrub away at surface stains of all kinds!

    Promising review: "For years I have heard about the Magic Eraser. From friends and family, even co-workers. Not sure what took me so long to try it out, but when I did, all I can say is 'WOW!' I had embedded stains from makeup and who knows what on the bathroom sink (which I scrubbed with baking soda, even softscrub with bleach, and the stains didn't come all the way out). ONE TRY with the Magic Eraser and BAM! Stains gone. Then I decided to try it on the black toaster oven, where I accidentally left a loaf of bread and the plastic melted into the top. I washed it, rubbed it and used everything I could think of, but that thin layer of plastic wouldn't budge. In comes the Magic Eraser and it came off right away. No kidding. The name says it all, because this stuff is truly magic!" —GDB

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $8.52.

    13. A TubShroom to catch shedding hairs and prevent drain clogs from ever even forming. Bam! Just like that, one of your biggest hygiene problems no longer exists.

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    The TubShroom is made of silicone, so it can squeeze into most standard drains and won't scratch your surfaces.

    Promising review: "This is amazing. I have long hair and recently had a baby. It's a wonder I still have any hair based on the clumps I see falling out on a regular basis. This means the poor tub drain is getting clogged all the time, and we're spending ridiculous amounts of time trying to clear it out. I figured if this even worked to catch half of my hair then it would be worth its salt. Holy moly. When they say it catches every hair, they aren't kidding. We clean it off about twice A WEEK! And when they say it's easy to clean, they are right again. A swipe with toilet paper and the hair blob comes right off. I've already told so many people about this product because I love it so much. Fantastic!" —sasamo

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in six colors).

    14. A red wine stain remover that proves there's no use crying over spilled merlot (that's a phrase, right?). Just spritz, wipe, and pour yourself a new glass.

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    Promising review: "When you have anything white in your house and you have a love for red wine THIS PRODUCT IS A MUST! We had a dinner party of about 15 people in our house so I bought five bottles just in case. Someone spilled red wine on our brand new white couch. I was so mad, but I used this stuff and it was GONE. It didn't just take most of the red wine out — the red wine was GONE! No trace of it at all! I will buy more!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

    15. A fabric shaver for when vacuuming and lint rolling just won't cut it when you're trying to make your furniture look SUPER clean. Shave off those little fuzzies and say hello to your "brand new" couch!

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    Promising review: "Okay, I don’t normally rave about things like this. I bought this on a whim in a last attempt to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them getting all up in my leg space. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this lil' baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m depilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh. Hi, I’m obsessed. I can’t stop. I should send this back. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything depilled. I’m going to buy one of these for everyone in my life. Everyone needs to own this. Take it away from me." —Sydney Jensen

    Get it from Amazon for $12.59.

    Check out "This Magical Fabric Defuzzer Will Absolutely Change Your Life" for more info on this handy gadget!

    16. A watermark-removing cloth for getting rid of those stubborn rings with mere swipes. Have fun living your new, fun, flirty life putting glasses down to and fro without stress!

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    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.

    17. A stainless steel cleaner to get all of your gorgeous appliances back to the level of luster they deserve. Just keep the spray bottle handy in the kitchen for quick touch-ups whenever you want to give your kitchen a little love.

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    Promising review: "Perfect cleaner for my new Whirlpool stainless appliances. It also seems to make it a bit fingerprint-resistant as well. Since I cleaned my fridge down a month ago, I haven't had to do it again yet. I'm sure if I had kids it'd be a little different, but this stuff is where it's at. I've tried cheaper big-box store cleaners and they all take a lot of arm work." —William Blake Fischer

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $14.97.

    18. A cleanser and polishing powder that will inspire you to give all of your indoor and outdoor tarnished surfaces an America's Next Top Model–level makeover (one everyone's happy with, not a tear-inducing pixie that looked great but was just Too Shocking).

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    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 a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

    Check out "You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House" for more info!

    19. A can of Easy-Off oven cleaner, because you've set the fire alarm off TOO many times by subjecting burnt-on food to even more heat before cleaning it off. No more excuses!

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    This product works in just *40 minutes*, but it's safe to leave overnight for maximum effectiveness (or if you're just feeling lazy).

    Promising review: "Simply UNBELIEVABLE. Fume-free and no gloves needed, but dissolves ANYTHING cooked on! I had not cleaned my oven EVER. I simply sprayed it on, shut the 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 $5.97.

    20. A package of foaming garbage disposal cleaner so you can blast through any unseen backups lurking in your sink like the spooky clown in It.

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    Promising review: "Holy cow, I didn't realize how easy and quick it was to clean a garbage disposal until I bought this product! Typically, in my naïve thinking, I'd just use vinegar and baking soda down the drain and call it good. Little did I know that there was an actual cleaning product available until I stumbled across it through a BuzzFeed article. So of course, I had to try it. Very simple instructions — it literally takes five minutes and some hot water and VOILA! you have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. The smaller bag lasted me about six weeks, as I didn't feel the need the clean the disposal weekly like the packaging recommended. Any time I got a whiff of an odor, all I did was drop one of those packs in the disposal and the smell was GONE! Plus the blue foam bubbling through the sink was amusing to watch. Worth every penny!" —VadersGirl

    Get it from Amazon for $6.40.

    21. A ceramic stovetop cleaning kit that's like the undo button for cooktop errors. This high-maintenance appliance doesn't get to stress you out anymore.

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    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.

    22. A carpet stain remover to assuage all of your fears of irreversible food/drink/anything stains. Hooray! You can eat on the couch stress-free!

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    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 $11.20.

    23. A set of three scrubbing drill brush attachments that will remind you that WHOA, that glass wasn't opaque when you moved in. Yeah, let's fix that.

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    The set comes with a two-inch flat brush, a four-inch flat brush, and a round brush. Heads up that the drill is *not* included, but consider a basic Black and Decker one ($49 on Amazon) if your toolbox is in need.

    Promising review: "I thought my hard water stains would never come off my shower doors, but I bought this awesome brush set, and it's amazing! I’ve tried all the hacks — drier sheets, clean erasers, lemon, vinegar — nothing works like this brush! I used Zep shower cleaner with it! In the picture, the side on the right is the part of the door I cleaned, and I still have to clean the left side." —Traci D.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.70+ (available in six colors and stiffness levels).

    24. A pair of sweeper slippers you'll want to don 100% of the time you're at home. They keep your feet cozy AND clean up messes you don't want to bother with? Almost too good to be true.

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    Promising review: "I have three pairs of these, and I love them. I swap them out as they get dirty; I throw a pair in the wash and pull out another. We have two dogs, one that tends to splatter water in the kitchen when he drinks, and I have to say — these are lifesaver. They do not replace mopping your floor, obviously, but they do help, and they are super comfortable, unlike some of the other similar cleaning slippers." —AZDogMama

    Get them from Amazon for $11.63 (available in three colors and two sizes).

    Check out one BuzzFeeder's review for more details!

    25. A Clorox toilet cleaning kit that — let's be honest — you probably should've gotten a long time ago. But hey, that's OK, better late than never!

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    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.

    26. A microfiber blinds duster that is so specific and fun to use you'll be checking the blinds every day, hoping it's time to dust.

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    The duster comes with five sleeves so you can do all of your window treatments at once before giving the sleeves a good wash.

    Promising review: "A super time saver. It legitimately used to take us hours to clean all the blinds. We can now do all the faux-wood Venetian blinds in the house in about one hour. It's really nice that it comes with some spare cloths for it, and it's cheap enough to buy a whole additional set so we can make more than one kid do this chore at the same time." —R.D.

    Get one on Amazon for $7.99.

    27. A mold and mildew remover gel to help you blast through tough, unsightly stains you would normally just will yourself to ignore.

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    Promising review: "We tried bleach along with other spray-on options and nothing worked. This was a last resort before I just removed it by putty knife and recaulked it. I have to be honest, I did not expect the result to be this good and this easy to accomplish. I had two separate corners I applied this to and the result was the same — the mold is gone. I applied it three times in total about five hours apart and have around a half bottle left. All I did was apply and use a rubber glove to spread it around. I did not think the smell was too strong. It reminded me of an indoor pool chlorine smell. The smell went away after several hours. After the final application, I just took a wet paper towel and wiped off the excess gel. The ease of use and final result of this product was simply amazing. This far exceeded my expectations. I would definitely buy this again." —David H.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

    28. 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.

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    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).

    29. A rust stain-removing gel that'll return any stubborn, rusted surface in your home to its former glory. *Cher voice* "If I could turn back tiiiime!"

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    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 $15.43.

    30. A hanger stacker to keep your closet or bedroom floor from looking like a game of pick up sticks. Your room deserves this level of before and after after all the mess you've subjected it to.

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    Promising review: "The struggle with hangers has been real for quite some time, I wish I would have known about this thing sooner! This has saved me a TON of room and hassle!"—Kara Adams

    Get it from Amazon for $11.79.

    Get off the Internet and start cleaning, everyone! You're gonna feel so proud.

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

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