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    15 Appliance Cleaners You Probably Didn't Know You Needed

    Make sure your appliances are clean and working properly, because there's absolutely nothing worse than having to run the dryer twice.

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    1. A dryer vent brush, because, let's be real, you've probably never cleaned it, and all that accumulated lint can be a real fire hazard!,

    The kit comes with four flexible rods that will reach up to 12 feet, two brushes, and three adapters, depending on if you're using air from a shop vac, blower, or the dryer itself. It can be used with or without a drill ($24).

    Promising review: “The lint eater is amazing! We recently bought a house that was built in 2001 and wanted to give the vent line a thorough cleaning for safety's sake and to help the dryer run as efficiently as possible. I'm glad I did! The exterior vent cover had been gone for some time, and the amount of leaves and lint wads that I got out were shocking! It seemed like every time I ran the LintEater through the line, it dislodged another fist-sized wad of stuff. The wads were so huge that they kept stopping up my shop vac hose and I had to keep going inside to clean it out. After all was said and done, my vent line is free-flowing and working as good as new. Glad I spent the money on this product!” —J. Foust

    Get it from Amazon for $30.31 and an extension kit of rods to reach up to 24 feet for $18.55.

    2. A pack of dishwasher cleaning tablets to remove the hard water deposits and mineral buildup that are preventing your dishwasher from, you know, actually washing dishes.

    Promising review: “Works extremely well. We haven't done any cleaning on our dishwasher in five years: the sliding dish trays were tough to pull out or push in, there was detergent build up all over the inside, and there was a milky film on all our cups. I bought Affresh, ran the dishwasher with two tablets while it was empty, and the difference was astounding. Now it looks and sounds brand new. No more film on the glasses, no more dirty dishes from clogged sprayers, no more odors, or build up around the door seals. I'm going to be buying Affresh from now on, and hopefully it will extend the life of my dishwasher.” —Martoune

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $4.59.

    3. A bottle of oven cleaner that'll remove years of baked-on, burnt-in crud with just the swipe of a paper towel. You'll finally be able to turn the oven on without setting off your smoke alarms!

    Promising review: “In order to appropriately praise this product, I must admit to my oven cleaning ignorance. I have never cleaned an oven. I have used mine for six years and had a random thought that I should probably clean the inside like I do the outside. Whoops! I knew it would be a tough job so I ordered two cans of this. Mistake. This product worked so well, I used maybe a third of the can. One overnight soak and everything that has been accumulating since I moved in wiped right off with paper towels. The scour pads I bought were completely unnecessary. The paper towels came away black and gunky until there was nothing left to wipe away. So, in short, one can and half a roll of paper towels will suffice.” —Judi

    Get a can from Amazon for $4.72.

    4. A cooktop cleaning kit so you can remove even the toughest of burnt-on messes without scratching up the surface and leaving an even bigger eyesore.

    Promising review: “Bought a new glass-top electric stove. Friend's daughter stayed over and was the first person to use it — and left baked-on grease. I was sooo bummed, I never even used the stove all it was all gunked up. I tried carefully scraping and using gentle cleaner and it simply wouldn't come off. Saw this on Amazon, went for the kit because I really wanted it to work, and WOW, worth every penny. My new stove looks new again, with very little work! A very tiny amount of cleaner does the whole cooktop, so the bottle will last a long time. I'm very satisfied with this product.” —ellenfromthebronx

    Get the kit from Amazon for $18.99.

    5. A foaming spray that'll clean your AC coils and make it work like new — you're gonna want to grab this one before summer hits, trust me.

    Promising review: “I've been having AC troubles in the top floor of my three story home, and a recent AC guy pointed out that my outside condenser unit coils were completely choked up with dirt/debris. He generously offered to clean it for $185, because it required 'very expensive chemicals.' About 15 seconds on Google suggested that I could do this myself — so two cans of this spray and a few minutes of my time and the coils that looked like solid fuzz/mud/gunk actually show metal again!” —K. R. Whitley

    Get a can from Amazon for $15.13.

    6. A pack of washing machine cleaning tablets so you can remove funky odors from your drum and make sure your clothes are getting absolutely as clean as possible.,

    Promising review: “Washer started smelling a bit funky several months after we got it. I didn't understand why I couldn't just run bleach in my machine to clean it out occasionally, until I actually ran one of these tablets. The key is that the tablet goes in the washer drum, and doesn't dissolve right away. So as the washer runs through several repeated cycles of fill, agitate, and drain — the tablet is still there, sudsing up the water on cycle #2 and #3. If you just put bleach in the soap dispenser, it would all be gone after cycle #1. Also, this gets very sudsy and that helps it reach some areas of the machine that wouldn't otherwise get touched.” —aberson

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $10.71.

    7. A bottle of Bar Keeper's Friend to get your stainless steel looking shiny and new, even if it's been rusted and neglected in the past.

    Promising review: “My stainless appliances had rusted because someone (probably my husband) used water to clean them. Every time I walked into my kitchen it made me sad to see the swirly rust marks on my refrigerator and dishwasher. I used the product as soon as I got it. I can’t believe the results. I had to use a good amount of elbow grease and I used the rough side of a non-scratch sponge. My appliances are like new again! This is a great product!” —Brianna H

    Get a bottle from Amazon for $7.99.

    8. A multipurpose cleaning paste that people swear by for totally eliminating years of sooty buildup around fireplaces.

    Promising review: “I actually can't believe how well this stuff worked in getting the many years of soot off our chimney stones. I don't think the previous owners of our house had ever tried to clean it. Quick N Brite is gunky and I needed a bucket of water, a hard brush, a toothbrush for the in-between spaces, and a ton of paper towels, but it was so worth it! Can't wait to find more things to clean.” —Karen Angell

    Get it from Amazon for $20.56.

    9. A pack of garbage disposal cleaner with totally awesome foaming power that'll lift up all the gross debris that's been making your drain smell terrible.

    Promising review: “After seeing it say it only takes two minutes, I thought 'no way it will work.' Now I can literally hear how much easier the disposal spins. I can see the metal which used to be black. I'm in an apartment where it has probably never been cleaned. I didn't even know the second sink drain was white until this. It had a layer of brown gunk. Simply amazing, I'm shocked how well this stuff works.” —J. Peace

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $10.11.

    10. An Angry Mama microwave cleaner that'll harness the power of steam to loosen all those caked-on spaghetti splatters in your microwave. All you have to do is wipe them away — no scrubbing necessary!

    Promising review: “This little device is great. Super simple. Fill to the lines with vinegar and water, nuke for seven minutes, let sit 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 $8.58.

    11. An extendable duster to make cleaning fan blades a breeze. No need to break out the footstool and get a face full of dust for your troubles; this baby will trap all the dust in its fibers and keep it from just getting spread around.


    Promising review: “I was going to purchase a far more expensive duster for my ceiling fan but saw this instead. Worked great! Dusted easily, and got all the dust off! It even reached a high ceiling fan (probably 10 feet high?) with a short step stool. Love the way the handle is light and won't cramp you while you are dusting and how the head of the duster can move. I also like the way it is easily stored without taking up too much room.” —SYK

    Get a starter kit with three duster refills from Amazon for $7.99.

    12. An iron cleaner that'll make your iron look brand new, whether you accidentally melted a polyester shirt with it or tried to use it to make a grilled cheese (no shame).

    Promising review: “Amazing product! Iron was used at too high of a setting on a polyester blouse. I was able to clean it in less than 10 minutes with almost no effort. The iron is as good as new, which is more than I can say about the blouse, sadly.” —RJ

    Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

    13. A screen cleaner to totally eliminate dust and smudges from all your electronics — never again come up with an elaborate fan theory about the weird thing on Jon Snow's cheek, only to realize later that it was a fingerprint on your TV.

    Promising review: “I'm obsessed with clean screens, and I have tried more than my share of products. I do think this is THE best, by far. The screen cleaner itself is totally effective — just spray on the soft included microfiber cloth and use on your screen. I saw great results on my big iMac screen, my iPad screen, my iPhone screen, my Apple Watch screen, and even my Kindle screen. By which I mean: no streaks, fast disappearance of all dust and those irksome little dots screens like to collect, and a pleasant smell to boot. The bottle is ample in size and I think it will be quite awhile before I need a refill. I also really love the included cloth. It is big enough, super soft, and very absorbent.” —Bearwife

    Get the kit from Amazon for $19.95.

    14. A Keurig cleaning and descaling kit that'll clear out buildup in the reservoir and on the brewing head, so you'll have a totally fresh, great-tasting cup of coffee in no time.


    Promising review: “Was actually shopping for a replacement for our office machine as it seemed to have given up the ghost when I came across this product. Hmmm — de-scaling that does not require me to do it after hours (since the hot vinegar smell is sure to drive our customers away) plus a Clean Cup to clean the brewing head. Figured it was worth a try. Started, as directed, with the Clean Cup even though our machine would hardly spit out a drop of water and I thought it would not work at all. Out gushed water with all kinds of gross stuff! Well, that's a good start. After finishing the fresh water part of the directions, put the de-scaling solution in. Am now thankfully, for a minimal investment, enjoying a full cup of coffee.” —Liz P

    Get the kit from Amazon for $9.95.

    15. A flexible brush perfectly shaped to get all that stuck fluff out of your lint trap. Plus, it can also get rid of dust bunnies from under your furniture and your fridge with ease.

    Promising review: “Works perfectly for scrubbing the stuck lint out of the insides of your dryer. Everyone who owns a dryer should have these, they're basic safety equipment. Clean that lint, and reduce the fire hazard and make the machine more efficient. They're long enough, strong enough, and just flexible enough without being too flexible.” —Winged Wolf

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.88.

    Now your appliances will do their jobs like magic!


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