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    24 Cleaning Products That Must Have Been Invented With Busy People In Mind

    Yes, binge-watching your favorite shows on Netflix for hours counts as being too busy to clean.

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    1. Dishwasher cleaning tablets so the machine you rely on to clean the things you use to eat isn't gunking them up even more.

    The inside of a reviewer's dishwasher looking dirty
    The same reviewer's dishwasher now looking shiny and clean after using the cleaning tablet

    These tablets remove odor-causing residue and help get rid of lime and mineral build-up that naturally occurs inside dishwashers. The tablet is designed to last throughout the entire wash cycle, and is recommended for use about once a month. These are safe to use in stainless-steel tub and plastic tub dishwashers.

    Promising review: "After using this product, I am happy to report that my $5 investment saved me over $500. I was ready to replace my dishwasher due to super cloudy glasses, residue, and just not getting clean. Then, I became aware that the water softener no longer was doing its job, so I had the rental company replace it. Dishwasher performance improved somewhat. I decided to do two more loads before deciding to purchase a new one. Then I saw a product test review for Affresh in a magazine. I was ordering some stuff from Amazon anyway, so I added that to my order. When it came, I tossed one of the tablets into the bottom of the full machine, and ran the regular cycle. I did not expect the results I got! My glassware that I thought was permanently etched and ruined came out like new. Same with cutlery. The difference is unbelievable. I will use this faithfully on a monthly basis, as recommended. I can even put it on my subscribe and save order, so I will get a new pack every six months. I am amazed!" —Sheila

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $5.99.

    2. And while you're at it, you'll want to add this pack of washing machine cleaning tablets to your cart as well!

    These are safe to use with front-load washing machines and top-load washing machines, and both high efficiency and conventional machines. Recommended to use once a month!

    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. I highly recommend this to everyone." —Kelli Crawford

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $11.98.

    3. A jewelry cleaning pen so you can give your precious gems a quick swipe of a pen to get them looking brand-new.

    Promising review: "I was so excited to see the huge difference in how clean my jewelry looked. The cleaning process took less than five minutes and now it sparkles like new!" —Jackie_X

    Get it from Amazon for $7.75.

    4. A set of toilet fizzing bombs to make cleaning your porcelain throne so easy, you may actually enjoy it?! All you have to do is drop one or two of these in the bowl, swish them around in the water a bit with a cleaning wand, wait five minutes, scrub, and flush! Less time cleaning your toilet = more time spent watching Netflix.

    bag of toilet bombs next to some of the toilet bombs
    Juniperseed Mercantile / Etsy

    Juniperseed Mercantile is a woman-owned Etsy shop based in Littleton, Colorado that sells Earth-friendly baby, body, and home goods like washable nursing pads, all natural hand and body lotion, wood furniture cream, and more!

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! 15 minutes later and my toilet is looking brand new with minimal effort. I would recommend this to everyone!" —shelby rieth

    Get a pack of eight from Juniperseed Mercantile on Etsy for $10.

    5. Or a pack of toilet tabs, similar to the product above — you simply drop one of these into the bowl, let it dissolve, and give it a quick scrub with a brush. Plus, they come in a variety of awesome scents like lavender, peppermint, lemongrass, citrus, and more!

    the pack of lemon verbena toilet tabs
    @pardonaturals / Via www.instagram.com

    Pardo Naturals is a Black woman-owned small business based in Covington, Georgia that sells natural cleaning, body and hair products, candles, and more!

    Get a pack of six from Pardo Naturals for $8.99 (available in seven scents).

    6. Water bottle cleaning tablets for getting your beloved drinking bottle back to the condition it was in when you first fell in love with it. Not to mention the fact that you should only ever consume water from a CLEAN bottle.

    Tablets are biodegradable, chlorine-free, all-natural, and environmentally safe. They're individually packaged, and don't require any additional brushing or scrubbing. Good for use on stainless-steel bottles, mugs, hydration reservoirs, coolers, dishes, and hard-to-clean plastic containers and bottles.

    Promising review: "In all fairness, I first heard of this product while watching Shark Tank, and their pitch was impressive so I gave the underdog a try. Now, I'm on my fourth re-order. My whole family drinks out of various name brand bottles, coffee mugs, etc. The fact is, they are rarely cleaned because they are a part of our daily lives and they are a pain in the ar$e to clean, because of the inconvenience that they are not dishwasher-safe, or don't fit. The answer is these tablets. They work and they're simple to use." —K.R.

    Get them from Amazon for $8/12 tablets, or $22/36 tablets.

    7. A SpotBot hands-free stain cleaner, so scrubbing up pet messes can now be a thing of the past. All you have to do is press the button, sit back, and relax.

    A reviewer's carpet with a circular stain
    The same reviewer's carpet now clear of the stain after using the SpotBot

    Promising review: "This machine is amazing. I was shocked. My dogs had a severe diarrhea blowout from getting into some people food and garbage. My carpet looked beyond repair. We used the cleaning solution that came with it and also used Nature's Miracle carpet shampoo liquid. I am sold on the SpotBot. It is fabulous and gets out any set-in stain. Not a trace left and we didn't have to do a thing but move the machine to a different spot when it was done. No work for us!" —MK

    Get it from Amazon for $179.99.

    8. A jetted bathtub cleaner — just fill up your luxurious bath, add a quarter of the bottle, watch it work its magic by removing gross residue, and drain the tub to find it sparkly and clean.

    a reviewer's dirty jetted tub being cleaned with water and the cleaner
    the dirt now gone and the jetted tub now looking cleaner

    Each bottle cleans about four times, and it's septic-safe! Only takes about 15 minutes to clean!

    Promising review: "Love this stuff. I was skeptical at first. I am a huge germaphobe and this worked well enough for me to actually take a bath at my new place with the jets on!" —Ann

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    9. An Angry Mama microwave cleaner to get mad at you like a mother would, because how in the heck did you let your microwave get to this point? But hey, she's a mama, and in the end she's gonna clean up the mess you made because she loves you too much to let you do it all on your own.

    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 $7.37+ (available in four colors).

    10. A natural oven scrub cleaner so the appliance you use to roast yummy veggies, bake sweet treats, and heat up frozen pizzas will be clean as can be. 

    tub of oven scrub natural cleaner
    Cleaning Studio / Etsy

    This comes with the jar of oven scrub as well as a professional-grade metallic scrubber. You can use this to clean your enamel oven, racks, the oven door's interior glass panel. Cleaning Studio is an Etsy shop based in Fairfield, Connecticut that sells 100% natural cleaning products and microfiber cloths. 

    Promising review: "I am in absolute shock over how well this works. I really wish I took a before picture. WOW! My oven door window had grime on it for years that i couldn't get off from the previous owners so I'm estimating it's been like that for 4+ years. Nothing helped to cut through it and finally this oven cleaner made it look brand new. Still in shock!! Would highly recommend. Also, the smell of the product is sooo delightful." —Vanessa

    Get it from Cleaning Studio on Etsy for $17.99+ (available in two jar styles).

    11. A universal cleaning gel perfect for getting rid of dust, hairs, crumbs, and more from things like technology items and your car. It's like playing with slime WHILE cleaning, so it's a win/win.

    a person using the cleaning gel to clean their laptop keyboard
    a person using the cleaning gel to clean their car vent
    Amazon

    Promising review: "I purchased this product to clean those little spaces in my car filled with random crumbs from my husband and dog hair, and it works amazing. Picked up everything and didn’t leave a residue. The lemon scent was faint and didn’t overpower the vehicle while I was cleaning it. But this definitely got in all the little nooks and crannies." —Kimberly

    Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

    12. A FlexiSnake so you can unclog your hair-filled drain by simply ~snaking~ this tool down there, letting it grab the hair, pulling it back up, and deciding whether you should be marveled at its abilities or gag.

    A clean FlexiSnake with a mound of hair it pulled up from the drain laying beside it
    A FlexiSnake covered in hair after pulling it out from the drain

    More than 4,000 hook and loop micro-hooks cover the full 18-inch span of the snake. It's reusable! Just remove hair after use, and clean with soap, water, and a brush. It's compatible with most bathroom drains, without needing to take off the stopper.

    Promising review: "I didn’t expect this to be professional grade or anything, but hey, for the price, this definitely did the job. Our bathroom sink was starting to drain really slowly, so I bought this. In less than two minutes, it had fed down the drain easily and pulled up two separate disgusting chunks of hair and soap scum. I wore cleaning gloves to clean that gunk off the snake, but it wasn’t too difficult. Drain worked perfectly after. I use it maybe once a month to maintain. Good value!" —KB

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    13. Or a TubShroom that'll collect your hair while in the shower/bath, so it doesn't go down the drain and clog in the first place.

    reviewer holding clean tubshroom before use
    the tubshroom in the reviewer's drain
    the tubshroom with hair around it that it collected and prevented the drain from clogging

    This fits any standard 1.5 inch tub drain or bathroom sink drain. But, if you want to keep your hair catching separate between your tub and sink, then treat yourself and your home to the SinkShroom!

    Promising review: "This is absolutely worth every penny. Kudos to the inventor of this product. I have thick long dark hair, and after two months of moving into my own apartment, my shower drain was completely clogged with all my hair. After being disgusted at the amount of hair I had to clean out with a snake (which is NOT a fun task), I decided I needed to purchase something to prevent it from happening again. I read about this product on a BuzzFeed article, and I have no regrets. It is so satisfying to clean out, and it does not lie when it says it catches every single hair. I have had it for close to 4 months without once instance of my shower drain backing up. This product is absolutely worth it." —JT

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in five colors).

    14. A carpet freshener you simply sprinkle over your carpet or rug (pretending like it's fairy dust, OF COURSE), let it sit for 10-15 minutes, and the vacuum it up. It'll make your living space smell fresh and delicious for days. 

    two containers of carpet freshener
    TS_Melts / Etsy

    TS_Melts is an Etsy shop based in Bolton, United Kingdom that creates all sorts of lovely products to make your home smell nice like wax melts, home diffusers, bath bomb rocks, and more. 

    Promising review: "GO AND BUY! I absolutely adore these carpet fresheners! They have made my bedroom and living room smell gorgeous. Even sprinkled some on my mattress and I can safely say I’m in love. I’ll be back next month to order more for myself and family!" —Jessica Higginson

    Get it from TS_Melts on Etsy for $3.61+ (available in three sizes and various scents).

    15. A toilet cleaning gel kit that is so easy to use, you'll want to scream about it from the rooftops. Just use the dispenser to stamp a gel disc to the inside of the toilet bowl. The gel will literally clean your toilet each time you flush afterwards until it's all flushed — it should last about 12 days!

    Reviewer's picture of the cleaning gel attached to the side of their toilet
    Another reviewer's hand holding the application tool

    Each application lasts about 12 days! Refills have six gel stamp uses, and each box has two refills.

    Promising review: "Love these. They keep the toilet clean. So you squeeze this thick, nice smelling gel stuff onto the inside of your toilet bowl using the dispenser that comes with — easy. It lasts a few weeks according to how often your toilet is flushed. Each time you flush, water runs over the gel, cleaning the bowl and dispensing a fresh scent. I've watched as, ahem, dirty stuff stuck on the inside of the bowl gets washed away as the cleaner works its magic. I've used these for years and highly recommend." —Johnny's girl

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $14.90.

    16. A bottle of Goo Gone adhesive remover for making sticky things get... unstuck. I can personally attest to how amazing this stuff is. I once got gum stick on my jacket (GROSS, I KNOW), but this stuff removed it so effortlessly, I was like "what gum?"

    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 $7.48.

    17. A watermark remover cloth that'll get rid of those annoying ringlet stains on your furniture — you warned your loved ones to use a coaster but, of course, they didn't listen!

    A wooden surface with a water mark stain
    The same wooden surface completely clear of the stain

    Cloth is reusable, and can be used to remove marks on wood caused by water, alcohol, and heat. It can also be used to polish metal and chrome.

    Promising review: "I must admit I ordered this as a last hope. I had a mark on my bedside table that I tried various things to remove, but was totally unsuccessful. I tried this today, and there is NO sign of the mark. It is like brand new again. I was thrilled with the result and highly recommend it to anyone, but would suggest you try it first to save yourself grief! It is inexpensive in the first place, but to know I can reuse it if necessary on another mark, (hopefully that doesn't occur, but life happens), makes it an even better value." —Kritik

    Get it from Amazon for $4.99.

    18. A hard water boosting powder to give your kitchenware a tougher clean than just detergent alone will give. Plus, it leaves behind a fresh lemon scent, and personally, I'm a sucker for anything lemon-scented.

    on the left, a mug that looks dirty, and on the right, the same type of mug but clean of dirt after using the hard water powder
    on the left, a clear bowl looking fogged up and dirty, and on the right, a clear bowl actually looking clear after using the hard water powder

    Just add this to your pre-wash chamber with detergent. If you don't have a pre-wash chamber, don't fret. Just add 2 tablespoons to the bottom of your dishwasher!

    Promising review: "I could not get my flatware to come out clean from the dishwasher and I wondered if it was the hard water. I was using up to three soap blocks in each load with only partial improvement. I used this the first time and voilà! Perfectly clean flatware for the first time. I LOVE this!" —Susan A

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    19. Cleaning K-Cups for the easiest, fastest way to get your beloved Keurig in the clean condition it should always be in to brew your favorite hot beverage.

    All you have to do is put one of these babies in like you would with any other K-Cup, brew one large cycle, watch dirty water get cleaned out, throw the pod away, and then return to brewing your favs.

    Promising review: "We’ve had our Keurig for a few years, and with the exception of using only filtered water and dispensing hot water every so often, we’ve never cleaned the needle or K-Cup area. I used three cleaning cups back to back and WOW our machine was dirty! I'm so happy I purchased these! I’ll be keeping up on cleaning these more often." —Heather Garcia

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $9.95.

    20. Dishwasher and laundry detergent pods that are biodegradable and made with natural, plant-derived ingredients so you can say goodbye to the days of measuring out the right amount of chemical-ridden liquid detergents. 

    bag of dishwasher detergent pods
    bag of laundry detergent pods
    Public Goods

    Public Goods is a small business based in New York, NY that offers low prices on high-quality sustainable products from household cleaners, to hair and body, to grocery items, and more. Annual membership is $59, but if you're interested in buying products like the detergent pods above before committing to a membership, you can sign up for a free two-week trial!

    Get a pack of 24 pods from Public Goods for $6.95: the dishwasher pods here and the laundry pods here.

    21. A fabric defuzzer you'll just glide over an area of clothing/furniture that's covered in unwanted fuzzies.

    Check out our write-up of this magical fabric defuzzer! The battery-operated model requires two AA batteries that aren't included, but you can buy some right here!

    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." —Dena Jensen

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

    22. A pack of crochet scrubbers for a super cute way to tackle stubborn pot and pan messes, dirty tubs and sinks, and any other surface that could use a more efficient cleaning than sponges alone.

    assorted colorful pot scrubbers
    TripleSis Designs / Etsy

    TripleSis Designs is a family-owned Etsy shop that sells sweet gifts for weddings, holidays, birthdays, and more! 

    Promising review: "Why not scrub your enameled cast iron range ware with these pretty and colorful little pot scrubbers? Their flexibility allows you to get into crevices so your fingers can direct pressure. Way better than a nylon-covered sponge. I will buy more. These would probably be a nice part of a gift basket for someone moving into their first apartment." —Annalee Mintz

    Get a pack of three from TripleSis Designs on Etsy for $9.99+ (available in three colorways). 

    23. A carpet spot remover spray to clean stains so fast and easy, Stanley Steemer is going to start plugging YOUR phone number in their catchy jingles.

    Good for removing spots and stains from colorfast carpet, rugs, upholstery, and clothing without leaving a sticky residue or needing to rinse or vacuum. To use, apply to the stain, gently agitate with your fingers, and blot with absorbent cloth. This is non-toxic and should be non-irritating on the skin!

    Promising review: "I had terrible rust and oil stains all over the seats of my car when I bought it. I tried other cleaners to get it out, but they actually made the stains darker. I took it to the dealership to see if they could get it out and they flat out told me no, so I gave up and lived with it for almost five years. I tried this after it was recommended by a friend. I sprayed it on and literally watched the stain run right off my seat. It was amazing! I thought I was going to have to pay hundreds of dollars to replace the seats in my car because nothing else would work. This stuff really is awesome!" —Brittany

    Get it from Amazon for $11.87.

    24. A pet hair roller because everything about our little fluffy friends is absolutely perfect except for the fact that their fur and hair gets on everything we own. But we still love them, right?

    half of a reviewer's couch covered in cat fur and the other half free of fur after using the roller
    the pet hair roller next to a clump of fur that it cleaned up

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20 pound tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it's snowing – he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don't have a pet. I don't care; it's THAT good." —Stephanie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

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