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    1. A plant food spike that'll help keep your plants fed for up to two months!

    a reviewer's house plant with wilting leaves
    the same plant 48 hours later with the leaves now looking much healthier

    It's recommended to change the spikes every 30 days during the spring and summer months!

    Promising review: "I have several houseplants that had stopped flowering, so I put a few of these spikes in the pot (there are directions on the back of package for quantity), and approximately a month after using these spikes, my peace lily had three flowers on it, and my African violets plants all got several blooms on them! This worked wonders for my plants that don't flower also! I noticed that my ivy and cactus plants started growing faster, and they became more green and healthy looking. I am very happy with this product, and I will buy it again." —Elizabeth

    Get a pack of 48 from Amazon for $7.13.

    2. 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 dishwasher now looking cleaner after using a 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.

    3. 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 $10.79.

    4. A cleaning checklist to help make the overwhelming task of cleaning your living space feel manageable. This printable sheet organizes cleaning tasks by different rooms on different days of the week so you don't feel like you have to tackle everything all at once. 

    the cleaning checklist
    Creative Type Store / Etsy

    Creative Type Store is an Etsy shop based in Warman, Canada that sells illustrated prints to help make your life more organized. 

    Promising review: "Great for what I needed! I had started my own schedule, but felt like I was forgetting things, too much to do in a day, etc. This is super helpful!" —Erin Brie

    Get it from Creative Type Store on Etsy for $4.52.

    5. Pan scrapers so you can effortlessly clean away leftover food remnants and burnt bits, because we're pretty sure those won't make a welcome addition in the next food item you plan to prepare in the pan.

    a reviewer showing a mess of food caked onto the bottom of their pan
    the same pan now completely clean with the scraper inside it

    These feature four different shaped corners ideal for cleaning all types of pans! Plus, they're dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "A necessary tool to clean your cast-iron pots and pans. Perfectly contoured to the rounded corners used by Lodge in their pans, so you'll easily get any food off that's stuck to your pan. The plastic is sturdy and malleable, but not so much that it will deform. Been using these for a couple of months now, and I haven't had them break. Since I still can't get a properly seasoned coating on my pans, I have a lot of food that sticks (my fault), but these scrapers get pretty much everything off easily." —JGtz

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $2.99.

    6. 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 faves.

    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.

    7. A jewelry cleaning pen to 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 $7.99.

    8. 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 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! 

    Promising review (for the dishwasher pods): "These replaced Cascade pods. They do a perfect job. No complaints. When the dishwasher cycle is done and you open the door, there is NO strong scent of chemicals. No scent at all. I will continue to order these." —Constance G.

    Promising review (for the laundry pods): "These pods provide a deep clean to my laundry. They dissolve quickly and completely. I purchased these because they are unscented. They work exceptionally well in cold water wash loads. I highly recommend the product and will purchase again!" —Lorraine N.

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

    9. Water bottle cleaning tablets to get your beloved drinking bottle back to the condition it was in when you first fell in love with it at the store. I, for one, don't feel like taking a brush and soap and scrubbing away, and I'm going to make a fair assumption that you don't want to either.

    the inside of a reviewer's water bottle looking dirty
    the same water bottle now looking after using a tablet

    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: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. A bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand-new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.

    10. A cooktop cleaning kit because look: you're using the thing to make your meals, so naturally it's going to get dirty. Sometimes things fall out of the pot, sometimes things splatter from the pan, and sometimes burns happen because you're too busy dancing to the Jonas Brothers and forgot about your pasta... Not speaking from personal experience!

    reviewer's stovetop looking dirty
    reviewer cleaning their stovetop using the cleaning kit
    the same stovetop now looking clean

    Comes with a 10-ounce bottle of cooktop cleaner, a cleaning pad, and a scraper. It helps to clean grease, stains, and remove burnt and baked-on deposits.

    Promising review: "As soon as I used this stuff, I couldn't believe it! We had a new stove that I didn't clean for months and assumed the burnt pea juice (my enemy) would just be a new stain forever. However, after one application, it was basically gone. I used the scraper that came with it and did one more small application on just that spot, and it was gone! Every time I use this it looks like my stove could be brand new." —Christi

    Get it from Amazon for $11.52.

    11. Kaboom bathroom cleaner with OxiClean that sprays on blue and then turns white when it's ready to be wiped. It'll make cleaning your bathroom feeling less like a guessing game, and more...fun. Yes, it's possible.

    Promising review: "My wife was looking for something to clean a film from her tub. She tried all the other products available, but none worked as well as this. It went on blue, and turned white after. It did a good job, you could see where you sprayed it and where you didn't. I would buy this product again." —Jerome P.

    Get it from Amazon for $3.68.

    12. A floral bill tracker to make managing your finances a more organized, simple process. Look at you #adulting! So proud of you!

    the floral cover of the bill tracker
    a payments page in the bill tracker
    Daisy & Decor / Etsy

    Daisy & Decor is an Etsy shop that sells beautiful and super useful items to help make life feel more organized like kitchen recipe journals, notepads, cosmetic bags, and more!

    Promising review: "This meets all my organizational needs for financial record keeping in one beautiful place. It was exactly what I was looking for and is the perfect size to keep thorough records." —Melisa Sellar

    Get it from Daisy & Decor on Etsy for $11.99+ (available in four patterns).

    13. 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.

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

    The TubShrom inside of a reviewer's tub drain
    reviewer holding tubshroom covered in hair

    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 in 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 four 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).

    15. Nonstick oven liners for catching things like crumbs and other food particles/residue, so all you have to do is clean these liners and not the oven itself.

    A non-stick oven liner at the bottom of an oven with sticky pie remnants on it
    A person washing the liner under a sink
    Amazon

    These are PFOA-, and BPA-free, and works well in electric and gas ovens, microwaves, toasters, and can also be used as a grill or baking mat, or pan liner. They are reusable, can withstand temperatures of up to 500 degrees Fahrenheit, and are dishwasher-safe!

    Promising review: "I love these liners. When stuff drips, I can just take it out and clean it in my sink in soapy water or throw it in the dishwasher. Don't have to scrub the bottom of the oven. Just remove the liner carefully. Less need to turn on the self-cleaning feature and endure the smells and smoke that are emitted as part of that process. The worst is usually the floor of the oven and this minimizes the problem." —wifi-er

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $12.99.

    16. A reusable duster you simply attach to your Swiffer cleaner. These are made with eight layers of non-fraying fabric that'll seamlessly absorb dust and they can be thrown in the washing machine after use. 

    various colors of the reusable dusters
    TS Designs / Etsy

    TS Designs is an Etsy shop based in West Leroy, Michigan that sells eco-friendly products like reusable water balloons, mop pads, sandwich and snack bags. They also offer a cute selection of gifts like fleece mittens, mugs, and affirmation cards.

    Promising review: "These are very well made and a great addition to my cleaning supplies. I love them! They fit perfectly on the Swiffer and are easy to wash." —Frances Weckmann 

    Get it from TS Designs on Etsy for $5.49 (available in 10 colors).

    17. A hard water boosting powder to give your kitchenware a tougher clean than just detergent alone. 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 $9.17.

    18. 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.

    19. An oil stain remover you just stir-up, apply to a stain, and let sit and dry for about 72 hours. Then you can do a little dance to celebrate your oil stain being gone.

    Recommended for use on marble, granite, limestone, travertine, slate, sandstone, grout for ceramic and porcelain tile, masonry, and concrete!

    Promising review: "Had an oil stain on my untreated West Elm marble top buffet from a kids toy. I purchased the oil stain remover and crossed my fingers that it would work. Followed the directions, waited 72 hrs to let it dry completely, and then scraped it off with a credit card. It worked perfectly! I couldn't be happier with the results. I highly recommend this product!" —MKDJ

    Get it from Amazon for $9.73.

    20. 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

    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. 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 $20.09.

    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." —Sydney Jensen

    Get it from Amazon for $13.83 (available in five colors)

    22. 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?

    a reviewer's couch before and after using the pet hair roller
    reviewer photo of the pet hair roller next to a clump of pet fur

    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.

    23. A wrinkle release spray to get your clothing, sheets, and more looking as if they were just ironed or picked up from the cleaners without needing to go through the trouble of doing either of those things.

    a photo of a reviewer's wrinkled pants
    the same pants now wrinkle free and clean after using the wrinkle release spray

    Be sure to check out our write-up of this miracle wrinkle release spray!

    Promising review: "This year I have been attending medical school interviews all over the country. I have ONE suit that I do not have the money to continuously dry clean between interviews. I bought these to keep with me when traveling so my suit remains pressed and fresh. I typically spray it and do not hot iron it (as it's time consuming and I have other things to worry about on interview day like answer prep and transportation). Really does what it says, would be great to keep clothes crisp and nice smelling, especially if you have a garment that wrinkles easily and you don't feel like ironing before each wear." —Taylor

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.94.

    24. An Angry Mama microwave cleaner that'll 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 $9.59 (available in four colors).

    25. A pack of toilet tabs you simply drop into the bowl (you only need one), 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).

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