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    31 Things That'll Trick People Into Thinking You Spent Hours Cleaning

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    1. A wood polish and conditioner for bringing your precious wooden furniture back to factory condition. Did you just get your house redone by an HGTV crew, or are you just super good at picking out cleaning products?

    2. A hard-water stain remover that'll clean stubborn bathroom messes and restore a multitude of your surfaces (ahem, like the shower door as seen below) to brand-new condition.

    3. A pack of furniture touch-up sticks you're gonna wish existed back when you were a little one, because maybe then your parents would have THANKED YOU instead of grounding you for drawing on household furniture. 🤷

    a wooden surface in a reviewer's home with a scratch mark that is now covered up with the pen

    4. A portable carpet and upholstery cleaner that boasts strong spray and suction so cleaning stubborn stains will feel effortless. Messes left behind by pets or small children shouldn't mean permanently ruined carpets, furniture, or car interiors.

    reviewer's sofa cushion looking stained and dirty
    the same sofa cushion now looking so much cleaner after using the portable cleaner

    Promising review: "My daughter is queen of spilling juice on her bed and I never fully realized the damage/dirt it was causing. My sister bought this and I decided to try and it is worth every single penny!! I sprayed the bed down with the machine and I left for about five minutes, came back, and began to actually do the suction. It took about 15 minutes to finish but some lighter stains disappeared right away — no scrubbing needed." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $123.59.

    5. Wet & Forget, a super simple cleaner you just spray in your shower/tub once a week. The best part? You don't have to scrub...like...at all. Just rinse it the next day and you're good to go. I know, I know, I'm crying tears of joy, too. 

    Promising review: "We cannot BEGIN to tell you what a lifesaver this is! We have two old fiberglass tubs with vinyl shower enclosures that no matter what amount of scrubbing we have done with everything from bleach to cleanser to vinegar and baking soda would NOT come clean. After I took my shower last night, I sprayed down the tub and walls. Within minutes, all the built-up water deposits and dirt and grime began to melt away in front of my eyes. I left it on overnight, and when I got up this morning, it did not look like the same tub and shower. This product is a godsend, especially for old folks like us who have difficulty getting down on our hands and knees and scrubbing anything. More importantly, it performs as advertised. This is truly an overnight sensation!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.98.

    6. 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 $8.99.

    7. And while you're at it, a pack of washing machine cleaning tablets to ensure the appliance responsible for cleaning your clothes is in tip-top shape.

    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: "My washer was smelly and had grime inside the seal that wouldn’t come off even when I tried to scrub it off, so I used one tablet in the wash. It worked like magic. Not only did it clean the washer very well (the water looked so dirty during the cycle), but it also got rid of the smell! Will keep using these as recommended." —Eca

    Get a pack of six from Amazon for $11.98.

    8. A carpet cleaning solution for those whose home deserves a million-dollar-looking floor...for under $20 that is.

    On the left, a pink carpet looking brown and dirty, and on the right, the same carpet now cleaner and entirely pink

    9. An all-purpose cleaner featuring a list of just five readable ingredients you'll be glad to use for your cleaning needs. Also, it'll leave your home smelling super yummy!

    the tea tree and lavender all purpose cleaning spray

    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.

    11. A natural tub and tile cleaner to help dissolve soap scum, hard water stains, and mineral deposits from your shower/bath floors and walls with minimal effort required on your end. Plus, it's non-toxic, free of synthetic fragrances, and smells like eucalyptus.

    on the left a reviewer's shower tile looking dirty and on the right the same tile floor looking cleaner after using the product

    12. Some stain-lifting pads you can just press down into the mess — ya know, things from pets, spilled drinks, blood, dirt, and more. Keep it there for up to 24 hours and say, "Adios, stains!"

    Promising review: "These things are AMAZING. They are magical. If you have a pet who has accidents in the house, these are a MUST-HAVE. After your pet has an accident, all you need to do is open up the packet, place the pad on the accident spot, and then step on the pad to release the magic formula. Leave it there for at least half an hour or up to 24 hours. Why the discrepancy, you might be asking? Because these pads work on DRIED STAINS. Holla!!!! My puppy has been driving me bonkers with accidents in the house, but I don't sweat it anymore thanks to these pads. They are seriously miracle-workers, and I will always have a supply of them in my house going forward." —Lisa Koivu

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.99.

    13. A stain and odor remover because those messes and unpleasant smells left behind by your fur babies are no match for its cleaning powers.

    14. A bathroom cleaner for tackling soap scum, stains, and other bathroom messes featuring a plant-based ingredient list you'll feel good about.

    the clear spray bottle of the bathroom cleaner

    15. A power scrubbing cleaning kit you can attach to your drill and get to work on making your living space look brand freakin' new.

    16. An automatic cleaning system for cleaning your toilet with every flush — no scrubbing, no bleach, just go and flush! Each cartridge should last about three months so you won't have to worry about changing it often, either!

    flush 'n sparkle kit
    reviewer image of flush 'n sparkle kit in water tank of toilet

    Promising review: "I've used this product for a couple of years now and LOVE it! 'I love cleaning toilets,' said no one ever!! This is the answer to clean toilet bowls without having to scrub. Easy to use. Wish the refills were a little less expensive, but worth not having to scrub a toilet bowl." —Acorn

    Get it from Amazon for $10.77.

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

    On the left, a carpet looking dirty, and on the right, the same carpet now clean after using the spray

    18. Bar Keepers Friend soft cleanser to help you get a bunch of surfaces and objects in your home looking as good, if not better, than the day you purchased them.

    19. A set of toilet fizzing bombs that'll 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 cleaning bombs

    20. 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!

    21. A hard water boosting powder that'll 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.

    22. A toilet wand to prove wands of all sorts, even ones for cleaning toilets, are truly magical objects. Refer to disgusting photo below for evidence.

    23. 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.

    24. A rust stain remover spray you can basically think of as fairy pixie dust in a bottle. I mean, just look at the photo below. Point proven. Case closed. On to the next one.

    25. 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 until the stamp dissolves — it should last about 12 days!

    26. 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?

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

    two containers of carpet freshener

    28. 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 here!

    29. A box of OxiClean versatile stain remover that'll become your go-to in the stain-fighting department. No matter what the stain is, or where it happened, there is nothing this stuff isn't prepared to battle.

    30. 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.

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

    a before and after photo of a reviewer's sofa covered in fuzzies and then cleared away after using the defuzzer

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