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    Updated on Mar 19, 2020. Posted on Mar 19, 2020

    23 Cleaning Products That'll Help Make Your Home Look New Again

    Cleaning is an underrated pastime, IMO.

    We hope you love the products we recommend! All of them were independently selected by our editors. Just so you know, BuzzFeed may collect a share of sales or other compensation from the links on this page if you decide to shop from them. Oh, and FYI — prices are accurate and items in stock as of time of publication.

    1. A pack of generic melamine sponges (that'll work just as well as the name brand ones but are a lot cheaper) — they can scrub off anything from marks on walls to soap scum, so you can actually get your security deposit back.

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    Read our full review of these sponges.

    Promising review: "As good as Mr. Clean Magic Erasers but half the price. They clean so many surfaces better than anything. We use them at the bar and clean our chalkboards, metal sinks and ice wells, beer coolers, FRP backsplash walls, and even graffiti in the bathrooms comes off more easily with these than other cleaning products. I took one home and cleaned my shower faster and more easily than with bottles of shower cleaner. Highly recommended." —Stephen Brandau

    Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $8.95.

    2. An adhesive remover to get you out of all sorts of sticky situations, such as annoying price labels that won't come off, crayon marks on the wall, stuck-on chewing gum, and more!

    Read our full review of Goo Gone!

    Promising review: "I have a terrible habit of putting chewing gum through the wash which then gets stuck all over the barrel of the dryer. For years I'd just put up with having the gunk stuck on there, but I decided to give this a try to get rid of a particularly bad lot that got stuck on. It is amazing — the gum comes straight off with very little work, and for smaller amounts of gum you only need a tiny bit of it. One bottle has lasted for ages. It's also easy to clean off the Goo Gone itself once you're done. Excellent stuff." —mech4bg

    Get the eight-ounce size from Amazon for $7.22 (or get a smaller bottle here).

    3. A wood polish for eliminating unsightly scratches and watermarks from your wood furniture.

    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 and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a Magic Eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. 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.

    4. A bottle of Barkeepers Friend soft cleanser one reviewer called "liquid magic." It can tackle anything from rusty knives to grease-marked pans to stained porcelain sinks.

    One reviewer said it even removed permanent marker! Also, read our full review of Barkeeper's Friend.

    Promising review: "Barkeepers Friend should really be called 'Homeowner's Magician!' I purchased this cleanser in an attempt to revive our stainless steel knife set, which is a great, moderately priced set that has seen better days, and I'm extremely happy that I did. The cleanser not only took away the rust spots with minimal difficulty, but it returned them to their original luster! After cleaning our knives, I gave it a shot on our porcelain sink, which I typically have to douse in bleach cleaner to remove the stains from, causing the entire kitchen to be filled with noxious fumes... and it worked beautifully! The stains came clean, and it made the sink look pretty enough to eat off of." —Kat Ferrari

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

    5. A washing machine cleaner that'll make ~suds~ a big difference. It'll blast away mold stains and smells and ensure every load of laundry comes out smelling nothing but fresh.

    Promising review: "Cleans as advertised. I have two laundry rooms and use this in both machines to clean and maintain the drums. I hadn’t ever cleaned one of the machines and after six years of nasty teenager clothes, it made it look and smell new." —Gary UT

    Get it from Amazon for $7.

    6. A hardwood floor cleaner and polish restorer to give your old floorboards a new look.

    Promising review: "I would absolutely recommend this product! I used this combo on my original hardwood floors that are 40+ years old. It was amazing, the result I have seen. So far I have only done one room but I had to immediately come and leave a review." —Krystahl N. Beshears

    Get the combo kit from Amazon for $18.97.

    7. A carpet cleaner for eliminating the most stubborn of stains — wine, coffee, pizza grease, pet pee, and even blood.,

    Promising review: "This spray was a godsend. I have a 4-year-old and she decided to spill blue nail polish all over the carpet. I thought for sure I was going to have to pay for a high-priced carpet cleaning company to get it out. I let it sit for about a week and then ordered this spray. I figured I didn’t have much to lose. To my amazement, it began coming out right away! I wish I took some before pictures to show the results but I will say this stuff is legit! It will definitely be staying around in my cleaning supplies!" —Jay

    Get it from Amazon for $8.59.

    8. A stain remover so no one will ever know that you accidentally spilled half a glass of wine on the white couch.


    Promising review: "I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago, and I am so very happy that it's still available in the same wonderful formula as ever. It has a fantastic citrus scent and takes care of any stain (not just wine) so fast and so efficiently, it's become a party trick. LOL. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate how great it is to a friend once. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle has lasted us years! This is definitely a product every home should have." —Melanie Nolen

    Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

    9. A non-toxic, unscented glass and mirror cleaner that won't leave annoying streaks behind.

    This is the product I use to clean the mirrored walls in my bathroom, and it leaves them streak-free and sparkling every time. You really don't need any elbow grease and the scent is barely noticeable. Highly recommend.

    Promising review: "Fantastic product, worth every penny! It goes a long way, and it is the one glass cleaner that I have found to not leave some film on my coffee table that is part glass AND mirrored. Also love the nice bottle." —Desiree

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    10. A spray gel to dissolve years-old rust stains right before your eyes.

    Promising review: "I posted before-and-after pictures of our bathtub. It was gross and orange rust-stained. Now it's shiny and looks brand new. I sprayed it on (yes, it's more of a liquid than a gel but it still works). I came back an hour later and wiped it off. No elbow grease needed. Majority of the rust was gone, only thing left was soap scum and that easily wiped away. I'll be buying this stuff again!" —NMP

    Get it from Amazon for $3.99.

    11. A microfiber duster perfectly shaped for cleaning blinds and AC vents. No more painstakingly wiping off each individual layer.

    This duster comes with five reusable microfiber sleeves. Just throw them in the wash when you're done.

    Promising review: "We built in a new community, and the construction dust is a constant battle. I've been using the swifter duster on my blinds, but it just didn't seem to do that great of a job. You would not believe the dust and dirt I got off my blinds! It takes a little longer to do the blinds, but they are much cleaner. I also like that I'm not adding to the landfill when I use this product." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in two colors).

    12. A pumice stone so you can give the ol' porcelain throne the proper cleaning it deserves.

    Promising review: "I have a 19-year-old master bathroom toilet that had accumulated some nasty stains over time that regular toilet brushes and cleaning products just would not remove. Decided to try this pumice stone, figuring that the worst that could happen would be that it scratched the porcelain and I'd have to replace the toilet... which was what I would have had to have done, anyway, if I couldn't get the disgusting stains out, since I was sick of seeing them and covering them up with blue bowl cleaner tablets. Pumice stone worked like a charm! Given the nature and severity of the stains, it required some elbow grease, but 10 minutes later I have a new-looking bowl, and I see no signs of scratching. Am very happy with this purchase...well worth the very low price!" —Happy Retiree

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    13. A pet hair-removing roller that'll actually get rid of the layer of fur covering...well, pretty much everything in sight. You love your furry friend, but it would be nice to see the original color of the couch again!

    It has 3,000 five-star reviews! This roller doesn't use adhesive sheets — it has a special lint-trapping surface that can be reused over and over again!

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my crazy 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.

    14. Heavy-duty cleaning wipes to remove stains and splatters in any part of the house, from the kitchen to the garage.


    These wipes are non-abrasive so they're safe to use on smooth surfaces like car exteriors.

    Promising review: "I think these wipes are made out of magic because they can clean just about anything with very little effort! One wipe cleaned my ENTIRE BATHTUB, including the hard water buildup and some residual soap scum. The wipe stayed wet for the entire use, and there was absolutely no sweating involved. I hate cleaning but I was so pumped about the tub, I took wipe #2 to my hood vent and good golly, it's like it's brand new. I've told everyone I know to buy these." —JenM

    Get one from Amazon for $11.94 or two for $23.88.

    15. A cooktop cleaning kit for dislodging burned-on food stains that you previously thought were impossible to remove.

    This kit comes with the cleaning solution, a scrubbing pad, and a razor scraper.

    Promising review: "What can I say??? Holy beep this works sooooo good. I was skeptical if it was going to work or not. My stovetop was a mess which I didn’t think was EVER going to come off. My apartment complex gave me some kind of cleaner for it and that was something to laugh at. I was worried that the stovetop got ruined and that I was going to have to pay for it at some point. Not anymore. It looks brand spanking new. I am so glad that I came along to this product. I’d say don’t even think about getting it. It works and it works good." —CPCO

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

    16. A coil brush so you can remove trapped lint and dust in the dryer gap and exhaust port, which will help your dryer run more efficiently.,

    Promising review: "We had service tech come out because our dryer was not working. When he took it apart, there was so much lint I had no idea was even possible! I always clean out the tray but never even thought I had to go much deeper than that. He recommended these type of brushes to clean inside to make sure it does not accumulate again. It's very easy and a quick extra step to make sure your dryer does not break down how ours did! The bristle is very sturdy so I see these lasting a while." —Maribel

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $7.88.

    17. A stainless steel cleaner that'll not only polish away existing grease, watermarks, and fingerprints but will also help prevent new ones from sticking.

    Promising review: "I was truly surprised at how well this product worked. A friend recommended it, and I thought at this price, I would give it a try. I couldn’t believe the difference it made to my stainless-steel appliances. Highly recommend using a microfiber cloth as directed. It buffed out all the smudges and fingerprints and does a good job of preventing future fingerprints. See photo: Right side is before and left side is after." —Amanda

    Get it from Amazon for $4.79.

    18. A bottle of dishwasher cleaner and descaler to banish of all traces of food residue and weird odors.

    Promising review: "I've now been using this product for a year and yes, it really does work. Twelve months ago my machine was barely running, so I did a complete disassembly of every piece inside. It was awful and almost completely clogged up with biomass. So for the past year, around the first of the month I would run the empty dishwasher with a quarter of the bottle poured into the dishwasher, after the first rinse cycle ran (about 15 minutes in). I followed the directions on the bottle and used the longest, hottest wash setting. Today, I inspected all the interior parts to see if I could find any biofilm/mass. None, I mean none was found. I'm shocked. This product really works. Just remember to let the first rinse run, then add. Good stuff." —Grill Head

    Get it from Amazon for $14.49.

    19. A bottle of cleaning solution for jetted tubs, Jacuzzis, and whirlpools that'll break down gunk in just 15 minutes.

    Promising review: "I'm one of those families whose little kids usually use the jet tub as their personal indoor hot tub. This means anything from large amounts of soap, lotion, bathtub crayons, bath bombs — you name it — ends up in the water. This also means anytime an adult would go to use the tub (once or twice a year) what would appear as cigar wrapping would fly endlessly out of the jets. That's a sure-fire way to kill the mood if the wife says she wants a couple's bath. After searching, I stumbled upon Oh Yuk and figured I'd give it a try. WOW. One application and this brought my jetted tub back to like new. No more black gunk coming out of the jets! That's a win win for everyone! Do it..." —Chris T.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    20. A bottle of fume-free spray so you can destroy all evidence of the fact that you haven't cleaned the oven since you first moved in.

    Promising review: "I'm a little embarrassed to write this review; it's been six years since my last oven cleaning... After seeing the results, I couldn't help but spread the word. Sure, it took some beer, a little John Mayer, and a lot of elbow grease, but I got the job done, thanks to this handy little product. It did require two treatments; however, given the circumstances, this product accomplished quite a feat in just an hour. The attached pictures speak for themselves." —William Fredericks

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

    21. A garbage disposal cleaner that'll clear out odor-causing particles stuck in the pipes. Bonus: it has a fresh lemon scent.


    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 VOILÀ! You have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. Let me say that anytime 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 a four-pack from Amazon for $5.99.

    22. A bottle of fabric cleaner to make you less nervous about ruining your brand new dining chairs. It'll even work on tricky fabrics like faux suede. Clumsy people rejoice!

    Promising review: "I've used this product quite a bit over the years. It easily gets up wine, pet stains, mud — you name it. I used to have white carpet in my house and spilled a full glass wine on it that splashed on my curtains as well. It was everywhere. I blotted the area as much as I could then sprayed this product on it fairly heavily and let it sit for a few minutes and blotted again. It came right up and everything looked good as new. I don't usually write reviews unless I'm truly impressed or really disappointed. I'm very impressed with this product. Ordering my third bottle now...accidents happen and we are not afraid of them as long as we have this." —K.Morgan

    Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

    23. A powerful bleach-based mold and mildew remover for working miracles on an grimy bathroom. The best part is you won't have to scrub very hard to get amazing results.

    Promising review: "Nothing worked to remove the mold in my bathroom. We tried everything including vinegar and bleach and nothing worked...until this product! And not a lot of scrubbing involved!" —Dave

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.69.

    When the cleaning products actually work like magic:


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