26 Things For Anyone Who’s Obsessed With Being Clean But Has A Family Who Is Not

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Ain’t nothing like family, right? Eh, except on days when you’d trade all of ’em in for cleaner, neater people who care about the sanctity of a tidy space like you.


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Can’t take it anymore? Here’s some stuff to help YOU help THEM help YOU keep your shared spaces clean.

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A shoe tray to keep near the door so your fam stops tracking mud and other unwanted outside things into the house for you to clean up.


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Promising review: “It’s of excellent quality and perfect for rainy days. I no longer have to worry about my family leaving mud and getting my floor wet.” —Sibel Batca

Get it from Amazon for $8.39+ (available in two styles and three sizes).

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An automatic vacuum cleaner because it’ll all be so much better if you just accept that your family may never be consistent with cleaning the floor on their own. It works via remote on carpets, tile, and hardwood floors. Plus, you can set a timer so it’ll clean every day.


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I watched this thing work in person (at my bestie’s new house full of hardwood floors) and was pleasantly surprised to find that it really picks up even the tiniest floor particles and moves easily around (and under) furniture. It’ll run on a 110-minute cycle with different cleaning modes and your preset vacuuming times. From what I’ve seen, it’s also pretty good around pets too, although that will depend on your pets’ temperament specifically. My bestie’s hyper puppy was super chill about this vacuum, surprisingly.

Promising review: “This vacuum is so amazing! I bought it because after having a second baby, I barely have time to vacuum and I have a toddler who likes to roll around on the carpet. It gets extremely messy with his snacks so I needed to vacuum every day. This vacuum saved me so much time because now I don’t need to vacuum and my toddler started to pick up his toys to clear the way for his new ‘robot friend.’ This vacuum actually picked up more dust than my original vacuum and it will dock itself when it needs to charge or when you are done with it. This is an amazing vacuum with a lower price!” —Happy Mom

Get it from Amazon for $169.99 (originally $209.67 with free Prime one-day shipping and free returns).

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A toothbrush holder AND sanitizer that’ll 1) Give everyone a place to actually store their toothbrushes instead of allowing them to hang out all over the sink and 2) Actually CLEAN the toothbrushes with a sterilizing UV light and a fan that’ll dry them.


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It holds five toothbrushes (including electric ones!) and one toothpaste tube. holder will also come with a 32-inch charging cable and two adhesive stickers so you can stick it to your wall or a mirror. This is so much better than using the regular toothbrush holders and covers because the clean, neat freak inside of me alllways wonders if the enclosed space provided by the cover is actually helping to create more bacteria. 🤔

Promising review: “My kids can’t keep track of their toothbrushes so I bought this so they might have an incentive to keep track of them and they will stay clean. It was super easy to install. I like that it stores up to five toothbrushes. It turns on and functions as advertised. It’s nice having my kids’ toothbrushes off a dirty counter or other places they get put. I like the idea that it sterilizes and I’m just hoping it really does as I don’t have the means to test that.” —Blanche

Get it from Amazon for $31.59.

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A heavy-duty car trash bag so your family can stop transforming your car into the trashcan-on-wheels it currently is.


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This car trash can also come with a free pack of 10 liners. Once you’re done with the free liners, you can re-up with a fresh pack of liners from the same brand which are sold separately.

Promising review: “I love this thing! It has a thick protective plastic sewed on the inside so cleaning up spills is super easy. Plus, it came with a roll of plastic garbage bags that fit perfectly inside. It’s a heavy-duty car trash bag and very good quality. I was honestly expecting something thin and flimsy. That is not what I got at all. It holds quite a bit of trash. I’m a mother of two and car junk adds up really fast. So glad I bought this because it has come in handy.” —BonBon

Get it from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in two sizes and two quantity options) and a 40-count pack of liners for $9.99.

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A magnetic chore chart to stick on your fridge and label it with cleaning chores and names of the family members responsible for them on which day. This way, no one can say they “forgot” it was their day because it’ll be right 👏🏿 there👏🏿!


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It’ll come with four bonus chalk markers so you write to your heart’s content. Also, many reviewers shared that they used it to document kids’ other responsibilities and their good or bad behavior.

Promising review: “They pretend to be hard of hearing. They may run and hide. They might just take after their father and be complacently lazy without care for cleanliness or responsibility. No matter what the case may be for you, this magnetic chore chart has magically transformed my little hellions into Grade A worker bees who, through the power of reward and shame, are now pulling their weight around the house and achieving cleaner rooms, cleaner dishes, and a future of promise. Highly recommended.” —Rob Munch

Get it from Amazon for $19.99+ (available in two colors and sizes).

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A wine-stain remover so even when someone spills wine in the house, everyone will at least have this handy to reverse the damage ASAP.


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Per reviews, it’ll also work on carpets, couches, pillows, and more!

Promising review: “I initially bought this to clean red wine out of fabrics that cannot be cleaned but did so with trepidation because I’ve tried other products that have only made things worse. Anyway, I didn’t have to wait long to test out Wine Away’s effectiveness as the first red wine spill happened a couple of weeks later on my wife’s brand new, super expensive runner which we weren’t supposed to be drinking anywhere near and, of course, is brilliant white. At this point, I had already given up all hope of covering up my tracks but figured I might as well try Wine Away as my last-ditch ‘maybe I won’t have to sleep on the couch’ effort. To my amazement, upon spraying Wine Away on the stain, it immediately cleared up and left no residue or dullness behind. Honestly, I even called my wife in, told her what happened, and had her search for where the stain was and she couldn’t find it. Simply amazing stuff. I am now a believer in Wine Away and have used it on not only wine spills but also pet stains on various fabrics and it’s always stepped up to the challenge.” —Derek

Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

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Adorable superhero bathroom signs that’ll encourage the kiddos to actually wash their hands, brush their teeth, put their stuff away in the bathroom, and get excited about bathing. Because all kids know being clean is super cool if their favorite superheroes do it, right? You know it!


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Heads up: These cute pics don’t come with frames but luckily, I found some 8″ x 10″ frames for ya for a pretty low price. Also, if your kiddos are more into Star Wars, then you’ll be happy to know that YES there is definitely a set with the Star Wars characters.

Promising review: “I bought this for my son for Christmas and he’s been following what the superheroes do! These are very helpful with him learning responsibility!” —Marnika

Get it from Amazon for $16.99 or the Star Wars version for $16.99, and a four-pack of 8″ x 10″ frames for $18.49.

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An extendable, angular shower scrubber to help EVERYONE reach every square inch of the tub with no problem. It won’t take up too much space in your bathroom and will also be super easy for you to clean (or replace) the scrubber part.


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I have asthma so cleaning my bathroom is much more of a task than it is for regular folks. I get winded quickly so I love cleaning products and tools that help me get stuff done faster and easier, which is why this scrubber stick thingy is my JAM. Also, the scrubber part is replaceable so there’ll be no buyer’s remorse when it wears out from all the scrubbing you’re about to do.

Promising review: “Wow!!! This is literally the smartest thing I’ve ever purchased. I always hated cleaning my tub simply because it takes too much time and effort. Using this it only takes me a few minutes to clean the tub and the walls of the shower.” —Schama Loiseau

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 and the scrubber refill for $5.99.

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A toddler-size storage shelf because YES, you’re finally going to beat the challenge of getting your kids’ rooms cleaned in record time. This shelf is also a great aid for encouraging your kids to keep toys put away on their own.


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It has 12 standard-size open storage plastic bins and four double-size open storage plastic bins.

Promising review: “This is a good product as it helps teach kids that toys have a place they belong to after playtime.” —Lida

Get it on Amazon for $59.99+ (available in three styles and in sets).

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Garbage disposal packets that’ll clean out the gunk and remove the odor that would otherwise be impossible to reach. This way, the rest of your household can’t walk around knowing they smell something putrid down there and throw their hands up on the matter. Cleaning packets to the rescue!


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Promising review: “We moved into a townhouse that had a garbage disposal in the kitchen. I never had one growing up and didn’t think too much about it until the funky smell started. I researched ways to clean it and came across these. I decided to order a four-pack and try them. THEY ARE LIFE CHANGING. Just run some water, toss the packet in, and turn on the disposal. The little packet does all the hard work for you. I order a new set as soon as we start to run low.” —Lucas Broshears

Get it from Amazon for $5.99 (available in a four-pack).

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A heat-resistant cover set that’ll prevent everyone from causing food explosions in the microwave and boil-overs on the stove. They’ll also work as a cover to store leftovers.


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Promising review: “These covers have FAR exceeded my expectations! My family is pretty bad with covering things in the microwave and plastic wrap melts, even if they bother to use it, so I bought these thinking that they would be a good alternative for the microwave. They are awesome! Not only does my family actually USE them, but I am also using them quite often instead of plastic wrap. They work easily and are super durable and long-lasting. The set includes a great variety of sizes. Even the smallest one is great for keeping the cat’s head out of our drinks!” —Catwoman1105

Get it from Amazon for $15.94 (available in a set of five).

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AND an “Angry Mama” microwave cleaner so food and juices wipe off smooth and easy when they do happen to splatter everywhere.


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Just add water and vinegar and place this gadget inside for five to eight minutes. Afterward, the nasty splatters will wipe right off. Enforcing a “must use the Angry Mama” rule is also a great, fun, and memorable way to teach the entire household that they shouldn’t forget to cover stuff in the microwave, but when they do, they had BETTER clean it up.

Promising review: “People in my household always forget or are too lazy to use plastic film when microwaving things. So, my microwave is constantly dirty which isn’t the easiest to clean. Upon searching on Amazon for microwave cleaner, I stumbled upon this which I thought was so cute and funny. The product is sort of bigger than expected which is great because that means I can store more solution into the product. I added vinegar and some lemon juice into the product to clean it, and it works so well! It makes cleaning the microwave so much easier and is so, so simple to use. Saves me a lot of time.” —Lara

Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in multiple colors and also in different sets).

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Oven cleaner for the person who LOVES cooking in the kitchen but fails miserably on the clean-up part of the process 😬. So many reviewers noted that they didn’t even have to scrub hard with this cleaner so it should encourage ’em to leave a spotless oven for the next person coming behind them.


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It’s lemon-scented and fume-free! Yay!

Promising review: “Woah, Mama this stuff works! I have an oven I’ve embarrassingly neglected for five years. I did as the other reviewers stated and sprayed it on and let it sit overnight, then cleaned up the next day. It literally wiped up with a damp sponge. No scrubbing necessary! I will mention, however, that the directions state to cover the heating elements first with aluminum foil. I didn’t read the directions prior to using it (whoops!) and sprayed the product directly onto my heating element which made it a little more difficult to clean as they don’t come out. I just had to make sure to clean that area extra well and really get in the nooks and crannies. I also got a spray bottle full of water and REALLY sprayed all over it to rinse the area very well after wiping up the grime. Then, I simply dried it all up with a clean rag. I’m so glad I found this product and I solemnly swear I will not wait another five years to clean my oven ever again!” —Rebecca

Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

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PLUS — a cooktop cleaning kit so everyone in the house who cooks can keep the stove looking like new with ease. No more “I did clean it but that spot wouldn’t come up.”


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The kit comes with a 10-ounce bottle of Cerama Bryte Cooktop Cleaner, one cleaning pad, and one scraper.

Promising review: “I tried EVERYTHING for two years to get the ring of baked-on grime off of our stovetop. Nothing worked. I figured I’d give this product a go since the kit was just $10. IT’S AMAZING. A little scrape with the razor and a few scrubs with the cleaner and pad. BOOM! Nasty rings around the burners are GONE!” —OperaDiva

Get it from Amazon for $11.03+ (available in two kit options).

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A manual food chopper to break up ground meats, mash potatoes, or cut up hard-boiled eggs in the pan on the stove or in a bowl. This will cut out a few prep dishes so there will be less to wash. Uh-huh. PERFECT for the person who’s quick to cook but slow to wash the dishes.


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This food chopper is made of food-safe nylon and has no sharp edges. It’s safe to use with nonstick cookware.

Promising review: “The Chopper breaks up ground beef, turkey, etc., much more efficiently than can be done with a spatula or turner. I don’t normally purchase incredibly specialized utensils if I can get by without them, however, I think this chopper is worth the money because it saves time and makes cooking easier.” —Karen

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two colors).

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Green Gobbler Drain Clog Dissolver so they can stop clogging up the toilets and sinks, then acting like they don’t know who did it 🙄. This’ll gobble up hair and other gunk taking up space in the drains in minutes so they shouldn’t have any delay with fixing the problem they know they created.


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Green Gobbler is plant-based, biodegradable (yayyy environment!), odorless, and non-corrosive so it won’t damage your pipes in the process.

Promising review: “OK… So I have to do a little review on this product BECAUSE I have had a stopped-up kitchen sink and have LITERALLY tried EVERYTHING down to the industrial products with NO luck. I decided to go on Amazon and read a few reviews. This is the one I decided to go with. I only used one chamber, let it sit for an hour, and then used boiling water. My sink is NO LONGER stopped up!!! I saved a plumber bill and this was $11.97. HUGE win for this woman!!” —Tabpeach

Get it from Amazon for $11.97.

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A dishwasher magnet to help you take charge of the “Are they clean or are they not?” debate in your household and keep dirty dishes from making their way back into your cabinets. Now, dishwasher duties will run like a well-oiled machine!


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Promising review: “I gifted the act of ‘not having to tell us twice’ to my mom this year. This small add-on has been a real time-saver. If you are in a family home or share a space with roommates, then this is an inexpensive way to get everyone to just run the machine as soon as it’s full. It’s not a large magnet so it won’t clash with anything in your kitchen or laundry room. I’d recommend you make sure that its ok to add on to the front of your device first.” —Suh

Get it from Amazon for $5.28.

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Cute critter bag clips — so adorable that everyone in the house will wanna close their snack bags after every use. Ya know, snack bags left open can invite nasty not-so-cute critters in the crib and we can’t have that. 🙈


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Promising review: “These are great chip clips. I bought a couple of sets because it seems like we always have stuff around the house that needs to be clipped — like chip bags, bread bags, frozen veggies, etc. The kids love the designs and I am very happy that they work really well. Great value for the money.” —XM Listener

Get them from Amazon for $3.99+ (available in a set of six).

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A mail slot that’ll help everyone keep mail from piling up all over the counters and tabletops. It’ll also provide a mini chalkboard for you to write necessary reminders like, “Wash the dishes!” PLUS, it has hooks for keys.


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Promising review: “I have no issue with this purchase. I even like the added key hooks. It’s nice having a place to stick incoming and outgoing mail and also knowing where my car keys are😆.” —Victoria

Get it from Amazon for $27.99.

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A touchless trash can with a motion sensor that’ll pop open the lid with just hand movement. It’ll also come with a lemon-scented fragrance cartridge to hold dirty stinky trash smells in and let a citrusy smell out — which is WAY appropriate for days when everyone else in the house totally ignores that the trash needs to be taken out. This’ll keep the smell at bay until you get to it, at least.


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The trash can runs on an AC adapter (included) or four AA batteries which are sold separately.

Promising review: “This trash can is just the right size for our bathroom. My purpose in buying it was to have a covered trash can that reduces odor. This can does that. As a bonus, I like the way the bag is held into place such that it never falls down into the can and is not visible from the outside of the can.” —Charles Bartlett

Get it from Amazon for $52.03+ (available in two colors and two sizes) and the batteries for $19.98 (available in a 48-count).

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Poo-Pourri toilet spray to help you survive the family members who do a horrible job with freshening up the bathroom after they finish doing their business. This’ll be a non-confrontational way to tell your loved ones that they’re assaulting your nose without actually having to say the words.


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The scent featured here is called Wild Pear which is a blend of pear, cinnamon, and clove natural essential oils.

Promising review: “I learned of this after seeing it in a friend’s bathroom and they swore it worked great. I bought some myself and was pleasantly surprised. A few spritzes before you go and you can stop questioning your diet. The earth will thank you for saving water on courtesy flushes and the person after you won’t curse your existence. Cheers!” —Dan T.

Get it from Amazon for $9.99+ (also available in multiple scents).

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A hanger stacker so everyone in the fam can put hands on a hanger without having to untangle it from a vine of other ones. This way, clean laundry will get sorted and put away with NO EXCUSES.


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Promising review: “The struggle with hangers has been real for quite some time. I wish I would have known about this thing sooner! Seriously, laundry is enough of a pain so to not fight with hangers will be wonderful. It arrived double-boxed and nicely packaged within. Assembly was simple with a total of four screws to attach the vertical pieces to the base and the wrench included. No personal tools were needed. The hanger stand doesn’t wiggle and seems sturdy. Hopefully, it stays that way because this has saved me a ton of room and hassle! I’m buying another for child-size hangers.” —Kara Adams

Get it from Amazon for $18.37 (available in six quantity selections).

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Stove crack covers because your family will probably never be as committed as you are to pulling out the stove to sweep crumbs they saw fall down under. Just prevent the hidden mess before it can even happen.


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Promising review: “This stove counter gap cover is the best invention for the kitchen! They act as an extra buffer between your stove and the counter. No more messy spills down the side of the stove that you have to pull the entire stove out to clean up. The clean up of these is such a breeze. If anything does manage to slip under it, the length is long enough that you just have to lift up a corner and get the rest of that grease or dirt cleaned up. I often use these to hold my spoon instead of laying it on the counter because it provides a slip-resistant surface as well as easy cleanup! They match the stove great and blend in well. Mine seemed to look extra long and extended past the edge of the countertop but I don’t mind and they are easy to clip if you wish to trim them down. They lasted through all the cooking for about 20 people during Thanksgiving and Christmas without any wear and tear. I definitely recommend this to anyone looking to make clean up a tad easier.” —Nikki

Get it from Amazon for $10.84+ (available in a set of two; three colors and two length options).

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Color-coded cutting board mats so everyone in the family can make sure they keep foods separated that can contaminate each other (i.e. raw meats away from veggies, please). This way, you can eat the dinner they prepare without feeling paranoid.


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There are four cutting boards in different colors and they’re also labeled with a small graphic that shows what to cook on what board. Several reviewers also noted that they’re easy to clean so everyone in your home should be able to use these to keep the food safe and then clean them right after use.

Promising review: “I purchased these cutting mats because they seemed to be so much more sanitary than the cutting boards. They are so easy to wash and I feel much better about putting food on them. They are also color-coordinated by food groups and we love that!!!! I initially bought them to use for making baby food but my husband loved them so much he decided to use them to prepare our food. We will buy another set!!! It also came with a cookbook which I will definitely be using!!! This is an amazing product and I would recommend it to everyone!!!” —Kay

Get the set of four for $14.99.

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A four-bag laundry sorter on wheels so everyone in your household has a spot to put their dirty clothes. The bag is also decently sized which should encourage them to wash it as soon as it fills up without feeling overwhelmed with too many clothes.


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This’ll keep dirty clothes from piling up too long and creating an odor, and will also help with your household organization since the clothes will be corralled into one place in the house. You could assign the bags to each person in your household (up to four people) or just have them separate colors, whites, linens, and towels.

Promising review: “So, I purchased this to organize and create a laundry system. Up until this point, I used one basket for everything. Wow. What a time-saver this has been. I now do wash when any baby (2) or adult (2) js running low on their clothes. Before purchasing, I wondered how much each of the four bags could hold. I have one bag designated to my husband, one to me, one to linens and one to babies. My husband’s (who wears a size L or XL) bag held one week’s worth of clothes. ALL IN JUST ONE OF THE FOUR. This most definitely simplified my laundry.” —Mackenzie

Get it from Amazon for $36.47 (available in three colors).

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Magic Eraser Sponges to remove even the toughest stains with less effort — so no one in the house can say “I tried to get the stain off but it wouldn’t go away” as an excuse for not being thorough EVA AGAIN.


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Promising review: “I had been putting up with some marks on the walls of this townhouse I recently started living in. The other day I got sick of seeing the dark scuff marks, pencil where stuff was hung, crayons in a couple of spots, etc. Originally, I thought this meant I needed to paint all the areas. I went ahead and looked at how to clean the walls. Magic Eraser? It took off pencil marks, crayons, some sort of scuff on a wall by the stairs, a bunch of (?) around electric outlets, and more. When I tried it on a mirror it had some kind of cleaning fluid, these are not made for glass. It works well on most things and one sponge lasted me use in multiple rooms.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $7.97.

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