24 Fast-Acting Cleaning Products For Anyone Who Feels Anxious About Mess

24 Fast-Acting Cleaning Products For Anyone Who Feels Anxious About Mess

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A broom for pet and human hair that can work on any type of floor, but is specifically designed to pull it up from the carpet faster and deeper than even a lot of vacuums can reach. In less than five minutes you’ll find out what color your carpet’s *actually* been the whole time!


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An embarrassing confession: I do not have a pet, but I shed like nobody’s business. My hair gets so ingrained in the carpet that a vacuum truly does nothing for it, so I often was just unrooting clumps of hair from the floor with my hands (sorry for the visual). I bought this broom and it immediately started pulling it up GOBS of hair. My carpet like, genuinely changed color (turns out the pink was supposed to be much pinker, whoops). Anyway, do with that semi-horrifying information what you will.

Promising review: “I bought this broom two years ago and it is still going strong! I have four large breed dogs and we have fur — EVERYWHERE! This works so so good! I came back and purchased one for my neighbor and sent one to my favorite pet rescue down south. I am always amazed at what this picks up even after I just ran the vacuum. If you remove the head from the handle you can use the head to do in all the crevices along baseboards where fur gets trapped on the carpets. I also use it that way to do the carpet corners on the stairs. Lastly I use it to get dust and cobwebs off the floors and ceilings. It truly is a super tool.” —Roseann

Get it from Amazon for $14.66.

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A set of dishwasher cleaning tablets you can pop into a cycle with your dirty dishes to wipe out all the extra grime and that funky smell, all without ever having to touch a sponge or any other kind of cleaning utensil.


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Promising review: “We have very hard water in this area, and though my dishwasher is supposed to be self-cleaning when you use the right detergent (which I have been), it’s been getting gunkier and gunkier and a couple of months ago the rinse aid dispenser stopped filling properly. When I looked that up, the online advice said that can happen if it gets too dirty and gave advice on running the dishwasher with vinegar and other tricks. But I saw this and, being pleased with Affresh’s machine cleaners I’d used on my clothes washer, decided to try it. It worked AMAZINGLY, in ONE try. My rinse aid dispenser immediately started working good as new again, and my dishwasher is the cleanest it’s been since we got it! Love it!” —Mouriana

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $11.99.

3.

A set of Bottle Bright tablets so you can tackle all the sludge caked on your bottles and mugs and make them look brand-new within the hour.


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Promising review: “I seriously can’t believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting Hydro Flask coffee mug; I tried everything — bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING — and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER Hydro Flask to replace it. Eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. 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 that I used it on another Hydro Flask 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 set of six from Amazon for $8.

4.

A red wine stain-removing spray to pick up both old and new red wine stains from carpets, couches, towels, and fabrics in a matter of minutes, so now even your white duvet is safe from your cabernet’s clutches.


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I own this spray bottle and it has saved countless white T-shirts by getting out WAY more than just wine. I’m talking coffee, soy sauce, even blood stains — you name it, this spray bottle has taken care of it. On a related note, I am a slob.

Promising review:Wine Out is one of the best purchases I’ve made from Amazon. We had company and someone spilled a full glass of red wine on my new gray couch. I would have taken a photo of the spill but I was frantic looking for the Wine Out spray bottle. Anyway I soaked the stain first with dry towels then sprayed Wine Out on the stain. Within seconds I saw a huge difference. I then followed the directions on the back of the bottle and allowed it to dry and its as if it never happened! Honestly, I was amazed!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $14.98.

5.

A pet urine stain-removing spray that instantly tackles both old and new stains *plus* the funky smell, so you can enjoy your Bath & Body Works candles without the vague top notes of cat pee.


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Promising review: “I have six elderly cats, a few of which oftentimes leave smelly pee puddles to register their disdain at whatever cats get ‘peed off’ about. It’s not a litter box problem and, although I’ve caught one or two of them doing it, I can’t blame them all. This product works great on fresh messes as well as dried ones. After blotting up fresh pee pods, I saturate the area with Rocco & Rossi’s odor remover and let dry. For dried stinky stuff, I just saturate the area and let it dry. It has a pleasant odor and completely eliminates the ammonia odor. Believe me, I’ve tried all kinds of products, and this one works the best. I buy gallons now just to have on hand. It’s better than smelling that awful pee!” —mona mia

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

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A carpet and upholstery cleaner to quickly rub all those old mystery stains out of your couches, chairs, and carpets so you can stop strategically putting blanket throws over them all the time.


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Promising review: “I LOVE this Woolite carpet stain remover with its rubbing brush. We stayed for some weeks at dear friend’s home while we were waiting to move and they were out of town. Their cat had done some nasty things in their rooms. We thought we’d show some of our appreciation by cleaning some of these spots off their light gray carpeting. IT WORKED! THEY NOTICED! THEY LOVED IT! I don’t know about the cat. So we bought this house with white carpets. Who puts in white carpets?? Anyways, we have white carpets. So I bought these Woolite cans and know they will be used and will do a great job.” —Sany123

Get it from Amazon for $13.44.

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An “Angry Mama” microwave cleaner that uses vinegar and water to blow hot steam into your microwave oven and loosen up all the old food and stains in a mere seven minutes (approximately two Harry Styles songs, if anyone’s keeping track).


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Promising review: “This product is so amazing, I’m going to get one for all of my children. I am a teacher, and I let my students use my microwave. Usually it takes me half an hour of scrubbing after 31 students have made popcorn, and heated up lunches. This time I used the product, and I literally spent less than one minute just wiping down the microwave!!! I will now keep one in my classroom, and one at my home. A miracle product that actually does what it says, remarkable!!!” —Desiree Barlow

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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A fast-acting carpet spot-removing spray to take care of those miscellaneous stains from a previous tenant or that not-so-miscellaneous time you spilled half of the red sauce from your leftover noodles facedown on the floor.


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Promising review: “WOW! A must have for any home. My carpet had some mystery stains that other stain remover products could not budge. I had resigned myself to never having them any better, until I found this product. It was very easy, spray it on, then put a paper towel on top and it disappears. Seriously! There were a couple that I had to go back for a second time, but after having lived with these carpet blemishes for years… I was more than happy. I even used it on a cushion, you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals. You also get a lot of cleaner for your money, I was surprised at how big the bottle was, and you do not need to use lots when you apply, so this will last a very long time.” —Malm

Get it from Amazon for $11.67.

9.

A bottle of wood polish – it will instantly make your doors, hardwood floors, and furniture look so new that you’ll wonder if it’s not actually wood polish but a time machine.


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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. Take a look at the pictures to see the before-and-afters. This stuff was like a Magic Eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let it sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. 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 a bottle from Amazon for $8.48.

10.

A foaming garbage disposal cleaner you can plop into your sink, run a little water on, and let its blue magic fizz its way up to the top while clearing out all the gunk from your culinary adventures in one go.


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Promising review: “These are amazing! I was skeptical at first but I followed the directions (which are super easy) and was grossed out and satisfied at the same time to see the gunk that was removed. You put the entire packet down your disposal (I read that twice too) and magic happens in under two minutes! That is what I call powerful and successful cleaning! The scent is super clean and light with a hint of lemon. These will definitely be a cleaning staple for me.” —KPITT

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $5.75.

11.

A bottle of Goo Gone for instantly banishing all those mysterious gooey, sticky, tough-to-scrub stains, from sticker residue to spilled glue to that fresh piece of gum you somehow against all odds got lodged in your hair.


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Promising review: “I would give a 10-star rating if there was one. Works like a charm. All of the annoying sticker marks in my house are gone!!!! The old home security stickers on the windows and doors, the price sticker marks on my beautiful pink hair brush, the old hook sticker mark in our bathroom from the old homeowner, you name it. They’ve all been there like forever and I seriously tried all means that I could, steam cleaner, electric scrubber, nothing worked until I got this magic Goo Gone. Now they are all gone and it didn’t even take any hard work to get rid of all the goos!!!!” —Yingnan

Get it from Amazon for $7.88.

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A drain snake you can funnel into your shower drain that honestly works a little *too* well at unclogging hair, pulling it up in one fast (and semi-horrifying) go.


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Promising review: “I’m so excited to finally have a bathroom sink that drains!! Since moving into my apartment, my bathroom sink and bathtub took forever to drain. I bought multiple de-clogging solutions but they didn’t assist or help much with the problem. When my bathtub was taking over an hour to drain I decided it was time to try these out! After receiving it I went to work, within minutes it pulled out so much hair in both drains. It’s disturbing/disgusting yet weirdly satisfying because now my sinks drain!!” —DebSD

Get a set of three from Amazon for $9.99.

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A bottle of jetted tub cleaner so easy to use that literally all you have to do is run your bath water, pour in the cleaner, and run your jets. Can someone please invent a version of this to clean up the rest of my life?


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Promising review: “Ok I was considering just closing off the jets in my tub because I never could get the ‘gunk’ out. It had never been cleaned before really from the inside. This stuff is AWESOME. I did two runs – since I’d never done it before. The first run really did it – the second got just a little more out but wow. So impressed! I can use my jets again!” —Angela B

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

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A mold and mildew removal gel you can leave on the offending spots for six hours, then wipe away like nothing nefarious ever grew there in the first place.


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Promising review: “Wow! After YEARS of elbow grease and zero results, I tried this stuff before giving up and stripping the old caulking from the top of my shower. I’m so glad that I did, too! I mean, look at these results! Granted, it was on for about eight hours instead of six because I forgot about it, but the black mold/mildew just rinsed away — no scrubbing at all! STOKED! Super easy to use, too!” —Nice marmot!

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

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A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend soft cleansing liquid and scouring cloth to quickly cancel all your least favorite stains *without* scratching surfaces, no matter how old or crusty or shudder-worthy said stains have become.


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I’m talking stainless steel appliances, pots and pans, shower stalls, sinks, tubs — everything’s going to gleam like the day it was first born.

Promising review: “I used it for the first time on my new stainless steel sink last night — which was already showing water stains. Wow did this stuff work like a charm. It really shined my sink up and did not leave a white milky residue like some cleaners do. I think I might be addicted to this stuff daily, whether my sink really needs it or not…” —Alana 

Read BuzzFeed’s full review of Bar Keeper’s original formula and the soft cleansing liquid for more deets!

Get a bottle + a scouring sponge from Amazon for $16.99.

16.

A power scrubber brush you can attach to a DRILL (!!) that basically does all of the hard grime-busting so fast that you’ll have eons of time left to deal with all those *other* messes you want to take care of quickly.


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Promising review: “These brushes are freaking fantastic. I tried them on a portion of my shower and bathroom floor tiles and grout. I immediately had to do the rest because it made the cleaner sections look dirty. I also tried it on the side of my fridge that is next to my stove top. It did a pretty good job there as well at removing grease and stains. The only downside is that it made me enjoy cleaning!” —Eric T. Ma

Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors).

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A squishy universal dust cleaner that will get into all your space’s nooks and crannies, like keyboards and A/C units and the vents in the back of your printer. Take that, dust.


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Promising review: “I was skeptical at first. Was afraid my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! The opposite, it cleaned it as good as new. Got all those dog hairs between the keys! No smell lingering on keyboard or my hands. No sign I even used it except a clean keyboard. Kind of fun to play with. Squeeze it between your fingers! LOL. My next task for it will be those dust return air vents on our heating system and use it on my dusty window blinds. This stuff works and I highly recommend!” —Billy

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

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A heavy duty grout cleaner you only need to let sit for ten minutes before you slide the dirt and grime in all those sneaky crevices like it’s your superpower.


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Promising review: “I never leave reviews on Amazon but this grout cleaner definitely deserved a review. I tried three other cleaners before buying Grout-eez and they did nothing but waste my time and money. Grout-eez got my grout perfectly clean in no time, plus it was easy to use and no odor. I’ll never use another grout cleaner.” —Tyler

Get it from Amazon for $21.95.

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A detergent booster that essentially supercharges a run of your dishwasher to get rid of those caked-on hard water mug stains that accumulate after you love ’em just a little too much.


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Promising review: “LOVE!!! We always had hard water stains on our dishes, pans, silverware, glasses, EVERYTHING. It was annoying and made everything look dirty and had a white dust to it that wouldn’t come off. I was blown away with this stuff. I put 2 tablespoons at the bottom of the dishwasher and everything came out sparkling clean! Not one spec of white dusty water stain was left. I will be using this forever.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $6.56.

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An all-purpose car upholstery cleaner so you can go to town on the interior of your car and lift up all the stains in one deeply satisfying go.


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Promising review: “I have tried many many different sprays, wipes and concentrates for cleaning vehicle interiors. This is my personal favorite. I love how it penetrates even the most hard stuck-on dirt and makes it easy to wipe up. After a few days with my windows open I noticed that unlike other detail sprays this one dries completely matte and leaves no sticky residue behind. Everyone can appreciate that. The only downside I can think of is that I didn’t order enough. I highly recommend this product and look forward to many gallons more. It’s well worth the money spent. Work smarter, not harder. This is the ticket.” —Mom of 2

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

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A laundry stain remover with enzymes to help you, in one mere wash, tackle the white whale of all clothing stains: that discolored dried sweat and deodorant residue in your armpits.


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This spray also does a number on all those other miscellaneous stains in your life, like wine, coffee, oil, make up, and period blood!

Promising review: “I had some super nasty dress shirts that I was about to throw away. No matter how much I washed them, my antiperspirant deodorant was caked up inside the armpits and actually smelled like someone with rank armpits just took it off (not me certainly!?). I put two squirts of this stuff under each armpit and rubbed for about 15 seconds each. Then I tossed all the shirts in the floor for the night, still wet. The next morning I washed them all using the same brand’s laundry detergent When I took them out of the dryer I couldn’t believe it that the shirts looked and smelled brand new…in just one treatment! I love this stuff.” —Don K.

Get it from Amazon for $20.

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A pumice stone that will instantly make the inside of your toilet look brand-spanking-new without messing up the porcelain, even if the rings have already thwarted your efforts with the toilet brush.


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Promising review: “I had stubborn stains on my toilet bowl that wouldn’t come out with toilet bowl cleaner, the toilet bowl brush, bleach, or anything else I tried. The stains were stuck for months but the pumice was able to remove it instantly. The pumice did not scratch the bowl at all.” —Margaret D.

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

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A super effective extendable feather duster to instantly reach all those spaces that evade you, like the ceiling fan or your window blinds, without the hullabaloo of grabbing a ladder or shoving your furniture out of the way.


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Promising review: “This has changed my life. I can now reach to clean my ceiling fans anytime without needing a step ladder. The pole has multiple points of adjustment and the end tilts and locks in every imaginable position. The duster itself is nice quality, picks up dust easily and shakes it off just as easily to clean before storing. I also love that it detached completely to replace other handheld dusters. I no longer worry about dust bunnies falling onto my bed, this one grabs it all!” —MSD

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

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A carpet cleaning solution that will dig in so immediately and so deep that nobody will ever guess your dog went on a peeing spree that one time you dared to come home smelling like someone else’s dog.


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Promising review: “After reading the reviews I thought I could at least try it, and holy smokes, this is a miracle cleaner!!! I think I have tried every cleaner on the market for pet stains and nothing ever really works on my carpets. Even if I get it off the top, it somehow comes back up. My crazy dogs hate the rain and they have one spot that they always go on when they decide they are not going outside. I have cleaned the spot probably 100 times. I cleaned this area one time with this cleaner and my spot steam cleaner and it is completely gone! The stain and smell are 100% gone, not just covered up like before, completely and absolutely gone. Miracle cleaner for sure!” —PLLane

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

You patting yourself on the back after getting rid of all that anxiety-inducing mess:


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