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    26 Cleaning Products That Are So Effective, We Have The Before-And-After Pictures To Prove You Aren't Dreaming

    Just to be clear, this isn't a dream. Those bottle cleaning tablets really work.

    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. This mop and bucket set with reusable microfiber pads — it'll actually help you scrub dried up stains and spills from your floors without forcing you to get on your hands and knees for hours.


    The mop works on stone, tiles, laminate, hardwood, vinyl, bamboo, cement, baseboards, and drywall. And, the two microfiber pads are machine-washable.

    Promising review: "Spray mops and steam mops don’t deliver enough moisture. Then you have to change the cleaning cloth or rinse and wring it, getting your hands wet and dirty. Single-use pads don’t stay put, don’t do a whole floor, don’t scrub well, and aren’t environmentally sound. Plus, the mop handles are flimsy and most are not long enough for tall people. THIS MOP IS THE BOMB! The handle is extra sturdy and long with nice handle and cushioned grip. The cleaning cloth is thick and does a great job of scrubbing…it took black scuffs and tracked in, sticky dog poop off my hardwood with little effort! It attaches firmly and easily and doesn’t slip around while you mop. The included mop bucket is GENIUS! It holds your mop water, cleans the cleaning cloth when you plunge the mop in and pull it out, and wrings the cloth to your preferred dampness — wetter for harder stuff, medium for regular mopping, and drier for a quick spiff-up. Just plunge it once, twice, or three times! No wet, dirty hands. No replacing cloths or cloths slipping off the mop head. No floppy handle and unresponsive mop head. No sweat! And done in half the time." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $32.99+ (available in two colors).

    2. A cordless, handheld vacuum that may be small but will do a mighty fine job of sucking up the dust and crumbs from surfaces in your home and car.


    The vacuum includes a crevice nozzle, a brush tool, a soft hose, a charging cord, a paper filter, and a carrying case.

    Promising review: "I love cleaning with this little vac! I can get in all the nooks 'n crannies, and the attachments are so convenient and reach under and behind everything. The canister holds a lot and keeps everything in until you're ready to empty it. I was able to clean my long hair cats favorite little tower — the cleanest it's ever been!" —Cinnamon Thompson

    Get it from Amazon for $49.99 (available in three colors).

    3. These bottle-cleaning tablets to do all the heavy lifting when it comes to getting rid of those stubborn discolorations inside your HydroFlask. All you'll need is 15 minutes and you'll have a crystal clean mug.

    A dirty stainless mug that gets filled with water and a cleaning tablet and foams up before looking clean and free of grime

    Promising review: "This stuff is AMAZING!!!!!! It is completely worth the price. You will be AMAZED at how fast it works and how efficiently too. I admit, I was a little skeptical, even with other users posting pictures. For me, it was a try it to believe it. I did and I totally do. It works so well that it has made one of my tea tumblers look better than when I bought it. I would highly recommend this product!" —T. V. Henson

    Get 12 tablets from Amazon for $8+ (also available as a pack of 36).

    4. A stainless-steel cleaner and polish you can use on almost all your kitchen appliances — refrigerator, dishwasher, oven door, sink; you name it! Reviewers say it helps keep your surfaces smudge-free for longer, meaning less cleaning for you!


    Promising review: "After reading the newspaper, I desperately need just one dang thing I can fix in this world! But seriously, it's the best stainless cleaner I've ever used. It's quick, smells great and the finish is perfect. It resists finger prints (and paw prints) for days. It was also a great idea they had to include the microfiber cleaning cloth, as it does an excellent job as well. I probably wouldn't have thought of that. I plan to give these as gifts. Pretty funny!" —Designer Mom

    Get a bottle on Amazon for $16.97.

    5. And a bottle of Bar Keepers Friend soft cleanser to restore those pots and pans with rust or burnt bottoms you've been putting in way too much elbow grease to clean.

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    This works on stainless-steel, brass, bronze, copper alloys, porcelain, glass, corian, and aluminum. And, it'll help you rid your showers, faucets, tile, and backsplashes (and more!) of tarnish, rust, mineral deposits, soap scum, and grime.

    Promising review: "Even my old dishes look new, shiny, and clean! This is the only cleanser that I ever used that cleans fast, easily, and efficiently. I purchased it for my daughter and two friends, and they were very happy." —Anci

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.90.

    6. A pack of dishwasher cleaning tablets that'll (safely) make your dishwasher squeaky clean without the added effort of doing it by hand. It cleans while your machine runs!


    Promising review: "Convenient, easy, quick way to keep the dishwasher fresh and working at peak." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $5.99.

    7. These stain-removing pads because all you do is step on it and forget it — seriously!!! Place a pad on your carpet, stomp on it, and check back in the next day. It'll rapidly lift pee, poop, vomit, and even wine stains from your carpet.


    These are perfect for erasing small messes in a matter of minutes. If you have more stubborn stains, you may need to let the pad sit.

    Promising review: "Perfect for quick cleanup from pets and kids spilling stuff. Bissell nailed it with this cleaning pad! Will definitely buy again!" —Theresa Render

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.99+ (also available alongside a stain removing spray).

    8. A red wine stain-remover spray so you can quickly improve the look of any vino you accidentally spilled on your blanket, throw pillow, couch, and more. It even works on old stains!


    Promising review: "We have a lighter-colored carpet throughout our entire house and with a toddler, two black cats, and two clumsy adults, it feels like a new stain shows up every single day. Saw this product on a BuzzFeed list and figured since it’s less than $6 I’d give it a try. It WORKS! It worked SO fast and smells nice too! I promise you, this is $6 well spent!" —Jonathan and Jill Orbell

    Get it from Amazon for $9.23.

    9. This jetted tub cleaner to flush out scum and body oils that are making your tub's jets look super gross. In other words, you just got a lot closer to finally taking the relaxing soak you've been dreaming of all week.


    Promising review: "Works better than anything else we have tried on our six-foot jetted hot tub. We have well water with lots of minerals. Oh Yuk gets the crud out fast and rinses easy. Been using it for three years and nothing else comes close." —Linda

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

    10. An eco-friendly hard water stain-remover because it'll finally help you get rid of soap scum and residue from your shower door, tile, toilet, and windows. And you'll still have the rest of the day to binge-watch something on Netflix.

    A shower door with residue streaks on the left and the same shower door looking clean and residue-free on the right

    Promising review: "We tried everything to get rid of hard water stains and nothing worked. We were getting our house ready to sell and our tub and sink were a mess. We tried this product and it worked immediately, restoring everything to like new. It was fast and really worked! We even used it to clean our glass stove top. It was amazing how clean it got things. I have a bad back and have to be careful about scrubbing things and it takes no effort to use. We use it in our new house and love it!" —Bradley

    Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in two sizes).

    11. This grout pen to cover up years of dirt and grime that's accumulated in tile cracks. You can forget that old hand-held toothbrush you usually use to painstakingly scrub the tile dirt.


    Promising review: "Soooooo easy! Fast quick way to restore tile grout! It dries quickly also, which is a huge plus. I can’t believe my bathroom floor is the same floor; it looks so nice." —Ashleyrt918

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in two sizes and three colors).

    12. An Iron Out rust-remover spray that'll take just 15 earthly minutes to rid your shower of any rust stains. It also works on sinks and toilets, so you better prepare yourself for a much cleaner-looking bathroom with minimal effort.


    Promising review: "Worked great and super fast. My bathtub has a dip where water collects unless it’s squeegeed out, but even then some water remains. Well it began to rust and no amount of scrubbing or bleach could clean it. I got this product and sprayed it over the rust spots. Within five minutes I saw it starting to clear up and in 15 minutes and it was all gone." —Joshlynne

    Get it from Amazon for $4.98.

    13. This Puracy laundry stain remover spray to help lift tough stains from your clothes, mattress, couches, and other fabrics — so much better than just using water and rubbing with a cloth! For reaaally old stains, you can spray it on the spot, rub it in, and let it do its thing overnight.


    Promising review: "I bought a $4,500 linen sectional sofa. It fit perfectly in our family room but came with about a dozen nasty stains including oil and dirt. I couldn’t send it back because they stopped making it. I wasn’t sure about Puracy but I am now. I tested Puracy on the inside of the sectional sofa connector points. I just sprayed it on, agitated it with a soft clean white cloth gently, and 15 minutes later, I dabbed it with fresh water on another soft white cloth. It’s the bomb. Apparently, if I find stubborn stains, I would just leave it on for eight hours or longer to get a better result, but this is what they say it is." —Believer

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $20.98.

    14. A pack of this carpet and upholstery cleaner because your couches and carpet have accumulated a plethora of mystery stains over the years and you're just so dang tired of looking at them.


    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 a pack of four from Amazon for $34.99.

    15. Or this fast-acting carpet spot-removing spray to combat stains that have been living on your rug for years and years. Never fear — it's not too late to teach those old wine and ketchup spills a lesson.


    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 $12.57.

    16. An ink and stain remover for those pesky marker doodles that you couldn't remove from your walls with just a mere bucket of soap and water. FYI, reviewers say you may have to apply it repeatedly but over the course of a few days, it'll give you results that put the most stubborn marker stains to shame.


    Promising review: "I had a black ball pen mark on a red leather chair that I didn't think would come out. I ordered Amodex just to try, but I didn't have much hope since the mark had a couple of days to dry out. The first attempt didn't do much, as I expected, but the instructions advised to have patience and apply it multiple times. I did that over a few days. I performed about seven applications. It was getting better, little by little. The funny thing is that the last time I finished an application, the mark was still quite visible, but when I came back for the next one, the mark was gone. So it seems Amodex keeps acting even after you apply it and leave the spot apparently dry. Right now I can see no vestige of the mark, which I never expected, so I'm very impressed." —A Listener

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.98 (also available in packs of three).

    17. This wood polish that'll totally make your doors, cabinets, hardwood floors, and furniture look and feel like they did the day you first got 'em. And to think you were seriously considering shelling out the cash to just re-finish your floors and call it a day.

    A reviewer showing previously washed out floors looking brighter and cleaner after using the product on them

    Promising review: "This product is worth every penny and goes a very long way. We had tired, oak floors that haven’t been refinished in over 50 years. They were dried out and washed out. This product took away decades in an hour with a few rags and a lot of elbow grease. One word of caution: Floors are very slippery for a few days after use. Be very careful walking around. As a bonus, it smells amazing. It has a natural orange peel smell that is fresh and clean and not at all harsh or chemical. Highly, highly recommend." —GMD

    Get a bottle from Amazon for $12.50+ (available in three sizes).

    18. A garbage disposal cleaner because it'll make transforming your garbage disposal from its current stinky state as easy as plopping a tablet into your sink, turning on the water, and watching it fizz and dislodge all the muck that's been trapped in there.


    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 $7+ (available in packs of four, eight, 12, and 24 tablets).

    19. This all-purpose car upholstery cleaner that'll help you remember what your car seats and floors looked like before your teen accidentally spilled their iced coffee in it all those years ago.

    Car seats with large stains on the left and the same car seats looking stain-free on the right

    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.

    20. A set of three brush drill attachments so you can power away at any bathroom (or kitchen) grime that's just claimed your shower doors as its new home.

    A reviewer showing that the drill brush attachment removed thick, foggy-looking residue from their shower door

    Just make sure to use them only on surfaces you're pretty sure they won't scratch! You can always test in a discreet area first just to be on the safe side.

    Promising review: "Seriously, I have never wanted to clean our toilets as much as I do now. These little brushes have gotten off years of stains and water scum from our glass shower doors in just a few minutes. I would have never been able to get them even a fraction as clean by hand. We had stains in the toilets from our well water that I thought were permanent. Turns out that they were easily erased with this handy little brush. Our grout is sparkling again and my husband thinks I have lost my mind with the drill. I have actually been walking around the house looking for things to clean with this. They even cleaned our birdcages immediately with just water and no chemicals at all. What a great Amazon find!!" —Happy Yogi

    Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in six colors, which indicate the different levels of bristle stiffness).

    21. This pumice stone that'll help you scrub away at any calcium, lime, and hard water stains that just keep accumulating in your toilet bowl. BTW, it sounds super harsh, but it won't scratch up or damage your toilet bowl!


    Promising review: "I have a 19-year-old master bathroom toilet that had accumulated some nasty stains over time which regular toilet brushes and cleaning products just would not remove. I 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. The 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. I am very happy with this purchase — well worth the very low price!" —Happy Retiree

    Get it from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in packs of one and two).

    22. A leather cleaner to help you polish up any finicky furniture that's become discolored over time. Do not — I repeat — do not replace your furniture; just give it a good cleaning instead!


    Remember to mix this concentrate with water before using!

    Promising review: "My 15-year-old leather sectional hadn't been cleaned or conditioned in three to four years because I couldn't find anything that worked well without causing it to look blotchy. The color was also fading and I thought it was a goner. After some elbow grease, the sectional looks great! It's now back to its original color without being blotchy. More importantly, the suppleness has returned. I can actually say that it looks as good as the day we bought it." —jellybean55

    Get it from Amazon for $16.90.

    23. This oven cleaner because the inside of your oven is starting to look like a disaster from leaked food juices and overflowed batter. And, you don't even have to stand around and wait for it to clean — just let it do its thing overnight and give it a very quick wipe in the morning.

    A reviewer showing an oven with lots of burn marks looking cleaner after using the product

    Promising review: "Simply UNBELIEVABLE. Fume-free and no gloves needed, but dissolves ANYTHING cooked on! Had not cleaned oven EVER. Simply sprayed on, shut door overnight, and wiped off with paper towels. Do not have to dread cleaning oven ever again!" —Andrew J.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.44 (for a 24 oz can).

    24. An electric power washer to breathe new life into your outdoor surfaces and furniture — you might've forgotten how clean they looked on the day you got them because of all the dirt they've accumulated over the years.

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    It comes with five quick-connect cleaning tips so you can choose the perfect one for the task at hand. It even has a soap tip to help you wash your car. It generates up to 2030 PSI and has a two-year warranty.

    Promising review: "It mastered cleaning my garage floors after a snowy and salty New England winter brilliantly. I have since found myriad other places to use it: lawn furniture, tech decking, wooden stair treads, and most recently deep cleaning a bluestone patio that has become discolored from year of oak pollen and leaves. I was impressed that it provides pinpoint accuracy (using 15 degree nozzle) and with a little care and time, was able to get great results. The spray pressure is not adjustable and the detergent bins are a little wonky (held in place with just a groove under a panel). But the motor is quiet, cuts off when not in use, and it's super easy to move around." —Mike M

    Get it on Amazon for $149.

    25. This cook top cleaning kit that'll make glass, ceramic, induction, radiant, and halogen stove tops look almost as good as new by dislodging any built-up gunk.

    A reviewer showing a glass stove burner with buildup stains looking cleaner and shinier after using the product

    This set comes with a 10-ounce bottle of cooktop cleaner, one cleaning pad, and one scraper.

    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 Lambertson

    Get it from Amazon for $11.98.

    26. A scratch-free scraper because it may not look like much, but this thing is capable of easily removing any stuck-on messes without damaging the surfaces you're working on.

    A reviewer showing stove burners with thick brown crusts around them and then the burners looking crust-free after using the product

    Promising review: "This is the greatest cleaning tool invented! I love it! I had tried every tip to get rid of the hard-water buildup around my sinks and this little gizmo gets rid of it in a breeze. Everyone should have one. So simple and so brilliant." —Debra J.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $6.99 (also available as a pack of five).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.