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54 Cleaning Basics You Should Probably Know By Now

May 07, 2023

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But don't *just* stick to your counters. You might think your stovetop is dirty forever, but break out a Cerama-Bryte cooktop cleaning kit, which includes cooktop cleaning solution, a scrubbing pad, and a scraper so you can absolutely remove every bit of baked- and caked-on food from any smooth range — no matter how long it's been there.

And knock out lingering car smells with a foaming carpet shampoo (you can use it on your car upholstery too!), whether you're carting around messy kids, keep your gym gear in the back seat, or stop for french fries and don't want your car smelling like McDonald's forever.

Or if your hair clog is too powerful for that classic science fair combo, try a drain snake with over 4,000 micro hooks and a slim design to shimmy down any drain (you don't even need to remove the cover) and snag all the hairs and goop that's clogging the system — in one quick pull.

Dust trimming, light fixtures, and furniture *before* working on your floors to cut down on work.

This extendable (it telescopes to over eight feet!) duster will get the job done in no time flat. It can rotate and bend at multiple angles, and it even has a microfiber head you can toss in the wash and reuse. Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in six colors).

Promising review: "Works very well. The telescoping handle has a super long reach when extended all of the way. There is nowhere in my home I can't reach with this. The duster really grabs and holds onto cobwebs and dust. I cleaned my ceiling fans without dust falling onto me and the floor below. There is also a rubber tip at the end of the duster that keeps it from scratching or marring surfaces which I thought was very nice. My only complaint is that I wish the rubber handle at the end was attached a bit better. It pulls totally off every time I extend the arm, but that's a very simple fix and doesn't really affect it's performance." —Julia Shafer

Check out the tip at The Kitchn.

Get a box of 240 Bounce dryer sheets from Amazon for $9.94.

Promising review: "So many uses. Static control, drying shoes overnight, dusting walls, crown molding and baseboards, perfect to soak in impossible pot/pan to clean with ease." —Cheryl L. Kelton

And reviewers (like tens of thousands) LOVE it.

Get it from Amazon for $24.99.

Promising review: "Where has this been all my 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

And btw: it also works on upholstery, woodwork, and even walls.

Get a bottle from Amazon for $6.65.

Promising review: "This stain remover is so easy to use and really gets the job done. I have two dogs who are constantly getting tracking in dirt onto my rugs and couch. This has cleaned up anything they can track in. It's also taken coffee and red wine stains out of my rugs. It's a true miracle worker. I've never found another product that gets the job done like Folex." —Leah

If they've turned yellow from SwEaT (it happens to all of us, guys), just use a magical combo of laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, and bleach or bleach alternative.

Get the full instructions at One Good Things By Jillee.

He'll poke and prod them into incredible softness. Plus you'll save lots of money by skipping the dryer sheets (or saving them to dust your baseboards)!

Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.35.

Promising review: "I bought these because I like to run my down pillows through the dryer while my sheets wash and fluff and hopefully dislodge the dust mites. For sure it fluffs and makes them soft, warm and very puffy. I used to use tennis balls but people who shall remain nameless ran off with them and seem to think I am buying tennis balls for them. I almost didn't buy them because there were reviews of them losing the black ink or their little points, but so far they have all their points intact. And my pillows are fluffed. Bonus, no one who can reach them wants to play tennis with them." —Marla M

Get all the info at I Heart Naptime.

You can use this technique on your dishwasher too!

Or try a pack of washing machine cleaning tablets that'll blast away any hidden mold or mildew, meaning your towels will come out of the wash smelling like clean laundry, not mysteriously stinky. Get a pack of six from Amazon for $11.95.

Just pour in your dishwasher (with no dishes in it obv.) and run it at the hottest setting. Voila! All clean with zero scrubbing needed.

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $13.07.

Promising review: "Oh my, I can't believe how this worked! I haven't used my dishwasher in years because of stubborn hard-water stains, it just didn't get my dishes clean. I was so tired of washing the dishes by hand when I did have a dishwasher. Well, I used this once in my dishwasher and when I opened it up afterwards I could not believe my eyes, the dishwasher was sparkly clean!!! Amazing! I've been using my dishwasher all week and am so happy about that. I plan to keep this in stock now and will use it monthly to keep it clean and shiny, yay! Thank you to the makers of this terrific product, please don't ever stop making it." —Yuvonne Moore

I'll break it down for you:

—Vinegar can remove grass stains

—White wine can remove red wine stains

—Soda can remove grease stains

—Hydrogen peroxide can remove blood stains

—White chalk can remove oil stains

—Baking soda can remove coffee stains

—Denim can remove deodorant stains

—Lemon juice can remove sweat stains

—Baby wipes can remove lipstick stains

—Milk can remove ink stains

—Shaving cream can remove makeup stains

You can use it on clothes, car seats, carpets, bedding, and more. And it's totally biodegradable too. These stain remover is IT. I spilled Thai yellow curry ALL OVER a brand new set of *light blue* Lou & Grey sweats, and this stuff got it out perfectly. I will NEVER not keep this stuff on hand. Just apply, let it sit a while for tougher stains, then simply run as usual in the wash!

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

Promising review: "This is absolutely the best stain remover I ever used. I had shirts that looked like they had oil stains on them. I tried other stain removers without luck. When I got Puracy I pre treated the stains then put a little more in and washed. The stains were completely gone. I was able to wear the shirts again!!" —Amazon Customer

Btw, Puracy is a Texas-based, family-owned small business specializing in plant-based, and hypoallergenic home products.

Lint rollers are really just magical neatening tools in general — try them on your lampshades too!

Take a peek at all the details at Family Handyman.

Get a five-pack of top-rated lint rollers from Amazon for $19.98.

Get a pack of one wand and five sleeves from Amazon for $6.99.

Promising review: "I can't give this enough stars! You see these gimmicky type things and wonder if they work. This does, and is perfect in every way. Aside from my own house, I clean for others, and this has easily cut my blind cleaning time in half. Which is perfect for such a tedious job. It gets to the edge of wide blinds. When you’re done, just throw them in the laundry. Worth every penny and then some." —AM Kipp

You can also DIY your own with a set of tongs and a microfiber cloth — check out the tutorial at One Crazy House.

Get a pack of eight towels from Amazon for $19.99 (available in three color options, and larger packs).

Promising review: "Fantastic wipes! I use them to dust and wipe glass/ windows. They are very effective and leave no streaks on glass/windows. I make a homemade solution to go along with them. The combo is far better than the toxic Windex and wasteful paper towels I used before, as these leave a completely streak-free surface. Dusting is also a breeze; 100% similar to the Swiffer dry cloths. They also wash very easily and currently are still 100% stain free (and I don't take it easy on them). After months of weekly use, they still look just like the day I received them. I am extremely happy with my purchase." —Pichuline

Get it from Humble Suds on Etsy for $19.55.

Promising review: "This stuff is magical! I’ve put it on so many different things around the house and it makes them look refreshed. Will definitely be purchasing again!" —Grace Noble

Humble Suds is a women-owned Etsy shop specializing in plant-based cleaning products based in Denver, Colorado.

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $26.99.

Promising review: "I was skeptical, to say the least. But I had tried everything else to remove the mold on the caulking in our shower and nothing worked. I was resigned to the fact that I would probably have to just recaulk it. My husband saw this product and we thought 'what do we have to lose, except $25.' So we ordered it. It took almost three weeks to arrive, which was disappointing. But, as it turns out, it was worth the wait! We applied it one evening before bed and when we woke up the next day, almost all of the mold was gone! It was a miracle! I reapplied it to the few small spots that remained, and they, too disappeared. The product is easy to use, no scrubbing or mess, and has just a faint bleach odor. It's a gel and doesn't easily rinse away. I had to wipe it off, but I guess that's a good thing since it needs to sit on some vertical surfaces for hours to work. I wish I had taken before photos because you would have been amazed at the outcome. Although it seems a little expensive, it's totally worth it. I would highly recommend this product." —Raelene Herndon

Get a set of two from Amazon for $8.99 (also available in blue).

Promising review: "This set is the best friend of those who hate cleaning bathroom fixtures. Instead of scrubbing and scraping, you can give a few comfortable whisks with one of these brushes and the job is done. The brushes are particularly good at quick-cleaning the back of the faucets where you normally can't see what you are doing. Also good at keeping the silver drain rings shiny. Couldn't be happier with this set. Recommend it highly." —Rodger

Get the kit (one wand and six scrubbers) from Amazon for $11.98 — and get a 30-pack of scrubber refills from Amazon for $16.96)

Promising review: "You ever look at your toilet brush in disgust and resentment? How's a dirty used-up brush sitting in your throne room? You clean your bathroom but then you put that sucker down in its place and it's just like, mocking you. It's never truly immaculate. Never knowing true cleanliness. Fear no more. Now you can shine the porcelain throne and not have to worry about a used-up toilet brush mocking your clean sparkling bathroom. Gone are the days of breathing in dirty poop particles from the reusable potty cleaning brush thingy. Clorox Toilet Wand is the answer to your prayers if you want an easy, deep cleaning, toss-away-after-you're-done type contraption for that porcelain throne of yours. Fast, cheap, and easy. Just like.... How we like to clean." —Juliana

The most delightful part? They're called ~Johnny Drops~. AND you can use them for sinks, tubs, and garbage disposals too!

Get a pack of five from Juniperseed Mercantile on Etsy for $13.

Promising review: "This product is amazing! Fifteen minutes later and my toilet is looking brand-new with minimal effort. I would recommend this to everyone!" —shelby rieth

Juniperseed Mercantile is a woman-owned Etsy shop making not only home cleaning products, but also skincare, baby care, and paper-free items so you can cut down on waste.

Get it from Amazon for $10.80.

Promising review: "I did not wake up this morning thinking I was going to write a review on toilet bowl cleaner. But the Pumie is JUST THAT AWESOME! The area I live in has super-hard water. I have spent weeks and used probably $50 worth of various cleaners in an attempt to remove my toilet bowl ring with pretty much no results. Less than 10 minutes with the Pumie and my toilet looks as sparkling clean as the day I installed it! I have uploaded pictures which speak for themselves. Don't hesitate, just buy yourself a Pumie! You won't be disappointed!" —Suzy

If you don't *already* have a drill, you can also get a cordless drill set with brushes just like the above and drill bits from Amazon for $34.95.

Get it from Amazon for $18.95 (available in six types for different surfaces — from soft for automotive use to ultra stiff for industrial use).

Promising review: "I bought this brush a long time ago and it sat unused. Last week, I finally pulled it out to clean the floor of a very dirty fiberglass bathtub. What a great little tool! A job that easily would have taken me a half hour with a regular brush and Comet, took about five minutes and with no smelly harsh chemicals. I am really kicking myself for not trying it months ago. Now, I'm planning to buy one for each of my kids for Christmas." —xxxxx111000

Drill Brush is a small business based in New York. It was started in 2007 by a former electrician with Carpal Tunnel Syndrome who needed a way to clean without causing him harm.

Get a box of pre-cut wax paper sheets from Amazon for $13.95.

Check out all the deets at The Creek Line House.

The gunk and scaliness will wipe off easily.

Take a look at the full how-to at The Melrose Family.

Best invention ever? Possibly.

Get it from Amazon for $20.98.

Promising review: "I have waited 6.5 months since I started using Wet and Forget Shower, so that I could do a review that tells how the product actually performs over an extended time. Our custom shower was new, so from the 1st week of use I started using the Wet and Forget once a week. I follow the directions and spray it on just after I get out of the shower. Then leave it on the walls overnight, and spray it down thoroughly before getting into shower the next day. I have never had to do anything more than this (no hand scrubbing at all) and you can see how nice the shower still looks! Let me tell you, with our old shower I would scrub and scrub to get it clean, and within a month it started looking bad again (hard water streaks, and brown floor). Then I found this product for our newly remodeled shower. I LOVE it! No more having to spend hours trying to clean the shower. Yay!" —westy

Get a soap-dispensing brush like this one from Amazon for $11.99.

Learn all the genius of this tip at Practically Functional.

Let's be honest, it's 100% hair.

Get the full instructions at One Good Thing By Jillee.

Real talk: after learning about this, I ordered two (of the previous version, without the handy grip to protect your fingers) and used it on my bathroom sink and shower. HOLY KAMOLE does it work. So gross, so effective.

Get the rotating tool and five replacement snakes from Amazon for $18.99.

Promising review: "Sorry the pic is sooo gross, but I just wanted to show how well this little gadget did the job. Our shower drain was starting to get a musty smell and from previous experience we could tell it was probably from hair being stuck in there (no idea it would be that much). We could have removed the screws that hold down the drain cover and maybe been able to do the job by hand, but honestly, why would I? This product was SUPER easy to use and did the job in a matter of a few minutes without having to touch any yucky stuff and the labor. The bristles on the one end, not only trap the hair on, but secure it well enough that nothing falls off when pulling it out. I would highly recommend it!!!" —Stef

You'll never have to use that drain-clearing tip again.

Get it from Amazon for $12.95 (available in six colors). Also available in a version for stall-style showers for $12.97.

Promising review: "Perfect product. Can't say enough good things about this. I have a family of four and would frequently have to snake our shower drain. It appears I won't be having that problem ever again. I even give my dog baths and this collects the hair. It does not seem to slow the flow of water down the drain significantly. I'm very impressed having been using around a month. You don't know how much hair you wash down your drain until you use this!" —Aaron Morlock

Learn more about the TubShroom (complete with grossly satisfying hair pics) in our review!

Check out our first-hand review of Bar Keepers Friend original *and* the soft cleansing liquid for more deets and photographic ~evidence~.

Get it from Amazon for $16.30.

Promising review: "I have a tiled walk-in shower that was not tiled properly and holds water in one corner, resulting in hard water and lime build up. I thought I had tried everything, with no success, and I was extremely discouraged. Until I read an article on BuzzFeed about life0changing products.. I am SO glad I took a chance on this!! It ate through the gunk in my gross shower corner AND shined my claw foot tub like I have never seen it shine before! I just sprayed my shower down with water, put a small bit of the product on a rag, scrubbed for maybe a minute and watched the build up disappear before my eyes! It is some kind of brilliant magic that I will be using forever. Bar Keepers Friend is now My Best Friend." —Caitlin

Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

Promising review: "I am genuinely stunned by how well this worked in my shower. I have been trying to get rid of these water stains since the day I moved in almost three years ago. They just got worse with time and nothing would hold them off. Then I tried The Pink Stuff and my jaw dropped as I washed it away. You can see in this picture I did a small section and holy moly, it looked like a new door. I usually don't write reviews but I had to say how stunned I was with this. I haven't used it on much else yet but with the results from my shower door, I can only imagine how great it’ll be. I give 5 stars!" —Katie Marchbank

Get it from Amazon for $19.99.

Promising review: "I have been using Puracy products since I bought a bottle of body wash for my kids last year. It opened my eyes to a high quality, highly effective, well priced, awesome smelling, natural, new (to me) brand! I am slowly switching my products over to anything that is available, made by Puracy. I had gotten the green tea and lime all purpose cleaner and decided to purchase the lemongrass this time. I love it so much!! I use it for every application in the house. It has a subtle and natural scent that I really appreciate. The cleaner lightly foams when used for brisk scrubbing and I feel that it helps achieve a super efficient clean. I don't have time to make cleaners like I used to, so this product is the perfect replacement. It saves me a lot of time, money and it works much better than anything I used to make myself. I love that this is a family owned company as well, that is a huge plus in my eyes!" —Ashley Beauchesne

Btw, Puracy is a Texas-based, family-owned small business specializing in plant-based, and hypoallergenic home products.

It's only FOUR POUNDS, swivels easily, and has an 18-foot power cord for easy access without unplugging and re-plugging all the time. And it comes with a crevice tool for hard-to-reach areas.

Get it from Amazon for $30.59 (available in three colors).

Promising review: "I can not say enough good things about this vacuum. I have tile floors, but I use it on my loveseat and mattress, too. I have elbow length hair, 1 dog, and a husband shedding from chemo and this GETS EVERYTHING! My mom and sister both just moved to new wood floor houses and I recommended this for light work. It blows me away! I hope they never stop making this! Absolutely worth the hype. Quality! I have cut down on Swiffer usage for dog hair because of this little work horse. I would have paid $80 and still left the same review. If you aren't trying to vacuum carpets, and really just want a stick vac, do yourself a favor, GET THIS ONE!" —Jennifer Clinton

Get it from Amazon for $118.44.

Promising review: "BEST VACUUM I'VE EVER BOUGHT! I moved into a brand new apartment complex that was just built and after being there for a week with three cats I decided to vacuum the carpet and rugs. TO SAY MY JAW DROPPED IS AN UNDERSTATEMENT. The suction without a doubt is the best one I’ve ever had (including multiple Dysons). It is light weight to push and going from carpet to wood floors is amazing. The attachments make vacuuming my couch so easy to where I’m done in under five minutes!!! BUY THIS VACUUM TODAY!!!" —Skylar Blick

Your new robot BFF has an infrared sensor to avoid obstacles in its bath and drop-sensing technology so it doesn't fall down steps. It comes with a remote control, charging base (it automatically recharges so it's always ready to clean), AC power adapter, cleaning tool, an extra set of high-performance filters, four side brushes, and five cable ties.

Get it from Amazon for $199.99+ (available in two colors).

Promising review (a long one, but worth it!): "I've had my Eufy for one month and it has changed my life. My home has an open floor plan on the main level it's all hardwood floors. That is where I've set up the Eufy with a schedule to automatically begin vacuuming my house at 6:30am every day! That's right, I don't have to do anything, it just starts vacuuming all on its own at 6:30am. Our bedrooms are upstairs and we pretty much wake up between 6:30-7:00am anyway. The eufy is quiet. We can barely hear it from upstairs. I only hear 1 beep, and that's when it turns on. By 8 a.m. to 8:15 a.m,-ish the Eufy finishes and docks itself back in the charging station. Every evening I empty the container of dirt, fuzz, pebbles, feathers from pillows, beads, pasta, pet hair, and whatever other stuff it sucks up. With how clean my floors already look from the daily cleaning work the Eufy is doing, I'm amazed everyday when I open the container to find bunch of gross stuff it has managed to discover and vacuum up. Once every week or so I've been cleaning the filters by just banging them out against the sink until all the dust is off of them. Really, I feel like this is the best purchase I've made all year and I have bought some cool stuff, but nothing as cool as this. To think, I've been a loyal Dyson customer for 12 years but the key to getting a clean home is 2 parts (1) owning a powerful vacuum. (2) doing the chore of pushing it around. I've found that pushing around the vacuum isn't something I was good at remembering to do each week, or even every two weeks and so this eufy is just an unbelievable product because now I don't have to remember. It has never gotten stuck. It has never been a nuisance. It has never failed at docking itself in the charging station. I don't have to do anything to have clean floors in my house any longer except emptying out the container. That takes 30 seconds. Truly, our Eufy is life changing. I highly, highly recommend this product." —Amazon Customer

Get a highly rated seam ripper from Amazon for $5.84.

Promising review: "I didn't buy this for the typical reason. I needed this because of all of the hair that gets wrapped around the brush roller on my vacuum which renders it useless. Before, I had to remove the roller itself from the vacuum, then cut the hair out with scissors, which aggravated me to no end. Now, I can just run the seam ripper down the side of the roller while everything is intact. So. Much. Faster! :D" —JustSoYouKnow

Get it from Amazon for $15.99.

Promising review: "I own a house-cleaning business so I am always looking for the best products. I've tried many products (including non-green products in my own home) and this is my absolute favorite. Many wood floor cleaners leave a film and can be sticky, but not this. Just squirt and mop. I've tried the other Method scents and they work great, but the almond is my favorite. My clients always rave about the scent and often ask what I use and where to get it. Absolutely love this!" —Jamie Parsons

Just make sure to freeze for at least a full 24 hours so the vinegar freezes completely.

Learn more at Bitz n Giggles.

Get six packs of four from Amazon for $27.90.

Promising review: "This stuff really cleans my sink and disposal of the foul odor that sometimes develops. I've tried everything to get rid of the smell from the garbage disposal: Vinegar, bleach, ice, various other products, baking soda, baking soda with vinegar, boiling water..nothing seemed to get rid of the smell for long, but this stuff does. I like it so much that I ordered it on line because I couldn't find it again at the grocery store." —Carol L. Hill

::eats a full sandwich leaning over laptop streaming Netflix:: "Why are there so many dang crumbs in there?"

Get a pack of eight cans from Amazon for $42.99.

Promising review: "Good deal. I always struggle with keeping my laptop keyboard clean and my laptop tends to get dusty frequently. This product is so great at cleaning it!!!! Never thought I'd ever need this, but I think it's an essential item to keep at my desk." —Amazon Customer

Bet you didn't think about how gross your earbuds are until this very moment, did you.

Check out the steps in our handy walk through of how to clean your ear buds.

Get a three-pack of cheap toothbrushes perfect for tasks like this from Amazon for $3.87.

Promising review: "Saw these on a TikTok video and took a chance. I ordered three for different family members and boy am I glad I did! This product is fantastic! It does exactly what it says it will do. The brush is phenomenal in cleaning out the little grates on the speakers of my phone and AirPods. There is a picker that you can use to get big chunky ear wax out of your ear pieces and the long skinny wand thing reaches down into my charging case and gets all the junk out of there. This is a win-win-win!" —JMilwaukee

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

Get an eight-pack of microfiber screen-cleaning cloths from Amazon for $5.99 and the isopropyl alcohol from Amazon for $7.16.

Get all the deets in Here's How To Actually Clean Your Disgusting Phone.

Get it from Amazon for $39.95 (available in six colors).

Promising review: "Actually I did a lot of research on this type of sterilization of phones before I bought this. Everything I found by scientists or electronics reviewers said that it does in fact kill all those gross germs that are ALL OVER our phones. You can't see it—the phone doesn't look any different when you take it out, but I’ll trust the experts who say this light is working. It makes me feel better after I clean it so I guess that's a win." —SCole

Your flat iron and hair dryer won't smell like burning hair when you heat them up anymore!

Check out the video for all the steps.

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

Promising review: "If you like it not just clean but super clean, get this. I got this to detail my car. There are a lot of corners inside the car that are hard to clean. This is fun and definitely will give you a lot of satisfaction after you are done. You cannot wash this so instead of using the whole pod, I just pinch and use part of it. I did not put the used one back since I do not want to contaminate the pure clean ones. I used the portion till it is too dirty and then I just threw it away. It will clean the tiniest place for you. Very satisfying." —Lovelearn

And anyone with a dog? Yep, you need this. I It's citrus scented so after it FOAMS AWAY deep-set stains, you'll be left with a refreshing scent rather than "Old McDonald's Fries."

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

Promising review: "This stuff is ABSOLUTELY AWESOME! I posted before-and-after photos (above) for you to see for yourself! My 1996 Toyota Camry is 23 years old — this is the original carpet! It took me exactly three hours to clean this carpet and I will tell you this: IT WAS WORTH IT!" —treylee

The vacuum will suck out dirt, too — plus the lavender will help drift right off to sleep.

Get a top-rated lavender essential oil to try this with from Amazon for $7.99 (for .33 oz; also available in larger bottles).

Learn more at One Good Thing By Jillee.

Stainless-steel cleaners can be expensive — try this instead! Learn more at A Shade Of Teal.

Get a three-pack of Pledge from Amazon for $14.97.

Promising review: "I use this product on everything — does not leave streaks or smudges. I use in my granite, quartz, wood and best ever for stainless steel." —elizabeth pullen

Get the set of cleanser and polish from Amazon for $19.95.

Promising review: "If you have a Sub-Zero fridge, you know the struggle is real when it comes to keeping it clean. It's a different type of stainless steel and shows all product residue. Then I found this stuff. Oh wow! A few seconds of polishing and it looks amazing!! it has never looked this good, this shiny, and this clean! Best product ever!" —Katerina

Learn more at A Mum 'n the Oven.

It'll come right off! No elbow grease required. Check out the video for all the info.

Or just use a steamy little lady you can fill with water and vinegar to power off stuck-on food to wipe off with ease. Get it from Amazon for $9.59.

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.

Promising review: "This is the best brush shampoo I've ever used. I've used brush shampoos from high-end/luxury lines, too, and they did not work as well as this. First and most importantly for me, there is no scent! I absolutely hate when companies put heavy perfume in products that end up touching or going near the face. When washing brushes with shampoo that is heavily perfumed, that just ends up irritating my sinuses whenever I'm using the brushes to apply makeup. So awful. This is not like that at all, so I can use my makeup brushes without having sinus/allergy trouble. It cleans extremely well! No more going over and over again like with using other makeup brush shampoos. A little goes a long way, too, so it is extremely economical. The value is awesome. I highly recommend this brush shampoo and will continue purchasing it." —L.L.

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.

Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask 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 HydroFlask to replace it. Now 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 I used it on another HydroFlask 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

You can also add some essential oils to make it smell amazing, too!

Get the recipe at Frugally Blonde.

Get the kit from Amazon for $14.68.

Promising review: "Never give up, like the Little Engine that could. I love my glass-top stove, but cleaning it is not as easy as just wiping it down. If you have one, you know how it is when something boils over or spills. This bakes whatever hits the glass and leaves those frustrating scorch marks. No matter how hard I scrubbed, I could never get the film off. I have tried every cleaning product, as well every home remedy suggestion and it never removes the marks. I came across this product on Amazon and after reading the reviews, thought, 'Why not?' Ah, all is good in the world after finding this. I put a quarter-size dot of Cerama Bryte, scrubbed it with a light scratch pad, and rainbows and unicorns came dancing. Ah, so shiny. I think I’ve invested 20+ labor hours trying to clean the stove top, and just gave up. With this product, it took me five minutes. If you have the same issue, get this stuff — it's incredible. 5 stars+++" —Implied Queens

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