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28 Fast-Acting Products You Probably Need If The Last Thing You Want To Do Is Clean Your Home

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28 Fast-Acting Products You Probably Need If The Last Thing You Want To Do Is Clean Your Home

Scrub-a-dub-dub, I would really like to use the tub so can you please clean it? It’ll only take a minute, I promise.

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1. A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets for anyone whose devotion to caffeine doesn’t outweigh their laziness. It’s OK — these bad boys will do all the heavy lifting for you so your beloved thermos is crystal clean quicker than it took you to make those stains.

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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.

2. A speedy oven cleaner to de-gunk drippings from your last five years’ worth of meals. It can power through baked-on crud, so all you have to do is wipe it clean.

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If your oven is in need of a deep, deep clean, you may need to let this cleaner sit longer, but it’ll do a heck of a job lifting all the barnacles of food bits that are crusted on your oven.

Promising review: “This oven cleaner works really well. I cleaned my oven that had some terrible food spills and the oven ended up spotless. This does not have a strong overpowering odor like other oven cleaners and breaks down grease really fast.” —Nia K.

Get it from Amazon for $6.44.

3. A plant-based stainless-steel cleaner and polish that’ll help you conquer the very time-consuming task of wiping down all the appliances in your kitchen. Reviewers say it helps keep your surfaces smudge free for longer, meaning less cleaning for you!

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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.

4. Or a bottle of Bar Keepers Friend soft cleanser if you need a fast-acting, heavy-hitting cleaner. It’ll restore all your pots and pans with burned bottoms in mere minutes.

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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 $16.26.

5. A pack of dishwasher cleaning tablets because they clean as your machine runs — no need to spend your precious free time cleaning it by hand.

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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.

6. A cast-iron scrubber, which is just a piece of chainmail, for lifting leftover food grit — not the pan’s seasoning. This’ll save you a heck of a lot of time now that you’re not trying to scrub away stubborn stains with a fragile sponge.

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Because this scrubber is metal, you should avoid using it on nonstick pans as it can scratch and damage the surface.

Promising review: “I love the product. I wish I had known about it when I first got my cast-iron skillet over a year ago. It is really easy to use and did a great job getting the crud off of the skillet without stripping the seasoning away and it was fast. I find myself using my cast-iron more frequently since purchasing this product because I no longer dread the cleanup process. If you have cast-iron cookware then you need one of these babies. I will definitely recommend it to others.” —KeCaRi

Get it on Amazon for $15.99. This customer review is long but it’s full of great tips if you end up purchasing this scrubber.

7. A microwave steam cleaner to melt away the baked-on crud that’s clinging to the sides in less than 60 seconds — seriously!

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Promising review: “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!!! I wish I had a before picture to include with this review for proof!” —Desiree Barlow

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

8. A pack of foaming garbage disposal cleaners that’ll deodorize your sink ASAP, because if you have to smell last week’s rotting veggie peels for one more minute you just might scream.

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Promising review: “This product really works! We were dealing with a foul stench coming from our disposal for some time. We tried boiling water, vinegar, etc. This stuff sniffed out the smell real quick and deodorized it as well.” —James Tiberius Kirk

Get a pack (good for four uses) from Amazon for $5.99.

9. A beeswax wood polisher so you can revive your dinged and dented cabinets and table quick as a flash. Plus, this method is a heck of a lot cheaper than actually replacing the wood, and using this polish on a regular basis can actually help keep the wood hydrated so it lasts longer.

10. A two-in-one Hoover carpet cleaner if you need your vacuum to do the hard work — and do it fast! — of sucking up dirt, dust, and pet hair *and* steaming your carpets. It’s time to reclaim your weekends instead of spending the whole day vacuuming, then steaming, then waiting for everything to dry.

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Promising review: “I love everything about the Hoover Smartwash Automatic Carpet cleaner! With adopting our daughter’s 16-year-old cat recently, we forgot what problems we used to have with our older cats; not a lot of fun at times. Since we have had the old boy it has been fun, except when he has hairballs, and then the real fun starts! We received our new Hoover shampooer about two weeks ago. So simple to operate, and the carpets dry exceptionally fast. Don’t be lazy and do the final rinse with clean water as suggested. The touch button ‘full time’ dry feature allows you to go back and forth in the dry mode and ALL the excess water comes up like a charm. No leakage, very fast-cleaning, and exceptional suction! I didn’t need to pre-spot anything. A great machine!!!” —Peter E. von Elten

Get it from Amazon for $199 (originally $249.99).

11. Or a smaller, portable Bissell SpotBot, because who wants to spend hours on their hands and knees scrubbing cat vomit from the carpet with a brush? The answer: no one. Good thing this’ll clean up your messes in minutes.

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This portable carpet cleaner will spray, brush, and suction up any stain, no adult supervision needed. It also comes with a hose and tool attachment if you’d prefer a more hands-on cleaning session.

Promising review: “I have two cats (ages 16 and 8), one dog, a 5-year-old kid, and several other dogs on occasion (I pet sit and board dogs). I have needed to rent a carpet cleaner at least twice a year since I can remember. No longer! The SpotBot has revolutionized cleaning in our household. It is ridiculously easy and fast! The best part is that I barely have to touch anything gross anymore. I always pick up the larger chunks first, but I let the SpotBot do the rest and all I have to do is follow-it up with a good dump and rinse. A single spot takes less than five minutes to clean depending on the setting used and your competency (again, super easy to set up and use). I’ve had good experience on the stairs and the upholstery using the wand as well.” —Rainbow Chicken

Get it from Amazon for $134.25 (originally $179.99).

12. The Drain Weasel, a drain-clearing sink snake for unclogging your pipes in a shorter time than it would’ve taken your previously clogged pipes to drain.

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Just insert the wand down the drain and turn the handle so the barbs pick up hair and debris that’s blocked up the pipes. Then, pull out the wand to evict the blockage once and for all.

Promising review: “The past couple of times I stayed at my daughter’s house I noticed the water drained really slow in the guest bathtub. This last visit I had enough of taking showers in shin deep water. I had used the Drain Weasel a while back in my own apartment, so I ordered it. It worked great. I couldn’t believe the amount of hair that I pulled out of the drain. It was fast and easy. I would definitely recommend this product to clear a clogged drain.” —Ethel A Connolly

Get the handle and five refills on Amazon for $17.95.

13. A multipurpose cleanser to accelerate your cleaning routine and keep practically every surface in your house sparkling. It’s safe to use on glass, ceramic stovetops, copper, brass, chrome, stainless-steel, and porcelain.

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Promising review: “Like a hot knife through butter for built-up hard water stains on my glass shower doors. I’ve tried everything and this stuff worked in two minutes. Made me a little embarrassed it took so long to find something so effective. I haven’t tried it on anything else yet but I guarantee I’ll be reordering just to have extra. Just can’t have enough of a good thing.” —Amazon Customer

Get a bottle on Amazon for $7.97.

14. A bottle of Goo Gone that’ll make you understand why your parents always had a bottle on hand. All it takes is a few wipes and you can see questionable stains and sticky residue vanish right before your eyes.

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Promising review: “This is a wonderful product for ridding built-up grease stains, removing paint spills on floors, and oils. There’s no heavy odor, and it’s always good to have because it works fast.” —Sheila p.

Get it from Amazon for $7.88.

15. A power scrubber so you can actually be impressed for once. It’s basically an electric toothbrush, but for cleaning tile grout and hard-to-reach nooks and crannies. This is gonna save you so much time and effort.

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Promising review: “This is so much easier than using the toothbrush when trying to really scrub grout or around the sink, etc. This little thing is pretty powerful; I was really surprised at how fast it rotates! This is one of the most helpful cleaning tools I have ever owned. A real time- and energy-saver!” —Sissy39

Get it from Amazon for $15.95.

16. A blind cleaner brush if you don’t have the time or energy to clean each blind individually. Work smarter not harder!

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Promising review: “Where has this tool been all my life? This is a quick, inexpensive way to clean vinyl blinds. The tool is so easy to use that we have added the chore to my 9-year-old son’s list. We also use it on our metal indoor heat/air vent. Love that the tool comes with washable replacement dusters.” —mastermom

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 (also available in green).

17. A pack of stain-removing pads because they’ll rapidly lift pee, poop, vomit, and even wine from your carpet — all you have to do is give them a few stomps.

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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.

18. An odor-eliminating spray for erasing stains and odors fast. Each spray releases bacteria that feeds on the ammonia left behind after your pet’s accidents, eliminating the urine completely and deterring your pet from peeing in the same spot again.

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Promising review: “Unbeknownst to us, our senior cat had been peeing on two brand-new large shag area rugs. The first one I gave up trying to clean and purchased a new one. I just realized last week she has been peeing on another shag rug and I started crying. It’s the worst smell ever! I can’t keep purchasing new rugs until she dies. After scouring Google, this product kept being mentioned as the best enzyme cleaner, which I never knew was a thing. My order arrived at 6 p.m. today and we went right to work. By 6:30 I was almost in tears, the smell was gone! The other rug I gave up on, I threw in the garage intending to try and power wash it in the spring to maybe salvage as a basement rug. But now I’m bringing it in the house to treat and put back into a bedroom. I can’t believe how well it works! I can’t believe how fast it works! I can’t believe how good it smells and I am so thankful for this product!” —J. A. Merryweather

Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

Check out our in-depth review of Rocco & Roxie Professional Strength Stain & Odor Eliminator.

19. A broom for pet hair to loosen the fur trapped in your carpet effectively without having to spend time setting up your vacuum. The rubber head works as a magnet to attract stray hairs. There’s also a built-in squeegee for wiping up liquids or for cleaning glass. Plus, the handle extends so it can reach practically any mess.

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Promising review: “I have two Great Pyrenees and they shed a ton. Before I found this, I had to vacuum/sweep the whole house 2+ times per day just to keep the hair at bay. This thing is great because it eliminates the need for a twice-daily vacuum of the rugs and it really gets the dog hair off the floor fast. It’s a must have if you have shedding doggos.” —Emily Bragg

Get it from Amazon for $13.33.

20. A handheld vacuum that’ll suck up pet hair like a pro when you only have a few minutes to clean. It has a special rubber nozzle that picks up fur with ease, especially on hard-to-vacuum areas like stairs. There’s no bag, so simply pop off the canister when you’re done vacuuming and dump the contents in the trash.

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Promising review: “Don’t walk…run to your computer and buy one of these! This little vacuum is so powerful. I am really impressed. It’s easy to use and fast — way easier than hooking up attachments to my upright or canister vacuum. They are so awkward to work with compared to this little vacuum. It has a very long cord, which I really appreciate. The rubbery nozzle with the little knobs on it is so effective to help loosen the hair so it can be sucked up by the vacuum. It also has another tool that will allow you to pick up larger loose debris. It’s very satisfying to see how much junk you’re vacuuming up — gives you that sense of accomplishment we all need to feel inclined to vacuum at all.” —ozmoore

Get it on Amazon for $30.99.

21. A red wine stain-remover spray so you can hastily remove any vino you’ve spilled in those few moments of clarity you have when you’re drunk and realized you’ve made a big mistake. It even works on old stains!

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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 $7.94.

22. A jetted tub cleaner if you need a relaxing bath and you need it now. This cleanser will quickly flush out soap scum and body oils that are gunking up your tub’s jets.

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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.

23. An eco-friendly hard water stain-remover because it’ll help you wipe away soap scum and residue in your shower in half the time it normally takes you to clean.

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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 $19.99.

24. A grout paint pen for covering up years of dirt and grime that’s fallen into the cracks. All you need is a few minutes and a knack for coloring inside the lines.

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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).

25. A Clorox Toilet Wand to power through tough rust, lime, and calcium stains. Give your tired arms a break and let this little guy scrub away discoloration with ease. Each abrasive head has soap built in and is disposable so you can toss it when you’re done.

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Promising review: I’m so happy I purchased this. I love the fact that I don’t have to keep the nasty wet brush stored away. Makes cleaning the toilet super fast and quick. The scrubby pad foams up and it smells so clean. Very easy to put together and looks much better in the bathroom. I highly recommend this product.” —Kami Christian

Get it from Amazon for $8.88.

26. A soap scum remover that’ll dissolve the crud that’s taken up residence on the bottom of your bathtub with just a few spritzes. Here’s your chance to serve it an eviction notice.

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Promising review: “Nothing else like it for acrylic tubs. It is EXCELLENT. Works fast with a wipe, no scrubbing.” —Simone

Get it from Amazon for $18.88 (also available in 128-fluid-ounce bottle).

27. A rust-remover spray so you no longer avoid looking at your shower because of embarrassing stains. This cleanser will obliterate those stains in the blink of an eye.

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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 rise spots and within five minutes I saw it starting to clear up and in15 minutes and it was all gone.” —Joshlynne

Get it from Amazon for $4.98.

28. A pack of air purifying bags if you’re tired of cleaning, and cleaning, and cleaning some more but noticing that funky odors just aren’t going away. These’ll absorb any stench practically overnight. C’mon, getting these just makes ~scents~.

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The reviews for this post have been edited for length and clarity.

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