November 29, 2023


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33 Cleaning Tips If You Hate Cleaning

If your personality is hating cleaning with every fiber of your being, these products will help make the process less painful.

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.


Attack the stains with a no-rinse spot remover if your usual MO is to just ignore the mess. This’ll lift even the most stubborn old stain, and it doesn’t require you to rinse or vacuum after you spray.

Promising review: “If you are ever thinking you might need this, TRUST ME you do! My 2-year-old threw up chocolate milk on our cream carpet. It was a complete disaster. I tried everything and nothing even made a dent in it, until this. It’s also scentless, which was great because I got the stain up right before my little girl’s bedtime. TOP NOTCH!” —Jillian Hastings

Get it on Amazon for $12.27.


Or try a portable Bissell SpotBot if you’d rather not spend hours on your hands and knees scrubbing cat vomit from a cream carpet. Just set this on the stain and let it get to work.

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 $179.99.


Clean the dishwasher as it runs (genius!) with a pack of dishwasher-cleaning tablets because there’s no need to spend your precious free time cleaning it by hand.

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.


Drop a vegan disinfectant toilet tablet in your crapper to sanitize your bowl and keep it smelling fresh without you ever having to break a sweat.

SiVi Tidy Co.

SiVi Tidy Co. is a Black-owned, Florida-based vegan cleaning company. A percent of every purchase goes to charity!

Promising review: “I LOVE all of Sivi’s products but this is what got me hooked. I first saw these in a BuzzFeed article and had to try them. The smell is AHHHHHHMazing! My toilets are squeaky clean and I am often asked by guests what I use in my bathrooms.” —Daphne

Get 24 fizzies from SiVi Tidy Co. for $23 (available in four scents including unscented).

Scrubbing Bubbles /, Scrubbing Bubbles

Promising review: “I was sooo skeptical and was confused about how they’d work but the gel solidifies and with every flush, suds wash through with the water, and it really makes a fresh difference. Also the scent is light but really nice and fresh! I recommend these 100%! They’re super interesting but they do the job.” —Janet

Get six stamps from Amazon for $3.97.


Lift caked-on dirt and grime with 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.

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 $17.99.


Catch crumbs before they permanently attach themselves to your oven by plopping an oven liner underneath the racks. Raise your hand if you hate cleaning your oven. Great. Now take that same hand and click the “add to cart” button.


Promising review: “I got tired of cleaning the bottom of my oven out after every drip and spill, or running the ‘oven clean’ option, which uses up so much energy and makes my house HOT during the process. I used to have foil on the bottom of the oven to help with spills, and that improved things greatly — but then you have to replace the foil after a while. I had to cut them to size, which was easy to do with a simple pair of household scissors. Then I placed them in the oven (they look nice!), and I waited for it to get messy. I cooked something super messy and finally needed to clean the liner. It was SO easy; I put it in the sink and used my sink sprayer and everything immediately slid right off the liner. No problem! I have a double oven, so I was glad this pack came with more than one. I have one in each oven and one on standby in case I need it. I know that having a dirty oven isn’t the worst thing in the world, but if it matters to you, try these!” —Hpg

Get a set of three from Amazon for $12.99.


Stop cleaning each blind individually! Work smarter not harder with a blind cleaner brush that cleans multiple blinds at once.


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 $7.99+ (also available in green).


Change the way you feel about sponges (and maybe cleaning, too?) with a durable Skura sponge. These splurge-worthy sponges are designed so that they don’t trap food (genius!), dry hella fast, and resist odors — all the things your current sponge can’t do. You can also tell when you need to switch out your sponge since the monogram fades over time.


Childhood friends Alison Matz and Linda Sawyer started Skura Style (Skura is Swedish for “scour” or “scrub”), a small business that reimagines your regular old sponge.

Promising review: “I have been using Skura Style sponges for some time now and they are truly one of the best sponges I have used not only in the kitchen, but in the bathroom as well. The scrubbing pad works wonders on stuff that usually gets stuck and is a pain to clean. The fade logo technology is a nice touch so I know when to change my sponge. I never really knew how gross my sponge was before using this product. I highly recommend this sponge.” —Athan Tsakalakis

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $14.99.


Satisfy your fur baby’s endless desire for some rubs with a grooming glove that catches fur before it ends up covering the couch. It’s a must for pet owners, especially if your dog or cat goes running at the sight of a brush.

AnaMaria Glavan / BuzzFeed

My colleague AnaMaria Glavan swears by this thing. In her own words:

The glove is super comfortable and using it couldn’t be more foolproof: just put it on and run your hands through your pet’s fur. That’s it! The silicone grooves pick up so much fur with ease. Like, my dog looks close to hairless. HOW is he shedding so much!?!? After a few runs, I found that I would have to remove fur from the glove before continuing (you can pick up the fur with your other hand or run the glove under some water — either works) but it’s no biggie. The silicone actually makes it really easy to keep this clean. We got Rockie when he was 5 and he’d been riddled with skin issues and allergies, so I was pretty nervous to use anything that could potentially aggravate his conditions. However! Not only does this *not* bother his skin, but he…loves this. A lot. He starts snoring after exactly two run-throughs on his back. Also, his coat looks SO shiny after each use! TL;DR: this is one of those inexpensive add-ons that any pet owner should have on hand.

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


Toss a foaming garbage disposal cleaner down the drain to deodorize your sink ASAP, because if you have to smell last week’s rotting veggie peels for one more minute you just might scream.


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 $6.97.


Conquer the very time-consuming task of wiping down all the appliances in your kitchen with a plant-based stainless steel cleaner and polish. 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 fingerprints (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.


Steam and clean carpets with a two-in-one Hoover carpet cleaner because 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.,

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 $198.


Don a pair of sweeper slippers and clean the floors as you walk around your apartment. They pick up dirt, dust, pet hair, your hair, and more with each step. And! These even fit over a Swiffer so it’s like two products in one.,

Promising review: “I absolutely love these! I kind of bought them as a joke. I hate wearing socks, shoes, or slippers, but I also HATE dirty feet. These were the answer I was looking for! They are lightweight on my feet…hardly notice I’m wearing them, and by golly they pick up the dust and dirt that our dog leaves behind! They also wash very nicely. We always wish in Tide and these looked brand new after being washed. I’m very pleased with my purchase!” —Tim S.

Get five pairs from Amazon for $10.95.


Turn to a heavy-duty oven scrub to get the job done right and fast. You’re not about to be bested by years of baked-on dinner explosions and drippings that coat the inside of your oven.

Cleaning Studio / Etsy

Cleaning Studio is a small business based in Fairfield, Connecticut, that specializes in natural cleaning products.

Promising review: “This product is amazing! It works fast with pretty minimal elbow grease. The stainless-steel sponge that comes with it makes it easier. And it smells great!” —Melissa C.

Get it from Cleaning Studio for $17.99.


Make quick work of soap scum and residue with a hard water stain remover. Sanitizing your shower will take probably half the time it used to, which is great because, as we’ve already established, you hate cleaning.

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 $18.89.


Suck up pet hair like a pro with a powerful handheld vacuum that’ll save you from having to lug around the stinky and heavy corded vacuum. 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.

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 $36.99.


Or swap to a special broom for pet hair so you spend less time unearthing trapped fur from your carpet. 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.,

Promising review: “I have two Great Pyrenees and they shed a ton. Before I found this, I had to vacuum/sweep the whole house two-plus 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 $12.44.

Check out my coworker’s Evrilholder FURemover broom review for more satisfying photos of the hair it removed from her carpet.


Cover your stove top with a set of reusable burner covers because you can just wipe them clean when grease splatters or your pot boils over. They’re nonstick, heat resistant, and dishwasher safe.

Promising review: “I used to clean the stove each time after I cooked. It’s hard to clean and makes me tired — until I found this product. It makes my life much easier. The quality is really good and its very easy to use. You can cut to different size, and it’s easy to wash. I really recommend this product.” —nicole

Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $10.99.


Keep your dog smelling fresh with a portable dog bath so you don’t have to traumatize them (or yourself) trying to get them into a tub or shower. Surprise! It also cleans pet messes your fur baby leaves on the couch, in the car, on your favorite upholstered recliner, you name it.,

Promising review: “Once you get everything set up, it’s really easy to use and bathtime is pretty quick for my 50-pound dog. If you have a nervous dog, get him used to it first! My dog has PTSD from being a stray and getting hit by a car so he HATES loud noises. The first time we turned it on, we gave him treats and got him to come closer and closer. Now, he doesn’t particularly enjoy bath time, but he’s not scared of it. I didn’t really think I’d use the upholstery-cleaning option, but then my cat vomited on a dining chair and HOLY CRAP does this thing clean cushions well. I was happy with it for the dog cleaning ability, but now I’m totally in love!” —Pamela A Ringstrom

Get it from Amazon for $199.99.


Power through tough rust, lime, and calcium streaks with a pumice cleaning stone. Aren’t you tired of telling people those brown streaks are not poop stains — you swear! Give your tired arms a break and let this little guy scrub away discoloration with ease. This nontoxic cleaner is tough on dirt but gentle on porcelain so you can sit atop the glistening throne you deserve.

Promising review: “I have very hard water that leaves hard-water buildup and nasty stains. It’s embarrassing to have guests over because the toilets are so gross! I have tried so many products and cleaning solutions — from natural essential oils to harsh chemicals so strong I was lightheaded for the rest of the day. Well, I tried out this pumice stone after reading about it in a BuzzFeed article, and honestly the hype is real! It does take some elbow grease, but the after picture is from only 20 minutes of scrubbing, light enough that I didn’t break a sweat! The stone does get used up, but I think this one should last me a couple of years at least. So if you have embarrassing toilets, try this!” —Stephanie Ray

Get it from Amazon for $8.99.


Get some storage solutions to hide your clutter. Sure, this isn’t “cleaning” per se, but it’s mighty helpful to have a place to store all the random knickknacks that you seem to accumulate and are now cluttering most of the surfaces in your home.

The Novogratz

Get them from The Novogratz: the metal locker end table for $149 (available in four colors) and the bar cabinet for $329.


And speaking of knickknacks, dedicate some time to purging your home of all the crap you don’t need, want, or use anymore. This will make cleaning so much easier (not to mention faster!). Not sure where to start? Follow the wise teachings of Marie Kondo and ask yourself if the item sparks joy. If not, toss or donate it.


Say bye-bye to soap scum and shower grime buildup for weeks with a bleach-free, no-scrub weekly shower spray. You don’t even have to wipe it clean! Just rinse it the next day, and you’ll be amazed to see those hard water stains on your shower door are *poof* gone.


Promising review: “Does a FANTASTIC job if used regularly. I love this product. I hate cleaning tubs. This product has made our tubs look new. I don’t use it every shower…maybe every third. Just spray down everything after the shower, and forget about it. You DO need to rinse tub before next shower due to product making it slick. The fumes of other cleaners always messed with my asthma. I have noticed that for some reason with this one, I sneeze twice, because I have to spray shower doors while Im still in the shower…but it never affects my lungs. I would recommend this to EVERYONE!” —Angela GIllaird

Get it from Amazon for $16.94.


Set a timer — and stick to it. Cleaning can feel much more manageable when you do it in spurts rather than in one long multi-hour session over the weekend.


Promising review (for the kitty timer): “My kids loving use this to time all their responsibilities, i.e., brushing teeth, cleaning up, and getting dressed quickly.” —Mom of two boys

Get them from Amazon: the kitty timer for $7.88 and the strawberry timer for $10.99 (also available in other foods).


Let the machines do the cleaning — and without you ever lifting a finger — by getting a robot vacuum. OK, I lied. You will have to press some buttons on the remote control but you’ll no longer have to spend a good portion of your weekend manually vacuuming up mountains of dirt, dust, and pet fur.


Promising review: I am a NEAT FREAK! I love to clean. I literally clean my house daily. It can’t be clean enough. I have a two-story, three-bedroom three-bathroom house with two dogs. This vacuum cleans all of it! This gadget is legit like a little human vacuuming your floors, but super throughly. It goes over all my rugs and hardwood floors, and it goes in the bathrooms and closets and under all the furniture. Once in a while it gets caught in the wires underneath my TV but most of the time it is able to get itself out of it. It’s quiet. My dogs barely even notice it. This is worth every penny! It’s easy to set up, and easy to clean after each use. It does all the hard work for you. Since I’ve had mine, I’ve literally gotten five friends to buy one and they all love it too.” —Shannon

Get it from Amazon for $197.99+ (also available in white).


Erase stains and smells fast with an odor-eliminating spray. Each spritz 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.


Rocco & Roxie is a family-owned small business named after the Magleby family’s pets, Rocco, a labradoodle, and Roxie, a former shelter tabby cat. They make a variety of pet supplies, including cleaners, treats, grooming tools, accessories, and toys.

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 to 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.


Buy doubles of your favorite cleaning supplies and store them somewhere they’re easily reachable. If you know you have to walk downstairs and to the other end of your home to grab the glass cleaner, are you really going to clean your fingerprint-smudged mirror? Maybe not.


Blueland is a POC-founded cleaning company focused on sustainability and helping people reduce their use of single-use plastics. You may recognize the name from their appearance on Shark Tank!

This set comes with three reusable bottles and three cleaning tablets, one multi-surface cleaner, one bathroom cleaner, and one glass and mirror cleaner.

Get the set from Blueland for $29.


Reward yourself with a sip of spicy marg (made with your new tequila-infusing kit) as you clean. This way you start associating a thing you hate (cleaning) with something you enjoy (the spicy kick of jalapeño and the citrusy hit of lime, orange, and grapefruit).

InBooze / Etsy

Each pouch contains dehydrated fruits, herbs, spices, and veggies that inject your alcohol with a delicious and spicy blend of flavor. Just place the infusion bag in a container (like a mason jar) with tequila. Infuse for at least three days, then just take out the bag and make your drink!

InBooze is a Black woman–owned Etsy shop based in Michigan. All their packets are handmade, filled with dehydrated fruits, veggies, spices, and herbs — and each kit is enough to infuse 8 to 10 cocktails. Bottoms up!

Promising review: “I can’t believe how good this is. The flavor is unreal.” —Amber Horton

Get it from InBooze on Etsy for $18 (available in a variety of other flavors — the berry lavender lemonade is also definitely chilling in my cart).


Or sip a nonalcoholic bevy if that’s more your jam. Over time you may actually look forward to cleaning because it means you get a little treat…well…two treats: your favorite drink and a clean home.


Sound is a small biz started by friends Tommy Kelly and Salim Najjar, who were working together at a power plant when they came up with the idea to start a sparkling beverage company. 

Promising review: “I’m always overwhelmed by the amount of sparkling water options and more shocked when I notice that all these brands have the same ingredient profiles: sparkling water and ‘natural flavors.’ I’ve found these products taste too fake/chemically (if that’s a word) to me, so I was ecstatic when I tried SOUND! They only use single source, organic extracts, which gives a very clean, refreshing experience when consuming and no fake/chemically back-end taste! Extremely enjoyable and the only concern is how fast they’ll get consumed in my house!!!!” —Dreamer

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $29.99 (available in four flavors).


Treat yourself to a portable dishwasher if you despise washing dishes by hand so much that you often just let them pile up in the sink. This handy-dandy countertop dishwasher will clean your plates, cups, and utensils so you never have to pick up another sponge.

Promising review: “Works better than I thought. Our kitchen cabinets are too low for a countertop dishwasher and the house is too old to try to install a huge dishwasher. We mostly hate washing silverware and cups. This dishwasher is perfect. It is a little small but great on space and I feel it fully sanitized everything. Much better than our sponge and slimy sink washing. *bleh* I am on the third load and so far it’s done great. It’s just three of us in the house so we really don’t need a huge dishwasher. We are also moving soon and it’s nice to know I can pack this up and take it with me!” —Kiera Kittie

Get it from Amazon for $386.09.


Clean inside your tub with jetted tub cleaner because yes, you have to clean the inside of your tub — like the inside inside. This cleanser will quickly flush out soap scum and body oils that are gunking up your tub’s jets.

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.


Invest in a portable label maker so you can assign a spot to the items in your home. The can help relieve some of the stress of just not knowing where to put your stuff or forgetting where you last left it. Keep everything neat and organized in its designated area instead of cluttered on the dining room table.

Promising review: “I needed something really easy to use to help me organize files in my office and found it! I love this label maker; it’s so easy to use, has a ton of options, and prints labels quickly. I love this product so much that I’ve started labeling anything and everything in my house.” —Rakin30

Get it from Amazon for $29.99.

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