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32 Fast-Acting Products You Probably Need If You Can Think Of A Million Things You’d Rather Do Than Clean Your Home

Cleaning your home fast so you have a full day to do nothing = the best feeling ever.

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.

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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.

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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: “You just spray and then you wipe it clean the next morning and you are done.” —Jason C

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $21.06.

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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 from Amazon for $14.85.

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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 $17.62.

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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.

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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.


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Promising review: “Works as incredibly as the reviews said! Super fast, no strong smelly chemicals, amazing results!” —Michelle B

Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

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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 from Amazon for $21.99. This customer review is long but it’s full of great tips if you end up purchasing this scrubber.

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A microwave steam cleaner to melt the baked-on crud that’s clung to the sides of your microwave since, well, we’re not exactly sure how long it’s been there but suffice it to say it’s been awhile.


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Promising review: “Something I didn’t believe until I tried it. So easy to follow directions, written on Angry Mama. Was disappointed when I opened the microwave to see the filth still on it. Was wishing it would magically taken care of itself. But all it took was a quick swipe with a paper towel and GONE. Loosened everything, which is half the process. My microwave was sooooo white once cleaned!! Would buy as gifts.” —max’s mum

Get it from Amazon for $8.97+ (available in four colors).

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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 $3.98.

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A pack of vegan disinfectant toilet tablets if your porcelain throne is in need of a deep clean and you only have a few minutes. Think of these as a sanitizing bath bomb for your toilet!


JuniperseedMerc / Etsy

JuniperseedMerc is a Colorado-based small biz run by science teacher Tiffany Norton. It specializes in all-natural cleaning, skincare, bath, and body products.

Promising review: “Like a bath bomb for your toilet! Works great, smells great, toilets were just as clean but with none of the chemicals! Fast shipping too! Thank you!” —Erin Horender

Get them from JuniperseedMerc on Etsy for $2.50 (or a pack of five for $10).

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A 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 $179.99.

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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 $19.61.

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A drain clog remover for unclogging your pipes in a shorter time than it would’ve taken your previously clogged pipes to drain.


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Promising review: “When I pulled the orange plastic spiked strip from the package, I was immediately skeptical and felt like all those 5-star reviews were from people who exist in an alternate universe. I was tempted to initiate a return on Amazon but decided that I might as well gamble on a piece of $9 plastic before gambling $200 on a plumber. I slipped the plastic strip down my shower drain and literally FIVE SECONDS LATER I was pulling up gobs and gobs and gobs of hair. HOLY COW!!!!!!!! OHMYGOSH. I can’t believe I still have any hair left on my head. SO MUCH REPULSIVE GUNK!!!! I saved my prize hairball on the shower floor to show my husband because I knew he would be as skeptical as I was. We both agree it looks like a small raccoon or a large squirrel lying helplessly on my shower floor. It’s a grisly, messy, smelly and oh-so-rewarding job.” —Chocolate and Chips

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $11.88.

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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 from Amazon for $7.97.

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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 $7.14.

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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).

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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.

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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 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 $12.80.

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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.

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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 $12.44.

Check out my colleague’s FURemover Evriholder broom review for more deets and some very satisfying photos of the globs of hair she removed from her carpet.

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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 from Amazon for $36.99.

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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.

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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 $16.89.

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A bleach-free, no-scrub weekly shower spray so soap scum and shower grime buildup go bye-bye without you ever having to wipe. Rinse it clean the next day, and you’ll be amazed to see those hard water stains on your shower door are *poof* gone.


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Promising review: “We cannot BEGIN to tell you what a lifesaver this is! We have two old fiberglass tubs with vinyl shower enclosures that no matter what amount of scrubbing we have done with everything from bleach to cleanser to vinegar and baking soda would NOT come clean. After I took my shower last night, I sprayed down the tub and walls. Within minutes, all the built-up water deposits and dirt and grime began to melt away in front of my eyes. I left it on overnight, and when I got up this morning, it did not look like the same tub and shower. This product is a godsend, especially for old folks like us who have difficulty getting down on our hands and knees and scrubbing anything. More importantly, it performs as advertised. We plan on using it as part of our weekly cleanup routine, in addition to purchasing the Wet and Forget Mold and Mildew Remover for use on the vinyl siding of our house. This is truly an overnight sensation!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $17.97.

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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 other colors).

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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 $7.96.

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A glass cleaner that’ll cut through fingerprints, toothpaste specks, paper towel lint, dust, and more. Now you can get back to more important things, like admiring your reflection in the mirror.


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Pardo Naturals is a Black woman-owned small business helmed by Rita Pardo, a mom who was looking for natural hair, body, and home products that wouldn’t irritate her daughter’s severe eczema.

Get it from Pardo Naturals for $8 (available in four scents).

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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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A reusable weighted bottle cleaner because getting rid of schmutz inside of your water bottle, especially those pesky tapered bottles where you can’t slide a sponge down the neck, is your least favorite cleaning task. These sponges have an abrasive texture that dislodge food bits (like leftover smoothie that’s stuck in your Blender Bottle) when you can’t reach it. Just drop it in the bottle and give it a shake.


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Each sponge should last around four months.

John, the founder, dreamed up the Cleanzy sponge after realizing there wasn’t an effective way to clean drink containers without bulky tools and a lot of scrubbing. Enter the Cleanzy sponge — an adorable and fuss-free way to clean that requires minimal effort on your part.

Get it from CleanzySponges on Etsy for $7.50.

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Some stain-removing tablets so you don’t spend your Sunday scrubbing wine stains on your shirt from Saturday’s movie night. Toss one in with a regular load and your whites will emerge dramatically whiter.


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The Fizz Whiz is a small business based in Brandon, Florida.

Promising review: “Washed my clothes and they came out very clean. I put my sneakers in the wash and they were very gross. They came out so clean that they almost looked new. Will buy again, and recommend.” —Daniel Law

Get them from The Fizz Whiz on Etsy for $12+ (available in two container styles).

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A set of wad-free pads for keeping your bedsheets from tangling in the wash and taking 5ever to dry. If you’ve ever opened the dryer expecting…well…dry sheets only to find them tangled in a damp ball, you need this.


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Wad-Free is a small biz that was launched during the pandemic. Cyndi, the founder, learned CAD (computer-aided design) to create the pads. And 5% of profits are donated to the American Brain Tumor Association.

Promising review: “Wow!!! You wonder if things like this really work and well, I can absolutely confirm it does! First, I was impressed that the package came with two of the devices because I was only expecting one. So there was one for the fitted sheet, and the flat sheet. Finally, I tried it out and my sheets not only did NOT wad up, they came out of the dryer feeling fresher, feeling more dry, and unwrinkled! I will be buying a set of these for each of my immediate family members and close friends! What a great gift!!!” —katy

Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

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A powerful tub scrub to make those stubborn soap rings disintegrate. Just a spoonful of this magic powder mixed with water will rinse away leftover soap and body oils that are dulling the shine of your tub.


The Green Laundress

Erica Ahmed launched her eco-friendly company, The Green Laundress, in 2016. Ahmed struggled to find products that didn’t irritate her daughter’s very sensitive skin so she made them herself! This is also a Black-owned business.

Promising review: “Worked so well, I bought some for my mom because she loves clean and shiny things and you get both clean and shiny with whatever you use this to clean.” —Countess J.

Get it from The Green Laundress for $10.

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

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