28 Cleaning Products That Actually Work And Have The Photographic Evidence To Prove It

28 Cleaning Products That Actually Work And Have The Photographic Evidence To Prove It

If you don’t trust their claims, trust their review photos.

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Promising review: “Holy cow I didn’t realize how easy and quick it was to clean a garbage disposal until I bought this product! Typically, in my naïve thinking, I’d just use vinegar and baking soda down the drain and call it good. Little did I know that there was an actual cleaning product available until I stumbled across it through a BuzzFeed article. So of course, I had to try it. Very simple instructions: it literally takes five minutes and some hot water and VOILÀ! You have a clean, no-longer-stinky garbage disposal. Let me say that anytime I got a whiff of an odor, all I did was drop one of those packs in the disposal and the smell was GONE! Plus the blue foam bubbling through the sink was amusing to watch ;-). Worth every penny!” —VadersGirl

Get it from Amazon for $6.82 (available in three sizes).

2. Shoe-cleaning wipes to keep your boots sparkly and new no matter what the weather throws at you.


Promising review: “Worked perfectly on black suede booties. Splattered some creamy soup on them two months ago. Couldn’t find anything that removed the stain. Tried these wipes as a last ditch effort. I can’t believe it, they look brand new!! Stains came right out with very little effort.” —AAD

Get a pack of 10 from Amazon for $8.19.

3. A carpet cleaner and deodorizer that’ll give you some wow-worthy results without even breaking a sweat.


This can be used in pretty much all machines — Hoover, Bissell, Rug Doctor, Kenmore, and Carpet Express to name a few. The solution works on all water-safe surfaces like carpets, rugs, furniture, and vehicles. Plus, it’s biodegradable and nontoxic.

Promising review: “This works like a dream. I have light beige carpets, and this gets all the dirt and stains right out.” —Karen M.

Get it from Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes).

4. A rust-removing gel spray – you may be tempted to say “abracadabra” as you use it. It’s that magical!


Use this for cleaning bathtubs, showers, toilets, colorfast fabrics, vertical surfaces, and hard-to-reach spots. It’s nonabrasive, and made with nonhydrofluoric acid based formula.

Promising review: “Holy wizardry! Seriously it was more work to clean the mirror over the vanity than use this product. With almost no effort, this made my dark orange, iron-water shower stall white again. I definitely suggest wearing a mask or bandana and running the ventilation fan if spraying in an enclosed area. Great product!” —Jessica B

Get it from Amazon for $4.98.


Promising review: “I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago, and I am so very happy that it’s still available in the same wonderful formula. It has a fantastic citrus scent. This takes care of any stain so fast and efficiently, it’s become a party trick. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate how great it is to a friend once. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle has lasted us years! This is definitely a product every home should have.” —Melanie Nolen

Read more about a BuzzFeeder’s experience with this miracle spray (#11).

Get it from Amazon for $9.70.

6. A leather cleaner you can count on to help bring life back to your old furniture. Welcome back, old friends!


Just mix this concentrate with water, put it in a spray bottle, spray, and wipe off.

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

Get it from Amazon for $16.90.

7. A grout pen that you can use to just cover up all the dirt and make your tiles look brand spanking new. Not technically a cleaning supply, but you can’t argue with results.

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Promising review: “I was pleasantly surprised by how far these went. I did the entire floor of my large master bathroom plus a little of the shower with one pen. It is pretty forgiving and you have quite a bit of working time before it dries completely. This was not a quick task, but it went faster than I thought it would. I was worried the white would look too bright, but it just makes everything look so much cleaner. I’m very happy with this product!” —Jenelle

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

8. A Jacuzzi jet cleaner to help deal with all the grime you can’t even see hiding inside the pipes.


Run a bath, add the jet cleaner, wait for all the grime to eject from your jets, and then wipe down the tub.

Promising review: “It’s disgusting to see what comes out of your jets when you use this product. I can’t believe we bathed in this! I’ve run bleach and dish detergent through my jets before, and that combination never cleaned with this efficiency. I highly recommended this product.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

9. A pack of Bottle Bright tablets that will clean your old, grimy water bottles and restore them to their former glory, no scrubbing needed.


Just fill the bottle with water and drop in a tablet. Let it work its magic for half an hour and then rinse out.

Promising review: “In all fairness, I first heard of this product while watching Shark Tank, and their pitch was impressive so I gave the underdog a try. Now, I’m on my fourth re-order. My whole family drinks out of various name brand bottles, coffee mugs, etc. The fact is, they are rarely cleaned because they are a part of our daily lives and they are a pain in the ar$e to clean, because of the inconvenience that they are not dishwasher-safe, or don’t fit. The answer is these tablets. They work and they’re simple to use.” —K.R.

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8 or 36 for 22.

10. A handheld vacuum to grab when you have mini messes to deal with and don’t feel like setting up the stand-up vacuum.

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Promising review: “This little guy cleaned up Lola’s crafting and mine as well. Leather couch, tile flooring, and upholstered chairs. The only glitter left is what needs to be. It is the holidays after all. The attachments are a quick snap-in, snap-out; easy to carry. It’s said a picture is worth a thousand words.” —Julie

Get it from Amazon for $108.98+ (available with or without accessories).

11. A multi-surface cleaner for your car to use on leather, vinyl, carpet, rubber, and more. Pretty much just soak your car in this wonderful concoction.

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Promising review: “This product is great! All their products are great! But this new product they have developed knocks it out of the ball park! The pictures (above) are pictures of a 2007 Nissan Titan truck I was detailing for a customer. The seats were disgusting and stained. I CAN ASSURE YOU ALL I USED WAS CAR GUYS SUPER CLEANER to clean the seats. I simply sprayed this all over the seat until it was damp, scrubbed with a detail brush, then vacuumed all of it up and dried it with a microfiber. The results speak for themselves. This really is a SUPER CLEANER that is capable of cleaning mostly every interior surface and does an amazing job at it!” —Joseph L.

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

12. All-natural multi-purpose spray in a variety of fragrances to give your home that treasured “freshly cleaned top to bottom” smell.

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The Hoot is a Black woman–owned small business. 

You know that refreshing feeling you get after a deep clean at the dentist? That’s how I feel about my home after using this spray. The peppermint smell is so invigorating and makes everything smell fresh. It cuts through grime and dust with no problem, and I think might actually scare off mice (rodents hate minty smells). The sprayer works well, and the bottle is even made from recycled plastic. This “eco-friendly” brand was started by Tonya Newsome, a professional cleaner, who noticed traditional cleaning solutions made with harsh ingredients were causing skin irritation and respiratory issues. Newsome decided to make a cleaner that’s just as effective but without SLES and SLS (both known to cause irritation and allergic reactions for people with sensitive skin). I have to say, it’s really nice to use a cleaner that works but doesn’t give off unpleasant fumes or put my dog at risk. If you’re looking for a multipurpose spray that smells like a nice piece of gum instead of the bottom of a swimming pool, try it out!

Get it from The Hoot for $7.49 (available with two sprayer nozzle options). 

13. An electric power washer so you can harness the power of high-pressure water to totally annihilate caked-on dirt and grime.

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Check out the rest of the review pics to see even more power washer art!

Promising review: “This pressure washer is amazing. It’s super easy to put together, is lightweight, and does an excellent job. I cleaned my slate patio in one day, and my concrete driveway the next!” —Debbie S.

Get it from Amazon for $149.

14. A pet hair sweeper that does the impossible and actually gets fur off all your furniture and carpets.

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Promising review: “Holy cow this is magic. I have a 230 pound Mastiff. I have purchased any and everything claiming to get dog hair off car carpet. I have used at least three different vacuums and attachments. Lately I have been using a microfiber towel because it had some grip. Then this piece of magic arrived. It gets every single hair no matter how embedded. There were hairs I had a hard time removing with my fingers. The Fur-Zoff pulled them right out. This has cut my hair-removal time in half! Thank you for this savior of a tool.” —David R.

Get it from Amazon for $12.09.

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This stuff cleans and polishes stainless-steel, porcelain, fiberglass, glass cook tops, copper, tile, brass, and more.

Promising review: “Yes! This turned my nasty yellow bathtub white again! I don’t have to keep my shower curtain closed anymore while I have guests come over because I don’t have to be embarrassed by my tub. You do have to scrub, but it WORKS and I’m really happy with the result!” —Cassie B.

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $21.35.

16. Dishwasher cleaning tablets that remove limescale and mineral buildup so your machine can *actually* get the dishes clean and ready for mealtime.


Promising review: “Works extremely well. We haven’t done any cleaning on our dishwasher in five years, and the sliding trays were tough to pull out and push in, there was detergent build up all over the inside, and there was a milky film on all our cups. I bought this, ran the dishwasher with two tablets while it was empty, and the difference was astounding. There was still some build up and I figured it would require another cycle, so I popped another two tablets in, ran the machine a second time, and now it looks and sounds brand new. No more film on the glasses, no more dirty dishes from clogged sprayers, no more odors, and no more build-up around the door seals.” —Martoune

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

17. A dog paw cleaning device to keep Spot’s feet squeaky clean, because you can’t exactly put hand sanitizer on a dog. (Seriously, do not do that.)


Promising review: “Best. Thing. Ever. This product works like a charm. It gets the sand from between their pads, and is gentle enough that even my most stubborn pup tolerates it! I have a terrier/schnauzer who likes to dig, a mini golden doodle who is prissy about her paws and a standard labradoodle puppy who is still very fuzzy. We have a farm where it is extremely sandy and we stay in a travel trailer. The amount of sand they were tracking in to the camper was ridiculous. It takes me three minutes to clean and dry off all of their paws. Seriously the best purchase I have made!” —Rachel

Get it from Amazon for $12.54 (available in three sizes and six colors).

18. An OXO Deep Clean Brush Set with durable bristles to reach those teeny-tiny crevices you usually ignore because they’re too hard to reach.

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Promising review: “I HIGHLY recommend these brushes for grout. If you are on the fence of ‘Ehhh do I NEED a grout brush? I could just scrub the floor…’ Stop. Get these brushes. They are stiff and cut down the elbow grease time incredibly. Plus you can use them on anything. Pictures are the difference from when I cleaned the bathroom floor vs. the hallway.” —Jennifer

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

19. A pack of stainless-steel wipes so your sink can look clean enough to eat out of.


Promising review: “I purchased these wipes to clean my stainless-steel refrigerator. I wanted something that would remove water stains and restore the shine, and these wipes delivered! After a few minutes of vigorously wiping back and forth along the grain my refrigerator was looking brand-new. I was impressed with the results and noticed that the canister said the wipes could be used on sinks, so I tried one in my stainless-steel sink to see what would happen. As you can see from the pictures, after just a few minutes of cleaning my sink was sparkling and incredible! I began cleaning all of the stainless-steel appliances in the kitchen, and just a few wipes and 20 minutes later my kitchen was looking better than ever.” —Connor

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $14.75.


Promising review: “I love these reusable pads for my Swifter WetJet! I feel like they pick up so much more dirt and junk than the disposable pads! They seem to stay on the mop nicer as well. And I especially love the fact that that I can throw these into the washing machine following using and I don’t have to run out and buy disposable pads constantly. Better for the environment and better for you!! Highly recommend!!” —Lynn E

Get two from Amazon for $14.95.

21. Silver cleaning wipes because the last thing you need is a set of dirty silverware ~tarnishing~ your reputation.


Promising review: “It is very uncommon for me to write a review but this product is amazing. My family’s silverware had not been polished in the 15 years since I married my husband. The only time I ever polished anything before it was messy and smelly and took forever. Therefore I didn’t have any interest in polishing something that we weren’t using. I decided to try these wipes because the price was reasonable. They are easy to use and do a wonderful job! The silverware looks silver! I used four wipes to polish a service of eight, and it took me about 20 minutes. I highly recommend this product!” —Kehrli

Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

22. A wood polish that can miraculously erase water stains and scratches. It’s time to start treating your furniture with respect!


Promising review: “This stuff is absolutely AMAZING. My wife and I were getting tired of looking at our worn out cabinets and wood paneling and were very close to paying a professional thousands of dollars to refinish it all, but then we came across this product. Our paneling and cabinets were looking rough. We have two dogs that jumped up and scratched places. We also had an area that was damaged by water spots where our dog bowls were. Several other areas were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a magical eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. We simply wiped the product on with a paper towel and let is sit for 20 minutes before wiping it off with a clean towel. Everything looks brand new. I’m buying a couple more so we can finish our cabinets and wood paneling. We’re so glad we found this product.” —Kris

Get it from Amazon for $8.98.

23. Fruit and veggie wash because just rinsing with water doesn’t feel like enough and using actual soap feels like too much. This spray is the middle ground and helps safely remove wax, soil, and handling residue.


Promising review: “This stuff is great and I have ordered it several times. In the past, I just rinsed fruit or vegetables, but I was at the grocery store recently and saw a very cute kid touching all the fruit. He also had a runny nose and I just thought, ‘better remember to really wash the fruit when I get home.’ The great thing about Veggie Wash is you can feel the wax film wash off of certain fruit. It really does a great job of cleaning and doesn’t leave any odd smell or taste. As I said, I’ve bought this before and make sure my kitchen always has a spray bottle nearby.” —Me in SoCal

Get three spray bottles from Amazon for $16.28.

24. A ball of slime putty that’s really fun to play with — but don’t forget to use it to clean up anything with lots of nooks and crannies.

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Promising review: “I was skeptical at first. I was afraid my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! The opposite, it cleaned it as good as new. Got all those dog hairs between the keys! No smell lingering on the keyboard or my hands. No sign I even used it except a clean keyboard. Kind of fun to play with. LOL.” —Billy

Get it from Amazon for $5.79.

25. A garbage disposal brush to help you dislodge stuck-on food and debris, saving your kitchen from any gross smells that might waft out.


Promising review: “Do you ever remove the rubber cap between your sink & disposal? It is beyond gross! This is shaped just right & makes quick work of a yucky job. Good to do to keep odors away.” —Mom328LSA

Get it from Amazon for $9.20.

26. A tube of Grip Clean, a Shark Tank-famous product that’ll cut through grease, oil, ink, odors, and more — without relying on harsh artificial ingredients. It’s made natural ingredients like coconut and olive oils, so even those with sensitive skin can use it regularly suffering from dry, cracked, or irritated hands.


Promising review: “I work for the railroad and I am always getting my hands dirty! I could never seem to find anything that worked. Also, I live in Utah so when it starts getting cold my hands dry out. Well, with Grip Clean that doesn’t happen! I have my coworkers coming to my locker asking to get some soap since the soap we have at doesn’t work as well as Grip Clean!” —Nick

Get it from Amazon for $11.50.

27. A jewelry cleaning pen you can count on to add new shine to your gems, no costly trip to the jeweler needed.


Promising review: “I have a 2.5 carat wedding ring and have a hard time really finding anything that gets that ‘first day’ sparkle back. With the Dazzle Stick, it shines again. Thank you so much!” —C.Skinner

Get it from Amazon for $6.70.

28. A set of drill brushes so effective, you’ll be shocked how clean your bathroom used to be.


The set comes with a 2-inch flat brush, a 4-inch flat brush, and a round brush. The drill isn’t included, but you can grab a basic Black and Decker one ($27.83 on Amazon) that’ll do the trick.

Promising review: “I thought my hard water stains would never come off my shower doors, but I bought this awesome brush set, and it’s amazing! I’ve tried all the hacks — drier sheets, clean erasers, lemon, vinegar — nothing works like this brush! I used Zep shower cleaner with it! In the picture, the side on the right is the part of the door I cleaned, and I still have to clean the left side.” —Traci D.

Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in six colors and stiffness levels).

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