27 Cleaning Products For Anyone Who’s Short On Time

27 Cleaning Products For Anyone Who’s Short On Time

Time to cut down on your time and energy spent ridding your home of stains and grime.

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.


This Tide To-Go pen to instantly remove food and drink stains as soon as they happen, especially if you don’t want to waste time creating a baking soda concoction in your kitchen and smearing it on.

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Promising review: “I love these and I love that it does not require washing right away. I can just quickly remove the stain and continue on with my day. They remove ink, lipstick, and tea without any problems (just examples of what so use them for). I keep them in my Jeep, my drawers, my laundry room, my purse, and any other bags that I am carrying.” —Amalia

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $6.97.


A pack of bottle-cleaning tablets because those stubborn discolorations inside your HydroFlask are harder to clean than they look — these bad boys will do all the heavy lifting for you in just 15 minutes so your beloved mug is crystal clean.


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 (also available as a pack of 36).


This stainless-steel cleaner and polish you can use on almost all your kitchen appliances instead of running to grab three different products. Plus, 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 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.


Or a bottle of Bar Keepers Friend soft cleanser to restore your pots and pans tarnished with rust or hard-to-clean, burnt bottoms — well, hard-to-clean until now, that is.

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This works on stainless-steel, brass, bronze, copper alloys, porcelain, glass, corion, and aluminum. And, it’ll help you rid your showers, faucets, tile, and backsplashes (and more!) of tarnish, rust, mineral deposits, soap scum, and grime.

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 $17.95.


A pack of dishwasher cleaning tablets that’ll make your dishwasher squeaky clean without forcing you to spend your time cleaning it by hand. It cleans while your machine runs!


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.


This microwave cleaner to melt away the crusty spills and splatters that are clinging to the insides of your microwave in mere minutes. Just fill this gadget with water and vinegar, turn the microwave on, and the steam will make the inside easier to wipe clean.


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 $8.59+ (available in two colors and in packs of two) or get the volcano-shaped cleaner for $11.49.


A blind cleaner brush so you don’t have to stand there and clean each blind individually with a wet rag.

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It comes with five replaceable microfiber sleeves that are actually totally washable so you can reuse ’em over and over again.

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 nine-year-old son’s list. We also use it on our metal indoor heat/air vent.” —mastermom

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


A pack of stain-removing pads because they’ll rapidly lift pee, poop, vomit, and even wine stains from your carpet — and all you have to do is place a pad on your carpet, stomp on it (yes, stomp on it), and forget about it overnight.


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.


This broom for pet hair designed to effectively loosen the fur trapped in your carpet since the rubber head works as a magnet to attract stray hairs. In other words, you won’t have to painstakingly run your vacuum cleaner over the same area for half an hour trying to suck up your dog’s hair.

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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 $14.99 (available in two styles).


A red wine stain-remover spray so you can quickly improve the look of any vino you accidentally spilled while on your third glass. It even works on old stains!


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.


This jetted tub cleaner to save you from spending the entire afternoon cleaning out grime because you reaaaaally wanted to take a soak that night. This cleanser will quickly flush out scum and body oils that are making your tub’s jets look super gross.


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.


An eco-friendly hard water stain-remover because it’ll help you wipe away soap scum and residue from your shower door, tile, toilet, and windows in less time. Basically, you can tackle most surfaces in your bathroom and still be done in time to have the rest of the afternoon to relax.


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 $14.99.


This grout pen to cover up years of dirt and grime that’s accumulated in tile cracks — so much faster than trying to sit there and scrub out the dirt with a hand-held toothbrush.


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).


An Iron Out rust-remover spray formulated to rid your shower of rust stains in around 15 minutes. And since it also works on sinks and toilets, you can get ready to be reunited with a much cleaner-looking bathroom.


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 rust spots. 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.


These air purifying bags if you’ve tried literally everything — washing your shoes, filling it with powders only to be left cleaning a huge mess — and still have funky smelling sneakers. These charcoal bags will absorb any stench practically overnight.


BTW, these can actually be reused for up to two years!

Promising review: “Work great, fast-acting, and a buy that felt worth it instantaneously.” —Justin Moritz

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in packs of two, four, and six, and in two colors).

Yi, a writer here at BuzzFeed, tried these charcoal bags on a pair of three-year-old shoes and, well, you just gotta read her full review to believe how well these deodorizers worked for the shoes!


A jar of keyboard cleaning gel that’ll reach into small crevices to safely remove dirt, crumbs, and gunk because just giving your surfaces a wipe down only pushes the dirt around and doesn’t actually get rid of it.


It’s safe for cleaning car vents, keyboards, cameras, printers, phones, calculator, air conditioners, and other appliances.

Promising review: “I was skeptical at first. 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 keyboard or my hands. No sign I even used it except a clean keyboard. Kind of fun to play with. Squeeze it between your fingers! LOL My next task for it will be those dust return air vents on our heating system and use it on my dusty window blinds. This stuff works and I highly recommend!” —Billy

Get it from Amazon for $5.94.


This flexible dryer vent cleaning brush with bristles that’ll help you really dig deep to get out stubborn, stuck lint without too much added effort.


Promising review: “This works perfectly for scrubbing the stuck lint out of the insides of your dryer. Everyone who owns a dryer should have these; they’re basic safety equipment. Clean that lint, reduce the fire hazard, and make the machine more efficient. They’re long enough, strong enough, and just flexible enough without being too flexible.” —Winged Wolf

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.95.


A pack of washing machine cleaner tablets to give the inside of your washing machine a much-needed makeover by just adding a tablet, turning the machine on, and watching it foam and remove residue. Save the elbow grease for something else.


Promising review: “I have been using bleach to clean my machine for some time, but decided to give this a try a few months ago. My very first clean with Affresh left me surprised and delighted for not only did it clean my machine, it eliminated the nasty smell that always transferred to my clothes thanks to a build up of mold I didn’t even know about. Every month now, I toss a tablet into the drum and let it work its magic. Now, my machine is cleaner than ever, and my clothes always smell wonderfully fresh. I highly recommend this to everyone.” —Kelli Crawford

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $11.99.


A pack of Puracy laundry stain remover spray that’ll help remove tough stains that have overstayed their welcome on your clothes, mattress, couches, and other fabrics. For reaaally old stains, you can spray it on the spot, rub it in, and let it do its thing overnight and come back to cleaner furniture.


Promising review: “I bought a $4500 linen sectional sofa. It fit perfectly in our family room but came with about a dozen nasty stains including oil and dirt. I couldn’t send it back because they stopped making it. I wasn’t sure about Puracy but I am now. I tested Puracy on the inside of the sectional sofa connector points. I just sprayed it on, agitated it with a soft clean white cloth gently, and 15 minutes later, I dabbed it with fresh water on another soft white cloth. It’s the bomb. Apparently, if I find stubborn stains, I would just leave it on for eight hours or longer to get a better result, but this is what they say it is.” —Believer

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $20.99 (also available as a pack of one).


This carpet and upholstery cleaner to quickly rub all those old mystery stains out of your couches, chairs, and carpets MUCH faster than scrubbing them (to no avail) with a wet cloth.


Promising review: “I LOVE this Woolite carpet stain remover with its rubbing brush. We stayed for some weeks at dear friend’s home while we were waiting to move and they were out of town. Their cat had done some nasty things in their rooms. We thought we’d show some of our appreciation by cleaning some of these spots off their light gray carpeting. IT WORKED! THEY NOTICED! THEY LOVED IT! I don’t know about the cat. So we bought this house with white carpets. Who puts in white carpets?? Anyways, we have white carpets. So I bought these Woolite cans and know they will be used and will do a great job.” —Sany123

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $14.90.


This fast-acting carpet spot-removing spray because you just discovered sauce stains your kids tried to hide with the couch a few years ago and you already know that rubbing the stain with soap and water will hardly do anything but waste your precious time.


Promising review: “WOW! A must have for any home. My carpet had some mystery stains that other stain remover products could not budge. I had resigned myself to never having them any better, until I found this product. It was very easy, spray it on, then put a paper towel on top and it disappears. Seriously! There were a couple that I had to go back for a second time, but after having lived with these carpet blemishes for years… I was more than happy. I even used it on a cushion, you don’t have to worry about harmful chemicals. You also get a lot of cleaner for your money, I was surprised at how big the bottle was, and you do not need to use lots when you apply, so this will last a very long time.” —Malm

Get it from Amazon for $13.42.


A multi-surface cleaner made from plant-based ingredients that’ll help you zip around the kitchen and living room, cleaning surfaces with just one spray bottle — as opposed to switching out bottles to clean your appliances, counters, walls, cabinets, and floors.

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This Black-owned business prides itself on introducing nontoxic and eco-friendly products to your home, so this spray is free of sulfates, parabens, dyes, ammonia, and synthetic fragrances. And, it can be used on toilets, counter tops, appliances, baseboards, floors, walls, upholstery, tables, car interiors, and even your child’s crib and toys.

Promising review: “The title says it all. Who knew using natural products would work so well? I feel like I’ve been deceived all my life using other big name chemicals because they work better and faster, but PUR Home shows that this simply isn’t true. This multi-surface cleaner is effective and it really works.” —Shanae Jones

Get it from PUR Home for $12 (available in five scents).


This ink and stain remover for those pesky marker doodles that — though you previously scrubbed for hours with soap and water — you just couldn’t remove from your couch or walls. You may have to apply it repeatedly but over the course of a few days, it’ll give you results that no amount of rubbing alcohol has given you.


Promising review: “I had a black ball pen mark on a red leather chair that I didn’t think would come out. I ordered Amodex just to try, but I didn’t have much hope since the mark had a couple of days to dry out. The first attempt didn’t do much, as I expected, but the instructions advised to have patience and apply it multiple times. I did that over a few days. I performed about seven applications. It was getting better, little by little. The funny thing is that the last time I finished an application, the mark was still quite visible, but when I came back for the next one, the mark was gone. So it seems Amodex keeps acting even after you apply it and leave the spot apparently dry. Right now I can see no vestige of the mark, which I never expected, so I’m very impressed.” —A Listener

Get it from Amazon for $11.49+ (also available in packs of two, three, and four).


A bottle of wood polish that’ll totally revamp your doors, hardwood floors, and furniture and make ’em look good as new. Plus, it’s faster (and cheaper) than re-finishing or even replacing everything altogether.


Promising review: “This product is worth every penny and goes a very long way. We had tired, oak floors that haven’t been refinished in over 50 years. They were dried out and washed out. This product took away decades in an hour with a few rags and a lot of elbow grease. One word of caution: Floors are very slippery for a few days after use. Be very careful walking around. As a bonus, it smells amazing. It has a natural orange peel smell that is fresh and clean and not at all harsh or chemical. Highly, highly recommend.” —GMD

Get a bottle from Amazon for $12.73+ (available in three sizes).


This foaming garbage disposal cleaner you can just plop into your sink, run a little water on, and watch in amazement as it fizzes up and dislodges icky crap that’s been lurking around the sides of the disposal, then rinse it all away — all in one go.


Promising review: “These are amazing! I was skeptical at first but I followed the directions (which are super easy) and was grossed out and satisfied at the same time to see the gunk that was removed. You put the entire packet down your disposal (I read that twice too) and magic happens in under two minutes! That is what I call powerful and successful cleaning! The scent is super clean and light with a hint of lemon. These will definitely be a cleaning staple for me.” —KPITT

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in packs of four, eight, 12, and 24 tablets).


A drain snake you can slide down your shower drain to pull up hair and gunk that’s been clogging up those pipes. With all the time you save from using this gadget, you’ll be able to treat yourself to a salon-worthy hair washing.

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Promising review: “I’m so excited to finally have a bathroom sink that drains!! Since moving into my apartment, my bathroom sink and bathtub took forever to drain. I bought multiple de-clogging solutions but they didn’t assist or help much with the problem. When my bathtub was taking over an hour to drain I decided it was time to try these out! After receiving it I went to work, within minutes it pulled out so much hair in both drains. It’s disturbing/disgusting yet weirdly satisfying because now my sinks drain!!” —DebSD

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $9.99 (available in two lengths).


And this all-purpose car upholstery cleaner that’ll have your car seats and floors clean and free of deep stains in almost no time. You thought you were gonna spend all morning spiffing up your car’s interior, but now you might have so much free time that you have no idea what to do with it.


Promising review: “I have tried many many different sprays, wipes and concentrates for cleaning vehicle interiors. This is my personal favorite. I love how it penetrates even the most hard stuck-on dirt and makes it easy to wipe up. After a few days with my windows open I noticed that unlike other detail sprays this one dries completely matte and leaves no sticky residue behind. Everyone can appreciate that. The only downside I can think of is that I didn’t order enough. I highly recommend this product and look forward to many gallons more. It’s well worth the money spent. Work smarter, not harder. This is the ticket.” —Mom of 2

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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