33 Cleaning Products With Before-And-After Pics That Might Make You Feel Like You’ve Been Living In Filth

33 Cleaning Products With Before-And-After Pics That Might Make You Feel Like You’ve Been Living In Filth

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1.

A pack of Bottle Bright for an all-natural, biodegradable, odor-free way to clean your water bottle.


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Promising review: “Finished using it five minutes ago and it’s the best! My husband uses a Stanley thermos daily to take coffee to work. He tries to remember to rinse it out every day, but that doesn’t always happen. I got the package today, filled the thermos with water, dropped in a tablet, and let it sit. I promptly forgot about it for a few hours. Initially, I was disappointed when I dumped the water, as it was barely tinged brown. Then I put fresh water in, covered the top, shook it, and OMG. The crap that came out was disgusting, yet fascinating. I looked in the thermos and saw almost nothing but sparkly silver! There was a little crud left in the top third of the thermos, but it’s a really tall one, so I wasn’t surprised. Got the bottle brush, swished twice, and bam! All clean! No fumes, no smell, no nothing, just clean. I used to struggle cleaning it with baking soda, vinegar, the brush, soap, and elbow grease. Screw that. I will forever use only these tablets! Here’s to better tasting (and way less gross) coffee!” —BranchingOut

Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8.

2.

A restorative wood polish which uses ingredients like beeswax to help bring life and luster back to any wood surface — floors, tables, legs…whatever!


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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. Be very careful walking around. 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 it from Amazon for $8.48.

3.

A dishwasher cleaner capable of getting deep down in there to dissolve and remove odor-causing residue, get rid of lime and mineral buildup, and basically make your dishwasher look and work like new.


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Promising review: “These tablets work great. I was having an issue with my dishwasher leaving a lingering odor after I ran a wash cycle and it was driving me crazy. Running one of these tabs monthly completely eliminated that issue.” —E. F.

Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $3.27.

4.

A bottle of Finish Hard Water Booster Powder capable of removing tough hard water stains and giving you crystal clear dishes, plus it’ll leave you with an amazingly clean dishwasher.


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Promising review: “We have ridiculously hard water. The Culligan guy who tested it was surprised it doesn’t come out of the faucet as a solid. My dishes, especially my Pyrex bowls and casserole dishes were almost white from the buildup. Nothing ever seemed clean. I tried this, and it’s an absolute miracle. My dishes are clean again. See the comparison in the picture — bowl on the left is ‘clean’, it was washed without the Finish booster. The bowl on the right was washed with. I’m totally not kidding, it completely does what it says!” —CB

Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

5.

A three-step headlight lens restoration kit to get your cloudy ol’ lights clear like new — it attaches to your drill so you don’t have to actually do any of the scrubbing too.


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Kit includes sanding discs and polishing pad with the compound.

Promising review: “The headlight on my passenger side was so yellow and cloudy that I actually had a driver get out of his car on a red light and come over to my car to tell me! (Yes, thank you, I know.) I decided to try this kit because of its high rating and lower price. It really works!! The instructions are easy to follow, with photos to show you how the end of each step is supposed to look. Don’t be afraid of this if you have no help. I am a grandmother with (at the time) a bad shoulder, who had never done this before, and it turned out beautifully. So I consider it idiot-proof. All you need is a drill, and some auto masking tape, and even if you aren’t drill-savvy, it’s easy to do. I am so happy with the results, and highly recommend this kit!” —C. Ferry

Get it from Amazon for $12.27.

6.

A Diamond Dazzle Stick for help polishing your precious jewels and making them shine bright like…well, like a diamond.


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Check out our full review of Diamond Dazzle Stick.

Promising review: “Don’t get me wrong, my wedding ring was gorgeous before. It did sparkle and still made me smile every day. However, after using this Diamond Dazzle Stick, oh my goodness! After one use my ring is absolutely breathtaking! I knew my ring got dirty now and then, simply from sweating and being outside in the elements. However, I never realized just how much dinge and schmutz marred my beautiful diamond until I cleaned it — it literally took my breath away with its fiery, dazzling brilliance! This thing is an amazing value with mind-blowing, beautiful results!” —liltreeclimber

Get it from Amazon for $8.78.

7.

A bottle of Star Brite Mold and Mildew Stain Remover that might actually be magic! It requires NO scrubbing!! You just spray the area you want clean, wait until the stain is gone, and then rinse. That’s all folks!


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Promising review: “I don’t often write a review of a product. But this was so impressive, I thought I should let others know. We have a set of vinyl outdoor chairs that were constantly covered with mildew. When we were feeling ambitious, we’d take the time to power wash the chairs, which worked pretty well but was a lot of work. The problem was that a couple days later, the mildew was back almost as bad a before. With this mildew stain remover, we sprayed the chairs, let them sit a few minutes, and hosed off with a regular garden hose. Easy. And they were cleaner than they ever got using the power washer. When we put the chairs away two months later, they were still clean.” —Christine A. Simonson

Get it from Amazon for $13.99.

8.

A scratch-free scraper capable of easily removing any stuck-on messes without damaging whatever it is that’s covered in the mess.


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Promising review: “This is the greatest cleaning tool invented! I love it! I had tried every tip to get rid of the hard-water buildup around my sinks and this little gizmo gets rid of it in a breeze. Everyone should have one. So simple and so brilliant.” —Debra J.

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

9.

A very handy bottle of Wine Away red wine stain remover, because maybe the conversation got a little too heated after that second glass — it’s not your fault, Meghan and Harry moving to Canada can make anyone emotional.


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Promising review: “Absolutely love the product!!!! I had over-a-month-old wine stain all over my dining chair and this Wine Away product removed the old wine stains from my chair. The chair is back to its original look, like new. Amazing product! I spilled red wine all over my chair but cleaning it was super easy. Take a look at the before and after pic. Very happy with the results.” —~Gigi~

Get it from Amazon for $6.67.

10.

A fume-free Easy-Off oven cleaner that’ll help you get rid of all those caked-on messes living inside your oven.


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Promising review: “I’m a little embarrassed to write this review; it’s been ~six years since my last oven cleaning. But after seeing the results, I couldn’t help but spread the word. Sure, it took some beer, a little John Mayer, and a lot of elbow grease, but I got the job done, thanks to this handy little product. It did require two treatments; however, given the circumstances, this product accomplished quite a feat in just an hour. The attached pictures speak for themselves.” —William Fredericks

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

11.

A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and Polish to get your stainless steel (and literally almost all surfaces) free of rust, tarnish, mineral deposits, and tough stains — your stuff will be shining like new!


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The cleanser is non-abrasive, bleach-free, and effective on stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic, copper alloys, fiberglass, corian, brass, bronze, chrome, and aluminum surfaces.

Promising review: “As you can see in the photo, it’s safe to say this stuff works. I left it on for a little while, and when I came back, this was the result after fewer than two minutes of scrubbing!” —Donette

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.99.

12.

An amazing all-purpose cleaner that’s most effective at helping clean those disgusting messes you’re gonna keep on getting the inside of your car into.


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Promising review: “I have kids (8 and 3 years old). They have destroyed my back seat. Spilled chocolate milk, vomit, melted chocolate, dropped fries, dropped ice cream, spilled Gatorade — you name it, it has been spilled in my back seat. I was to the point of accepting my backseat would forever be a disgusting wasteland. Then I stumbled upon this product and y’all…Y’ALL IT WORKS! I almost cried when I sprayed it on, ran a detail brush over it, wiped it away with the cloth, and the stains were GONE. No scrubbing for 30 minutes. No ‘leave to set for 15 minutes.’ No carpet cleaner required. Just spray, scrub, wipe, and it takes everything off. I am now cleaning EVERYTHING with this stuff. It is AMAZING! An absolute MUST for any parent. 100% will buy again.” —Rachel

Get it from Amazon for $16.99.

13.

A pack of Bissell Stomp ‘N Go Pet Lifting Pads designed to get rid of set-in stains like wine, pet messes, mud…the list goes on, without ever making you scrub or even touch the area — just set the pad down, stomp on it, and dispose of it.


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Promising review: “I have a 13-year-old small dog at home who occasionally would do accidents on the carpet. I applied the pad on a tough set-in stain area, followed the instructions — the stain spot cleared out quite well without any additional chemicals applied. I have attached a few pictures which are untouched to show the results. For tough stain like the area I tried, leaving the pad overnight definitely produces better results.” —Gadgetman

Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.99.

14.

An effective shoe cleaning kit complete with a cleaner that works on any color and on almost every type of shoe out there to get rid of dirt and stains in every nook and cranny after you jump into too many piles of leaves.


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Promising review: “Quick and easy! A little elbow grease for the more stubborn stains, but this worked incredibly.” —John C. Pemberton

Get it from Amazon for $15.97.

15.

A concentrated-gel mold and mildew cleaner designed to get deep into your crevices and get rid of that ugly (and sometimes dangerous) buildup.


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Promising review: “Follow the directions and it will work. On my first attempt I did not make a bead but spread it out thinly (trying to use as little as possible) and it didn’t work. The next time I made a bead and while it took two applications, it finally worked. It was amazing! I have tried for years to get rid of the mold in the caulking. I even replaced the caulking twice, but the mold would come back within a couple of weeks. For the first time in 10 years, the caulking around the top is clean, white, and free from any sign of mold. I tried it on a couple of other troublesome spots in the bathroom and kitchen, with the same results. Finally, a product that works on stubborn mold.” —CLAUDE D’ESTREE

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

16.

A plant-based stain remover capable of breaking down the most stubborn, caked-on, basically permanent, stains your furniture and clothes have ever seen.


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Also check out our full review of Puracy Natural Laundry Stain Remover.

Promising review: “A tenant left some blood stains on this mattress and a heating pad about 20 years ago. They were totally dry when we found them. Not knowing what to do, we put the mattress aside for 20 years until we found this product. Tested on the pad first. I sprayed a whole bottle on the pad, left it in a bathtub all night. Then washed the pad in the tub. The pad looks new after it is dried, even cleaner than when it was new! Wow! Then the real challenge, the mattress. With experience from cleaning the pad, I decided to use the solution much more efficiently. Here is the improved process: 1) Spray a little solution on the stained area. Make sure the stained area is soaked, but not too deeply. 2) Cover the soaked area with a piece of paper towel. I found it absorbs the stain very well. 3) Spray a little more solution onto the paper towel. This is for keeping the stain moisturized. These enzymes do not work under dry environments. 4) Cover the stained area and the paper towel on it with a piece of plastic film, which is normally for preserving food. Again, I did this to keep the stained area wet. The second morning, I removed everything from the mattress, used more paper towels to absorb the mess. And then, I used a clean car washing towel and cold water to clean up the remaining mess. I washed the towel and cleaned up again. Repeated three to four times, the mattress became very clean! No blood stain remains! Never imagined it could remove 20-year-old bloodstains.” —nusaco888

Get it from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in three sizes).


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Promising review: “We rented a home and the toilets were disgusting. Someone suggested a pumice stone and let me tell you, it was amazing!! The picture is after just five minutes with the stone. I tried bleach, every toilet bowl cleaner available, and countless hours of scrubbing to no avail…but this stone worked instantly! I will be buying several more!! The stone does dissolve when scrubbing so you need a couple. I was able to do almost two toilets that looked awful completely with one stone!!” —CristaCross

Get it from Amazon for $9.13.

18.

A bottle of Zymox Ear Cleanser, a non-toxic way to get your pupper’s ears clean (using no harsh chemicals) and hopefully avoid those annoying ear infections.


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Promising review: “My husband and I just adopted our cute puppy, Winston, from the humane society. When we adopted him his ears were unfortunately pretty dirty, but after using this ear cleaner today his ears are so clean!! I’m so amazed at everything it managed to get out. Our puppy’s ears look so much better now! I would highly recommend this product to anyone with a dog.” —Jerome F

Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

19.

A deep-clean brush set that’ll help scrub away every particle of dirt that’s settled into all your nooks and crannies.


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Promising review: “I love these little scrubbers! They get in every little crack and crevice that I can imagine!! The brushes are very sturdy, strong, and hold up to the many uses I’ve put them through. The rubber tip on the other end is very good at loosening stuck-on items. The handles are very easy to hold and the black grip seems to be very well made. I may order a second set in case these give out at some point because these have come in really handy for cleaning up many items. These are the best small brushes I have found!” —Rhonda Yedinak

Get a set of two from Amazon for $5.99 (available in orange and blue).

20.

A cooktop cleaning kit complete with everything you need that’ll get rid of grease, stubborn stains, and burnt- or baked-on messes.


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Promising review: “Let me say this — there is nothing out there that can clean your electric cooktop surface better than this! PERIOD! If you have an electric stove, please do yourself a favor and just buy this. I use a regular paper towel to do the cleaning and no matter how dirty, messy, stained, or greased the stovetop gets, this will make it BRAND NEW every single time!” —ItsJustBlah

Get the kit which includes: 10 oz. bottle of Cerama Bryte Cooktop Cleaner, a cleaning pad, and scraper from Amazon for $10.88+ (available in two sets).

21.

A pack of three nylon brushes you attach to your drill for a super scrub you never knew was possible.


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Promising review: “Used this to clean the bilge of our boat! it was very dirty in a bad way. They have already paid for themselves four times over. A drill was too slow for this project, so I used my driver and it was a perfect combo. A great buy for great quality.” —K KIDD

Get it from Amazon for $14.95+ (available in six bristle types).

22.

An extra thick magic cleaning pad that’ll erase the dirt and messes you probably thought you’d never get rid of — looks like they’re moving out now!


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Promising review: “I own a cleaning business and have spent a small fortune on the name brand. I clean everything from condo rentals to long term lease/residential rentals and I have had to clean unimaginable NASTY, I mean ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ kind of nasty and these cut right through it. These work just as well as the name brand, if not better, and they seem to last a little longer!” —Keisha Marie

Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $8.95.

23.

A screen-cleaning kit, because the amount of filth hanging out on your TV, phone, and computer screens are really out of control — really, really out of control.


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Promising review: “I’m a grad student. I live on my laptop. I work on my laptop. I eat over my laptop. I quickly try to do my makeup and hair over my laptop. I hurriedly attempt to edit thesis chapters on grimy public transit with my laptop. As a result of all this, my laptop is an unholy crud-encrusted atrocity by the end of the week. I will not even describe its supreme grodiness here lest you, dear reader, grow too disgusted to continue reading this needlessly wordy review I’m typing up to postpone the further editing of said thesis. It’s pretty bad. In any event, this stuff is a godsend. I’ve tried other products to make my laptop look vaguely respectable, but they tend to leave streaks, fail to despeckle the harder specks from my screen, and make little headway with regards to the greasy blotches so many not-well-thought-out late fast-food runs have left on my keys. This product, though, gets my computer clean and pleasant looking to the point where I am only slightly embarrassed to haul it around as though it was some extension of my person. I use it on pretty much all of my devices now, and even though I’m not the sort of person to particularly care about the “naturalness” of a cleaning product, I’m glad to have something on hand that isn’t scented and probably won’t destroy things I spill it on.” —Leah Davydov

Get the kit (which includes a microfiber cleaning cloth and cleaning solution) from Amazon for $19.95.

24.

A straight-up mesmerizing oil stain remover capable of getting the toughest, baked-on grease stains out of your concrete floors and driveways.


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Promising review: “Changed the oil on my girlfriend’s car and some oil spilled on my NEW driveway…which I didn’t notice ’til four days later. No good deed goes unpunished and I knew I was screwed. Read everything from using soap and water to small animal sacrifices to try to get out the oil — but they all ended saying the same thing, ‘nothing really works.’ Four spots all about the size of a dollar bill baking in the Arizona sun for four days. Found this searching on Amazon and I thought $8, whatever. That’s one less vodka soda tonight for dinner. Put the stuff on (sits on the stain like pancake batter — don’t be afraid to pour liberally) and let it sit from 6 p.m. ’til about 9 a.m. the next day. It dried and the instructions said to just sweep the stuff up (right, like I am not going to need a scraper and wire scrub pad for an hour. HA). Well it broke apart with the broom and the stains were gone, just swept up the powder pieces — took about a minute. I WAS SHOCKED! Something that actually works on oil and it’s easy. Absolutely NO sign of anything that was there. My driveway is smooth concrete so I can’t vouch for what would happen with a rougher surface but whoever makes this stuff is a genius. If they tried to take on World Peace, Earth would be a better place.” —AmazonBob

Get it from Amazon for $14.97.

25.

A steam cleaner for a completely chemical-free way to clean hard surfaces with no harmful fumes or residue.


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Promising review: “This is a cleaning machine like nothing I’ve ever used before. It’s amazing to see the dirt, grease, and caked-on spills just melt away. It’s really helpful to get that cleaning steam in every nook, cranny, edge, and corner on everything that needs to be cleaned. You can get that steam into tiny crevices that simply do not always get reached with rags.” —MB

Get it from Amazon for $32.99.

26.

A heavy-duty rust stain remover so you can see what color your shower actually is — hint, it’s not an orangey-brown.


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Promising review: “The photos speak for themselves. When we bought our home there was no water softener and years of iron buildup. We tried so many things on our shower. Nothing worked. We were convinced we’d be stuck until we renovated the bathroom. But this worked wonders. I still can’t believe it. We had to let it sit for about an hour, then it dissolved and wiped right off. Definitely use in a ventilated area if possible.” —M. Gilardi

Get it from Amazon for $4.97.

27.

A reusable makeup-removing cloth, because getting rid of all the excess makeup on your face every night is a chore but this will help make it easier — you just need water!


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Promising review: “I cannot believe it! Every once in a while you buy something that actually lives up to its promises! This super-soft little face towel takes off makeup, including stubborn eye makeup, in a couple of swipes without scrubbing at all. I don’t know what makes it so effective; maybe it’s made of millions of tiny little hands! but I am very impressed.” —Donna Montalbano

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

28.

A tube of Wrinkle Paste — an anti-bacterial formula you can use to protect your doggie’s wrinkles, remove tear stains, and help eliminate any stinkiness.


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Promising review: “Bought this for my 4-year-old 70 lb. English bulldog. He’s always had an odor from his wrinkles. Used it on his wrinkles two to three times and the smell is completely gone. I’ve been using wet wipes for years to clean the area but it never got rid of the odor the way this wrinkle paste does. I’ll be using this for a long time.” —Kpop

Get it from Amazon for $20.72.

29.

A non-toxic stainless steel soleplate cleaner kit designed specifically to clean the gunk that can manifest onto irons.


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Set includes a one-ounce tube of soleplate cleaner, application cloth, polishing/finishing cloth, and instructions.

Promising review: “Amazing product! Iron was used at too high of a setting on a polyester blouse. I was able to clean it in less than 10 minutes with almost no effort. The iron is as good as new, which is more than I can say about the blouse.” —RJ

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

30.

A stainless steel tongue cleaner, because bad breath is a thing and it’s a thing you should not have.


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Promising review: “Unfortunately I, like many, suffer from bad breath and have tried so many things to stop it. I read that sometimes it’s the germs on your tongue that can cause it, so I went crazy trying to brush my tongue. Of course, we all know how that ends — gagging, watery eyes, and it still looks like that gross film is on your tongue. I finally decided that maybe it was time to get a tongue cleaner and it had to be a stainless steel one because they are easier to clean and sterilize. This product is really easy to use and I can get very far back on my tongue without activating my gag reflex. Also, it doesn’t have the feeling like brushing with a toothbrush does. This cleaner just glides across my tongue, taking all the icky germs and bad breath with it. I love my nice new fresh breath and bolster of confidence!” —jordanlauren

Get it from Amazon for $6.19.

31.

An effective acid-free wheel cleaner so you can be rolling on some sparkling dubs.


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It works with various wheel finishes including chrome, aluminum, steel, clear coated, PVD, painted, plastic wheel covers, magnesium, AND aftermarket wheels.

Promising review: “It will take one look from your friends to say ‘Did you buy some new wheels?’ This stuff is absolutely amazing. For the full effect, dismount your wheel, spray the back. Go do something for 10 minutes. Wash with water, no scrubbing needed. Turn the rim face up, do it again. Do the rest of your rims, and don’t forget the tire protectant when you reinstall them. This stuff will handle salt, road tar, off-road dirt and mud — you get it dirty, it comes clean. Where was this stuff when I was racing off-road?” —johnfcon

Get it from Amazon for $16.47.

32.

A bottle of Grip Clean heavy-duty soap made with coconut and olive oils so you can get those dirty-ass hands of yours sparkling clean.


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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 $10.99.

33.

A powerful little electric pressure washer that’ll scare the stains, dirt, grime…even the paint, right off nearly anything.


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This works on outdoor cushions, wood decks, house siding, and plenty of other places. You can even fill it with detergent to wash your car!

Promising review: “I love this washer. It competes with my 2200 PSI gas-powered pressure washer, which in fact I sold to keep this. But doesn’t have the noisy gas engine or the heavyweight. Easy to move around, lightweight and has great power. Very quiet. I love all the attachments and the different stream types. The soap dispenser works well. I’m cleaning everything, my deck, my house, the garage doors, the concrete slab. It takes off all the dirt and mold from the old concrete stairs and sidewalk.” —Tim S.

Get it from Amazon for $148.49.

Apparently how I’ve been living all these years:


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

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