30 Ways To Make It Look Like You Hired Someone To Deep Clean Your House

Table of Contents 1. Conquer slime, mold, and grime with a jar of chemical-free Humble Suds scour paste. It’s a gentle yet effective way to clean your tub, counters, and oven. It won’t expel any harmful fumes and it’s even safe to use on your hands or to wash produce! […]

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Conquer slime, mold, and grime with a jar of chemical-free Humble Suds scour paste. It’s a gentle yet effective way to clean your tub, counters, and oven. It won’t expel any harmful fumes and it’s even safe to use on your hands or to wash produce!


Humble Suds

Humble Suds is a small cleaning brand run by two moms — Holli Schaub and Jennifer Parnell — in Evergreen, Colorado. All of their products are made from powerful, plant-based ingredients and packaged with recyclable materials. This scour paste is gluten free, vegan, cruelty free, and phthalate free, and free of synthetic fragrances or preservatives. It does contain citrus essential oils to help break down grease.

Promising review: “This is so much better than Comet. I love the way this smells and I REALLY love that there are NO chemicals. And cleaning is a breeze. My oven shines so brightly! I buy these products as gifts for the folks who don’t know about this stuff.” —Beverly Williams

Get it from Humble Suds for $14.95+ (available in two sizes).

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Get fresh and old stains out of your home with this powerful carpet stain remover. That way, the next time a ketchup explosion happens, you don’t have to dish out money to rent a carpet cleaner or replace the carpet altogether.


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Promising review: “This is seriously the most amazing product I have EVER purchased! I used it to remove a dry ketchup stain from the white carpet. It removed every speck of the ketchup without ruining the texture of the carpet!” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $11.88.


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Go at the slimy deck or bleak-looking backyard fence with a power washer for some seriously satisfying results! Not to mention it’ll help you save tons of money on car washes.


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The set includes a high-pressure washer and 20-foot hose, five interchangeable high- and low-pressure nozzles to wash various surfaces, 35-foot power cord for use on all exterior outlets, one spray gun, one water filter, one cleaning pin, one connection lance, one adjustable spray lance, one screwdriver, one wrench, manual, and a one-year warranty.

Promising review: “Bought this for one thing and one thing only…FOAM CANNON CAR WASH!! I was very disappointed when the only pictures I saw were of people washing their driveways and fences. But wait! Here you are! The best car wash review!!! I bought a cheap foam cannon (here on Amazon) MATCC Adjustable Foam Cannon 33 fl oz. You do not need an adapter or anything special, it works perfectly! This is a great power washer. I have used it four times so far, and have no complaints.” —LMF dot Com

Get it from Amazon for $145.94.


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Ensure people think you paid big bucks to restore the wooden tables and surfaces in your home with a wood polish that costs under $10.


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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 and several other areas that were just worn from heavy traffic. This stuff was like a Magic Eraser for water spots, scratches, scuffs, and any other blemish. 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.

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If your toilet *still* looks dirty right after cleaning it, try a drywall sanding sponge to get rid of pesky stains around the rim.


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Restore all your thermoses and water bottles to like-new condition with a pack of all-natural bottle-cleaning tablets. Just drop them in with some water and let the tablet work its magic for an hour or two while you clean up the rest of the house!


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These are biodegradable and odor-free.

Promising review: “I seriously can’t believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. A bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn’t put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING.” —Amazon Customer

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $6.88.

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Get rid of chocolate, grease, and tomato stains in clothing with this fan-favorite stain remover. It works on everything from oil stains to pet accidents, and it’s chlorine and bleach free.


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Promising review:This stuff is magical! It’s super easy to use, and it works on almost any stain! My daughter made fluffy slime today, and by the time she was done, there was purple fluffy slime all over her dress. I scrubbed it with this stain remover and threw it in the wash thinking there’s no way the stains will get out. I was pleasantly surprised when I pulled the dress out, and there wasn’t a single remnant of the slime on it. It was a laundry miracle! Love this stuff and will continue to use it for everything!” —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $11.99.


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Upgrade your laundry routine with this box of dye , enzyme-, phosphate-, paraben-, and fragrance-free laundry detergent pods beloved by many folks with sensitive skin. These will clean and refresh your dirty laundry, and you won’t have to worry about potential irritants getting into your clothes, blankets, and towels.


Dropps

Promising review: “I use nothing else. I can now wash my clothes without several rinses required. No scents, no irritating additives. My skin thanks you!” —Debra B.

Get a box of 64 pods from Dropps for $24 (or for $18 with a subscription!).

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Obliterate stuck-on food particles and grease from your stove with a cooktop cleaning kit that’ll make your stovetop look like you’ve never used it a day in your life 👀.


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This set comes with a 10-ounce bottle of cooktop cleaner, one cleaning pad, and one scraper.

Promising review: “As soon as I used this stuff, I couldn’t believe it! We had a new stove that I didn’t clean for months and assumed the burnt pea juice (my enemy) would just be a new stain forever. However, after one application, it was basically gone. I used the scraper that came with it and did one more small application on just that spot, and it was gone! Every time I use this it looks like my stove could be brand new.” —Christi Lambertson

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

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Scrub the shower tiles and bathtub into a squeaky-clean state, but, like, the easy way — with this handy drill brush attachment. Just pair it with your cordless drill and clean away!


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This set comes with three brushes and an extension. The brushes fit into almost all cordless drills. And FYI, over 13,000 people rated this a 5-star product!

Promising review: “I have some nasty carpal tunnel that makes it difficult to really put some elbow grease into tasks like scrubbing, but let me tell you: This product is a DREAM. The pictures speak for themselves. This was after one light use with some cleaning product. I only used the bigger flat brush.” —Gnoc

Get a set of three from Amazon for $8.95.


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Steam clean your microwave with a bowl full of water (lemons optional for a fresh scent). Let the bowl heat in the microwave for five minutes, and then let it sit for another five minutes before you open the door. Stuck-on food and grime will easily wipe away with a sponge!


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Check out my colleague Natalie Brown’s before-and-after results with this microwave cleaning hack!


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Leave a concentrated mold and mildew remover on bathroom tile overnight and people just may think you hired a cleaning pro come morning — the results really speak for themselves!


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Promising review: “My husband didn’t think our grout was originally white, but I knew better. I put this on before bed on a section of grout in the shower and woke up to THIS the next morning. Gorgeous and bright white, no scrubbing at all!! Just rinse it off. Absolutely buying another bottle. It wasn’t quite enough for my entire shower, but to be fair, we have a lot of small tiles. I think two bottles will get the whole shower floor.” —thekuan

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.


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De-funk your washing machine with a pack of cleaning tablets. Reviewers recommend letting the tablet soak for 15–20 minutes for an extra-thorough deep clean!


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Promising review: “Sure, you can use vinegar, but the cost is about the same, and Affresh tabs smell a whole lot better, plus the box of tabs is way lighter, and stores in a much, much smaller space. One thing that really helps these work even better is to do as directed (water level high, temperature hot), but after the washer fills and agitates for a couple of minutes — shut the washer off, and let it sit and soak with the lid closed. I let it sit for about 15–20 minutes, continue agitating for a couple of minutes, then stop the washer again for another 15–20 minutes, continue agitating for a couple of minutes, stop the washer again, and let it sit for 15–20 minutes, then start the washer and let it complete the wash cycle. The extra soak time really makes a difference.” —William

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $10.78.

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And pop a dishwasher-cleaning tablet into a cycle with your dirty dishes to ensure the dishwasher itself stays gleaming and odor free, so your dishes come out cleaner than ever!


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Promising review: “I love love love this product. My Bosch dishwasher looks brand new again. I used to buy expensive products to clean the inside of my dishwasher, but they were very inferior to this product. This will be my dishwasher beautifier from now on. Buy with confidence, it’s worth a try.” —schana

Get a six-pack from Amazon for $5.99.


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Tackle your bug problem with a DIY fly spray — all you need is a spray bottle, Pine-Sol, and water.

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Keep your cleaning supplies in a neat and tidy spot with an eco-friendly cleaning kit that comes with a placement tray. You can add your own cleaning solution to the reusable glass bottle or try a fragrance-free all-purpose cleaner from this small biz!


Good Vibes

Good Vibes is a Black-owned business founded by Ymani Efunyale that offers plant-based, all-purpose cleaning products that are safe to use around children and pets.

This cleaning kit includes one brown 16-ounce glass spray bottle, two coconut husk scrubber sponges, and one white tray to keep your cleaning supplies organized.

Get it from Good Vibes for $20 (all-purpose cleaner is sold separately).

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Let a robot vacuum and mop have a go at crumbs and mop up spills before the mess gets trekked through your entire house. Deep cleaning the floors will be way less of a chore with this helper!


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This robo vac has an infrared-sensor for evading obstacles and drop-sensing tech to avoid falls. It also automatically recharges so it’s always ready to clean. It comes with a remote control (two AAA batteries included), charging base, AC power adapter, cleaning tool, an extra set of high-performance filters, four side brushes, and five cable ties. It can clean continuously for up to 100 minutes. And it’s quite enough to not disturb any little ones during nap time as it works!

Promising review: “My husband bought me this for my college graduation gift. I can’t say anything bad about this robo vac! I love it! I have hardwood in the living room, tile in the kitchen, and carpet in the bedrooms. We have a Labrador retriever inside so there’s lots of hair and it’s doing a great job picking it up!” —karissa leeann windham

Get it from Amazon for $219.99 (available in two colors).

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Suck the moisture out of the air and filter it *at the same time* with a dehumidifier with a reusable air filter (designed for large spaces). Reviewers say it pulls tons of water out of the air, even in the most humid conditions, so consider musty basement or bathroom smells handled!


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This dehumidifier will help purify the air up to 1,500 square feet to be exact.

Promising review: “I live down in Florida where the daily humidity will creep into every space and you feel like you are swimming in a soup bowl for two-thirds of the year. I needed to lower the humidity in my apartment to one, feel better and two, protect my home from moisture damage. To do so, I needed to run this unit around the clock for around three weeks and this thing never missed a beat. It was consistently pulling buckets and buckets of water out of the air for the whole run. The collection bucket would be full every six hours or so but, my space was around 75% humidity so I expected this. No issues with the unit appearing stressed or slowing down. I would recommend this to anyone who needs to get higher volumes of moisture out of the air, or for those with larger spaces and lower volumes looking to maintain comfortable levels.” —Bdm106

Get it from Amazon for $169+ (available in 20-, 35-, and 50-pint sizes).


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Or, place a moisture absorber in the bathroom, behind the kitchen sink, in the laundry room, or in other damp spaces. These babies are ideal for those working with a smaller space or who don’t want to commit to a dehumidifier. These crystals last up to 60 days, and you can purchase separate refills for the future!


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Promising Review: “One day! That’s all it took. I would give 10 stars if I could. Good grief! For the last two months, there was this stinky odor coming from the upstairs of my older townhome. And for two long months, I thought it was me! This smell would attach to my clothes after an hour of being home. I’ve tried the fan in the window, scents on my furnace filter, and an electric air cleaner/ionizer — then I got this four-pack, stuck them upstairs, and left for the day. When I came back, the smell was very minimal. I went to sleep and woke up (the smell is worse in the morning), but I could only smell the linen fragrance of these containers. All this to say, thank god that it wasn’t me that smelled bad — just my home. These helped soak up not only moisture but also the bad smell.” —Po

Get a four-pack from Amazon for $23.40.

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Use a plant-based all-purpose cleaner for glistening countertops, tiles, and wooden tabletops. It’s cruelty free, nontoxic, and safe to use around kids and pets.


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Promising review: “Love this cleaner. Smells fresh, cleans great. It does not leave any residue on the counters or floors.” —MBM 

Get it from Target for $3.29

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Grab a handful of The Pink Stuff to finally get your kiddo’s Sharpie masterpiece off the living room wall. It’s a powerful, all-purpose cleaning paste made from 99% natural ingredients, and reviewers say it works miracles on stove tops and headlights, too!


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Promising review: “You most likely saw this on TikTok. If all the videos showing you that it’s a magical cleaning paste didn’t sell you, then let me just tell you: IT WORKS. My 3-year-old Picasso attacked my hallway walls with permanent markers! It’s completely GONE. Which is AMAZING!! I was just about to give up. My hubby even used it to clean his headlights. Which to my amazement worked perfectly as well. It’s a beyond universal cleaning product.” —Katelynne M.

Get it from Amazon for $6.29+ (available in one or two packs).


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Eliminate hard water from the mouth of your faucets and shower head by attaching a plastic bag filled with vinegar, using a rubber band. You can also substitute the vinegar for a more intense mineral cleaner if your plumbing is really stained.


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Blogger Two Twenty One has a full tutorial on cleaning calcium from faucets. The tutorial suggests using  CLR (aka Calcium, Lime, Rust). A 28-ounce bottle is $4.76 on Amazon. 

You can also try soaking the water jets in your toilet in vinegar overnight to give them a deep clean.

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Remove dog hair and crumbs from your workspace with a keyboard-cleaning gel. It has over 18,000 5-star reviews so you know it’ll get the job done, plus it looks pretty fun to use!


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Promising review: “I was skeptical at first, and was afraid that my keyboard would be all gummed up with yellow slime! But, the opposite happened: It made my keyboard as good as new. I got all those dog hairs between the keys! And, there was no lingering smell on my keyboard or hands. It’s kind of fun to play with, too.” —Billy

Get it from Amazon for $6.99.


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Opt for a shockingly absorbent dishcloth instead of paper towels for wipe-downs. It’ll barely be damp after drying a whole stack of dishes, which is probably more than you can say about the moldy rag that *may* or may not be in your kitchen right now.


Package Free Shop

Package Free Shop is committed to offering sustainable products and resources that positively benefit people and the planet, and they sell plastic-free cleaning and laundry products, zero-waste grocery shopping kits, sustainable storage solutions, and other great finds for your home!

Promising review: “This little guy can really pack a punch. I use this cloth to dry my dishes and I can dry them all up very well with the dishcloth only feeling slightly damp. Great to clean up messes as well, and great to have around.” —Nicole

Get it from Package Free Shop for $7 (available in 16 styles).

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Make doing the dishes and being around the sink in general a tolerable experience with a pack of garbage disposal cleaner tablets. They have the foaming power you need to stop bad odors from ruining the entire clean kitchen vibe.


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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 a 24-pack from Amazon for $24.57.


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This is safe to use on all floor types including hardwood, vinyl, laminate, and tile. It comes with a 22-ounce refillable bottle that you can fill with your own cleaning solution and three microfiber mop heads. The microfiber pads are reusable and machine washable up to 100 times!

Promising review: “We’ve tried several mops over the years, but this is an absolute winner. My wife loves it, and the built-in spray dispenser allows for painless easy mopping, whether of the whole kitchen or just spot messes. Great purchase, and we do recommend to friends!” —Tony

Get the kit from Amazon for $44.99.


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Swap out the stick or bag vacuum for a powerful handheld vacuum cleaner and the results may surprise you! This little vacuum is cordless and comes with five different nozzles, and it’ll clean up pet hair, dirt, dust bunnies, and other messes with incredible force. I have this vacuum and ended up donating my larger vac because I was reaching for this one every time!


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Promising review: “Three litter boxes, two fluffy cats, and 1,500 square feet kept me frequently pulling out my upright Dyson to keep the place clean. So I splurged on this one and I only wish I had done it sooner. Yes, battery life is short (40 mins-ish) but that hasn’t been a problem. I just plug it in when I’m not using it. Easy to clean, and picks up hair, dirt, kitty litter, everything, like no other. You do have to hold the trigger to keep the machine running, which I haven’t had a problem with. It doesn’t need a lot of pressure. I enjoy cleaning when I’m using a Dyson, which I realize sounds creepy and cultish but is completely true. Worth the money.” —AAO

Get it from Amazon for $479.99

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Use the dusting brush attachment (on your new or existing vacuum) on the outside of your exhaust fan to get rid of gross dust buildup. Don’t forget to also pull the cover off to really get in there with some soap and water!


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Dust your blinds two at a time with a microfiber blind cleaner and be done with deep cleaning the window area quicker than ever before.


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This duster comes with five reusable microfiber sleeves. Just throw them in the wash when you’re done.

Promising review: “I liked that the product was easy to use. I was able to use it for dust without a wet cleaner or a cleaning solution. It comes with three additional sleeves so you can actually get an entire blind done or more in than one cleaning. I washed the sleeves and they are holding up well. The cleaner is very affordable and more than anything it works! This purchase was great for me and my family…my children even wanted to help clean!” —EvaTheDivaAZ

Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (comes with five sleeves).

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And return scruffy sinks, rusted stainless steel, or grimey cookware to their original, glistening state with a bottle of Bar Keepers Friend soft cleanser. It’s designed to work miracles on stainless steel, brass, bronze, copper alloys, aluminum, ceramic, porcelain, glass, and Corian surfaces.


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One reviewer said it even removed permanent marker! Read our review of the Bar Keepers Friend soft cleanser.

Promising review: “Bar Keepers Friend should really be called ‘Homeowner’s Magician’! I purchased this cleanser in an attempt to revive our stainless-steel knife set, which is a great moderately priced set that has seen better days, and I’m extremely happy that I did. The cleanser not only took away the rust spots with minimal difficulty, but it returned them to their original luster! After cleaning our knives, I gave it a shot on our porcelain sink, which I typically have to douse in bleach cleaner to remove the stains from, causing the entire kitchen to be filled with noxious fumes…and it worked beautifully! The stains came clean, and it made the sink look pretty enough to eat off of.” —Kat Ferrari

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.27.

Sending you squeaky-clean vibes!


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

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