When we were dreaming about the best parts of adulthood as a kid, most of us weren’t dreaming about spending hours cleaning. Buying all the candy in the world, being able to go wherever we wanted, receiving letters addressed to us? Yes. Having to figure out what the best cleaning product is to scrub the scum out of our toilets? Not so much.
But there are people out there who really love cleaning — or, at least, really like to figure out how to clean as efficiently as possible. That’s lucky for us because they regularly evangelize their favorite products, so we don’t have to test every last one of them ourselves as we sweat over the grease that’s caked on our stovetops.
We set out to find the products that people can’t stop talking about, the kinds of products that make you think you might actually want to spend your Sunday making your house sparkle. We can’t promise cleaning will become your new favorite hobby, but we can say these products might make it suck a little less.
Puracy Multi-Surface Cleaner
Puracy is 99.5 percent natural and never tested on animals, and people swear by its ability to clean a surface without leaving any streaks behind.
Natural Multi-Surface Cleaner, Available on Amazon
Bar Keepers Friend
Formulated to clean any nonporous surface like glass, porcelain, ceramic and more, Bar Keepers Friend is beloved for making stainless steel pots sparkle and removing tough stains and rust, tarnish and mineral deposits from a host of surfaces.
Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser & Polish, Available on Amazon
Aunt Fannie’s Cleaning Vinegar
Everyone knows vinegar is an all-natural cleaning solution, but people swear by Aunt Fannie's particular brew. And with scents like eucalyptus, lime-mint, mandarin and lavender, it's not hard to see why.
Aunt Fannie's Cleaning Vinegar, Available on Amazon
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day
Mrs. Meyer's has a whole line of cleaning products, from all-purpose cleaners to powder scrubs, but people swear by their toilet bowl cleaner, which works without harsh chemicals and still eats away at hard mineral deposits.
Mrs. Meyer’s Clean Day Toilet Bowl Cleaner, Available on Amazon
Better Life All-Purpose Cleaner
Ever wish you could have a natural all-purpose cleaner without vinegar? Better Life is the solution. It's safe and nontoxic even if kids or pets get into it, which has parents loving it.
Better Life All-Purpose Cleaner, Available on Amazon
Force of Nature
Force of Nature isn't just a spray bottle — it's a process. The contraption uses salt, vinegar, water and electricity to create sodium hydroxide and hypochlorous acid, which is as effective as bleach. Fans of the product say it's almost magical in the way it gets rid of hard-water deposits.
Force of Nature, Available on Amazon
Jetz-Scrubz Scrubber Sponge
Fans of these sponges love them because they hold onto soap and they scrub like heck without leaving any scratches.
Jetz-Scrubz Scrubber Sponge, Available on Amazon
Amagabeli Stainless-Steel Chain Mail
If you've got cast-iron pans and are struggling to clean them, this chain mail is designed to do the trick, and fans have also found use for them on grills and stainless-steel pots.
Amagabeli stainless-steel Chain Mail, Available on Amazon
Got goo stuck on tables or windows? Get rid of it with a natural alternative to Goo Gone that fans say works just as well or maybe better.
Citrasolv, Available on Amazon
Grab Green Bleach Alternative Pods
If you need to brighten your whites but don't want to use chlorine bleach, these bleach-alternative pods will do the trick.
Bleach Alternative Pods, Available on Amazon
Green Works Compostable Cleaning Wipes
There's no doubt that cleaning wipes are convenient, but they can also have a real effect on the environment. But people love these Green Works wipes because they're compostable, so they'll break down over time and won't harm the environment — and they clean just as well as other wipes.
Green Works Compostable Cleaning Wipes, Available on Amazon
Biokleen Bac-Out Stain + Odor Remover
People love Biokleen Bac-Out because it has enzyme-producing cultures that eat away at stains and smells that other cleaners don't even start to touch.
Biokleen Bac-Out Stain + Odor Remover, Available on Amazon
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