26 Cleaning Products That Are Actually Worth The Splurge - BuzzFeed

26 Cleaning Products That Are Actually Worth The Splurge - BuzzFeed


26 Cleaning Products That Are Actually Worth The Splurge - BuzzFeed

Posted: 23 Aug 2020 12:00 AM PDT

Every surface of your home will thank you.

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.

1. An upright vacuum cleaner with an anti-allergen seal that works on both carpets and hardwood floors because you shouldn't need to grab another appliance to clean your living room. With a lift-away handheld filter, you can even get in those hard-to-reach areas!

Amazon

Promising review: "I love Shark vacuums. It seems they are always at the cutting edge of cleaning products. I got this for my 84-year-old mom who has a larger named brand vacuum but is now too cumbersome for her to use. Enter this beauty! I think she vacuumed three times the first week she started using this. The cord is not too long, so there is a little less cord to get tangled up in. The canister is easy to empty, and the hose and tools are super easy to use. This vacuum really shines when you use it on upholstery; I have a white dog and his fine hair is hard to vacuum up. This Shark gets it all up from off the couch with ease. The attachments are great for staircases as well. The size and weight make this a super comfortable vacuum to use. The suction is great and it has two settings. One setting is for hardwood and the other is for carpet. Each works equally great. Though this is a smaller vacuum, it works like a champ. The filter is easy to clean and all-in-all this makes vacuuming and cleaning a little more tolerable!" —C. Irish

Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

2. And! A multi-purpose Hoover vacuum for anyone living on a couch that might actually just be a mountain of pet hair and the dirt they track in.

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Promising review: "I have two Australian Shepherds who are heavy shedders. The Hoover MAXLife Pro Pet Swivel is the perfect tool for me to fight those fur-ball tumbleweeds." —WaywardBadger

Get it from Amazon for $199.99.

3. A bundle of nontoxic detergents from The Laundress. Each detergent is made with your clothes in mind, so they target a specific fabric, stain, or odor. Are you ready for your clothes to look and smell like new?

The Laundress

This kit includes one bottle each of The Laundress' signature detergent, wool and cashmere shampoo, sport detergent, and delicate detergent.

Promising review: "I have been using The Laundress' cashmere wash for years and it is fantastic and makes my cashmere feel brand-new. The sports wash is my new favorite; it smells fantastic and leaves my workout clothes feeling and smelling super fresh." —SuperFresh

Get it from The Laundress for $69.75 (originally $77.50).

4. A cordless shower scrubber for the grime pretending to be a permanent stain in your tub. Its adjustable long extension handle and four distinct brush heads can help you get into far away crevices and corners.

amazon.com

Promising review: "Wow, what a great job this did on my tub! I had no idea how dirty it was until the scrubber began taking off the grime I had been missing cleaning it by hand over the years. It was gross. I had planed on spot cleaning, but I had to do the whole tub. It was fairly effortless (totally effortless if you compare it to doing it by hand). I was able to do the whole tub and the sliding doors. It even got the smoke-dust-filled vent cleaned!! I'm letting it spin out the rest of the battery as instructed before charging it again for tomorrow's jobs. The different brushes got in all the crevices and curves of the tub with ease. No bending, no elbow grease; it's a wonderful tool. I used a soft scrub product and water spray bottle and rinsed with the shower head. I recommend this electric spin scrubber to everyone. Wow!" —Steve

Get it from Amazon for $56.99+ (available in two colors).

5. An air purifier to help get rid of any smoke, odors, dust, mites, allergens, or mold hanging around in your air. It's got a three-stage filtration system that is not only energy-efficient (woo!) but also 100% ozone-free (double woo!).

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Promising review: "I love this little thing! I bought it for my master bedroom, but I upgraded to an LV-H132 so this little guy went into my teenage son's room. It has been a blessing in disguise! As you know teenage boys are dirty and this has reduced dust and completely rids the room of any B.O or dirty laundry smells in his room. The timers are great and you can't even tell that it's on when in night mode. TBH I keep the purifier on the low setting all day and crank it up when it needs to be. It would be nice to include and auto function, but it's not a deal breaker. Don't try to save money by buying the older model, it's not worth the savings. I am for sure going to buy another unit for my youngest son's room. I've also tested it in the kitchen, and it got rid of all the cooking odors." —R Granada

Get it from Amazon for $89.99.

6. A stainless-steel step trash can that locks odor away, so there's no lingering evidence of the mess you just cleaned up! It has a built-in liner pocket that stores up to 20 liners and dispenses them one-by-one.

Sur La Table

Promising review: "This is the nicest trash can I've ever had! It was a little pricey, but it's a very nice and good quality trash can. Looks great and should last. It's also easier to clean than the stainless ones from Wally World! Plus, I love the bags that came with it!" —Taylor M

Get it from Sur La Table for $130.

7. A RoboVac that quietly cleans under your couches and chairs, so you can focus on more important things. This smart vacuum has sensor to avoid falls and obstacles. Oh, and it automatically recharges!

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "This thing sucks...It's suction is so much stronger than the Roombas I have had. It picks up so much dust and pet hair. We do a full vacuum every other week with my Dyson, so I think of the robot vacuum as a supplemental vacuum. I was shocked at how much was in the dustbin after it's inaugural cleaning! I work from my home office, and this thing is quiet enough that I don't even turn it off during conference calls. This might be the thing I am most impressed with. My last Roomba was LOUD; you couldn't even have a conversation with someone in the same room, let alone someone on speakerphone." —LB

Get it from Amazon for $219.99 (available in black and white).

8. A portable carpet cleaner with such great suction and scrubbing features, you should be able to spot clean *any* stubborn pet stains in your house or car.

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Promising review: "This is a really nice little shampooer. I have a dog with medical problems resulting in recurrent issues with soiled carpet. I was impressed with its cleaning ability, especially the suction and the cleaning solution that comes in the package. Having owned many other brands before, I can safely say that none of them have cleaned my home better than this small unit. That having been said, I also used the solution at half or less than the recommended ratio to help avoid the dreaded hard carpet and super soiled spots from soap being left in the carpet. Nice for the price." —Vi

Get it from Amazon for $168.34+.

9. A smartphone sanitizer that kills viruses and germs in less than 10 minutes! Just place your phone inside the case and let the UV light do its thang.

Hammacher Schlemmer

Promising review: "Fast and easy! I love the way it lets you know out loud when it starts and when it finishes!!" —Sheila

Get it from Hammacher Schlemmer for $99.95.

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This set includes: a 12-foot pole, a cobweb duster, a microfiber feather duster, and a flexible ceiling fan duster.

Promising review: "I like the fact that there's no wobble at the working end of this pole. The way you secure the extensions on this duster will last much longer than the old 'twist it 'til it holds' routine. I clean a house that has exposed beams on their very tall ceiling, and I can't really get to the tops of the beams' dust with a regular half-round brush. The spiders and the beam-dunes are on notice. They're toast!" —Susan

Get it from Amazon for $49.97.

11. A natural and eco-friendly cleaning kit from Blueland, so you can keep your home and the planet free of garbage and pollutants.

Blueland

This sparkling kit includes: three acrylic spray bottles, three cleaning tablets (multi-surface, glass, bathroom), a glass foaming hand soap bottle, a hand soap tablet, a silicone dish soap shaker, a 16 oz powder dish soap, a steel dishwasher tablet tin, and 40 dishwasher tablets.

Promising review: "I liked the products so much, I bought my daughter a set and she loves it! I can't explain in words how it feels to be able to clean everything without polluting the world with chemicals and the landfills with plastic. The best thing since sliced bread!" —Nada K

Get it from Blueland for $69.

12. A lightweight Dyson vacuum you won't break your back carrying around the house to clean different rooms. Just charge this vac, and take it for a deep-cleaning spin!

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "It was time to replace our old Dyson cord vacuum. Since it had performed so well over the course of 17 years, I immediately looked to Dyson again. I admit I was a bit skeptical that a smaller stick vacuum could do the job in an almost 2,000-sq-ft house. We are senior citizens who have an active lifestyle, live in the mountains off of dusty roads, have house cats and two Aussie dogs. Since we also have horses and acreage, we are busy and the cleaning sometimes takes a lower priority. I wanted something that was easy to use, quick, and not having to drag a cord around sounded really good! I really, really like this handy and powerful vacuum. I was concerned about the small size of the bin, and how often I might need to dump it. But after using it to vacuum most of the house, I'm no longer concerned. And...it did a great job, our area rugs look great, and it moves so easily to our hardwood floors. One really big plus for us is that it runs off battery charge. We live off the grid and generate our own electricity with solar and wind. On cloudy, windless days, I was basically forbidden to vacuum, unless I started a generator. But now, I can have a charge ready and get it done! Couldn't be happier. Can definitely recommend this product!" —Debra Mickelson

Get it from Amazon for $599.66.

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "This steam cleaner is neat! Simply plug it in, push the button, wait for the light to turn green, and start cleaning. I've seen cheaper handheld or other steam cleaners and they usually have far inferior accessories that just don't hold up to intense cleaning. This is one of those rare products that's worth a lot more than the retail price.

Other nice touches include that it has wheels and the cord wraps underneath for easy storage. So it stays super compact. It's lightweight at 9 lbs, and it's easy to carry, even with water in it." —newspapergrl

Get it from Amazon for $189.78.

Invisalign

Promising review: "I had yellow stains on my retainer because I left it in all day accidentally. I used the Invisalign cleaner, and all the coffee stains were gone. I would definitely recommend this as I have had Invisalign and the retainer for more than a year. This is the only cleaning agent that makes them feel squeaky clean" —Jennifer Fletcher

Get it from Amazon for $50.

15. An all-in-one floor cleaner that can scrub tiles, deep clean carpets, and sand down hardwood floors? Multitasking queen!

Amazon, amazon.com

Promising review: "I just scrubbed my kitchen tile floor which resembles a cobble stone street with this new floor scrubber. In the twelve years I have had this tile floor, I have steamed cleaned it, hand scrubbed it with wooden brushes, and the hours spent on it have been endless with no positive results. After searching, I decided on this one for its quality, price, and reviews. I can kick myself for not buying this sooner. In a matter of an hour and a half, my kitchen tile floor is cleaner than clean. The Orbiter glided back and forth as I then mopped up the excess residue. This machine is worth every penny. I am thrilled with my purchase and happy I saved so much money in doing it myself and not hiring a floor service." —Alphons Gunther

Get it from Amazon for $349.36.

16. A portable washing machine with a 26-pound capacity, so you can do light to medium laundry loads in your apartment instead of lugging a month's worth of dirty clothes to your nearest laundromat.

Amazon

Pair with a portable dryer FTW.

Promising review: "I have to admit, I was a little skeptical at first! I had never heard of a portable washer/dryer before, let alone used one. Will it get my clothes clean? How does it dry my clothes without heat? Well to my surprise, this thing is amazing! My clothes are clean and the dryer works too. The dryer works by centrifugal force so about 95% of the water gets spun out of your clothes. When you take them out, clothes are barely damp to the touch. All you have to do is hang them up for about an hour so they can air dry." —Simyas

Get it from Amazon for $168.99+.

17. A microfiber mop kit that features a stainless-steel bucket and mop handle, so they last for many cleans to come. This kit comes with five microfiber mop refills and five cleaning cloths.

Amazon

Promising review: "What I like is the fact that you can use your foot to help dry the mop. This is a great tool that works without having to use your hand." —Dwight Pearson

Get it from Amazon for $55.99.

18. An extendable squeegee window cleaner with a dual window washer and squeegee, so you don't have to battle your fear of ladders to get your windows squeaky clean!

Amazon

Promising review: "This product worked very well for cleaning high windows. Kept me off a ladder!!" —Brandy

Get it from Amazon for $79.99 (available in three sizes and three pivot options).

19. A power washer to help blast away any unwanted gunk caked onto your prized possessions. With an extendable pressure hose, you can even reach those hard-to-get areas!

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Promising review: "First of all, this unit is heavy due to an excellent motor and pump. The plastic housing seems very tough and is not likely to crack from use. When running it sounds very 'solid' and is not terribly noisy. The assembly process was fairly simple. It's nice to have storage on the unit for both the electrical cord and the high pressure hose. It is also nice to be able to remove the high pressure hose unlike some other less expensive units. With so much weight at the bottom of the unit it is not going to tip over. There is a foot pedal in the back at the bottom that you can use as leverage to tip the unit to start it rolling; a nice little touch. The gun, wand, and high pressure hose are all upgrades from other units I have seen, especially the high pressure hose. It is not vinyl on the outside but is rubberized fabric like I had on my gas-powered washer.

"I feel very confident in this pressure washer even after only two uses. Time will tell, but using careful procedures as outlined in the very nice owner's manual will avoid problems in the future." —Steven Johnson

Get it from Amazon for $183.57.

20. A bottle of instant mold and mildew remover because scrubbing in order to remove stubborn stains is so passé.

Amazon

Promising review: "This is a fantastic product. I sprayed it on my old brick exterior steps that are under trees, and wow! Within two minutes I could see immediate results. They haven't looked that good in over 20 years. I then sprayed a paver walkway and had the same results! I had some left over and sprayed the green moss covering my large deck, and it was gone instantly. I'm now ordering another one and then I'm heading out to the driveway and brick walls bordering it. Thanks for making my life a little easier." —Beverly Mabbitt

Get it from Amazon for $69.99.

21. A foldable UV sanitizer wand that'll help make cleaning an easy chore. Just sweep this wand over your phone, steering wheel, and door handles five times to ensure they are sanitized!

amazon.com

Promising review: "This is a great product in these current times. Saves so much on trying to find anti-bacterial wipes. It is easy to handle and quick to charge. I would suggest wearing UV sunglasses while using the wand. The really nice bit is that half the wand can rotate 90 degrees making it easy to use on delivery boxes." —Mr E Ip

Get it from Amazon for $139.99.

22. A cleaning kit you can use over and over again, so you're not buying tons of plastic bottles! Plus, each cleaning solution is eco-friendly. Thanks for helping to save the planet!

Amazon

This kit comes with: six empty reusable bottles, two refill pods of each cleaning solution (JAWS glass cleaner, daily shower cleaner, kitchen degreaser, floor cleaner, granite and natural stone cleaner, and disinfectant cleaner), and seven color-coded micro-fiber cloths.

Promising review: "Product works well so far. The bottles are color-coded, which is nice. The spray bottles work great (remains to be seen how they hold up over time but first few weeks so far so good). The scent of the cleaners is like any other cleaner I have used. Not terribly harsh on the nose. The cleaning solution is super easy to set up. Just fill with water to the line on the bottle, pop in the cartridge, twist on the lid, and go. Works well in my experience so far ( I primarily use the glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and the kitchen cleaner)." —ccarney33

Get it from Amazon for $44.99.

23. A vacuum cleaner with six suction settings because different parts of your home have different needs.

Amazon

This vacuum comes with four attachable heads and nozzles.

Promising review: "The lowest suction setting is already better than my old vacuum. This vacuum doesn't mess around. I barely have to use the highest setting, even on hard floors (as suggested). I do think the cord is too short, though." —Ambslynn

Get it from Amazon for $399.

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Promising review: "I don't often post reviews, but I felt compelled to do so for this maintenance kit. As we have lots of trees, there is always tree debris falling into the pool. As I don't want my kids getting all that junk on them, I diligently skimmed the surface. This kit works much better than I imagined, only taking a few minutes to get the whole bottom spotless. We have pretty high water pressure, and as a result, this vacuum worked very well. The added bonus is that you get to top off the water level in your pool at the same time, as the excess water simply goes into the pool. The netting captured everything very well. The skimmer net pulls through the water easily, but still captures everything nicely. Some nets are too fine, and they're difficult to pull through the water. No problems with that here. I would recommend this if you have a small pool and the filter vacuum is not an option for you." —Jeffrey S. Fabrizio

Get it from Amazon for $64.97.

25. An electric mop that is cordless and lightweight so you can clean the length of your whole home in one fell swoop! This mop has a built-in water tank you can use to spray your floor, making cleaning a breeze.

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Promising review: "I bought this electric, cordless mop for my hardwood floor, but I found it can be used on ceramic floors, too! The fully charged battery only lasts for 30 minutes, so it may good enough for small apartment." —Laura

Get it from Amazon for $149.99.

26. A heavy-duty steam cleaner for chemical-free cleaning that'll leave you *and* your carpets, tiles, and sealed wood floors beaming!

amazon.com

Promising review: "I work as a house painter and handyman. Generally, I avoid wallpaper removal, but every now and again I find myself in a situation where it has to be done. One such a situation came up recently, and I went out and rented an Earlex Wallpaper steamer, same as I've done before any other time. The job was kind of got bigger than we had expected (removing wallpaper to find MORE wallpaper behind it! Ugh!) and so one of my helpers brought his steamer into the jobsite to help out. Holy cow, the difference. It has a smaller reservoir for water, but it is not constant-on, like the Earlex is. Also it heats up to readiness in about eight minutes, rather than 45 for the Earlex. Additionally, the steam comes out at a higher volume than the Earlex. Pretty much on any measurement axis, the McCulloch is superior." —MadDogMaddux

Get it from Amazon for $139.99.

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