13 Lazy Cleaning Products for When You Just Can't

Published on: Oct 16, 2020fb-roundtwitter-roundemail-round
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You probably love the idea of a squeaky clean home. But do you really love to mop, sweep, and dust? If the answer is no, we feel you. Making sure your place stays spotless can be tiring...and pretty time-consuming. 

Which is why we’ve rounded up items meant for the lazy cleaner. So you can still enjoy a clean home without expending too much energy. Aka the smarter way to clean.

This post was originally published in October 2020 and has since been updated.

tablets to clean reusable water bottles and mugs
For when your reusable water bottle starts tasting funky...

Drop a tablet in. And watch it fizz. Each one is made of a mix of natural ingredients to rid of germs and odors. So each sip will taste fresh. Hiii, hydration. ($8/12 tablets, Amazon)

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traps filled with bait to attractive ants around the house
For when you’ve got pesky ants crawling around your counters…

Catch ‘em. These traps attract ants fast. Just snap off the tab and place them where you need them. When the liquid bait is gone, you can toss the entire thing. ($6.48+/16 traps, Amazon)

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microwave cleaner for food spills
For when you’ve got sauce permanently living on the inside of your microwave...

Steam if off. Literally. This gadget (that’s wearing a cute dress, nbd) will produce steam to soften caked-on spills. So your cleaning time gets cut in half. No scrubbing necessary. ($9.99, The Container Store)

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toilet brush with disposable heads for easy toilet cleaning
For when your toilet brush has seen better days...

Trash it. And switch to a ToiletWand. Each head is pre-filled with cleaner so you don’t have to reach for an extra bottle. And you can toss the head once you’re done. Aka, no more grimy brush sitting in your bathroom. ($9.19, Target)

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dishwasher tablets to clean away detergent buildup
For when your glassware comes out looking spotty...

Clear the build-up. Your dishwasher is jealous of all the cleaning and wants a turn. Drop in a tablet to power away leftover detergent and mineral build-up. So next time your dishes and glasses will be streak-free. Spotless. ($5.99/6 tablets, Amazon)

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oven liners to protect from spills
For when your apple pie decides to drip all over the oven...

Rude. Use a mat. Like one that can be trimmed to fit your oven perfectly. And that can be easily removed for cleaning. And that can double as a baking sheet. Need we say more? ($12.99/3 pack, Amazon)

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oven spray
Or use this efficient oven spray...

It's fume-free and will cut through grease and baked-on food. It also works on barbecues and doesn't require scrubbing. Just spray, wait for 30 seconds, and wipe off. Good as new. ($4.29, Target)

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dust pan and broom
For when you’ve got some dust bunnies hanging out…

Sweep ‘em. This dustpan has grooved teeth so you don’t have to manually clean the ends of the broom. No more bending over. ($37.97+, Walmart)

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container to easily clean muddy and sandy pet paws
For when your pet decides to run around in the mud…

Wash their paws. It’s easy: fill the container with water, stick their paw in, and twist. The soft silicone bristles will gently clean away dirt. Pssst...it comes in three sizes for small, medium, and large dogs. ($9.90+, Chewy)

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tablet to clean washing machine buildup and eliminate odors
For when your freshly washed clothes still smell a bit dirty…

Clean the machine. Make sure the washing machine is empty before dropping in a tablet. Then run the machine normally. The tablet will dissolve and absorb odors and residue left over from past washes. Boom. ($6.99+/3 tablets, Amazon)

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roomba wireless electronic vacuum to clean on its own
For when you really don’t feel like vacuuming…

Run the Roomba. We’re talking minimal effort. Just press ‘clean’ and let the robot vacuum get to work. The sensors will help it maneuver around furniture to pick up dirt. It’ll run a full 90 minutes before docking and recharging. ($249.99, iRobot)

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cleaning wipes for stainless steel surfaces
For when you’ve got fingerprints all over the fridge door…

Wipe it. No more grease. No more oil. Just a sparkling surface reflecting back at you. You can use these on stainless steel ovens, microwaves, and sinks. ($17.98, Amazon)

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shower cleaner for soap scum and grime
For when your least favorite spot to clean is the shower…

Make it easy. As in spray and rinse. No scrubbing or wiping. This formula is designed to remove mold, mildew, soap scum, and grime. It’s truly magical. ($16.89, Amazon)

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