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19 Lazy Cleaning Products for When You Just Can't

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September 27, 2023

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

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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. 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. 

traps filled with bait to attractive ants around the house
Amazon

A pack of traps to get rid of pesky ants crawling around your counters…

These traps attract ants fast. Just snap off the tab and place them where you need them. Aka where the annoying trail of ants is most concentrated. They’re prefilled, so you won’t get anything on your hands. When the liquid bait is gone, you can toss the entire thing. ($10.37, Amazon)

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Shoe covers
Amazon

Shoe covers that also clean your floors…

Who knew that the hack to clean floors was walking around in microfiber shoe cloths? Snag a pack of these washable, reusable slipper mops and keep dust, debris, and dirt out of your way. Slip these over your house shoes or just wear them barefoot as you let the plush microfiber do its job. Win-win. ($11.89, Amazon)

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Dry cleaner sheets
Amazon

Dryer sheets that save you a trip to the dry cleaners…

When your dry-cleaner-only clothes need a little refresh, throw them in the dryer with one of these sheets to gently lift stains and remove odors. They’re safe to use with delicate fabrics like cashmere, silk, and wool and take only 20 minutes to complete. So fresh, so clean. ($15.95, Amazon)

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microwave cleaner for food spills
Amazon

A microwave cleaner to help remove even the stubbornest sauces…

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. Customers say it can leave a lingering vinegar smell, but you can add your own fragrance if you prefer. ($5.97, Amazon

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toilet brush with disposable heads for easy toilet cleaning
Amazon

A toilet cleaner to make that old toilet brush obsolete…

Each head is prefilled with cleaner so you don’t have to reach for an extra bottle or have to deal with touching bleach. You can toss the head once you’re done. Aka, no more grimy brush sitting in your bathroom. What more could you ask for? ($11.98, Amazon

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toilet-bombs
Etsy

And toilet bombs so you don’t actually have to touch the toilet…

These are all-natural, but don’t skimp on cleaning power. Baking soda and essential oils will leave a lovely scent behind, while soap and citric acid go to town on germs. You can even leave one in overnight for a deeper clean. ($12+, GreenerCleanDesigns via Etsy)

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dishwasher tablets to clean away detergent buildup
Amazon

A dishwasher cleaner to make streaks a thing of the past…

Your dishwasher is jealous of all the cleaning and wants a turn. Drop in a tablet to power away leftover detergent and mineral buildup so your dishes and glasses will be streak-free. Customers say it’s especially useful on hard water buildup. ($8.99, Amazon)

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oven liners to protect from spills
Amazon

A multiuse mat to catch your apple pie if it spills over…

This one can be trimmed to fit your oven perfectly and can be easily removed for cleaning. Plus it can double as a baking sheet. Customers say it can even withstand high temps for a marathon cooking day like Thanksgiving. Score. ($11.99, Amazon)

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dust pan and broom
Amazon

An easy-clean broom to keep the dust bunnies away…

This dustpan has grooved teeth so you don’t have to manually clean the ends of the broom. No more bending over and touching what’s been hiding under the couch. Phew. It also has an extendable pole to adjust for different sweeper heights. ($23.99, Amazon)

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container to easily clean muddy and sandy pet paws
Amazon

A portable cleaner for the muddiest of paws…

Fill the container with water, stick their paw in, and slowly twist. The soft silicone bristles will gently clean away dirt. Psst...it comes in three sizes for small, medium, and large dogs. Customers say it’s even great for sandy or salty paws when it snows. ($14.99, Amazon

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tablet to clean washing machine buildup and eliminate odors
Amazon

A tablet so your clothes never smell musty even after washing…

When’s the last time you considered how clean your washing machine is? Make sure it’s 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. ($10.99, Amazon)

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roomba wireless electronic vacuum to clean on its own
Amazon

A robot vacuum that’ll do the work for you…

Run the Roomba with the help of the app on your phone or even voice command. We’re talking minimal effort here. The sensors will help it maneuver around furniture to pick up dirt. It’ll run a full 90 minutes before docking and recharging. And don’t worry, it has sensors that’ll keep it from falling down the stairs. ($248, Amazon)

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cleaning wipes for stainless steel surfaces
Amazon

A pack of wipes to get rid of smudges on the fridge…

No more grease or oil from grubby hands opening the door. Just a sparkling surface reflecting back at you. You can use these on stainless steel ovens, microwaves, and sinks, too. ($17.42, Amazon)

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shower cleaner for soap scum and grime
Amazon

A shower cleaner you can leave on and forget about…

This formula is designed to remove mold, mildew, soap scum, and grime, with no scrubbing or wiping required — just spray, rinse, and go. It’s truly magical. Customers also love that it’s bleach-free with no harsh fumes. ($20.98, Amazon)

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brush-cleaning-wipes
Dermstore

A wipe to make cleaning your makeup brushes way easier…

Because you probably don’t clean them as often as you should. (Neither do we.) These convenient wipes will make it seem like less of a chore. They’ll get rid of germs and product buildup with the help of quick-drying hydrogen peroxide and alcohol. The infused essential oils will leave behind a citrusy scent. Plus, you’ll be reviving your favorite old brushes instead of spending your hard-earned cash on new ones. ($14, Dermstore)

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lens-wipes
Amazon

Lens wipes to keep all your screens fingerprint-free…

These premoistened wipes will not only sanitize your electronics, but also leave them streak-free. Use them on everything from your phone to laptop screen to blue-light glasses. Customers say these are far more effective than using an eyeglass cloth. ($13.99, Amazon

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cat-litter-mat
Amazon

A mat to keep cat litter in the box…

Our kitties tend to forget to wipe their paws before coming out of the litter box. To keep them from tracking litter everywhere, this mat has extra-large holes that trap particles as they walk away. To clean, just vacuum or empty the trapped pieces back into the box. No more constant sweeping. ($34.99+, Amazon

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air-fryer-pot
Amazon

A silicone pot so you never have to clean the air fryer again…

If you’re like us, you throw everything in the air fryer. This silicone pot eliminates the need for any parchment paper or foil, plus the need to clean your air fryer after every use. It’s large enough for most dishes, is BPA-free, and is highly heat-resistant. Customers love that you can just throw it in the dishwasher after. ($19.99, Amazon

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diamond-dazzle-stik
Amazon

A stick that will make your diamonds shine like new…

Brush this solution onto any precious stones and metals and it’ll simultaneously polish and shine your most cherished pieces. It’ll reduce the appearance of scratches, make dull pieces shine again, but won’t strip delicate finishings. It’s great for throwing in your bag and using on the go. Customers say the soft bristles really get into all the nooks and crannies of their jewelry. ($9.38, Amazon

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