We’re all just one set of color-coded odor-resistant sponges away from living our cleanest lives.
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A set of dishwasher cleaning tablets you can pop into a cycle with your dirty dishes to wipe out all the extra grime and that funky smell the last apartment tenant left you to deal with.
A power scrubber brush you can attach to a DRILL (!!) that basically does all of the hard grime-busting for you, so the only sore arms you’ll have are from that Instagram Live workout your roommate roped you into, and not from daring to clean the shower.
A fume-free oven cleaner that’s gentle enough that you don’t need protective gloves to use it, but tough enough that it’ll erase the evidence of all your baking misadventures and that time you fell asleep while cooking pizza rolls.
A set of Bottle Bright tablets so you can tackle all those caked-on stains in your bottles, travel mugs, and even coffee makers without scrubbing them into eternity every time you want to take them on a picnic or a hike.
A bottle of wood polish that will make your all your scuffed-up cabinets and hardwood floors look brand spanking new, even if your dog had a free for all scratching at them in the name of digging to nowhere.
*Or* a set of 13 wood stain markers and crayons in different finishes — truly an investment if your apartment has wooden cabinets or furniture that need touch-ups, but don’t all quite match. Now you’re bound to have at least one color from this set that can do the trick on each of them.
A squishy universal dust cleaner that will get into all your space’s nooks and crannies, like keyboards and AC units and the vents in the back of your printer. Take that, dust (… and Cheez-It crumbs, if we’re all being honest with ourselves).
A set of color-coded Scrub Daddy sponges designed to tackle tough stains all over your space without ever scratching surfaces. Plus, the colors mean you and your roomies will always know where you used it last — you can assign one to dishes, the other to the bathroom, and a third for whatever the heck your dog got into this week.
Plus a faucet caddy, because it’s extremely time to stop cringing at the weird soppy marks your sponge makes on the edge of the sink and fishing your brush out from under a mountain of dishes.
A set of fast-acting Keurig cleaner pods you can put through a cycle on the machine to get rid of all the crusted on grinds and residue that are *definitely* affecting the taste of your coffee, even if you haven’t noticed over time.
A handy fridge deodorizer to finally get rid of that slightly ~off~ smell your fridge has had since the day you inherited it, no matter how many times you went to clown town cleaning it out.
A broom for pet and human hair that can work on any type of floor, but is specifically designed to pull it up from the carpet deeper than even a lot of vacuums can reach, so you can go on an alarming but satisfying mission to the depths of your rugs. TBH, a must-have if you live with pets or roomies who shed (ding ding ding, *me*).
Plus a drain snake you can funnel into your shower drain that honestly works a little *too* well at unclogging hair, pulling it up in one fast (and semi-horrifying) go.
A Scotchguard water fabric shield that’ll reeeeeally come in handy if you’re a person who loves themselves some in-couch dining — a single can of this can repel water-based spills to help prevent staining and significantly lengthen the life of your furniture.
An internet-beloved pet urine stain-removing spray that instantly tackles both old and new stains *plus* the funky smell, so you can enjoy the new quality time you might be getting with your pet without sacrificing your carpet and/or your nostrils.
A TubShroom, a little gizmo you can stick in your shower drain to catch your hair before it clogs up your pipes and becomes a living nightmare for everyone in the apartment. The hair coils around it to make it even easier to remove, making it both handy *and* a lil’ gross!
A foaming garbage disposal cleaner you can plop into your sink, run a little water on, and let its blue magic fizz its way up to the top while clearing out all the gunk and gross smells from your TikTok-sponsored culinary adventures in one go.
A carpet and upholstery cleaner to quickly rub all those old mystery stains out of your couches, chairs, and rugs you bought secondhand so you can stop strategically putting blanket throws over them every time you take a FaceTime from your mom.
A set of reusable wool dryer balls that’ll pick up both your hair and pet’s hair in the wash, *plus* consistently lessen the drying time of your clothes, soften fabric, and help prevent wrinkles. And TBH, any less time spent in the laundromat is a win.
Plus a bottle of pure essential oil blend you can use on your dryer balls to help freshen up your laundry, and extend the life cycle of those gym clothes you can’t seem to get the sweat smell out of no matter how hard you try.
A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend soft cleansing liquid and scouring cloth to quickly take care of caked on stains *without* scratching surfaces, so you won’t have to explain to your landlord why your stove looks like someone attacked it when you eventually move out.
A heavy duty grout cleaner you only need to let sit for 10 minutes before you scrub the dirt and grime between your tiles, because plot twist — you may have inherited the apartment that way, but it usually isn’t the floor’s natural state.
A set of brush-and-flush toilet tabs made with baking soda that’ll fizz up in your toilet for 10 minutes and make it super easy for you to brush away the gunk when it’s your turn to do the bathroom.
An “Angry Mama” microwave cleaner – it uses vinegar and water to blow hot steam into your microwave oven and loosen up all the old food and stains in a mere seven minutes (approximately two Harry Styles songs, if anyone’s keeping track).
A lightweight vacuum that’s a heavy-hitter when it comes to cleaning — this sucker is designed to get into nooks and crannies, and equipped with three nozzles so you can use it to tackle all those hard-to-reach spots under furniture, in corners, and on stairways.
Or a small handheld cordless vacuum to easily get into hard-to-reach places like the corners of your bathroom or under your cabinets without whipping out the full vac and wrangling the cord — a godsend if you, say, spill an entire bag of Flamin’ Hot Cheetos in the middle of the night and don’t want to wake up every tenant in the building cleaning it up.
A pumice stone that will instantly make the inside your apartment’s ancient toilet look brand-spanking-new, even if the rings have already thwarted your efforts with the toilet brush.
A bottle of Goo Gone to easily get rid of all the soap residue and the mysterious gooey, sticky, tough-to-scrub stains that you just got so used to seeing that you can’t remember a time they weren’t there.
An all-purpose car upholstery cleaner so you can go ham on the interior of your car and lift up all the mysterious pizza and Slurpee stains in one deeply satisfying go.
A Swiffer wet mop + dry sweeper complete with 19 refills, so you can have the sparkly kitchen floor that your inner Disney princess always dreamed about.
Plus — be still my cottagecore heart — a set of lavender vanilla-scented Swiffer wet mop refills to make your kitchens, bathrooms, and hallways smell so good you might just decide to live in them full-time.
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