31 Products You’ll Need For A Deep Fall Cleaning


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From leaf removal to combating pet hair buildup, we’ve got you covered when it comes to fall cleaning.

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. A pair of leaf scoops for quickly picking up the big piles of leaves and other dead foliage that’s already accumulating in your yard. Plus, you get to have Hulk hands while you do it.

Promising review: “We have a very large wooded property that requires a lot of leaves and sticks to be raked up. We have tried various brands of leaf scoops but most lasted not even one season. Since purchasing the ReLeaf Leaf Scoops the job has been much easier. First of all is the way your hands grasp the scoops. These are much more ergonomic and are actually like extensions of your own hands. Second, these are very sturdy and do not bend when trying to pick up a pile of sticks and debris. We have made it through the season so far without issue. Next will be the dreaded fall cleanup. I highly recommend the ReLeaf Leaf Scoops which make our yard, woods, and garden cleanup easier.” —trouble54

Get a pair from Amazon for $28.95.

2. And a large reusable garden waste bag to shove it all into. The waterproof material is super sturdy, so you won’t need to worry about breakage like you do with traditional trash bags. 

Promising review: “As large as I hoped, allowing me to fill them with leaves and press the leaves down several times, to move a LARGE amount of leaves in one go. Two different straps are placed so the full bag is easy to carry. Flat side of the opening DOES stay close to the ground, allowing easy ‘sweep’ of the rake to move leaves into the plenty-wide opening. Might be my most loved leaf-processing tool this fall, because I save and chip all my leaves. I also ordered the Bully Tool 1000 Poly Leaf Scoop, which works perfectly to press/compact the leaves in the bag.” —June S.

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.99.


A bottle of all-purpose cleaner that only uses five ingredients to keep the grime and gross at bay. The scent is orange and clove, which will make the whole house smell like a spiced biscotti.

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Humble Suds is a small cleaning brand run by two moms — Holli Schaub and Jennifer Parnell — in Evergreen, Colorado. All of their products are made from powerful, plant-based ingredients and packaged with recyclable materials. 

Promising review: “I love this new essential-oil scent. It smells amazing, disinfects naturally, and I trust the simple, natural ingredients. I use this spray on everything — counters, toilets, cooktop — even mirrors because it doesn’t leave streaks! I have now replaced all my previous cleaning products with a couple of Humble Suds products that work on every surface of our home. I feel incredibly grateful to have found this brand for the health of my family.” —Andrealaine White

Get it from Humble Suds for $14.95 (available in three scents).


A bottle of Quick N Brite Fireplace Cleaner designed to clean away soot, smoke, creosote, and ash from nearly any fireplace, because you know that sweater weather means way more cozy fires at home.


Promising review: “Unbelievable! My daughter just moved into her first home. She thought she would have to paint her brick fireplace because of the heavy soot stains that had been there for years. We applied the product twice and put in a whole lot of elbow grease, but what a difference! It’s a messy process, but well worth the time and energy.” —MM

Get it from Amazon for $16.95.


A wall-mounted garage vacuum because, let’s face it, garages get dirty. Whether it’s seasonal problems like dead leaves or just your run-of-the-mill daily dirt buildup, this vacuum and blower will make keeping your garage clean super easy.


This 12-amp vacuum picks up both wet and dry messes and converts to a blower. It has a 4-gallon semi-translucent dirt tank and hose that stretches to 32 feet. Comes with seven attachments and an accessory bag.

Promising review: “I wish I had found this years ago. I mounted in my garage and use it all the time. From easy cleanup on woodworking projects, picking up saw dust and other lighter debris, to car detailing. I use this now almost weekly to vacuum my family’s cars. Long hose, good attachments, and great suction make this a must-have. Mounts easily and isn’t too large. Nice that you can go from wet to dry without having to change anything. Emptying the collection bin is also very easy. Two clips and it’s off and ready to dump in the garbage.” —Matt Hamilton

Get it from Amazon for $218.60.


A bottle of fast-acting, nontoxic Folex Carpet Spot Remover to take on the toughest spills. From wine to pet urine and everything in between, this cleaner will make any mess go poof with minimal effort on your part.


To use, apply to the stain, gently agitate with your fingers, and blot with an absorbent cloth.

Promising review: “I’m really disappointed I lived without this product for so long. I’m a clean freak and I’m always concocting ways to get stains out of things when I’m not steaming tile for fun. However, I have an overpriced wool carpet that my dogs have destroyed with accidents, bully sticks, and just general recklessness. Moreover, my kids have taken to tossing all sorts of heavily colored foods on the floor for the pups. I gave up on this rug ever being clean again. I’ve had it professionally cleaned and tried a dozen things myself…and no difference. So I thought I’d try this assuming that it wouldn’t work on the stain-determined rug but that’d I use it on my less tenacious ones. I sprayed it on, reading the instructions saying that I didn’t need to scrub it, etc. And minutes later, freaking magic. My very pale-blue-and-white rug is virginal. I admit that I did rub it in a little on the harsher stains/discoloration but there were plenty of areas that didn’t require any follow-up rubbing. I’m sincerely blown away and just ordered a second bottle. The price of this product is minimal if you’re looking to make your rug/carpet like new again so I would absolutely recommend trying it. I don’t think I’ve ever been this impressed with anything I’ve ever purchased. I feel cheated for not knowing about this sooner.” —bubbleslovesoap

Get it from Amazon for $12.78.


A pack of Weiman Stainless Steel–Cleaning Wipes for keeping your stainless-steel appliances and finishes spotless. Have a fridge or oven that’s covered in finger smudges? Just wipe ’em off with this magic stuff.


Promising review: “I had been online looking at different methods for cleaning my stainless-steel appliances with not a lot of success. I finally decided to check Amazon when I came across these wipes. I wish I had taken a before-and-after but after just lightly wiping my stove it looks brand new and the same for my refrigerator. There are streaks on the initial wipe but they dry very quickly. I can’t say enough good things about these wipes. They are a perfect way to keep all your stainless steel looking sparkling new.” —Hamhock

Get two packs of 60 wipes from Amazon for $14.58.


A versatile Katzco Furniture Repair Kit with six wood markers and six wax sticks to cover up all the nicks and scratches you’ll notice now that you’re stuck inside so much.

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Promising review: “Despite our consistent efforts, it took almost a year to teach our new dog to not jump up on the back door. And as you can see in the first picture, he managed to do a lot of scratching. That’s why I bought this marker kit, to repair those scratches. I used ‘oak,’ a lighter color, on the scratches. I did have to go over them again to completely cover them. That’s what you see in the second picture, and it took me about 10 minutes total. I bought the kit with the wax crayons as I hoped to fill in the scratches too, I read in another review that it’s possible but takes a lot of work. Unless I’m looking for the defects, I no longer notice the scratches (and mind you, these are at eye level) so this did the job I wanted.” —P. Ratliff

Get a set of 13 markers and wax sticks from Amazon for $8.49.


A microfiber blinds duster for effortlessly removing all the dust from your window blinds because you kept your windows open all summer. The tool is specifically designed with spaced-out fingers to tackle multiple blinds in one swipe.

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Promising review: “I love this product!! It works fantastic! I am a housekeeper for several private homes. My least favorite job is cleaning window blinds! I have used about every method there is, but the job is still very time consuming. The main reason it takes so long is you must clean each and every slat separately to do the job right. Not anymore! With this product, you can clean two slats at once and it cleans them the first swipe! The microfiber is the key to getting all the dust and the design of the product makes it super easy! PLUS this tool can be used on different types of blinds because it is flexible! I have used it on wooden shutters, plastic vertical patio door blinds, and horizontal metal ‘mini’ blinds. Additionally, the microfiber ‘sleeve’ that fits on the tool is washable and it comes with five of them so it’s a real value, being reusable and with so many to use it should last a long time before they all completely wear out! This product deserves 10 stars!” —Sandy D

Get the brush and five microfiber sleeves from Amazon for $8.99+ (available in blue or green).


A bottle of Star Brite Mold and Mildew Stain Remover to remove all the nastiness from your outdoor furniture before it gets too cold to take care of. This stuff’s great — you just spray the area you want clean, wait until the stain is gone, and then rinse. That’s really it.


Promising review: “I don’t often write a review of a product. But this was so impressive, I thought I should let others know. We have a set of vinyl outdoor chairs that were constantly covered with mildew. When we were feeling ambitious, we’d take the time to power wash the chairs, which worked pretty well but was a lot of work. The problem was that a couple of days later, the mildew was back almost as bad a before. With this mildew stain remover, we sprayed the chairs, let them sit a few minutes, and hosed off with a regular garden hose. Easy. And they were cleaner than they ever got using the power washer. When we put the chairs away two months later, they were still clean.” —Christine A. Simonson

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.


Some all-natural bottle]-cleaning tablets that’ll remove stubborn stains and odors from your reusable coffee cups and water bottles. Just pop a tablet into one of your bottles and let the fizz do the work — no soap, sink, or scrubbing required.


These are biodegradable and odor-free.

Promising review: “I seriously can’t believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting Hydro Flask coffee mug — I tried everything. A bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another Hydro Flask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn’t put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING.” —Amazon Customer

Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $8.


A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend Cleanser and Polish to get your stainless steel (and literally almost all surfaces) free of rust, tarnish, mineral deposits, and tough stains. Considering Thanksgiving is coming up, it’s as good as time as any to make sure your stainless-steel cookware is in tip-top shape.


The cleanser is nonabrasive, bleach free, and effective on stainless steel, porcelain, ceramic, copper alloys, fiberglass, Corian, brass, bronze, chrome, and aluminum surfaces.

Promising review: “As you can see in the photo, it’s safe to say this stuff works. I left it on for a little while, and when I came back, this was the result after fewer than two minutes of scrubbing!” —Donette

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.


A pet hair remover for the pet owners whose little companions seem to get hair all over the upholstery — especially now that it’s getting too cold for them to frolic outside for hours. This tool doesn’t require single-use adhesive or anything like that, it basically can be used over and over.


Promising review: “ChomChom, you da real MVP. I’ve had it in my possession for like two hours and I’ve cleaned everything. The couch, the blinds, the cat tree pad, the chair, I’m obsessed. I feel like this thing should win an award for being so awesome. I feel like it should be in raffle baskets and giveaways and silent auctions for every event that highlights ‘things cat people need.’ It’s better than those sticky rollers, it’s better than the one-directional velvet wand thing that I always use the wrong way and make a mess, it’s the best. I don’t have any before pictures because as soon as I started rolling stuff I went crazy.” —Meowser

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.


A container of touch-up paint to cover up chips of missing paint throughout your house, but especially on cabinetry. It even works outside!

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Promising review: “I decided to try this to cover up some of the chips of missing paint in my kitchen. It works perfectly. The bottle is a little bigger than a tube of Wite-Out, but it’s going to last me a long time. The paint went on smoothly and dried quickly. I am very happy with this product.” —JMar

Get it from Amazon for $14.95 (available in eight colors).


A cleaning K-Cup you pop into your Keurig just like you’re making a normal cup of coffee. Then all you have to do is brew one large cycle with the cleaner pod, and one or more with just water (depending on how dirty your machine is), and you’re done!

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Promising review: “Our coffee can start to taste funky after several uses. We run this through once, then two times with just water. Works great and coffee goes back to tasting like normal! It clears out any build up that can affect the taste of your coffee. It is super easy and just as quick as making a cup of coffee.” —Colorado Customer

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $9.95.


A heavy-duty rust stain remover to take on the neglected basement bathroom now that it’s the season for family and friends to visit for the holidays.


Promising review: “The photos speak for themselves. When we bought our home there was no water softener and years of iron buildup. We tried so many things on our shower. Nothing worked. We were convinced we’d be stuck until we renovated the bathroom. But this worked wonders. I still can’t believe it. We had to let it sit for about an hour, then it dissolved and wiped right off. Definitely use in a ventilated area if possible.” —M. Gilardi

Get it from Amazon for $4.97.


A game-changing power scrubber if you need to clean your grout in a major way. It’ll remove years of staining.

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BuzzFeed shopping editor Natalie Brown put this baby to the test, and here’s what she had to say: “This thing works small miracles: I cleaned about half of my bathroom’s grout to its original sparkling-clean cream color in 40 minutes, and it took honestly no effort at all. I literally sat on the floor, dipped the bristles in a Castile soap dilution (2–3 drops of soap + 1/2 cup of water; but you could use almost any cleaner of your choice), then lazily ran the scrubber back and forth over a 6-inch section of grimy, dark-gray grout — and it only took about 30 seconds for that grout to go from dingy to bright. I started by using the specialty grout brush, but then I decided to try it with the default brush and that seemed to work just as well, IMHO!” Check out her full power scrubber review.

Get it from Amazon for $17.99. You can also get a special grout-cleaning brush head that can be swapped in for the regular one for $8.49.


Or a grout pen that literally paints white paint onto grout that’s stained beyond fixing. One pen covers up to 150 feet of grout.

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Promising review: “I was pleasantly surprised by how far these went. I did the entire floor of my large master bathroom plus a little of the shower with one pen. It is pretty forgiving and you have quite a bit of working time before it dries completely. This was not a quick task, but it went faster than I thought it would. I was worried the white would look too bright, but it just makes everything look so much cleaner. I’m very happy with this product!” —Jenelle

Get it on Amazon for $8.99+ (available in a narrow or wide tip).


A Drill Brush cleaning kit to destroy the toughest buildup you can imagine. The bristles are soft enough to handle delicate surfaces like glass and old tile, but strong enough to take on stubborn stains on grout and in toilets.


Includes three brushes that’ll attached to a standard handheld drill.

Promising review: “These brushes worked flawlessly. I have a 24-year-old home that has not been remodeled yet. The master bath shower tile and fiberglass shower pan were in pretty bad shape. We tried many types of cleaners to remove residual soap and hard-water stains with little success. As a last ditch effort, I purchased these brushes. They worked amazingly well. Using Krud Kutter and these brushes removed every bit of the dirt and polished those tiles so that they shine brilliantly like they did when they were new. I am completely satisfied with my purchase of these brushes. They are well made and held up beautifully to the forces I applied while using them.” —Tom S4TX

Get it from Amazon for $14.99 (available in six color combos).


A garbage disposal cleaner that uses bright blue magical foam to rid it of nasty smells that seem to linger. Seriously, I have this and it’s CHANGED MY LIFE. Not only is it super fun to watch work, it also cleans and deodorizes my garbage disposal with no effort on my part.


This foam is a cleaner that helps eliminate bad smells, but if your garbage disposal is clogged it’s best to call a plumber.

Promising review: “It seems counterintuitive to put a little packet down your garbage disposal to clean it, but this does actually seem to work, at least for getting out weird smells that baking soda and vinegar don’t really touch. I scrub the sink down first, especially around the garbage disposal area, rinse it down, and then just follow the directions on the package. I have used it with single, large-size sinks and with double sinks — only difference is that the double sink will have blue cleaning foam rise up the drain, which you rinse away when the disposal sounds clear again. I have tried the foaming cleaner in a can, but unfortunately it stopped coming out of the can about 10% of the way through. Went back to this tried-and-true.” —KS

Get it from Amazon for $3.98+ (available in packs of four or 24 uses).


A biodegradable stain removal spray for fabrics that wine, coffee, or oils end up on. It even works on delicate materials like silk and wool! Simply spray directly on the soiled spot, let it sit for 10 minutes, toss it in the washer or hand-wash, and that’s it.


Celsious is a Black- and woman-owned business founded by sisters Corinna and Theresa Williams that specializes in sustainable garment care and accessories.

Get it from Celsious for $10.


Machine-washable dusting slippers that are made out of chenille fabric to make cleaning your floors downright enjoyable. Just slip them on and let them work while you attend a dance party of one.

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After a day of use, just throw the slippers in your washing machine and give them a good spin.

Promising review: “This must be the greatest idea since the discovery of fire! Two days in, and my hardwood is shining! And all with just walking around! Of course the quality is pedestrian (pardon), of course it doesn’t look like it was made by Versace, but that’s not the point, is it?” —Nigel

Get them from Amazon for $9.33.


A plant-based glass-cleaning spray to keep your windows and mirrors squeaky clean without harmful chemicals. Nontoxic cleaners will be a lifesaver when it gets too cold to open the windows to let lingering chemical smells caused by traditional cleaners out.

Public Goods

This spray contains: purified water, coconut- and corn-derived active ingredients, food-grade preservative, and citric acid. It’s also vegan friendly, biodegradable, and eco-friendly.

Public Goods is a small business based in New York. The company offers a membership that allows you to gain access to hundreds of sustainable goods with a ~minimalist~ look and feel at direct-to-consumer prices. The membership is free for 14 days and then $79/year.

Promising review: “I love that this cleaner doesn’t have a scent! The blue stuff I’ve been putting up with smells absolutely terrible…This Public Goods cleaner works just as well and I love that there isn’t a lingering smell — just clean and streak free! Definitely my new favorite cleaner! I even got my mom to use it (and she loves it!) and she doesn’t buy anything that isn’t ‘name brand.'” —Kendra

Get a 24 fl oz bottle from Public Goods for $5.75.


A pressure washer that will power clean every inch of your outdoor space. Be a good neighbor and make sure your home’s exterior looks great for all the trick-or-treaters who will stop by for some candy come Halloween.


Promising review: “This is truly the perfect power washer. First, it is very easy to put together with clear step-by-step instructions. Second, it has a very small footprint so it fits nicely anywhere in the garage without protruding out. Third it is very powerful. We used it to power wash all stone and concrete surfaces around our house and pool and then even the sidewalk in front of the house. Many of the stone/concrete surfaces that we cleaned had dark stains and/or green moss that had developed for many years (some up to 20 yrs). This Sun Joe was able to clean everything. Fourth, it is very reliable. We have now used it for three weekends in a row. And each time, we used it continuously, nonstop for several hours at a time.” —EdS

Get it from Amazon for $150.56 (available in five colors).


Reusable towels because why use single-use towels when you can instead reuse these beauties? Just wring them out before throwing them in the wash, and voilà! They’re just like new (again and again).

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Each towel is made from 100% cotton flannel and are 12″ x 10″.

Saged Home is a woman-owned small business in Portland, Oregon, founded by Ariel Russell. Some of their most popular items are reusable paperless towels and all-purpose cleaners.

Promising review: “I adore these! I had bought some cheaper paperless towels that did not hold up particularly well to washing and were not very absorbent. I replaced them with these! I absolutely love the variety of patterns and they’re extremely high quality, soft, thick, and durable. They’d be great for use in the kitchen for mopping up spills or wiping surfaces. They arrived quickly and in package-free shipping materials. I highly recommend investing in these.” —Sarah

Get a six-pack from Saged Home on Etsy $16.50+ (available in six colors).


A pack of eight microfiber cloths that are specifically designed to clean glass and mirrors. They won’t leave residue like paper towels do and are soft enough to not scratch delicate items like glass lighting fixtures.

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Promising review: “I couldn’t get my windows clean using cleaning solution, newsprint, and a lot of elbow grease. There were always streaks and dirt left behind. Enter these things. One quick cleaning, and I do mean quick, and my windows are now cleaner than any windows I’ve ever cleaned. It’s simply amazing. We were all standing around in utter shock and delight before running around trying the cloths on other stuff: the TV, the picture glass, etc. I know it sounds corny, but I couldn’t wait to get up this morning, because I woke up in the middle of the night excitedly thinking about trying it on the car today. They are truly, truly amazing.” —Amazon Customer

Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $16.98.


A watermark remover cloth to rid your wood furniture of water stains caused by spills, moisture, and heat. It even adds a layer of long-lasting protection so that future spills won’t be so damaging.


Promising review: “This table has been in my family for 60+ years, the watermarks were not horrible but they always bugged me. This product works!!! Needs elbow grease but well worth it!!! I really don’t know how it works but it does.” —Sandra Mercer

Get it from Amazon for $4.99.


An extra-thick magic cleaning pad that’ll tackle all the grime that’s been building up over the spring and summer.


Promising review: “I own a cleaning business and have spent a small fortune on the name brand. I clean everything from condo rentals to long-term lease/residential rentals and I have had to clean unimaginable NASTY, I mean ‘pics or it didn’t happen’ kind of nasty, and these cut right through it. These work just as well as the name brand, if not better, and they seem to last a little longer!” —Keisha Marie

Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $9.95.


A rubber broom to remove the mountains of pet hair on the floor now that your furry friends are spending so much time indoors. Seriously, you won’t believe how much fur is hiding in rugs and carpets until you use this thing.


Promising review: “I bought this broom two years ago and it is still going strong! I have four large dogs and we have fur EVERYWHERE! This works so, so well! I am always amazed at what this picks up even after I just ran the vacuum. If you remove the head from the handle you can use the head to do in all the crevices along baseboards where fur gets trapped on the carpets. I also use it that way to do the carpet corners on the stairs. Lastly, I use it to get dust and cobwebs off the floors and ceilings. It truly is a super tool.” —Roseann

Get it from Amazon for $12.44.

TS Designs US / Etsy

TS Designs US is a small business based in Michigan that makes vintage gifts, decor, and eco-friendly items to add to your home. 

Promising review: “LOVE the washable duster attachments. These are SO soft and such great quality. The stitching is strong and I don’t worry about anything coming apart. We use ours with our swifter duster wand and it fits perfectly. If you’re looking for a more sustainable item, this is one for you.” —Cassie Couch

Get it from TS Designs US on Etsy for $5 (available in 10 colors).


A 100% natural oven scrub to keep your oven clean now that it’ll be in use way more (it’s pie season, y’all!). Because no one wants to bake in a filthy oven.

Cleaning Studio on Etsy

Cleaning Studio is a small business based in Connecticut that makes natural cleaning products and tools.

Get it from Cleaning Studio on Etsy for $17.99+ (available in a glass or plastic jar).

You and the fam enjoying your wonderfully clean home once you finish your fall cleaning:

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