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I've tested just about every weird cleaning product — these 9 are life-changing, from $7

Person hiding face behind a mop.
These are some of my tried-and-true faves. (Photo: Amazon)

As a former Home editor at Real Simple magazine, I’ve come across my share of domestic products. Cleaning was one of my beats, so I was always testing out the latest mop or updated scrub brush. (What can I say, it was a glamorous job.) And now that I’m a mom of two amazing but ridiculously messy children, I’ve really put these cleaning products to use. I definitely have my favorites — the ones I reach for whenever soy sauce finds its way onto the walls or cracker crumbs invade my keyboard crevices (which unfortunately happens more than I care to admit). So as someone well versed in tidying up, I’ve decided to share my top nine products with you. Some are the best of the basics — like this microwave cleaner — while others are brilliant new inventions, like a mini power tool for grout that looks like an electric toothbrush. To say these are satisfying is an understatement. Put some in your cart and get cleaning!

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HOMWE

Professional Silicone Oven Mitt

$18$20Save $2
These might be one of my favorite inventions ever: BPA-free silicone gloves you can use to move hot pots and pans, as well as maneuver around the grill. Here's the genius part: They're entirely waterproof, so if you accidentally dip your paws into some hot soup, the gloves won't soak it up.
$18 at Amazon
Rubbermaid

Rubbermaid Reveal Grout & Tile Power Scrubber

$17$30Save $13
When I moved into my rental apartment, the grout around my tub was, shall we say, grout-y. This tool makes light work of scum. Use it on everything from faucets and grills to sliding-door tracks — you won’t want to put it down.
$17 at Amazon
TOPIST

Topist Angry Mama Microwave Cleaner

$10$16Save $6
This gizmo uses steam to loosen all that baked-on grime. Just take off the hair, fill with water and vinegar, and watch Angry Mama get really pissed off as she spews hot steam all over the interior. Then wipe with a damp cloth. She’s incredibly fun to use!
$10 at Amazon
HIWARE

Hiware Window Blind Cleaner With 5 Microfiber Sleeves

$10$13Save $3
I can’t get enough of this microfiber blade cleaner. I use it on my blinds and my air conditioner fins— which get particularly nasty because I live in a city. Just spritz with a little water and go nuts.
$10 at Amazon
Flathead Products

Reusable Silicone Drinking Straws, 10-pack

$10$13Save $3
If I gave my kids only straws in their stockings for Christmas, they’d be thrilled. And now that reusable straws are a must in every home, these silicone wonders (and the cleaning tool they come with) are sure to get plenty of use.
$10 at Amazon
TOPULORS

Stainless Steel Cast Iron Skillet Cleaner

I don’t like how traditional steel wool scrubbers always seem to leave behind steel remnants. Then I found this medieval-looking cleaner and never looked back. It’s gentle enough for cast iron pans, but won’t scratch. And it happily hangs on a hook.
$10 at Amazon
Norpro

My Favorite Colored Scraper, 5-pack

I eat eggs every morning, and I’m messy. Before these brilliant gizmos, I’d grab a paper towel to clean off the egg remnants before using a scrub brush. These pan scrapers are a breeze and can also be used for getting stickers off new glassware and plates.
$8 at Amazon
OXO

Oxo Good Grips Electronics Cleaning Brush

I eat over my keyboard. This retractable cleaning tool makes me feel like a detective working on a top-secret case. I whip it out and brush crumbs from between those keys, then use the silicone side to pick off any crud. Great for detailing watches, cameras and cell phones too.
$9 at Amazon
Baseboard Buddy

Baseboard & Molding Cleaning Tool

Do my kids walk on the baseboards? They get so grimy that sometimes I think they do. That's why the Baseboard Buddy is my friend — it takes on both low baseboards and high moldings. The head swivels to get into angles and can be used dry for dusting or wet for deeper cleaning.
$25 at Amazon

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