20 Clever Gadgets for People Who Hate to Clean

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January 30, 2024

Some people genuinely love to grab a sponge and scrub their house from top to bottom — and then, there are the rest of us. If cleaning isn't on your "favorite things" list, then keep reading — these are the must-have cleaning gadgets for anyone who hates to clean. From sonic brushes that make cleaning grout a breeze to a high-tech way to keep your phone free of germs, these easy-to-use gadgets will help make all the pesky upkeep your home requires way more bearable.

$25.99 $19.98

The oscillating head on this Rubbermaid scrub brush moves 60 times per second, meaning it does all the scrubbing for you at a faster rate than you can do yourself. Use this handy gadget around faucets and the hard-to-reach places of your sink, stove or other fixtures to deep-clean the grout that’s turned rusty. You can even throw the brush attachment in the dishwasher.


This blinds cleaner makes a dreaded task much simpler. The dual-ended brush tackles every part of your windows: the microfiber fingers easily get the dust between your blinds, and they can be removed and thrown in the wash to be used again and again. The brush on the other side cleans the grooves at the base of your window, where grime always seems to linger.

From $29.99 (reg. $32.99)

We love cats, but we can’t stand scattered litter. This Cat Litter Trapper mat solves the problem. This soft, simple mat traps litter from your cat’s paws, as well as excess litter from their box. When it’s time to clean up, simply shake back into the box. You can even hose it off for unfortunate larger messes if needed.


This tool is like a lint brush with superpowers. If you have a pet who sheds, you will love this magical, self-cleaning brush that cleans fur off your sofas, chairs, rugs and bedding. It also works on hard-to-vacuum places like pet beds and curtains, and the base easily removes fur and makes it simple to store anywhere.

$8 (Pack of 12)

These all-natural cleaning tablets remove stubborn stains and odors from your favorite everyday water bottles and coffee mugs — zero scrubbing required. The biodegradable, chlorine-free and environmentally-safe tablets are perfect for stainless-steel bottles and mugs, hydration reservoirs, coolers and any other hard-to-clean plastic containers and bottles.

$18.99 $8.99

Nobody likes to clean the microwave, but now it can be done in seven minutes flat. Just fill this angry lady with water and vinegar, and place it in the microwave. The steam produced will loosen up all the gunk and grime — and afterward, just wipe with a towel. No scrubbing required. You can even use lemon juice for a pleasant smell, and it has hundreds of five-star reviews. One reviewer wrote: “This gadget is a game changer! It takes out the funky odors that I never could get out from regular cleaning.”


These BPA-free silicone gloves are better than average — what makes them stand out is the dense bristles on the palms, which you can use to clean anything from dishes to your car to your bathroom. The material doesn’t hold onto bacteria and won’t get that mildew smell over time, and they even have a hanging hole so you can hang them to dry anywhere. They’ll create a rich lather with ease and are safe to put in the dishwasher for cleaning because they’re heat-resistant. Another fun use: they come in handy when it’s time to clean your pets.


Keep your countertops clean and drip-free with this essential cooking tool. The silicone utensil rest features a simple design that will keep countertops splatter-free with four parking spots for spatulas, whisks and more. Plus, choose from a variety of vibrant hues to coordinate with your kitchen color palette.

$3.24 (Pack of 2)

Cleaning your walls is probably not something you think about, but they can get pretty beat up with an active family running around. This handy sponge can take care of scuffs, marks and dirt and make it all disappear in a flash. Walk around your house with one of these amazing, little sponges and make your walls look new and bright again.

$7.99 (Pack of 3)
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If you haven't cleaned out your fridge in a while, now's the time. Throw out any food or produce past its expiration date, and ditch all the crusty leftovers. Empty your fridge and clean it up shelf by shelf. After it's clean, grab a few shelf liners. The next time you tackle a fridge clean-up, you can take out all the liners and throw them in the dishwasher. You're practically done before you start.

From $19.99

Want one less thing to clean up after dinner? Us, too. This silicone pot will keep your air fryer free from food residue, grease and grime without compromising the lifespan of your air fryer in the process. After dinner, simply toss it in the dishwasher — no hand-washing required. Talk about easy!

$14.99 $11.99

First, give your oven a deep scrub. After you get all the gunk out, use oven liners to ensure that any debris stays away for good. This reusable nonstick liner can be placed on the lower rack of your oven to catch all the spills and splatters before they hit. Simply wipe off the liner after you're finished cooking and use it again and again.

$26.98 $16.99

This battery-powered vacuum cleaner is great for all those little annoyances. It works on countertops, computer keyboards and pretty much any surface that gathers unwanted dust and crumbs over time. It can pick up anything as large as an apple seed and even works on paper scraps.

$9.99 $6.99

It may look like a child's toy, but this slime is actually a cleaning tool that picks up dirt and grime. The non-toxic, biodegradable cleaning slime picks up pesky grime in nooks and crannies where a regular dust cloth won't. Use it on keyboards, camera gear, speakers, drawers, kitchen appliances, air vents and more. After picking up dirt, simply knead the slime into itself before cleaning another surface area. The slime absorbs the mess and can be used repeatedly.

$24.95 $21.95

Clean your tablets, phones and TV screens with this brilliant iRoller. Just apply a tiny bit of pressure and roll it right over — no liquid required. Best of all, you can clean it with a little warm water and dish soap, let it air dry, and it will be effective for years.


The UV-C sterilizer in this phone sanitizer gets rid of 99.9 percent of germs that linger on your phone — the ones that you end up bringing into your house. It works in less than eight minutes, fits phones, wallets and keys, and connects by USB charger so you can use it anywhere.

$35.99 $29.99

It's easy to forget about cleaning your makeup brushes, but it's crucial to give them a sock at least once a week — yes, once a WEEK. If that sounds daunting, give this electric makeup brush cleaner a whirl. Simply fill the clear bowl with warm water and soap. Add the rubber adaptor that best fits your brush to the spinner, dunk into the water and spin on the lowest setting until you see the water start to change color or until you feel that your brush is clean. When you're done, remove the brush from the water, keeping it in the bowl, and spin to dry. That's it!

$13.99 $12.95

There's a reason why so many people — more than 12,000, to be exact — swear by this "As Seen on TV" product. The TubShroom tucks into your drain and collects hair before it clogs up your plumbing. Plus, it's conveniently mildew-resistant.

$8.51 (Pack of 6)

Stamp your way to a clean toilet with these gel stamps. Each citrus-scented stamp freshens and cleans the toilet bowl with every flush for up to 12 days each. The toilet gel discreetly adheres to the toilet bowl just below the rim. With more than 15,000 positive reviews on Amazon, users swear by these low-maintenance appliques.


If you hate to mop, you’ll know why the features of this O-Cedar mop are so amazing: the bucket has a foot pedal and built-in wringer make for incredibly easy, hand-free wringing, and it also contains a splash guard. The mop itself is a unique triangle shape, which means you can get into corners, it easily rotates 360 degrees and the microfiber absorbs anything and everything. It works on any surface, and reviewers rave about how simple it is to use.

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