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34 Products With Before-And-After Photos That Anyone With A Messy House Should Probably See

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ShoppingCaret RightHome·Updated 26 minutes ago. Posted 2 hours agoCleaning and organizing products galore that'll finally help you get your home in order.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…
34 Products With Before-And-After Photos That Anyone With A Messy House Should Probably See

Updated 26 minutes ago. Posted 2 hours ago

Cleaning and organizing products galore that’ll finally help you get your home in order.

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.


A squeegee broom that’ll not only make it easy to sweep up spills and overdue crumbs, but will collect your hair like an absolute champ. Anyone with long hair…you know what I mean when I say your rug could use it. Especially if you’ve barely even vacuumed.

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My BuzzFeed Shopping colleague (Emma Lord) loves this genius tool! Here’s a bit of what she has to say about it: “An embarrassing confession: my hair gets so ingrained in the carpet that a vacuum truly does nothing for it. In fact, to make matters worse, weird particles get stuck in the hair on the floor, which is stuck to the carpet, so I often was just unrooting clumps of hair from the floor with my hands (sorry for the visual). I bought this broom and it immediately started pulling it up GOBS of hair. My carpet like, genuinely changed color (turns out the pink was supposed to be much pinker, whoops). Anyway, do with that semi-horrifying information what you will.”

Get it from Amazon for $15.10.


A set of bed sheet holders, because these’ll make maintaining a tidy bed one step easier by keeping your sheets firmly in place. Maybe now your bed won’t just look like a pile of blankets.

Promising review: “Say goodbye to re-arranging your fitted sheet every morning! My boyfriend sleeps like he’s rolling down a hill, so every morning I would wake up to the scratchy feel of my mattress cover because my soft silk fitted sheet was all over the place. Thanks to these bed bands, our sheets stay put no matter what. The only way for your fitted sheet to come off is if you manually remove these first. I wish I would have bought this so much sooner.” —Khalysee

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors and four pack sizes).


A pack of stainless-steel cleaning wipes for effortlessly removing fingerprints, residue, watermarks, and grease from stainless steel surfaces in just a few swipes. Your sink has looked like a disaster since the second day you moved in. Just give it a quick wipe, already.

Promising review: “I purchased these wipes to clean my stainless-steel refrigerator. I wanted something that would remove water stains and restore the shine, and these wipes delivered! After a few minutes of vigorously wiping back and forth along the grain, my refrigerator was looking brand-new. I was impressed with the results and noticed that the canister said the wipes could be used on sinks, so I tried one in my stainless-steel sink to see what would happen. As you can see from the pictures (above), after just a few minutes of cleaning, my sink was sparkling and incredible! I began cleaning all of the stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, and just a few wipes and 20 minutes later my kitchen was looking better than ever.” —Connor

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $13.48.


A compact handheld vacuum specifically designed to collect pet hair for making it easier than ever to tackle every single surface your loving-yet-ever-shedding friend has ever touched. So everything.

Its specialized rubber nozzle attracts hair and pulls out dirt on areas like stairs and upholstery.

Promising review: “I have a huge, plushy brown couch and a black-and-white cat who loves to sleep on one particular cushion which happens to be on top of the couch in a really hard place to vacuum. The roller-lint brushes didn’t work well, nor did my Dyson vacuum hose attachments, but this little thing worked! I’m so excited to have a clean couch again, it’s extremely important for me considering I am allergic to my cat and I refuse to re-home her so containing the hair and dander is a must for me. I literally just got it and used it on the couch right away, and the difference is huge. It did not get every single hair, but it got most of it and I’m happy with it.” —Nanci

Get it from Amazon for $34.99.


A broom and mop organizer so the very few cleaning supplies you own don’t add to your overall clutter. This’ll keep them neatly stacked in the corner, instead of all over the house.

Promising review: “Repeat customer! I purchased one to organize the garden tools (rake, hoe, cultivator, shovel, etc.) in our garage and by alternating the tops of the tools up/down, was able to fit them neatly in the holder. Liked it so much, going to install another next to it for the other items. The hooks are a nice feature to hold our gloves and a simple plastic bag to hold things when needed.” —Rob C.

Get it from Amazon for $17.97.


A Bar Keepers Friend multi-purpose cleaning solution people like to use for tackling rust, burnt pans, stained tubs, worn-down sinks, even Sharpie marks (!!!). It’s true, there isn’t a mess we haven’t seen. But now (for once) there won’t be a mess we haven’t fixed.

Promising review: “I was so bummed when I scratched up my pretty white sink with pots and pans. I thought I’d need to have it replaced or try to sand it and refinish it somehow, but I bought this stuff as a last ditch effort to fix it myself. It takes some elbow grease to make them go away, the scratches don’t just wipe off, but if you scrub at them for a few minutes they melt away pretty quickly. After two rounds my sink looks nearly brand new again. It also worked on a few mineral stains in my bathtub that I thought were permanent after soft scrub failed to remove them. Again, a little of this stuff, the scrubby side of a blue sponge, a little bit of effort and they were gone!” —Dan Borden

Get it from Amazon for $14.49.

To learn more about this, check out “You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House.”


A sock and underwear organizer that’ll help you finally find that missing sock from 2015 — and then keep it in a more permanent place. Maybe now your mornings won’t involve searching for your favorite pair of underwear for 45 minutes.

They also collapse to store flat when not in use. You get four bins: a six-cell (for scarves, hankies, and ties), an eight-cell (for underwear), a seven-cell (for bras), and a 24-cell (for socks).

Promising review: “I LOVE LOVE LOVE these organizers!! I almost did not purchase them due to the reviews saying that larger than a C-cup would not fit into the bra organizer. At just $15 for four organizers I took my chances and ordered two sets of four. I figured, worst case scenario I would have to cut the dividers out of the bra organizers. I wear a 32DD and the bras fit beautifully in the organizers. I am so glad I took the chance and did not listen to the reviews. I would have missed out on the best cheapest organizers I have ever found. I ordered another set for tank tops and other extras I did not think of before. I will also order my boyfriend the brown ones for his drawers. Great product for a great price!” —Elizabeth L. Blackwell

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $14.97 (available in seven colors).


A spice jar drawer liner, because this’ll make your current jumble of herbs look so much more presentable. Did you know you have oregano from four years ago? Now you do.

Promising review: “I’m very happy with these organizers! I stuck them in a drawer, added jars of spices, and voilà! It took two minutes to bring order to my messy spice collection. I now can instantly find what I need when I need it without the frustrating hunt.” —Susana

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $12.99.


A bottle of Bar Keepers Friend liquid solution with an included scrubber for conquering the centuries-old rust and food stains that’s been living on your stovetop. No more avoiding eye contact with it. Time to clean — good thing this kit won’t need much time at all to get the job done.

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I’m talking stainless-steel appliances, pots and pans, shower stalls, sinks, tubs —and everything’s going to gleam like the day it was first born.

Promising review: “I used it for the first time on my new stainless-steel sink last night — which was already showing water stains. Wow did this stuff work like a charm. It really shined my sink up and did not leave a white milky residue like some cleaners do. I think I might be addicted to this stuff daily, whether my sink really needs it or not.” —Alana

Get the kit from Amazon for $17.99.

To learn more about why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague loves this, check out “You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House.”


A set of vacuum storage bags so if you really can’t get rid of that 2009 clutter you can at least minimize it. Behold: actual room in your linen closet!

Promising review: “THESE ARE LIFE-CHANGING. They even give you a hand pump to use in case you’re taking the bags camping or just don’t have a vacuum handy. I tested the pump to see how well it works, and it worked perfectly! Works just as well as a vacuum, just takes a little more effort pumping out the air. Using these bags, I got half my closet back! I used three bags to store ALL THE items in my closet including three large pillows and several thick blankets and comforters. I will most definitely be buying more; these are fantastic!!!” —Knastay

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $29.99.


A leather cleaner that’ll bring your poor worn-down couch back to LIFE, no matter how much use its gotten from the kids and dogs. Your living room suddenly looks reborn.

Just mix this concentrate with water, put it in a spray bottle, spray, and wipe off.

Promising review: “My 15-year-old leather sectional hadn’t been cleaned or conditioned in three to four years because I couldn’t find anything that worked well without causing it to look blotchy. The color was also fading and I thought it was a goner. After some elbow grease, the sectional looks great! It’s now back to its original color without being blotchy. More importantly, the suppleness has returned. I can actually say that it looks as good as the day we bought it.” —jellybean55

Get it from Amazon for $16.90.


A nail polish organizer, because your collection is currently strewn all over your desk, bathroom, floor, and who KNOWS where else. Please take this small but noticeable step to cleaning your room.

This holds 48 bottles and is double-sided.

Promising review: “This is better than advertised. All my bottles fit perfectly in the standard size boxes. My Julep colors fit two in a compartment! The first row has adjustable dividers, you can use them to keep odd-shaped bottles or do what I do: use one side for my nail stamper, dotting tools, and the drying drops and the other for foam wedges and nail pens. It looks way neater easily tucked under my vanity instead of the baskets and baskets of polishes I had to hunt through!” —Clouds

Get it from Amazon for $27.89 (available in two colors).


A three-tier shoe rack to help you make sense of your entryway again — there should be a floor there somewhere under all those shoes.

Promising review: “This was SUPER easy to put together. It literally took me longer to open the box than it did for me to put the shelving together!! I’ve been on the market for a shoe rack for YEARS — I’ve never been able to find something that I liked the look of, as well as fit enough shoes for it to be a worthy investment. I was browsing on Amazon and was SO HAPPY to find these! It now holds ALL of our shoes in an organized row in our foyer, and now there’s no clutter or mess in any of our closets. It also reminded me of ALL OF THE SHOES I own, and it’s helped for me to curb my shoe spending, since I can now see exactly what I own!” —Joanna Kim

Get a pack of two from Amazon for $49.99 (available in three colors).


A tub of OxiClean stain remover for easily hitting the reset button on just about everything that has seen better days. Stained mattress? No problem. Messy-looking patio? About to look brand-new.

Promising review: “This works so well as a stain remover and is so easy to use! Just throw it in the washer with laundry detergent and the stains disappear! As the mother of an infant son who is constantly spitting up, I couldn’t be happier with the convenience and effectiveness of this product.” —Lindsey Jebb

Get it from Amazon for $12.48.


A Hoover automatic carpet cleaner so you can not only drastically improve your old rugs, but *keep* them looking absolutely spotless. This’ll wash and vacuum, so banishing grime from your home takes extremely little effort. Thank goodness, it really was there for awhile.,

It cleans your carpet *as* you vacuum like you would regularly — push to wash and pull back to dry. It comes with a two-in-one pet tool, sample bottle of cleaning solution, an 8-foot hose, and an accessory storage bag.

Promising review: “This is the best carpet scrubber I’ve ever used, and I couldn’t be more pleased with the results. We have two dogs and a cat who all track in a lot of dirt, but it was no problem for this machine. The carpets look and feel new, and our carpet is old. The cleaner that came with the machine had a very subtle pleasant odor and it got the dirt out.” —Lucy

Get it from Amazon for $249.99.

Just look at that bb go to WORK on dirt:


A hanger stacker that’ll keep all your annoying plastic hangers in one neat stack, instead of letting them take over your entire closet (you know, how they are right now). Plus, now you won’t have to have the battle of your life just to hang up a shirt.

Promising review: “We have lots of those velvet skinny hangers. I love them. But I don’t love them lying around the bedroom. They’re so thin that they get lost on the bed easily, and I even sometimes can’t see them when they’re on the floor — I’ve stepped on several and broken them. I wanted a way to corral them all when I found this. For the price, you really can’t beat it! My hangers are organized and in one location. The stand is sturdy and practical. I’d buy another one again if I needed it!” —Auburn Sky

Get it from Amazon for $18.34.


A wooden floor polisher, because when was the last time you ~spruced~ up your home? Probably not in a…very long time. Good thing this’ll erase scratches and other forms of damage, leaving nothing but shine. Kind of like when you first moved in.

Promising review: “Great product!! We had scratches on the floor from toys and kids’ skate boards, but this took care of it so well and brought shine to my floor to make it look like new! Highly recommend.” —aarti

Get it from Amazon for $13.98.


A pet-hair removing brush so you can free your couch, rugs, and really anything your fur child touches, from the peril of their constant shedding. It turns out you don’t need to live in a pile of fur now that you can quickly roll this over anything that needs the occasional *assistance*.

Promising review: “I bought this product after realizing the Scotch Brite fur removing sheets have been discontinued. We have three cats and we regularly used the sheets to remove embedded fur from our sofa and chairs. I was skeptical about this product when I bought it and was AMAZED by how well this worked. The best part to me is that it also helps the environment because there are no sheets to be thrown away. Highly recommend!!!!!” —jean p godoy

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.


A hanging jewelry holder with a whopping 32 pockets and 18 hooks and loops for untangling all those necklaces sitting on your dresser at long last — it’s high time they found a proper home.

Promising review:I no longer lose my earrings!! 🙌 This has been a life saver for me! It has also helped me keep my jewelry organized!” —O.o

Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (also available in white).


An over-the-door cabinet organizer so you can improve your bathroom’s vanity and, more importantly, be able to locate your hair dryer. Welcome to a world where doing your hair isn’t monumentally stressful.

Promising review: “This product did exactly what I needed it to. Before all my items were in a drawer and the cords were a pain, but with this metal basket it minimized clutter, keeps things organized and separate, and it also looks nice. It fits two of my blow dryers, a flat iron, and curling wand. The bars are adjustable, as well (just use the twisties it came with to secure them in place). Worth the buy!” —Alyssa Jewell

Get it from Amazon for $19.99 (available in nine colors).


An automatic scrubbing brush to help you eliminate the grout that’s been bothering you for years — now you have the perfect tool to really scrub it all away. It comes with a detachable oscillating grout brush to bring your tiles back to bright *fast* — meaning maintaining a flawless bathroom floor is no longer a feat.

Promising review: “Last night I was reborn. What is the cause of this renewed zest for life, you might ask? It was the use of the Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber on my shower grout. It elevated a simple baking soda-and-water solution to alchemical proportions. My pink-tiled shower, the one that came with my scummy apartment, the one that never looks clean no matter how many hours of backbreaking labor I put in, now looks bright, clean, and full of promise. An otherwise disgusting and dated purely utilitarian part of my home is now art. TLDR; This this is absolutely incredible.” —Amazon Customer

Get it from Amazon for $20.25.

To learn why my BuzzFeed Shopping colleague loves this, check out “We Tested Gadgets For People Who Suck At Cleaning, And Here’s What Actually Worked.”


A set of stackable fridge bins that’ll *keep* your groceries organized, instead of letting you toss your onions next to the fruit. You will regret that.

You’ll get six storage bins: two wide bins, two narrow bins, one egg holder with lid, and one drink holder.

Promising review: “I bought them to try so solve the clutter mess in the fridge and so far it has been awesome! Now my husband respect the space for every kind of item. Really satisfied with my purchase! P.S. The plastic material is really durable and resistant, which is a plus.” —Erika Shelton

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $27.99.


A cable cord-concealing box, because this’ll instantly hide unsightly tangled messes with minimal effort (aka the only kind of cleaning we’re willing to do). Meaning: “out of sight, out of mind” totally applies to this.


Promising review: “We have a work computer at home and there are so many wires, with the help of a couple cable ties I couldn’t have asked for anything better. I like that there are three different openings so you aren’t restricted to just the two side openings that I see a lot on other boxes. It easily snaps into place in the back.” —Michelle

Get it from Amazon for $16.49+ (available in two sizes and colors).


A can of Easy Off oven cleaner for scrubbing away old, baked-on messes without a whole lot of *elbow grease*. Don’t wait until you’re moving to tackle old pie stains all at once — doing this every once in a while will be EASY, I promise.

Did I mention it’s lemon-scented?

Promising review: “I’m a little embarrassed to write this review; it’s been six years since my last oven cleaning. After seeing the results, I couldn’t help but spread the word. Sure, it took some beer, a little John Mayer, and a lot of elbow grease, but I got the job done, thanks to this handy little product. It did require two treatments; however, given the circumstances, this product accomplished quite a feat in just an hour. The attached pictures (above) speak for themselves.” —William Fredericks

Get it from Amazon for $6.44.


A shirt folding board to help you regain control over your tops that are living in an unsightly heap. This’ll make your closet look how you want it to, even if you absolutely despise folding laundry.

Promising review: “I admit I was skeptical and in the beginning a bit challenged on how to use this, but once I got the hang of it I was a T-shirt folding fool! These are not small shirts either many are XXL, XL, L shirts! It took a cluttered mess and created a work of art. I thought I would try using this on my dress shirts to pack for a trip, and I could fit twice as many in my bag compared to the way I used to pack. Again well worth it! I wish I would have caved and bought one sooner. My home will never be without this again.” —E Scrima

Get it from Amazon for $18.73 (available in six styles).


A carpet spot remover so you can swiftly erase any evidence of spilt drinks, pet accidents, or anything that else that has caused what you thought was permanent damage. Just spray, blot, and thank the stars this exists so your rug can finally recover.

Promising review: WOW! A must-have for any home. My carpet had some mystery stains that other stain remover products could not budge. I had resigned myself to never having them any better, until I found this product. It was very easy, spray it on, then put a paper towel on top and it disappears. Seriously! I was surprised at how big the bottle was, and you do not need to use lots when you apply, so this will last a very long time.” —Malm

Get it from Amazon for $12.54.


A set of plastic drawer organizers that’ll make it easy to declutter your bathroom, desk, vanity, really whatever needs the most help. Living in a grownup house = knowing where your toothbrush is.

Promising review: “I love all of the organizers! This is a great product! I bought the organizers for all of my bathroom drawers to store various items that normally were left out on the counter of which made the whole bathroom look cluttered. I love the way the plastic containers stack upon each other! You can also configure the boxes to fit in your drawers. The clear plastic is great for seeing what is on the lower organizer. It is convenient to take one container out one out at a time if you need to.” —A H

Get a pack of six from Amazon for $14.99.


A soap scum cleaner, because you shouldn’t be afraid to stand in the very place you’re supposed to clean yourself. This’ll dissolve all that yucky stuff in one easy session so you can enjoy relaxing showers again.

Promising review: “Holy hell I didn’t expect this to actually work as easily as it did. With 10-15 minutes of the solution sitting on the grime, I was able to wipe it away with a hand towel and rinse off with the sprayer. This is one pass over, the child demanded shower time before I could get the creasing and grout cleaned but that’s next! Let the photos speak for themselves.” —Lindsay Cooper

Get it from Amazon for $17.88.


A set of nonslip velvet hangers for finally making your closet look put-together, as well as keeping all your clothes off the floor. Oh…there’s that silk top….from 2015.

Promising review: “These hangers are amazing. They take up minimal space, are sturdy, and, best of all, the clothes don’t fall down from them so it keeps everything looking neat. I have replaced all of the hangers in my closet with these hangers, and I couldn’t be happier. I am pretty sure I now have double the amount of space. I love this product and would buy it again.” —Vida Maars

Get a pack of 30 on Amazon for $15.89 (available in five colors and in a 50- and 100- pack).


A cooktop cleaning kit so you can wish a final farewell to all the burnt food that’s been chilling on your stove top since the second week you moved in. This will tackle grease, stubborn stains, and burnt-on residue before you have time to avoid eye contact with your roommate.

This comes with everything you’ll need: a 10-ounce bottle of cleaning solution, two cleaning pads, and one scraper.

Promising review: “I was skeptical but I went for it and holy moly, does it work. It works such wonders on my stupid glass cooktop that I feel like Martha freaking Stewart. Truth be told, cleaning has never been, nor will it ever be, my greatest strength, but this cleaning product makes it easy enough that even I could do it. Save yourself the time and frustration, because the landlord picked this stupid cooktop for the ‘aesthetic’ and a trap to keep your security deposit but you know what?!? Buy this thing and you can tell em, ‘not this time’! You won’t get another penny out of me! Bwahahahaha.'” —Rita

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.


A set of extra-large melamine sponges that’ll become your new go-to as a parent — who knows how many times your child has decided it’s a good idea to draw all over the table. With marker. You are holding your breath while reading this. Just get these so living with a ruined table is no longer a thing.

Promising review: “This is the first time trying this sponge and it really is magic. My 2-year-old decided to draw in my table with permanent marker which wouldn’t come out easily. I had to scrub it a couple of times but I’m glad the sponge does work.” —Jesty

Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $10.95.


And! An ink and stain remover, because just about every parent could name at least one pesky mark living on their carpet as we speak. This’ll remove it, even if it’s incredibly old.

Promising review: “Wow! This stuff really works! My 5-year-old colored on the carpet with blue crayon. After an online search and visit to the Crayola website, they recommended Anodex. It totally worked! Before and after pics attached.” —jtink

Get it from Amazon for $13.53.


A S-shaped hanger for still carelessly tossing your clothes in the closet, but now it’ll always look neater. It can fit ~five~ pairs of pants on it so you can stack ’em, instead of forcing all your pants onto one small hanger.


Promising review: “I am a complete jean hoarder. I LOVE jeans, and I was just running out of space. I ordered these and organized the jeans I was keeping, and put them in a certain order. I’m glad I ordered these, definitely can keep them organized, and there’s more space for other things.” —Anna

Get it from Amazon for $10.99.


A rotating makeup organizer so you can put an end to the chaos that is your desk. Your pile of mascaras, lipsticks, eyeliners, and whatever else keeps rolling onto the floor is begging you to organize them.

Promising review:I love this makeup organizer. At first, as I was filling it up, I thought I would have to buy a second one to fit all my stuff. That was not the case. I filled up everything and even had an extra little shelf to put somewhere with an empty compartment that I decided to just put my spare razor heads in. I love that it rotates and seems very durable considering it is made out of plastic. I like that you can customize the shelves to your own height requirements. Setting this up is a breeze and now my bathroom counter wont be so cluttered as it is easy to put things back in its place. This can be used by men and women. It is for more than just makeup. I have all my face cleansers, moisturizers, and masks in this as well.” —Alyssa

Get it from Amazon for $22.59+ (also available in white).

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