Since I bought a house, I've found that finding the perfect cleaning and organization products takes up way more time than I dreamed when I was a child. Who knew that adulthood included such a high percentage of time comparing brands of cleaning spray? I know I'm not alone in this, and that some of you out there are also desperately searching for the perfect additions to your house: both for décor and for cleanliness.
But what you have on your side that I didn't is a helpful buddy who's here to give you the best options out there. (Me. It's me.) I've gone through all the trial and error so that you simply don't have to, and I've compiled the top 37 home and cleaning products that will have you covered no matter what state your house is in. Get back your brain space: just use these products instead of questioning.
These Natural Vegan Scented Candles Are on Trend and Aromaticvia Amazon
Scented candles are a great way to add ambiance as well as an alluring aroma to your home.
These are my favorite vegan scented candles because of the gorgeous scent, and they're a sustainable, ethical product. If basil, lime and mandarin isn't your jam, there are tons of other scents available, ranging from wood sage and sea salt to honeysuckle and jasmine.
Add Shine To Your Stainless Steel Appliancesvia Amazon
No one ever told me that the stainless steel appliance craze could also be called the "you see every smudge and fingerprint all the time" craze. And, it makes me crazy. I found this stainless steel cleaner and polish, which eliminates all of those marks with a streak-free shine. I don't love having to wipe down my appliances, but I appreciate this product which makes it simple and easy.
This Portable Cube Storage Looks So Sleekvia Amazon
I am always looking for more storage options. I think it's a fact of life that no home has the correct amount of storage. So this portable cube storage was a no-brainer. It gives off the appearance of a shelving unit but has the ability to hold a whole lot more. Because of its basic yet modern design, it truly can be used to hold anything you want it to.
Refresh With Affreshvia Amazon
When was the last time you showed your garbage disposal any love? Most of us just keep poking stuff down that hole, willing it to go away forever, and never give a second thought to what might be happening beneath the surface. These Affresh tabs put the focus on your disposal in a good way, removing odor-causing residue and giving it a good clean. Don't sleep on it!
This Instant Mold And Mildew Stain Remover Works Hard And Fastvia Amazon
Sometimes you just need the strong stuff. That's where this mold and mildew stain remover comes in. It instantly removes stains left behind from black mold and mildew that's deep under the surface. It also frees you of that old, musty scent that comes with it. You can use it in all sorts of locations: if it's damp and musty, you'll want to apply a coat.
These Refrigerator Liners Make an Old Fridge Look Freshvia Amazon
I inherited an old refrigerator when I bought my house, and it looks every bit of its age. I can't say I was thrilled with the "I've been here for 50 years" look it was rocking. These Refrigerator Liners have spruced things up nicely! They make my fridge look clean and tidy and can be tossed in the wash when they get grubby.
This Cooling Pillow Makes Sleeping in the Summer Way More Enjoyablevia Amazon
Since sleeping on a cooling pillow, my world has been changed and I will never look back. I have a lot of hair and no air conditioning in my bedroom. That means waking up on a sweaty pillow in the hot summer months nearly every morning. But no more! This cooling pillow leaves me with better sleep and a comfortable wake up every morning.
These Lighted Outlet Covers Are Lifesaversvia Amazon
Trying to find your way around in the dark is a pain, even more so if you're trying to find a plug to charge your tech devices! Use these LED lighted outlet covers to see clearly to get around and actually find the light switch. The light is bright enough to see but won't interrupt your sleep since it's subtle and not a giant beacon shining in your eyes.
Who Says Shower Curtains Have To Be Boring?via Amazon
I am the queen of constantly changing my home decor. I get bored after a few months. It's probably one of my biggest flaws. That's why I love stumbling across things like this shower curtain. It's not only a great way to make your bathroom hella cute, but it's also crazy affordable, so you can afford to switch it out every few months.
Upgrade Your Furniture With These Gold Pullsvia Amazon
There's something so beautiful about furniture with gold pulls. Maybe it's my mid-century loving heart, but I can't get enough of it. And it's such an easy temporary swap to make. These gold pulls come in a pack of 26 for less than $35. That's one of the cheapest DIY projects you may ever find.
A Garlic Press Made From Stainless Steelvia Amazon
Even if you don't like garlic, you've gotta admit this garlic press just looks good (and who doesn't like garlic?). The stainless steel body is tough, easily mashing through everything from garlic to ginger — and the large handles make it easier for people with weak grips to press all the way down. I'd say it's a kitchen necessity.
These Instant Cold Packs Should Be In Every First Aid Kitvia Amazon
One of the things I did not anticipate needing as an adult is a basic first aid kit available in my home, but it turns out that when you hit thirty your body simply falls apart and everything hurts. These instant cold packs offer immediate relief, and they're super easy to pack to take along wherever you venture. This kit includes six ice packs in a great 5x7 size.
Meet Your New Best (Bar Keepers) Friendvia Amazon
No, you don't have to have a bar at home to use this, but Bar Keepers Friend is another one of those miraculous cleaning products that'll have you asking, "How did it do that?" It's a bleach-free product that's excellent for cleaning stainless steel, but that's not all it can do. It also easily removes rust, tarnish, mineral deposits, and tough stains from most surfaces. You can even use it outdoors!
This Cutting Board Has Three Built-In Compartmentsvia Amazon
There's a lot of cutting boards out there, but this cutting board stands out for its high ratings, sturdy bamboo structure, and three built-in compartments. They're handy for storing chopped garlic or onion as you food prep (which is an essential in my household because I somehow manage to mush all my ingredients together unless they're clearly separated). Treat yourself to something that makes kitchen time feel high end.
This Bar Keepers Friend Is A Softievia Amazon
Ok yes, we already talked about Bar Keepers Friend, but this is a DIFFERENT Bar Keepers Friend and it's just as important. Legitimately, I shrieked with joy when I found this soft cleanser. O.K., that may be a bit of an exaggeration, but nevertheless, it was love. This option isn't quite as harsh as their standard formula, so it's great for things like tile or ceramics.
Cut Through The Junk With This Chainmail Scrubbervia Amazon
In the past year, I've moved almost exclusively to cooking with cast iron pots and pans. They're great because they last forever and only get better with age. They stink because they're a bit trickier to clean. This chainmail scrubber has become a dish-cleaning staple in my house. It scrubs away all the food left behind without causing any scratches or damage to my pans. Win.
This Handheld Fan Makes Existing in the Heat Slightly More Bearablevia Amazon
I hate the heat. And while air conditioning is a thing, it's not always particularly consistent in my house. Thus, a portable, handheld fan is a must-have, in my most humble, heat-hating opinion. No more do I have to try and find a fan for every room in my house. Instead, I just bring this little buddy with me wherever I go. Now there's comfort in every room.
This Body Pillow for Side Sleepers Prevents Back Painvia Amazon
If you like to sleep or lounge on your side, you need this Body Pillow! It measures 54 inches long, providing soft support along your body to help you stay comfortable and keep your spine and neck properly aligned. It earns high ratings from customers for being "softer than clouds" and "the perfect size." Oh and you can gently cradle it while staring happily out a window like this model.
Beat The Heat With Thisvia Amazon
Picture this: It's a hot summer day, you're relaxing at home when suddenly, your AC stops working. Yikes. I've been there, and the one thing I wish I had at the time was a reliable fan to use. If you're still putting off getting one, it's time to add this to your cart. It's a solid option that will keep the air moving even on the hottest days.
Dust Bunnies Can Run, But They Cannot Hidevia Amazon
One hundred full inches of dusting power? Where do I sign up? As you can see from the picture, there's really nowhere this extendable duster can't go, from baseboards right at your feet to above cabinets and ledges that typically don't get any cleaning love. The extension pole gives you 100 inches of reach, while the microfiber duster bends and flexes easily to get into every crevice.
A Yeti 5-Gallon Bucket for Storing Emergency Suppliesvia Amazon
While researching this article, one of the smartest ideas I came across is to use a 5-Gallon Bucket for storing emergency supplies. It's waterproof, durable, and easy to transport, and gives you a single place to contain all the most important supplies in your home. I love it for managing bulky cleaning supplies too.
Spin Away Germ-Filled Dirty Water With This Spin Mopvia Amazon
Mopping is one of my least favorite cleaning jobs. The water gets dirty so quickly, so it never feels like you're truly cleaning your floors. That is until you try this spin mop. The mop spins the dirty water away from your mop head, so you can confidently mop your floors with clean water every single time. Long gone are the days of spreading bacteria around.
When Everything Dies, These Flowers Will Thrivevia Amazon
If you are truly incapable of keeping plants alive, you might as well cut your losses and buy this bouquet of fake baby's breath flowers. I've actually got them sitting in my front hallway, as I'm too cheap to buy fresh flowers every week — and they genuinely look real no matter how close you are. Choose from six colors: blue, purple, dark blue, white, yellow, or pink.
This Watermelon Slicer Is A Must-Have for Summer Fruit Saladsvia Amazon
Indulging in summer fruits like watermelon is one of my favorite parts of summer and this windmill cutter slicer has made my life a lot easier.
It's an awesome kitchen gadget that creates perfectly cut cubes of melon for salads and snacks that are bite-sized and easy to eat. Plus it's way easier than trying to manage cutting perfect pieces of watermelon. So if you're lazy and craving the perfect bite of melon, definitely snag this one.
This Scrubber Cleaning Kit is an All Purpose Cleaner with Maximum Efficiencyvia Amazon
This power scrubber gives a deep clean to pretty much any hard surfaces in your kitchen, bathroom and on floor tiles, grout and carpet. It comes with 20 pieces which deliver incredible results, saving both time and effort. I particularly love it for the results I get on my bathroom tiles, which are basically my nemesis (I have three cats who are committed to making pawprints on every surface in my bathroom).
This Wire Basket For A Few Extra Rolls Of Toilet Papervia Amazon
Hang one of these baskets from those floating shelves for a cute farmhouse look, or even let it sit on the back of your toilet. It's large enough for multiple spare rolls of toilet paper, while the built-in handles make it easy to move from room to room (when you need toilet paper in the living room...or something). Plus, it's also got a rust-resistant finish to keep it looking great in humid bathrooms.
These Tissues Are Awesome And Inexpensivevia Amazon
Since allergy season hit, and all of us in this house are affected, tissues have been a hot commodity around here. We're always running out, so I appreciate the convenience of buying this 18 pack of tissue cubes, so we always have them on hand. The price is beyond excellent, and they're nice and thick tissues - great value!
The Perfect Skinny Storagevia Amazon
Tell me I'm not alone: small space, but there's storage needed. Unfortunately, nothing quite fits ... until now. I found this 10-tier narrow organizer quite by accident, but it has been a very happy surprise. It fits perfectly where I needed it to and can even be reduced in size by simply leaving off a tier or two (in case it's too tall). And, no, I don't use it for shoes, although I certainly have enough pairs to justify one of these.
To Gel With Toilet Cleaningvia Amazon
I'm always on the hunt for toilet cleaning products that cut down on the amount of time I have to spend keeping it looking fresh. Sure, there are tabs out there you can drop in the toilet's tank. However, these gel dots smoosh right into the bowl itself so you can tell exactly when it needs to be refilled. As you flush, water rushes over the gel, spreading the power of "clean" across the surface. Which means you're cleaning while you're...dirtying.
Make Your Ceiling Fans And Lights Look More Expensive With This Ceiling Medallionvia Amazon
Why spend hundreds on fans and ceiling lights when you can get a more affordable option and dress it up with this ceiling medallion? With a simple glue and stick install, it's an easy way to add a unique element to what would be a rather boring household appliance. And let me tell you, owning a home is all about using illusions to make your affordable furniture look fancy.
Get Cheeky With This Fun Bath Matvia Amazon
If it were up to me, my entire house would have furniture from West Elm, CB2, and Urban Outfitters. However, I don't have the money for that yet. Luckily I'm not totally out of luck. This bath mat looks exactly like something that Urban would sell (and for a quarter of the price). It's also made of organic cotton, which is oh-so-soft to the touch.
Don't Throw In These Towelsvia Amazon
There are two things you can never have too much of: chocolate and bath towels. I'll save the chocolate talk for a later date, so let's talk about these Hammam bath towel sets. When you make your purchase, you'll get a matching bath towel, hand towel, and washcloth. Not a bad deal for less than $17. These are lightweight and soft and were designed to take less time to dry to save on energy costs.
I'm Your Biggest Fanvia Amazon
If you're going to buy a fan, it might as well as a chic fan that adds to your room's style rather than detracts from it. This soft-bladed fan from Sharper Image comes in small and medium sizes and both black and white options (honestly, either looks good against the wood grain). This fan plugs in using a USB and is small enough to stash just about anywhere. Also it just straight up looks cool.
Get A Swiff Of This Dealvia Amazon
I hate mopping. Wait, no, I loathe mopping. But, it must be done. It's a little less painful with the Swiffer WetJet, which doesn't require pulling out a mop and bucket and solution and on and on and on. This box includes everything you need to be a mopping superstar, including the mop, pad refills, cleaning solution, and even batteries. Hey, you might even start to love mopping, but I won't hold my breath.
Cut Through Grease And Grime In No Time With Earth Britevia Amazon
I'm all about products that can do it all. Why should you have to buy thousands of products to get the job done? That's why Earth Brite is so handy. It cleans, polishes, and protects for a spotless, streakless shine. It can be used on jewelry, bathtubs, counters, sinks, grout, furniture, grills, etc. Just a small amount of clay packs a serious punch. And when it comes to cleaning, I'm all about less is more.
Do you have pets? If you do, you probably know the struggle of trying to keep pet hair off of ever. single. surface. in. your. house. With three cats I live a constant battle against fur. Or I did until I found Nado Care, which is like a lint roller but without the single use sticky paper and way more effective. Do yourself a favor and make your home less hairy.
One of my least favorite cleaning tasks is trying to keep my windowsills clean. Somehow they always end up full of leaves and dead bugs, despite the fact that I rarely open my windows. It's like some kind of dark magic. If you suffer from the same curse, these little groove gap cleaners are your new hero: they fit perfectly in the small spaces in your window so you can keep it absolutely pristine.