Jun 13, 2023
38 Home Products With Before And After Photos That Simply Can't Be Ignored
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Cord covers, leather conditioners, grout whiteners, and other A+ products that are just so dang satisfying.
The gel formula is safe to use on/around windows, sinks and baths, shower-heads, pools, tiles, silicone sealant, and more. Leave it on the area you're looking to clean for six to eight hours (no scrubbing required). Some reviewers with really bad mold/mildew note that leaving it on for longer and/or doing a second round of cleaning made a huge difference!
Promising review: "This stuff is amazing. Since we bought this place, we figured we had to fix the caulking because we tried every cleaner we know to get rid of this gross shower mold. Before we decided to fix...we gave this a shot. Now the shower is like new; probably didn't even need to wait the 5 hours, but glad we did. Saved so much time, labor, and money. 🙌" —Nacho Average Review
Get it from Amazon for $14.99.
This set also comes with nonslip straps that'll prevent your cushions from shifting out of place.
Promising review: "I have never been so excited about a slipcover. Total transformation of our couch and loveseat. I was worried about it not working on our leather couch, but it stays on really well due to the straps and the separate cushion covers. Love!" —Brian/Liz
Get it from Amazon for $47.49+ (available in five sizes and 21 colors).
Promising review: "So Pinteresting! I used this adhesive film to turn two cheap Ikea tables into less-cheap-looking Ikea tables because I'm not made of money but I would like others to believe I am. Super simple to use and a ton of it for the price I was really pleased overall. The pattern actually looks like marble not a weird pixel-y repetitive pattern so that's great as well. Also it was delivered same day which was miraculous as my DIY inspiration tends to fade approximately 48 hours after I discover a project I want to do." —Spencer House
Get it from Amazon for $10.99+ (available in two sizes and 3 finishes).
Each kit comes with six pre-cut LED light strips (9.8 feet in total) and adhesive strips for mounting. The 17-key remote can control basic functions like turning the lights on/off, setting a timer, dimming the lights, etc. Plus, it works at distances up to 60 feet.
Promising review: "Awesome product!! I love the ease of installation and the extra included pieces for a good fit. Perfect for adding some much-needed light to my dark kitchen. Dimmable and comes with a remote! There's no downside!" —Breezy Lady
Get a set of six from Amazon for $17.99+ (available in three colors).
Promising review: "I really like the fact that this product is true to its description! I highly recommend you do a thorough and very good job of cleaning before you apply this product or it will not make the product as effective as it should be! I highly recommend this because really who wants to clean their shower every day? This also keeps away mold and mildew how cool is that." —Stephanie Parker
Get it from Amazon for $20.98+ (available in two scents and various sizes).
Promising review: "Wow! A degreaser that actually works! I love the foam which starts to work immediately on my stove top as well as cookware and other kitchen surfaces." —P. Webb
Get it from Amazon for $9.95+ (available in two sizes).
Promising review: "I never leave reviews on Amazon but this grout cleaner definitely deserved a review. I tried three other cleaners before buying Grout-eez and they did nothing but waste my time and money. Grout-eez got my grout perfectly clean in no time, plus it was easy to use and no odor. I'll never use another grout cleaner." —Tyler
Get it from Amazon for $21.95+ (available in two sizes).
Promising review: "Holy cow! I never thought my stained grout would look so good! These pens are so amazing. After a little priming, they go forever! They cover very well and are super easy to use and cover the darkest of stains! I am buying four more to cover the rest of the house. The tip does not get into the very end of a line due to the border, but I prime it a bit for excess paint and push it in with my finger. Also, this is great for those deep small holes or grooves that are in the tile that leave dirt spots that are almost impossible to get out. Just prime it over the hole and rub it in with your finger and wipe off the rest. I have very light beige tile, and the beige color pens blend perfectly. I would NOT recommend white unless you have very while tile. This beige will blend well with white as well. Cannot beat it for the price and the amazing job this pen does. One pen will cover about a 3x20-foot area no problem." —NatJH
Get it from Amazon for $8.09+ (available with narrow or wide tip).
Everneat is a Fairfield, Connecticut–based all-natural cleaning shop from Claudia and Angelo Zimmermann. Their oven cleaner comes with a professional-grade metallic scrubber you can use to scrub your appliance before wiping it down with a microfiber cloth.
Promising review: "Like many I moved into a house with a used oven. Keeping the typical grease and cooking messes at bay over the years has been a challenge, especially because of its placement in the kitchen (up against a wall in a corner). I tried vinegar and baking soda, Dawn dish soap, then fume-free Easy-Off, which, although effective, is more of a hassle to apply and remove (and wasteful, since I have to cover the heating elements with aluminum foil). Saw this product online and liked the non-chemical ingredients, and decided based on the reviews that it was worth a try. It's not cheap, but this is the only thing that got almost all the residue off my oven surfaces. Nice smell and didn't leave any scratches or marks. I highly recommend rinsing thoroughly and drying with a microfiber cloth for best results." —Irish Eyes
Get it from Everneat on Etsy for $19.99+.
Promising review: “Love love love Folex!! Super easy to use. The bottle does exactly what it says. My chairs were SUPER DIRTY from my 2-1/2-year-old grandson eating and feeding dogs. I couldn’t believe how easy it was and how clean they got after just one use. Mind blown!!” —Carobnty
Get it from Amazon for $6.65+ (available in a three pack).
Promising review: "This stainless-steel wrap worked out great! Our fridge now matches the rest of our appliances. I like how it's thicker than normal contact paper. It made it much easier to install." —rach
Get a 15.8-inch x 78.8-inch roll from Amazon for $9.99+ (available in three sizes).
Promising review: "This stuff is seriously amazing! I am relentless about cleaning my tub because I use it so often and always get grossed out if I don’t. Before I purchased this, I used the typical homemade recipe of bleach and powdered dishwashing soap. I’d have to run two or three cycles to get it crystal clear. One cycle with this stuff, 15 minutes, and the results are amazing! The first photo (above) is with my tub running with the solution. Then I drained it (second photo) and wiped it down with a sponge. When I refilled the tub up, and reran the jets, I kid you not the water was CRYSTAL CLEAR! See for yourself in the last photo! I’m so impressed!" —Chelsea
Get it from Amazon for $16.06.
Promising review: "These are absolutely beautiful! If I ever move, I'm taking them with me. You may think they're a little pricey, but they're REALLY heavy and far nicer than the stuff you find at the local hardware store. I bought the switch plate, outlet plates, and even a blank plate to cover an old electrical box left behind by DIRECTV." —Karebow
Get it from Amazon for $15+ (available in five finishes).
Promising review: "These are Beautiful, I didn’t expect them to feel so high-quality! I though they are going to feel like plastic but it feels like glass! I’m in love! Buy them!!!" —Meagan
Get a set from Amazon for $23.99+ (available in nine sizes and packs of 5, 10, 15, 20, 25, or 30).
Humble Suds is a small cleaning brand run by two moms — Holli Schuab and Jennifer Parnell — in Evergreen, Colorado. All of their products are made from powerful, plant-based ingredients and packaged with recyclable materials. They recommend applying a tablespoon of their scouring paste to a cloth and then scrubbing in a circular motion.
My Shopping team colleague Danielle Healy is a fan (she took the photos above!), saying:
"I recently moved into a new apartment, so lately I've been cleaning A LOT. Shortly after moving in, my partner and I went to store something on the top of the kitchen cabinets only to find them caked in a thick layer of grime 🤢. After going at it with regular multipurpose cleaner (with little success) we broke out the scour paste as a last-ditch effort and OH BOY did this miracle product deliver (pics above). If it can handle that grossness, it's going to have no problem with day-to-day messes like soap scum and burnt-on food. Plus, it smells delightful and comes in minimal, low-waste packaging!"
Get it from Humble Suds on Etsy for $15.95+ (available in two sizes).
Promising review: "My daughter cooked ramen noodles for three minutes without any water. Needless to say, it was burnt and almost caught fire. I have scrubbed the microwave and couldn’t get the horrible smell out to the point it was giving me a headache. After several days I decided to order this before buying a new microwave. Got it today and used it and shocked it actually pulled most of the odor out that’s trapped in the upper vent. This $10 item saved me $200 to $400." —Angela D.
Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in different sizes and packs of one or two).
Promising review: "I was able to clean up a tea set given to my grandfather 40 years ago. This stuff worked amazingly!" —Kristi Lane
Get it from Amazon for $10.91.
Covogoods is a Utah-based, woman-founded small business that specializes in storage solutions crafted from up-cycled books.
Not every display will have the exact books shown above but if you want to check out the titles ahead of time, select 'YES, preview books' when checking out and enable Amazon notifications so the seller can send you a pic!
Promising review: "I’m pretty sure I’ve never loved a purchase from Amazon as much as I love this one, and I’ve been a Prime member since Day 1. This product is EXTREMELY well made and very unique. Plus, it does the job of hiding the ugly routers and cords. And the customer service was great and responsive. I was a little hesitant to spend the money on this but after years of living with the husband’s pile of technology, the money was well spent!" —AmazonEmme
Get it from Covogoods from Amazon Handmade for $29+.
Rocco & Roxie is a family-run small business making everything you and your pet need to live a clean and fun life. From treats to toys, they've got what you need!
Promising review: "I don’t know how I ever survived without this. There’s tons of 'pet stain/odor remover' products out there, but this by far is the absolute best. I cringed paying the $20 for it when others are between $5–$10, but I have NO ISSUES paying now. I foster dogs, some puppies, some older, some not housebroken, and every room in my house is carpeted except the kitchen, which means I have lots of accidents. I spray enough to saturate if it’s a lot of urine, let it soak for 10 minutes, then wipe it up with a hand towel. Then I put a larger towel on top of it if it’s in a high-traffic area until it’s completely dry. It’s taken out every stain and, more importantly, the odor is gone! I will never stop buying this product. I recommend it to everyone who has dogs!" —Shelley
Get it from Rocco & Roxie on Amazon for $18.97+ (available in two sizes).
This solution works great with Bissell, Hoover, McCulloch, Rug Doctor, Kenmore, and Carpet Express vacuum cleaners.
Sunny & Honey is a family-run small business making cleaning products safe enough to use around pets and powerful enough to get rid of pet stains.
Promising review: "Worth every penny. I’ve bought this product so many times now I have it on auto ship! Saw the reviews and figured I’d give it a try. My cat likes to pee over the litter box and stained the brand new carpet. I used this in my Bissell and it took all the stain and smell out!!! I’ll never use another cleaner." —Wendy
Get it from Sunny & Honey on Amazon for $19.97+ (available in two sizes).
Promising review: “We purchased this to fill some patches in our backyard that were damaged by our puppy. Works like a charm. The one caveat is that you really do have to water it a bit every day. Once it takes off though, it grows pretty quickly! Within one week of planting this, we had 1-inch-long grass blades. One month later, all the patches are gone. Highly recommended!” —Jessica N.
Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in five sizes).
Check out our write-up of this magical fabric defuzzer! The battery-operated model requires two AA batteries that aren't included, but you can buy some right here!
Promising review: "OK, I don’t normally rave about things like this. I bought this on a whim in a last attempt to save my favorite duvet cover. The pills had gotten to the point where it was seriously uncomfortable to sleep with them getting all up in my leg space. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this lil' baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand-new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m depilling everything. Sweatshirts, leggings, blankets, socks, anything that looks like it needs some love. It does the job quickly and leaves everything looking fresh. Hi, I’m obsessed. I can’t stop. I should send this back. I’ve started asking if my neighbors need anything depilled. I’m going to buy one of these for everyone in my life. Everyone needs to own this. Take it away from me." —Sydney Jensen
Get it from Amazon for $13.99+ (available in six colors and rechargeable or battery operated).
Promising review: "I've been a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser fan for a long time. My husband works with metal and works on cars so there is oil, grease, etc. everywhere in our house... and the bathtub is awful. They were the only thing to get rid of it. UNTIL I FOUND THESE! 1 MILLION TIMES BETTER THAN THE MAGIC ERASERS. Hardly have to scrub to get the tub clean now. I've used one for three bathtub cleanings and I'm sure I will get at least five more uses out of it. I'd get maybe 1.5 cleanings from the other brand. I'll never buy another brand again other than these. They will last forever — the package was much bigger than expected for the price. Just buy them... worth it!" —Briana M.
Get a 20-pack from Amazon for $13.95.
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 $18+ (available in three sizes).
Promising review: "OK, so these cleaner pods are awesome! I didn't know how gross our Keurig was until today. The big mason jar on the left is when I actually ran the cleaner through plus one rinse cycle. The middle one is another rinse cycle and the last one, on the right, is the last one I did. So yes, I would suggest running two or three rinse cycles instead of the recommended one. But it's still an awesome product for the price! I have a 2.0 and I had no issues." —Mads0421
Get a pack of six from Amazon for $9.95.
Check out how they work on TikTok here!
Promising review: "I wish I had taken the time to take a before and after pic because I have so much more room in there now than I did before. I found the cutest tops in there that I had completely forgotten about because my clothes were crammed in the closet so tightly. Most of the time, I felt like I had nothing to wear, LOL, and now, I know exactly what I have, and it's even organized by sleeve length and color. I would definitely buy again and actually plan to buy more for my husband and children to use as well." —Mariko Lamb
Get a 10-pack from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three colors and packs of 6, 10, or 24).
Promising review: "I could not get my flatware to come out clean from the dishwasher and I wondered if it was the hard water. I was using up to three soap blocks in each load with only partial improvement. I used this the first time and voilà! Perfectly clean flatware for the first time. I LOVE this!" —Susan A
Get it from Amazon for $6.88.
The set of four dividers can fit scarves, ties, underwear, bras, and socks as seen above.
Promising review: "No matter how neatly I fold my bras and underwear, they always seem to become a big jumble in the drawer. These organizers are perfect for keeping everything in place, and you won't forget about those items you own that end up buried at the back." —M. Hanson
Get it from Amazon for $13.87 (available in seven colors).
Check it out on TikTok here!
And here's what BuzzFeed Shopping editor Heather Braga has to say:
"After hearing what incredible things The Pink Stuff can do, I finally ordered it and tried it for myself. Honestly, wow! It really does work wonders. I tried it first on my Le Creuset cast-iron pan (seen above, right) and really was amazed at how just one pass with The Pink Stuff (and a scouring brush) took off almost every stain! I can't wait to try it on literally everything in my home that needs a deep cleaning."
Promising reviews: "I bought this after seeing it on TikTok, and now I can't live without it. Amazing cleanser!" —S. Sasser
"It's great! I absolutely LOVE it and need to order more...it's a can't-live-without product now!" —R. Chiveral
Get it from Amazon for $5.97.
Slip a single tablet in your detergent tray (or in the bottom of the dishwasher if it won't fit in there) and set it to a regular wash cycle. After it's finished, open it up to find limescale, hard water stains, and other mineral buildup completely wiped out.
Promising review: "I had tried lots of white vinegar for two cycles in my 20-year-old dishwasher for the cloudy and powdery dinginess it had started showing and it only helped about 30%. We have very hard water. This zapped the buildup and glass is clear again and colored plastics no longer have the powder-like coating. So glad I took a chance on this!" —J. Holden
Get it from Amazon for $6.98.
Each pack comes with four bands which can stretch from 12 to 18 inches and hold adequate tension.
Promising review: "I love these things. I don't know why we have been suffering through years of ill-fitting sheets on our king-size bed. I was a little doubtful when I saw them because the buckles seemed too weak to hold our sheets in place all night, every night. But they work so well! I realized one day that we hadn't had to do that yanking-pulling routine ever since we installed these. Love them — can't live without them!" —cat lover on a budget
Get a pack of four from Amazon for $12.99+ (available in three colors and four pack sizes).
Promising review: "I have ordered numerous leather cleaners and conditioners over the years. I ordered both the cleaner and the conditioner and they restored my leather sofas. The cleaner and the leather conditioner are amazing! My sofas look like new and feel soft and supple again with a nice sheen. I will use these on my leather purses and jackets as well. So glad to find this MADE IN THE USA product. A bit pricey but well worth the extra cost." —CJ
Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three sizes).
Promising review: "This is the perfect solution for hiding a cord! It looks like it is just a part of the base board. Mine is covering a cable wire only, but I think they are big enough to hide more than one cord if needed. I didn’t cut mine, and I bought two. You can tell where the two meet if you look closely. However, I do not think anyone would notice. I can’t believe I let our cable cord sit across the floor for this long. I wish I would have found these sooner!" —Amazon Customer
Get it from Amazon for $16.99+ (available in three sizes and five colors).
The kit comes with one Baseboard Buddy and three reusable pads which can be used wet or dry.
Promising review: "For many, this may seem like a waste of money. Not for me. I am over 65 and have difficulty getting up and down from the floor. As a result, my baseboards did not get dusted as frequently as the rest of the house. This made it so much easier for me." —retired
Get it from Amazon for $24.99.
Promising review: "I'll let my pictures (above) speak to how amazing this works. I had a stained mattress that I'd been covering with a mattress pad for years. As I was preparing for a move, I decided to give OxiClean a try and see if it could remove the stains that had been there for well over SEVEN YEARS. I honestly don't even know what caused the stains, but OxiClean removed them. I took before, during, and after pictures (after pictures show the outline of water because I took them immediately after rinsing. I honestly can't believe the results. I wish I'd done this sooner!" —Little Greek
Get it from Amazon for $5.68.
Promising review: "Amazing is all I can say about this product. I moved into my home with a stainless refrigerator as part of the sale and it had water spots, discoloration, and other film on it. This cleaner, after two applications, completely removed all of the mentioned stains and discoloration. My wife was very happy, and if she approved of this product then I had to write this review. Buy it now for all your stainless steel appliances." —G. Snow
Get it from Amazon for $19.95.
The heavy-duty formula works on glass, ceramic, induction, radiant, and halogen stove tops.
Promising review: "When we moved in to our current rental it was clear that the previous tenants didn’t maintain the glass cooktop of the stove. I’ve tried many other products and a lot of elbow grease to clean it myself but nothing has helped, until this product! I saw it featured on a recent BuzzFeed article about superior cleaning products and I’m so glad I did. This is the only thing that worked removing years of baked-on filth." —James
Get the kit on Amazon for $14.68.
The shelving unit is suitable for most cabinets as you can adjust the height to four different levels (2, 5, 9, and 13 inches tall) and expand the rail anywhere between 15 to 25 inches. Since the dimensions aren't one-size-fits-all, it also comes with three large panels and four small panels so you can adjust the shelves.
Promising review: "Great product for a great price. Very sturdy, but lightweight and small; under my bathroom sink is *very* small, and the metal frame is thin enough that it doesn't take up much space, and of course it allows me to utilize the empty vertical space instead of shoving things all the way to the back wall. I might rearrange the shelves, but it's just held with screws on each end so that's easy enough to do. It comes with two supports for two shelves, but you can choose from four heights/positions. 👍🏻 Might need to order a second for under the kitchen sink..." —Jennifer Mowry
Get it from Amazon for $22.87+ (available in three finishes).Promising review Saved so much time, labor, and money. 🙌Promising review:Total transformation of our couch and loveseat.Promising reviewI used this adhesive film to turn two cheap Ikea tables into less-cheap-looking Ikea tables because I'm not made of money but I would like others to believe I am. Super simple to use and a ton of it for the price I was really pleased overall.Promising reviewPerfect for adding some much-needed light to my dark kitchen.Promising review I highly recommend this because really who wants to clean their shower every day? This also keeps away mold and mildew how cool is that.Promising review:Promising review:Grout-eez got my grout perfectly clean in no time, plus it was easy to use and no odor.Promising reviewThese pens are so amazing. After a little priming, they go forever! They cover very well and are super easy to use and cover the darkest of stains!I have very light beige tile, and the beige color pens blend perfectly. I would NOT recommend white unless you have very while tile. This beige will blend well with white as well. Cannot beat it for the price and the amazing job this pen does.Promising reviewIt's not cheap, but this is the only thing that got almost all the residue off my oven surfaces. Nice smell and didn't leave any scratches or marks.Promising review:Promising review:Our fridge now matches the rest of our appliances.Promising review:This stuff is seriously amazing!One cycle with this stuff, 15 minutes, and the results are amazing!I kid you not the water was CRYSTAL CLEAR!I’m so impressed!Promising reviewYou may think they're a little pricey, but they're REALLY heavy and far nicer than the stuff you find at the local hardware store.Promising review:After going at it with regular multipurpose cleaner (with little success) we broke out the scour paste as a last-ditch effort and OH BOY did this miracle product deliver (pics above).Promising reviewGot it today and used it and shocked it actually pulled most of the odor out that’s trapped in the upper vent. This $10 item saved me $200 to $400.Promising review:Promising review:Promising review:. There’s tons of 'pet stain/odor remover' products out there, but this by far is the absolute best. It’s taken out every stain and, more importantly, the odor is gone! I will never stop buying this product.Promising review: Promising review:Promising review:I bought this on a whim in a last attempt to save my favorite duvet cover. I thought I was going to have to get a new duvet cover entirely. Along came this lil' baby. Not only is my duvet cover basically brand-new, but I have found a new hobby. I’m depilling everything. Promising review:1 MILLION TIMES BETTER THAN THE MAGIC ERASERS.Just buy them... worth it!"Promising review: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.Promising review:Promising review:I found the cutest tops in there that I had completely forgotten about because my clothes were crammed in the closet so tightly.Promising reviewI used this the first time and voilà! Perfectly clean flatware for the first time.Promising review:These organizers are perfect for keeping everything in placePromising reviews:Promising reviewThis zapped the buildup and glass is clear again and colored plastics no longer have the powder-like coating.Promising review:Promising review:My sofas look like new and feel soft and supple again with a nice sheen.Promising reviewI can’t believe I let our cable cord sit across the floor for this long. I wish I would have found these sooner!Promising reviewPromising reviewstains that had been there for well over SEVEN YEARSPromising review:This cleaner, after two applications, completely removed all of the mentioned stains and discoloration. Buy it now for all your stainless steel appliances.Promising review: This is the only thing that worked removing years of baked-on filth."Promising reviewunder my bathroom sink is *very* small, and the metal frame is thin enough that it doesn't take up much space, and of course it allows me to utilize the empty vertical space instead of shoving things all the way to the back wall.