9 Weird Yet Clever Cleaning Tools Found on Amazon
Cleaning isn’t typically thought of as “fun” or “interesting” (or if it is, I applaud you). While the chore itself can be boring, there are plenty of clever, fun, and just plain weird cleaning tools out there that can jazz things up. We’re talking about products that are for those small annoying tasks that aren’t completely terrible, but could be made better—you just don’t think about them as much. We rounded up our favorite wacky cleaning tools for those tedious aspects of cleaning. The best part: They’re all under $20 on Amazon.
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OXO Good Grips Dish Squeegee, $5.99
Have you ever spent more than a few minutes scrubbing away at leftover food bits on plates and dishes? Or, have you ever been afraid to use your fork to scrape your plate clean and risk scratching? Of course you have—the former is a waste of energy and water, and the latter is just plain annoying. OXO came up with this squeegee made specifically for dishware to fix that. The wrap-around silicone edge allows you to get into nooks and crannies, and it stands up to dry when not in use. It can also be used to scrape down sink basins and even help you save water–simply stand over the trash with it and scrape the last of the food off your plates rather than rinsing them in the sink.
Dritz Sweater Stone, $11.38
Unusual cleaning items aren’t limited to household chores—this sweater stone helps maintain clothing by removing fabric pilling. The key is the natural pumice, which gently buffs away pills on a variety of fabrics (including furniture upholstery). It’s super easy and satisfying to use, and was even featured as one of our AT50 home essentials.
Squatty Potty Invisibrush, $15.99
Squatty Potty is known first and foremost for its eponymous product, but its line has since expanded to include other toilet-related products. The Invisibrush is a toilet brush that hooks onto the back of the tank and hides behind the toilet bowl, making it much less conspicuous than most toilet brushes. Easy to install and access, this is a simple product that totally changes your bathroom cleaning routine.
Keyboards are one of those things that you never think about cleaning, but you still definitely notice when things get dusty and a little grimy in between the keys. Enter this universal cleaning gel, which pulls up dust out of rugged, hard-to-reach surfaces. Not limited to keyboards, it can also be used on car vents, calculators, and telephones (if you still use one that isn’t a touchscreen).
Hiware Duster Brush, $8.99
Unlike most duster brushes, this model has three blades designed for cleaning window blinds and vents. The extra blades let you clean a couple blinds at once, saving you time on what is typically a very tedious chore. The design also lets you squeeze as you dust, giving you a bit of gentle elbow grease to really get the dust out of these hard-to-reach spots. It comes with five microfiber sheets that are washable and reusable, making it more eco-friendly than Swiffer dusters.
Alink Bottle Brush Cleaner, $6.99
I can’t be the only one who will wait days to clean out water bottles—for whatever reason, the task seems more annoying and challenging than washing regular dishes. This 16-inch bottle brush cleaner solves this problem, allowing you to reach every nook and cranny of all types and sizes of bottles. Not only does this brush make cleaning your bottles easier, it also makes it more fun.
Blisstime Chainmail Scrubber, $8.99
We’ve tried chainmail scrubbers before, and there’s no doubt that they’re an effective (albeit medieval-looking) way to clean your cast iron tools. Even though this stainless-steel scrubber looks rough, it won’t scratch your pans and, furthermore, is quite easy to use without taking up too much space by your sink.
DrillBrush Power Scrubber Kit, $14.95
This drill scrubber looks like something out of MacGyver, but it’s totally real—and effective! Rather than shell out upwards of $40 on an electric scrubber, just purchase this kit, which contains three brushes that attach onto your average cordless drill. Perfect for deep cleaning tubs, showers, and sinks, this is a wacky-looking but money-saving way to give yourself a break from hand-scrubbing.
Cuisipro Magnetic Spot Scrubber, $15.09
Washing your finer glass items, like wine glasses or vases, can be a daunting and often tricky task. Scratching and breaking feel imminent, so you never want to truly scrub, but sometimes there are stubborn spots that need more than a light washing. Enter the magnetic spot scrubber, which combines two magnetic silicone components for a focused cleaning. Similar to the bottle brush above, it’s made for narrow vessels, but is better suited for spot cleaning.