7 Totally Genius Cleaning Tools With a Cult Following on Amazon—and They're All Under $10
A Cutlery Cleaner
We all know that we're not supposed to put our good knives in the dishwasher, but washing them by hand can be dangerous—for both your hands and your kitchen sponges. Luckily, this clever cutlery washer is designed to protect your hand, while the bristles wipe the blade clean. Not only does this tool make cleaning easier, but it could also make you a more adventurous cook. "I have a large variety of knives and this really gets me to use them more because it makes cleaning and maintenance really simple," one reviewer explains. To buy: $7, amazon.com.
A Handy Funnel for Detergent and Dish Soap
We've all been there: You're refilling a soap pump with the last drops of your hand soap refill, but it's taking so long it feels like you're watching paint dry. With this handy funnel gadget you'll never have to deal with this time-consuming chore again. Next time, attach each container to the funnel using the clips, then set it aside and let gravity work its magic. With more than 500 5-star reviews, you can be sure this handy gadget really works. To buy: $10, amazon.com.
Odor-Removing Stainless Steel Soap
After cleaning with harsh chemicals, chopping an onion, or peeling garlic, your hands can hold on to the odor for hours. To cut through the smell quickly, wash up with this stainless steel soap. You can use it with or without water, and the reviewers assure us it works either way. To buy: $9, amazon.com.
If you're used to washing up with luxe woven dishcloths or cushioned sponges, these thin, semi-translucent cloths will feel like a strange alternative. But they promise to be odor-free, dry in just 15 minutes, and harbor less germs than the traditional sponge. According to reviewers, they take a little getting used to, but they're great at scrubbing pans and last forever. To buy: $8 for 4, amazon.com.
A Tiny Electronics-Cleaning Brush
Soft bristles on one side and an angled silicone wiper on the other, this gadget was designed for micro-cleaning. It sweeps crumbs from your keyboard and cleans grimy crevices on your phone. According to reviewers, this tool is even better than compressed air at cleaning keyboards. To buy: $5, amazon.com.
A Fur-Collecting Bar
Amazon shoppers with pets swear by this fur-collecting bar. The next time you don't want to pull out the vacuum cleaning, just swipe this bar over furniture or car seats to gather the fur in one spot. And according to reviewers, this bar does just what it claims. "Holy cow this is magic," one reviewer writes. "I have a 230 pound Mastiff. I have purchased any and everything claiming to get dog hair off car carpet. I have used at least 3 different vacuums and attachments ... Then this piece of magic arrived. It gets every single hair no matter how embedded." To buy: $9, amazon.com.
The Multi-Tasking 'Lil Chizler
At Real Simple, our editors have been using the 'Lil Chizler for years to scrape cooked-on food off of pans and to clean gunk in between kitchen tiles. Although it was originally intended to scrap ice off of windshields, there are endless ways to use this handy little tool for cleaning around the house. Put it to work on that gunk around your kitchen sink, and keep one on hand for removing stickers. To buy: $4; amazon.com.