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Cleaning the house is one of those chores that fills most of us with dread. And it seems that as soon as you’ve scrubbed every nook and cranny, it’s dirty again.
So anything that can help take the hassle out of this most arduous of household duties is the dream.
Naturally, Amazon is a veritable treasure trove of handy gadgets that will make life that little bit easier. And we’ve found some really useful items at bargain price points that might not make you fall in love with cleaning, but will most certainly cut back on the time you need to spend doing it.
From slippers that double as a mop/duster (yes, really!) to multi-purpose electric cleaning brushes that claim to halve the time you’ll spend cleaning, plus a genius pet hair removal roller, read on for the five gadgets that will help give you your life back.
5 great budget-friendly buys that make cleaning easy
£18.99 at Amazon
This clever brush power-cleans hard-to-reach and difficult-to-clean areas all around the home, whether it’s the kitchen, the bathroom or the living room (think grime around your taps, limescale in your bathroom tiles, encrusted food in the back corner of your microwave, as a few examples).
It comes with four interchangeable heads and claims to halve your cleaning time. It’s so effective and easy to use, it can even be used by people with arthritis. With over 25,000 ratings (88% gave it four or five stars), happy shoppers are saying things like “game-changer”, “so impressed” and “cleans like a dream”.
£12.99 at Amazon
When you’ve stopped laughing, hear us out. These slippers are genius, especially for lazy cleaners. Comfortable to wear (they’re made of knitted cloth and chenille), you can, quite literally, clear up dust and spills as you walk around.
The secret is the removable ‘mop’ sole, attached with velcro, which can be thrown into the washing machine. So next time you spill a drink on the floor, pop the slippers on and ‘mop’ it up – you don’t even have to bend over.
And, if you have wooden floors (which are serious dust magnets) simply walk around with your slippers and clear the dust as you go. We’re not the only ones who are impressed: “Best cleaning hack” wrote one satisfied user, with others saying things like “excellent mop shoes”, “brilliant” and “great idea”.
£15 at Amazon
This cleaning gem has a pivoting, replaceable anti-microbial head which is abrasive and great for deep cleaning bathtubs, tiles, mirrors, windows, floors and narrow spaces. The shape allows it to easily get into corners, recesses and grout lines.
The lightweight steel pole is not only extendable, but it remains non-slip, even when wet. It’s clearly a brilliant buy, as it has nearly 115,000 ratings, with the majority being four or five stars, saying things like “simply superb”; “awesome bit of kit” and “absolutely brilliant!”
£11.89 at Amazon
If your pets are shedding everywhere, this is the gadget you need in your life. It’ll pick up all the fur from things like sofas, beds, carpets, cat/dog bed, to name a handful.
It cleverly collects all the hair/fur into the top compartment which is easy to remove and empty. Another bonus? It can be reused over and over and doesn’t need any expensive replacement parts.
Over 41,000 people have rated this with over 60% giving it five stars, with rave reviews including “amazed and impressed”; “incredible product” and “absolutely BRILLIANT”.
£52.99 at Amazon
This is a multi-purpose piece of kit that’ll make cleaning your bathroom, countertops, stove, sink and tiles much easier – you can tackle all sorts of crevices and surfaces with it.
It’s even suitable to get your dirty pots and frying pans clean, and it’ll get rid of the black gunk from your BBQ too.
The cordless ‘spin scrubber’ (which comes with three interchangeable brush heads and one scouring pad) uses high-speed rotation to get rid of even the most stubborn stains at the push of a button.
Many satisfied purchases mentioned its time-saving efficacy, with others commenting that it’s “a dirty shower’s worst enemy” and that it “cuts through any dirt or grime”. Perfect.