Every season, Shark Tank features products that run the gamut from the practical (at-home fitness gear) to the absurd (ornaments for your beard). While they’re all certainly unique inventions, some more useful than others, the cleaning innovations in particular always manage to solve completely obvious problems you didn’t know you needed solutions for. Would you ever have guessed that you could buy a neoprene gap filler to prevent things from plunging between your car seats? What about a bib to keep your facial hair from falling all over the sink? Or a fabric repellent that keeps your clothes dry and stain free? Shark Tank is here for all your spring-cleaning needs, alerting you to where you’ll need help before you even realize it.
Broom and dustpan
This broom-and-dustpan set was made for tight, hard-to-reach spaces. The broom handle can extend up to 50 inches, and the bristles, set at a 90-degree angle, act like a squeegee to get into all your tough corners.
Clean up your car (or bike or hot rod) wheels with this water-saving gadget. This brush and optional flow-control-switch handle combo is said to reduce water use by 50 percent compared with a garden hose or car wash. The brush itself is plastic to avoid rusting (and thus the need for replacement, leading to more plastic use).
Rid your gym bag, car, or mud room of sport stank with these odor-eliminating sticks that kill bacteria, deodorize, and eliminate the moisture that breeds future bacteria. Originally made for lacrosse gloves, fans have had success deodorizing everything from gardening gloves to boxing gloves (as well as non-glove things, like Uggs).
A disposable drain chain designed to catch hair and whatever else gets clogged down there, without your ever having to touch its findings.
Clean cleaning products
These are nontoxic cleaning products in reusable, BPA-free packaging. This starter kit includes three reusable cleaning bottles, one reusable foaming-hand-soap bottle, and four cleaning tablets that, when combined with water, turn into multi-surface cleaner, glass cleaner, bathroom cleaner, and hand soap.
Hydroviv studies water quality from local, county, state, and federal databases to identify contaminants and susceptibilities and then creates a filter specific to the water in your area. It removes the bad chemicals and leaves the good minerals, and the company will continue to monitor your water. Hydroviv will even send a new replacement cartridge free of charge if something changes.
While this funnel isn’t exactly a cleaning aid, it can prevent a mess. It sits around the rim of your frying pan, intercepting any splatters between your pan and your backsplash.
Another precursor to cleaning, this fabric spray protects various textiles from getting wet or stained. Any liquid that comes in contact with it beads up and rolls off like water off a lotus flower — which was the inspiration for this product. One treatment equals a year of protection.
Heavy-duty grease-and-grime wipes that were so popular with the Sharks, Barbara Corcoran and Robert Herjavec went 50-50 on the deal.
The Sharks didn’t bite, but it’s still a super-useful, food-grade, all-purpose odor eliminator.
This handy neoprene piece stuffs into that black hole of a gap between a front car seat and the center console, so no more collecting piles of crumbs or helplessly dropping your iPhone while you’re searching for directions.