TikTok loves Sauberkugel The Clean Ball – and so do I

We all have that tote bag that we rarely leave home without. You know the one I’m talking about – it’s probably your grocery bag, your shopping buddy, and a tote place for everything, including receipts, packaging, and in my case, shiny yarn.

If you ask, “Why is your bag full of yarn?” – let me explain. A few weeks ago, I went away for the weekend for a bachelorette party and, of course, my trusty tote bag had to accompany me for the flight. As with any bachelorette party, there were plenty of party favors — including a tissue that wreaked havoc on my bag. With that, plus the bottles of sunscreen I had to carry and travel in general, my bag really took a beating.

When I got home, I knew my tote needed a good cleaning, but who has time to remove tiny canvas threads? Certainly not me. Fortunately, I found The Clean Ball, loved by TikTok (and Shop TODAY).

The clean ball

He does all the work for you

The brand’s name hashtag, #sauberkugel, has 4.8 million views – and it’s easy to see why. The amount of dirt and crumbs the videos showed him picking up was truly impressive. Plus, the brand says all you have to do is place it in “any purse or bag” and let it work.

The tool comes in a hard plastic shell with a soft, sticky ball inside that picks up all the crumbs and dirt in your bag as it rolls.

Courtesy of Kara Quill / Courtesy of Jannely Espinal

I threw it in my tote with the usual things I carry, including my wallet, a book, and some keys, and went on with my life. A few days later, I retrieved the cleaning tool and inspected what it was able to grab from the bottom of my bag. Although it didn’t pick up the biggest bits of yarn, it did attract dirt, dust, crumbs, and other particles that I didn’t even know were there. I was hooked.

My “pro tip” for big damage

However, I still had to deal with the pieces of wire that were too big to pass through the outer shell. My pro advice? Open the cage by squeezing the middle and take out the sticky ball. I emptied my bag and just rolled the ball back and forth and around corners where a lot of debris had accumulated. The result? A practically clean bag for little to no work on my part.

Courtesy of Kara Quill / Courtesy of Jannely Espinal

To clean your Clean Ball, simply run it under water. I even used a bit of dish soap to remove whatever he picked up. Then I put it back in the crate and just put it back in my bag so it never got so dirty again. Simple!

Don’t take my word for it

While I can sing the praises of this cleaning hack all day, you don’t have to take my word for it. The tool has a 4.6 star rating on Amazon with over 4,000 global ratings. The comments section is also full of happy customers like me.

“These are THE BEST,” wrote one verified reviewer. “They collect so much dirt and dust from my tote bag and keep everything clean. Super small and easy to clean too!”

Plus, our very own Shop TODAY Editorial Director, Adrianna Brach, also used The Clean Ball to keep her bag spotless.

“I love The Clean Ball because it does all the work for you and is so easy to clean,” she said. “I keep one in my bag for work and in my daughter’s diaper bag. People always ask me questions when they see it because it really is a hidden gem.”

At the end of the day, this hack removes a task from my to-do list, keeps my bag and stuff clean, and couldn’t be easier to use. I will definitely be putting one in each of my handbags from now on.

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