Skip To Content

    We hope you love our recommendations! Some may have been sent as samples, but all were independently selected by our editors. Just FYI, BuzzFeed and its publishing partners may collect a share of sales and/or other compensation from the links on this page.

    25 Cleaning Tips That'll Help Make Your Life So Much Easier

    Ingenious cleaning hacks and products that you'll wish you knew about sooner.

    1. Invest in a mattress vacuum to get rid of dust and mites that are hiding on and under your bedding. If your allergies tend to flare up as soon as you hit the sheets, this might be the cause.

    2. Pour boiling hot water over your dishes to loosen any dried food, tough stains, or oil on your kitchenware before cleaning them with a sponge. You won't have to do any hard scrubbing that could result in scratches on the surface of your pots and pans.

    3. Microwave a large bowl of water so the steam can turn the dried food splatter and stains into mush. (Psst, add fruits for a citrus scent).

    4. Try shaving cream to get out those makeup stains on your masks, clothing, and bedding before tossing them out. Then Google 'what happens when you fall asleep with your makeup on?' to ensure you never do it again!

    Chart of stain solutions

    5. Opt for dish soap when cleaning inside of your oven instead of using products with harsh chemicals. This will save you money and give you the same results.

    6. Place dishwashing liquid, hot water, and a dryer sheet in any dirty pans and let them soak. After an hour, you won't be able to tell it's ever been used.

    BuzzFeed's tutorial for cleaning dirty pans

    7. Keep your cutting board from becoming cracked and dry by periodically oiling it, otherwise, bacteria can seep into the crevices.

    8. Let your dishwasher lighten your load — did you know that it can clean your shoes, toys, vents, and more? Just add dishwashing detergent and your work here is done.

    BuzzFeed's chart for "24 Things You Never Knew You Could Clean In The Dishwasher"

    9. Use a wine spray to remove ANY liquid spills on fabric (it even works on delicate items like silk and wool). Simply spray directly on the soiled spot, let it sit for 10 minutes, toss it in the washer, and that's it.

    10. Douse a magic erasing sponge in hot water, borax, and baking soda for even better tough stain-fighting results. Prepare to be shocked when you only need one light swipe to make messes disappear.

    Model's hand using magic erasing sponge to remove crayon stain on wall

    11. Make sure you're properly cleaning every inch of your bathroom — including under the screw cover on your toilet, which people tend to overlook.

    12. Eliminate odors in your fridge by hanging a fabric deodorizer inside. The charcoal pouch absorbs moisture and smells so that no one will realize the "fresh" vegetables you bought two weeks ago are, well, no longer fresh.

    Fabric deodorizer hanging inside fridge

    13. Store your sponges on an open rack or a paper clip after using them to wash your dishes! This will allow them to dry properly, avoiding mold and bacteria.

    14. Enlist the help of a carpet shampoo for your vacuum. It'll make your floor look and smell like it's been cleaned by a professional thanks to the fresh mint scent.

    Reviewer's vacuuming dirty rug with a clean streak where they just vacuumed

    15. Use OxiClean directly on fabrics you can't toss in the washer, like your mattress. Simply mix the chlorine-free powder with water on nearly any surface and start scrubbing.

    16. Use a garbage disposal brush so you can avoid the unpleasant odor that seeps out when old food gets stuck in the drain. The sturdy hard bristle brush ensures that you 1. never have to stick your hand down there (yuck!) and 2. your sink gets a THOROUGH cleaning.

    Reviewer holding garbage disposal brush

    17. Use hairspray to get out decade-old pen and marker stains from walls, tables, and other surfaces. After you mist the area, wipe clean until it's all gone.

    18. Attach a plastic bag filled with vinegar over your shower-head and let it soak. This will remove limescale and improve water pressure!

    Reviewer's plastic bag full of clear, bubbly liquid tied on shower head in bathroom with a rubber band

    19. Use a hardwood cleaning spray with a microfiber mop. It'll give your floors a high-gloss shine while the pads gently scrub away any dirt.

    20. Use a sponge to scrub away all the bacteria that's sitting on the surface of your sink, the result of dirty dishes packed with condiments and cleaning raw meat.

    Model wearing glove washing out sink with soap and a sponge

    21. Clean your glassware, mirrors, fixtures, and windows with microfiber cloths to avoid streaks or scratches on the surface. Dirt sticks to the gentle fibers so you get a spotless shine without any harsh chemicals.

    22. Restore your electric stove with a cooktop cleaning kit. The cleaner, scraper, and pad trio will take away any bubbles, burns, and food stains.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of scratched stovetop and then a smooth and clean stovetop

    23. Use an automatic scrubbing brush to clean the grout between your tiles. Just run it along the lines and let the spinning head scrub away alllll the grime.

    Reviewer's before-and-after of dirty and then clean tiles

    24. Avoid hefty professional plumbing fees and clogged drains by investing in a TubShroom. It'll catch any hair before it slips through your drain, that way you can pop it out and toss it in the trash before your next shower.

    Reviewer holding a TubShroom with lots of hair and conditioner buildup

    25. Scrub a pumice ring remover around your sinks, showers, pools, and toilet so it'll look sparkly and new after a few minutes. This polished off porcelain without make any scratches.

    Reviewer's before and after of their dirty, stained toilet and then clean toilet bowl

    Looking for the perfect gift for any occasion? Check out all of BuzzFeed’s gift guides!

    Illustrated gift guide banner