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    25 Cleaning Tips That'll Make You Think, "Why Didn't I Start Doing This Years Ago"

    Deep cleaning your home just got. whole lot easier.

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    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.

    Promising review: "Judging from the stuff in the filter on our first appears that it really is getting all the micro-dust from our sofa cushions. I am amazed at all of the crud in the filter. First time, be prepared to clean the filter after only a few passes. In the past I have used a regular vacuum attachment and also used a damp cloth to freshen the cushions. Wow! This works so much better. My sinus congestion is at an all time low. Have not used it on our mattress yet, can only imagine! Am very happy with this machine. Yes, it could be a half pound or so lighter, but I will not complain." —SuZee

    Get it from Amazon for $80.60+.

    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.


    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.86

    Check out even more clever ways to speed up your chores.

    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).

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    (BuzzFeed Editor, Natalie Brown, swears by this trick! That's her microwave in the before and after photos pictured above.)

    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

    Get shaving cream from Amazon for $3.74 (for a pack of two).

    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.

    Nifty / BuzzFeed

    Read more about this chemical-free cleaning hack!

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $11.69 (includes two sponges).

    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
    Ashley McGetrick / BuzzFeed

    Get them from Amazon: three-pack of dish soap and pack of two sponges for $11.69 and dryer sheets for $5.99.

    Learn about more fast and easy cleaning hacks

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

    James Ransom / Food52,

    Check out this Food52 article on how to care for your wooden cutting board!

    Promising review: "Great product at a very good price. We've applied it to our new wood spoons and cutting boards, and it applies very well. Treat new items daily for a week, then weekly for a month, then monthly to maintain them. This is an excellent mineral oil for protecting your wood cooking items. You will not be disappointed." —jackwayne

    Get it from Amazon for $7.99.

    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"
    Jenny Chang / BuzzFeed

    REMEMBER: If anything is delicate or made of plastic (aka will melt) keep it on the top rack, where the heat isn't as intense. And if you're going to put said thing in your body (read: butt plug) maybe don't use any detergent.

    These dishwasher detergent pods ($20.49 on Amazon) work overtime to clean tough, burnt-on messes so everything you throw in to the dishwasher will get a through ~scrubbing~.

    Check out all the things you never knew you could clean in a 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.

    Promising review: "This stuff might be actually magic. It got a three year old wine stain from a white carpet that I have used literally every product ever trying to remove. Folex, resolve, rug doctor, etc. Nothing worked, and I just ended up with an ugly brown stain. This stuff also has worked on every other hard to remove stain I have tried to on. Works great on red makeup stains and that high pigment hot pink eye shadow I dropped on the white carpet that I thought would never come out." —Caitlin

    Get it from Amazon for $10.75.

    Check out other stain and spill removal hacks!

    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

    Get them from Amazon: a Magic Eraser for $11.99 (for a pack of 10), borax for $8.49, and baking soda for $13 (for a two-pack).

    Check out the full tutorial on this DIY Magic Erasing sponge.

    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.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    "I've known about the toilet seat tip for ages (h/t Ask Anna Moseley, who has a full tutorial on this) and finally tried it myself, as you can see in the pictures above. I wasn't able to persuade the screws all the way off, but I got them loose enough that my trusty all purpose cleaner and I could quickly banish the disgusting gunk that had gathered underneath the spot where the toilet seat screws into the toilet." — Natalie Brown, BuzzFeed Editor

    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

    You can simply place the deodorizer on the shelf or get a hook from Amazon for $8.95.

    Promising review: "I have installed these bags in closets, bedrooms, and a particularly smelly refrigerator. After one month of use I have noticed a great improvement in the odors in these places. I recharged them in the sun and look forward to another month of reduced odors." —Michael F. Sedlar

    Get a 12-pack from Amazon for $21.98.

    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.

    @clorox / Twitter: @clorox,

    That'll help prolong its life between cleanings!

    Get the sponge rack from Amazon for $10.99 on Amazon.

    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

    It also deodorizes any gifts your pet might have left you (and it's biodegradable and non-toxic so your furry friend is totally safe).

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    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.

    Promising review: "I've seen the commercials for years and thought it was another gimmick. Our dog has been bringing in mud and jumping on our bed right after. Washing with detergent alone didn't remove the stains very well. I washed it with some of this stuff and all of it came out. I couldn't see where the stains previously were. Needless to say, I started doing a bunch of loads of white clothes to get them all whiter!" —Kristy

    Get it from Amazon for $12.98+.

    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

    Promising review: "This product can be a major kitchen product if you have issues with odors in your garbage disposal. We eat a lot of cereals for breakfast and almost all are loaded with preservatives, which are like glue when they get wet. For two years, we could not get rid of a foul odor for more than a day or two. I purchased this as a last resort, but only expecting it to help a little. The first time I used it, I was amazed at how much gunk was brushed away and odor was reduced. " —C. D. Cornett

    Get it from Amazon for $14.93.

    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.

    Caroline Miller / Nifty / BuzzFeed

    Get a can of hairspray from Amazon for $7.56.

    Learn out how to remove any "permanent" stain and marks with other items you probably already have at home.

    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
    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    "To get the bubbles, add in a dash of baking soda. I've had it work well both with the combo and with just plain vinegar, some people swear the bubbling reaction loosens the particles more quickly. Others note that, once the reaction's over and the bubbles stop, the vinegar will just be water with a bit of salt; but you do you." —Natalie Brown, BuzzFeed Editor 

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.99.

    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.

    Promising review: "This is the best product I have found for my laminate floors. I have tried so many brands, including my own vinegar solution as well as the one made by the manufacturer of my laminate flooring, and none of them compare to Rejuvenate. Everything I've tried has done an okay job but I'm still left with occasional streaks and dullness. This stuff is wonderful. It just takes a few spritzes in an area and then I go over it with a microfiber mop and I have a beautiful streak-free floor with a nice luster to it. Finally the laminate floors I wanted!" —ChattyPatty

    Get them from Amazon: the spray for $5.48, and the microfiber mop for $39.98.

    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
    Percds / Getty Images

    And rinse it out with hot water when you're done.

    Get a three-pack from Amazon for $13.86 (This particular sponge won best mid-priced sponge on BuzzFeed Reviews!)

    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.


    Promising review: "I couldn't get my windows clean using cleaning solution, newsprint, and a lot of elbow grease. There were always streaks and dirt left behind. Enter these things. One quick cleaning, and I do mean quick, and my windows are now cleaner than any windows I've ever cleaned. It's simply amazing. We were all standing around in utter shock and delight before running around trying the cloths on other stuff: the TV, the picture glass, etc. I know it sounds corny, but I couldn't wait to get up this morning, because I woke up in the middle of the night excitedly thinking about trying it on the car today. They are truly, truly amazing." —Amazon Customer

    Get a pack of eight from Amazon for $14.

    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

    Promising review: "This works amazingly! I hadn't thoroughly scrubbed my glass cooktop in years — I only wiped them down with random multi cleaners which never seemed to do much. Then a friend recommended this product — AMAZING! The included scrubbers and scrapers really make the difference. As others have said it will leave your cooktop shiny and new — even marks that had been on there for years came almost completely off: 98% better." —B. Swartwood

    Get it from Amazon for $11.29.

    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

    Promising review: "Last night I was reborn. What is the cause of this renewed zest for life, you might ask? It was the use of the Rubbermaid Reveal Power Scrubber on my shower grout. It elevated a simple baking soda and water solution to alchemical proportions. My pink-tiled shower, the one that came with my scummy apartment, the one that never looks clean no matter how many hours of backbreaking labor I put in, now looks bright, clean, and full of promise. An otherwise disgusting and dated purely utilitarian part of my home is now art. TLDR; This this is absolutely incredible." —Amazon Customer

    Get it from Amazon for $19.59.

    Learn why a BuzzFeeder loves this in "We Tested Gadgets For People Who Suck At Cleaning, And Here's What Actually Worked."

    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

    Promising review: "This sucker catches everything! My daughter has long black hair and it's constantly everywhere all over the shower. I make her clean this after every shower she takes and it disgusts her because it literally catches everything. I think it's funny. And now we don't have to snake our drain anymore." —Sarah Reyes

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors).

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review in "9 Life-Changing Things To Try In February."

    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

    Promising review: "I'm so embarrassed to show how disgusting my toilets have been, but it's worth it for me to help anyone who has suffered as I have. We built our house and have lived in it 33 years. We dug a well and the water was beautiful, until air hit it. The copper, iron, lime are all so bad the chart doesn't even go that high. We have spent thousands on a huge filter that filters all the water coming into the house from the well. My toilets have been disgusting to me, though clean (as clean as I can get them). This pumice stone — HOLY MOLY, my toilets are clean! I am totally amazed. It took about 30 minutes on each one. The stains are gone. THEY ARE GONE!" —Libby Nance

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

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