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    38 Tips & Tricks That Will Make Your House Look Brand-New

    Whether you're looking to give your home a fresh decor upgrade or clean your house so it looks as good as it did when you moved in, we've got you covered.

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    1. Deep clean your stainless-steel sink just like you would your dishes. All it needs is a quick dusting of flour and a microfiber cloth — that'll scrub away all of that food and gunk regular cleaners can leave behind.

    hand scrubbing out stainless steel sink with flour

    2. Upgrading your bathroom doesn't require hiring a contractor — even a small change like installing a waterfall faucet will make your bathroom feel like a fancy resort!

    3. Similarly, putting on a set of mid-century or modern furniture leg replacements on your couch or dresser will make them look brand-new for a fraction of the cost of buying entirely new furniture.

    4. Have a major spill on your carpet you're convinced will be there forever? Don't panic — instead, spray this magical carpet cleaner and be amazed at how quickly the stains lift. It's a much better solution than placing a piece of furniture over the stain and forgetting about it!

    reviewer's stairs with red food stains completely removed from a carpet and walls

    5. Makeover your bathroom or kitchen with some peel-and-stick floor tiles. Not only will it add a heightened level of decor, it can also cover up any scratches, cracks, or imperfections on the tiles.

    6. And if you want to modernize your kitchen, try out some peel-and-stick subway tile backsplash. Your kitchen will look more streamlined, and people will think you hired a professional to do it.

    7. Blast away all that stuck-on grime in your shower with this mold and mildew remover spray so powerful, it could lift the filth from an old abandoned house. Or that one suspiciously stained corner of your shower.

    8. And to go the extra mile, scrub the tile grout and shower door track with Rubbermaid's power scrubbing brush. This oddly entertaining motorized tool will take the pain and suffering out of using just elbow grease.

    9. Have some empty wall space in your kitchen? Install a floating wooden shelf so you now have an aesthetically pleasing place to show off all your favorite dishware.

    the wooden shelves hanging in a kitchen and holding things like dishes, cups, and decorative pieces

    10. Fill in any nicks or dents in your wooden pieces with these furniture touch-up sticks. It'll restore your headboard, dressers, and cabinets to the condition they were in when you bought them.

    11. Use a roll of faux-marble contact paper to give your sad, old-looking counters a much-needed facelift. You can also use this to transform simple pieces of furniture into more interesting pieces.

    12. Make your glass stovetop shine in under five minutes. All you have to do is drizzle on some Dawn and hydrogen peroxide, sprinkle with baking soda, and scrub in circles with a dish brush.

    13. Recently noticed some chipping paint? Fill up this touch-up paint pen with the paint color of your choice and apply the color right where you see any imperfections.

    14. And if you mess up while hanging photos and end up with lots of holes in the wall, cover them up with this drywall repair putty that you apply in a small circular motion — no spackling or sanding down necessary.

    A series of photos showing how to apply the drywall repair putty

    15. Does your microwave look more like a Jackson Pollock painting than a kitchen appliance? Squeeze some lemon in a bowl of water, microwave it for six minutes, and just wipe away all the grime with a paper cloth.

    graphic of someone cleaning the microwave with the mentioned hack

    16. Blast all the dirt, algae, and built-up sediment off your deck with a good old-fashioned water pressure cleaner. You'll find it so satisfying to see the wood literally change color before your eyes.

    17. If you have pieces of burnt, spilled food in your oven, a combination of dish soap, baking soda, and water is all you need to make it disappear.

    18. Or for an even easier way to clean your oven, place a shallow cookie sheet on the bottom rack of your oven (or a reusable liner) to catch any spills.

    pie in oven; beneath, the mat on a rack, catching the sugary drips from the edges of the pie

    19. Get rid of hard water rings, calcium buildup, iron, and rust with this pumice stone toilet bowl scrubber. You might cry tears of relief when you see those stubborn stains finally disappear.

    20. While you're cleaning your toilet, make sure to get underneath the rim and scrub the water jets to eliminate any hard water buildup.

    hand using scrub brush under rim of toilet

    21. Soak your showerhead in a plastic bag filled with vinegar and a sprinkle of baking soda for a couple of hours, and then proceed to be shocked at how much mildew, rust, and buildup dissolves away.

    22. Blast away set-in rust stains in your kitchen sink, burnt-on food in your oven, and dark scuffs on your wall with a jar of the TikTok-famous Pink Stuff. It's harder to find something this miracle cleaning paste can't do!

    23. Instead of throwing out your old couch, try out some thick velvet slip covers with nonslip straps so the covers actually stay in place. There are separate covers for each cushion, which will make it look like you completely reupholstered your couch.

    24. Or, tuck a blanket around your sofa cushions to breathe new life into your lumpy, stained sofa that has been passed down to you from the previous renters.

    blue blanket tucked into a sofa

    25. Another way to get your couch looking good as new is to invest in a fabric defuzzer. Just run it over the part of the furniture that's covered in fuzzies and all those loose strings and pills will just disappear!

    On the left, the arm of a couch with fabric pilling on it, and on the right, the same arm of the couch but the defuzzer got rid of the pilling

    26. Make those pesky stains in your white bathtub disappear with a classic powder cleaner.

    before and after of a tub that's been cleaned with barkeeper's friend soft cleanser

    27. Or for something more natural, try out this cleaning paste formulated to deep clean any sealed surface and remove any caked-on gunk from your shower. Just apply a tablespoon amount on a cloth and start scrubbing!

    28. Get rid of those water rings on your coffee table by using mayonnaise + a paper towel + a hair dryer.

    29. Got any of those aggravating adhesive residue marks in your house? Use a bottle of Goo Gone to get rid of those stubborn glue stains or old sticker marks with ease.

    30. Make your windows and faucets shine like they're brand spanking new with just water + vinegar + vodka.

    31. Install interlocking Teak tiles in your patio, balcony, or backyard to make your little slice of the outdoors look like a fancy courtyard. Don't have any outdoor space? You can put them at the bottom of your shower — instant spa status!

    32. Add magnetic garage handles and faux windows to up the curb appeal of your house without having to spend oodles of money on new carriage-style doors.

    33. If you notice your ceiling fan is looking a bit old and dusty, wipe down the blades with an old pillowcase — all the dust stays inside!

    hands putting fan blade inside of pillowcase

    34. Apply some peel-and-stick wallpaper to create a bold statement wall in your living room or bedroom without having to paint. It'll instantly give your space a whole new look!

    A living room with one wall covered in the constellation-print wallpaper in Frost

    35. And before you start the wallpapering process, make sure you read up on how to properly measure and apply it so you don't end up with lots of air bubbles or uneven lines.

    36. Keep your floors scratch-free thanks to these furniture pads. They come in many different sizes so you can get a perfect fit on whatever piece of furniture you are placing the pads on.

    The pack of furniture pads

    37. Have these cleaning erasers on hand for the times you catch your kid creating a masterpiece with crayons (or worse, markers!) on your wall and need to get it all off ASAP. Here's to hoping next time they'll stick to their coloring books...

    38. Or you can spray some hairspray on permanent marker scribbles to dissolve the stain so you can easily wipe it away.

    You proudly showing off your good-as-new house after you've done some of these: redecorating and cleaning hacks

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