Nifty·Posted on Jul 8, 201815 Little Cleaning Tips That'll Make You Say, "Why Didn't I Think Of That?!"Don't you dare put those filthy coats straight into storage.by Emily ShwakeBuzzFeed StaffFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Dust off your fan's blades with a pillowcase to prevent dust from flying into the air when you turn them on for the first time. homemakerchic.com Slide the case over the blade, then gently slide it off. Any dust will fall into the case instead of all over the floor. Learn more here. 2. Clean a greasy grate with a potato so the grill sparkles. Selorm Kploanyi / Via Facebook: buzzfeednifty Brush oil and sprinkle salt all over the grill, then use the inside of a halved potato to scrub all the grease off. Rinse with soap and get grillin'. Learn more here. 3. Take apart your built-in ice maker if it's not working as well as it used to — or if the ice is starting to smell. 🤢 Tzahiv / Getty Images You don't want either of those things happening when the only thing that's keeping you cool is putting your coffee on ice. Unplug the freezer before you remove the ice maker, and use warm water to rinse off any ice build-up. Wipe down the bin with a mixture of diluted vinegar, and use a toothbrush to scrub debris out of the moving parts. Disinfect the whole thing with diluted bleach if this is your first time cleaning it out. Finally, dry it off completely and put it all back together. Learn more here. 4. Spray down your outdoor garbage can if you gag every time you take out the trash. Moisseyev / Getty Images It's just going to get smelly all over again, you say? Well, yes but there's a tolerable level of stench that you can maintain if you just spray it down with a hose and a sprayer attachment. It's not quite as powerful as a pressure washer, but it should be strong enough to push off all of that built-on grime. Learn more here. 5. Make a homemade spray to clean off the outdoor furniture that's been gathering dust...and rain and dirt and snow. Greg Perez / Via youtube.com Mix half a cup of vinegar, a cup of club soda, a cup of dish soap, and 15 drops of essential oil in a spray bottle. Spray all over the furniture and scrub with a bristle brush. Wipe off with a microfiber towel. Learn more here. 6. And soak the outdoor couch cushions in Borax and dishwashing detergent while you're at it. themerrythought.com Scrub the cushions on all sides with a solution of a quart of warm water, a teaspoon of dishwashing detergent, and a tablespoon of Borax. Let them soak for 15 minutes, then rinse them with a hose. Stand them on their sides in the sun to dry. Learn more here. 7. Wash your windows like a professional with a bucket of soapy water and a squeegee. adebtfreestressfreelife.com All of that dirt and pollen is making your view way less appealing and leaving your rooms dark. Leaving streaks is only gonna make it worse. Rub warm soapy water all over the windows with the squeegee, then remove the cover to pull the squeegee across the window from top to bottom. Dry off the rubber blade after every pass and only move in one direction so you aren't pushing the dirt around. Learn more here.Get a squeegee and soft cover from Amazon for $12. 8. And vacuum your screens from the inside to clean the dirt off without taking them out of the window. Emily Shwake The dust and dirt is blocking light and fresh air, so stick the brush head on your vacuum and gently brush the screen. If you've got small-ish windows or the ability to take larger screens out of the frame, spray them down with your hose or shower head and let them dry completely before replacing them.You can find more tips like these in Home Comforts: The Art & Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson. Get it from Amazon for $15.93, Barnes & Noble for $18.32, or find it at your local bookstore on Indiebound. 9. Send your coats and sweaters to the laundromat before you store them. ikea.com|de|no_cc_topic|8QLTLHoMXcHjkMCiMkq45STGXzeHDv If you can't remember the last time you washed your coats, it's probably been too darn long. Obviously we all want to throw those coats in a box and not think of them again until the leaves start falling, but any stains or oils can permanently damage the fabric. Luckily, you only really need to clean them once or twice a year, so getting them dry cleaned isn't too big of an expense. Store all of your winter gear somewhere dark, dry, and cool if possible. You can pack them with cedar blocks, charcoal, or even lavender sachets to keep everything smelling fresh and to keep the bugs away. You can find more tips like these in My Boyfriend Barfed in My Handbag . . . and Other Things You Can't Ask Martha by Jolie Kerr. Get it from Amazon for $12.35, Barnes & Noble for $13.90, or find it at your local bookseller on Indiebound. 10. And get your duvet or comforter cleaned while you're at it. westelm.com If you're packing your duvet or comforter away for the season, now's the time to clean it! Read the care label before you do anything, and make sure your laundry machine can handle something that heavy. If not, bring it to the laundromat and either stick it in the industrial-sized washer or drop it off to be dry cleaned. Make sure it's perfectly dry before packing it away so it doesn't develop mold or mildew. Learn more here. 11. Remove rust from your garden tools with vinegar and baking soda. Greg Perez / Via youtube.com Spray the tools with vinegar and wrap them in paper towels. Give the covered tools another spray, soaking through the paper towels, and set them aside for two hours. Use a toothbrush to scrub off the rust, and rinse and dry the tools. Sprinkle baking soda all over the tools and splash water on them for a follow-up scrub. Wipe down the hinges with mineral oil (or baby oil, which is just mineral oil with a fragrance!) to keep them well conditioned. Learn more here. 12. And store the tools in oiled sand to keep them sharp, clean, and lubricated. onegoodthingbyjillee.com Because the tools won't face as much exposure to the elements, you won't need to de-rust them quite as often. Mix 20–30 ounces of mineral oil with the sand in a large bucket until it's evenly distributed. Cover the hole of a terra-cotta pot, pack the sand in, and plunge the tools in the sand. Learn more here. 13. Vacuum out air ducts and clean off the grilles so you aren't breathing in dust and other allergens. organizedmom.net You should, of course, be changing the filters once a month, but you only really need to give the whole AC/heating system a deep clean about twice a year. First, turn off the power. Put the grilles in a bath of warm soapy water, and rub them down with a microfiber towel. Use rubbing alcohol to clean off any oily residue. While they're drying off, vacuum out the vents and change the filters. Learn more here. 14. Or do a thorough clean of your AC window unit before you turn it on full blast. Natalie Brown You need your AC working perfectly if you're going to survive this summer, and that won't happen if it's dirty! Unplug the unit and remove the filter. Submerge the screen in warm, soapy water and gently scrub it with a sponge or toothbrush. While the screen is drying (it must be completely dry so you don't get water in the unit) vacuum the inside of the unit wipe the outside with a wet cloth. You'll probably want to rinse off the filter about once a month during the summer, but a deep clean is a good idea right when the weather heats up. Learn more here. 15. Wipe down and "floss" your radiator while it's cold. Cini / Via amazon.com Soak a towel in either ammonia or soapy water and wring it out so you aren't drenching the radiator, which would create rust. Once you've wiped down the outside, thread the towel through the coils to clean the sides you can't reach. If it's positioned next to the wall in a way that makes this infeasible, try using a blow dryer on the cold setting to blast out any of the loose dirt. This won't work perfectly, so you may want to consider purchasing a long bristle brush. Learn more here.If the radiator is so hideous that no amount of cleaning can save it, you may want to give it a new paint job. After cleaning it, break out the sandpaper go to town rubbing off the peeling paint. Keep in mind, that you'll need a paint especially designed to stand up to the heat. Learn more here.Get a 13-piece bristle brush set from Amazon for $13.37 and a high-heat enamel spray paint for $9.23+ (available in two colors and three sizes). Read more:• 13 Things In Your Home That You Should Be Cleaning But Probably Aren’t • 16 Household Items You Probably Didn't Know You Could Clean With• 10 Gross Things In Your Home That'll Make You Think, "I Live Like This???"