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30 Cleaning Tips That'll Make Your Life So Much Easier

Because you cannot live in this mess any longer.

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1. Regularly de-fuzz your pet with a special brush to avoid excessive shedding.

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Promising Review: "I've been very impressed by this little brush so far! I was getting desperate — we have three cats that shed CONSTANTLY, and an eight-month-old baby who was crawling around through cat hair tumbleweeds all across our wooden floors. It got a MASSIVE amount of fur off my cats."—Jenn

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2. Toss a scalding-hot mama or an erupting volcano into your microwave for a quick and steamy cleanup.

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Promising Review: "Beats the old bowl of vinegar in the microwave! It does a great job and I love how the arms stay cool for easy removal. I think she is so cute. She resides on top of my microwave." —Chatty Pants

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Or, microwave a bowl of chopped lemon and water until steamy before wiping down the surfaces with a cloth.

3. Get a shower curtain liner and bath mat that you can put in the wash with your towels.

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Promising Review: "Not a drop gets through to the other side. Soft to the touch, like a nylon shirt. Threw it in the washer on regular cycle, and it survived." —Amazon Customer

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4. Keep an air-purifying bag to combat funky food smells in a lazy way.

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The bag is filled with a natural moso bamboo charcoal and can be used for as long as two years. Place the bags outside in the sun once a month for about an hour to rejuvenate.

Promising Review: "We grew lots of onions and cut them and stored in the freezer, but low and behold onion smell (REALLY STRONG) and the baking soda just did not do it. Bought this but did not really expect much. After a day the smell was reduced and by the second day it totally gone. I waited a few more days and the strong odor was still gone." —Lynn G

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Or, open a box of baking soda or place used coffee grounds in the back of the fridge to neutralize odors.

5. Tackle the fridge in intervals by cleaning a shelf with a Lysol wipe before you reload fresh groceries.

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Promising Review: "Without a doubt, these represent one of the handiest and most useful cleaning and disinfecting items I have ever used. They are extremely effective for both cleansing and disinfecting, and they are tremendously versatile, because they can be used for a wide variety of cleaning tasks." —KRMD

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6. A kitchen sink caddy will help avoid grime and residue from building up on your surfaces.

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Promising Review: "This saved me from tearing out the whole sink. I was so frustrated with all the gunk that would accumulate when my family didn't rinse out the sponge or left it full of water. This absolutely helps. Plus, it's kind of cute." —Sally

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8. Make an easy, all-purpose cleaner with vinegar, baking soda, essential oil, and water.

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Full instructions on Goodful.

Ingredients:

1/2 cup vinegar

2 tbsp baking soda

8-10 drops of essential oil (orange or your scent of choice)

1/2 cup water

1 toothbrush

1 rag

9. Save your manicure and your time with a small handheld groove cleaner.

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Promising Review: "This works wonderfully for my patio door when I can't get everything up by vacuuming alone. I have a dog, so dirt and dog hair tends to get trapped all around the patio door track. I don't have to sigh anymore when I look at the door track!" —Becca

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10. Invest in a Roomba because it won't whine and sulk while doing chores like your significant other.

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Promising Review: "I don't care to remember what life was like before my baby came home. The wind beneath my wings. I would give this thing the cold side of my pillow. The last glass of Kool-Aid." —Cloudaround

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12. Avoid unclogging the shower drain with a TubShroom to catch all that hair.

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Promising Review: "Works really well. My hair collection has grown so much. I might have enough to make a hair friend soon. I shall try on the first full moon." —Kate Wills

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And for the sink, a small yet mighty SinkShroom for $12.99.

13. Use spot removers for immediate stains to save time on laundry.

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Promising Review: "Gets stains out of clothes and carpet! I had a blue stain on my carpet, and I put this on it and shampooed the spot. It came right up!!" —Amber

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15. Stop dividing by color in the laundry and use cold water. It saves the earth and your water bill.

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Also, Tide Pods save you the mess and hassle of measuring liquid detergent. Just be sure to store them where kids and pets can't get into them because the candy look-a-likes can be toxic when ingested.

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16. Remove stubborn grease stains on concrete with Coca-Cola.

View this video on YouTube

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Full instructions on Nifty.

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17. Put some baby oil on a cloth and wipe down the shower door after a regular cleaning — it deflects water and mineral deposits, so no scrubbing next time.

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You can also use it to remove grease on wood and lubcirate squeaky door hinges.

18. Use a hand vacuum for hard-to-reach places.

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Promising Review: "This vacuum is top-notch! I use it daily! And by using it daily, I mean I carry it around when I'm bored and suck dust off of random crap. It also scares the bejesus out of my dog, so there's that." —Jaron McFall

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20. Greet guests with a welcome mat to subtly tell them to wipe their damn feet.

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Promising Review: "It is rather sturdy and looks like it will hold up well. If nothing else, this country saying should bring a smile to your face!" —Apache's mom

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22. Make cleaning your blinds a breeze with a handheld duster.

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Promising Review: "I have a house-cleaning business, and this is a great timesaver. Several houses that we clean have many blinds, and wiping them with a cloth is very time-consuming. This does a great job by getting the top and bottom of two blinds at once." —Anne H

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25. Drop a lemon-scented deodorizer down the garbage disposal to freshen up the remains of discarded trash.

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Promising Review: "Something was seriously wrong with our garbage disposal. It stunk so bad that I was ready to have my husband rip it out and replace it. After one treatment, the odor was nearly gone. Two treatments, and the odor was gone altogether. Now we use it religiously and have not had a single odor problem since." —Jamie

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27. Make scooping up those pesky tufts less tiresome with a special broom for pet fur.

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Promising Review: "This thing just plain works. We got a mature golden retriever last year and were told he didn't shed. Then in the spring he started shedding badly. I found this product on a whim one day and knew it had to be better than my shoe! The backside is more like a squeegee and helps pull the hair up in long rolls and keeps the hair in one big pile." —Nick V.

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Or, after washing the dishes, use your wet gloves to wipe up errant dog or cat hairs.

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30. Spritz burnt-on food with ammonia from a spray bottle. Then sprinkle some baking soda, and a few drops of white vinegar. After it starts to bubble, wipe away the grime with a wool soap pad.

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Promising Review: "I ordered these to try and fix my parents' Dutch oven. I had apparently left my water in the Dutch oven from making a corned beef and it was in there a few weeks. When we discovered this, it had a good amount of rust on it. I wish I would have taken some before and after pictures because this worked." —DS V

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