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

    These'll make cleaning go by faster so you can get back to your shows. Priorities.

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    1. Conquer even old ~situations~ with a cult-favorite stain removing spray that works on anything from wine to coffee spills (and even pet accidents!). Your days of ignoring that spot on your couch are OVER.

    2. Soak dingy shower heads in a plastic bag full of vinegar and baking soda (or even easier, a decalcifier) for about one to two hours to remove unwanted buildup and grime. Basically, this is doing all the work for you. Phew.

    3. Scrub rust, surface scratches, burnt grease, and even Sharpie marks away with surprising ease thanks to some multi-purpose cleaning solution. If you have a daunting task (hello, worn-down sink), this is most likely the solution.

    4. Break down your chore list into a ten-day schedule so you can deep-clean your whole house little by little, instead of getting overwhelmed and probably giving up. Day one: bedroom. Day ten: appliances (and celebratory wine).

    Here's everything you'll need to tackle all ten days:

    5. *Smooth* over any tension with long overdue messes by using a cooktop cleaning kit. It'll undo stubborn stains, burnt-on residue, and everything in between from all those times you thought you could flip an omelette like Julia Child.

    6. Shine your floors in the fastest amount of time possible with an easy-to-use Swiffer wet and dry mop. It's basically the simplest solution for picking up dirt, hair, and whatever other grime that's been overstaying its welcome.

    7. Pour hot water over your sink full of dirty dishes before tackling hardened residue. It'll help dissolve grease so when it's time to scrub with an extra-tough sponge, half of the work is already done. Aka this is a heck of a lot faster than letting things "soak".

    8. Or! Toss hard-to-clean dishes in the dishwasher with a bit of Finish booster powder to restore dishes with hard water stains or just glasses you've been *getting around* to replacing after many red wine nights. One session with this, and they're back to brand spanking new.

    9. Get rid of wear-and-tear your table or wardrobe are starting to show with a wood polisher. No power tools necessary — a session with this will get rid of scratches, water marks, you name it. Heck, do it while watching Netflix.

    10. Eliminate grout surprisingly quickly thanks to an automatic scrubbing brush. It comes with a detachable oscillating grout brush to bring your bathroom floor from dingy to bright faster than it takes for your roommate to bring you a roll of TP.

    BEHOLD: the grout brush in action.

    11. Ditch showering in standing water and get a TubShroom. It neatly catches hair and product residue so your drains stay unclogged, and it's **super** easy to clean and maintain.

    12. Need to unclog your drains first? Try this cult-favorite drain snake with a flexible barbed wand that'll make the process as quick and pain-free as possible.

    13. Learn how to remove even the toughest stains with common household items so you can stop trying to hide that foundation stain on your comforter. All it takes is a little shaving cream.

    14. Or treat almost any mess with a bit of no-nonsense OxiClean. It's activated by water and uses bubbling oxygen power to lift heavy-duty stains. YOU DO NOT CONTROL ME, LIPSTICK BLOTCH.

    15. Sweep up dirt, spills, or pet hair off any surface (be it your carpet, wooden floor, furniture, whatever) by using a Squeegee broom so collecting hard-to-clean materials like everything you've traipsed in from outside is done before you know it.

    16. Learn fast but e-f-f-i-c-i-e-n-t tricks for cleaning your house from top to bottom — it might seem daunting at first, but a little Bar Keepers cleaning powder and stain-removing spray will quickly guide you.

    Just look at that stain-removing spray WORK its magic:

    17. Hit the restart button on dirty ovens with a can of Easy Off oven cleaner so you can easily scrub away old, baked-on messes without a whole lot of *elbow grease*.

    18. Soak a grimy pan in warm water, dish soap, and a dryer sheet for about an hour to bring it back to its formerly clean state. When time's up, remove the dryer sheet and wipe the pan with a sponge. Congratulations — you finally have a real reason to leave your dish in the sink for awhile.

    19. Fret not in the face of permanent marker scribbles on walls. Spritz some hairspray on the scene of the crime to dissolve the ink and wipe it away. You can breathe again.

    20. Streamline bathroom ~doody~ with a pumice stone to finally overcome water, calcium, and lime stains (you know, that gross residue on your toilet). Your porcelain throne will be back to shiny new in a few minutes flat.

    21. Freshen up old yellowed pillows with a powerful combination of borax, bleach, powdered dishwasher detergent, and powdered laundry detergent. ~Rest~ assured, your pillows will be restored to fluffy and white.

    22. Ensure a mark-free finish when cleaning mirrors and windows with a set of microfiber cloths. These are totally lint- and streak-free and take about one minute to use, meaning you can finally have truly sparkling surfaces.

    23. Grant yourself an actually fur-free living space by using a pet hair–removal glove. Now you can protect your home from furry takeovers with just a few swipes of your hand. This + a normal belly rub = an effortlessly clean space.

    24. Prepare for your most successful spring (or whenever) cleaning session EVER with six simple yet effective tasks. They won't take long at all, but simple things like citrus-scented garbage disposal cleaners will make your home feel *super fresh*.

    25. Cancel discolored, dirty-looking rugs with a seriously effective carpet cleaner solution. It goes in your vacuum so you can do a thorough washing in just one easy step.

    26. Maintain a clean toilet with minimal effort by using a pack of toilet cleaning gel that'll live on the side of the bowl and quickly become your *number two*. Meaning: it cleans every time you flush — you're free from any dreaded tasks.

    27. Don't forget about your ceiling fan and window blinds! Cleaning them with an extendable duster and window blind duster will help stop dust from constantly traveling.

    28. Take cleaning your mattress to a whole new level by dusting some cleaning powder (baking soda + lavender essential oil) on top, waiting an hour, and then vacuuming it all off. Should you nose dive into your bed immediately after? Of course.

    29. Throw just about everything in the dishwasher. Really. Window screens, refrigerator shelves, air vents...it's all fair game. A powerful dishwasher detergent will get everything thoroughly cleaned while you scroll through Instagram for an hour.

    30. Invest in a heavy-duty vacuum, because you can either splurge on something that'll maintain what you have, or resort to buying new carpets every time you spill (which for some of us is A LOT).

    31. Soak a magic erasing sponge in baking soda, borax, and hot water so you can transform disasters (like marks on the wall) back to their original squeaky clean state.

    32. Remove years worth of lint from your vents and clothes dryer with a simple dryer vent cleaning kit and brush that you can attach to a power drill for extra efficiency. It'll reach alllll the way to the back of your vents and machines to totally get rid of buildup.

    33. Make sure you don't forget about the very thing that washes your dishes: a quick dishwasher disinfectant removes lime and mineral build-up that might be causing funky smells (and preventing your dishes from being properly cleaned).

    34. Flip over dirty couch cushions to disguise any *mysterious marks* that have been living there for awhile. New year, new side of the couch! Just sit very carefully now...

    35. Treat showers or any other other surface that's suffering from hard water stains with a bottle of rust-removing spray gel to get anything from old toilets to sinks back to shiny and new in just a swipe.

    36. Confront scary messes wherever they exist (even on your carpet!) with a tub of heavy-duty cleaning wipes. Basically, these are a lazy cleaner's dream come true.

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