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    Updated on Jan 9, 2020. Posted on Nov 26, 2019

    35 Surprisingly Easy Ways To Help Give Your Home The Cleaning Of Its Life

    We're going to make grime wish it had never been born.

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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.

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    Promising review: "I fell in love with this product some 15 years ago and I am so very happy that it's still available in the same wonderful formula as ever. It has a fantastic citrus scent. This takes care of any stain so fast and efficiently, it's become a party trick. I have seriously poured red wine over a white comforter to demonstrate how great it is. It is a miracle in a bottle! We use it for all sorts of cleaning on materials around the house, and one bottle has lasted us years! This is definitely a product every home should have." —Melanie Nolen

    Get it from Amazon for $5.92.

    Check out other "14 Stain Removal Hacks We Know Actually Work Because We Tried Them" to avoid future freak-outs!

    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. Does this count as bath time for your tub? Asking for a friend.

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    Promising review (for the decalcifier): "This really is amazing. I've had hard water stains on my shower faucet and handle for about three years. They've been pretty much baked in to the point I was shopping for replacements. I applied this directly to a microfiber towel and with a little elbow grease the stains came out. Unreal." —keith k

    Get them from Amazon: vinegar for $19.99, baking soda for $3.08, and decalcifier for $13.75.

    To learn more easy tricks, check out "14 Cleaning Hacks We Know Actually Work Because We Tried Them".

    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.

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    Promising review: "I was so bummed when I scratched up my pretty white sink with pots and pans. I thought I'd need to have it replaced or try to sand it and refinish it somehow, but I bought this stuff as a last ditch effort to fix it myself. It takes some elbow grease to make them go away, the scratches don't just wipe off, but if you scrub at them for a few minutes they melt away pretty quickly. After two rounds my sink looks nearly brand new again. It also worked on a few mineral stains in my bathtub that I thought were permanent after soft scrub failed to remove them. Again, a little of this stuff, the scrubby side of a blue sponge, a little bit of effort and they were gone!" —Dan Borden

    Get it from Amazon for $9.19.

    For more about this, check out "You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House".

    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).

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    Learn everything you'll need to do in "BuzzFeed's 10-Day Spring Cleaning Challenge".

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

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    Let's break it all down:

    1. Spray bottle ($8.98 on Amazon)

    2. Microfiber cloth ($14.98 on Amazon)

    3.  Microfiber socks ($13.99 on Amazon)

    4. Ziploc plastic bags ($16.92 on Amazon)

    5. Lemon

    6. Duster ($11.99 on Amazon)

    7. White vinegar ($13.65 on Amazon)

    8. Magic Erasers ($7.97 on Amazon for a pack of eight)

    9. Rubber band ($6 on Amazon for a pack of 80)

    10. Newspaper

    11. Dryer sheets ($5.95 on Amazon for a pack of 240)

    12. Antibacterial all-purpose cleaner ($3.93 on Amazon)

    13. Paper towels ($8.24 on Amazon for a pack of six)

    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.

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    "NO FEAR, JULIA. Oh, I guess I can just eat this off the stove." This comes with a *handy* cleaning pad and scraper!

    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 $12.98.

    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.

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    This comes as a starter kit: one sweeper, seven dry sweeping cloths, and three wet mop cleaning solution cloths!

    Promising review: "This product saved me — I have arthritis in my back and knees, and normal mopping and ringing out were such a chore and pain to my joints. The Swiffer is so easy: no bending, no rinsing out, no wringing. I just put a wet pad on, run it over the floors, and they come out clean. When the pad gets dirty, you just change it. I recommend this great product to everyone if they want a truly clean floor with no hassle." —Frank Paolucci

    Get it from Amazon for $9.94.

    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".

    Nifty

    The Sponge Daddy ($14.99 on Amazon for a pack of three) was designed with hardened residue in mind: one textured side quickly scrubs away stuck-on debris, while the other soaks up liquid and holds on to soap. AND! It won best mid-priced sponge on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    Check out even more easy tricks in "6 Clever Ways To Speed Up Your Chores".

    8. 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.

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    Plus it feeds your wood protective carnauba wax and beeswax to give it some ~luster~ and extend its lifetime.

    Promising review: "OMG! This is the most AMAZING product! We inherited some antique furniture from the '30s that had been in storage forever. It was dry, dirty, and not much to look at. I used this product on it and the oak wood literally came alive, showing the beautiful grain and texture of the wood. I have since used it on my oak kitchen cabinets and they look AMAZING! I will never use anything else other than this product on my wood surfaces! No greasy feel, just a fantastic smell!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    Get it from Amazon for $8.48.

    To learn more, check out "This Wood Polish's Before-And-After Photos Will Make You A Believer".

    9. 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.

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    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 $19.62.

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

    BEHOLD: the grout brush in action.

    Natalie Brown / BuzzFeed

    10. 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.

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    Promising review: "I can't say enough good things about this product. I have a family of four, and would frequently have to snake our shower drain. It appears I won't be having that problem ever again. I even give my dog baths, and this collects the hair. You don't know how much hair you wash down your drain until you use this!" —Aaron Morlock

    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".

    11. 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.

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    Promising review: "The most disgustingly satisfying thing since pimple popping videos. We moved into an OLD complex and the maintenance people are busy repairing AC units from the '70s so the chances of our bathroom drains being fixed anytime soon was zero. I was sick of seeing my toothpaste and face wash scummy up my sink, but the crap I pulled out of my drain. So satisfying, yet... blech. It took less than five seconds. I have a toddler. That's basically GOLD in my book. But don't try to reuse or even try to clean this thing. It's gross and at the price you can just order another. My drain now happily does it's job!" —Katie Brinegar

    Get it from Amazon for $4.86.

    Check out more incredible reviews in "Hundreds Of People Love This Drain Snake, And The After Photos Have Me Gagging".

    12. 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.

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    Get shaving cream from Amazon for $3.47 (for a pack of two).

    13. 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.

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    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 $12.89+

    14. 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.

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    Its natural rubber bristles attract pet hair on multiple surfaces, like carpet, tile, hardwood, and linoleum AND has a built-in rubber squeegee (aka the thing you use on your windshield) for cleaning windows and spills.

    Promising review: "I bought this broom two years ago and it is still going strong! I have four large breed dogs and we have fur EVERYWHERE! This works so, so well! I came back and purchased one for my neighbor and sent one to my favorite pet rescue down south. I am always amazed at what this picks up even after I just ran the vacuum. I also use it to get dust and cobwebs off the floors and ceilings. It truly is a super tool." —Roseann

    Get it from Amazon for $13.33

    15. 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.

    Zoë Burnett / BuzzFeed

    Promising review (for Bar Keepers Friend powder): "How did I not know about this stuff? It seriously is a miracle in a jar. Our water softener has been going for a while and needless to say appliances and bathrooms have been taking a beating. My upstairs shower was ruined, or so I thought. I’ve tried everything and nothing was touching the staining. I bought this out of desperation. I wet the shower down, sprinkled about half of the can on the whole surface, and let it sit like that. I came back in after an hour or so with a green pad and went to work. It took a couple rounds of reapplying, scrubbing, and rinsing, but my shower/tub is white again! It was so heavily stained it went past brown. I can’t recommend this product enough!" —Sofia Gray

    Get them from Amazon: a pack of two Bar Keepers Friend powder for $12.04 and stain-removing spray for $11.20.

    Check out "The Ultimate Guide To Cleaning Your Entire Home" for how to clean anything and everything. And! Check out "You Can Use This All-Purpose Cleanser To Basically Clean Your Entire House" to learn more about Bar Keepers.

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

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    Promising review: WOW! A must-have for any home. My carpet had some mystery stains that other stain remover products could not budge. I had resigned myself to never having them any better, until I found this product. It was very easy, spray it on, then put a paper towel on top and it disappears. Seriously! I was surprised at how big the bottle was, and you do not need to use lots when you apply, so this will last a very long time." —Malm

    Get it from Amazon for $11.20.

    16. 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*.

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    Did I mention it's lemon-scented?

    Promising review: "I'm a little embarrassed to write this review; it's been six years since my last oven cleaning. After seeing the results, I couldn't help but spread the word. Sure, it took some beer, a little John Mayer, and a lot of elbow grease, but I got the job done, thanks to this handy little product. It did require two treatments; however, given the circumstances, this product accomplished quite a feat in just an hour. The attached pictures (above) speak for themselves." —William Fredericks

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    17. 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.

    Ashley McGetrick / BuzzFeed

    Promising review (for the dish soap): "I love Dawn and use it on everything. Got stains on your clothes? Soak with Dawn before washing. Dog got fleas? Bath with Dawn. Want something to kill soap scum/hard water stains on your shower? Mix Dawn and vinegar and spray it on walls. Need something to get grease off your stove after frying bacon? Wipe with Dawn. Need to clean your microwave? Dawn and water in a coffee cup, microwave until steamy, and wipe off. I use Dawn all the time! It's awesome stuff." —KB

    Get them from Amazon: dish soap for $12.68 (for a pack of two), dryer sheets for $5.83, and a sponge for $13.89 (for a pack of three).

    Learn more fast and easy hacks in "20 Hacks That'll Make Your Home Cleaner And More Organized".

    18. 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.

    Caroline Miller / Nifty / BuzzFeed

    Get a can of hairspray from Amazon for $3.59.

    To learn more, check out "14 Cleaning Hacks We Know Actually Work Because We Tried Them".

    19. 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.

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    Fret not, its material is specially made to avoid scratching your toilet. Plus the heavy-duty plastic handle protects your hands while you clean because...yuck.

    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 $7.99

    20. 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.

    One Good Thing

    Promising review (for the laundry detergent): "My family has used Gain laundry detergent for years. This is an excellent detergent for removing heavy stains and odors. I love the original scent. Its pleasant smell leaves clothing, towels, and sheets smelling fresh for weeks." —Anderia Rhodes-Bigham

    Get them from Amazon: borax for $9.99, bleach for $18.92+, powdered dishwasher detergent for $5.97, and powdered laundry detergent for $8.94.

    Check out more from One Good Thing for "How To Whiten Yellowed Pillows".

    21. 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.

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    They're great for windows or any glassware, too!

    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 $14.98.

    22. Grant yourself an actually fur-free living space by using a 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.

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    You'll get a pair: one for the right hand and one for the left hand.

    Promising review: "I've been looking for an alternative way to manage my pup's shedding and all I can say I wish I got these sooner. These gloves showed to be more beneficial all-around compared to the typical brushing. For one, the pup likes it (as opposed to the brush he tried to avoid at every session), so I’m not wasting time any more trying to get him to come here and stay here, etc. Now it’s wagging tails instead at the sight of these gloves. The process is much quicker now, as the gloves gather not only more easily, but I’d say at least twice if not triple the amount of hair at a time. Apparently these gloves work on his mood too, as he always ends up starting a playfight nibbling at the gloves." —BOA

    Get them from Amazon for $12.86.

    To learn more, check out "Pet Owners Everywhere Swear This $14 Grooming Brush Is The Best Thing Ever".

    23. Prepare for your most successful spring 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*.

    Bed Bath & Beyond

    You'll need a vacuum ($110.99 on Bed Bath & Beyond) with an attachable brush to get to hard-to-reach places like your vent covers *and* to deep-clean your couches.

    Plus! If you're too lazy to make your own frozen citrus peels (totally understandable)e, try these lemon-scented garbage disposal cleaners ($14.98 on Amazon) that you can just toss down the drain.

    Check out more from Above & Beyond for "6 Ways To Be A Spring-Cleaning Superhero".

    24. 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.

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    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).

    Promising review: "I never write reviews, but with this I had to. I've had this product about a month and a half and it is nothing short of a miracle. I have light cream carpet and five indoor pets. My husband and I work full time, so sometimes the chance for an 'accident' is not out of the question. We live on a farm-like property with a lot of dust and dirt. I used this on my traffic areas and just couldn't believe my eyes. The water was black, and my carpet looks as though it was cleaned professionally. When using this, you can literally see the dirty water being extracted from the carpet into the clear tank. One of my best purchases ever." —shannon m. adkins

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    25. 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.

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    Each application lasts about 12 days! Refills have six gel stamp uses, and each box has two refills.

    Promising review: "Love these. They keep the toilet clean. So you squeeze this thick, nice smelling gel stuff onto the inside of your toilet bowl using the dispenser that comes with — easy. It lasts a few weeks according to how often your toilet is flushed. Each time you flush, water runs over the gel, cleaning the bowl and dispensing a fresh scent. I've watched as, ahem, dirty stuff stuck on the inside of the bowl gets washed away as the cleaner works its magic. I've used these for years and highly recommend." —Johnny's girl

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $19.97.

    26. 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.

    Amazon

    Promising review (for the window blind duster): "I just used this for the first time. I knew my blinds were dirty, but holy moly — they were embarrassingly dirty! This tool is super easy to use and does a great job! It's a great product for a great price." —phyllis s.

    Get them from Amazon: the ceiling duster for $16.99 and the window blind duster for $7.99.

    27. 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.

    One Good Thing

    Promising review (for the lavender essential oil): "I am absolutely in love with this! I use it for many different things around my home. I use it to keep my mattress, pillows and down comforter fresh. It helps me get a better night sleep, since the lavender is a calming solution." —kimmy

    Get them from Amazon: baking soda for $3.08 and lavender essential oil for $7.99.

    Check out more from One Good Thing for "How To Clean A Mattress".

    28. 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.

    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 ($18.99 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 can clean in "24 Things You Never Knew You Could Clean In The Dishwasher".

    29. 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).

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    And it's lightweight so lifting it isn't a *chore*.

    Promising review: "Have long hair? Have you killed other vacuums with your (slightly worrying amount) of shedding? Then look no further. We bought a another Bissell vacuum a year ago, and it didn't take long for my long hair to just kill the little vacuum. Now, we have this vacuum and our apartment is actually clean because my hair is not too much for it. The bristles have grooves that prevent hair from caking on, and it's very easy to clean. The brushes are also adjustable, so you can really get into the carpet if you want. It's also pretty light for something so heavy duty. For the price, it's a great vacuum and would really work if your place isn't very big, as the cord isn't super long." —J. Haller

    Get it from Amazon for $79.99.

    30. 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.

    Nifty

    Get them from Amazon: a Magic Eraser for $6.99 (for a pack of eight), borax for $8.99, and baking soda for $3.08.

    Check out the full tutorial in "This DIY Magic Erasing Sponge Is A Cleaning Hero".

    31. 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.

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    Promising review: "We moved into our new house about two years ago and needed to clean out the dryer duct. This kit made it super simple. The rods were easy to attach and very flexible, but still strong enough to spin, even when extended all 12 feet! We got out a TON more lint than we could ever imagine out of the duct! Buying this kit and doing it myself already paid for itself. It was $150– $200 to have a specialist come over and do the same work. Took me all of about 20 minutes to move the dryer, use the brush and all attachments, vacuum, and use disinfectant up the dryer vent!" —Michael Wiggin

    Get it from Amazon for $18.25.

    32. 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).

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    Promising review: "This works extremely well. We haven't done any cleaning on our dishwasher in five years, and the sliding dish trays were tough to pull out or push in, there was detergent build-up all over the inside, and there was a milky film on all our cups. I bought Affresh, ran the dishwasher with two tablets while it was empty, and the difference was astounding. There was still some build-up and I figured it would require another cycle, so I popped another two tablets in, ran the machine a second time, and now it looks and sounds brand-new. No more film on the glasses, no more dirty dishes from clogged sprayers, no more odors, or build-up around the door seals. I'm going to be buying Affresh from now on, and hopefully it will extend the life of my dishwasher." —Martoune

    Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

    33. 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...

    Thrifty & Chic

    Feeling ambitious? This set of Woolite carpet and upholstery cleaner stain remover ($14.99 on Amazon) uses a combo of powerful detergent and a fabric-safe brush to remove tough pet stains, mud, and everything in between that's unwelcome on your couch.

    Check out more from Thrifty & Chic for "How To Fake Clean A House".

    34. 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.

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    Promising review: "I used it on our tubs, toilets, sinks, and shower. It took one bottle of this stuff to achieve the same result as three bottles of other brands. I will buy this again hands down. I just sprayed, walked away for a few minutes, and wiped and rinsed." —Carrie D.

    Get it from Amazon $4.98.

    35. 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.

    Amazon

    These work on almost any surface: leather, fabric, furniture, hardwood, pans, metal, WHEREVER. And! They'll clean up grease, oil, tar, dirt, ink, lipstick, nail polish, food, and a whole lot more.

    Promising review: "These are awesome! The size of the container is large and so was the quantity I received. The wipes are huge and tough, great for scrubbing! I cleaned my whole house with these and they removed stains I haven't been able to get out for a while. I also tried them on my walls and they did not remove the paint. Also, they smell fantastic: no chemical smell whatsoever. These are a great deal on Amazon, and I will be purchasing them again!" —Suze

    Get a pack of 90 from Amazon for $11.94.

    Admiring your sparkly clean home like:

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