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27 Ways To Give Your Home The Cleaning Of Its Life

You're gonna make grime wish it had never been BORN.

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1. ~Power through~ scrubbing by attaching a sponge to a drill. It'll do all the hard work while conquering tough stains — you just point and press.

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What you'll need: attachable scrubbing pads ($14.95 on Amazon), a bolt, washer nail, and machine screw set ($10.99 on Amazon), and a drill ($28.29 on Amazon or $18.73 on Walmart).

Check out the full tutorial here!

2. Use a pumice stone to finally overcome water, calcium, and lime stains (you know, that gross residue on your toilet).

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Fret not, its material is specially made to avoid scratching your porcelain throne. 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 its 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 high 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 or a similar version from Jet for $12.72.

3. Ditch snaking clogged drains and get a TubShroom. It neatly catches hair and is **super** easy to clean (finally making this a painless process).

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Btw, this thing has 8,034 five-star reviews by seriously ecstatic people — that's a lot of clean drains (and hair, ew). Also, check out our full review here!

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 (available in five colors) or Jet for $12.99.

4. Save your floor from itself with a seriously effective carpet cleaner solution. It goes in your vacuum so you can do a thorough washing in just one easy step.

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. adkinsGet it from Amazon for $19.97 or a similar product from Walmart for $18.99 (originally $28.11).
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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 or a similar product from Walmart for $18.99 (originally $28.11).

5. Sparkle the heck out of stainless steel surfaces with a polishing spray and microfiber cloth set. Fingerprints begone!

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It contains all plant-based materials!! And has 900 👏 five 👏 star 👏 reviews.

Promising review: "I bought this simply based on the reviews and this stuff is awesome! I have two little kids who leave smudges and fingerprints all over my stainless appliances and the tiniest amount of this cleaner erases the mess and leaves a beautiful shine. Often after a few sprays there is enough spray in the cloth that I can clean the rest of my appliances without using any more from the bottle. I highly recommend this cleaner!" —LK28

Get it from Amazon for $12.99 or a similar product from Walmart for $4.92.

6. Throw just about everything in the dishwasher. Really. Window screens, refrigerator shelves, butt plugs...it's all fair game.

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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.

Check out all the things you can toss in the dishwasher here!

7. Swipe away sticky residue easily with just a squirt of GooGone. This stuff is literally magic: It works on carpets, windows, tables, you name it.

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Promising review: "I've had gum stuck to my carpet for over two years. Nothing worked...NOTHING! Then I remembered using Goo Gone when I would help my grandpa clean anything. He used to say 'this will get up any goop.' Well, he was right! Gum gone." —Jamie Swegles

Get an eight-ounce bottle from Amazon for $7.48 or a three-ounce bottle from Walmart for $3.40.

8. Avoid throwing your back out by turning to a CleanReach. It extends to scrub away grime in tricky corners that normally require kneeling or stretching.

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It can go up to 33 inches, so unless you're the Slender Man, this thing far surpasses your arm's length. Its pad also includes a soft side to polish and clean mirrors and glass!

Promising review: "Handiest thing I have bought in a long time. Great for cleaning in spaces that I can't reach with my bad hips." —Martha Brown

Get it from Amazon for $9.99.

9. De-shed your beloved pets with a grooming brush to avoid a fur-ridden couch and carpet at the same time.

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3,056 people left five-star reviews! It's gentle and effective — like a thorough rubdown for Fido.

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

Get it from Amazon for $12.99.

10. Create your own potty pods and then just flush 'em. Presto shiny toilet (and saved money)!

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What you'll need: baking soda ($3.85 on Amazon or $1.48 on Walmart), citric acid ($8.69 on Amazon), dish soap ($2.45 on Amazon), an ice cube tray ($7.99 on Amazon), a bowl, and a spoon.

Get the full tutorial here!

Or if you're feeling lazy, buy a set of pre-made set of toilet-cleaning pods from Amazon for $11.40.

11. Tackle every crumb with a lightweight handheld vacuum that'll be a lot faster than trying to sweep up the mess (or dust).

It has a 16-foot power cord so you can travel freely, and an on-board crevice tool that flips down for hard-to-reach places.Promising review: "This hand-vac is pretty amazing. The suction power is really strong and is actually better than a lot of standup vacuums. I have hardwood floors so I have a regular vacuum made for hardwood floors. It doesn't quite get the job done. Sad to say, this handheld vacuum has more power than the big vacuum. My purpose for buying this one was to clean up quick messes since I have pets but I find myself using it on most of my apartment." —BettyGet it from Amazon for $29.56 or Walmart for $29.99.
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It has a 16-foot power cord so you can travel freely, and an on-board crevice tool that flips down for hard-to-reach places.

Promising review: "This hand-vac is pretty amazing. The suction power is really strong and is actually better than a lot of standup vacuums. I have hardwood floors so I have a regular vacuum made for hardwood floors. It doesn't quite get the job done. Sad to say, this handheld vacuum has more power than the big vacuum. My purpose for buying this one was to clean up quick messes since I have pets but I find myself using it on most of my apartment." —Betty

Get it from Amazon for $29.56 or Walmart for $29.99.

12. Get rid of splatters (I don't care if it "was your roommate") by wiping literally just mineral oil onto your stovetop. Oil + oil = no more oil. #Science.

Bonus: It's also great for cleaning wood, like cutting boards!!Promising review: "Got this for my cutting board, but I love it for my stainless steel refrigerator." —gmaureenaGet it from Amazon for $5.54.Check out One Good Thing for the full tutorial here!
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Bonus: It's also great for cleaning wood, like cutting boards!!

Promising review: "Got this for my cutting board, but I love it for my stainless steel refrigerator." —gmaureena

Get it from Amazon for $5.54.

Check out One Good Thing for the full tutorial here!

13. Dance away the stress by slapping on duster slippers — wear them while you do the rest of your chores and voilà, you can skip sweeping.

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Promising review: "These are comfy, they stretch over my Bigfoot feet, and they do EXACTLY what they say they will! I scoot around my house picking up dust, debris, and more, and couldn't be happier. I hate to sweep the floor, and this reduces the amount that I need to. I will scoot forever in these. Also, they are super easy to just throw in the wash — they wash and dry just fine, and still work!" —Jennifer Dryer

Get them from Amazon for $6.59+ (available in three colors) or a similar style from Walmart for $6.28.

14. Kill mold and mildew without having to fork over cash to a handyman. A little Tilex goes a long, long way.

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Promising review: "I am almost in tears writing this review right now. For almost two years I've been dealing with mold and mildew in my bathroom. It's covering the walls, the caulk in the bathtub, and the baseboards. I've spent so much money on bleach sprays and mold killers that didn't work. I almost gave up and moved out. I bought this as a last resort and I can't believe how well it's working!!! My tub is nearly spotless and the walls are coming clean as well. I am so grateful to this brand and product." —Jessica N

Get a two-pack from Amazon for $10.60 or an individual bottle from Walmart for $4.92.

15. Avoid scrubbing your oven for hours and simply heat ammonia inside of it to loosen up old grime. Ammonia > ~elbow grease~.

**Never mix ammonia with other strong cleaning agents like bleach or commercial oven cleaners because your oven will be ruined and more importantly you will light your house on fire.**What you'll need: ammonia ($6.29 on Amazon), baking soda ($3.88 on Amazon or for $1.48 on Walmart), dish soap ($2.45 on Amazon), a scrubbing sponge ($4.67 on Amazon), cleaning gloves ($4.27 on Amazon or for $2.95 on Walmart), a pot of water.Check out One Good Thing for the full tutorial here!And check out our picks for the best kitchen sponges on BuzzFeed Reviews!
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**Never mix ammonia with other strong cleaning agents like bleach or commercial oven cleaners because your oven will be ruined and more importantly you will light your house on fire.**

What you'll need: ammonia ($6.29 on Amazon), baking soda ($3.88 on Amazon or for $1.48 on Walmart), dish soap ($2.45 on Amazon), a scrubbing sponge ($4.67 on Amazon), cleaning gloves ($4.27 on Amazon or for $2.95 on Walmart), a pot of water.

Check out One Good Thing for the full tutorial here!

And check out our picks for the best kitchen sponges on BuzzFeed Reviews!

16. Remember to cover of all your nooks and crannies (window tracks, vents, sliding doors, etc.) with a handy little brush that'll sweep away loose dirt.

It even has an elevated ergonomic handle to keep your hand out of the way (your mani will NOT be ruined).Promising review: "Love this brush! I use it for cleaning out window and sliding glass door tracks. The handle keeps my knuckles from scraping, and the long bristles get into tight areas." —VRCGet it from Amazon for $5.28 (color randomly selected).
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It even has an elevated ergonomic handle to keep your hand out of the way (your mani will NOT be ruined).

Promising review: "Love this brush! I use it for cleaning out window and sliding glass door tracks. The handle keeps my knuckles from scraping, and the long bristles get into tight areas." —VRC

Get it from Amazon for $5.28 (color randomly selected).

17. 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.

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What you'll need: a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser ($6.34 on Amazon or Walmart) and Borax ($4.99 on Amazon).

Check out the full tutorial here!

18. 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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This has over 7,239 five-star reviews!! And for good reason, this Hoover carpet washer does NOT mess around. Its brushes spin 360 degrees for constant carpet contact. Plus, it washes your carpets with soap and water and then rinses your carpets with water only to remove soap residue. BASICALLY it does all the heavy lifting for you. You just push it.

Promising review: "We bought a new house last April that has some carpet. For whatever reason, our dogs insist on having accidents ONLY on the carpet. Seriously, one of them had an accident once six inches from the bathroom tile. So we got this carpet cleaner, and it has been a great investment. It not only gets the animal matter out of the carpet, but it also pulls more dirt and sand than I would like to see. I had the house professionally carpet cleaned before we moved in, and just a couple months later this vacuum was pulling a surprising amount of dirt out of the carpet in a low-traffic area." —Toby

Get it from Amazon for $168.99 or from Walmart for $129.

19. Release some *steam* with a microwave cleaner who happens to look like a mother yelling at your for waiting so long.

Fill her with water and vinegar so she can break up all that leftover gunk. When she's done you just have to wipe!Promising review: "This works wonders! My boyfriend's microwave was pretty 'rough' and this cleaned it right up! Definitely going to give to my friends to try." —Erin P.Get it from Amazon for $8.99 or from Walmart for $8.88.
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Fill her with water and vinegar so she can break up all that leftover gunk. When she's done you just have to wipe!

Promising review: "This works wonders! My boyfriend's microwave was pretty 'rough' and this cleaned it right up! Definitely going to give to my friends to try." —Erin P.

Get it from Amazon for $8.99 or from Walmart for $8.88.

20. Sweep up pet hair or spills (yep) by using a Squeegee broom so you don't have to live in a big fur ball.

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

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. We were tired of hair everywhere and somehow I realized that dragging my shoe across the carpet balled the hair up. I found this product on a whim one day and knew it had to be better than my shoe! I found that using short quick strokes with the rake turned upside down gets the best results. 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.

Get it from Amazon for $18.50 or from Walmart for $12.95.

21. Slide a pillowcase over fan blades so you can dust without sneezing 1,000 times.

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22. Make sure you don't forget about the very thing that washes your dishes: a quick dishwasher disinfectant removes lime build-up, AND disinfects against E. Coli and salmonella.

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Promising review: "Love this product. After years of suffering with an inferior quality dishwasher, my wife and I finally found an outstanding one. To keep it in tip-top shape, we use this every two months. We live in the Midwest where there is a lot of lime in the water which causes scaling in dishwashers. We've been using this product over the past year and I can't see any indication of lime build-up in the dishwasher. It also smells good too. Our dishwasher works as well as the first day it was installed. Dishwasher Magic is incredibly easy to use, is inexpensive, and works great!" —R. EARLS

Get it from Amazon for $6.38.

23. Unclog garbage disposals by pouring some foaming cleaner down the drain — farewell, gross banana peels.

Promising review: "I've been using this product as needed (about once a month — sometimes more often) for more than 12 years now. I actually give the use of this product partial credit for my disposer still going strong after all these years. We have replaced more than a few disposals over the 40 years we've been homeowners and this is the first one that has lasted so long." —PennyPincherGet it form Amazon for $6.37 or from Walmart for $3.83.
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Promising review: "I've been using this product as needed (about once a month — sometimes more often) for more than 12 years now. I actually give the use of this product partial credit for my disposer still going strong after all these years. We have replaced more than a few disposals over the 40 years we've been homeowners and this is the first one that has lasted so long." —PennyPincher

Get it form Amazon for $6.37 or from Walmart for $3.83.

24. Rely on a durable brush set to reach tight spaces and clear every crevice and inch of grout down to the last crumb.

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Promising review: "This is a big step up from toothbrushes, which I have used for many years prior to buying these. Key improvements over toothbrushes: angled handles that get your hands up and out of the way, the handles are bigger and grippier than a toothbrush, the larger brush has pretty stiff bristles which are great for heavy scrubbing without scratching, the smaller brush has tapered softer bristles on one end (good for cleaning in tight areas), and the rubber nub on the other end of the smaller brush is surprisingly good for cleaning in tight areas. I replaced the four toothbrushes in my cleaning kit with these." —jfb

Get it from Amazon for $5.99.

25. Take care of blinds without accidentally tearing them all down. A microfiber window duster is much more precise than a tissue.

Promising review: "These blind cleaners are terrific!! I've enjoyed cleaning houses and offices professionally for over 20 years. Cleaning blinds is not always easy. I debated and debated what to buy to try to make the process a bit easier.Within five minutes of using the Hiware window cleaner duster brush, I was almost doing cartwheels. Best product I have ever used to clean blinds. My first time out using it, I had eight different large blinds to clean, with skinny slats to boot, and this duster brush DID THE JOB BEAUTIFULLY." —T.R.Get it from Amazon for $6.99 or a similar product from Walmart for $5.99.
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Promising review: "These blind cleaners are terrific!! I've enjoyed cleaning houses and offices professionally for over 20 years. Cleaning blinds is not always easy. I debated and debated what to buy to try to make the process a bit easier.

Within five minutes of using the Hiware window cleaner duster brush, I was almost doing cartwheels. Best product I have ever used to clean blinds. My first time out using it, I had eight different large blinds to clean, with skinny slats to boot, and this duster brush DID THE JOB BEAUTIFULLY." —T.R.

Get it from Amazon for $6.99 or a similar product from Walmart for $5.99.

26. Laugh in the face of horrible stains while pouring on no-nonsense OxiClean. YOU DO NOT CONTROL ME, LIPSTICK BLOTCH.

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Promising review: "I've seen the commericals 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 $9.98+ or from Jet for $7.56.

27. Master the art of removing hard marks on dishes with a Scrub Daddy — it has tougher materials than a typical sponge that merely ~scratches the surface~.

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It's dishwasher-safe and machine-washable....and can last up to two months!

Promising Review: "This product lasts for months. It doesn't get stinky like sponges. It cleans safely without scratching my pots and pans. I love this product so much, I bought one as a gift for my daughter!" —Sharon Burns

Get it from Amazon for $7.22 or from Jet for $4.38.

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