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

    What's that sound? Oh, it's every surface of your home squeaking from being so dang clean!

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    1. Defeat every household ~eventuality~ with a fan-favorite stain removing spray that works on anything from vino to coffee stains (and even accidents from your furry friends!). The time to tackle that 3-year-old blemish is NOW.

    Before/after shot of wine stain on a towel

    2. Remove years of buildup on shower heads by using a solution of vinegar and baking soda wrapped up in a plastic bag. Or! (even easier) use a decalcifier for about one to two hours to remove unwanted limescale and grime. This basically does all the work for you, so you can get back to more important things like catching up on The Queen's Gambit.

    Shower head wrapped in a ziploc bag filled with the baking soda solution

    3. Revive every scratched-up surface that you thought was beyond repair with multi-purpose cleaning solution. This stuff gets to work on rust, burnt grease, and even sharpie marks, so this once daunting task can be over in mere minutes.

    Before/after image of scuffed up sink and clean sink

    4. Split your list of to-do's into a 10-day schedule so you can deep-clean your whole house one day at a time, instead of getting overwhelmed (and eventually pretending the mess doesn't exist). Day 1: bedroom. Day 10: appliances (and a celebratory cocktail).

    Illustrated graphic outlining the schedule

    Here's a rundown of everything you'll need to take on all 10 days:

    Top down image of all the ten products

    5. *Finally* get rid of those dried-on grease stains from the Bolognese sauce that overflowed on your stove two months ago with a cooktop cleaning kit. It'll Ctrl+Z any and all stubborn stains and residue, so you can finally stop placing those distracting ~decorative~ pots and pans on there.

    Before/after image of dirty and clean oven top

    6. Achieve dazzlingly clean floors in little to no time with a Swiffer wet and dry mop. It's basically the simplest solution for tackling hard-to-reach (and not-so-hard-to-reach) spots that have gathered inhabitants of the hair, fur, and crumb variety.

    7. Make dish duty a less taxing task by pouring hot water over your sink full of dirty utensils first. It'll miraculously dissolve residue so when the time comes to scrub with an extra-tough sponge, the hard part is basically done. That way "overnight soaking" doesn't lead to a Monday morning of removing leftovers from the sink.

    8. Or! Throw hard-to-clean dishes in the dishwasher with a bit of Finish booster powder to spruce up mugs that have had coffee stains in them for so long, you've forgotten what they looked like when you first purchased them. One cycle with this, and they'll be back to their Day 1 state.

    Watermarked and clean mug

    9. Wipe away years of water rings, scratches, and scuffs from surfaces you thought were beyond help with wood polisher. This stuff tackles tough stains and acts as a conditioner to reveal a brighter grain and texture on your beloved furniture.

    10. Eliminate unsightly grout with an automatic scrubbing brush. It comes with a detachable oscillating brush head so you'll feel instantly gratified the moment you're reminded of the color that's separating your kitchen, bathroom, and backsplash tiles (spoiler: it's white!).

    The grout brush on a half clean half dirty tile surface

    BEHOLD: the grout brush in action.

    11. Cancel showering with a pool of water beneath your feet with a TubShroom. This little tool ~neatly~ captures hair and product residue so your drains remain unclogged. And, according to reviewers, it's super duper easy to clean.

    The tubshroom with hair surrounding it

    12. Need to unclog your drains first? Try this cult-favorite drain snake to avoid a call to your plumber and ~satisfyingly~ clean out the creatures you never knew existed in your bathroom pipes.

    A clump of hair captured by the drain snake

    13. Discover ingenious ways to remove even the toughest stains with common household items you probably already own — so you don't have to shell out the big bucks to replace your beloved clothes and sheets. Who knew all it takes is a little shaving cream?!

    A graphic outlining the guide to stains

    14. Or take care of any mess with no-nonsense OxiClean. All you need is H2O to activate it and you've got some bubbling oxygen power that'll wake heavy-duty stains out of their slumber. Because sweat marks do not pay enough rent to live on your mattress!

    15. Gather up crumbs, spills, and pet hair off any surface (we're talking carpets, furniture, wooden floors, wherever) by using a squeegee broom. Because, thank heaven, some messes are just surface-level and don't require overthinking (or over-cleaning).

    16. Get up to speed on the fast and equally effective tricks for cleaning your house from top to very bottom. It can seem daunting at first, but, honestly, it's nothing a little Bar Keepers Friend cleaning powder and stain-removing spray can't help you out with.

    A pinterest header titled "The ultimate guide to cleaning your home"

    Just look at this stain-removing spray get 👏 to 👏 work 👏:

    Before/after of dirty and clean carpet

    17. Reset your oven to the setting of "squeaky clean" with Easy Off oven cleaner. Because, let's face it, you haven't even thought about giving this a scrub-down since you moved into your apartment two years ago. But we won't tell — with this treatment, you can erase years of neglect overnight!

    18. Reverse 10+ years of caked-on pan grime with a good ol' soak in warm water, dish soap, and a dryer sheet for an hour. When time's up, remove the dryer sheet and wipe down the pan with a sponge to bring it back to its gleaming OG state.

    Graphic displaying a dirty pan with text that reads: "Dirty pan? Clean it with a dryer sheet"

    19. Eliminate the element of panic when you're met with graffiti art in the form of Sharpie scribbles on your precious white walls. Simply spritz some hairspray on the scene of the crime to break down the ink and give it a quick swipe with a cloth. Phew! Crisis averted.

    20. Restore your hope in bathroom ~doody~ with a pumice stone that will miraculously make your stained toilet sparkle once again. Simply wet the stone, gently scrub, and gross rings of horror, be gone!

    Before/after image of dirty and clean toilet

    21. Breathe new life into yellow-stained pillows with a powerful combo of borax, bleach, powdered dishwasher detergent, and powdered laundry detergent.

    Before/after image of yellow-stained and white pillows

    22. Dust down tricky light fixtures and make your home *glow* once again with trusty microfiber cloths. Plus, these won't leave fibers behind so you can achieve a truly *streak-free* clean on mirrored surfaces!

    23. Say sayonara to tumbleweeds of fur gracing your floors with a pet hair-removal glove. This will not only have your fluffiest pals looking like they just stepped out of the groomers, but it's probably the easiest way to prevent future shedding issues.

    Reviewer image of all the fur collected in the glove

    24. Supercharge your cleaning powers with six easy-to-achieve tasks that can be done anytime of year — since we're spending so much time indoors anyway. Future you will thank you for handling small chores now so you don't run into issues in the long run. Hello, citrus-scented garbage disposal cleaners.

    Graphic of 6 ways to be a spring cleaning superhero

    25. Transform dirty-looking rugs with an effective carpet cleaner solution that works so well you might think it's magic. Don't worry, your eyes aren't deceiving you — this formula literally reverses years of sticky soda spills, pet stains, and shoe markings.

    Reviewer image revealing a clean carpet after using the solution

    26. Alleviate the need to give your toilet a daily scrub down with cleaning gels that live on the side of the bowl and, trust us, will quickly become your best friend. These give your throne a good cleanse every time you flush, so you don't have to worry about brushing through grimy rings (and whatever else is in there) on the reg.

    27. Stop allergy-causing particles from traveling around your home with an extendable fan duster and window blind duster. *Bless you* for creating a dust-free household!

    The fan and blind duster

    28. ~Rest~ assured you're sleeping on a fresh, clean mattress by sprinkling a solution of baking soda and lavender essential oil on top of it. Then just wait an hour, and vacuum it all off. A natural and easy hack we can sleep easy knowing about!

    29. Save time and clean just about anything in your dishwasher, really. Think: window screens, refrigerator shelves, air vents...it's all good to throw in. A powerful dishwasher detergent will thoroughly cut through dirt all the while you're putting your feet up and infinitely scrolling.

    Graphic titled "24 things you never knew you could clean in the dishwasher"

    30. Invest in your future aka your sparkling clean floors with a heavy-duty vacuum — so you can save on splurging on a new carpet every day, ahem, I mean, time you spill.

    31. Douse a magic erasing sponge in baking soda, borax, and hot water so you take care of wall scuffs that you once thought were irreversible in a flash.

    Graphic titled "DIY Magic Erasing Sponge"

    32. Remove hazardous lint ball buildup with a dryer vent cleaning kit and brush — you can even attach it to a power drill for extra efficiency. This small but mighty device will eliminate fuzzy residue that can lead to long-term damage.

    The vent system with a pile of lint collected

    33. And don't forget about the appliance that does your least favorite chore for you with Affresh dishwasher disinfectant tablets. These dissolve residue buildup and blast away foul odors to get your machine cleaning dishes like it used to.

    Reviewer image of a sparkling clean dishwasher

    34. Instantly (read: slyly) disguise any ~mysterious marks~ that have been sitting with you on your sofa for months by just flipping over the cushions. Just be *extra* careful now, because once you flip, there's no going back!

    Image of flipped cushions with the words "pretty" and "not so pretty"

    35. Zap away unsightly hard water marks that live in your shower with rust-removing spray gel. This'll get your washroom back to a state where you can receive your full security deposit back, no questions.

    36. Challenge intimidating messes (even on soft surfaces!) with a swipe of a heavy-duty cleaning wipe. Otherwise known as the perfect solution for the cleaner who wants to do *the least* when it comes to household maintenance.

    The heavy duty cleaning wipes cleaning a stained carpet

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