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Updated on Jun 7, 2020. Posted on Apr 30, 2019

15 Ways To Clean The Stuff You Have No Idea How To Clean

Minimal elbow grease required.

1. Free your coffee table from dreaded water stains with the help of a hair dryer, mayonnaise, and a paper towel — three things I never thought I'd say in the same sentence.

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Spread a thin layer of mayonnaise onto a paper towel and fold in half so the mayo contents are on the inside. Lay the paper towel over the stain and heat with hair dryer for one minute. Remove, wipe away any residue, and bada bing — you're done!

Watch the video and get the complete instructions in: Coffee Table Water Stains Are No Match For This Condiment Hack.

2. Use a new (keyword being NEW) toothbrush to scrub out the coffee grime that's been building up over time in your Keurig. The teeny bristles will get into all those nooks and crannies to ensure a thorough cleaning.

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Please don't use a dirty toothbrush that's seen the inside of someone's mouth, or already been used for other cleaning duties — your Keurig deserves better!

All you need to do is mix up a little soap and water, scrub around the K-cup holder, and dry with a microfiber cloth or dish rag. Just be cautious as this is where the needle is and we just want a clean Keurig, not any accidents!

Learn more toothbrush hacks in 15 Clever Ways You Never Thought To Use A Toothbrush.

3. Give your knife block the cleaning of its life with a few household supplies (like pipe cleaners!). I mean, just think about all the germy germs sittin' in each slot that need 👏 to 👏 go 👏.

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Ok — yes, I know pipe cleaners may not be a common household item, but you can get them at any craft store and they're a handy thing to have lying around.

Using a vacuum or hair dryer, blow out any dust that's worked its way deep down into those crevices. Then lightly spray a pipe cleaner with a disinfectant and use it to scrub the inside of each slot. Finally, grab a dry pipe cleaner to go over the slots one more time to absorb any excess spray and moisture. Voila, your knife block is sparkly clean!

4. Dried up bugs stuck on your car? Grab a can of cooking spray, give it a few spritzes, and wipe. It's as simple as that!

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Learn more in One Good Thing by Jillee's: 9 Reasons Why Cooking Spray Is An Unexpectedly Good Cleaner (it's #7!).

5. Rid your best brownie pan of stubborn baked-on batter with two simple ingredients: Hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.

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Check out our two-ingredient trick for all the steps.

6. Make your own garbage disposal bombs and say farewell to any stinky odors rising up from the dark pits of your sink pipes.

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Get the complete tutorial — plus more in-depth garbage disposal cleaning tricks — from Clean and Scentsible.

7. Fill up a plastic bag with vinegar and baking soda and secure over your shower head to remove built-up limescale from the lil' water spouts.

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Make sure you secure the bag tightly over the shower head with a rubber band, and leave for 1-2 hours before removal. Then run a quick rinse and everything should be squeaky clean!

Learn more in 14 Cleaning Hacks We Know Actually Work Because We Tried Them (it's #4!).

8. Whip up a simple, two-ingredient paste to clean off the hardened, grimey hair products currently cemented to your hot tools.

One Good Thing by Jillee

I am talking about that incredibly tough hairspray/mousse residue that seems to be permanently stuck on straighteners and curling irons.

Read the full how-to from One Good Thing by Jillee.

9. Pour one cup of vinegar at the bottom of your dishwasher to disinfect and ensure it stays operating efficiently — which, you know, is important because its job is to clean!

Clean Mama

Learn more about this trick and get tons of cleaning hacks from Clean Mama.

10. Help your headlights ~shine~ again by scrubbing them with whitening toothpaste.

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Simply rub a coat of whitening toothpaste over your headlight, let it set for 15 minutes, and then scrub again. Your headlights will look brand stinkin' new!

Get the full how-to in our handy headlight cleaning guide.

11. Spray a little hairspray directly onto permanent marker marks and watch the ink-y masterpiece wash away.

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And find even more permament marker-removal tips in Get Permanent Marker Out Of Just About Anything With These Hacks.

12. Attach a spray bottle nozzle to hydrogen peroxide for an easy way to disinfect your toilet brush after each use. Toilets are gross but your brush doesn't have to be!

Clean Mama

I cringe every time I have to pick up my toilet brush because I literally know where it's been and the life it has endured. Disinfecting after each use is a great way to feel (a little) better about cleaning the actual toilet.

Learn more and get helpful toilet cleaning tips from Clean Mama.

13. Say toodle-oo to the white sneaker stains you never thought you'd see the last of with the good ol' hydrogen peroxide, baking soda combo and some sunshine.

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Brush the mixture onto your shoes and let them sit out in the sun for 3-4 hours until the paste begins to crack off. The sun part is crucial here — it will help turn your shoes bright white again.

Get our complete tutorial here.

14. Run a regular cycle in your front-load washer with distilled white vinegar and your choice of essential oils to remove any unfortunate mildew-y smells.

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And make sure you pull back the rubber of the drum to scrub away any built-up grime.

Read the complete tutorial from The Melrose Family.

15. And lastly, soak pots and pans with a dryer sheet and hot soapy water to easily clean off the tricky grease stains.

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Let it soak for up to an hour and the stains should easily scrub right off.

Learn more in Clean Even Your Dirtiest Pans With This Insane Dryer Sheet Hack.

And for another way to use dryer sheets for cleaning, check out this video!

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