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    48 Cleaning Basics It's About Time You Learned

    Just choose one thing on the list and get started — you'll feel so much better.

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    1. To start, clean every area from top to bottom so you don't have to re-clean what you've already done. That means dusting from the ceiling down — no one wants to sweep TWICE after de-fuzzing your fan.


    Dust trimming, light fixtures, and furniture *before* working on your floors to cut down on work.

    This telescoping (it extends to 13 feet!) duster will get the job done in no time flat. It comes with three different heads (two *bendable* dusters, one classic and one chenille, plus a round super-soft brush head duster). And you can pop the microofiber one right in the wash!

    Get it from Amazon for $47.77.

    Promising review: "Why didn't I buy this years ago? Now instead of risking life and limb by climbing up on things to deal with dust and cobwebs I can safely stand on the floor and reach it all. It did a great job on my ceiling fan and the way up high window that seems to be a spider sanctuary. Very light-weight, but sturdy this duster does a great job. If you have high ceilings you need this duster." —Ed Swayback

    2. After dusting every surface in your home, ~keep~ your baseboards dust-free by rubbing a dryer sheet along them. It'll repel dust (and even pet hair) for a surprisingly long time!

    A box of dryer sheets with arrows pointing to base boards
    flickr: sitkaprojects / Amazon

    Check out the tip at The Krazy Coupon Lady.

    Get a box of 240 Bounce dryer sheets from Amazon for $7.49+ (available in six sizes).

    Promising review: "I also use it to dust furniture and baseboards, so repels dust collection. It has great scent, house smells fresh. So multiple uses." —Deanna Courter

    3. Remove every single pet hair from your couch, carpet, and more by running this pet hair remover over everything you own. It's a rolling brush, with no adhesive paper or tape needed, so you can use it again and again (and again and again).

    It has over 44,000 five-star reviews!

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    Promising review: "Where has this been all my crazy cat-loving life? Sticky rollers work fine for clothes but this is the only product that has ever COMPLETELY removed all the cat hair from my bed. I have a long-haired 20-pound. tabby and if you run your hands up his back a few times and fling the hair everywhere, it looks like it's snowing – he never stops shedding no matter what I do. After using the ChomChom, I can put on a black dress and roll around on my bed and not get a single hair on me. It's absolutely amazing. Everyone is getting one for Christmas, even if they don't have a pet. I don't care, it's THAT good." —Stephanie

    4. And knock out pet stains (these things happen to even the goodest boys) with a carpet spot remover so you can banish wine stains, pet stains, and what-the-heck-even-is-that stains — WITHOUT rinsing or vacuuming.

    Enjoy this before and after photo of this stain remover WIPING OUT an "IDK how long this has been there" cat vomit stain. Gross! But also amazing! And btw: it also works on upholstery, woodwork, and even walls.

    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $18.28+ (available in five sizes).

    Promising review: "This is by far THE BEST carpet cleaner out there!! I love this product! Do you have the following on your carpet...Old stains? Ketchup? Ice cream? Pet potty, marker, weird odd stains that shouldn't be there but your kids deny they did it... This is your product! I was desperate to get the stains out from the messy kids. I didn't spray it, I poured this on the stain enough to get it super wet. Walked away for about three to five minutes to soak on the old stains and scrubbed it with a hard bristle brush. And boom, no more stains!!!!!! Seriously. I'm buying in bulk. LOVE this stuff. Product arrived quickly and brand new." —Sandra McDade

    5. Don't ~just~ wash your pillowcases, but also regularly wash your pillows themselves (at least twice a year!). You do spend hours with your face pressed against it, after all.

    A blogger's before/after of yellowed pillows before, and clean, white pillows after

    If they've turned yellow from SwEaT (it happens to all of us, guys), just use a magical combo of laundry detergent, dishwasher detergent, and bleach or bleach alternative.

    Get the full instructions at One Good Things By Jillee.

    6. And wash and dry your pillows, duvet, towels, and clothes *without* ruining their perfect fluffiness by popping a prickly lil' pufferfish in the dryer with them.

    One white and one blue pufferfish nestled in towels

    He'll poke and prod them into incredible softness. Plus you'll save lots of money by skipping the dryer sheets (or saving them to dust your baseboards)!

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $14.95.

    Promising review: "I use dryer balls to keep my sheets and clothes from clumping together during the drying cycle. They help keep air flowing between the items when drying.Also, if you are drying or fluffing lighter items (such as pillow cases or linen items) without these balls in the dryer...the item just rolls around in one place by itself. These balls keep give the lighter item weight so that it moves around the dryer more." —Mom of Great Kids

    7. Clean your ~cleaning machines~, too! Just run your washing machine on a hot setting with 1 or 2 cups of vinegar and wipe it out.

    A collage showing the process of running vinegar through the machine (right in the detergent holder)

    Get all the info at I Heart Naptime.

    You can use this technique on your dishwasher too!

    Or try a pack of washing machine cleaning tablets that'll blast away any hidden mold or mildew, meaning your towels will come out of the wash smelling like clean laundry, not mysteriously stinky. Get a pack of six from Amazon for $11.14+ (available in two sizes).

    8. While you're at the ~machine cleaning~, sanitize your dishwasher by running it with a liquid cleaner and disinfectant designed to remove limescale, ruse, grease, and other nasty buildup so your machine runs more efficiently than ever. It even kills Salmonella and E. coli!

    A product image of the inside of a dishwasher before (scaly and with white residue) and after (sparkling clean)

    Just pour in your dishwasher (with no dishes in it obv.) and run it at the hottest setting. Voila! All clean with zero scrubbing needed.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $18.29.

    Promising review: "Oh my, I can't believe how this worked! I haven't used my dishwasher in years because of stubborn hard water stains, it just didn't get my dishes clean. I was so tired of washing the dishes by hand when I did have a dishwasher. Well, I used this once in my dishwasher and when I opened it up afterwards I could not believe my eyes, the dishwasher was sparkly clean!!! Amazing! I've been using my dishwasher all week and am so happy about that. I plan to keep this in stock now and will use it monthly to keep it clean and shiny, yay! Thank you to the makers of this terrific product, please don't ever stop making it." —Yuvonne Moore

    9. Learn exactly what products and potions remove the worst stains, so when your happy hour turns sad (i.e., when you spill red wine all over your favorite blouse), you know exactly what to do.

    A chart of what removes which stains

    I'll break it down for you:

    —Vinegar can remove grass stains

    —White wine can remove red wine stains

    —Soda can remove grease stains

    —Hydrogen peroxide can remove blood stains

    —White chalk can remove oil stains

    —Baking soda can remove coffee stains

    —Denim can remove deodorant stains

    —Lemon juice can remove sweat stains

    —Baby wipes can remove lipstick stains

    —Milk can remove ink stains

    —Shaving cream can remove makeup stains

    10. And spray the toughest stains (hello food, sweat, and blood stains!) with Puracy's enzyme-based spot remover. It'll erase every trace of stain, without bleaching or fading any colors.

    A BuzzFeed editor's shirt with a large orange stain on the left, and stain-free on the right
    Yi Yang / BuzzFeed

    You can use it on clothes, car seats, carpets, bedding, and more.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99+ (available in four sizes).

    Promising review: "I feel like you won't believe what I'm about to write, because I can't believe it myself. On New Year's Eve, my husband and I had an epic fail. We dropped a glass of red wine in our bedroom, and as if it was a gymnast, the glass tumbled three times before crashing on the ground. Red wine flew all over the carpet, bedding, and my favorite pale yellow upholstered bench at the end of our bed. We stood there in shock, and then I remembered I had just bought Puracy. After spraying the better part of a bottle on various linens, our carpet and my pale yellow bench, IT LOOKS LIKE THE EPIC WINE FAIL OF 2016 NEVER HAPPENED. It's seriously like magic. I still can't believe my eyes and really wish I took before and after photos. Worth every penny!!!!! It's now my go-to stain remover!!" —Amazon Customer

    Check out BuzzFeed full review for even more convincing evidence.

    11. Get pollen, cobwebs, and other detritus off your window screens by passing a lint roller over it quickly.

    Lint rollers are really just magical neatening tools in general — try them on your lampshades too!

    Take a peek at all the details at Family Handyman.

    Get a five-pack of top-rated lint rollers from Amazon for $29.99+ (available in two sizes).

    Promising review: "I love these things, I get a pack every three to six months ... they are great for use on anything, really. I use these on carpets, upholstery, blinds, my car, clothes, dirty wash cloths, nice dresses. They do a pretty good job on quick touchups too where you see dust, dirt or hair. It's easier then pulling out a vacuum just to pick up a little dog hair. I also use them on my bed, sheets, etc. They are great! They also work great on kitchen mats and sometimes will pick up stuff that a vacuum can't... like stubborn paint flakes or other stuff that suction doesn't seem to remove, but these will remove it. Highly recommended and to me, they are essential." —Corey Fisher

    12. Dust your blinds, air-conditioner vent, and more hard-to-reach areas with a three-part microfiber wand that gets 'er done quickly.

    The wand cleaning four surfaces of Venetian blinds at once

    Get a pack of one wand and five sleeves from Amazon for $7.99+ (available in two colors).

    Promising review: "I can’t give this enough stars! You see these gimmicky type things and wonder if they work. This does, and is perfect in every way. Aside from my own house, I clean for others, and this has easily cut my blind cleaning time in half. Which is perfect for such a tedious job. It gets to the edge of wide blinds. When you’re done, just throw them in the laundry. Worth every penny and then some." —AM Kipp

    You can also DIY your own with a set of tongs and a microfiber cloth — check out the tutorial at One Crazy House.

    13. But actually, microfiber cleaning cloths are your best friends when it comes to *streak-free* cleaning — use them on your car, stainless steel, countertops, wood furniture, floors (reusable Swiffer sweepers, anyone?) and wayyy more.

    Three glass pendant lights: two that are cloudy and one that is clean

    It comes with two kinds of cloths (four each) — clean the glass with a damp green cloth, then follow up with the dry blue cloth. Shiny!

    Get the set of eight from Amazon for $16.98.

    Promising review: "I couldn't get my windows clean using Windex and 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. 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. Yeah, I know....I have an exciting life, right? Buy these now! I wish I'd had them all along. They are truly, truly amazing." —Amazon Customer

    14. Shine up your wood furniture and banish those water marks and rings by rubbing in a Feed-N-Wax Wood conditioner that'll basically erase years of damage. It polishes beautifully, bringing out the natural color and sheen of your pieces — whether the wood is finished or unfinished — *and* adds a layer of protection.

    A review photo before and after of a table covered with grime and drink rings, and polished and shiny after

    All you have to do is apply with a cloth, wait 20 minutes (perfect time for a mid-cleaning snack!) and wipe off the excess.

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in five sizes).

    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 and 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... fantastic smell!" —Tiffany Sadowski

    15. And maintain both wood and leather furniture (and other leather goods) with a cleaning balm made with beeswax, olive and coconut oils, and grapefruit essential oil — it's food safe, so you can even use it to condition your cutting board!

    The tin of wood and leather balm
    Humble Suds / Etsy

    Get it from Humble Suds on Etsy for $19.55.

    Promising review: "It arrive in a timely manner and the product works well. It was easy to use and had a nice smell. My leather chairs looked pretty good afterwards." —Marina Sprinkler

    Humble Suds is a women-owned Etsy shop specializing in plant-based cleaning products based in Denver, Colorado.

    16. For extra scrubbing power, try a toothbrush-like brush duo with an ergonomic grip and stiff bristles that do the heavy lifting for you.,

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $7.99 (also available in blue).

    Promising review: "This set is the best friend of those who hate cleaning bathroom fixtures. Instead of scrubbing and scraping, you can give a few comfortable whisks with one of these brushes and the job is done. The brushes are particularly good at quick-cleaning the back of the faucets where you normally can't see what you are doing. Also good at keeping the silver drain rings shiny. Couldn't be happier with this set. Recommend it highly." —Rodger

    17. Powerfully clean your toilet — without having to keep a gross toilet brush and all the germs sitting on the brush head — by using a Clorox toilet wand with disposable scrubby heads *preloaded* with cleaner so you can clean the whole bowl with one hand — and *one* product., Amazon

    I use these myself and they get the JOB DONE.

    Get the kit (one wand and six scrubbers) from Amazon for $14.99 — and get a 30-pack of scrubber refills from Amazon for $13.32)

    Promising review: "You ever look at your toilet brush in disgust and resentment? How's a dirty used up brush sitting in your throne room? You clean your bathroom but then you put that sucker down in its place and it's just like, mocking you. It's never truly immaculate. Never knowing true cleanliness. Fear no more. Now you can shine the porcelain throne and not have to worry about a used up toilet brush mocking your clean sparkling bathroom. Gone are the days of breathing in dirty poop particles from the reusable potty cleaning brush thingy. Clorox Toilet Wand is the answer to your prayers if you want an easy, deep cleaning, toss-away-after-you're-done type contraption for that porcelain throne of yours. Fast, cheap, and easy. Just like.... How we like to clean." —Juliana

    18. And hey, if you're wanting to clean that toilet but are *also* looking to go greener (and not throw something away every time you clean it) I'm here for you. Try these popular toilet cleaning bombs you can drop in, watch the ~fizzing action~ and then scrub away with your usual toilet brush.

    The white bath bomb-like cleaning balls
    Junipserseed Mercantile / Etsy

    The most delightful part? They're called ~Johnny Drops~. AND you can use them for sinks, tubs, and garbage disposals too!

    Get a pack of five from Juniperseed Mercantile on Etsy for $10 (or buy 'em individually for $2.50).

    Promising review: "This product is amazing! Fifteen minutes later and my toilet is looking brand-new with minimal effort. I would recommend this to everyone!" —shelby rieth

    Juniperseed Mercantile is a woman-owned Etsy shop making not only home cleaning products, but also skincare, baby care, and paper-free items so you can cut down on waste.

    19. But if it's already too late for some of those stains (looking at you, hard water!), use a special pumice stick that removes stains without damaging the porcelain.

    Get it from Amazon for $11.29+ (available in three sizes).

    Promising review: "I did not wake up this morning thinking I was going to write a review on toilet bowl cleaner. But the Pumie is JUST THAT AWESOME! The area I live in has super-hard water. I have spent weeks and used probably $50 worth of various cleaners in an attempt to remove my toilet bowl ring with pretty much no results. Less than 10 minutes with the Pumie and my toilet looks as sparkling clean as the day I installed it! I have uploaded pictures which speak for themselves. Don't hesitate, just buy yourself a Pumie! You won't be disappointed!" —Suzy

    20. Get the grossest bathroom scrubbing D O N E in record time with a set of three scrubbing attachments you simply add to any power drill to make cleaning your tub, floor, appliances, or even the wheels of your car ridiculously fast and easy.


    Get it from Amazon for $12.70+ (available in six colors).

    Promising review: "I bought this brush a long time ago and it sat unused. Last week, I finally pulled it out to clean the floor of a very dirty fiberglass bathtub. What a great little tool! A job that easily would have taken me a half hour with a regular brush and Comet, took about five minutes and with no smelly harsh chemicals. I am really kicking myself for not trying it months ago. Now, I'm planning to buy one for each of my kids for Christmas." —xxxxx111000

    21. Wax off those water spots and fingerprints and wax on a layer of protection by rubbing some ~wax paper~ on your faucets.

    Get a box of pre-cut wax paper sheets from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in two sizes).

    Check out all the deets at The Creek Line House.

    22. Harness your laziness and descale your showerhead while you watch Netflix. Just fill a plastic bag with vinegar and lemon essential oil and let it sit!

    A scaly shower head inside a baggie filled with the mixture to sit and wait

    The gunk and scaliness will wipe off easily.

    Take a look at the full how-to at The Melrose Family.

    23. Keep your shower clean and mildew-free by spraying a 🙌 no-scrub, no-wipe 🙌 Wet & Forget cleaner once a week.


    Best invention ever? Possibly.

    Get it from Amazon for $16.94+ (available in four sizes).

    Promising review: "This stuff is excellent. It performs as promised, it has a very nice scent, no fumes, and leaves shower clean with no scrubbing actually necessary. It is very easy to apply and rinse off. It is designed very well, with squirting spout separate from the large container and attached by a longish tube, so you don't have to hold the heavy container while applying the product. I've been using it for quite a while now, and I love it. I highly recommend it." —Stephanie Martin

    24. Or hang a dish brush filled with a vinegar-and-dish soap solution in the shower with you for a no-brainer cleaning while the conditioner sits in your hair.

    A dish brush hanging on a shower caddy between cleanings

    Get a soap-dispensing brush just like this one from Amazon for $8.96+ (available. in three sizes).

    Learn all the genius of this tip at Practically Functional.

    25. Unclog your drain by alternating vinegar, baking soda, and boiling water to blast out whatever's blocking up your pipes.

    An infographic with the steps for unclogging: pour in half a cup of vinegar, half a box of baking soda, plug the drain until the fizzing stops, then wait 30 minutes and pour boiling water down

    Let's be honest, it's 100% hair.

    Get the full instructions at One Good Thing By Jillee.

    26. Or if your hair clog is too powerful for that classic science fair combo, try a drain snake with over 4,000 micro hooks and a slim design to shimmy down any drain (you don't even need to remove the cover) and snag all the hairs and goop that's clogging the system — in one quick pull.


    Real talk: after learning about this, I ordered two (of the previous version, without the handy grip to protect your fingers) and used it on my bathroom sink and shower. HOLY KAMOLE does it work. So gross, so effective.

    Get the rotating tool and five replacement snakes from Amazon for $17.95.

    Promising review: "Sorry the pic is sooo gross, but I just wanted to show how well this little gadget did the job. Our shower drain was starting to get a musty smell and from previous experience we could tell it was probably from hair being stuck in there (no idea it would be that much). We could have removed the screws that hold down the drain cover and maybe been able to do the job by hand, but honestly, why would I? This product was SUPER easy to use and did the job in a matter of a few minutes without having to touch any yucky stuff and the labor. The bristles on the one end, not only trap the hair on, but secure it well enough that nothing falls off when pulling it out. I would highly recommend it!!!" —Stef

    (But really just buy a TubShroom, guys.)

    The Tubshroom in green being removed from a drain

    You'll never have to use that drain-clearing tip again.

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95+ (available in six colors).

    Promising review: "Perfect product. Can't say enough good things about this. 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. It does not seem to slow the flow of water down the drain significantly. I'm very impressed having been using around a month. You don't know how much hair you wash down your drain until you use this!" —Aaron Morlock

    Learn more about the TubShroom (complete with grossly satisfying hair pics) in our review!

    27. Keep Bar Keeper's Friend Soft Cleanser in your house (it's pre-mixed so it makes less of a mess than the original powder). Seriously. It works on SO. MANY. SURFACES — sinks, cookware, stainless steel, faucets, countertops, tubs, toilets, grout, and more — so you can get to work and see results with only one product.

    A review image of a marked-up porcelain sink before cleaning, and the after of the same sink looking spotless after cleaning

    Check out our first-hand review of Bar Keeper's Friend original *and* the soft cleansing liquid for more deets and photographic ~evidence~.

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $17.37+ (available in two colors and four sizes).

    Promising review: "I don't know what is in this stuff but I'm pretty sure it's magic! We've had a stain in our bathroom sink from before we moved into our house two and a half years ago. I've tried so many different things to get rid of it (bleach, Ajax, Magic Eraser, pumice stone, etc.) and nothing worked. Within seconds of squirting some of this barkeepers friend on it the stain was gone! I'm now cleaning pretty much everything in my house with it." —J L

    28. And for everyday jobs, keep an all-in-one cleaning concentrate you can dilute and use on just about everything — floors, countertops, dishes, windows, laundry, and more — so you don't have to keep swapping out bottles in your linen closet.

    The bottle of citrus-scented cleaner
    Pur Home

    Get it from Pur Home for $29 (available in three scents).

    Promising review: "I literally use this all in one cleaner for EVERYTHING. It works everywhere for all purposes, honestly. When I ran out of dish soap I used it there and it got all my dishes squeaky clean. Also used it to wipe down my exercise equipment after every use. It’s gentle but has great cleaning power." —Amy

    Pur Home is a Black woman-owned company that makes all-natural, eco-friendly cleaning products. This product, and many others, are biodegradable and scented with essential oils, and the laundry detergent comes in a compostable bottle!

    29. Touch up messes or everyday dust with a super-lightweight vacuum that converts to a hand vac *and* a shorter stair vac.


    It's only 4 POUNDS, swivels easily, and has an 18-foot power cord for easy access without unplugging and re-plugging all the time. And it comes with a crevice tool for hard-to-reach areas.

    Get it from Amazon for $33.99+ (available in two colors).

    Promising review: "This thing is life changing! I have a very small condo so you'd think keeping it tidy wouldn't be an issue, but I have two cats (one longhair, one short) and in an urban area it's very prone to city dust. I can use this on my hardwoods, kitchen and bathroom tile, and my area rugs, as well as my upholstered furniture which has crevices that gather stuff like you wouldn't believe. I actually love the fact that it's a hand vacuum with a handle — it takes up as much space as a broom and dustpan and sucks up dust, cat hair/litter, dirt, etc like magic! The cord is nice and long — again, small place, but it reaches practically the whole area of my apartment. Huge upgrade to Swiffering! Very nice quality little vacuum." —John J.

    If you're looking for more of an investment vac, try the Tineco stick and handheld one. I have it and like it even better than the Dyson — it has a better battery life! Get it from Amazon for $259.99.

    30. Keep your vacuum efficient as heck by cleaning the bristles with a seam ripper.

    Get a highly rated seam ripper from Amazon for $4.74+ (available in eight styles, seven colors, and six sizes).

    Promising review: "I didn't buy this for the typical reason. I needed this because of all of the hair that gets wrapped around the brush roller on my vacuum which renders it useless. Before, I had to remove the roller itself from the vacuum, then cut the hair out with scissors, which aggravated me to no end. Now, I can just run the seam ripper down the side of the roller while everything is intact. So. Much. Faster! :D" —JustSoYouKnow

    31. Freshen up and sharpen your garbage disposal by tossing in homemade frozen tablets made with vinegar and sliced lemons and limes.

    The tablets, which are ice cube–size and have chunks of lemon and lime

    Just make sure to freeze for at least a full 24 hours so the vinegar freezes completely.

    Learn more at Bitz n Giggles.

    32. Remove every single crumb lodged in your keyboard by blasting it with canned air designed for electronics.

    The cans of Dust-Off

    ::eats a full sandwich leaning over laptop:: "Why are there so many dang crumbs in there?"

    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $22.59+ (available in six sizes).

    Promising review: "Good deal. I always struggle with keeping my laptop keyboard clean and my laptop tends to get dusty frequently. This product is so great at cleaning it!!!! Never thought I'd ever need this, but I think it's an essential item to keep at my desk." —Amazon Customer

    33. While you're at it, clean your phone. You can make your own disinfecting spray with water and 70% isopropyl alcohol.

    Get some isopropyl alcohol from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in two sizes).

    Get all the deets in Here's How To Actually Clean Your Disgusting Phone.

    34. Or do as I do and try a Phone Soap UV sanitizer you can just toss your phone in when you get home — it kills 99.9% of germs with a built-in UV-C light (and charges your phone at the same time).

    The PhoneSoap with a phone inside

    Get it from Amazon for $69.99+ (available in six colors).

    Promising review: "Actually I did a lot of research on this type of sterilization of phones before I bought this. Everything I found by scientists or electronics reviewers said that it does in fact kill all those gross germs that are ALL OVER our phones. You can’t see it—the phone doesn’t look any different when you take it out, but I’ll trust the experts who say this light is working. It makes me feel better after I clean it so I guess that’s a win." —SCole

    35. Remove the product buildup from your curling iron and other hair tools with a combo of baking soda, rubbing alcohol, an old toothbrush, and some sudsy water.

    BuzzFeed's before and after of a stained, residue-covered curling iron pre-cleaning, and the same tool after looking shiny and new

    Your flat iron and hair dryer won't smell like burning hair when you heat them up anymore!

    Check out the video for all the steps.

    36. And knock out lingering car smells with a carpet freshener (you can totally use it on your indoor carpets too!), whether you're carting around messy kids, keep your gym gear in the back seat, or stop for french fries and don't want your car smelling like McDonald's forever.

    A carpet with shoes and a vacuum on top
    SiVi Tidy Co

    I personally love the smell of McDonald's in the car, but you do you.

    Get it from SiVi Tidy Co. for $7.50+ (available in five scents and two sizes).

    SiVi Tidy Co. is a Black woman-owned vegan cleaning company based in Jacksonville, Florida that *also* makes vegan and earth-friendly products you can buy online.

    37. Refresh your mattress with a combo of baking soda and lavender essential oil; just sprinkle, sit, and then vacuum it up.

    The vacuum will suck out dirt, too — plus the lavender will help drift right off to sleep.

    Get a top-rated lavender essential oil to try this with from Amazon for $6.99+ (for .33 oz; also available in larger bottles).

    Learn more at One Good Thing By Jillee.

    38. Shine up your stainless steel with a can of Pledge.

    A before and after of a stained dishwasher before, and shiny dishwasher after using the Pledge

    Stainless steel cleaners can be expensive — try this instead!

    Get a three-pack of Pledge from Amazon for $14.67.

    Promising review: "I have used a lot of different wipes and sprays for my stainless appliances. It is so easy to use, you do need to wipe and then polish product with a smooth cloth, but I never had to polish (buff) out as vigorously just a quick wipe. Love, love, love this product." —Nancy K

    Learn more about this trick at A Shade of Teal.

    39. Or try a plant-based stainless steel cleaner to remove streaks, marks, and fingerprints from all of your appliances with one wipe of the included microfiber cloth.

    A review image of a super shiny stainless steel fridge

    I recommended this to my mom to use on her stainless steel (she's a bit of a neat freak and HATES streaks) and she loves it!

    Get the set of cleanser and polish from Amazon for $16.95.

    Promising review: "If you have a Subzero fridge, you know the struggle is real when it comes to keeping it clean. It's a different type of stainless steel and shows all product residue. Then I found this stuff. Oh wow! A few seconds of polishing and it looks amazing!! it has never looked this good, this shiny, and this clean! Best product ever!" —Katerina

    40. Let your dish sponges drain in an unobtrusive basket that attaches right to your sink, keeping them cleaner and bacteria-free for longer.

    A sponge in the clear holder with square holes

    Get it from Amazon for $6.86+ (available in three sizes).

    Promising review: "We were sick of our sponge falling into the kitchen sink, so we bought this. Thinking it would just keep the sponge out of our way, we installed it and found that the sponge dries between uses and last a lot longer. No more wet sponges falling into the sink! Be sure to clean the surface very well before applying the suction cups. Ours has been up for weeks and has not even shifted yet. A very good product." —Paul R.

    41. And then when they get funky, just pop your sponge in the microwave for two minutes to disinfect.

    A sponge in a microwave

    42. Wipe away food and grease that's stuck on your microwave with ease — just heat up 1/2 cup of water and some lemon juice for three minutes.

    A graphic of several images showing the dirty microwave, a lemon squeezed in a bowl, and the clean microwave
    Jenny Chang, Natalie Brown, Nifty / BuzzFeed

    It'll come right off! No elbow grease required. Check out the video for all the info.

    Or just use a steamy little lady to power off stuck-on food to wipe off with ease. Get it from Amazon for $7.99 (available in three colors).

    43. And scrub your makeup brushes up with a plant-based, paraben-free shampoo so you can feel good about *finally* washing caked-on foundation out of your favorite tools without irritating sensitive skin or leaving behind residue. The formula'll even leave the bristles soft and conditioned.

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95+ (available in three styles).

    Promising review: "This is the best brush shampoo I've ever used. I've used brush shampoos from high-end/luxury lines, too, and they did not work as well as this. First and most importantly for me, there is no scent! I absolutely hate when companies put heavy perfume in products that end up touching or going near the face. When washing brushes with shampoo that is heavily perfumed, that just ends up irritating my sinuses whenever I'm using the brushes to apply makeup. So awful. This is not like that at all, so I can use my makeup brushes without having sinus/allergy trouble. It cleans extremely well! No more going over and over again like with using other makeup brush shampoos. A little goes a long way, too, so it is extremely economical. The value is awesome. I highly recommend this brush shampoo and will continue purchasing it." —L.L.

    44. Get your water bottle crazy clean with these little scrubbing beans — just toss one in and shake it up!


    They fit through narrow mouth openings, so even the hardest-to-clean containers will become easy.

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.95.

    Promising review: "I was a little skeptical, but these little beans are miracle workers. I've got shining metal travel mugs now instead of travel mugs with tea stains baked on the bottom. Just toss them in and give them a shake and you'll have clean mugs too!" —M. Bolte

    45. And deep clean that borderline-foul travel mug you can't bear to look into. Just drop in a Bottle Bright tablets that'll deep clean your thermoses and on-the-go bottles — no scrubbing required. These'll get into all those hard-to-reach spaces and remove *all* the gunk.

    Get a pack of 12 from Amazon for $8+ (available in three sizes).

    Promising review: "I seriously can't believe how well these little tablets work. I had the most disgusting HydroFlask coffee mug — I tried everything. Bottle brush, different kinds of soap, vinegar, EVERYTHING, and there was still a seemingly impenetrable layer of black sludge inside. It grossed me out so much that I bought ANOTHER HydroFlask to replace it. Now eventually they both got black inside, so I tried these little magic tablets. I let a tablet sit in each of my mugs for an hour or two, and the black sludge rinsed out COMPLETELY, without even scrubbing. They look brand new. What a magical product. No weird smell or taste afterward, either. I liked it so much I used it on another HydroFlask I use primarily to hold my Bloody Mary mix in the fridge. I couldn't put anything else in it because it would always taste like spicy tomato juice. Bottle Bright to the rescue! No residual smell or taste anymore. AMAZING AMAZING AMAZING." —Amazon Customer

    46. Whip up a gentle and nonacidic spray for your granite using just dish soap, water, and alcohol.

    You can also add some essential oils to make it smell amazing, too!

    Get the recipe at Frugally Blonde.

    47. But don't *just* stick to your counters. You might think your stovetop is dirty forever, but break out a Cerama-Bryte cooktop cleaning kit, which includes cooktop cleaning solution, a scrubbing pad, and a scraper so you can absolutely remove every bit of baked- and caked-on food from any smooth range — no matter how long it's been there.

    Get the kit from Amazon for $10.29.

    Promising review: "Never give up, like the Little Engine that could. I love my glass top stove, but cleaning it is not as easy as just wiping it down. If you have one, you know how it is when something boils over or spills. This bakes whatever hits the glass and leaves those frustrating scorch marks. No matter how hard I scrubbed, I could never get the film off. I have tried every cleaning product, as well every home remedy suggestion and it never removes the marks. I came across this product on Amazon and after reading the reviews, thought, 'Why not?' Ah, all is good in the world after finding this. I put a quarter-size dot of Cerama Bryte, scrubbed it with a light scratch pad, and rainbows and unicorns came dancing. Ah, so shiny. I think I’ve invested 20+ labor hours trying to clean the stove top, and just gave up. With this product, it took me five minutes. If you have the same issue, get this stuff — it’s incredible. 5 stars+++" —Implied Queens

    48. And if you, like I, love crossing something off a to-do list (or don't want to spend ALL DAY cleaning and want to do a little something every day) follow an easy, printable cleaning checklist so you can tackle one room every day.

    Creative Type Store / Etsy

    You can download it once and reprint it forever.

    Get it from Creative Type Store on Etsy for $4.55.

    Creative Type Store is a woman-owned, Canada-based Etsy shop making all your printable dreams come true, including chore charts, meal plans, and even a plant care tracker for all you not-so-green thumbs (me, looking in the mirror).

    Reviews have been edited for length and/or clarity.

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