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    39 Cleaning Basics You Should Probably Know By Now

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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.

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    For example, dust trimming, light fixtures, and furniture before vacuuming or sweeping to cut down on work.

    This extendable (over 5 feet!) duster will get the job done in no time flat. It can rotate and bend at multiple angles, and it even has a microfiber head you can toss in the wash and reuse. Get it from Amazon for $18.99.

    2. 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.

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    3. 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.

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    Get it from Amazon for $8.99.

    Promising review: "I feel like you won't believe what I'm about to write, because I can't believe it myself. On New Years Eve 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!!" β€”Amazon Customer

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review for even more convincing evidence.

    4. ~Keep~ your baseboards dust-free by rubbing a dryer sheet along them.

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    It'll repel dust for a surprisingly long time!

    Check out the tip at The Krazy Coupon Lady.

    Get a box of 240 Bounce dryer sheets from Amazon for $8.84.

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

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    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.

    6. Get the weird gunk out of window and shower tracks (or any weird little crannies) with a handy little brush with a twisty handle to really get into hard-to-reach areas.

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    Get it from Amazon for $5.98.

    Promising review: "Love how this works on shower door tracks. It's flexible enough and the bristles long enough to get into the corners to remove soap buildup or mold." β€”Eloise

    7. 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).

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    It has 1,500 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-lb. 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." β€”Stephanie

    8. And knock out pet stains on carpets (these things happen to even the goodest boys) with a combo of baking soda and vinegar.

    9. Don't ~just~ wash your pillowcases, but also regularly wash your pillows themselves (at least 2x a year!).

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    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.

    10. Keep your pillows, duvet, towels, and clothes fluffy by popping a prickly lil' cactus in the dryer with them.

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    He'll poke and prod them into incredible softness. Plus you'll save lots of money by skipping the dryer sheets!

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $9.95.

    Promising review: "I was amazed how well these little guys worked in the dryer. I live in an apartment and am forced to use pay-per-use laundry, the dryer in the building always seemed to now fully dry the clothes. After a little research I ordered these two and all of my clothes come out warm, dry, and no damp spots, with or without dryer sheets...never any static cling either! These are a must-have." β€”Adrian Russo

    11. 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.

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    Get all the info at I Heart Naptime.

    You can use this technique on your dishwasher too!

    12. Hang brooms and mops on a wall organizer instead of leaning them on the floor to keep broom bristles intact and dust-free, and mops mildew-free.

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    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    Promising review: "This thing is a small miracle. We purchased this when we moved in to our first home as we wanted to keep all the mops and brooms stored in one space without just throwing them in a corner. The installation process was easy. This may seem like one of those 'silly' products that you don't really need, when in fact it is great for keeping an area organized and for keeping those cleaning supplies up off the floor." β€”Sam Sachs

    13. Touch up messes or everyday dust with a super-lightweight vacuum that converts to a hand vac!

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    Get it from Amazon for $19.85 (available in two colors).

    Promising review: "I don't move anywhere without this vacuum. I've used it for three-plus years and can definitely say it works as well or better than bigger, more powerful household vacuums β€” as long as you regularly empty the dirt cup and give the filter inside a good rinsing. I lived in with two massive Siberian huskies who were blowing their coats, meaning piles, and piles, and piles of fur littered EVERYWHERE. This allowed me to clean up their daily shedding in a pinch, and even vacuum it from the dogs directly. The narrow attachment is great for cleaning up dirt and dust along the baseboards of a room, on windowsills, and corners." β€”Jane Z

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

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    Get a highly rated seam ripper from Amazon for $4.11.

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

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

    Get it from Amazon for $6.95.

    Promising review: "Product comes exactly as described, used it to clean out my computer hardware and it worked great. No liquid came out. As with any can of compressed air, do not shake the can and follow all instructions on the can and this will work wonders. It also comes with the red straw attachment to reach more difficult spaces! The price is incredibly good compared to big box stores. This can was less than half the cost of a similar product at an office supply store. If you are looking for a can of compressed air for dusting purposes, I would highly suggest this product." β€”Tim

    16. De-gunk and disinfect your earbuds with a toothbrush and some rubbing alcohol.

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    Bet you didn't think about how gross your earbuds are until this very moment, did you.

    Check out the steps in Gross Earbuds? Clean 'Em Up With This Easy Routine.

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

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    Get a six-pack of screen-cleaning cloths from Amazon for $5.99 and the isopropyl alcohol from Amazon for $7.47.

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

    For the lazy, try a phone sanitizer from Amazon for $59.95.

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

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

    Learn more at Bitz n Giggles.

    19. Or buy Glisten garbage disposal tabs to foam out the built-up gunk and bad odors β€” no DIY required.

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    Get a pack of four from Amazon for $6.37.

    Promising review: "This stuff really cleans my sink and disposal of the foul odor that sometimes develops. I've tried everything to get rid of the smell from the garbage disposal: Vinegar, bleach, ice, various other products, baking soda, baking soda with vinegar, boiling water..nothing seemed to get rid of the smell for long, but this stuff does. I like it so much that I ordered it on line because I couldn't find it again at the grocery store." β€”Carol L. Hill

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

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    Lint rollers are really just magical neatening tools in general β€” 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 $10.04.

    21. 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.

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    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.

    22. Drop a toilet disk into the bowl to clean without scrubbing β€” but if it's already too late, use a special pumice stick that removes stains without damaging the porcelain.

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    Get an 18-count package of disks from Amazon for $17.88.

    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!" β€”Suzy

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

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    Get a pack of two from Amazon for $7.99.

    Promising review: "I love my wooden blinds but HATE cleaning them. We spent a ton on custom ones so it's a necessity. Tried the internet hack of putting paper towel on kitchen tongs which seems like a good idea - no dice. Decided to try a real microfiber cleaner after that little experiment. This thing works like a dream - no cleaning agents needed, even! And it comes with a set of replacement heads for when you burn out the initial set eventually. Well worth the low price and will save you loads of time and aggravation. Get them now!" β€”Gabriel Baron

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

    24. But actually, microfiber cloths are your best friends when it comes to streak-free cleaning β€” use them on your car, stainless steel, countertops, and wayyy more.

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    Get a pack of 24 towels from Amazon for $14.97.

    Promising review: "We just bought a new solid wood kitchen table and I read that you shouldn't use paper towel on it, so I bought these. It is my first time using microfiber cleaning cloths, and I love them! They are a good size and very soft. I use one for about two days and then throw it down to be washed and pull out another one. Although I bought it for the kitchen table, I will be using these cloths to clean the rest of the house, too. I would definitely recommend these." β€”Amanda

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

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    The vacuum will suck out dirt, too β€” 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).

    Learn more at One Good Thing By Jillee.

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

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    Stainless steel cleaners can be expensive β€” try this instead!

    Get a three-pack of Pledge from Amazon for $16.99.

    Promising review: "I love this variety of Pledge for cleaning and polishing my stainless steel kitchen appliances. It does a great job. No streaks and fingerprint resistant. Removes baked-on food if left to stand a bit. (Do not spray near burners of course.) If you are using another product, give this Pledge a try!" β€”An Educated Consumer

    Learn more about this trick at A Shade of Teal.

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

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    Get 75 square feet of wax paper from Amazon for $4.49.

    Check out all the deets at The Creek Line House.

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

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    Get it from Amazon for $6.99+ (available in seven colors).

    Promising review: "I purchased this product because I was formerly putting my wet sponge on my counter top and it was basically staying wet for a really long time and also leaving marks on my quartz countertops. This was particularly annoying because my counters are white.

    Anyway, I have a stainless steel sink and I got this in the stainless steel color so that it would match. It matches very well and has stayed shiny as long as I have had it (a few weeks now). This product has two suction cups so it holds a decent amount of weight – two sponges. The suction cups have held up really well so far. I put them on the sink and they have stayed put for weeks without budging. My sponges now have a home and are able to dry fully in between uses. A dry sponge is a happy sponge." β€”Alyssa

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

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

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    The gunk and scaliness will wipe off easily.

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

    31. Keep your shower clean and mildew-free between deep cleanings by spraying a πŸ™Œ no-scrub, no-rinse πŸ™Œ cleaner on after every shower.

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    Best invention ever? Possibly.

    Get it from Amazon for $2.99.

    Promising review: Just spray and leave. My husband and I mist the shower after every use, even on the glass shower doors. No more scrubbing. This product helps keep the hard water stains, bacteria, and mold away naturally. I love it!" β€”Amazon Customer

    32. Or keep 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.

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    Get a soap-dispensing brush just like this one from Amazon for $8.99.

    Learn all the genius of this tip at Practically Functional.

    33. Scrub the foundation, powder, and oil off your makeup brushes for once.

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    It'll make your makeup application so much easier!

    Get the set of two scrubbing mats (large one pictured above, plus a mini size) from Amazon for $10 (available in six colors).

    Promising review: "This product has suction cups along the bottom of it β€” this is very helpful when it comes to cleaning brushes. Prior to the purchase of these mats, I very rarely cleaned my brushes because when I tried just using a paper towel it didn't seem to have much benefit but this mat provides labeled areas for different types of brushes (e.g., face, eye, etc.). The product feels very high quality and folds up nicely for storage." β€”Maddi Majeski

    Plus, get a brush cleanser from Amazon for $5.39 and a drying rack for your brushes from Amazon for $8.99.

    34. Get your water bottle crazy clean with these little scrubbing beans β€” just toss one in and shake it up!

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

    Get a set of four for from Amazon for $13.95.

    Promising review: "I already owned a pair of these great bottle cleaning peapods. I love them. I am a stickler for getting the insides of bottles clean and many of them have such a narrow neck that brushes don't work. A few quick shakes with some soapy water and the inside of the bottle is sparkling. I got these as stocking stuffers for family and friends." β€”Cheryl

    35. Make your grout look like brand new with a Clorox clinging gel that'll really stick with you.

    Just let it sit for 10 to 15 minutes and scrub. Learn more at Life Prekarious.

    Get a three-pack of the Clorox clinging gel from Target for $4.99.

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

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    Get a set of two from Amazon for $5.99.

    Promising review: "These brushes are still in amazing shape considering how often I use them for cleaning grout lines, around the toilet bowls, along the edges of my tile floors, in the crevices of my sink strainer, and faucet filter. When I use them for really nasty jobs I just pop them in the dishwasher afterwards, but they really are still in amazing condition. If they weren't still in such great shape I'd buy another set β€” but I don't need to!" β€”Jasmine

    37. Whip up a gentle and non-acidic spray for your granite using just dish soap, water, and alcohol.

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

    Get the recipe at Frugally Blonde.

    38. Multitask with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser β€” it'll do everything from getting pen marks off walls to even degreasing your oven glass!

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    Get an eight-pack of Magic Erasers from Amazon for $6.94.

    Promising review: "Mr. Clean Magic Erasers are amazing! I was really surprised how well the eraser cleans. The erasers literally erase dirt, marks on walls and soap scum. There’s not much that they can’t erase. I love how universal this eraser is, you can use it on almost everything. The erasers actually put some fun into cleaning. There is no smell to them which is a plus! The eraser is a good size which it makes it possible to cut in half. I could get a lot of use out of one eraser. I cut them in half and use what I need and then if I need more I use the other half. I do like the fact that you can re-wet the eraser and use again. It doesn’t take too much strength or effort to get marks off the walls or to clean most surfaces. It doesn’t leave hands dry nor does it leave any type of residue on them. It’s very easy to use!" β€”Caligal4life

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

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

    Get the full instructions at One Good Thing By Jillee.

    But really just buy a TubShroom, guys.

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

    Get it from Amazon for $12.95.

    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!" β€”Aaron Morlock

    Learn more about the TubShroom (complete with grossly satisfying hair pics) here!

    Now put on your favorite cleaning playlist and get to work!

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