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Do You Actually Know How To Clean Up After Yourself?

How much do you really know about keeping it clean?

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  1. Your roommate microwaves messy things like chili and spaghetti sauce all the time, but never cleans the microwave. What's the easiest and fastest way to get all of the dried-on gunk off?

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    Mix 1 cup of vinegar with 1 cup of water, then wipe down with a clean cloth.
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    Microwave a bowl of water, vinegar, and lemon slices, wait 1 minute, then wipe with a sponge.
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    Grab your steel wool and grease-cutting dish soap, and prep yourself for a long scrubbing.
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    You microwave water, vinegar, and lemon slices, then wipe clean.

    As the liquids heat up, they essentially steam the insides of the microwave, including the crusted-on food. This makes it super easy to wipe out the inside with a clean towel or sponge. Watch the full how-to here.

    You microwave water, vinegar, and lemon slices, then wipe clean.
  2. You realize you never got your outfit for today's big presentation to the dry cleaners, and it smells like stale beer and McDonald's. How do you freshen it up while you hop in the shower?

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    Hang it outdoors for the duration of your shower, and hope for the best.
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    Hang it up in the bathroom while you shower wit hot water, so the steam cleans the dress.
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    Spray it with vodka all over, then wait for the vodka to dry.
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    Spritz with vodka — the other two "hacks" will leave you just as smelly as you were before.

    Your outfit will smell boozy right aft you spray it down, but as the vodka evaporates, it will take its own smell and all the other smells on the fabric with it. Read our review of this technique and save serious cash on your dry cleaning bill here.

    Spritz with vodka — the other two "hacks" will leave you just as smelly as you were before.
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  3. You pull your mom's beloved cast-iron pan out of the cabinet and realize it's a little bit rusty...probably because you used soap on it last time you cooked. How do you fix it before she finds out?

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    Wash with hot sudsy water then scrub the rust off with steel wool. Immediately re-season in the oven using vegetable oil.
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    Rinse off the pan in hot water, then scrub the rust off with copper wool. Immediately re-season in the oven using vegetable oil.
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    Rinse off the pan in hot water, then scrub the rust off with copper wool. Re-season by cooking your favorite fat-heavy dish.
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    Scrub with a little soap and steel wool (yes, soap, and yes, copper wool is too abrasive), then re-season in the oven however you prefer to re-season.

    Yeah, you do use soap here, because you're going to have to re-season the pan anyway, and you usually skip the soap because you don't want to damage the seasoning. Read more about all the details (plus how to deal with rust that goes deeper than the surface) at Bon Appétit.

    Scrub with a little soap and steel wool (yes, soap, and yes, copper wool is too abrasive), then re-season in the oven however you prefer to re-season.
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  4. Your niece has incessant allergies anytime she visits. You notice guiltily one day that your air vents are clogged with dust. What the most efficient thing to do to drastically improve the air in your home?

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    Use the brush attachment on your vacuum and suck up the dust.
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    Take all of the vent covers off, and dust them by hand with a paper towel.
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    Take all of the vent covers off, and run them through the dishwasher with no detergent.
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    Washing the vent covers in the dishwasher is quicker than wiping them down by hand, and gets them cleaner than vacuuming does.

    Just make sure 1) they're metal or a dishwasher-safe plastic and 2) you dry them promptly, so they don't rust. Read the full tutorial here.

    Washing the vent covers in the dishwasher is quicker than wiping them down by hand, and gets them cleaner than vacuuming does.
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  5. One of your best friends from college stays on your couch for a week. But after they leave, the couch smells like farts, fries, and armpits. How do you banish the stink?

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    Spray it down with your wrinkle-releaser spray and hope for the best.
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    Coat it in baking soda, let it sit for a few minutes, then vacuum it up.
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    Pull all of the covers off of the cushions and wash them like you would clothes.
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    You'll want to try sprinkling a coating of baking soda over the cushions. And if that doesn't work, try carpet cleaner.

    Here's the full tutorial. Wrinkle-releasing spray may smell good, but it doesn't get rid of odors. Pulling the covers off the cushions to clean them is okay, but depending on the fabric of your couch, washing them like the rest of your clothes could damage them.

    You'll want to try sprinkling a coating of baking soda over the cushions. And if that doesn't work, try carpet cleaner.
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  6. You open your fridge one morning and discover that the leftovers on the top shelf have leaked everywhere. And they smell like fish. How do you clean it up and ditch the stench?

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    Remove the drawers and shelves to wash by hand. Wipe any remaining drips, then set a dish of coffee grounds in the back.
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    Mop up the mess, using soap and water as needed. The smell will go away after a day or two.
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    Clean up any drips and spills inside of the fridge with warm sudsy water. Then, set a sliced lemon in the back.
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    The best way to get rid of the whole spill (leaving no drips to chance!) is to pull out the shelves. Then, coffee grounds or activated charcoal absorb any lingering odors.

    Read more about how to clean your fridge properly here.

    The best way to get rid of the whole spill (leaving no drips to chance!) is to pull out the shelves. Then, coffee grounds or activated charcoal absorb any lingering odors.
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  7. You go to turn on the shower one day, but only a few of the little nozzles on your shower head are actually working. How do you fix it?

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    Use a cleaner like Scrubbing Bubbles on the holes.
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    Fill a ziplock bag with vinegar, then secure it to the shower head overnight with a rubber band.
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    Fill a ziplock bag with vinegar and baking soda, then secure it to the shower head overnight with a rubber band.
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    The vinegar basically de-scales the mineral buildup on and inside of the shower head — here's the tutorial.

    If you have incredibly hard water, you may need to take the shower head off, dump out the little rocks of buildup if there are any, soak the entire shower head in vinegar overnight, then reattach. Scrubbing Bubbles may make the outside of your shower head look clean, but won't do much for breaking down the buildup. The vinegar and baking soda will react to form water with salt, which also won't really help.

    The vinegar basically de-scales the mineral buildup on and inside of the shower head — here's the tutorial.
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  8. A guest of yours left their rusty shaving cream can on the bathroom counter, and it's left a stain. What will it take to make the counter look like new?

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    Make a paste of 2-3 drops of vinegar and 3 tablespoons of baking soda. Rub the paste on the stain, and let it sit for1-2 hours. Repeat if necessary.
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    Dilute bleach in a 1:1 solution with water, and scrub at the stain with a sponge. Make sure to wear rubber gloves.
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    Add a squeeze of lemon juice to cream of tartar to make a paste. Scrub the paste onto the stain with a toothbrush, then let sit for 2-3 hours.
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    Cream of tartar should be your go-to to get rid of any rust.

    Here's the tutorial. Bleach might work, but it might take more time and will definitely smell worse. Vinegar and baking soda will react to form water and salt (plus whatever baking soda doesn't react), so you're basically letting baking soda and water sit on your counter...which is fine, but not a particularly efffective cleaner unless you're scrubbing.

    Cream of tartar should be your go-to to get rid of any rust.
  9. A child in your life who really LOVES GLITTER comes to your house, and dumps glitter all over the coffee table and carpet. How do you clean it up without also spreading it around?

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    Take a hunk of Play Dough or other clay, and use it to pick up the glitter.
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    Vacuum on a low setting without any fans turned on nearby.
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    Take a piece of duct tape and dab it on the glitter, switching for a fresh piece when the the glitter no longer sticks.
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    Play Dough or clay will pick up the glitter quickly and easily without spreading it around the house.

    A vacuum might blow the glitter up and around, while a piece of duct tape may leave residue. But it's up to you and your house. From here.

    Play Dough or clay will pick up the glitter quickly and easily without spreading it around the house.
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