20 Cleaning Hacks That'll Make You Say, "Why Didn't I Know About These Sooner?"

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    H/T this Reddit thread.

    1. Dust your ceiling fan with an old pillowcase. This will trap the dirt instead of just moving it around.

    2. Make a thick paste with cream of tartar and water to clean any sticky dust buildup that just refuses to budge.

    3. Or try wiping that greasy dust down with a little bit of mineral oil on a cloth.

    4. Get a streak-free floor by using a damp microfiber mop and just a *little bit* of all-purpose cleaner.

    5. De-fuzz your screen door and window screens by simply running a lint roller over each side.

    6. Bar Keepers Friend, a scrubbie pad, and some elbow grease will make the burnt-on bits on pots and pans practically vanish.

    7. Bar Keepers Friend will also make your grimy glass shower doors sparkle and shine again.

    8. When you're faced with surface mold in your shower (aka mildew), reach for bleach or isopropyl alcohol — and a good scrub brush.

    9. Or if it's just a *little* bit of mold on your walls, first try rubbing alcohol or bleach, then a day or two later cover the area with mold-killing primer.

    10. Rub wax paper on your chrome faucets to keep 'em extra shiny and prevent water spots.

    11. You can also "wax" your shower curtain rod to help your curtain slide more easily.

    12. Freshen your electric kettle by boiling water with half a lemon, or do a more serious descaling with equal parts water and vinegar.

    13. Think of your sink as the ~last dish to wash~ every time you finish the dishes.

    14. Scrub out the stains in the bottom of your porcelain sink with baking soda and a teensy bit of hydrogen peroxide.

    15. Break through the grime in your oven by scrubbing with a Magic Eraser.

    BTW, the original Magic Erasers are just rectangles of melamine foam, which you can get in bulk on Amazon for cheap.

    16. To banish hard-water buildup in the shower or tub, use Whinks rust remover and a damp sponge.

    17. For really bad cases, use a combination of Dawn dish soap and vinegar, followed by a good scrub with a Magic Eraser.

    18. Use Windex to easily wipe crayon marks off painted walls.

    19. Pour a little Pine-Sol in the bottom of your toilet brush holder, so your brush smells fresh (and is a little bit cleaner).

    20. Skip the multiple bottles of all-purpose cleaner — mix your own by pouring a capful of concentrate into a reusable spray bottle filled with water.