31 Lazyish Ways To Deep Clean Your Home You'll Wish You'd Known About Sooner
Make a big difference with *very* little work.
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1. Fill a dishwashing wand with vinegar and dish soap, then bust through (and prevent) soap-scum and hard-water buildup by scrubbing down the walls + door *while* you shower.
2. Or mist your shower walls, curtain/door, tub, fixtures and floor after you turn off the water and you'll (almost) never need to deep clean your shower at all.
4. Secure a plastic bag filled with vinegar + baking soda around your shower head to descale hard water stains and break up mold or mildew while you go back and sit on the couch.
5. Brighten your greying, dirty, and mildewed white grout by running a bleach pen over all the worst spots.
6. Cut down on your elbow grease while still getting gaps, corners, hard water stains, and (any color) grout clean with a power scrubber.
7. Save yourself lots of fruitless scrubbing with a toilet brush and use a pumice stone to quickly banish those impossible rust and mineral rings.
8. Then stamp some gel into your clean toilet to actually keep it that way for weeks and months at a time.
9. Switch to wearing sweeper slippers every time you're at home, so as you walk around, you're also picking up all the dust, fuzz, and hair lurking on your hard floors.
10. Leisurely dab up even the most impossible and old set-in carpet and upholstery stains with the help of a spray-and-blot spot remover.
11. Have pets that shed? Pick up every last little bit of their fur that's embedded in your carpet using the squeegee-side of a rubber broom.
12. Pop your vacuum filter in the dishwasher so it's ready for whatever dirty carpets and floors you need it to clean.
13. And clean a bunch of other things all at once while you go and do literally anything else: dusty AC vent covers, sticky stove vent hood filters, grimy glass light covers, and even wrenches and screwdrivers can stand a go in the dishwasher.
14. Then clean all the gunk and scum out of your dishwasher by running it empty with a cleaning tablet.
16. Spray some fume-free foam cleaner in your oven, let it all sit overnight, then easily wipe away the crud in the morning — the oven will look brand new.
17. Shine up your stovetop with five minutes of concentrated work: Drizzle on some Dawn and hydrogen peroxide, sprinkle with baking soda, and vigorously scrub in circles with a dish brush.
18. Make a paste with water and a polish cleanser to easily scrub off cooked-on gunk from your stainless or enameled gas stove.
19. Run a knife wrapped in a damp cloth through the gap between your oven and your stove to extract all the crumbs and crud lodged in there.
20. Then cover that gap with a pair of stainless steel covers so you never have to clean that spot out again.
21. Dissolve hard water stains on your water faucets by wrapping them up in vinegar-soaked paper towels for an hour — they'll wipe off in one go.
22. Grind up a garbage disposal cleaning packet — its foam will reach into the depths of the disposal to clean every. single. last. inch.
23. A few drops of mineral oil (or even olive or vegetable oil) on a paper towel is perfect for picking up that grimy, sticky dust that seems to inevitably accumulate on your stove and vent hood.
24. Grab that bottle of stain remover from number nine again and use it to make the years-old mystery stain on your mattress vanish right before your eyes.
25. Then mix baking soda with a few drops of essential oil and sprinkle that on your mattress to absorb any funky smells.
27. ...along with all the dirt, cobwebs, and other grime on your window screens and screen doors.
28. Sweep dust and dirt buildup off of your keyboard, mouse, or laptop using a dual-sided cleaning brush.
29. And wipe down all your other surfaces with a microfiber duster, which attracts and holds onto dust like a magnet, instead of brushing it into the air just to settle again later.
30. Washing machine smelling a little funky? Run it on an empty cycle with hot water and vinegar to freshen it up.
31. Or if you've tried that with no success — or are just the type to go big or go home — opt for a washer cleaning tab, instead.
You, knowing your entire home is sparkling and it didn't take all weekend to do it:
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