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    27 Ways To Clean All The Things You Don't Really Know How To Clean

    :: saves for the next time my Uggs get stained ::

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    1. Take most of the stains out of your Ugg slippers and boots using a four-piece kit that includes a cleaner and conditioner, a water- and stain-repellant, and a general ~freshener~.

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    It might darken your boots a shade or two, and won't completely erase the water stains — but it'll help!

    Promising review: "I've had my Uggs for 10 years, and they are quality boots—very cozy. I often wear them inside as "slippers" during the winter (I'm in north Idaho, brrr!). The boots got pretty dirty, and I'd never cleaned them other than to spot-clean with a damp cloth. I used the kit and spent a long time doing all the steps, letting them dry completely in between cleaning, brushing, using the protector spray, and brushing again. It took a couple of days to complete the process. The boots look a million times better. They still have some of the blue tinge on the back from my jeans, and there are still some spots visible, but considering how old my boots are, I'm happy with this product and would recommend it." —Shoshanna

    Get it on Amazon for $16.46.

    2. And make your Timberlands look almost-new again with the help with a dry-cleaning kit that won't scratch your favorite leather.

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    Promising reviews:

    "I just cleaned my Limited Edition "Ghost White" Timberland boots and this kit worked perfectly on the uppers. I used laundry detergent on the soles." —Cool Black (photo above).

    "Works great on my construction Timbs! The first time I used it took a little elbow grease. But after that, cleaning them has been a breeze." —TwinGirl

    Get it on Amazon for $11.99.

    3. Rub a paste of hydrogen peroxide, baking soda, and water over your white fabric shoes to turn them bright white again.

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    After rubbing on the paste, you just set 'em in bright sunlight to dry. Here's Nifty's full how-to.

    4. Run a few cups of vinegar through your humidifier (plug it in outside, so you don't have to smell it), then rinse it out, scrub any areas you can reach that are still gunky, and run some water through (outside, again).

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    Check your humidifier's manual first, of course: the exact steps you take will vary depending on which one you have. From Ask Anna.

    5. Extract almost all the makeup from your Beauty Blender or other makeup sponges using a regular bar of soap under hot running water.

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    In our test, the regular bar of soap was actually just barely out-performed by the Beauty Blender Solid Cleanser — so that definitely works, too. In another test, we found that washing a makeup sponge in hot, soapy water also takes care of most of the bacteria. Just remember to replace your makeup sponge when it starts to fall apart!

    Get 14 bars of Dove soap for $15.23 and the solid cleanser for $16, both on Amazon.

    6. Once a week, check for food blockage near your dishwasher's filter, then pour a cup of vinegar in the bottom and run a short cycle.

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    Especially if you live somewhere with hard water! From Clean Mama.

    7. But if hard water buildup's basically the scourge of your entire existence, try a heavy-duty dishwasher cleaner.

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    Promising review: "The motor of my last dishwasher was destroyed by hard water deposits that built up over the years. The maintenance guy that day said that regular use of Dishwasher Magic would have prevented the buildup of hard water deposits. He told me to use this stuff every 2-3 months. I think of it as a cheap insurance policy and the inside of my dishwasher stays sparkling clean." —Bradford K. Talamon

    Get a three-pack on Amazon for $17.79.

    8. And if your dishwasher's starting to smell bad or leaving residue on your dishes, consult your manual to figure out how to give it a ~deep clean~.

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    Home Repair Tutor shows how they clean their dishwasher, but your exact steps will vary depending on your model.

    9. Even the grimiest oven doesn't stand a chance against a fume-free oven cleaner, especially if you let it sit overnight.

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    Promising review: "Imagine a family of four not cleaning an oven for two years. With so so much burnt on grease and debris that a scouring pad didn't touch it, the glass was so dirty that you could tell if the light was on. It was disgusting. So one evening I let the oven cool down a bit and let loose with the Easy-Off. I left it for 24 hours and was dreading cleaning it the following evening after work. I took a damp cloth and just wiped it clean — it removed everything. Couldn't believe it. Now my oven is more sparkly than ever." —MarkJ

    Get a can as an add-on from Amazon for $5.97.

    10. Run white vinegar through your drip coffee maker to clean and de-scale it from top to bottom.

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    Stop it halfway through the cycle and let it sit for an hour, let it run the rest of the way, then run water through it once or twice to rinse. Get the how-to from The Kitchn.

    11. Wash your Keurig's k-cup holder with soap and water, and de-scale it by filling it 3/4 of the way with white vinegar, and running that through.

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    Then fill the tank all the way with water, and run it all through to rinse. From Freebie Finding Mom.

    12. If your washer's staring to smell, run a cleaning tablet through it once a month to help it work like it's brand new.

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    Promising review: "I have been using bleach to clean my machine for some time, but decided to give this a try a few months ago. My very first clean was delightful: it cleaned my machine and eliminated the nasty smell that always transferred to my clothes thanks to a build up of mold I didn't even know about. Every month now, I toss a tablet into the drum and let it work its magic. Now, my machine is cleaner than ever, and my clothes always smell wonderfully fresh." —Kelli Crawford

    Get a carton of six tablets (enough for six months) on Amazon for $8.59.

    13. Besides pulling the lint off your dryer's screen after every load, regularly get the lint out of the spot where the screen sits using your vacuum or a lint brush.

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    From Today's Homeowner.

    Promising review: "I've cleaned out under my fridge and my dryer vents with it and it got back there. Picked up a ton of dust, it was gross! But easy to clean off. I just used a Dust Buster to get off the big clumps and then rinsed the brush itself under hot water. Very helpful little tool! Gets out a ton of dust which is exactly what I wanted." —JenBar

    Get the brush from Amazon for $11.95.

    14. Boil water and a tablespoon of cream of tartar to easily scrape out all the gunk from the bottom (and sides!) of a grossly burned pan.

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    You might have to repeat twice, and scrub a little with your sponge + more cream of tartar, but it'll work! Get the full tutorial from BuzzFeed Nifty.

    And check out our picks for the best kitchen sponge on BuzzFeed Reviews!

    15. Remove even the worst stains from your microfiber furniture with alcohol, distilled water, a new sponge, and a dish brush you use just for that purpose.

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    Spray the alcohol on one stain at a time, scrub each one with the sponge, then once the alcohol's dry brush the fibers out with the dish brush. Follow up with a "rinse": spray water instead of alcohol, scrubbing what remains of each stain with the sponge again. From Lemons, Lavender and Laundry.

    16. If you have a bunch of small tiles in your shower, scrub them down in no time using a handheld brush that spins on its own.

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    Promising review: "We were afraid this would be a waste of money, but it turned out to work well. It is not a "hurricane", but it spins and cleans just like it should. We had trouble with it holding a charge, but after a few cycles, it was fine!" —Amazon Customer

    Get it on Amazon for $11.98.

    17. Or if you really just want your grout to look as bright as it did on day one, try a mini-scrubber made precisely for that purpose.

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    You can get a special tapered grout head, but since I first reviewed it, I've been able to clean grout using the default brush, too. Get it on Amazon for $13.54, and the specialty grout head for $9.59.

    18. Make your stainless utterly spotless literally in seconds with stainless steel cleaning wipes.

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    Some reviewers mention going over after the wipes with a microfiber cloth or paper towel to get rid of a few streaks, but that doesn't mean they love them any less.

    Promising review: "If it was possible to give 10 stars, this product's definitely worth the 10 stars. My friend came over and said, 'what in the world did you clean your refrigerator with because it looks brand new?!' Just wipe down and let it sink in, then wipe over with a clean soft towel for a polished shiny look! IT IS MARVELOUS! I SAY MARVELOUS! Don't bother with sprays!" —Roie

    Get two packages (thirty wipes total) on Amazon for $13.98.

    19. Transform your tarnished silver antiques and jewelry into gleaming masterpieces again using silver polishing wipes.

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    Promising review: "My biggest polishing challenge is probably a pair of baroque silver candlesticks with lots of little crevices for tarnish to escape me. I set aside a half hour this morning to polish the candlesticks. After finishing them up in 10 minutes, — that’s 5 minutes per — I had an extra 20 minutes on my hands. The 5 minutes per candlestick includes the time spent rinsing, then buffing well. These wipes exceeded my expectations in every way." —Margaret Blackwell

    Get two packages (40 wipes total) on Amazon for $11.48.

    20. Dunk your greasy stove vent-hood filter in a pot of boiling water and baking soda to melt off the greasy buildup in about one minute.

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    Use a large enough pot that they'll be covered with water, or just do one end at a time. Bring the water to a boil first, then gradually add the baking soda a little a time (it'll fizz up!) until you feel like you have enough in there. From The Everyday Cinderella.

    21. Spot-clean sweat, blood, urine, and other people-and-pet stains using an enzyme cleaner — whether the stains are on your mattress, furniture, or carpet.

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    WikiHow and Apartment Therapy both have in-depth tutorials that'll help you clean your mattress. You have to be patient and persistent with it, though!

    Get a 32oz spray bottle of enzyme cleaner on Amazon for $9.99.

    22. Shine up your well-loved aluminum cookie sheets with a paste of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.

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    Spread it on the stained areas, let it sit for a few hours, then rub off with your fingers or a sponge. From One Good Thing By Jillee.

    23. A steam cleaner will banish the gunk from your refrigerator's ice dispenser in no time — though you could probably get up there with a toothbrush + dish soap + water, too.

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    It'll take longer than steaming and could be hard to get at all the nooks and crannies, but dish soap will get the job done. From Shabby Creek Cottage, which recommends steaming. Get a small handheld steamer on Amazon for $35.99.

    24. Scrape the built-up dirt off your keyboard, mouse, charger, and other electronics that you touch every day using a double-headed brush made especially for doing that very thing.

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    Promising review: "Where has this little gadget been all my life? I write romance novels, and if you type eighteen hours some days, a keyboard will get some build up around the keys. I've used folded cellophane from cigarette packs, flattened plastic straws, toothpicks, you name it, I've tried it. But this. This is the ultimate cleaning gadget. I love it. The rubber-tipped end is perfect for getting into crevices and the brush just sweeps away all the gunk you loosen. Highly recommended." —Eden Connor

    Get it on Amazon for $4.99.

    25. Pop your AC vents in the dishwasher, then vacuum your intake vent so you don't have to live with that dusty buildup one day longer.

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    If the intake's still dusty, though, you might want to unscrew it and wipe it down with a damp cloth.

    From Design Dazzle and It Happens in a Blink.

    26. If your garbage disposal's a little smelly, the culprit may be the under-side of the splash guard: a toothbrush will help you knock that stuff down the disposal where it belongs.

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    Then, just rinse the underside as best you can. From Family Handyman.

    27. But if that doesn't do the trick, try a disposal cleaner that'll foam up to get the gunk out of every last nook and cranny.

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    Promising review: "It seems counterintuitive to put a little packet down your garbage disposal to clean it, but this does actually seem to work, at least for getting out weird smells that baking soda and vinegar don't really touch. I scrub the sink down first, especially around the garbage disposal area, rinse it down, and then just follow the directions on the package." —KS

    FYI, some commenters talk about it unclogging their disposal, but this will NOT do that — it just cleans it, and helps get rid of the smell!

    On Amazon, get a pack of 4 for $6.37, a bag of eight for $10.19, or a bag of 12 for $13.50.

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