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33 Meticulous Cleaning Tricks For The OCD Person Inside You

And if you don't follow these rules, your world will probably fall apart. Just kidding! But OCD or not, you can probably stand to get a little more thorough with your cleaning, while saving time in the long run.

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Now watch this video on how to clean the INSIDE of the toaster.

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8. Refresh your mattress.

Once you sprinkle the ingredients on, you'll also need to vaccuum the bed. Get the full instructions here.

Hint: you can also use fabric softener instead of lavender oil if you DON'T want to do this the all-natural way.

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17. Snip off a slice of a Magic Eraser and drop it in the toilet.

Let it float overnight and it'll remove any toilet ring. No scrubbing! No one wants to be touching toilet germs, not even with gloves on.

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19. Get rid of household odors with vanilla extract in the oven.

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"Put two caps full of vanilla extract in a coffee cup, then place it in the oven at 300 degrees for one hour. Within twenty minutes the whole house smells like Heaven."

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23. While cleaning the bathroom, fill the tub up with a couple of inches of the hottest water you can draw from the tap.

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Heating up the bathroom 10 degrees above the normal air temperature "doubles the effectiveness" of alkaline cleansers. It's a trick hotel staffers use. Let disinfectants sit for at least 5-7 minutes, and always rinse off cleaners to prevent build-up.

25. Use foil in your George Foreman grill or panini maker to prevent mess.

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Electrical appliances are a pain to clean, and you can't just dunk the whole thing in soapy water. Prevent disgusting drips and messes by either covering the insides of the grill with foil, or wrapping the item you want to grill in foil.

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28. Know your uses for vinegar and natural cleaning agents.

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If you're paranoid about chemicals (many OCDers are), white vinegar is an ideal alternative. It kills 99% of bacterias, 82% of molds and more than 80% of viruses. You can use it with tea tree oil, hydrogen peroxide, or baking soda to increase its antibacterial effectiveness. However, hydrogen peroxide and vinegar should be applied separately, not mixed together. Also, don't use vinegar in your microwave or oven — your kitchen will smell like vinegar for days when using those appliances. And never mix bleach with vinegar in hopes of amplifying the cleaning power — it creates a dangerous chemical reaction.

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33. The ultimate organization tip: anything and everything should have a place.

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This seems to be the #1 organization tip from OCDers: everything you own should have a place to be put away, and should always be put back to that place after use. Sounds simple, but it's a practice that takes getting used to if you're an inherently messy person.