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42 Seriously Useful Tips Every Clean Freak Needs To Know

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1. Microwave your sponge to kill 99% of germs and bacteria.

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Just put sponges or plastic scrubbing pads in the microwave on high for two minutes and let it cool. According to studies, this works way better than putting them in the dishwasher.

6. When your toaster gets all sticky and gunk, just use cream of tartar.

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All you need is a few drops of water, cream of tartar, and a sponge to get your stainless steel appliances looking brand-new again. See the full instructions here.

10. You can also use a toothbrush and lemons to fully clean your sink drain.

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Your sink drain is home to some of the grimiest dirt and germs. Get directions baking soda, a toothbrush, and citrus fruits to get your sink smelling and looking fresh here.

23. Keep a dish wand in the shower filled with one-half vinegar, one-half dishwashing detergent.

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This will make it easy and convenient to wipe down the walls while you're in the shower. Much better than just a squeegee. Get one here.

25. 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, Jenny Botero told HGTV. It's a trick hotel staffers use. Let disinfectants sit for at least five to seven minutes, and always rinse off cleaners to prevent buildup.

30. Hang your brooms and mops upright instead of storing them on the floor.

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This keeps them from getting mildewed and bent, and keeps extra dust from collecting around them. Get this one here.