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    27 No-Effort Ways To Keep Your House Clean

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    1. Line your fridge shelves so that when something inevitably spills or goes bad, you can just pull the liner out and wipe it down and not have to disassemble half your fridge to remove the sticky mess.

    Promising review: “I bought a set of these to line my refrigerator shelves. They are heavy duty and don't slide around. I love that I can clean them by just wiping them down or removing them and returning them to the refrigerator without struggling to remove, clean and replace the refrigerator shelves. After using them for a while, I bought a second set to complete the job. Love them!” —SHARON B.

    Get a set of six liner mats from Amazon for $10.99 (available in five color packs).

    If you want to go a little more DIY, you can also wrap your fridge shelves in Glad Press'n Seal ($11 for three rolls on Amazon) and just toss it when it gets dirty.

    2. Stop filling your house with smoke every time you make a frozen pizza! Spray on some fume-free oven cleaner, wait a couple hours, and then just wipe off all that gross cooked-on residue.

    Promising review: “Simply UNBELIEVABLE. Fume-free and no gloves needed, but dissolves ANYTHING cooked on! Had not cleaned oven EVER. Simply sprayed on, shut door over night, and wiped off with paper towels. Do not have to dread cleaning oven ever again! Can use for everyday spot cleaning with only have to let sit for couple hours for minor things. Used on broiler pan that would not scrub clean with even steel wool, no need to scrub ever again now! Crockpot leaked over bowl and burned on inside heating chamber; just sprayed, covered, wiped in morning. Plan on using to clean grill in spring and am sure it will make it a breeze.” —Andrew J.

    You can also use this oven cleaner to easily clean things other than ovens — reviewers highly recommend it for everything from caked-on grill grates to fiberglass showers with hard water stains.

    Get it from Amazon for $5.67.

    3. Prevent any future oven mess once you've cleaned it out well with oven liners that'll catch drips and stop them from becoming a permanent part of your oven.

    Promising review: “Use on the floor of my oven. At Easter, my ham leaked out of the foil and made a sticky mess in the bottom of the oven. When the oven cooled, I pulled out the liner and dumped most of the mess right in the trash can. The remainder wiped right off with a damp sponge. Replaced and is good to go.” —Kenneth E Snyder Jr

    Get a set of two from Amazon for $13.95.

    You can also cut these to fit around the burners on a gas cooktop, to prevent burned on food from accumulating there as well.

    4. Count walking around your house as "cleaning" by wearing mop slippers that'll keep your feet cozy and pick up dust and debris on your floor all at once.

    Promising review: “I love having clean floors but sometimes I'm lazy and I live near the beach, so sand can be a hassle on the hardwood floors in my apartment. I love these so much and have pretty much worn then every day since I got them. They are super comfy and help clean! For like 12 bucks, these are such a great addition to my routine.” —Laura J

    Get a pair from Amazon for $12.99 (available in four sizes and fifteen styles).

    5. Run a specifically designed pet hair roller over your fabrics to pick up a ton of fur without the noise of the vacuum or the hassle of peeling off those annoying sheets on traditional lint rollers.

    Promising review: “We live in a household that contains two humans, two dogs, and two cats. It's a real Noah's Ark furnished with a black sectional couch. Our dogs absolutely hate the vacuum. So much so they will attack the cleaner head with their vicious bite even before we power it on. This makes the task of cleaning our couch extremely unpleasant and nearly impossible. Thanks to Chom Chom, we no longer have this problem! With a simple, quick, SOUNDLESS sweep, we're able to keep our couch pet-hair-free in blissful peace. This tool does an amazing job picking up pet hair. We were so impressed, we gifted these as Xmas presents for all of our pet-loving friends.” —Magpie

    Get it from Amazon for $24.95.

    6. Turn your closet into something that looks as nice as a store display in no time flat with a clothes folding board — your shirts will take up less space, and it's so fun to do that you might end up looking forward to laundry day.

    Promising review: “My boyfriend is basically an adult sized toddler when it comes to folding his hundreds of t-shirts. We used to sit around and laugh and tease him for his inability to fold clothes like a normal adult... but now we can't do that anymore because this product had actually made him efficient and basically a professional T-shirt folder. Great product. I'm buying one for ME next.” —Mackenzie

    Get it from Amazon for $10.99.

    7. Clear out a lot of disgusting gunk from your drains and get them running smoothly again with just a few twists of a FlexiSnake.,

    Promising review: “Holy crapola! We moved into our place six months ago, only to find the that one of our sinks drained so sluggishly that it was rendered almost unusable. I tried drain uncloggers and hair dissolvers, thinking that this was the issue. This would temporarily solve the problem. I figured I would give the flexisnake drain millipede a try and followed the directions: Straighten it out, shove down the drain, and turn the handle around a few times. WHOOOOSH. I proceeded to pull out...strands upon strands of FLOSS that somebody had decided to flush down the sink. My sink is draining like a champ now, good as new. Can't recommend this cheap and easy-to-use product enough!” —BDerms

    Get it from Amazon for $5.01.

    8. Stop those gross clogs from forming in the future with a TubShroom — it'll catch all those shed hairs and keep them from blocking your drains.

    See why a BuzzFeed writer loves this magical hair catcher so much — it's a lifesaver for anyone with long hair.

    Promising review: “Once a month I used to have to use chemicals to de-clog our shower drain as the amount of hair coming from my long hair and my teenage daughters made it so the shower would clog up and provide us with three to four inches of standing water. It was a real pain in the butt, a constant added expense, and made the tub constantly feel and look dirty. I bought this hoping it would catch the hair as advertised causing the drain to not clog. This tiny little device is a true miracle! We've been using it for almost three months now and I have yet to need to use chemicals to de-clog pipes as we have ZERO clogs!” —SB6907

    Get it from Amazon for $12.99 (available in five colors).

    9. Do away with the need for a separate duster and window cleaner and paper towel and on and on, and just grab a set of microfiber cloths — they can do all those jobs and more.

    Promising review:The ways you can use these handy cloths are endless. Here are some of my favorite uses: dusting (use it dry), mirrors (wet half of the towel to wipe down the glass and follow up with the dry half to dry), electronic screens (use it dry), stainless steel (clean with a wet one and follow up with a dry one), hardwood floors (mine fits my mop and I use dry ones for dusting and wet ones for mopping), soaking up spilled water, cleaning cabinetry, washing the car.” —Bmor1218

    Get a pack of 24 from Amazon for $13.57.

    10. Drop some tablets of Bottle Bright into your most stubborn dirty stainless steel containers, then let it bubble away and leave you with sparkling results.

    Promising review: “At work we have stainless steel coffee pots with a plastic top that no one cleans and they are often left on for hours at a time. The bottoms got very gross and someone tried to clean them with hot water and soap, but not much happened. I bought these, added hot water and two tablets (since they are bigger than a water bottle) and let the pots sit over night. So much came off with no scrubbing! They are almost like new! I did this on two pots and we were all amazed by the results. Ordering more so that we can clean regularly since it’s so easy!” —Heather

    Get a pack of 12 tablets from Amazon for $7.99.

    11. Go hardcore on your cleaning with this goth as hell black sponge that scrubs amazingly, doesn't smell, and might actually be immortal.

    This is the BuzzFeed Reviews pick for top-tier kitchen sponge for a reason: it lasts forever (the one in the photos above has been in use for five months!), resists odors, and you just toss it in the dishwasher or the microwave once a week to keep it clean. It's super scrubby, resists stains, and it's definitely better for the earth (and your wallet, in the long run) than throwing out a cheap-o sponge every two weeks.

    Promising review: “I've been pleased with these sponges and I was going to buy a few more but noticed the price went up. Then I went back and checked when I last bought them, over nine months ago! Plus I gave one in the three pack to my mother-in-law. So that means two sponges have lasted nine months. Wow! I guess I will buy them again despite the price increase. The photos are of the second sponge, I'm guessing I've been using it for five months or so.” —P.Cusack

    Get a pack of three from Amazon for $18.99.

    12. Eliminate pesky carpet stains with these Bissell Stomp Pads — you don't need to scrub or even bend down, just stomp to activate and come back to a spotless floor.

    Promising review: “I’m pretty sure there is magic in these. I have spent so many hours scrubbing at different spots on my area rugs (compliments of my monstrous dog with a sensitive stomach) and there are still spots that just won’t come clean. You literally lay these down, step on them for a few seconds and walk away. I generally leave it for 24 hours but I’m not sure if that’s really necessary. The next day you can see the stain on the pad and the rug is spotless.” —mmallia

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $24.99.

    13. Quickly swipe your knives through a dedicated cutlery cleaner to keep your hands and your sponges safe from sharp edges and your knives safe from the dishwasher.

    You shouldn't be putting your knives in the dishwasher! It dulls their edges really quickly, and a dull knife is one of the most dangerous things in your kitchen. It might take a few more seconds to wash them separately, but think of all the time you'll save by avoiding an ER visit.

    Promising review: “I have no idea where this has been all my life. This is a REALLY effective fast cleaner for all your knives. I have a large variety of knives and this really gets me to use them more because it makes cleaning and maintenance really simple. Whether it's a Chinese cleaver, a carbon steel chef's knife or even a long slicer, this makes sure you get all the big stuff off your knives quickly so you can just wipe it down to dry with a regular cloth. If you like taking good care of your knives and you don't want to spend a bunch of time doing it you need to buy this.” —Sam

    Get it from Amazon for $5.60+ (available in two colors).

    14. Load a ton of stuff into the dishwasher you might not have thought could go in there — sponges, toys, cleaning brushes, vases, and more can all benefit from a cycle.

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    Read more about this and other basic housekeeping hacks at I Heart Organizing.

    You can't put everything in the dishwasher (unfortunately) but it's a good option for all those things that you're not quite sure what to do with, but that need a good rinse. Generally, it's probably smart to keep more delicate things on the top rack and avoid the heat dry setting, just in case.

    15. Ensure that your dishwasher is working at peak performance by running a load with a dishwasher cleaner tablet once a month — it'll break down buildup inside the machine that might be keeping it from actually properly cleaning your dishes.

    Promising review: “Works extremely well. We haven't done any cleaning on our dishwasher in 5 years, and the sliding dish trays were tough to pull out or push in, there was detergent build up all over the inside, and there was a milky film on all our cups. I bought Affresh, ran the dishwasher with two tablets while it was empty, and the difference was astounding. No more film on the glasses, no more dirty dishes from clogged sprayers, no more odors, or build up around the door seals. I'm going to be buying Affresh from now on, and hopefully it will extend the life of my dishwasher.” —Martoune

    Get a pack of six tablets from Amazon for $5.49.

    16. Clean a glass cooktop with a few basic household supplies and some time — absolutely no other effort required.

    Simply sprinkle baking soda over your entire cooktop, cover it with a wet rag soaked in hot water and dish soap, and let sit for about 15 minutes. See more about the technique from Behind the Studio — this is gonna be a lifesaver if the gunk on your cooktop keeps setting off the fire alarm and annoying all of your neighbors (definitely not a story from personal experience).

    All you need is hot water, dish soap ($2.69 on Amazon), baking soda ($0.99 on Amazon), and a cleaning cloth ($3.31 for a pack of three on Amazon) to get it totally clean!

    17. Shake up some adorable beans in your hard-to-clean bottles to get them sparkling in no time.

    Promising review: “I’m not totally sure what I was expecting when I ordered these, but they are everything in the package promises: adorable little foam covered ceramic beans that do an awesome job cleaning out water bottles! I actually set a timer and it took me under three minutes to clean a water bottle. That’s usually one of my least favorite tasks, because it feels like it takes forever, so this was a pleasant surprise. You can also use quite a bit less soap than you may be accustomed to. Overall: awesome.” —Kat Lewin

    Get it from Amazon for $7.89.

    18. Spritz on just two ingredients (and let them sit for a little bit) to get your bathtub so clean you'll actually be willing to take a bath in it.

    All you need is to shake together dish soap ($2.69 on Amazon) and vinegar ($2 for a gallon from Amazon) in a spray bottle ($5 on Amazon) to get your tub totally sparkling — genuinely all you have to do here is spray, wait, and rinse. It literally can't get any easier than this, folks. Get the full technique from Nifty.

    19. Harness the power of anger (okay, steam) to loosen all that caked-on spaghetti sauce in your microwave. After a few minutes, the Angry Mama will make it so you can easily wipe everything away.

    Promising review: “I have arthritis and find scrubbing difficult. I can't always grip a sponge very well and, when I can, my hands wear out easily. I bought Angry Mama with the hope that it would make microwave cleaning easier. It worked! I followed the directions (add vinegar and water to the noted fill lines, seven minutes in the microwave on high, wait two minutes). I then gently wiped down the microwave with my sponge. Several months worth of grime and splatter wiped away without any scrubbing or pressure. I do recommend Angry Mama for everyone, including folks with arthritis or other problems with their hands, or anyone who wants to expedite their microwave cleaning process.” —Orionfarms

    Get it from Amazon for $3.26.

    Of course, you can also use a bowl full of water and vinegar (or lemons!) and do precisely the same thing, but the Angry Mama is a very cute way to get an annoying chore done.

    20. Blast away ultra-stubborn dirt and grime with a set of drill brushes — they're fun to use and you'll finally get some more use out of your drill besides the two times a year you need to hang a picture.

    Promising review: “I bought this product specifically to clean my bathroom. My entire shower from floor to ceiling is tile so it is a bear to clean and I avoid cleaning it if I don’t have to. When the brushes arrived I couldn’t wait to try them out. They didn’t disappoint! The bristles are strong and the brush is well made and it made a dreaded chore quick, easy and even fun. I couldn’t believe how fast I cleaned my dirty shower into a sparkling clean shower!” —Kerri

    Get a set of three brushes from Amazon for $13.95+ (available in five colors, drill not included).

    21. Let a robot clean your floors. It literally can't get any easier than that.

    The only caveat is that if you do buy one you have to give it a name. I'm sorry, I don't make the rules here, you just gotta.

    Promising review: “My partner and I have pets and we both work and we have hardwood floors and we like a clean common space. We were sweeping two or three times a day and still getting frustrated in between. Then came Rosie. Our house is so clean, our life is so happy! I can't think of any reason to get a more expensive vacuum unless you just have to have the app integration.” —Inkfingers

    Get it from Amazon for $128.

    22. Remove even the most seemingly-permanent marks on stainless steel, copper, porcelain, glass, and pretty much everything in your life with the help of a bottle of Bar Keeper's Friend.

    See how this magical stuff helped a BuzzFeed writer remove crazy-deep stains.

    Promising review: “I have a rather expensive set of stainless steel cookware, purchased only a year ago. Despite constant care, the set was getting so bad that I was considering replacements! I ordered this as a last chance and I am so glad I did! Yesterday I scoured this pan with Dawn and Baking Soda for about ten minutes and it still looked terrible. Two minutes with this cleaner and my pan looks brand new inside and out! I immediately pulled the rest of my pots and pans out of the cabinet and restored them as well! I am so glad that I ordered this! Bar Keepers Friend just saved me a ton of money!” —RCIstl

    Get a two-pack from Amazon for $9.15.

    23. Let a heavy-duty doormat do most of the work of preventing tracked-in messes from taking over your floors. You'll thank yourself later.

    Promising review: “If anyone has kids, dogs, or a husband, you will know what I am talking about. My son drags in half of the soccer on his cleats, my dog mud mud and more mud, and my husband adds to the mess. I had an old door mat on my porch that needed replacing, so I bought the Gorilla. This mat has really helped a ton. The top part is soft yet coarse. It's comfortable for your bare feet but also rough enough to get dirt off when you rub them. It cleans off easily too. My vacuum is really strong, so I just use my toe to hold the mat in place. For bigger messes, I just shake it outside or hose it down. It dries pretty quickly. ” —Lisa Campagne

    Get it from Amazon for $15.99+ (available in 13 styles).

    24. Implement a no-shoes-in-the-house policy as well, and make it easy on everyone with a shoe rack right by the door.

    Promising review: “This is a sturdy shoe rack that stacks nicely. It went together without a problem and the directions were clear. I bought 2 for the hall and stacked them for 6 available shelves. We now routinely take off our street shoes and put on slippers when we come in. There are spares for guests and most follow suit, but we don't push it. Besides keeping things neat, we notice how much less dirt gets tracked in. Also, it is quite pretty for a shoe rack.” —John D Millard

    Get it from Amazon for $24.98+ (available in three colors).

    25. Try out a multi-use product like dryer sheets that you can use to make a million and one cleaning tasks easier.

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    Soak your dirtiest dishes with a dryer sheet, and even the toughest grime should wipe right off.

    And that's just the tip of the iceberg! You can use them to repel dust on computer screens and baseboards, to de-static hair, and even to remove deodorant stains. In fact, we discovered tons of uses for dryer sheets that might make them the most useful thing you own.

    Get a pack of 240 dryer sheets (that's so many!) from Amazon for $8.94.

    26. Make your bed every morning — it takes two minutes tops, and sets you up for cleaning success for the entire day.

    With a made bed, you have the foundation of a clean room already set, and it'll make you way less likely to leave junk on the floor, or pile things onto your bed to save for later (which will then stay there forever, natch). You don't have to do perfect hospital corners or anything like that; just pull up the sheets and covers — you'll be shocked at what a difference it makes.

    You can obviously do this with your regular bedding, I just happen to really like this duvet cover (only $26 on Amazon!). If you're in the market for an inexpensive bedding upgrade, we've got you covered there, too.

    27. Zap away annoying marks and scuffs with a Magic Eraser that's so good and quick at cleaning, it might genuinely be made of magic.

    Promising review: “I was blown away by how easy this works! I can't think of anything over the years I've bought or cleaning products I've used that actually did what it said it would do 100%. I just got my Magic Eraser Original yesterday and I cleaned my tub today after my shower. Simple to use and cleaned better than all the bleach, scrubbers, etc., I've ever used! I can't believe how easy it was, really I can't! I'll keep these around all the time for the rest of my life. Worth whatever they charge because I got a cleaner tub than I've ever had and not even one drop of sweat!” —Denise Wagoner

    Get an 8-pack of the original Mr. Clean Magic Erasers from Amazon for $6.36 or get a 100-pack of melamine sponges (the exact same material, y'all!) for $8.20.

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