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    40 Tips And Tricks For Giving Your House A Top-To-Bottom Clean

    Because early fall cleaning is the new spring cleaning.

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    1. When the urge to go on a cleaning frenzy hits, make sure you do so strategically because in this year 2022, we are not wasting time. That means starting up top with your ceilings, then working your way down to wall stuff like windows and mirrors. From there, take on surfaces like countertops and tables, before finally finishing with the floors.

    This simple trick will make sure you don't, say, clean your coffee table before you dust the ceiling fan right above it, because chances are you'd get dust and dirt on the table and need to clean it again. No, we are not doing that anymore. Your time is too valuable!

    2. Make sure your glass light fixtures and mirrors are free of dust and smudges, thanks to a pack of reusable microfiber glass-cleaning cloths. You use the damp green cloth (with just water! No special glass cleaner needed) to remove dust and smudges, then follow up with the blue cloth to remove any residue.

    Dirty light fixture with three bulbs
    Dirty light fixture with three bulbs

    Promising review: "I honestly didn’t believe these would work. But they are MAGIC. No glass cleaning products needed. Wet the green cloth with water, wring out so just damp. Clean the glass. Use the dry blue cloth to buff. That’s it. Zero streaks. Zero. My mirrors have never been so streak free. Even with paper towel and Windex, I still always had streaks and lint. That’s it. I can’t believe it, truly amazing." —Your Mom

    Get an eight-pack from Amazon for $16.98.

    3. Use an old pillowcase to easily remove all the dust and dirt from your ceiling fan.

    A person uses an old pillow case to remove dust from a ceiling fan blade

    4. Instead of using a traditional feather duster for dusting, try a microfiber duster that actually captures dust particles instead of scattering the dust around. It's machine washable, too!

    Gif of the duster being used to remove dust from the front of an air conditioner unit
    Gif of BuzzFeed editor, Yi Yang removing the microfiber cloth
    BuzzFeed / Yi Yang

    Promising review: "We live in an old 1790s home with lots of wall trim and moulding. This piece of cleaning equipment makes dusting super easy. All I do is run around the room a couple of times, tackling each level of trim at a time and then shake it out outdoors. When it gets really dusty and dirty, I just toss it in the wash. LOVE IT!" —swissgirl

    Get it from Amazon for $11.99.

    5. If you're having to rewash clothes because the first round didn't quite do the job, consider a pack of washing machine tablets to make sure your machine is clean enough to effectively launder your garments. Like with all cleaning appliances, it's important to keep them in tip top shape so that they run at max efficiency. 

    Product photo showing a model place Affresh washing machine tablets into their washing machine
    Amazon

    Promising review: "My washer was smelling and had grime inside the seal that wouldn’t come off even when I tried to scrub it off, so I used one of these tablets in the wash. It worked like magic. Not only did it clean the washer very well (the water looked so dirty during the cycle), but it also got rid of the smell! I will keep using these as recommended." —Eca

    Get a six-pack from Amazon for $6.99.

    6. Dislodge buildup of decaying foods and grease and eliminate lingering smells in your sink's drain with a garbage disposal cleaner that is quite literally magic. All you do is place one pouch in the disposal, run the water and disposal until the blue foam rises, and once the blue foam retreats back into the pipe you turn off the disposal and it's done! You don't have to scrub or do any cleanup. 

    blue foaming cleanser pushing its way out of the sink drain
    Amazon

    Promising reviews: "We moved into a townhouse that had a garbage disposal in the kitchen. I never had one growing up and didn't think too much about it until the funky smell started. I researched ways to clean it and came across these. Decided to order a four-pack and try them. THEY ARE LIFE CHANGING. Just run some water, toss the packet in, and turn on the disposal. The little packet does all the hard work for you. I order a new set as soon as we start to run low." —lucas broshears

    Get a four-pack from Amazon for $4.25.

    7. Scrub away everything and anything from nearly every surface in your home with a jar of the The Pink Stuff — aka TikTok's favorite all-purpose cleaning paste. It can take on difficult tasks like crusty stovetops and soap scum buildup, to problems you thought were permanent like crayon on walls and rusty windows. None of it will be a match for this stuff.

    Reviewer using it to clear up hard water stains in tub
    A customer review before and after photo showing the results of using The Pink Stuff on their stovetop

    Promising review: "Found this product on TikTok. I don’t think I’ve ever seen value like I do this product! Literally use it on EVERYTHING!! Kids and teens have dirt, grime, and grease on their walls? ...This will make it look like a new paint job. Baseboards need some love? A pea-size amount of this makes them look brand new. Need a shoe cleaner? PERFECT for sneakers. I could name a million more uses, but I can ASSURE you this is worth every penny. What’s more? You need such LITTLE of this product, it will last a VERY long time. Thank you, TikTok!!!" —Rachel in CLT

    Get it from Amazon for $5.97.

    8. Eliminate 99.9% of the bacteria living in your sponge by soaking it in water and then microwaving it for one minute.

    A sponge is shown in a microwave

    9. Instantly wipe away all those mysterious streaks and smudges that live on your fridge, oven, and in your sink with a plant-based, all-natural stainless steel cleaner. This stuff will remove all that residue and leave your stainless steel fixtures and appliances with a brilliant finish.

    reviewer before-and-after photo showing their stainless steel sink looking brand new after using stainless steel cleaner

    10. Shake the grime away in your reusable bottles with a weighted bottle cleaner. Simply drop, shake, and empty, and then be amazed that all the gunk buildup is gone. Designed specifically for bottles, this small but mighty tool can reach where sponges and bottle brushes can't. 

    Hands shaking a bottle with one of the sponges inside
    Close-up of the sponge to show its texture
    CleanzySponges / Etsy

    Each sponge should last around four months.

    John, the founder, invented the Cleanzy sponge after having trouble cleaning drink containers without bulky tools and a lot of scrubbing. 

    Get it from Cleanzy on Etsy for $9.99.

    11. Remove all those smudges and dust particles from your TV and computer screen with a screen cleaner kit that comes with a spray and microfiber cloth. The formula is free of alcohol, ammonia, and phosphates, which makes it perfect for delicate screens, and the cloth won't scratch the glass surface of your gadgets because it's so soft.

    a reviewer photo of a TV with smudges across the screen
    a reviewer photo of the same TV now clean

    The spray is free of alcohol, ammonia, and harmful phosphates. You can use it to clean any screen, including HDTVs, PC monitors, tablets, laptops, smartphones, and more!

    Promising review: "A miracle! I've been looking for this product all my life! I have a nice 42-inch smart TV that I hate cleaning. Every product I used left streaks everywhere so I'd use more and rub and rub...Make sure your screen is cool and spray an ample amount on the cloth provided and smear it everywhere. Then flip the cloth and rub it off. I think this is truly one of the greatest breakthroughs in modern history. They give you a huge can of this stuff and a quality cloth." —Paul Wedero

    Get it from Amazon for $19.97.

    12. Upholstered furniture and bedding is a magnet for dog hair, so use a roller dog hair remover to remove your furry friend's fur from your stuff with ease. Not only does this tool work wonders, but it does so without the guilt and cost of having to buy single-use sheet rolls like traditional dog hair remover tools.

    GIF of reviewer using the chom chom roller to remove fur from a couch
    reviewer image of a chom chom roller open to reveal all the collected pet hair inside

    Promising review: "I have a golden retriever and the shedding is out of control. My fabric sofa is constantly covered in hair and I finally decided to try this after reading an article about popular TikTok products. The reviews do not lie, this thing works magic!! I wish I had taken a before and after picture because the difference is noticeable. I watched the video tutorial before I tried it to ensure I was using it properly and everything he says is true, you do really have to put your arm to work with vigorous back and forth movement! However, I find it's a great arm workout and it works wonders." —Joanne Ertel

    Get it from Amazon for $28.95

    13. Give your fridge the deep clean it deserves by washing the shelves, drawers, and other removable parts in hot, soapy water.

    You can also use soapy water to wipe out the inside, doors, and seals on your refrigerator and freezer; just make sure to rinse well. Check out a full tutorial on Martha Stewart.

    14. Give your dishwasher the deep cleaning it deserves with a pack of dishwasher tablets. The tablets are formulated to remove the most common dishwasher stains, like lime and mineral buildup.

    A reviewer's before picture which shows their dishwasher with stains and spots
    The reviewer's after photo which shows their dishwasher sparkling clean

    Promising review: "I had tried lots of white vinegar for two cycles in my 20-year-old dishwasher for the cloudy and powdery dinginess it had started showing and it only helped about 30%. We have very hard water. This zapped the buildup and glass is clear again and colored plastics no longer have the powder-like coating. So glad I took a chance on this!" —J. Holden

    Get it from Amazon for $8.98+ (available in packs of six or 12).

    15. Automatically clean your toilet with every flush, thanks to an automatic bleach toilet cleaning system. Once installed (reviewers say it's a breeze), bleach cleansers clean and deodorize your bowl every time you use the loo. 

    It's super quick to install, and one cartridge can last up to three months!

    Promising review: "I've installed these in all six toilets in my home and they are a great idea. I've been using this for about four to five years. This device circulates bleach product into the toilet bowl after every flush, where it is needed to prevent staining such as water lines from calcium buildup. The chlorine water is restricted to the bowl, not the tank. If chlorine is in the tank it will erode away the flapper and foam seal which separates the tank from the bowl, requiring more expensive repairs. This product solves that problem with no drawbacks and don't look unsightly like the clamp-on bars of chlorine that are permanently inside the bowl." —Dr. D123

    Get it from Amazon for $10.77.

    16. Make cleaning colorful thanks to a reusable and machine-washable duster that fits onto the Swiffer duster handle. Not only will it remove dust from surfaces, but it'll look cool while doing it.

    Set of reusable Swiffer dusters in various colors

    17. Treat your wooden cutting boards to a spa day by scrubbing them down with salt and half a lemon — then season them with a douse of food-grade mineral oil.

    18. Use a 100% natural oven cleaning kit to clean yours without the use of harsh and stinky chemicals. All you do is use the steel wool sponge provided to scrub the interior (even the glass!) with the paste, then wipe it down with a wet cloth and voilà! You're done. 

    A gif of a person cleaning their over using the scrub
    The oven cleaner and steel wool sponge
    Everneat / Etsy, Everneat / Etsy

    Everneat is a small business based in Fairfield, Connecticut specializing in natural cleaning products and tools. The kit includes a jar of oven scrub, an all-purpose surface cleaner, and a steel wool scrubber that should be used in conjunction to get the best results. 

    Promising review: "I just got this product today. Immediately opened it and used it and within five minutes my oven WAS SPARKLING and looked BRAND NEW!! Definitely give this product ⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️⭐️!!! It smells amazing and comes in a super cute jar too!" —Lindsay Anes

    Get it from Everneat on Etsy for $25.99 (available in three scents).

    19. Remove what you thought were permanent marks from literally any surface with a 20-pack of cleaning erasers that are more affordable than name brands but are still...um...magic, wink, wink. All you do is use a little bit of water to wet the sponge and then rub the stain out of whatever surface its on (like crayons on a wall or scruffs on sneakers). 

    Reviewer holding eraser sponge in front of wood table with permanent marker markings
    Reviewer photo of same table with the marker completely erased

    Promising review: "These babies have transformed and reformed my slobby life. My dog sitter thought I got a new sink and fridge. I have never had more fun cleaning in my life — wait, I have never had any fun cleaning. But these magical creatures make it so freaking satisfying. No toxic stuff. No fumes. Just heavenly cleanliness." —Jimmy Jim Ereeno

    Get a pack of 20 from Amazon for $13.95.

    20. Learn to clean surfaces using the S Pattern.

    What's that? You've been making a circle when cleaning your floors, mirrors, and countertops? Never again! You see, when you make a circle with a rag or cleaning tool, you're essentially dragging the dirt it picks up over the just cleaned surface. Instead, make an S shape with your cleaning tool, in a back and forth “S” pattern. Just be careful to not go over the same spot twice, because overlapping is what you're trying to avoid.

    21. Instead of using single-use paper towels, try some reusable paper-less towels that will wipe up heavy spills in seconds. Just wring them out to use them again, or if they're too soiled you can throw them in the washing machine to make them all clean again.

    Various towels of different color on table
    Saged Home / Etsy

    Each towel is made from 100% cotton flannel and are 12" x 10".

    Saged Home is a woman-owned small business in Portland, Oregon founded by Ariel Russell. Some of their most popular items are reusable paper-less towels and all-purpose cleaners.

    Promising review: "I adore these! I had bought some cheaper paperless towels that did not hold up particularly well to washing and were not very absorbent. I replaced them with these! I absolutely love the variety of patterns and they’re extremely high quality, soft, thick and durable. They'd be great for use in the kitchen for mopping up spills or wiping surfaces. They arrived quickly and in package-free shipping materials. I highly recommend investing in these." —Sarah

    Get a six-pack from Saged Home on Etsy for $18.50+ (available in six colors and in a pack of six, 12, and 24).

    22. Incorporate a routine of light daily cleaning with a bottle of Method's nontoxic and plant-based all-purpose cleaner that'll easily tackle everyday messes (it works especially well on kitchen grease and grime!).

    A person holds up a bottle of the cleaner

    23. If your kitchen's constantly in use and always looking a little worse for wear, consider a jar of all-natural scour paste to tackle aggressive, caked on grime. I personally use it on my stovetop and in my oven, but it works on literally everything, from sinks to floors to dirty hands.

    A before photo shows a dirty stove. An after photo shows the clean stove.

    24. Easily eliminate that nasty ring that's been living in your toilet bowl with a toilet bowl ring remover that's just a pumice stone on a stick (that works literal miracles). That permanent dark ring? It's no match for this thing!

    reviewer photo showing toilet half cleaned with the pumice cleaning tool

    25. Rid your shower surround of that questionable orange hue with a rust stain remover. Not only does this product remove rust stains, but it also helps prevent rust from returning.

    26. Avoid buildup of soap scum, grime, and body oils in the shower and bathtub with bottle of weekly shower cleaner that gently cleans it away overnight, no scrubbing required. Once a week, all you do is spray the area at night and then rinse it off in the morning. One bottle gets you three months of weekly cleanings.

    27. Permanent oil stains on your stone countertops? Maybe not so permanent, thanks to this oil stain remover. Just smear some of the paste onto the stain and then let it suck out the deep, set-in oil stains. After three days, remove the paste with a sharp edge like a credit card, and boom, the stain will be gone.

    A reviewer's four steps: 1 an oil stain on untreated marble, 2 apply thick amount of product 3 let dry for 72 hrs 4 scrape away and the stain is gone

    28. Use a set of three stainless-steel scrubbers that'll quickly restore all your greasy pots and pans to their former glory.

    29. Elbow grease is not always enough for really tough cleaning jobs, so consider a set of scrubbing attachments that do the hard work for you. Each kit comes with three brushes and each color represents different stiffness. For instance, the white kit has the softest bristles, so it's best for projects like carpet, glass, and leather. The black kit has the stiffest bristles, and it's designed to take on really laborious jobs like furnaces, grills, and loose paint. 

    Promising review: "We originally purchased this to scrub our tile floors and grout in the bathrooms. We have a dog who slobbers everywhere and the only way to clean it is to use elbow grease. This thing is magical! We’ve used it on the walls (no paint removed), base boards, door jams and doors, windows, floors, and cabinets. Just dip it into warm soapy water and go to town! Recommending this to all our friends. Cuts cleaning time in half!" —A. Bos

    Get it from Amazon for $15.95 (available in six brush stiffness colors).

    30. Get the hidden gunk out of your tub's jets with a bottle of jetted tub cleaner. No special tools required, this thing just does its thing so you don't have to.