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10 Genius Combinations For Cleaning Your Home

Cleaning isn’t hard! In fact, after you learn all these secrets, you’ll be a cleaning genius. Speaking of genius, transform your chores into a feat of incredible ease with this powerful duo, the new Swiffer BISSELL Steamboost.

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1. Vinegar + Baking Soda = A Simple Drain Cleaner

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Pour a cup of baking soda into the drain.

Pour a cup of vinegar.

Let it sit for 5 minutes.

Run hot water down the drain.

2. Hydrogen Peroxide + Water = An Easy Mold Remover

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Greg Riegler

Mix 1/2 a cup of hydrogen peroxide and 1 cup water together.

Place in a spray bottle, and spray on the mold/mildew.

Leave for an hour.

Rinse and wipe clean.

3. Cornmeal + Vacuum = A Handy Grease Absorber For Light-Colored Fabrics

Pour enough cornmeal to cover the grease stain.

Let it sit for 15 to 30 minutes.

Vacuum to remove the cornmeal grains.

4. Vinegar + Essential Oils = The Perfect Fabric Softener

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Add 1/4 to 1/2 cup of vinegar with a couple drops of essential oils to the rinse cycle of your wash or the fabric softener component.

5. Water + Vinegar = A Stain-Free Microwave

Fill a bowl with water and vinegar, place it in your microwave, and let it run until the water evaporates. Any food stains should be softened and easy to wipe away with a wet washcloth.

6. Coarse Salt + Sponge = Your Cast Iron Cleaning Solution

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Horia Varlan

Place salt in your cast iron pan.

Scrub away oils and bits of food with the sponge.

7. Squeegee + Your Patience = An Unbelievably Easy Way To Remove Pet Hair From Carpets

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Frank C. Müller

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Taro the Shiba Inu

Run the squeegee across carpeted areas of your home.

Gasp at how much hair your pet actually sheds.

Repeat until hair is removed.

8. Cream Of Tartar + Vinegar = An Alternative To Bleach

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Mix 1 part cream of tartar with half the amount of vinegar until you make a paste.

Rub the paste over a stain with a brush.

Repeat until clean.

9. Lint Roller + A Genius Idea = The Best Way To Clean Up Glitter

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Roll lint roller over stray bits of glitter.

Repeat until clean.

Celebrate how easy it is to clean up glitter now!

10. Vinegar + Salt + Cornstarch = How To Keep Your Copper Squeaky Clean

Mix 1 tablespoon of salt, 1 cup of vinegar, and 3 cups of water in a pot.

Drop your copper kitchenware in the pot and bring the mixture to a rolling boil.

Remove when clean.

Be sure to give everything a quick once-over with dish soap to eliminate any lingering vinegar-y scents.