Nifty·Posted on Sep 25, 201321 Cleaning Basics You Probably Don't KnowIt's not passive-aggressive to copy and paste this on your roommate's Facebook wall, I promise.by Natalie BrownBuzzFeed ContributorFacebookPinterestTwitterMailLink 1. Wash dishes without a dishwasher. food52.com A few bubbles of soap and lukewarm water doesn't cut it. You'll end up with grease on your "clean" dishes. There's an art to it, and it requires EXTREMELY hot water, elbow grease, and a little organization. Get the step-by-step here. 2. Scrub the grime off of your stovetop. imperfecthomemaking.com See that? Your stove may even lift up for easy cleaning. Directions here. 3. De-gunk the inside of your oven. onegoodthingbyjillee.com You'll have to use some ammonia, but it'll get it done right. How-to here. 4. Sanitize your sink. askannamoseley.com This is especially important if you don't have a dishwasher. There are several ways to do it; here's one. 5. Kill cutting board bacteria. kitchenstewardship.com Also, you should keep two cutting boards: one (plastic) one for meats, one (any kind) for veggies. Sanitize here. 6. Clean your toilet. apartmenttherapy.com Have you actually done all of this? I haven't... but here's how to get every nook and cranny, in case you're curious. 7. Vacuum your carpets. cleanfreak.com Yeah, one pass won't cut it. You can find everything you needed to know to actually clean your carpet here, and a video of this corgi being (happily) vacuumed here. 8. Launder your towels. modernmrsdarcy.com Wait this should be easy, right? Actually, if you want to keep that mildewy smell away, you might want to follow these directions. 9. Mop the tile (or wooden floor). home-ec101.com If the cat doesn't stop you, you can learn how to mop with vinegar here. 10. Get grease out of your clothes. thekitchn.com Dish soap does the trick. This one I've tried and loved. Supposedly chalk also works. 11. De-rust your stainless steel. ourhomemadehappiness.com So maybe the previous tenants didn't take care of the stainless sink. Don't worry -- it's no match for a lime. 12. Un-scuff your leather sofa. thekrazycouponlady.com No promises this will keep your thighs from sticking to it, though. Directions here. 13. Clean your cast iron without un-seasoning it. aspicyperspective.com Because a seasoned cast iron is a greasy cast iron, and soap breaks up grease. How-to here. 14. Un-goop the outside of your windows. homemadesimple.com Works for the inside, too. Directions here. 15. Wash your workout clothes so they don't smell. jezebel.com Ok, maybe this wasn't on your grandmother's basics list. But it's important. Learn how here. 16. Get rid of those mineral deposits. joyfulhomemaking.com How-to here. Be patient. 17. Pull all of that hair out of your drain. themanlyhousekeeper.com Nontoxic directions here. 18. Dust so the dust never returns. theorganizedwife.wordpress.com You'll always shed skin cells, but at least you can get rid of the ones that are already settled on your furniture. Get it right with this guide. 19. Detangle pet hair from your carpet. apartmenttherapy.com There are several techniques you can use. 20. Wash countertops after cooking. bhg.com The key: Wash without leaving a soapy film behind. Depending on the type of counter, warm, soapy water usually works well. Just make sure you go over again with a rinse. 21. Then enjoy a better cup of coffee... brightnest.com ...after cleaning your coffeemaker out with vinegar. Want awesome DIY tips in your inbox four times a week? Sign up for the BuzzFeed DIY newsletter!