1. Get stains out of your microfiber couch with rubbing alcohol.
551 East uses isopropyl alcohol, a white sponge, some elbow grease, and a white bristle brush to make her couch look like new. Just make sure, like she says, to get white tools so that the color dyes don’t transfer to your fabric.
2. Steam clean mystery stains out of your carpets using an iron.
You don’t need to rent a giant hulking carpet cleaner, unless you plan on doing the entire house. You just need your iron, according to Homemaker Chic.
3. If that doesn’t work, use vinegar and baking soda to get oil-based stains out of carpet.
Lizzy Writes shares her technique, which uses baking soda or cornstarch, vinegar, clear dish soap, and some cold water.
5. Dust off your fan blades with a pillowcase.
That way, you’re not just wiping the dust off into the air. Read more at Real Simple.
5. Clean out your air by vacuuming your AC unit.
Well, it’s not that simple. But Family Handy Man has detailed instructions for cleaning your AC.
6. When a duster won’t get all the grime off of your blinds, use some vinegar.
From Keep Home Simple.
7. Spend some quality time cleaning out your kitchen sink with baking soda, vinegar, rock salt, ice cubes, and lemons.
Today says that kitchen sinks are dirtier than most bathrooms (most). Apartment Therapy has a step-by-step process to completely sanitize and beautify your stainless steel sink.
8. Use Resolve to clean your grout.
Claire over at It’s the Little Moments discovered (via her husband) that Resolve completely lifts up the old grime.
9. Fight oily dust with…more oil.
One Good Thing By Jillee demonstrates how a little vegetable or mineral oil will help wipe up that sticky dust that finds its way into your kitchen. Once you get it off, though, you might want to use a little dish soap and a cleaning sponge to clean up your, um, cleaning oil.
*Note: I actually tried this while writing this post. Worked so well.
10. Scrub out your greasy oven with baking soda, dishwashing liquid, and vinegar.
Have you noticed how gross your oven is lately? If you don’t have a self-cleaning function (or just hate the smell it makes), you can clean it out yourself with these instructions from Cleverly Inspired.
11. Hate scrubbing? Use ammonia on your stove grates.
On The V Spot.
12. After you get all of the grossness off, wax your stovetop.
This tip from Real Simple should only be used with gas stovetops, or non-glass-top electric stovetops.
13. Get grease out of your stove filter vents with a toothbrush and Greased Lightning.
Greased Lightning is a degreaser you can get at most hardware stores. Tip courtesy of The Manly Housekeeper.
16. De-scale your faucets with the help of some paper towels and vinegar.
The Thrifty home uses vinegar on faucets and water trays.
17. Baking soda and hydrogen peroxide will clean off that glass cooktop.
The Daily Mom has both a video and a post showing you how to get that cooked on gunk off of your pretty cooktop.
18. Because your friend decided to microwave spaghetti without a cover.
Get it out with a bowl of 1 cup of water and 1 tablespoon of vinegar. Microwave for five minutes, then wipe down with a paper towel or sponge. Tip from Practically Functional.
19. Run vinegar and water through your coffee maker.
It’ll get out coffee buildup and water stains — detailed instructions over at WikiHow.
20. Freshen and deodorize your mattress with baking soda.
Assuming you don’t have any stains in it, using some baking soda and lavender essential oil will freshen it right up, says Make it Do.
21. For tough odors like urine, use Resolve.
It’s tougher than lavender. Instructions over at eHow.
22. Don’t forget to wash those dead skin cells out of your pillows.
Clean My Space shows you how and when to wash your pillows in the washing machine, depending on what kind of pillows you own.
23. Take your vent covers outside and hose them down.
When cleaning out your filters, don’t forget that these things gather up dust, too. This friendly reminder’s over on D and R Tabb.
24. Wax your vents with car wax to keep the dust off all year.
From Ask Anna Moseley.
25. Use a cream cleanser like ROG1 followed by ROG3 to get the gross stuff out of your tub and shower.
Retro Rennovation found two different cleaners that work without multiple applications.
26. Use bleach and CelluCotton to get mold out of your tub caulk.
This Blessed Life uses cotton beauty coils to make sure the bleach has time to soak into the caulk.
27. To get that weird mold that grows under the rim of your toilet, use vinegar and duct tape.
Funny all of the places that things grow. Get more details at Homespot.
28. Use a tub scrub made from peppermint oil, baking soda, and liquid soap to make your bath smell great.
If that’s what you’re going for — the recipe’s on Martha Stewart.
29. Clean out a top loading washing machine with vinegar, baking soda, and an old toothbrush.
Apartment Therapy shows you how.
30. Get the lint out of your dryer exhaust tube with a vacuum cleaner and prevent potential fire hazards.
Be sure to read ALL OF the details over at Pretty Handy Girl — you’ll want to follow the directions exactly.
31. Top it all off by simmering a stock pot of rosemary, lemon, and vanilla extract as long as you need to make your home smell amazing.
It just smells so good! On One More Moore.