42 Seriously Useful Tips Every Clean Freak Needs To Know

1. Microwave your sponge to kill 99% of germs and bacteria.

Microwave your sponge to kill 99% of germs and bacteria.

Just put sponges or plastic scrubbing pads in the microwave on high for two minutes and let it cool. According to studies, this works way better than putting them in the dishwasher.

2. Then, rub a faucet with waxed paper to prevent water spots and finger prints.

Then, rub a faucet with waxed paper to prevent water spots and finger prints.

You can also remove mineral deposits easily with white vinegar. See more here.

3. Use a binder clip as a sponge stand.

Use a binder clip as a sponge stand.

This will allow it to air-dry instead of getting all mildewy.

4. Use a seam ripper to get all the hair out of your vacuum bristles.

Use a seam ripper to get all the hair out of your vacuum bristles.

5. Clean your vacuum filters in the dishwasher.

Clean your vacuum filters in the dishwasher.

Just don’t do it while there are dishes in there. See more here.

6. When your toaster gets all sticky and gunk, just use cream of tartar.

When your toaster gets all sticky and gunk, just use cream of tartar.

All you need is a few drops of water, cream of tartar, and a sponge to get your stainless steel appliances looking brand-new again. See the full instructions here.

7. Use an old toothbrush to clean the inside of your toaster.

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See the full video here. And always make sure the toaster is unplugged when you clean it!

8. Learn how to clean in between the glass on your oven door.

Learn how to clean in between the glass on your oven door.

Then you’ll be able to actually SEE in your oven again. See how here.

9. Use salt to clean cast iron without losing the cure.

Use salt to clean cast iron without losing the cure.

See how at Martha Stewart.

10. You can also use a toothbrush and lemons to fully clean your sink drain.

You can also use a toothbrush and lemons to fully clean your sink drain.

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Your sink drain is home to some of the grimiest dirt and germs.

11. Use a bagel to safely clean old paintings.

Use a bagel to safely clean old paintings.

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12. Clean your nasty oven-hood filter with boiling water and baking soda.

Clean your nasty oven-hood filter with boiling water and baking soda.

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So much grime, so little time.

13. Clean your clean machine: the washer.

Clean your clean machine: the washer.

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Just use a little bleach and hot water.

14. Get the mold out of your front-loading washer.

Get the mold out of your front-loading washer.

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All you need is some bleach, water and a towel.

15. Start cleaning out your dryer vents.

Start cleaning out your dryer vents.

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You’ll prevent fires by cleaning out the dryer vent every six months.

16. Make the steel plate on your iron smooth and shiny again.

Make the steel plate on your iron smooth and shiny again.

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All you need is salt.

17. Use a cotton swab dipped in vinegar to clean your window tracks.

Use a cotton swab dipped in vinegar to clean your window tracks.

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For more window cleaning tips, check out Ask Anna.

18. Use baking soda to clean your mattress.

Use baking soda to clean your mattress.

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Once you sprinkle the ingredients on, you’ll also need to vaccuum the bed.

19. Keep your baseboards clean with dryer sheets.

Keep your baseboards clean with dryer sheets.

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Recycle old fabric softener sheets that have already been in the dryer to keep baseboards dust-free.

20. Use an iron to remove REALLY stubborn stains from carpet.

Use an iron to remove REALLY stubborn stains from carpet.

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21. Use an orphan sock to clean blinds.

Use an orphan sock to clean blinds.

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Just spray with a little vinegar and water.

22. Use paintbrush to dust off your lighbulbs.

Use paintbrush to dust off your lighbulbs.

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Then you don’t even have to unplug them.

23. Keep a dish wand in the shower filled with one-half vinegar, one-half dishwashing detergent.

Keep a dish wand in the shower filled with one-half vinegar, one-half dishwashing detergent.

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This will make it easy and convenient to wipe down the walls while you’re in the shower. Much better than just a squeegee.

24. Get rid of household odors with vanilla extract in the oven.

Get rid of household odors with vanilla extract in the oven.

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25. While cleaning the bathroom, fill the tub up with a couple of inches of the hottest water you can draw from the tap.

While cleaning the bathroom, fill the tub up with a couple of inches of the hottest water you can draw from the tap.

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Heating up the bathroom 10 degrees above the normal air temperature “doubles the effectiveness” of alkaline cleansers, Jenny Botero told HGTV. It’s a trick hotel staffers use. Let disinfectants sit for at least five to seven minutes, and always rinse off cleaners to prevent buildup.

26. Clean dust off candles with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol.

Clean dust off candles with a cotton ball and rubbing alcohol.

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27. Get the grime off the front of your cabinets with baking soda paste.

Get the grime off the front of your cabinets with baking soda paste.

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28. Use WD-40 to erase scuff marks on floors.

Use WD-40 to erase scuff marks on floors.

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29. Pour a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid into the detergent cup of your dishwasher.

Pour a packet of lemonade Kool-Aid into the detergent cup of your dishwasher.

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According to Real Simple, it’ll remove lime deposits and iron stains. (So who knows what it will do to your ~body~.)

30. Hang your brooms and mops upright instead of storing them on the floor.

Hang your brooms and mops upright instead of storing them on the floor.

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This keeps them from getting mildewed and bent, and keeps extra dust from collecting around them.

31. Use a rubber band and a plastic baggie to clean your showerhead.

Use a rubber band and a plastic baggie to clean your showerhead.

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32. Clean the dust off fan blades with an old pillowcase (and a ladder!).

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33. Get the sweat and face gunk off your pillows with bleach and hot water.

Get the sweat and face gunk off your pillows with bleach and hot water.

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34. Use a lint roller to clean your lampshade.

Use a lint roller to clean your lampshade.

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See more at Creek Line House.

35. Make your own DIY Goo Gone to get rid of any sticky residue.

Make your own DIY Goo Gone to get rid of any sticky residue.

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No chemicals and no gunk.

36. Use Bar Keeper’s Friend and detergent to clean porcelain sinks and tubs.

Use Bar Keeper's Friend and detergent to clean porcelain sinks and tubs.

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37. To get the nooks and crannies of your toilet super clean, take the lid off and use a screwdriver and Clorox Wipe.

To get the nooks and crannies of your toilet super clean, take the lid off and use a screwdriver and Clorox Wipe.

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See how at Ask Anna.

38. Use canned air to blow dust and debris out of exhaust fans.

Use canned air to blow dust and debris out of exhaust fans.

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It could actually save lives — exhaust fans are a common cause of household fires.

39. Use newspaper to get streak-free windows.

Use newspaper to get streak-free windows.

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40. Keep your toilet brush clean and smelling fresh by pouring a bit of Pine-Sol in the bottom of the holder.

Keep your toilet brush clean and smelling fresh by pouring a bit of Pine-Sol in the bottom of the holder.

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41. Use a Magic Eraser to clean your keyboard.

Use a Magic Eraser to clean your keyboard.

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So much finger grime.

42. Use a hair catcher to keep your drains from getting clogged.

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