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13 Simple Housecleaning Tricks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

Housecleaners share the cleaning secrets they use to keep your house spick and span.

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The best way to dust blinds?

Close them, then wipe up and down with an old dryer sheet. It’ll create an antistatic barrier that helps prevent dust from building up again. Check out these other 16 cleaning hacks from professional housecleaners.

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The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is your friend.

It will cut your cleaning time in half for bathtubs, sinks, countertops, and dirty walls. Don’t miss these other 38 things housecleaners want you to know.

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To clean glass and mirrors, use coffee filters, not paper towels.

They leave no streaks or lint—and they’re cheap.

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Vinegar and water is a great deodorizer for a musty bathroom.

Spray your shower down as you’re getting out. It really absorbs the odors, and the smell of vinegar goes away in an hour.

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A wet pumice stone will clean a dirty oven faster than any spray-on product.

Trust us. Here’s what to know before ever using your oven’s self-cleaning function.

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Vacuuming bathroom mats is a nightmare.

Toss them in the wash every week or two instead. Here are 13 more things you didn’t know you could clean in the washing machine.

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To damp-mop wood floors, use plain water or a water-based floor cleaner like Bona.

Don’t use vinegar. The acid in it will pit your polyurethane finish, can void your warranty, and may reduce shine over time. Quit falling for these other cleaning myths homeowners still believe.

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Seventh Generation dish liquid diluted with water is a great nontoxic all-purpose cleanser.

Just put two squirts in a spray bottle and fill it with water. Check out these other 11 effective cleaning shortcuts to use when you’re feeling lazy.

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Our biggest secret weapon?

A powdered product called Bar Keepers Friend. We use it on everything. Its active ingredient is rhubarb powder, which really cuts through grit and grime. It cleans glass-top stoves, counters, toilets, porcelain, and more. Your sink will never be shinier. Learn more about how to clean your kitchen in just five minutes.

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To clean your microwave oven, microwave a cup of water with some baking soda in it until it’s boiling.

That eliminates odors and makes it super easy to wipe away all that stuck-on stuff inside your microwave.

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Clean cobwebs with a yardstick covered by a tube sock.

That also works for cleaning under stoves and refrigerators. Learn about the 31 home improvement projects that will double your home’s value.

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Shine your bathroom tiles with lemon oil.

It also helps prevent mold and mildew. Find out the best essential oil for every room in your house.

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To eliminate that ring in your toilet, drop in a bubbling denture tablet, and leave it for at least 30 minutes or overnight.

The stain will come off with just a few swishes of the brush. It’s much cheaper than these 32 home upgrades that are a huge waste of money.

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