13 Cleaning Tricks For A Spotless Home

Do you ever notice your appliances looking less than brand new or a funky stench coming from who knows where? Having trouble getting rid of a stubborn stain? Try out these tricks to get a truly clean house.

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Cleaning your washing machine.

Cleaning your washing machine with vinegar is super simple. Simply set your washer to run its longest cycle with the highest temperature water and fullest capacity. Once the washer fills, add 4 cups of vinegar to it and let the washer agitate for a couple minutes. Then open the lid to the washer to stop the cycle. The vinegar soak will help get rid of bacteria. After it sits for an hour, close the lid and let it finish the cycle.

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Clean stainless steel

A few drops of water mixed with cream of tartar will keep your stainless steel appliances looking brand new! Simply mix water and cream of tartar together until it forms a paste, then apply to the appliance's surface. Scrub with a sponge and wipe clean with a damp towel.

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Cleaning smelly sink drains

Run very hot water down your drain for about 15 seconds, then toss a teaspoon of baking soda down the drain. Pour hot water down the drain for another 15 seconds. If the outside of the drain looks dirty, try scrubbing with a toothbrush and baking soda. Finally, run lemon juice or zest down the drain; run cut up lemons through the disposal if your sink has one.

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Make your iron look brand new.

You can get dirt off an iron by putting salt on a paper towel and then ironing over the salt on high heat with no steam. The dirt should stick to the salt. To get stains or rust off, apply a small amount of baking soda and water, then scrub and wipe off. To clean the inside portion of a steam iron, fill it 1/3 full with vinegar and let it steam for about 5-10 minutes.

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Get rid of mattress odors!

If your mattress is starting to stink, here's an easy fix! Starting with an uncovered mattress, sprinkle it with baking soda and let sit for at least one hour. Then vacuum the baking soda off.

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Get rid of sticky substances!

Get rid of any sticky residue using a mixture of equal parts coconut oil and baking soda. This will work great on sticky food residue that tends to coat stove tops. You definitely won't have to worry about it being food safe! It's basically nature's Goo-Gone.

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DIY carpet stain remover.

Mix a 3-5 drops of Dawn dish soap with 1 cup of hydrogen peroxide. Mix it up with a toothbrush and use the brush to scrub out the stains. This can even work on old or difficult stains, like coffee, wine, or nail polish!

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Vinegar is magic

Is there anything vinegar can't clean? Besides the things we've already mentioned on this list (washing machines and irons), it's great for cleaning windows, getting rid of odors, getting rid of corrosion on metal faucets or shower heads, unclogging drains, and cleaning wooden cutting boards. When you wash bright colored clothes for the first time, add 1/2 cup of vinegar to the wash to help set the dye. Vinegar can also be used to brighten clothes if they've faded with washing.

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Dust first, then vacuum.

If you dust and then vacuum, the vacuum will pick up any dust that made it on to the floor.

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Keep your baseboards clean.

Clean your baseboards using a dryer sheet. This will not only pick up dust, but since most dryer sheets are made to repel static, they'll help to prevent things from sticking to your baseboards in the future.

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Sponge drying stand.

Use a binder clip to stand your sponges upright. If left laying down, sponges can take longer to dry and pool water. Help your sponges dry by standing them upright.

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Cleaning sponges.

Microwaving sponges gets rid of any bacterial nasties growing in them. Microwave for 2 minutes on high and then let cool. Don't try this with metal sponges though! Help prevent bacterial growth to begin with by always thoroughly wringing water out of your sponges.

Dusty blinds

If your blinds are dusty, clean them by putting a sock on your hand and wiping the dust off.

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