13 Simple Housecleaning Tricks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner

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

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The best way to dust blinds?

The best way to dust blinds?iStock/BurAnd
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.

The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is your friend.

The Mr. Clean Magic Eraser is your friend.iStock/BernardaSv
It will cut your cleaning time in half for bathtubs, sinks, countertops, and dirty walls.

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

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

Vinegar and water is a great deodorizer for a musty bathroom.iStock/vandoweb
Spray your shower down as you're getting out. It really absorbs the odors, and the smell of vinegar goes away in an hour.

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

A wet pumice stone will clean a dirty oven faster than any spray-on product.iStock/librakv
Trust us.

Vacuuming bathroom mats is a nightmare.

Vacuuming bathroom mats is a nightmare.iStock/pepmiba
Toss them in the wash every week or two instead.

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

To damp-mop wood floors, use plain water or a water-based floor cleaner like Bona.iStock/Jovanmandic
Don't use vinegar. The acid in it will pit your polyurethane finish, can void your warranty, and may reduce shine over time.

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

Seventh Generation dish liquid diluted with water is a great nontoxic all-purpose cleanser. iStock/Savany
Just put two squirts in a spray bottle and fill it with water.

Our biggest secret weapon?

Our biggest secret weapon? iStock/Mercedes Rancaño Otero
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.

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

To clean your microwave oven, microwave a cup of water with some baking soda in it until it's boiling.iStock/tab1962
That eliminates odors and makes it super easy to wipe away all that stuck-on stuff inside your microwave.

Clean cobwebs with a yardstick covered by a tube sock.

Clean cobwebs with a yardstick covered by a tube sock.iStock/Saklakova
That also works for cleaning under stoves and refrigerators.

Shine your bathroom tiles with lemon oil.

Shine your bathroom tiles with lemon oil.iStock/humonia
It also helps prevent mold and mildew.

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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.

To eliminate that ring in your toilet, drop in a bubbling denture tablet, and leave it for at least 30 minutes or overnight.iStock/CobraCZ
The stain will come off with just a few swishes of the brush.

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