Cleaning & Organizing
13 Simple Housecleaning Tricks You’ll Wish You Knew Sooner
Housecleaners share the cleaning secrets they use to keep your house spic and span.
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. Check out these other 16 cleaning hacks from professional housecleaners.
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. Don’t miss these other 38 things housecleaners want you to know.
To clean glass and mirrors, use coffee filters, not paper towels.iStock/EzumeImages
They leave no streaks or lint—and they’re cheap. Don’t make these cleaning mistakes that leave your house dirtier.
A wet pumice stone will clean a dirty oven faster than any spray-on product.iStock/librakv
Trust us. Here’s what to know before ever using your oven’s self-cleaning function.
Vacuuming bathroom mats is a nightmare.iStock/pepmiba
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.
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. Quit falling for these other cleaning myths homeowners still believe.
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. Check out these other 11 effective cleaning shortcuts to use when you’re feeling lazy.
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. Learn more about how to clean your kitchen in just five minutes.
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. Don’t miss these other easy ways to clean your trickiest kitchen appliances.
Clean cobwebs with a yardstick covered by a tube sock.iStock/Saklakova
That also works for cleaning under stoves and refrigerators. Learn about the 31 home improvement projects that will double your home’s value.
Shine your bathroom tiles with lemon oil.iStock/humonia
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. It’s much cheaper than these 32 home upgrades that are a huge waste of money.