26 Cleaning Tips That Require Minimal Effort

Do you love a clean house but hate the amount of time it takes to do it?  Then, these 26 tips are for you. They’ll get your house sparkling clean with minimal effort, and give you more time for the things you really want to do!

1. Use an iron and damp washcloth to combat tough carpet stains.
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Even set-in stains can be broken up by a warm iron and wet cloth.

2. Scrub cutting boards with lemon and kosher salt.
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Simply halve a lemon and rub it across your board. Next, sprinkle on some kosher salt and lightly scrub with a sponge. This removes deeply lodged particles and disinfects at the same time.

3. Bring cookie sheets back to life.
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Mix ¼ cup baking soda with enough hydrogen peroxide to make a paste. Rub it all over your cookie sheet and let sit for 2-3 hours. After rinsing, it should be almost as good as new.

4. De-clog shower heads.
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Fill a small Ziploc bag with white vinegar and rubber band it to your shower head. After 2-3 hours, simply wipe down with warm water.

5. Freshen up a smelly mattress.
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Sprinkle baking soda on your mattress, then relax for two hours. When you come back, vacuum it and you’re done!

6. Clean cheese graters.
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Instead of shredding a sponge, use a potato. The oxalic acid quickly breaks down gunk.

7. Steam clean a microwave.
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Mix equal parts white vinegar and water in a bowl and microwave on high for 2 minutes. The steam will make it easy to wipe away grime, and you can even add a squeeze of lemon for a fresh scent.

8. Get the gunk off plastic toys.
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Sticky fingers and dust create build-up on plastic toys, but don’t spend hours scrubbing it away. Throw them in the dishwasher and set to the shortest cycle.

9. Clean the coffee pot.
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Fill the pot’s chamber with equal parts water and white vinegar, then brew until half the pot is full. Turn it off for 30 minutes, then turn it back on and finish the brew cycle. Run one more pot of clean water through the cycle before brewing your next cup of coffee.

10. Use an old sock to dust blinds.
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Mix a bucket of half water, half vinegar and dip in an old, clean sock. Wipe down the blinds, then use another sock to dry them off. It’s upcycling at its best!

11. Clean cast iron skillets.
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Sprinkle in some kosher salt and rub down with olive oil. This will clean the pan while leaving flavor intact.

12. Dust paintings with a bagel.
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Lightly rub half a bagel over a painting and say goodbye to harmful dust.

13. Make your own gunk remover.
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Equal parts coconut oil and baking soda are great for removing sticky residue.

14. Clean a blender.
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Fill your blender with warm water and a dash of dish soap, then turn on for a few seconds. After rinsing with warm water, your next smoothie is good to go.

15. Disinfect toothbrushes.
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Add one part vinegar to two parts water, drop in your toothbrush head first and allow to sit for 30 minutes. After removing, rinse well with warm water.

16. Make the toaster shine like new.
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Mix water and cream of tartar. It won’t take much scrubbing before your appliances shine.

17. Clean the oven with all-natural ingredients.
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Find the recipe here.

18. Let the Keurig clean itself.
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Fill the water chamber with equal parts water and vinegar. Run until empty, then repeat with clean water before brewing the next K-cup.

19. Get rid of stove burner gunk.
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Pour ¼ cup of ammonia into a plastic bag, add your stove burner and allow to sit sealed overnight. In the morning, the gunk will easily wipe away. However, ammonia is a strong chemical, so take care to avoid contact with skin and eyes.

20. Make your shower sparkle.
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Mix ¾ cups baking soda with ¼ cup bleach. Use a scrub brush to apply the paste to your grout and walk away for ten minutes. Upon returning, work the paste deeper into the grout with the brush, let sit for ten more minutes and wash away with warm water.

21. Keep a clean grill.
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After cooking something on your George Foreman grill, immediately layer wet paper towels inside and close. While the grill cools, enjoy your food, then come back and the grime will easily wipe away.

22. Bathe your oven racks.
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The simple method can be found here.

23. Shine old jewelry.
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Food explains the process here.

24. Freshen up the toilet.
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Homemade toilet fizzies do the job so you don’t have to!

25. Clean old coffee out of the grinder.
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Simple throw a handful of uncooked white rice into the grinder and blend as usual. Throw away the rice and wipe away any remaining particles with a damp rag.

26. Say goodbye to sticky cabinets.
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Mix one part vegetable oil with two parts baking soda, then use a sponge or old toothbrush to quickly remove grime.

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