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7 cleaning hacks for the clean freak in you

7 Cleaning Hacks for the Clean Freak in You

Did you know that a lemon a day can keep smells away, and that a sock can help you dust your blinds in a snap? While these tips and tricks won't exactly make cleaning fun, they do make it a tad easier.

Moldy sponges: Keep your sponge from going moldy. Use a binder clip to help keep it clean and dry.

Toilet grime: Flush the grime away with Alka-Seltzer. Give it 20 minutes for the citric acid to kick in; you'll have a clean toilet in no time!

Dusty blinds:
Dip a sock in a vinegar and warm water solution then wipe the dust away.

Dusty coats:
Cut a hole in an old napkin or cloth. Loop the cloth through the clothes hanger to keep you coat dust-free.

Spotty faucet: Rub your faucet with wax paper to prevent fingerprints and watermarks.

Dirty window tracks: Dip a Q-Tip in vinegar to get rid of window gunk.

Sink smells: Knock out sink odor with a lemon in the disposal.

Do you have any brilliant cleaning solutions? Share 'em in the comments below!

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whmartin1212 March 10 2014 at 8:52 AM

Alka-Seltzer in the toilet sounds good, but it could get a bit expensive when compared to other cleaning methods.

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Bethie whmartin1212 March 10 2014 at 10:00 AM

I buy a box of generic brand DENTURE CLEANING tablets at Walmart. I drop two tablets into the toilet and wait for them to go from blue to white - about 20 minutes. After all, dentures are porcelain and so it the toilet. Works great and is quite inexpensive.

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Anne March 10 2014 at 4:27 PM

I also use good old baking soda in my sinks to make them smell fresh. Also great for the disposal.

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bhdawg March 10 2014 at 10:19 AM

A two minute nuke in the microwave makes a sponge very clean again and free of germs and bacteria

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coopski1 bhdawg March 10 2014 at 10:42 AM

As long as it's wet !! You'd be amazed how many people have heard the microwave trick for sanitizing sponges ... but put them into the microwave DRY and of course it catches fire.

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xwac2 March 10 2014 at 10:19 AM

After the last meal and kitchen clean up, I rinse my dish cloth and sponge and then put them in the microwave for a couple of minutes and then they are ready for tomorrows tasks once again.

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coopski1 March 10 2014 at 10:40 AM

You can also toss coats, pillow covers, throws, curtains, etc. into the dryer on the No Heat, tumble setting to get surface dust off them. And a spray bottle of rubbing alcohol is a great way to keep your kitchen and bathroom faucets shiny, soap-spot free, and disinfected !

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boldmother March 10 2014 at 4:24 PM

Clean the soap from shower doors..make them sparkel with a bounce or gain dyer sheet.

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connie March 10 2014 at 11:11 AM

Hire a cleaning service!, or put cledaned sponges in the microwave for 5 minutes

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Nancy March 10 2014 at 11:11 AM

Pour your old box of soda from your fridge down your drain, wash it down with vinigar, and your drain will be sweet smelling and open. Wash out sink after and it will also be bright and shiney.

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Judith Nancy March 10 2014 at 1:15 PM

I use the vinegar but not the baking soda as I've found it doesn't make much difference as far as odor control. However, if the water has been going down a bit slowly I do use the vinegar/soda combination because then I know the drain needs cleaning and the foaming action of that combination usually takes care of it without having to resort to the chemical drain cleaners.

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Viv and Bill Nancy June 04 2014 at 5:08 PM

your spelling is atrocious!

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stuzzicarelli Viv and Bill July 16 2014 at 4:28 PM

and your rude! This isn't a spelling test.

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penrod3111 March 10 2014 at 11:58 AM

A diswasher pod in the garbage disposal helps to keep it clean and odor free. Let disolve in the disposal with a little water, then, after 10 or 12 minutes, run the sisposal and flush.

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Mrs Linda Krause penrod3111 March 10 2014 at 12:40 PM


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Judith penrod3111 March 10 2014 at 1:11 PM

If you don't have a disposal, wash your sink, rinse clean, and wipe down with white vinegar on a cloth or sponge. Then pour about 1/2 cup of the vinegar down the drain(both drains if you have a double sink). You can use lemon juice but vinegar is much less expensive.

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Judith March 10 2014 at 12:00 PM

Cheap toothpaste from a dollar store is great for cleaning the porcelain fixtures in the bathroom, like the ring around the tub and sink. It doesn't take very much and leaves the bathroom smelling fresh and minty.

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