Have lots of vinegar and lemons on hand.
Combine 1 tablespoon of Cream of Tartar with a few drops of water and rub the paste onto stainless steel appliances for a polished surface you could eat off of.
With a little dish soap, vinegar, baking soda and lemon, you can deep-clean your oven in no time.
Detailed step-by-step guide here.
And Windex wipes on a wire hanger will allow you to clean in between the glass on the oven door.
Here’s how it’s done.
Seal your stove burners in a bag with a 1/4 cup of ammonia overnight to remove all the gunk and grease.
Step-by-step is here.
Put sponges in the microwave for two minutes and let cool to get rid of built-up bacteria.
And then clean your microwave with vinegar and lemon.
Boil the mixture so it steams the inside of the microwave and then wipe it down.
Clean your gross hood fan filter by soaking it in a pot of boiling water with a half cup of baking soda for five minutes.
Use an old toothbrush to clean the inside of your unplugged (safety first!) toaster.
A combination of baking soda, lemons and a toothbrush will clean your drains while getting rid of bad smells.
Tie a bag filled with vinegar around your shower head and let it soak for an hour to make it look and work like new again.
Cut a lemon in half and scrub away hard water stains on any fixture or faucet.
Then rub the faucets with waxed paper to prevent future water spots and finger prints.
A dish wand filled with one-part vinegar and one-part dish soap works great on shower walls.
Pour a little bit of Pine-Sol in the bottom of your toilet brush holder to fend off odors.
Remove stains from your microfiber couch with rubbing alcohol and a white sponge (so colors don’t bleed into the couch).
The detailed how-to guide is here.
A hair dryer will erase water rings from your wood furniture.
Yes, it’s that easy.
Use an iron to remove dents in your hardwood floor.
This trick also requires sandpaper, a tea towel, and varnish or paint. Instructions here.
Make some DIY cleaning slime to remove all the grime from your keyboard.
If you’re gentle, a bagel is the best way to remove dust from a vintage painting.
Seriously. Instructions here.
And a coffee filter makes a great screen duster.
After washing your AC vent, apply a coat of wax and you’ll have to do this disgusting chore less often.
Full cleaning and prep instructions here.
Have your vacuum working like new again by using a seam ripper to remove tangles from the rollers.
And then clean the filters in the dishwasher.
Rub dryer sheets on baseboards to repel dust.
Baking soda, lavender oil, a kitchen strainer and vacuum is what you’ll need to deep-clean your mattress.
How-to guide here.
A sock puppet soaked in a water/vinegar mixture is the best way to clean those dirty blinds.
And ironing a cloth soaked in a similar solution is an easy way to remove carpet stains.
Guide via LifeHacker.
Use a lint roller to remove dust from your lampshades.
WD-40 will get scuff marks off floors.
No. 6 on this Reader’s Digest list.
And finally, use newspaper on your windows and mirrors for a streak-free clean.