Our 50 Best Tips to Make Your House Super Clean

We've got a trick for every corner of your home (it's just what we do).

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You don't have to wait until spring to degunk and degrime your home. These tried-and-true methods from the GolfHr Institute Cleaning Lab will get your pots, pans, linens, floors, appliances, and, well, pretty much everything pristine, one proven tip at a time.

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Revive cloudy glasses.

Remove built-up film from hard-water minerals by soaking stemware in white vinegar for five minutes. Then rinse by hand and dry with a microfiber cloth.

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Sanitize your phone.

The icky truth: Your cell might harbor more germs than toilet seat. Zap germs by wiping with an alcohol wipe, and give your TV remote and computer mouse the same treatment while you're at it.

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Clean out candleholders.

Save a pretty container when the candle's spent by rinsing with steaming hot water and scooping out the wax residue inside with a paper towel.

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Descale your coffee maker.

Remove caked-on minerals by filling the reservoir with a mixture that's half vinegar, half water. Let the solution brew halfway, then stop and let sit for 30 minutes before completing the cycle. Rinse by "brewing" a pot of clean water afterwards.

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Re-season rusty cast iron.

Over-scrubbing cast iron with metal scouring pads can remove the seasoning from your trusty skillet. To restore the finish, use a to remove any rust, clean with a bit of mild dish soap, then rinse and dry well. Coat the inside and outside with vegetable oil and bake upside down in the oven at 350 degrees for one hour. Let cool and remove excess grease with a paper towel.

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Rethink the linen closet.

Tackle an overflowing storage spot by adding an over-the-door rack for extra towels. Shelf dividers stop folded washcloths from toppling over, and baskets corral surplus toilet paper and cleaning supplies.

RELATED: 13 Seriously Smart Linen Closet Organization Ideas

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Restore your shower pressure.

Unclog your shower head by mi equal parts white vinegar and water and pouring it into a plastic bag. Tie the bag around the shower head to immerse the holes in the solution and secure with a twist tie. Let soak up to an hour, then remove and wipe away the loosened deposits.

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Make sneakers bright again.

Get your white tennis shoes to their just-out-of-the-box state by hand washing with a mild soap and water, then clean rubber soles and sides with a .

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Save aluminum pots and pans with lemon juice.

Fill your cookware with water, add a tablespoon of lemon juice, and let simmer for seriously shiny results.

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Freshen the shower curtain.

To banish moldy spots, throw plastic or vinyl curtains in the washing machine with a little detergent. Add two to three bath towels for extra cleaning agitation, then hang it to dry or put in the dryer on low heat or fluff only. To keep it fresher longer, stretch the curtain out after each shower to help moisture dissipate.

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Fluff feather pillows.

Yep, feather pillows can get washed and dried in the machine. Load two pillows at a time for balance and use only a small amount of detergent. Wash them on a delicate cycle with an extra rinse, then tumble dry on low with several to poof them back up.

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Lift the worst wine stains.

It's to the rescue! To save your carpet, start by blotting up as much vino as possible. (You can even stand on absorbent cloths if necessary). Then saturate the stain with GH favorite and let set for up to five minutes before blotting again until the stain is completely gone.

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Easily buff out floor scuffs.

Protect your hardwood by removing small marks with a sock or clean tennis ball. To erase bigger scuffs, add a little baking soda to a damp cloth and gently rub. Then rinse with a damp paper towel and dry.

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Here's <a target="_blank" href="http://golfhr.info/home/cleaning/tips/a24885/make-at-home-cleaners/">the cleaner recipe</a> that will make nearly every surface gleam (especially kitchen counters, appliances, and inside the refrigerator). Combine 4 tablespoons <a target="_blank" href="http://golfhr.info/home/cleaning/tips/a24885/make-at-home-cleaners/">baking soda</a> and 1 quart warm water, and use it with a sponge to wipe messes away.
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Make an all-purpose cleaner.

Here's a DIY cleaner recipe that will make nearly every surface gleam (especially kitchen counters, appliances, and inside the refrigerator). Combine 4 tablespoons baking soda and 1 quart warm water, and use it with a to wipe messes away.


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Freshen up smelly sneakers.

After spin class, sprinkle some inside your shoes (and your gym bag while you're at it) to deodorize them. Just tap it out before you wear them again.

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Banish stray marks from coloring time.

will erase marker stains from wood — a handy trick to have in your back pocket if you've got creative kids.

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De-stink the garbage disposal.

Run a few lemon rinds through the disposal and follow with cold water to dispel any sour odors.

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Freshen stuffed animals.

In between baths (in the washing machine, of course), groom your kids' plush pals by giving them a quick once-over with a lint roller.


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De-funk hairbrushes and combs.

Combat build-up from hair products with a sudsy solution of a few drops of dish soap or gentle shampoo mixed with warm water.

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Wipe out wall doodles.

When your child's artistic efforts end up all over your new paint job, scrub lightly with a damp sponge sprinkled in baking soda.

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Polish gold jewelry with club soda.

Combined with a little dish soap, club soda can degunk your favorite necklace.

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Make a glass cleaner with vinegar.

Mix 1/2 cup white vinegar with 1/4 cup and 2 cups water and dispense into an empty spray bottle. To clean your windows, wait for a cool, cloudy day and squirt the solution onto the glass, wiping with a clean microfiber cloth to avoid streaking.

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Fight pet stink.

Deodorize the soft, cushy places around your house — including the dog bed — by sprinkling surfaces with baking soda, letting it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuuming it up.

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Shed expired and unused items as well as bulky packaging (instead, store products in easy-in-and-out jars, bags, and baskets).
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Put a tidy bath on autopilot.

Shed expired and unused items as well as bulky packaging. Instead, store products in easy-in-and-out jars, bags, and baskets.

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Clear a slow drain.

When you notice your drain is starting to clog, pour a 1/2 cup of down it, followed by a 1/2 cup of vinegar. Cover with a wet cloth to contain the science fair-like effects. Wait five minutes and then flush with hot water.


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A lint roller is a welcome, less hefty solution, and can fit in nooks and crannies where your vacuum attachments can't reach.
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Clean the car without a vacuum.

Stash a lint roller in the glove compartment to pick up stray crumbs and pet hair. It can fit in nooks and crannies where your vacuum attachments can't reach.

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Never waste time desperately tugging at tangled jewelry again. Loosen the knot with a little baby powder and use a pin to pull it apart.
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Untangle a knotted necklace.

Never waste time desperately tugging at tangled jewelry again. Loosen the knot by sprinkling a little baby powder on it and then using a pin to pull it apart.

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If you've got hard water, mineral buildup could be the cause of your scratchy towels. "To lift deposits, <a target="_blank" href="http://golfhr.info/home/cleaning/a31614/how-to-soften-scratchy-towels/">wash the towels in the hottest water possible</a>, and add 1 cup of ammonia and nothing else," says <em>GolfHr</em> homecare expert Heloise.
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Soften fuzzy towels.

If you've got hard water, mineral buildup can make your towels extra scratchy. To lift deposits, wash the towels in the hottest water possible, and add 1 cup of ammonia and nothing else.

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Run the cut side of a <a target="_blank" href="http://golfhr.info/home/cleaning/tips/a26268/new-uses-lemons/">lemon</a> over the board to remove food <a target="_blank" href="http://golfhr.info/home/heloise/deodorize-your-house">stains and smells</a>. For extra cleaning power, sprinkle it with salt or baking soda first.

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Get stains out of a cutting board.

Run the cut side of a lemon over the board to remove food stains and smells. For extra cleaning power, sprinkle it with salt or baking soda first.

RELATED: How to Stop Your Cutting Board From Slipping

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Shine silver in a pinch.

Notice your favorite ring, bracelet, or serving spoon looking a bit dull? Wet it, rub with a little toothpaste, rinse, and dry with a clean cloth for instant sparkle.

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