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When You See Why He Put His Oven Rack In The Bathtub, You’ll Want To Do The Same

I always dread the afternoon I set aside to clean my oven. The built-in cycle releases toxic fumes into my home, and I imagine it can’t be healthy for anyone who’s still inside while it’s running. But without it, how else do you get rid of the burnt-on bits from hundreds of meals? Well, all you really need is a bathtub, a towel, some dishwashing soap, and baking soda!

No toxic fumes or need to scrub for hours? This is the best cleaning hack ever!

Here Are 15 Cleaning Tips That Every Neat Freak Should Know

Here are two words that my mother would never have used to describe me five or six years ago: neat freak.

Like most adolescents, I was way more focused on gaining any sense of control over my personal life and figuring out how to be a person than I was on cleaning my room. After all, nothing says “I’m spiraling out of control” quite like swimming through laundry to get to your bed every night.

I’m happy to report, however, that I’ve since gotten everything together and turned into an adult human who is actually weirdly obsessive about the cleanliness of her apartment. (You’re welcome, Mom.) For my fellow neat freaks out there, here are a few clever tricks that we all should know.

1. Use Mr. Clean Magic Erasers for everything. They’re especially great for glass shower doors!

They might also be good for getting scuffs off your bumper when you’re 17 and you have no idea how cars work. They might.

2. Give sponges a little zap in the microwave for a few seconds to sanitize them when you ultimately forget to buy new sponges at the supermarket 30 times in a row.

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3. Get rid of gunk on your toaster by scrubbing it away with a mixture of cream of tartar and water.

4. Combine equal parts Dawn dish soap, white vinegar, and club soda to clean water stains off of upholstery.

5. Fill a dish wand with dish soap and vinegar to easily clean your shower.

6. Clean mildew out of front-loading washers by soaking a towel in bleach and warm water and giving the gasket a good scrub.

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7. Instead of coaxing a stain out of the carpet with harsh chemicals, place a damp cloth over the spot and go over it with an iron, allowing steam to release it.

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8. Mix baking soda, dish detergent, and vinegar to scrub dingy cabinets.

9. Strap some microfiber cloths to your tongs to clean dusty blinds.

10. Dirty dishwasher? That’s not cute. Clean it with soda and Kool-Aid mix. You read that correctly.

11. After cleaning your faucet, keep things shiny and water-resistant by rubbing fixtures with wax paper.

12. Make your glass cooktop all shiny and new by scrubbing gently with a mixture of baking soda, hydrogen peroxide, and dish soap.

13. Bring the shine factor back to your stainless steel appliances by cleaning them with Pledge.

14. Get rid of pesky rings on wood with this mixture of olive oil and salt.

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15. Since unholy heathens like to place price tag stickers smack in the middle of mirrors, you should grab a bottle of orange essential oil to clean up sticky residue.

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Which of these will you try? All I’m saying is that my oven has a date with some Pledge.

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With This Simple Trick, You Can Remove Sticky Stuff From Just About Any Surface

Every parent knows the annoyance of finding residue from a sticker their kids carelessly pulled off a window or mirror. Try as you might to scrape it off, you eventually give up…sadly, that thing is on there for good.

While there have been countless life hacks to address the issue, as far as we can tell, none work quite as well as this one. So grab your bug spray — yes, you read that right — and get to work on that pesky sticker spot!

Parents, I know just how you feel!

You Can Make These Toilet-Cleaning ‘Bombs’ And Never Use Nasty Chemicals Again

Looking for a way to clean your toilet without the hassle?

Then you’ve come to the right place! With just a handful of simple ingredients, you can create something that’ll do 98% of the dirty job for you. What are we talking about?

Toilet bombs!

These nifty cleaning orbs can be made at home with minimal effort…plus, you’ll know exactly what goes into them and won’t have to worry about breathing in toxic fumes while you scrub!

To make yours, all you’ll need are the following:

Use a wooden or non-reactive spoon and combine the baking soda, citric acid, and Borax in a bowl. Stir them and add 20 drops of lemon essential oil. Repeat with each essential oil you want and mix well.

Next, spray the mix with about five spritzes of hydrosol and stir well. You don’t want any fizzing to happen, so continue adding hydrosol until it is just damp enough to pack into a mold. Let them sit overnight.

This video offers a slightly different recipe. Watch how they’re made — it’s so easy!

Cleaning a toilet has never been this easy!

17 Ways To Keep Your Bathroom From Being A Den Of Disease

Until we finally learn to stop decorating them with white porcelain, bathrooms will forever be the worst rooms in the house to clean. But what people don’t realize is that there a some simple things you can do to minimize the grime and keep your bathroom from looking like a holding cell at a local precinct. Here are 18 everyday bathroom cleaning tips to keep your water closet spic and span!

1. While you’re cleaning the bathroom, don’t forget to throw your grimy old bathmats in the wash!

2. Is your showerhead all crusty? Try filling a bag up with water and vinegar and attaching it around the head. This will help dissolve all the buildup.

3. Soak your toothbrushes in white vinegar as a natural way to clean them.

4. Squeeze the juice out of half a lemon and then rub your faucet spout with the citrus. It makes it smell great and cleans it!

5. With the fan blowing, you can clean the exhaust vents of your bathroom using canned air.

6. Can’t seem to unclog your sink? Try pouring vinegar and baking soda down the drain, wait 30 minutes, then follow it up with boiling water.

7. For an extra-deep clean, remove your toilet seat every once in a while to get in the crevices. All you need is a flathead screwdriver!

8. You know how your towels sometimes get that terrible mildewy smell? That can be fixed! All you have to do is throw them in the wash along with a cup of vinegar and set it to hot water (no detergent).

9. Placing bleach soaked cotton coil around the edges of your bathtub overnight can help get rid of mildew

10. Dryer sheets are surprisingly good at removing the ring around your toilet.

11. A simple mixture of three parts baking soda to one part bleach can be used to scrub your bathroom tile’s grout.

12. Perhaps the easiest way to clean the toilet tank is to just drop a couple denture tablets in there overnight.

13. They’re meant for dishes, but if you keep one of these soap-dispensing wands in your shower filled with dish detergent and vinegar, it might compel people to get some cleaning done while they’re in there.

14. Mops don’t have to be just for the floors! Depending on the kind it is, you can also mop your walls. Use any all-purpose cleaner for paint, and vinegar or Windex for tile.

15. Do you find that when cleaning your mirrors you end up just smearing the gunk around and making it worse? There’s an easy fix for that — use newspapers instead of paper towels!

16. A good way to remove rust off of chrome is to buy a can of Bar Keepers Friend and scrub it away. Short on cash? You can also just rub tin foil on it with regular old water.

17. Use a drain stick to really get in deep and get rid of all the hair and stuff from the drain.

It’s not pretty work…but it’s important work! If you let your bathroom get too out of hand, it basically becomes a den of grime and bacteria that could be harmful to you and your family’s health. Just sayin’.

The Dirtiest, Grimiest Places In Your House That You Never Thought To Clean

If you are looking to avoid getting sick this winter, you have tons of obstacles ahead — most of which you don’t even know about! Sure, there’s the usual flu or common cold germs, but your home is hiding tons of other dirty secrets.

In fact, here are some of the most bacteria-ridden places in your house that you wouldn’t even think to clean. Check them out and learn where you are most at risk.

1. Bath mats are wet and usually placed in a dark bathroom, which is the environment that bacteria thrives on. Because of this, they’re one of the most contaminated items in your house.

Use bleach to launder bath mats and kill bacteria in its tracks.

2. Remote controls are notoriously dirty. This is especially true if you and whoever else holds it doesn’t wash their hands before use.

Give them a good scrub with disinfectant wipes and get rid of that pesky bacteria.

3. You spend all night drooling, sweating, and sleeping on your pillows. If you don’t clean them regularly, bacteria is bound to start growing there.

Frequently run pillowcases through the laundry. Also, give your actual pillows a good wash with these instructions.

4. Gym bags are regularly stuffed with sweaty socks, shirts, shorts, pants, etc. That dark and damp space is a perfect habitat for bacterial growth.

Most gym bags can (and should) go through the washing machine and dryer just like the stinky clothes they carry.

5. If your toothbrush is anywhere near the toilet, guess what — studies have shown that flushing can launch bacteria into the air, landing right on that brush. Add that to the fact that you put your toothbrush in the dirtiest place on your body every single day.

The FDA urges people to replace their toothbrushes every three to four months and to rinse them thoroughly after each use.

6. Makeup brushes can carry a ton of bacteria on them and you are rubbing it all over your face.

Replace your makeup brushes and other accessories every season or so. In the meantime, here’s how to clean them.

7. Shoes pick up and carry around loads of bacteria.

Cleaning your kicks is annoying (though often doable in the washer), but an easy fix is to institute a no-shoes policy in your house.

8. You put your bare feet on them, you sweat on them, dead skin lives on them — I’m talking about yoga mats, people. They can even house the debilitating ring worm and staph bacteria.

If you scrub yoga mats with dish soap and water every month or so, you should keep your mat nice and clean.

9. Using headphones for as little as one hour has been shown to coat them in bacteria from your ear.

Clean your headphones with soap and water and a toothbrush, but be careful not to get any in the speaker, which will damage it.

10. Coffee makers are, unfortunately, a common place for bacteria growth. The dark and moist confines make it an ideal spot.

In order to avoid this contamination, run a 50/50 mix of water and white vinegar through the machine once a month.

11. Bed sheets become contaminated with sweat and dead skin cells. They also soak up other bodily fluids you may produce overnight.

Wash them regularly on the highest heat available for both the wash and dry cycles.

12. Reusable plastic bottles can house E. coli if you don’t wash them properly.

Rinse them regularly with soap and water, and if you really want to get it clean, soak it in a watered-down bleach solution for two minutes every week.

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13. Kitchen sponges have loads of bacteria on them from scrubbing off food particles.

Replace sponges every month or so, but if that’s not possible, soak yours in a bleach solution for five minutes about every week or microwave it for two minutes.

14. Kitchen knobs and handles are rife with bacteria because while you prepare a meal, you end up touching them along with your uncooked food.

To kill this bacteria, disinfect these areas with disinfectant sprays or wipes.

15. It seems silly that something you pat your clean body with is so dirty, but bath towels are filled with dead skin and all kinds of other bacteria you wipe off when you’re done showering.

Wash them in the laundry at a high temperature to kill the bacteria.

16. If you put your dirty clothes in a laundry basket, then you should know that it’s covered with bacteria.

Use surface disinfectants for hard laundry bins and run cloth bags through the wash with your clothes.

17. Everything you touch during the day can be transferred to your keys if you don’t properly wash your hands before using them.

Scrubbing keys with soap and water should do the trick.

18. Unfortunately for contact lens wearers, studies show that around 80% of lenses are contaminated with bacteria, regardless of what kind of solution you use.

Clean your contact lens case carefully with boiling water, and make sure to replace the case every month or so.

19. If you own a cutting board, it is contaminated with tons of food particles that stick on the surface when you cut up food.

Wash plastic cutting boards with near-boiling water and microwave wooden ones for a short time to kill bacteria.

20. Purses house many of the things on this list (makeup brushes, headphones, keys, etc.). Add to that the fact that they’re dark and sometimes moist, which is perfect for bacterial growth.

Use disinfectant wipes to clean out purses regularly and make sure to completely empty them every so often.

21. Cell phones have been shown to be some of the dirtiest things we touch all day. A study showed that there is even fecal matter on one in six phones.

Wipe yours down with a disinfectant wipe at least once a weak while it is powered down.

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Well, it would appear that no place is safe. But at least with these tips, we can curb the bacteria temporarily…until the next cold rolls around.

I Never Knew You Could Do Some Many Things With Hydrogen Peroxide

I still remember how much I hated getting cuts and scrapes as a kid…because they meant my mom would douse the spot with hydrogen peroxide and that arguably hurt more!

But it also always did the trick. Since hydrogen peroxide does expire — you should get rid of it six months after opening — it can be tough to use the entire bottle up on just bumps and cuts. Then again, if you know all of these awesome uses for the fizzy liquid, you’ll find yourself going through bottle after bottle. This stuff is so useful!

First, for easy application, consider getting a spray bottle top for your hydrogen peroxide.

1. Give your dishwasher detergent a boost by adding a splash of hydrogen peroxide to it.

2. Make elephant toothpaste with your kids.

3. Got gunk in your ears? Clean them out with a drop or two of hydrogen peroxide.

4. Get rid of dry, cracked heels by soaking your feet in a hydrogen peroxide and hot water bath for 30 minutes.

Dry them off and scrub with a pumice stone to easily remove the dead skin.

5. Clean off burnt-on food and grease stains with hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.

6. Disinfect your makeup brushes with baby shampoo and some hydrogen peroxide.

7. Hate the yellow pit stain marks on your white shirts? Some hydrogen peroxide and dish soap gets rid of them!

8. Spot clean carpets with a mix of water, hydrogen peroxide, and lemon essential oil.

Here are the details.

9. Watering your plants with one ounce of hydrogen peroxide to every two cups of water is super good for them. Here’s why.

10. Don’t just rinse your fruits and veggies — make sure you’re really cleaning them by spraying with some hydrogen peroxide.

11. Keep leftover salad from spoiling and wilting by spraying it with a half cup of water and a tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide.

12. Run some hydrogen peroxide over your toothbrush to clean it.

13. You can also make toothpaste from hydrogen peroxide and baking soda.

14. Pour a half cup of hydrogen peroxide into your toilet bowl, let it sit for 20 minutes, and scrub it clean.

15. Spray down your shower after every use with some hydrogen peroxide. It’ll disinfect and keep your grout white.

16. Get rid of acne and acne scars with hydrogen peroxide.

17. Spray pennies or other copper pieces with hydrogen peroxide, vinegar, and salt to give them an antique look.

Well there you have it, stop just using it on your cuts and start using it all around your home!

For a cool science video, see exactly what happens when blood comes into contact with more concentrated hydrogen peroxide!

27 Household Cleaning Tricks Every Parent Should Know

Living with kids is dirty business.

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1. Get rid of carpet stains with just three ingredients.

Hydrogen peroxide, water, and lemon juice. That’s it! Learn more here.

2. A lint roller makes picking up glitter a snap — even glitter a vacuum can’t get up.

3. Remove your little Picasso’s crayon markings from the wall with WD-40.

Windex, Goo Gone, and baking soda also work, but a lot of Pinterest suggestions didn’t when tested in real life.

4. WD-40 can also get crayon stains out of clothes.

That is just one of many techniques you can use to get out even washed-in crayon. Learn more here.

5. Clean Lego bricks in your washing machine.

They’ll come out looking brand new and work every bit as well as they always did. Find out more here.

6. Baking soda is your friend when your kid throws up on something in the house.

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Once you’ve cleaned up the puke as much as possible pour a heaping helping of baking soda onto what’s left. It will form into powdered clumps, which you can later vacuum up. You’ll be amazed with how good the area looks and smells!

7. Baking soda is also a key part of removing pee stains from a mattress.

You especially need to know this one if your kid is newly potty trained. Find the deets here.

8. Clean sippy cups with white vinegar to get rid of that stinky smell.

It’s super easy. Learn how here.

9. If your kid spills Kool-Aid onto your beautiful white carpet, you can get it up using dish soap, vinegar, and salt.

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Save the heart attack for later. Learn more here.

10. Keep stains from setting in when you’re away from home with Tide To Go Instant Stain Remover.

11. Picking up small toys is a snap using a dust pan.

12. Whip up a batch of “doll hairspray” (fabric softener and water) to detangle doll hair.

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13. Get rid of pit stains on your teenager’s T-shirts by wetting the area with lemon juice, adding a tablespoon of salt, then rubbing the fabric between your fingers.

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Letting the T-shirt dry out in the sun will help the stain disappear even more.

14. You can clean the backseat of your car’s upholstery with an easy DIY stain remover.

All you need is Dawn dish soap, white vinegar, and club soda. Learn more here.

15. Keep your kids from making a mess all over the house with this clean-up hack.

Tell your kid they can only bring as many toys out of their room as they can carry in a pillow case. Then, when they’re done playing, they can take the toys back in the pillow case. Learn more here.

16. Remove permanent marker from hardwood floors with a dab of toothpaste.

Learn more here.

17. You can also use toothpaste to make your kid’s sneakers look as good as new.

Learn more here.

18. Remove even the most stubborn marks with these magic erasers.

They really work, but you have to be careful or they’ll take the paint off your wall.

19. Get set-in baby food stains out of a onesie using Dawn, hydrogen peroxide, and baking soda.

Learn more here.

20. Clean your kids toys and a whole lot more in the dishwasher.

This is especially smart when the flu has swept through your house. Learn more here.

21. Some toys — especially stuffed animals — are hard to clean without ruining, but it is possible to give them a gentle surface cleaning with dish detergent, water, and paper towels.

Learn more about this — plus other cleaning tips — here.

22. If a stuffed animal needs more in-depth cleaning, however, you can put it in the washing machine.

You have to know what you’re doing, though. Learn how here.

23. If your kid gets gum on their cotton clothes you can get it off by putting the clothes in the freezer.

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This hardens the gum and makes it lose its sticky adhesiveness. Learn more here.

24. You can safely clean car seat straps using baby wipes.

Find a hundred (!) more clever uses for baby wipes here.

25. Clean baseboards using dryer sheets.

This not only gets up the dust but coats the area so dust doesn’t accumulate nearly as quickly in the future.

26. Get crumbs out of even the most difficult nooks and crannies using this homemade slime.

Find out how to make it here.

27. Make outdoor toys look as good as new even if you don’t have a power washer.

Learn how here.

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