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Cleaning 101

Basic tips and tricks to get the entire house sparkling, from quick cleaning strategies to supplies to stock.

Cleaning How-Tos

How to Get Rid of Mildew in Your Washing Machine
Does your washing machine smell funky? Here’s how to prevent mildew from forming.

How to Use a Lemon to Clean Stained Food Containers
Have you ever stored tomato sauce in a plastic food container, only to be left with a stubborn stain? Here’s how to get your containers squeaky clean again.

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How to Clean Almost Anything: An A-to-Z Guide

Your waffle maker is crusty; the knives are rusty. It’s time for an all-around spruce-up. Whether you need shortcuts for the regulars (sinks) or how-tos for the rest (air mattress?), this story spells it all out for you.
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How to Fake a Clean House

When you’re short on time, here's how to give your living spaces the illusion of cleanliness.
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How to Clean Your Keyboard, Cell Phone, Tablet, and Other Electronics

Really, you have no idea what germs lurk there. The following easy (hazmat-free) habits will keep bacteria at bay without damaging delicate, pricey devices.
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Spring Cleaning Shortcuts

Easy tips and foolproof strategies for making your home sparkle—fast.
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Quick and Easy Tips


Deep-Clean Your Home
Get drapes, furnishings, floors, appliances, and the rest of your home sparkling.

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6 Tips For Keeping the Living Areas Clean Longer
Simple strategies for making your time spent cleaning more effective.

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Daily Cleaning Checklist

No vacuum-the-fridge-coils deep-cleaning pointers, just a basic plan to get your home neat―in under 30 minutes a day.

  • Clear out and wipe down the sink (5 minutes). No piles of dirty dishes! Move them into the dishwasher, and wipe the sink with a sponge.
  • Wipe down countertops and stove (1 minute). Clean splatters and spills with a damp cloth or sponge and an all-purpose cleanser.
  • Wipe problem spots on the floor (2 minutes). You can save a full-floor mop for the weekend, but use the same cloth (once you’ve finished with the countertops) to quickly clean any spills or sticky spots, which will attract dirt and get more noticeable if left alone.

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