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Speed Cleaning

Got a few minutes? That’s all you really need to zap dust and dirt and make any size mess disappear.

Cleaning Tricks

Cleaning Made Easier
No time to dust and declutter? Prop your home strategically and you can make it sparkle on the fly. Follow this tactical plan for what to stash where and impromptu improvement is a snap.

Quick Cleaning Solutions for Every Room
What to tackle if you have 15 minutes, 30 minutes, an hour, or half a day to clean.


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The Best Everyday Cleaning Essentials

Tackle everyday messes with the best sponges, scrubbers, sprays, and more.
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The Best Bathroom Cleaning Products

Introducing the essential tools for tackling the most dreaded spot to scrub in the home.
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The Best Surface Spray Cleaners

No matter the territory (granite? carpet? glass?), we've picked our favorite products for battling every inch of dirt.
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The Best Cleaning Wipes

For every room, there's a powerful, reliable, and fast-working tool that will make cleaning a breeze. Introducing the year's top four.
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Cleaning Made Easy

How To: Clean Grout

How to Clean Grout
As chores go, scrubbing bathroom tiles is one of the most unpleasant on your to-do list―but having mildewy, bacteria-filled grout is even less appealing. The steps demonstrated in this video will make the process of cleaning grout simpler and faster.

How To: Clean Hardwood Floors

How to Clean Hardwood Floors
Wooden floors are a major investment―and yet they take such a beating: We walk all over them, track dirt onto them, and still expect them to gleam at the end of the day. This video shows how to attain spotless floors without damaging them in the process.

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Speed-Clean Your Playroom Checklist

Take the wreck out of rec room in 20 minutes with this step-by-step guide.

  • Minutes 1 to 2: Corral books, stray toys, art supplies, clothing, and games. Set aside anything that needs cleaning, and return other objects to their proper homes.
  • Minutes 3 to 5: Toss dirty stuffed animals in the washing machine. (For specific laundering instructions, check labels.) Place dishwasher-safe plastic and metal toys on the top rack and wash on the hottest setting.
  • Minutes 6 to 9: Wipe wooden toys with a soft, dry cloth. For all others, clean with a soapy sponge, then dry with a cloth. For an item that has been in your toddler’s mouth (a teething ring, a rattle), wash it with soap and water, then disinfect by soaking it in a bowl containing a solution of 1 teaspoon bleach to 1 quart warm water. Or, for a bleach alternative, use Eco Clean All-Purpose Cleaner.

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