These cleaning tricks will help you get your whole home spotless. 

By Natalie Ermann Russell
Updated March 23, 2018
Pink Soapy Sponge
Credit: Chelsea Cavanaugh

Cleaning dusty blinds or a greasy stovetop is typically a time-consuming chore—but there are some tricks to make these tasks much speedier. Here are 6 cleaning hacks that make quick work of the most dreaded tasks on your to-do list.

Use Kitchen Tongs to Clean Blinds and Shutters

Cut a microfiber cloth in half and wrap each piece around one side of the tongs; secure with rubber bands. Grab each slat with the fabric-covered tongs and swipe to dust. For super-dirty blinds, first vacuum with the duster brush attachment. Then use the method described above, but dampen the cloths with a mixture of equal parts water and white vinegar.

Remove Dust and Crumbs With Lint Rollers

Sticky lint rollers are among the most versatile cleaning tools. They can quickly remove dust from lamp shades or any piece of furniture. They can also be used to pull up crumbs (or whatever else you find) under couch cushions and at the bottom of drawers.

Remove Scuffs on Walls

Squeeze some nongel toothpaste onto a cloth, massage it over the scuff or stain, then rinse and dry. (Used gently, this works on wood too.) If you don’t have the right toothpaste, you can form a thick paste with baking soda and water. Apply it to the wall using the same method.

Erase Permanent Marker From a Wood Surface

Rub firmly over the mark with a $1 bill. It’s not a guaranteed fix, but it’s pretty cool when it works. And you can still use the money afterward!

Clean Baseboards

Instead of microfiber cloths, use baby wipes to clean baseboards. They’re nontoxic, making this a perfect task for children. Plus, the wipes lack heavy cleaners, meaning they’re gentle enough for painted woodwork.

Don’t Underestimate Oil

To remove grease from stovetops and vent hoods, cooking oil works wonders. Simply moisten a paper towel with cooking oil and wipe the grease until it’s gone. Buff with a soft cloth to remove all residue.