Do everything on the list, or pick your category! Bathroom; Kitchen; Bedroom; Living Room; All Around the House; Garage, Basement, and Outdoors
2. If your shower curtain and liner are AT ALL moldy, replace them or at the very least bleach them well.
“Mold spores are microscopic — so if you can actually see the black color, you literally have millions or billions of spores present,” germ expert Kelly Reynolds, Ph.D., previously told BuzzFeed Health. And if you have allergies or asthma, by the time you can see the mold, it may already be irritating you.
Most shower curtains are machine washable, and you can actually toss your liner in the wash, too.
(Read more gross bathroom facts that will inspire you to be a cleaner person here.)
5. While you have the bleach out, use it to spray down your shower door’s tracks, if you have them.
Those things get nasty. Don’t be afraid of bleach because it’s bleach — yes it’s smelly, no you probably shouldn’t use all the time, and yes, you should follow basic safety precautions. Here’s the complete how-to.
6. Detach your shower head and give it a good vinegar soak to de-scale it and unclog any plugged jets.
On regular cleans, you can use the plastic bag trick — it works really well. But once or twice a year (depending on how hard the water is at your home), a full de-scale can help with water pressure and flow. Here’s how to do it without messing up your shower head.
7. Take an acidic cleaner to the water stains on your shower’s glass.
9. After you’ve done your regularly scheduled toilet cleaning, go the extra mile and clean the siphons (aka the water holes inside your toilet).
You tape them up with duct tape, then flush vinegar on ‘em. Read the full tutorial on how to make this work here.
If you want even more bathroom cleaning ideas, find them here!
10. Shine up your stainless sink using Barkeeper’s Friend.
Here’s the review and tutorial. Just make sure to check your manufacturer’s instructions to see if it’s an approved cleaner, which you can usually find with a quick Google search. Get Barkeeper’s Friend for $6.34 here.
If you have a porcelain sink, check the manufacturer’s instructions too; then, you can consider using Barkeeper’s Friend or hydrogren peroxide and baking soda.
14. Clean a glass cooktop with minimal scrubbing: Sprinkle on baking soda, let it soak with a damp towel for about 15 minutes, then rub away.
Or just use a glass cooktop polish — letting it dry and then scraping it off is incredibly satisfying. But if you want to stick to the cheaper method, here’s the tutorial, which would also work for the non-burner parts of gas and electric stoves, too!
15. Take a melamine sponge to your oven glass to make it sparkle again.
Just, wow. Melamine sponges will work for getting grime out of the rest of your oven, too. Read more about it here. (P.S. The brand name for these types of sponges are the Mr. Clean Magic Erasers, which are easy to find in grocery stores, but you can also buy a pack of 15 off-brand ones for $12.99 here.)
16. Banish that greasy dust that inevitably builds up wherever you cook with a little bit of mineral oil.
Probably the most satisfying thing to clean ever, imho. Here’s the how-to.
Looking for more kitchen cleaning ideas? Find them here!
19. If you don’t want to pay to have your area rug professionally cleaned, you can wash it out in the driveway.
Here’s the how-to. Honestly, I would do this with rugs that I paid $100 or less for — more expensive rugs I will take to have professionally cleaned. But of course, if you want to give it a go on the rugs you have, try it!
21. Wipe down all of your game consoles and other electronics with a microfiber cloth, then squirt with compressed air to get all the dust out of the crevices.
You can find cans of compressed air at your drugstore, grocery store, office supply store, or for $17.98 for a pack of four here.
24. And don’t forget to clean your sex toys.
You should clean them after every use, but every once in a while, a more thorough clean than a simple spray will do them good. Here’s how to clean them without ruining them.
25. Make your own reusable cleaning wipes (or just use regular cleaning wipes) to sanitize all of the ~nonporous~ surfaces.
Like countertops in your bathroom and kitchen, your window sill, door knobs, light switches and light switch covers, cabinet knobs and drawer pulls, coffee table and side table, bedside table… I could keep going. Here’s how to make reusable ones, although they probably aren’t technically ~disinfecting~ wipes.
29. Bleach the grout in your bathroom, kitchen, and all other tile with a clinging gel.
Mop up with hot water, and your floors will be cleaner, too. If you have dark grout, test it in an inconspicuous place first, to make sure the grout’s color is steadfast. Get the tutorial here, and find this bleach gel at your local grocery store.
30. Dust all of your blinds thoroughly with a pair of tongs and a couple of microfiber cloths.
When the cloths get too dirty, fold them the other way. Using an all-purpose cleaner or dust-control spray might help get the job done faster, but is completely optional. Learn how to put this together here.
35. Banish any grossness from your washing machine by running vinegar through it.
This tutorial has you first run bleach, then (after it’s rinsed well), run vinegar. If your washer is as grody as the one above, then you might need both of those cycles. If your washer is just a little dingy, though, a cycle of vinegar should do the trick.
36. If you have a front-loading washer, don’t forget to clean under the seal.
Learn how to make it easy to clean here.
38. Clean your gross steam iron with a treatment of vinegar, and then a treatment of baking soda.
Or, you could do two treatments of vinegar, or two treatments of baking soda: it all depends on what you prefer. Basically, if your iron is very gross, you’ll need to go over it twice. Here’s the how-to.