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32 Lazyish Ways To Deep Clean Your Home You’ll Wish You’d Known About Sooner

1. Make sweeper slippers your default shoe around your home, so you’re always passively cleaning as you cook, walk to the bathroom, or TBH hanging out on your tile or wood floors, period.

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Of course these only really work on hardwood floors or tile. And even then, they’ll pick up *some* stuff, but not everything — to pick up more dust and debris, you have to put a little effort into using your feet as brooms and sweeping everything into one pile. But when I wore them for a week, I did that way more often than I expected to, and my floors were cleaner because of it!

Get them on Amazon for $10.40.

2. Leisurely dab up even the most impossible, old, set-in carpet stains with the help of a spray-and-blot spot remover.

The pictured before and after: lots of liquid lipstick (an oil/grease stain). It'll also tackle coffee, ink, wine, and pet/child stains. Get a 36-ounce bottle from Home Depot for $5.78 or a 32-ounce bottle on Amazon for $10.16.

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The pictured before and after: lots of liquid lipstick (an oil/grease stain). It’ll also tackle coffee, ink, wine, and pet/child stains.

Get a 36-ounce bottle from Home Depot for $5.78 or a 32-ounce bottle on Amazon for $10.16.

3. If you have pets that shed, use a rubber broom to pick up every last bit of fur from your carpets and your wood or tile floors.

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Get it on Amazon for $18.50.

4. Tie two microfiber cloths to a pair of tongs so you can wipe both sides of your blinds at once.

So efficient! From One Crazy House. Get a set of 24 microfiber cloths on Amazon for $9.99.

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So efficient! From One Crazy House. Get a set of 24 microfiber cloths on Amazon for $9.99.

5. Dust your grimy ceiling fans with an old pillowcase to trap that dirt instead of brushing it into the air.

Put the pillowcase over each blade, and gently pull it back toward you so the dust falls inside. From Homemaker Chic.

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Put the pillowcase over each blade, and gently pull it back toward you so the dust falls inside. From Homemaker Chic.

6. Pop your vacuum filter in the dishwasher so it’s ready for whatever dirty carpets and floors you need it to clean.

From A Girl and Her Needle.

7. While you’re at it, run your air duct grates, stove vent hood filters, glass light bulb covers, and even stainless steel wrenches and screwdrivers through a dishwasher cycle.

If you feel the need to wash your wrenches and screwdrivers, that is. Oh, and skip the heat dry, especially if you have any plastic in the bottom rack. From One Crazy House.

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If you feel the need to wash your wrenches and screwdrivers, that is. Oh, and skip the heat dry, especially if you have any plastic in the bottom rack. From One Crazy House.

8. And when your air vents are clean and completely dry, wax them like you would your car, and they’ll catch less dust.

From Ask Anna. Get a pot of wax on Amazon for $3.39.

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From Ask Anna. Get a pot of wax on Amazon for $3.39.

9. Wrap a ziplock bag filled with vinegar and a pinch of baking soda around your grimy shower head for 1–2 hours to make it look brand new.

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It 100% works. See my full review of this hack here.

10. Majorly cut down on your elbow grease while still getting gaps, corners, hard water stains, and (if you dare) grout clean with an automatic scrubbing brush.

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You just switch it on and go. See my review of it here, and get one on Amazon for $13.30.

11. Keep a dishwashing wand filled with vinegar and dish soap *in* your shower so you can quickly clean your tile and tub *while* you shower.

Or your glass shower walls! Just be sure to rinse it well, whatever kind of shower you're in. From Smart School House. Get a dishwand plus two sponge refills on Amazon for $9.37.

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Or your glass shower walls! Just be sure to rinse it well, whatever kind of shower you’re in. From Smart School House.

Get a dishwand plus two sponge refills on Amazon for $9.37.

12. If you have glass shower doors with lots of buildup, make ’em sparkle again with Bar Keepers Friend. Then make that work last with monthly coats of Rain-X.

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Just make sure to go for the *Cooktop Cleanser* version of BKF: It’s better for glass. Get two bottles of it on Amazon for $11.99, and get the Rain-X 2-in-1 glass cleaner from Walmart for $4.97.

From Ask Anna and Doodles and Stitches.

13. Save yourself lots of fruitless scrubbing with a toilet brush and use a pumice stone to quickly banish those impossible toilet rust and mineral rings.

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While there’s not exactly a ~lazy~ way to scrub hard water buildup out of a toilet, there is this, the ~easiest~ way. Get one from Walmart for $5.97 or from Amazon for $9.15.

14. Then hang up a toilet refresher that’ll help prevent that kind of buildup in the future, so you won’t have to ever scrub so much again.

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Some reviewers mention they were shocked that it lasted for several months, even though it only supposedly lasts for 4 weeks. Get it on Amazon for $1.98.

15. Unscrew the toilet seat so you can wipe off every last bit of gunk buildup, then use a screwdriver and a cleaning wipe to get that narrow space under the tank.

From Ask Anna.

16. Pledge will both clean AND polish your stainless steel appliances in one fell swoop.

This is how I cleaned the stainless fridge in my last apartment, and it's both easy and super satisfying. You just spray the Pledge on, let it dry, and buff it off with a clean, dry cloth. From The DIY Girl.Get a can of Pledge on Amazon Prime Pantry for $4.19.

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This is how I cleaned the stainless fridge in my last apartment, and it’s both easy and super satisfying. You just spray the Pledge on, let it dry, and buff it off with a clean, dry cloth. From The DIY Girl.

Get a can of Pledge on Amazon Prime Pantry for $4.19.

17. Spray some fume-free oven cleaner into your grungy oven, literally go to bed, and simply wipe out the baked-on gunk in the morning.

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Technically, you can let this sit anywhere from two hours to overnight to get results. And while you might have to do *some* light scrubbing, it should be much easier than it would’ve been without this cleaner! Don’t forget to spray it on the racks too (unless your racks have a special coating on ’em). Get a 24-ounce can on Amazon for $5.97.

18. Shine up your cooktop or stove in 5 minutes: Drizzle on some Dawn and hydrogen peroxide, sprinkle with baking soda, and quickly scrub in circles with a dish brush.

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Then wipe clean, and voila! From My Thirty Spot. Get a dish brush on Amazon for $4.99.

19. Wrap a damp cloth around a butter knife to clean that gross gap between your stove and countertop.

20. Then seal that gap off with two flexible covers so it never gets gunky again.

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Get a set of two silicone covers on Amazon for $9.95 (3 colors available).

21. Make a white porcelain sink white again with the help of baking soda and just a little bit of hydrogen peroxide.

22. Grind up ice, citrus peels, and peach pits if your garbage disposal’s smelling a little funky.

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The ice and peach pits will clean out any stuck food bits, and the citrus peels will make it smell ~fresh~.

You can go the extra mile and make vinegar ice cubes *with* citrus in ’em, like One Good Thing by Jillee, but that’s totally optional — any ol’ ice will do the trick. If it’s still a little stinky after ice and citrus, clean the underside of the “baffle,” aka that rubber guard thingy. From Insinkerator.

23. Put a few drops of mineral oil on a paper towel to easily wipe off that sticky dust that builds up on your range hood, kitchen cabinets, and small appliances.

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From the Manly Housekeeper. Get a 16-ounce bottle of mineral oil on Amazon for $5.79.

24. Mix baking soda with a few drops of essential oil and sprinkle that on your mattress to absorb any funky smells.

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Then after it sits a bit, simply vacuum it up. From One Good Thing by Jillee.

25. And toss your pillows in the washer while the baking soda sits on your mattress to have a totally refreshed bed.

Don't put foam pillows in the dryer at all, but you can dry down pillows on air-only, and synthetics with low heat. (Make sure to check the care tags on your pillows, first). From the Happier Homemaker.

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Don’t put foam pillows in the dryer at all, but you can dry down pillows on air-only, and synthetics with low heat. (Make sure to check the care tags on your pillows, first). From the Happier Homemaker.

26. A lint roller will pick up all the dust from your lampshades with just a few swipes…

From Creekline House.

27. …and make quick work of the dust and grime on your screen door and window screens.

From Handyman Magazine.Get a pack of 5 lint rollers on Amazon for $10.04. (That's $2.01/95-sheet roll, or $0.02/sheet.)

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From Handyman Magazine.

Get a pack of 5 lint rollers on Amazon for $10.04. (That’s $2.01/95-sheet roll, or $0.02/sheet.)

28. Get into every nook and cranny of your computer’s keyboard or laptop with a dual-sided cleaning brush.

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It has gentle, retractable bristles on one end to brush away dirt and a silicone wiper on the other to capture the gunk in the tiniest gaps, like on the side of each keyboard key. And it’ll work for a bunch of cleaning tasks: your phone, your DSLR, watches, and TBH even jewelry with hard-to-reach spots. Get it on Amazon for $4.95.

29. Wipe out the dirt in your windowsill — then wrap a butter knife in a rag or microfiber cloth to scrape the crud out of all the little corners.

30. Got rust stains and lime deposits in your dishwasher? Try running an empty load with lemon Kool-Aid instead of detergent.

From Wikihow.

31. If your clothes washer has a funny smell, run it on an empty cycle with hot water and vinegar.

Depending on your model, you may need to directly add the vinegar to a full drum of hot water — read more on I Heart Naptime.

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Depending on your model, you may need to directly add the vinegar to a full drum of hot water — read more on I Heart Naptime.

32. Or if that only kinda works (or if you’re the go-big-or-go-home type), use a washer cleaning tab.

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If you have a front-load washer, several reviewers mention it takes care of the mold under that pesky seal. Get a carton of six tabs on Amazon for $10.78.

You, walking through your sparkling clean home that didn’t take ages to clean:

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