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    27 Cleaning Basics You Should Probably Know By Now

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    1. To start, clean every area from top to bottom so you don't have to re-clean what you've already done. That means dusting from the ceiling down — no one wants to sweep TWICE after de-fuzzing your fan.

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    Dust trimming, light fixtures, and furniture *before* working on your floors to cut down on work.

    This extendable (over 5 feet!) duster will get the job done in no time flat. It can rotate and bend at multiple angles, and it even has a microfibre head you can toss in the wash and reuse. Get it from Amazon Canada for $18.99.

    2. After dusting every surface in your home, ~keep~ your baseboards dust-free by rubbing a dryer sheet along them. It'll repel dust (and even pet hair) for a surprisingly long time!

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    Check out the tip at The Krazy Coupon Lady.

    Get a box of 200 Bounce dryer sheets from Amazon Canada for $8.97.

    3. Remove every single pet hair from your couch, carpet, and more by running this pet hair remover over everything you own. It's a rolling brush, with no adhesive paper or tape needed, so you can use it again and again (and again and again).

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $29.99.

    4. Wash & dry your pillows, duvet, towels, and clothes *without* ruining their perfect fluffiness by popping a prickly lil' pufferfish in the dryer with them.

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    He'll poke and prod them into incredible softness. Plus you'll save lots of money by skipping the dryer sheets (or saving them to dust your baseboards)!

    Get a set of two from Amazon Canada for $20.75.

    5. When you're at the ~machine cleaning~ stage, sanitize your dishwasher by running it with a dishwasher cleaning tab designed to remove all that nasty buildup so your machine runs more efficiently than ever.

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    Just place one tablet in the detergent tray (with no dishes in it obv.) and run a normal wash cycle. Voila! All clean with zero scrubbing needed.

    Get a pack of three from Amazon Canada for $8.99.

    6. Dust your blinds, air-conditioner vent, and more hard-to-reach areas with a three-part microfibre wand that gets 'er done quickly.

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    Get a pack of one wand and five sleeves from Amazon Canada for $10.14.

    You can also DIY your own with a set of tongs and a microfibre cloth — check out the tutorial at One Crazy House.

    7. But actually, microfibre cloths are your best friends when it comes to *streak-free* cleaning — use them on your car, stainless steel, countertops, wood furniture, floors (reusable Swiffer sweepers, anyone?) and wayyy more.

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    Get a pack of 24 towels from Amazon Canada for $22.99.

    8. Shine up your wood furniture and banish those water marks and rings by rubbing in a Feed n Wax Wood conditioner that'll basically erase years of damage. It polishes beautifully, bringing out the natural colour and sheen of your pieces — whether the wood is finished or unfinished — *and* adds a layer of protection.

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    All you have to do is apply with a cloth, wait 20 minutes (perfect time for a mid-cleaning snack!) and wipe off the excess.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.40.

    9. Conquer the scariest bathroom messes with mold & mildew removing gel, because you don't need to get your whole shower redone when this is in your life. Just squeeze out and let this non-drip gel work its magic overnight — NO s c r u b b i n g.


    Get it from Amazon Canada for $30.

    10. For extra scrubbing power, try a toothbrush-like brush with an ergonomic grip and stiff bristles that do the heavy lifting for you.

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    Get a set of two from Amazon Canada for $7.50.

    11. Powerfully clean your toilet — without having to keep a gross toilet brush and all the germs sitting on the brush head — by using a Clorox toilet wand with disposable scrubby heads *preloaded* with cleaner so you can clean the whole bowl with one hand — and *one* product.

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    Get the kit (one wand and six scrubbers) from Amazon Canada for $24.99 — and get a 30-pack of scrubber refills from Amazon Canada for $37.82.

    12. But if it's already too late for some of those stains (looking at you, hard water!), use a special pumice stick that removes stains without damaging the porcelain.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $19.

    13. Get the grossest bathroom scrubbing D O N E in record time with a set of three scrubbing attachments you simply add to any power drill to make cleaning your tub, floor, appliances, or even the wheels of your car ridiculously fast and easy.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.95.

    14. Keep your shower clean and mildew-free between deep cleanings by spraying a 🙌 no-scrub, no-rinse 🙌 cleaner on after every shower.

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    Best invention ever? Possibly.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $3.96 (as an add-on item).

    15. If your hair clog is giving you some grief, try a drain snake with over 4,000 micro hooks and a slim design to shimmy down any drain (you don't even need to remove the cover) and snag all the hairs and goop that's clogging the system — in one quick pull.

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    I've used this myself on a clogged sink AND shower drain and let me tell you — it truly works.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    Check out more gross before and after pictures in Hundreds Of People Love This Drain Snake, And The After Photos Have Me Gagging.

    (But really just buy a TubShroom, guys.)

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    You'll never have to use that drain-clearing tip again.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.99.

    Learn more about the TubShroom (complete with grossly satisfying hair pics) in our review!

    16. Spray the toughest stains (hello food, sweat, and blood stains!) with Puracy's enzyme-based spot remover. It'll erase every trace of stain, without bleaching or fading any colours.

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    You can use it on clothes, car seats, carpets, bedding, and more.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $21.74.

    Check out a BuzzFeeder's full review for even more convincing evidence.

    17. Touch up messes or everyday dust with a super-lightweight vacuum that converts to a hand vac *and* a shorter stair vac.


    It's only FOUR POUNDS, swivels easily, and has an 18-foot power cord for easy access without unplugging and re-plugging all the time. And it comes with a crevice tool for hard-to-reach areas.

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $51.29 (available in three colours).

    18. Remove every single crumb lodged in your keyboard by blasting it with canned air designed for electronics.

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    ::eats a full sandwich leaning over laptop streaming Netflix:: "Why are there so many dang crumbs in there?"

    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.93.

    19. De-gunk and disinfect your earbuds with a toothbrush and some rubbing alcohol.

    Bet you didn't think about how gross your earbuds are until this very moment, did you.

    Check out the steps in Gross Earbuds? Clean 'Em Up With This Easy Routine.

    Get a three-pack of cheap toothbrushes from Amazon Canada for $2.99 and some rubbing alcohol from Amazon Canada for $8.70.

    20. While you're at it, clean your phone. You can make your own disinfecting spray with water and 70% isopropyl alcohol.

    Get a six-pack of screen-cleaning cloths from Amazon for $12.99 and the isopropyl alcohol from Amazon Canada for $15.49.

    Get all the deets in Here's How To Actually Clean Your Disgusting Phone.

    For the lazy, try a phone sanitizer from Amazon for $46.99.

    21. Try a stainless steel cleaner to remove streaks, marks, and fingerprints from all of your appliances with one wipe of the included microfibre cloth.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $5.49.

    22. Let your dish sponges drain in an unobtrusive basket that attaches right to your sink, keeping them cleaner and bacteria-free for longer.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $9.99.

    23. Scrub foundation, powder, and oil off your makeup brushes for once using a textured silicone mat. It'll make a huge difference in how your makeup goes on.

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    It'll make your makeup application so much easier!

    Get the set of two scrubbing mats (large one pictured above, plus a mini size) from Amazon Canada for $4.49 (available in five colours).

    24. And scrub your makeup brushes up with a plant-based, paraben-free shampoo so you can feel good about *finally* washing caked-on foundation out of your favorite tools without irritating sensitive skin or leaving behind residue. The formula'll even leave the bristles soft and conditioned.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $14.44.

    25. Get your water bottle crazy clean with these little scrubbing beans — just toss one in and shake it up!

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    They fit through narrow mouth openings, so even the hardest-to-clean containers will become easy.

    Get a set of two from Amazon Canada for $8.33.

    26. And deep clean that borderline-foul travel mug you can't bear to look into. Just drop in a Bottle Bright tablets that'll deep clean your thermoses and on-the-go bottles — no scrubbing required. These'll get into all those hard-to-reach spaces and remove *all* the gunk.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $10.99+.

    27. Clean out that grimey, residue-filled oven with a fume-free oven cleaner you can spray on, leave for a minute, and hten wipe away for an oven so clean, you'll think it was swapped out for a new model overnight. Time to reward yourself after all this cleaning with a cake.

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    Get it from Amazon Canada for $4.27 (as an add-on item).

    Now put on your favorite cleaning playlist and get to work!

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