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Disinfect the Disposal

To get rid of odors, drop in a cut-up lemon, some salt, and a few ice cubes. The lemon deodorizes, and the ice and salt clean away residue. OR… Make garbage disposal cleaning cubes, put slices of lemons in ice cube trays, fill with water, and freeze!

Sweeping Solutions

Cleaning should always be done top to bottom. That way, any crumbs or dust that fall to the floor while you’re working get picked up last. And believe it or not, there’s a right way to sweep. Pick the Right Broom: For indoors, choose one with finer bristles to pick up smaller dirt particles. For outdoors, go for stronger, stiffer bristles, which work better to clear porous surfaces.

Make Your Stainless Appliances Smudge-Free

Make Your Stainless Appliances Smudge-Free

If you own stainless steel kitchen appliances, you may want to consider using car wax to clean them rather than a surface cleaner. Simply apply a light coat of car wax to the appliance, allow time to dry, and buff clean to resist fingerprints and smudges. No more kiddy fingerprints on the fridge!

When You Accidentally Leave Clothes in the Washer

When You Accidentally Leave Clothes in the Washer

Even if clothes are freshly washed, if you forget to take them out of the washing machine, they’ll quickly develop that dreaded mildew smell. Here is a simple solution: Rewash the load with 1 cup white vinegar (and no detergent) to kill the mildew odor.

Dust with Your Dryer

Blankets, pillows, slipcovers, drapes and other textiles not only trap household dust, but they create it as they shed and disintegrate. Curtains and drapes, in particular, get dusty because they absorb moisture and dirt from the outside and act as a landing pad for dust from ceiling fans and air vents. The best idea for how to clean dust is to buy machine-washable items and launder them twice a year (OK, at least once). For …