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31 basic cleaning advice you should learn next year 2022

 

31 basic cleaning activities you should learn next year 2022

1. dusting

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.

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

This extendable (it telescopes to over eight feet!) duster will get the job done in no time flat. It can rotate and bend at multiple angles, and it even has a microfiber head you can toss in the wash and reuse. Get it from Amazon for $10.10 (available in four colors).


2. dryer sheet

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!

Check out the tip at The Krazy Coupon Lady.

Get a box of 240 Bounce dryer sheets from Amazon for $7.49.


3. pet hair remover

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).

It has 50,00 5-star reviews!

Get it from Amazon for $24.95.


4. carpet stain remover

And knock out pet or kiddo stains (these things happen to the best of us) with a miracle-adjacent carpet stain remover so you can banish wine stains, pet stains, and what-the-heck-even-is-that stains — WITHOUT rinsing or vacuuming. Aka your roommate won't even *know* you spilled in the first place.

And btw: it also works on upholstery, woodwork, and even walls.

Get a pack of two bottles from Amazon for $18.89.


5. prickly lil' pufferfish 

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

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 for $10.


6. liquid cleaner and disinfectant

While you're at the ~machine cleaning~, sanitize your dishwasher by running it with a liquid cleaner and disinfectant designed to remove limescale, ruse, grease, and other nasty buildup so your machine runs more efficiently than ever. It even kills Salmonella and E. coli!

Just pour in your dishwasher (with no dishes in it obv.) and run it at the hottest setting. Voila! All clean with zero scrubbing needed.

Get a pack of three from Amazon for $18.67.


7. Puracy's enzyme-based spot remover

And 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 colors.

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

Get it from Amazon for $9.49.


8. lint roller 

Get pollen, cobwebs, and other detritus off your window screens by passing a lint roller over it quickly.

Lint rollers are really just magical neatening tools in general — try them on your lampshades too!

Take a peek at all the details at Family Handyman.

Get a five-pack of top-rated lint rollers from Amazon for $14.99.


9. microfiber wand 

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

Get a pack of one wand and five sleeves from Amazon for $7.99.
You can also DIY your own with a set of tongs and a microfiber cloth — check out the tutorial at One Crazy House.

10. microfiber cloths

But actually, microfiber 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.

Get a pack of eight towels from Amazon for $12.50 (available in three color options, and larger packs).

11. Feed n Wax Wood conditioner

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 color and sheen of your pieces — whether the wood is finished or unfinished — *and* adds a layer of protection.

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 for $8.98.


12. cleaning balm

And maintain both wood and leather furniture (and other leather goods) with a cleaning balm made with beeswax, olive and coconut oils, and grapefruit essential oil — it's food safe, so you can even use it to condition your cutting board!

Get it from Humble Suds on Etsy for $19.55.

13. mold and mildew removing gel

Conquer the scariest bathroom messes with mold and 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 a pack of two from Amazon for $25.99.

14. toothbrush-like brush duo

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

Get a set of two from Amazon for $7.99 (also available in blue).

15. Clorox toilet wand

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.

Get the kit (one wand and six scrubbers) from Amazon for $7.96 — and get a 30-pack of scrubber refills from Amazon for $12.59)

16. toilet cleaning bombs

And hey, if you're wanting to clean that toilet but are *also* looking to go greener (and not throw something away every time you clean it) I'm here for you. Try these popular toilet cleaning bombs you can drop in, watch the ~fizzing action~ and then scrub away with your usual toilet brush.

The most delightful part? They're called ~Johnny Drops~. AND you can use them for sinks, tubs, and garbage disposals too!

Get a pack of five from Juniperseed Mercantile on Etsy for $10 (or buy 'em individually for $2.50).


17. pumice stick

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.

Get it from Amazon for $10.95.

18. scrubbing attachments

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.

If you don't *already* have a drill, you can also get a cordless drill set with brushes just like the above and drill bits from Amazon for $38.99.

Get it from Amazon for $12.95.


19. wax paper

Wax off those water spots and fingerprints and wax on a layer of protection by rubbing some ~wax paper~ on your faucets.

Get a box of pre-cut wax paper sheets from Amazon for $13.95.

Check out all the deets at The Creek Line House.

 

20. Wet & Forget cleaner

Keep your shower clean and mildew-free by spraying a 🙌 no-scrub, no-wipe 🙌 Wet & Forget cleaner once a week.

Best invention ever? Possibly.

Get it from Amazon for $16.89.


21. dish brush 

 Or hang a dish brush filled with a vinegar-and-dish soap solution in the shower with you for a no-brainer cleaning while the conditioner sits in your hair.

Get a soap-dispensing brush like this one from Amazon for $8.99.

Learn all the genius of this tip at Practically Functional.


22. drain snake 

Or if your hair clog is too powerful for that classic science fair combo, 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.

Real talk: after learning about this, I ordered two (of the previous version, without the handy grip to protect your fingers) and used it on my bathroom sink and shower. HOLY KAMOLE does it work. So gross, so effective.

Get the rotating tool and five replacement snakes from Amazon for $18.95.


23. Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser

Keep Bar Keepers Friend Soft Cleanser in your house (it's pre-mixed so it makes less of a mess than the original powder). Seriously. It works on SO. MANY. SURFACES — sinks, cookware, stainless steel, faucets, countertops, tubs, toilets, grout, and more — so you can get to work and see results with only one product.

Check out our first-hand review of Bar Keepers Friend original *and* the soft cleansing liquid for more deets and photographic ~evidence~.

Get it from Amazon for $11.90.


24. The Pink Stuff

AND for any other miscellaneous messes, try The Pink Stuff, a TikTok- (and reviewer-) beloved cleaning product that basically...works miracles! Name your mess, and this mildly abrasive paste will take care of business — including but not limited to bathroom tiles, sinks, stove tops, painted walls, grills, and outdoor furniture.

Get it from Amazon for $8.15.

25. all-in-one cleaning concentrate

And for everyday jobs, keep an all-in-one cleaning concentrate you can dilute and use on just about everything — floors, countertops, dishes, windows, laundry, and more — so you don't have to keep swapping out bottles in your linen closet.

Get it from Pur Home for $30 (available in three scents, plus a scent-free option).

26. lightweight vacuum

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 for $33.99 (available in three colors).


27. Bissel's Cleanview bagless vacuum

And if you have pets, opt for a vacuum that was *designed with them in mind*, like Bissel's Cleanview bagless vacuum with a specialized brush roll for picking up embedded pet (and human) hair, powerful suction on carpet and hard floors, and an easy-empty tank so you don't have to (gag) touch all of that icky stuff.

Get it from Amazon for $108.44.

28. seam ripper

Keep your vacuum efficient as heck by cleaning the bristles with a seam ripper.

Get a highly rated seam ripper from Amazon for $5.98.

29. Glisten garbage disposal tabs

Or buy Glisten garbage disposal tabs to foam out the built-up gunk and bad odors — no DIY required.

Get six packs of four from Amazon for $24.49.

30. canned air 

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

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

Get a pack of four from Amazon for $20.99.


31. Phone Soap UV sanitizer

Or do as I do and try a Phone Soap UV sanitizer you can just toss your phone in when you get home — it kills 99.9% of germs with a built-in UV-C light (and charges your phone at the same time).

Get it from Amazon for $79.95 (available in six colors).