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21 Easy Cleaning Hacks to Add to Your Routine

2016 is your year for a sparkling clean home! If you like the sound of that, but don't want to make it your year for 'spending countless hours scrubbing,' these easy hacks from Hometalk bloggers will help to speed things up!
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New Year, No Eww - that's how the saying goes, right?

2016 is your year for a sparkling clean home! If you like the sound of that, but don't want to make it your year for 'spending countless hours scrubbing,' these easy hacks from Hometalk bloggers will help to speed things up!

1. Clean stainless steel with baby oil
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Project via Uncommon Slice of Suburbia

Work the oil into your fridge or sink with a cloth and enjoy the sheen! See the full post here.

2. Use a lint roller to clean the pet
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Project via My WAHM Plan

It sounds strange, but a lint roller can catch that loose fur before it falls. (Plus, cats love it!) See the full post here.

3. Add grease-cutting citrus rinds to your natural cleaner
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Project via Decor Adventures

Soak rinds in your natural cleaner for a great smelling, antibacterial cleaner. See the full post here.

4. Load your air vents into the dishwasher
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Project via Design Dazzle

These guys can get dusty, but instead of scrubbing them, just throw them in the dish washer. See the full post here.

5. Spray bathroom mold with hydrogen peroxide and water
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Project via Pretty Handy Girl

Banish those dark spots and save money, with just a bit of HP. See the full post here.

6. Pretreat ink stains with rubbing alcohol
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Project via Mother Daughter Projects

Before you add soap, blot your ink stains with rubbing alcohol to loosen them. See the full post here.

7. Vacuum out the dryer vents
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Project via Pretty Handy Girl

It's that time of year again - dryer cleaning time! Find all those vents and ducts and vacuum away. See the full post here.

8. Toss your scummy shower liner in the wash with towels
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Project via Chatfield Court

If you're starting to notice a pinkish tinge at the bottom of your shower liner, toss it in the wash with bleach, soap, and towels. See the full post here.

9. Freshen fabrics by spraying them with essential oils
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Project via My Thrift Store Addiction

Make your own fabric spray to refresh your space using essential oils. See the full post here.

10. Store kids toys in clear containers to help clean up
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Project via Blue i Style

Keep toys in a way that you can clearly see where everything goes, to make clean up quicker. See the full post here.

11. Wash cloudy chalkboards with Coca Cola
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Project via Blue i Style

Bring the black sheen back to your chalkboards using Coke and a sponge. See the full post here.

12. Clean your whole bathroom with a microfiber cloth
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Project via An Oregon Cottage

Get rid of hard water spots and mirror smudges with just one cleaning tool! See the full post here.

13. Clean wood floors with a little vinegar and peppermint oil
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Project via Laura's Little House Tips

Too much vinegar can scratch your floors, but just a bit mixed with water and peppermint oil is the cleaner you need. See the full post here.

14. Boil a cup of water and lemon juice in the microwave to steam clean
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Project via Postcards from the Ridge

Let those stains solve themselves and get a clean microwave, no scrubbing necessary. See the full post here.

15. Soak your faucets in a bag of vinegar
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Project via Green with Decor

That calcium and hard water buildup is no match for a bag of vinegar and a rubber band! See the full post here.

16. Clean inside the oven door with a wire and a wipe
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Project via Ask Anna

Wouldn't it be great to actually see what you're cooking? This is the answer. See the full post here.

17. Make an outdoor squeegee with an old rake and pool noodle
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Project via Mother Daughter Projects

This is how your garage and deck flooring will look clean once more - totally free. See the full post here.

18. Keep your utensils straight with a chalkboard organizer
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Project via Yesterday on Tuesday

Instead of searching every nook for that one missing measuring cup, make this. See the full post here.

19. Clean spotty metal with a used dryer sheet
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Project via Thoughts by Her

Who knew there was a use for these crushed dryer leftovers? They can put the shine back into your dull metal appliances, too! See the full post here.

20. Lay down fridge liners to prevent drips and messes
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Project via Do-It-Yourself Danielle

Keep your fridge clean without a sponge or wipe, by putting down some removable liners to protect the shelves. See the full post here.

21. Grate Fels-Naptha soap for a natural laundry detergent
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Project via Sengerson

Make your own heavy duty detergent using a bar of Fels-Naptha and keep it handy in a pretty container. See the full post here.

For more brilliant cleaning hacks and tidy ideas, check out the cleaning tips page on Hometalk!