17 brilliant tips to easily clean the things you don’t know how to clean


At this point in our lives, we all have our cleaning routines. We know how often we need to clean things and how to make that clean state last. We know how to spring clean our homes and cars. We know the tricks for tough jobs and do-it-yourself cleaners. So what’s left? Those oddball items. You know what we’re talking about: you don’t clean them often, they’re super fragile or you forget they exist until you suddenly notice a mess. What do we do about these? It’s easy! Check out these 17 tips for all those hard-to-clean items in your life.

  1. Refrigerator
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    There’s another appliance in your kitchen that could use a little more attention. We’re referring to the refrigerator, of course, and by cleaning, we mean more than just throwing away last week’s leftovers. Be sure to give it a deep cleaning like this at least twice a year….

2. Fridge Coils


  • …and vacuum the fridge coils at the bottom of the fridge for more efficient and less costly energy use. 3.Cast Iron Stove
Cast Iron Skillet
  • Now that you’ve cleaned all your kitchen appliances, make sure your tools are just as spotless. One of the most intimidating is the cast iron skillet, which often comes with a lot of warnings about not…

clean it. Not to worry! All you need to clean it are two all-natural products: salt and a potato!

4. Pots and pans bottoms

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Even if your pots and pans are the “normal” kind, there’s probably one part you haven’t paid much attention to: the bottom! Get rid of any burn marks or leftover dirt with Bar Keeper’s Friend OR baking soda!



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Everyone knows how to clean blankets and sheets, but what about the mattress itself? Cleaning it is a simple but multi-step process. Get out your vacuum cleaner, baking soda, hydrogen peroxide and dishwashing liquid, and get to work.

6. Laptop Computer

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EditedClean My Space Laptop CleaningThe biggest cleaning challenges are not the ones that seem difficult difficult to clean, but the ones we’re a little afraid to clean. At the top of that list? Laptops. Demystify the process and clean fearlessly with microfiber cloths, mild dish soap, distilled water, compressed air, rubbing alcohol and pipe cleaners.



ClothMirrorsProcessCleaning my space Sometimes we think we know how to clean something, but we actually do it wrong or ruin it. A case in point? Mirrors! No, don’t use Windex on them. Instead, use microfiber cloths, cotton swabs, rubbing alcohol, vinegar and water.

8.Oddly shaped glasses and bottles


Sometimes the challenge of cleaning is that although we know how to clean something in theory, we just can’t do it.
get to the places that need cleaning. No item is more frustrating than oddly shaped glass objects with openings that are too small for our hands. In that case, use this clever magnet cleaning method!

9.Keurigs and coffee makers

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With all their tiny compartments and moving parts, Keurig machines and coffee makers can be even more delicate than oddly shaped bottles and glasses. Plus, our frequent use leads to buildup, so be sure to descale, sanitize and clean these appliances regularly.

10. Makeup Brushes


Keeping it clean is obviously very important, but sometimes it’s easy to forget to wash it. In both categories? Makeup brushes! Make sure they’re germ-free by cleaning them regularly and safely with olive oil and dishwashing liquid.

  1. Hairbrushes
  • Don’t forget your hair brushes either! After all, who wants to drag a mess through freshly washed hair? Clean them once a month with baking soda and shampoo.

12. Baseball caps

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  • All that running around and playing in hot weather leaves baseball caps a mess, but you’ve probably wondered if you can clean them the same way you clean other clothes. Answer: no, but you can still clean them easily – in the dishwasher, that is! Put them in the dishwasher with a little Borax, and they’ll be as good as new.

13. Iron

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  • to clean are themselves clean. White vinegar and salt are the best combo for a clean and efficient iron.
  1. Air conditioner
Air conditioners need regular cleaning
  • Air conditioners need regular cleaningcfarmer via Deposit Photos
    Not only will a dirty air conditioner not work as well, but it doesn’t help keep everything in your home.

your home. Cleaning it yourself is a bit of a hassle, but it is possible!

  1. Ceiling fan
Use a pillowcase to clean ceiling fan blades
  • Use a pillowcase to clean the blades of the ceiling fanesehowhome
    If you don’t have central air conditioning, you probably stay cool with a ceiling fan. Make it easy to clean those blades by using this pillowcase tip!

16. Dog Toys

Dog plays with plush dog toy
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    The furriest members of our families deserve clean things too! Most stuffed toys can go in the washing machine, while others should get a soak in hot water and vinegar.

17. Car upholstery

Clean car seat upholstery at home
  • You don’t have to take your car to the car wash or a retailer to bring that upholstery back to life, no matter how beat up it is. Make a cleaner from equal parts club soda, dishwashing liquid and vinegar, scrub with a scrub brush and rinse with a vacuum or steam cleanerWe feel like we can clean anything and everything now! There were several things on this list that we never thought to clean before, but now we put them on our regular list. What about you? If you’re wondering about something you don’t see here, let us know or check out this list from Diply for even more tips and tricks. Do you have any unusual cleaning tips to share?