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Kitchen Cleaning Checklist: 11 Tips for a Clean Kitchen

No one wants a dirty, smelly kitchen. Make your kitchen clean sparkle and smell great with these simple cleaning tips.

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Microwave CleanerFamily Handyman

Microwave Cleaner

It's easy to clean baked-on food and spills from your microwave Here's how: Partially fill a measuring or coffee cup with water and add a slice of lemon. Boil the water for a minute, and then leave the door closed and let the steam loosen the mess. After 10 minutes, open the door and wipe away the grime. Plus: Best Household Cleaning Supplies & Products

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How to Remove Stains From Plastic Laminate CountertopsFamily Handyman

How to Remove Stains From Plastic Laminate Countertops

Got tough stains on your plastic laminate countertops? Using the right cleaner and having some patience will make even the most stubborn stains go away. Follow our advice and you'll get rid of those ugly stains for good. Plus: Secret Cleaning Tips From the Pros

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Clean Range Hood Grease Filters With a DegreaserFamily Handyman

Clean Range Hood Grease Filters With a Degreaser

Running your vent hood grease filter through the dishwasher can yield disappointing results. Likewise with 'grease cutting' household cleaners. Get great results with a water-based degreaser from the auto parts store. Fill the sink with hot water and degreaser, drop in the filter and let the degreaser do all the work. The filter will come out sparkling clean in just a few minutes. Then just rinse it off. Do you have a glass stove top? Learn how to clean a glass stove top the best way.

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Scour Off Grime with an Electric ToothbrushFamily Handyman

Scour Off Grime with an Electric Toothbrush

Now that discount and dollar stores carry cheap electric toothbrushes, you can add a modern twist to routine cleaning. Rapid vibration will quickly scrub out stubborn dirt, while the long handle can get to hard-to-reach places without all the elbow grease. Plus: How to Clean a Bathroom Faster and Better

Plus: Learn how to clean a stainless steel sink.

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Clean Out Disposer CrudFamily Handyman

Clean Out Disposer Crud

Your disposer will smell better if you clean the splash guard. Lift the flaps and scrub them (especially the under side) with a toothbrush and grease-cutting cleaner.

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How to Clean Oven Door GlassFamily Handyman

How to Clean Oven Door Glass

It's a mystery how baking slop gets deposited between oven door glass panels. But it's clear that you can't remove it without disassembling the door. Get the instructions for removing the door and clean that grungy glass in less than an hour.

Plus: Appliance Care and Maintenance Tips to Make Appliances Last

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Scuff Mark Eraser

Scuff Mark Eraser

Clean off shoe scuff marks from vinyl flooring with a clean, dry tennis ball. A light rub and heel marks are 'erased.' Click here to get more ingenious cleaning tips like this one.

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Marker Cleanup

Marker Cleanup

When the permanent marker has ended up in the wrong hands, vegetable oil can clean it off lots of surfaces—even skin! Then just wipe up with a damp cloth and you're done.  See why lemon is such a popular scent with cleaning products.

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Clean Hard Floors FasterFamily Handyman

Clean Hard Floors Faster

If you're still using a regular old mop for everyday cleanup of your hard-surface floors, there's a better way. Save the mop for really dirty or muddy floors and simply spot-clean using the tool the pros use. Plus: Carpet Care Tips to Make Your Carpet Last

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Citrus Peels and Ice Cubes for a Stinky Disposer

Citrus Peels and Ice Cubes for a Stinky Disposer

If your disposer has developed an odor, it may contain bits of rotted food. Here's how to clean them out:
  1. With the water running at about half throttle, drop in orange or lemon peels. Run the disposer for five seconds. Citric acid from the peels softens crusty waste and attacks smelly bacteria. Give the acid about 15 minutes to do its work.
  2. Turn on the water and the disposer and drop in a few ice cubes. Flying shards of ice work like a sandblaster inside the disposer.
  3. Run the water until the bowl is about half full. Then pull the stopper and turn on the disposer to flush it out.
Plus: Bad Smell in the House?

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Clean a Stinky FridgeFamily Handyman

Clean a Stinky Fridge

You don't have to live with a stinky fridge. Follow these instructions for using newspaper and charcoal and the odors will be gone within several days.

Plus: 14 Cleaning Tips Every Dog or Cat Owner Should Know