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    Source: 8 Common Cleaning Spots You're Missing

    When you're doing a little bit of dusting and cleaning up this weekend, remember to do a thorough job. We often clean surfaces and things that are visible, but we forget about the hidden nooks and crannies in our homes. Here are some spots you may want to tackle today:

    • Under your cushions. While you're vacuuming your floor, suck some of the grime out from beneath your sofa cushions.
    • Behind and underneath big pieces of furniture. Move heavy furniture and vacuum the dust collecting behind or underneath your bed, sofa, or other bulky pieces in your home.
    • Under your fridge. People often forget to clean under the fridge, so this weekend, try to roll your fridge from its usual spot and clean the floor beneath it.
    • Behind your toilet. When you're cleaning your toilet, remember to reach for the back and clean away!
    • Your remote control. Just grab a disinfectant wipe and quickly swipe your germy remote.
    • Telephone buttons. We use phones all the time,
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  • DIY Cleaning Solutions

    DIY Cleaning Solutions

    Add a twist to your cleaning routine with this multipurpose citrus fruit - the lemon. The acid in lemons has antiseptic properties and a fresh scent, making it a natural solution for your household chores. Save money by using this citrus fruit to replace costly cleaning products.

    Plus: 45 Genius Uses for Vinegar »

    Kill microwave smells. Fill a heat-resistant bowl with water and half a lemon and zap for five minutes.

    Bust dust particles. Mix 10 drops lemon oil, 2 tablespoons lemon juice and a few drops olive oil in a spray bottle. Spray onto surfaces; wipe with a cotton flannel cloth.

    Attack a stain. Add ½ cup lemon juice to a load of white laundry, then let dry in the sun.

    Polish wood. If it's varnished: Add a few drops of lemon to ½ cup warm water. Spray onto a slightly damp cotton cloth and wipe furniture. If it's unvarnished: Mix 2 teaspoons each of olive oil and lemon juice. Apply to a soft cotton cloth. Use wide strokes to distribute evenly.

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  • You may be tempted to sub in another cleaner, but watch out for these mistakes.

    When you run out of a certain product, there's often another one that can get the job done. For example, you can use a few drops of hydrogen peroxide on your laundry as a stain remover, and baking soda works great as a sink and faucet cleanser. But there are several cleaning swaps that you should never, ever make.

    Related: You'll Never Believe What Your Dishwasher Can Clean (And No, It's Not Dishes)

    1. All-purpose cleaner for glass cleaner
    What could be the harm in this swap? Well, using an all-purpose cleaner on windows or mirrors will leave them with soapy streaks. A smart alternative would be to use something that is billed as a multi-surface cleaner.

    2. Hand dish soap for automatic dishwasher detergent
    We bet you're thinking: Who would be that silly? Well, it's happened. Make this exchange and you'll wind up with mountains of suds all over your kitchen floor that just won't quit. If this happens, here's what to do to break down the foam.

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  • I take great pride in my ability to create a luxurious guest room, but I've got an Achilles heel. Anytime a friend or family member decides to spend the night at the last minute, I immediately panic about the tub. Now I clean on the regular, but I have to admit -- I get hard water stains and ring-around-the-tub just like everyone else. I've done some digging and come up with a few foolproof ways to clean a tub fast -- using stuff you can find in your kitchen. So the next time your cousin has a third glass of wine, you can make the tub sparkle before she's changed into your yoga pants.

    Here's how:

    Citrus & Sugar: If you're in a pinch, you can cut a grapefruit, orange or lemon in half, dip the flat side in sugar and scrub your tub clean. This method requires a little elbow grease and is best for a simple surface cleaning. Be sure to rinse your tub really well when you're done. An added bonus: your bathroom will smell great.

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  • This kitchen cleaning staple isn't just for the dishes.

    This kitchen cleaning staple isn't just for the dishes.

    Your dishwasher has been holding out on you. Sure, "dishes" are in the name, but this machine can clean so much more.

    1. Kitchen exhaust filter
    Avoid getting messy, gunky oil buildup on your filter by cleaning it in the dishwasher once a month or as often as your range hood manufacturer recommends. The high temperature combined with a good detergent should be sufficient to cut through tough grease without any effort on your part. Check out our dishwasher detergent reviews if you're looking for a new detergent or want to see how your current one scored.

    2. Dish sponges
    Bacteria and mold love a moist environment, and your dish sponge is a perfect setting for them to thrive. We've found that using the "heated dry" setting is an effective way to kill most of the germs. (Psst! Here are even more ways to get your sponge clean.)

    3. Plastic toys
    This should wipe out germs from that last play date fast. Warning: Don't place any toys with electronic component in the dishwasher. You might get

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