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10 Easy Tricks Every Clean Person Swears By

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    Cleaning. It’s not exactly our top pick for how we like to spend our free time, but hey, it has to get done. And, no matter how much of a pro you consider yourself, we bet there are some items sitting in your apartment right now that have never even been touched — let alone tidied up.

    Seriously, how exactly do you even clean a mattress? Or get red wine out of a rug? Or rid your microwave of the perma-gunk lining its interior? Well, in the spirit of getting our places sparkling clean for the summer months ahead, we’ve tapped expert Carolyn Childers over at Handy to give us the lowdown on everything from how to get to those annoying, hard-to-reach corners to more obvious things like getting stainless-steel appliances squeaky clean. Ahead are 10 cleaning hacks you need to know, because, well, Windex doesn't work on everything.

    This month, we're asking you to toss out everything you thought you knew about spring cleaning and give every corner of your life a refresh. The inspiration for a happier, clutter-free you is right this way.

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    Grease Stains On Fabric
    One really simple way to get rid of a grease stain, such as a fingerprint on the wall or some cooking oil on your clothes, is to rub some chalk over the area (or alternatively, some baby powder) and allow it to absorb the stain for 30 minutes before brushing off. If this doesn’t completely remove the grease, rub in some more chalk before putting the item in the laundry. It will come out as good as new — or pretty damn close.

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    Water Stains On Wood
    It’s easy to forget to use a coaster on wooden tables, but ring stains left by water can leave permanent marks. The good news? The damage can be reversed if dealt with quickly enough. Use a hairdryer to dry out the mark BEFORE it has the time to completely dry and set in.

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    Fingerprints On Stainless Steel
    Metal surfaces may look cool, but somehow no matter how hard you clean them, you just can’t get rid of those greasy fingerprints. This is the time to fight oil with oil. The best way to get metal looking its shiny best is to take a cloth and buff the surface with baby oil for a smooth finish without a blemish in sight!

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    Mattresses
    Mattresses are notoriously difficult to clean, but there is one really easy way to freshen them up, and it involves an item you more than likely have in your kitchen cupboard. Take some baking soda and sprinkle a cupful all over your mattress. Then, leave it to do its work for two hours before simply vacuuming it off! You can even add a few drops of essential oil — such as relaxing lavender — if you're interested in a fragrant touch.

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    Scuff Marks On Leather Couches
    Leather couches are not the cheapest things to replace, so the last thing you want to do when yours acquires some scratches is fork out for a brand-new one. To mask normal wear and tear, just apply a good-quality wax shoe polish with a clean rag and watch as your couch is restored to its former glory.