12 Easy Tricks Every Clean Person Knows

Illustrated by Mallory Heyer.
Making your bed, dusting shelves, and taking out the trash: piece of cake times three. If only all household chores could be this easy. When the inside of a vase gets so muck-ridden that it’s probably a health-code violation or your air conditioner is literally blowing filth into your face, this whole adulting thing starts to become a little more than you bargained for.

That’s where magic hacks come into play. Hacks are great, because they mean you don’t have to inhale toxic fumes just to pry off caked-on stains from your oven walls or coax mildew out of your shower (mildew loves it in there). There’s a better way to clean: the green way. Here are eleven natural, clever solutions for even the foulest of funk in your house.