10 Lazy-Girl Cleaning Hacks We Got From Professional Cleaners

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For most people, cleaning the house is no fun. The less time spent with the Swiffer, the better. But there is good news: Keeping your apartment spic-and-span doesn't have to be as difficult as you might think.

We asked some professional housekeeping experts to share brilliant yet surprisingly simple cleaning hacks to make life easier. These easy and inexpensive time-savers make it easy to MacGyver your chores and streamline your daily cleaning routine — without sweeping the mess under the rug, literally or figuratively. It's time to hack your cleaning tasks and create more time to have fun.

From how to tackle the oven rack that still has remnants from last year's holiday roast to how to remove pesky stickers on new appliances, these cleaning shortcuts are bona fide game-changers.
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Cleaning oven racks can be a dirty, miserable job. Debra Johnson of Merry Maids shares an almost effortless way to get yourself some seriously clean oven racks.

What you need:
1 jug vinegar
½ cup dishwashing liquid
8 dryer sheets

Instructions:
1. Lay oven racks flat in the bathtub on top of the drain.

2. Line the tub with dryer sheets.

3. Cover oven racks with warm water.

4. Pour full jug of vinegar into the bath. Let soak overnight.

5. Wipe oven racks with a clean cloth or the dryer sheets the next morning.
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Everyday cooking can create a sticky build-up on your stovetop and cooking appliances. Johnson powers through nasty kitchen grease with this incredible hack.

What you need:
Airtight bag
¼ cup of ammonia

Instructions:
1. Remove stove grates and other removable parts.

2. Scrub them with soapy steel-wool pads.

3. Place stove grates in an airtight bag with a quarter cup of ammonia and let sit overnight.

4. Wipe with a clean cloth the next day.
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If you want to remove annoying, stuck-on stickers, Johnson says it's all about one surprising key ingredient — and some patience.

What you need:
½ cup mayonnaise

Instructions:
1. Cover the full surface of the sticker with mayonnaise.

2. Let sit overnight.

3. Peel off sticker easily in the morning and wash the item.
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When mineral deposits in your toilet bowl become too much to bear, Johnson's solution might sound unconventional, but it works.

What you need:
1 cup white vinegar
Fizzy denture tablets

Instructions:
Pour vinegar and denture tablet into the toilet bowl, and let sit overnight before scrubbing.
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A smear of mayonnaise can remove marks and water rings on wooden surfaces. Meg Roberts, President of Molly Maid, shares this hack.

What you need:
Mayonnaise
Clean cloth

Instructions:
Put a quarter-size amount of mayo on a towel, and buff the surface until stains disappear.
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One of the best rust removers is citric acid. Roberts shares how to naturally loosen pesky rust without using abrasive goods.

What you need:
Any juice or drink mixture that contains citric acid (lemon or lime juice will work)
Scrubbing cloth or brush

Instructions:
Rub the mixture on the rusty surface. The citric acid will eat away the rust. Voila!
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According to Roberts, cucumber peels are an effective way to keep your walls and table scuff-free.

What you need:
Half a cucumber

Instructions:
Use the outside of the peel to remove scuffs on walls and tables.
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You probably never thought to harness the acidic powers of Coca-Cola to keep your toilet clean, but Roberts claims the household beverage is actually a genius cleaning agent.

What you need:
1 can of Cola-Cola

Instructions:
Let the soda sit in the toilet for 1-2 hours, and flush clean.
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Break out a bottle of ketchup if you want to shine your tarnished brass, copper, and silverware. Yes, really.

What you need:
Ketchup
A cloth or towel

Instructions:
Use a dollop of ketchup on a cloth or towel to polish.
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Ice is an easy and inexpensive way to clean a smelly garbage disposal and keep its blades super sharp.

What you need:
Lemons
Water
Vinegar
Ice tray

Instructions:
1. Write “Garbage Disposal” on the bottom of the ice tray (to avoid unfortunate confusion).

2. Fill the tray with eight parts water to one part vinegar.

3. Cut up a lemon.

4. Drop a small piece of the lemon rind into each slot.

5. Freeze.

6. Drop ice cubes down into the garbage disposal.

7. Turn on the device and run some water from the faucet to help wash down the bits of debris, making sure to completely grind up the ice.
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