8 Cleaning Products That Went Viral This Year—for Good Reason

Thanks to my job, I spend a lot of time browsing the internet. I scroll through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, scoping out the latest trends and products to write about, and there’s no shortage of cool items to be found.

Lately, a lot of pe…

Thanks to my job, I spend a lot of time browsing the internet. I scroll through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, scoping out the latest trends and products to write about, and there’s no shortage of cool items to be found.

Lately, a lot of people have been really getting into cleaning—which, I have to say, is a refreshing change from things like the Tide Pod challenge—and there’s even a whole subculture on TikTok called #CleanTok, where people share their best cleaning hacks. In addition to all sorts of “why didn’t I think of that'' cleaning methods, I’ve discovered lots of cool cleaning products that make it exponentially easier to maintain just about every room of the house. Here are some of my favorites.

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15 Top-Rated Vacuum Cleaners That Can Handle the Dirtiest Floors

A good vacuum can be life-changing, if I say so myself. I remember the first time I bought a Dyson after years of using other brands—the amount of pet hair that came out of my carpet was honestly a little concerning and I was left thinking, “Oh, that’s…

A good vacuum can be life-changing, if I say so myself. I remember the first time I bought a Dyson after years of using other brands—the amount of pet hair that came out of my carpet was honestly a little concerning and I was left thinking, “Oh, that’s how it’s supposed to work!”

If your vacuum needs a dozen passes to leave your floors looking even remotely clean, short of changing out the filter, it’s safe to say that you need a new one. Luckily, there’s no shortage of top-rated vacuums, especially on Amazon Prime where you can take advantage of its free two-day shipping and easy returns.

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Please Don’t Wear Your Outdoor Shoes Inside My Home

From a very young age, I was taught to always take my shoes off once I got inside the house. No matter whose home it was, you just didn’t wear your outside shoes inside. Three decades later and I still do this in my own home and ask guests to do the sa…

From a very young age, I was taught to always take my shoes off once I got inside the house. No matter whose home it was, you just didn’t wear your outside shoes inside. Three decades later and I still do this in my own home and ask guests to do the same. IYKYK.

People ask me if it’s an Asian thing (I’m Chinese). Sometimes I’ll say yes, but most of the time, I’ll just say it’s a cleanliness thing—because it really is.

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5 Spots to Clean Before Moving Into a New Home

We’ve teamed up with Miele to share smart tips and tricks for making your cleaning routine more productive. But before you get started, you’ll need the right tools—check out the Miele Triflex HX1, which has the power of three cordless vacuums all in on…

We’ve teamed up with Miele to share smart tips and tricks for making your cleaning routine more productive. But before you get started, you’ll need the right tools—check out the Miele Triflex HX1, which has the power of three cordless vacuums all in one.


Moving into a new home is, objectively, very stressful. In an ideal world, you’d move into a sparkling-clean apartment or house—but let’s be real, that almost never happens (especially in the case of rentals).

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Everything They *Don’t* Tell You About Jute Rugs

My apartment has several different kinds of rugs: a Persian-style area rug from The Home Depot in the living room, a vintage Turkish rug I sourced on Etsy (a prized possession) in my bedroom, a flatweave, tasseled number that serves as a bath mat in th…

My apartment has several different kinds of rugs: a Persian-style area rug from The Home Depot in the living room, a vintage Turkish rug I sourced on Etsy (a prized possession) in my bedroom, a flatweave, tasseled number that serves as a bath mat in the bathroom, and a gray, woven jute rug in the dining room.

If you'd asked me which of these rugs I thought might be the highest maintenance before I bought them, I probably would have guessed the vintage Turkish one. But nope, that rug is sturdy, which makes sense, as it’s in fabulous condition despite its 50+ year age. The most challenging of them all is actually... the jute rug.

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The Absolute Easiest Trick to Cleaning Your Grill

Why is it important to clean a grill? And how come leaving charred bits and leftover cooking oil doesn’t season the grates similar to a cast iron skillet? Well, first and foremost, it’s better for your health. Grilling meats at high tempera…

Why is it important to clean a grill? And how come leaving charred bits and leftover cooking oil doesn’t season the grates similar to a cast iron skillet? Well, first and foremost, it’s better for your health. Grilling meats at high temperatures can actually produce carcinogens, then left behind on the grill, so it’s important to keep the grates maintained. Beyond the health factor, regularly cleaning your grill will lengthen its life, prevent dangerous flare-ups, and simply make your food taste better.

We know that summer is officially in full swing, but here's a tip that will carry you well beyond the Fourth of July: how to clean your grill, using things you already have lying around. All you'll need for this quick hack is a piece of aluminum foil and a pair of tongs. Oh, plus your dirty grill grate and a little bit of elbow grease. 

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Put Down the All-Purpose Spray—Here’s How to Clean Wood Furniture

For centuries, wood has endured as the most popular material for crafting furniture. It’s durable, naturally beautiful, and can be designed to suit just about any style. Most importantly, though, wood furniture is low maintenance and doesn’t require mu…

For centuries, wood has endured as the most popular material for crafting furniture. It’s durable, naturally beautiful, and can be designed to suit just about any style. Most importantly, though, wood furniture is low maintenance and doesn’t require much effort to keep it in tip-top shape.

But low maintenance doesn’t mean no maintenance, so it’s important to know how to clean your wood furniture if you want it to last. With just a little bit of regular upkeep, you’ll certainly be able to pass your wood furniture down to your grandchildren. From dusting to removing water stains, here’s everything you need to know.

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12 Inventive Ideas for Your Most Organized Laundry Room Yet

I wouldn’t count my laundry room as one of my favorite spaces. It’s small, cluttered, and—more often than not—a mess. In general, I tend to just close the door and pretend it’s not there until I have to do laundry, so I’m always surprised to see people…

I wouldn’t count my laundry room as one of my favorite spaces. It’s small, cluttered, and—more often than not—a mess. In general, I tend to just close the door and pretend it’s not there until I have to do laundry, so I’m always surprised to see people who love their laundry rooms enough to not only leave the door open, but actually post photos of the space on social media!

I think the difference between those laundry rooms and my laundry room really comes down to organization. There’s no rhyme or reason to how I stash my laundry supplies or organize dirty clothes, which makes the space feel a bit chaotic. (Okay, very chaotic.) I started looking for ways that I could tidy up the space—keeping in mind that it’s tiny—and here are some of the best laundry room organization ideas that I found along the way.

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The One Thing You Should Be Cleaning for *Way* Better Laundry

Anyone who does their own laundry likely knows that dryers have lint traps that should be cleaned regularly (ideally, after each use). All this requires is peeling off the layer of purple-grey lint that has accumulated on the trap to prevent pesky pieces of lint from sticking to your freshly washed clothing. What you probably didn’t know is that your washing machine has a filter that you should be cleaning, too. Don’t feel bad if this is the first time you’re hearing of this…I wasn’t exactly aware of it until recently, either.

Pump filters provide a similar service to the lint trap in a dryer, collecting (you guessed it!) lint, in addition to stray hairs, crumbs, rogue clothing threads, and more. Sounds pretty gross, right? If you’re anxious to start cleaning, there’s a step before that! You first need to find where the washing machine filter is located! According to Readers’ Digest, any owner’s manual is your best bet for locating it, but if you’ve misplaced that (haven’t we all!), there are a few likely places where you’ll find the filter: in the front of the machine behind a small latch, at the very bottom of the drainage hose, or under the cover of the agitator (the tall spindle in the middle of the machine that helps to move your laundry through the soapy water).

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Anyone who does their own laundry likely knows that dryers have lint traps that should be cleaned regularly (ideally, after each use). All this requires is peeling off the layer of purple-grey lint that has accumulated on the trap to prevent pesky pieces of lint from sticking to your freshly washed clothing. What you probably didn't know is that your washing machine has a filter that you should be cleaning, too. Don't feel bad if this is the first time you're hearing of this...I wasn't exactly aware of it until recently, either.

Pump filters provide a similar service to the lint trap in a dryer, collecting (you guessed it!) lint, in addition to stray hairs, crumbs, rogue clothing threads, and more. Sounds pretty gross, right? If you're anxious to start cleaning, there's a step before that! You first need to find where the washing machine filter is located! According to Readers' Digest, any owner's manual is your best bet for locating it, but if you've misplaced that (haven't we all!), there are a few likely places where you'll find the filter: in the front of the machine behind a small latch, at the very bottom of the drainage hose, or under the cover of the agitator (the tall spindle in the middle of the machine that helps to move your laundry through the soapy water).

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You Can Use a Magic Eraser to Clean Your Swimming Pool—Yes, Really!

While the theme of the season continues to be “hot girl summer,” admittedly, we’re more into clean girl summer. There’s just nothing like the feeling of cracking open a brand new package of rubber gloves, taking a whiff of the bright, lemony scent of c…

While the theme of the season continues to be "hot girl summer," admittedly, we're more into clean girl summer. There's just nothing like the feeling of cracking open a brand new package of rubber gloves, taking a whiff of the bright, lemony scent of cleaning products, and scrubbing every nook and cranny of your home. Lucky for us, (and just in time for the heatwaves to come), one Facebook user has found the secret to your cleanest swimming pool ever, using a handy cleaning product that everyone already knows and loves—Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.

In a Facebook post that originally appeared in 2018—and has since gone viral—Lisa Pack, a pool owner in Ohio, claimed that the best way to clean a stubbornly green pool is with the all-purpose Magic Eraser. And the technique couldn't be easier. "Now mind you, my pool wasn't green but it looked like it was getting cloudy," she wrote on Facebook. "I threw one of these in the skimmer basket and the cloudiness left and my sponge looks like this," she said, holding up a photo of the green-tinted eraser in front of her newly-clean swimming pool. Pack, along with hundreds of thousands of commenters, have since been in awe over how effective such a small and inexpensive product is at cleaning a swimming pool. "I'm pretty excited to think something so cheap could help so much," she said.

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