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Whether you’re getting your home ready to show or you just want to freshen things up a bit, deep-cleaning is an effective, therapeutic way to do so. Here are 5 deep-cleaning tricks you should try this fall!

1. Dust your blinds with kitchen tongs

Dampen a couple of heavy-duty microfiber cloths, then secure them onto the ends of your set of tongs. You can then proceed to “grab” each blind with the tongs, easily wiping all the dirt off of one in a smooth motion. If you start to notice the cloths are getting dirty, rinse them in the sink, wring them out good, and re-attach them.

2. Clean your microwave with steam and lemon oil

Is your microwave sticky? Here’s a ridiculously easy deep-cleaning tip: put a few drops of lemon essential oil into a bowl of water and microwave on high for 5-8 minutes. Carefully remove the bowl with an oven mitt and wipe the microwave down with a wet cloth–no scrubbing necessary!

3. Get stains out with sunshine

Once you’ve pre-treated a comforter with stain remover and washed it and dried it, sometimes the stain is still there. Lay the dry comforter out over some chairs on a sunny day and the sunshine will magically get the stain out. (Your comforter will also smell like sunshine!)

4. Polish wood furniture with olive oil and lemon juice

Mix 1 cup of olive oil and 1/2 cup of fresh lemon juice in a bowl. Dip a soft rag into it and gently rub it over a wood dresser or table. Let it air dry and voilà! You have a beautifully polished surface! (Note: try on a small, out-of-sight area first to test. Do not use on antique furniture.)

5. Clean toilet and sinks with mouthwash

Pour 1/4 cup of strong mouthwash into the toilet bowl or a sink full of water and let it sit for 30 minutes. Then flush/rinse thoroughly.

What’s your favorite way to deep-clean?

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