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The Ultimate Guide to Home Cleaning (and Making Your Place Smell Great in the Process)

A few months ago, getting the house clean didn’t seem like such a big deal. Vacuum the rugs, scrub the tub and toilets, make sure there are no crumbs hiding under the couch and you’re basically good to go. But now that our homes have turned into makeshift offices, gyms, playgrounds, restaurants and bars, keeping things clean has suddenly become a Herculean task.

How do you tackle this seemingly insurmountable chore, especially when you’re busy and stressed? First, take a deep breath and do one thing at a time. Then, make sure to reward yourself for all the hard work by topping off your newly clean space with a Glade® 3-wick candle or PlugIns® Scented Oil fragrance. Don’t you feel calmer already?

Now that we’re all in the right mindset, let’s begin. Here, 15 of the best cleaning tips to get your space feeling like new in no time.

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Start With A Deep Clean

Clean up your act (without letting it take over your life)

How to Deep Clean Your House from Top to Bottom

You know you need to deep clean your house, but perhaps you dread the thought of losing hours—or even a whole weekend—to the project. But it doesn’t have to be that way. We’ve culled the best advice from a range of experts to come up with a fast yet thorough way to clean up your act…without letting it take over your life.

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5 Ways to Recover After Deep Cleaning Your House

All of the lifting, bending, crouching and leaning that occurs while deep cleaning your home can do a serious number on your body. Which, frankly, sucks, because you just whipped your house into shape and you’d really like to enjoy it. Well, you’re in luck. Follow these five steps below to get the most out of your deep clean by taking good care of yourself, too.

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Kitchen Cleaning Checklist

Get your rubber gloves and start a playlist, because this whole cleanup sesh will take less than two hours. Promise.

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How to Sanitize Your Home

Knowing how to sanitize your home is the kind of skill we should all be armed with. Here’s what to do.

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Washing Machine How-To

File this one under housekeeping tasks you had zero clue you needed to do. Apparently, all those sudsy cycles can produce mold and mildew. That’s why we put together this handy guide—top-loading and front-loading machines both included.

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How to Deep Clean a Mattress

Most cleaning routines don’t typically involve the mattress, but this overlooked item gets more use on a daily basis than most of our furniture. If you haven’t been deep cleaning your mattress twice a year, it’s time to start. Here’s how.

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How to Clean Your Cell Phone

We hate to break it to you, but you’re missing one crucial cleaning step. Your phone is covered in germs. Feeling the urge to sanitize immediately? Same. Keep these tips in mind.

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How to Clean Reuseable Bags

You've been diligent about washing your hands, your groceries, even your keys. But what about those handy reusable shopping bags you keep by your front door for grocery runs?

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How to Clean Your Indoor Plants

Yes, even your pothos plant and lemon tree need to be scrubbed every once in a while. Apparently you should be spring cleaning your plants at least once a year. Here’s how to do it.

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Add The Finishing Touch

A fresh scent goes a long way

5 Easy Living Room Upgrades to Add That Finishing Touch

Let’s face it: These four walls have been our constant companion for the past few months. While we haven’t gone full “TikTok” by painting a cool mural or building our own coffee table (...yet), we have had plenty of time to scrutinize every aspect of our interior...and realized our space was lacking that little extra oomph. Whether you want to spruce up your current decor or are starting over from scratch, here are five easy ways to add a finishing touch to your common area.

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Want To Go Further? Try A Little Organizing

Here are the Tips We Keep Coming Back to Again and Again

PureWow’s 10 Best Decluttering Tricks from the Past 10 Years

Over the past ten years, we’ve written roughly 1,700 (!) stories on the topic, spanning from a quick tip for cleaning out your freezer to massive room-by-room breakdowns for tackling every square inch of your home. These are the tips we rely on when our lives get out of order.

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Organize a Small Space

Whether you’re trying to find the floor of your teeny studio apartment or need to organize your two-bedroom, here are 30 genius ideas for small spaces that we’d never even thought of before but will be implementing ASAP.

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Organize Your Bedroom

All too often, our bedrooms become the most-neglected space in the house. But, as we spend more time at home, now seems as good as ever to finally get that messy room under control—and, dare we say, enjoy it.

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Angela Pares is the VP of Design + Branded Content at Gallery Media Group, where she oversees the ideation and execution of sponsored content campaigns across PureWow, ONE37pm and...