Home Survival Skills: Cleaning Essentials That Make Life Easier

I think we can all agree that when it comes to cleaning, we're always looking for hacks and efficient alternatives to make the process easier. Try these cleaning tips and tricks to keep your home sparkling year-round.

Photo By: DK - House Works ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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Photo By: DK - House Works ©2010 Dorling Kindersley Limited

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7 Things You're Forgetting to Clean

Whether it's deep cleaning or just tidying up, there are a few ways to go the extra mile and keep your home sparkling. From the back of the TV to the garbage disposal, there are some items around your home that may need some TLC from the sponge or vacuum. Did You Know These Items Were That Dirty? >>

Clean Out Your Dryer Lint

One way you can speed up the laundry process is by not only cleaning the lint from your dryer, but actually cleaning your lint screen.

Clean Your Home After Illness

Keeping your home spic and span is one of the most important ways to ward away disease, and a thorough cleaning once you're feeling better can prevent illness from spreading to your loved ones.

Spring Clean Your Paper Clutter

Preparing your tax return can be chaotic, but it doesn't have to be. Keeping important papers organized year-round can help you spend less time scouring your file cabinet and more time planning your Tax Day shopping spree.

Choose the Right Vacuum

With so many brands, options, filter types and other factors, choosing the right vacuum can be a daunting task. To make the decision easier, we've narrowed down some of the most important factors to keep in mind while picking out a vacuum.

Flip Your Ceiling Fan Rotation

If your home feels fine during the day but you find yourself reaching for an extra blanket at night, it may be time to reverse the direction of your ceiling fan blades.

Clean Out Your Closet

Start the cold seasons off on the right foot with a few tips for making the closet swap less painful.

Amazing Uses for Vinegar

One of the best things about keeping vinegar in your home is that it's so cheap. Plus, it's edible — no harsh toxins, no lingering chemical smell — making it the perfect cleaning solution if you have children or pets.

Creative Uses for Beer

As it turns out, your favorite brew may have more uses than just cooling you off after a long day, like polishing garden pots and keeping wasps away.

Amazing Uses for Spices and Herbs

You'll quickly find that herbs and spices offer natural solutions for both you and your home. Plus, it's likely you already have several of these super-spices at home, making them a practically free cure-all.

Make Natural, Homemade Potpourri

If you've ever tried to make your own fragrance, you know it can be difficult to get the combination just right. That's why we followed our noses to find easy mixes for springtime scents that you can make at home.

Spring Clean Your Outdoor Space

Have you been neglecting your yard? Get your outdoor space ready for the spring and summer months with our tidy-up tips.

Clean Your Gutters

Taking measures early — like checking your gutters for leaks and cleaning out built-up debris — will ensure you spend less time outside scooping up piles of wet leaves and more time inside with family.

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