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The Best Cleaning Tips of 2017 from The Cleaning Authority

It’s the seasons of “Best of 2017” lists, and we’re jumping on board! We’ve collected our best cleaning tips that have run on our blog in 2017. Check them out, and if you want to learn more, simply click on the images to see the full blog post.

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All you need is salt and a lemon! Massage 1/3 cup of coarse salt on your cutting board, and then let it sit for about 10 minutes. Then, massage the salt with 1/2 a lemon, squeezing the lemon to release the juice. Last, simply rinse the board with a clean cloth and hot water.—You can also use this method to clean a wood cutting board that can’t go in the dishwasher.

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When cleaning out clutter in your home, you can donate some unexpected items like eyeglasses, bicycles (even if they’re broke), and gaming equipment.

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First, brush off your shoes to remove any bigger pieces of dirt. Mix a tablespoon of baking soda, ½ tablespoon water, and ½ tablespoon hydrogen peroxide in a small mixing bowl until it becomes an even paste. Apply a first coat of the mixture by brushing it into the surface, and then paint a second coat over the shoe. Leave your shoes in the sun for four hours. Clap your shoes together and use a brush to remove the dried up mixture.

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A shoe organizer that typically hangs on a door is a great addition to the car to keep things organized. You can hang them on the back of the front seat for toys or snacks or store in the trunk for sporting equipment.

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A key to keeping a sandbox mildew and mold free is to keep the sand dry. Be sure to cover your sandbox when it is not in use. When in use, turn the sand often to be sure the layers of sand are exposed to the sun.

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It’s not just shoes that can track in a mess, so can your coat, scarves, hats, gloves, etc. At each entry way, have a coat rack or closet where these items can be hung up before they have a chance to make it further into your home.

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Pour equal parts water and vinegar into a microwave safe bowl. Microwave on high until the solution comes to a rolling boil. Wait a few minutes for the microwave to cool, and then wipe the inside of the microwave down with a sponge.