13 genius cleaning tips that will have your home smelling fresh like spring

Cleaning is a necessary evil. You'd like to live in a home that looks and smells nice, but spending endless hours scrubbing and cleaning can be exhausting and a little dreary. Instead of wasting that beautiful Saturday scouring pans or the inside of your oven, try a few of these cleaning hacks instead.
These tips make some of those cleaning jobs just a little easier and more effective — and perhaps with a little less effort!
The Kitchen
1. The cutting board. Wood cutting boards are fantastic, but they can be germy. Properly clean the board by coating it with kosher salt and using a lemon half to scrub the board. Lightly rinse, then dry well.
2. The microwave. Use the method in the video below to get rid of nasty stains:
3. Foil your glass. Need to scrub stuck-on debris from your glass cookware? Try using tin foil! See how this works in the video below:
The Bathroom
4. Clean the faucets with a lemon. Get the fresh smell of lemon and some seriously shiny faucets in the tub and sink with the method below. Watch this in action below:
5. The bathroom fan. If you want to clean that bathroom fan without taking it apart (though you should tackle that task at least twice a year). Use the method below:
6. Wall wash. The solution made in the video below works for any room in the house really. The best part is that it's completely inexpensive to do!
7. Give the loo a proper scrub. Your toilet might need a little more TLC than you're giving it. When cleaning the bowl, remember to scrub under the rim. You should also remove your toilet seat a few times a year to get all of the crevices. (This is particularly true if you're potty-training boys!)
8. Chalk it off. If you accidentally splatter grease on your clothes while cooking dinner, grab a bit of chalk and follow the steps below:
9. Cheap sneaker scrub. If you want to get your leather sneakers looking clean and new, try out the technique below:
10. Wash your clothes in pepper. Toss a teaspoon of pepper (yes, the pepper you use to season your chicken) into the wash. The pepper prevents clothes from bleeding and helps keeps colors staying bright for longer. See how this works in the video below:
Disaster Cleanup
11. Candle wax. If you were to accidentally spill candle wax all over the carpet and needed to get rid of it quick (because, say, you weren't supposed to have a candle warmer in your dorm room), this hack is a lifesaver.
12. Paint on your clothes. If you accidentally got paint on your favorite jacket during your last craft project, don't toss it in the donation pile just yet. Instead, grab a razor and try this:
13. Spilled eggnog. If someone had a little too much eggnog at the family party and spilled some all over your white carpet, don't cry yet. Instead, grab some nail polish remover and a bit of dish soap. Then try this method:
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