Cleaning Tips for a Spotless Home

There's no way around it: Keeping the house clean demands your time, your energy, and even some of your money. Fortunately, these cleaning tips can help you finish the housekeeping more quickly, and with fewer commercially sold products. The fact is that every surface in the house—brick, wood, or stainless steel—can be cleaned most effectively with a specific approach. So if you're not sure how to remove this or that stain from this or that part of the house, browse the cleaning tips collected here. Spick-and-span interiors and exteriors are only a click away!

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