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With many of us spending more time at home, and a pandemic causing homeowners to rethink cleaning routines, searches for housekeeping tips and tricks continued to grow in 2021. However, certain cleaning questions were asked more than others, including "how to clean your oven," "how to clean silver," and "how to clean a grill." Pulled from Google Trends, these are the top 10 "how to clean" questions you asked Google over the past year. This quick and easy guide will give you simple tutorials on how to clean home appliances, accessories, and more, all in one place. Don't fret because all your most pondered cleaning questions are answered right here.

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  The 5 best microwave cleaning tricks ever Cleaning the microwave can be a dreary task, but there are several tricks that require only a few items. With common household items such as vinegar, baking soda, and lemons, these cleaning hacks are key to maintaining a clean microwave.Microwaves can be deceiving—with a door that typically remains shut, it’s easy to forget about the reality of the grimy interior, splattered marinara sauce dotting the walls, and burnt food gunk in the corners.

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1. How to Clean Your Oven

Cleaning an oven can seem daunting at first. It's one of those household items you forget about cleaning or purposely forget to clean. But cleaning an oven doesn't have to be difficult. Instead of using your oven's self-cleaning function, try setting the temperature to 225°F with a pan of water in your oven for at least 15 minutes. Once cooled down, add dishwashing soap to the pan and scrub your oven using a sponge to get any stuck bits. The best way to keep your oven clean is to prevent messes before they happen. When cooking food that will drip, try placing a baking sheet underneath to catch any spills rather than it falling to the bottom of your oven.

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  How to Create a Home Spa Bathroom See the ways you can easily transform your bathroom into a spa oasis, from replacing shower fixtures to upgrading lighting and vanities.Without a doubt, remodeling your shower can give your bathroom the spa look. It's also one of the most expensive parts of your bathroom to remodel. However, there are ways to improve your shower without spending a fortune.

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2. How to Clean Your Shoes

Shoes, especially white ones, get dirty quickly. The necessary tools for cleaning shoes will depend on whether you are working with canvas, leather, or mesh shoes. For all materials, you will need a toothbrush, a soft cloth or paper towel, a melamine sponge, and if working with white shoes, a bleach pen. With all shoe materials, start by using the toothbrush to brush away all dirt and debris and a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to scrub rubber soles to return them to their original state. Rinse the shoes with water and let air dry completely.

Get tips for cleaning white canvas, leather, and mesh shoes.

3. How to Clean a Cast-Iron Skillet

A cast-iron skillet is a kitchen essential but it's trickier to properly clean than your average pan. This is because of its seasoned coating, which is made when oil is baked into the pan's finish at a high temperature. There are only three steps to take when cleaning a cast-iron skillet. First, while the pan is still warm from cooking, place it in the sink and rinse with hot water. Wipe the surface with a non-abrasive sponge and rinse again, then dry. Next, apply a thin layer of oil on the interior with a paper towel. Lastly, if there are food bits that won't come off or rust, use kosher salt and a wet sponge and gently buff. Remember to store your cast iron skillet in a dry place.

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  How Much Does Air Duct Cleaning Cost? Typical Range: $269 to $486 National Average: $373If you’re concerned about the air quality inside your home, the Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) says that most of the dust and dirt inside of air ducts adheres to the sides of the ducts and don’t necessarily enter the home where you can breathe it. The EPA recommends that duct cleaning is needed when there is visible mold growth within the air ducts or on other sections of the heating and cooling system.

Here is an in-depth tutorial for cleaning and seasoning a cast-iron skillet.

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4. How to Clean Carpet

Just vacuuming your carpet isn't enough when it comes to actually cleaning it. While vacuuming helps remove dirt and debris from the carpet fibers, deep-cleaning every 12-18 months is necessary for keeping your carpet looking new. Remember to refer to your carpet manufacturer guide before attempting to use a carpet-cleaning machine. First, vacuum the carpet thoroughly while taking your time and overlapping the strokes. Second, apply a carpet stain removal cleaner to any set-in stains and blot with a clean cloth. Lastly, use a carpet-cleaning machine by either renting or hiring a professional service.

Read here for more carpet cleaning methods.

5. How to Clean Leather

Leather furniture has many benefits. It's long-lasting, easy to care for, and extremely durable. Our number one tip before cleaning leather is to test in a hidden area first to see how it affects the material. For small spills, clean the area immediately with a clean cloth or sponge, and use lukewarm water if needed, then let air dry. For grease stains, wipe off any excess and let dry; the leather should absorb the material. If needed, sprinkle baking soda or cornstarch on the area and let dry overnight, then vacuum in the morning. If the stain just will not go away, consult with a professional leather specialist to prevent further damage.

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  8 Best Carpet Cleaners to Make Your Rugs Look (and Smell) Brand New Get rid of carpet stains and grime once and for all.If your home has lots of carpeting and upholstery that get lots of traffic and stains from family, friends and pets, a carpet cleaner is a worthwhile investment in addition to your vacuum cleaner or handheld vacuum. Owning a machine is less costly over time compared to renting or hiring a professional carpet cleaning service, plus, you’ll have the machine on-hand to tackle carpet stains the minute they happen and to do regular maintenance cleanings to help your carpets and upholstery looking better, longer.

The best ways to clean and care for leather.

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6. How to Clean Your Dishwasher

Maintaining your dishwasher is essential for keeping dishes clean. Routinely cleaning this appliance is important and should be done more often than you think. The first step is to clean the exterior to wash away fingerprints and other smudges. For the inside of the door, use a toothbrush and hot, soapy water and scrub in all the nooks and crannies. Next, remove any debris in the basin of the dishwasher with paper towels, then run the dishwasher while empty. After that, remove all accessories in the dishwasher and thoroughly clean. The final step is to clean your dishwasher filter typically located in the back of the appliance. Rinse using hot water and scrub away any debris that might be there. Once clean, place back into the dishwasher.

Read our detailed tutorial for cleaning your dishwasher.

7. How to Clean a Couch

Furniture experiences a lot of wear and tear. From kids to pets to accidental spills, keeping your couch clean can be quite a task. The number one tip to keeping your furniture clean is to vacuum it often. Using an upholstery brush or bristle attachment works wonders at keeping your couch clean. Baby wipes are a quick fix for all kinds of fabrics that need immediate cleaning. Another way to clean your couch is to prevent stains before they happen. Try using a fabric protector to repel stains. Be gentle when cleaning and use water sparingly.

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  Wait, I Have to Clean That? 7 Things to Add to Your Cleaning Routine You'd be surprised how germy reusable grocery bags are. But is everything clean? Even if your home looks clean, there may be tasks you weren't even aware should be part of your cleaning routine. While most of these jobs don't require daily or weekly cleaning, a bit of attention every few months will leave your home cleaner, safer, and healthier for you and your family. RELATED: 13 Places You're Forgetting to Dust in Your Home—But Need to ASAP Dryer Vents Emptying the dryer's lint trap after every load should be routine because it helps the dryer work more efficiently.

Read here for more tips on cleaning your furniture.

8. How to Clean Your Washing Machine

To keep your clothing and other linens smelling fresh, you'll need to occasionally clean your washing machine. If your washing machine has a self-cleaning function, refer to your manufacturer's guide on the best way to run that cycle. If not, follow this easy three-step process. First, run your washing machine on hot while empty with two cups of white vinegar added to the detergent dispenser. Next, scrub the inside and outside of the washing machine with 1/4 cup vinegar mixed with a quart of water. Clean the machine with a toothbrush and sponge. The final step is to run your washing machine on hot again without vinegar or detergent.

Follow our how-to guide to cleaning your washing machine.

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9. How to Clean a Grill

There are different techniques for cleaning various grill types, including charcoal, gas, smokers, and flat tops. Some items you should have on hand when cleaning any type of grill are a grill brush, degreaser, hand vacuum, and stainless-steel polish. Make sure when cleaning your grill you also remember to clean your grill accessories as well.

Read for an in-depth tutorial for cleaning each grill type.

10. How to Clean Silver

To keep your silver pieces looking elegant and spotless, routine cleaning is recommended. You probably have all the ingredients you need already in your kitchen cabinets. To clean silver naturally, you'll need aluminum foil, a pot or pan, boiling water, baking soda, kosher salt, and a soft cloth. Line your pot with aluminum foil, then add water and bring to a boil. Add 1/4 cup baking soda and two tsp. kosher salt to the boiling water. Watch as bubbles begin to form. Stir the solution, then add your silverware into the pot for 5 minutes. Remove silverware and once cool, dry with a soft cloth.

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8 Cleaning Products that Went Viral This Year—For Good Reason .
Thanks to my job, I spend a lot of time browsing the internet. I scroll through Facebook, Instagram, Twitter, and TikTok, scoping out the latest trends and products to write about, and there’s no shortage of cool items to be found. Lately, a lot of people have been really getting into cleaning—which, I have to say, is a refreshing change from things like the Tide Pod challenge—and there’s even a whole subculture on TikTok called #CleanTok, where people share their best cleaning hacks.

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