Sanitize your phone
The icky truth: Your cell might harbor more germs than a toilet seat. Zap germs with an alcohol wipe, and give your TV remote and computer mouse the same treatment while you’re at it.
Make sneakers bright again
Get your white tennis shoes to their just-out-of-the-box state by hand washing with a bar of mild soap and water, then clean rubber soles and sides with a Mr. Clean Magic Eraser.
Freshen stuffed animals
In between baths (in the washing machine, of course), groom your kids’ plush pals by giving them a quick once-over with a lint roller.
De-funk hairbrushes and combs
Combat build-up from hair products with a sudsy solution of a few drops of dish soap or gentle shampoo mixed with warm water.
Fight pet stink
Deodorize the soft, cushy places around your house — including the dog bed — by sprinkling surfaces with baking soda, letting it sit for 15 minutes, and then vacuuming it up.
Put a tidy bath on autopilot
Shed expired and unused items as well as bulky packaging. Instead, store products in easy-in-and-out jars, bags, and baskets.
Clean the car without a vacuum
Stash a lint roller in the glove compartment to pick up stray crumbs and pet hair. It can fit in nooks and crannies where your vacuum attachments can’t reach.
Untangle a knotted necklace
Never waste time desperately tugging at tangled jewelry again. Loosen the knot by sprinkling a little baby powder on it and then using a pin to pull it apart.
Make your white shirts bright again
Wipe down your purse
It’s kind of remarkable how some things we touch daily, we rarely clean — your purse is another one of those. About half of all women’s bags have fecal bacteria on them, so give it a wipe with a disinfectant wipe.
Fill your dishwasher — but not with dishes
Plastic toys, toothbrush holders, and pet bowls are just a few of the items that can get clean the hands-off way.
Remove coffee stains from mugs
When your favorite ceramic cup contains a stubborn unsightly ring, squirt a little dish soap in it and add some baking soda for additional abrasion, then clean as usual. Or you can use Mr. Clean Magic Eraser to wipe off marks.
Iron clothes when they’re damp
The moisture helps release wrinkles, so press your peskiest pieces right out of the dryer (or use the spray feature on your iron).
Remove pills from sweaters
Textured scrub sponges are perfect for tidying up a worn sweater. Gently run it across the garment to banish fuzz.