These Are the Powerful Cleaning Tips That Will Make Your Home Spotless, According to the Professionals

Clean your home like a professional with tips from, well, professionals. They’ve tried all sorts of tricks and know what works. Keep reading to learn how to clean items, including a toilet brush (page 3) and a stinky helmet (page 7), ahead.

Clean stainless steel with olive oil

It keeps the surface cleaner longer. | iStock/Getty Images

“I use a drop of oil (olive oil or even baby oil will work) on a paper towel to shine stainless steel to get rid of any fingerprints I missed in cleaning and to keep the surface cleaner for longer,” Melissa Maker, founder of the Clean My Space cleaning company, told Real Simple. “Buff the oil in — going with the grain of the stainless — and wipe off any excess with a clean paper towel.”

Next: Keep white chalk in your laundry room.

Use white chalk to remove stains

washing clothes in a bucket

Chalk can help eliminate some stains. | tonivaver/iStock/Getty Images

“I tell people to keep a piece of white chalk in the laundry room to rub on grease stains and absorb the oil,” Becky Rapinchuk, founder of, told Real Simple. “Launder as usual and the piece should come out clean.” Remove butter, cooking oil, and salad dressing with this trick.

Next: Clean a toilet brush without much work.

How to easily clean a toilet brush

Toilet brush cleaning

Let it drip dry in the bowl. | ratmaner/iStock/Getty Images

No one enjoys cleaning a bathroom. Make the process easier with this tip. Once you’re done using the toilet brush, “close the toilet seat on top of the toilet bowl brush handle so it can drip-dry into the bowl (for about 10 minutes or until dry) before setting the brush back in its holder,” Maker said. “A wet toilet bowl brush is disgusting.”

Next: Cornstarch will get windows extra clean.

Cornstarch is the key ingredient in this cleaning solution


It helps gently scrub away dirt. | vikif/iStock/Getty Images

“The glass becomes so shiny and crystal clear. The cornstarch is the magic ingredient — it’s a very fine natural abrasive that helps work away grime and leave behind a streak-free shine,” Maker told Real Simple. Maker’s recipe is 1 teaspoon of cornstarch, a cup of water, and a cup of white vinegar.

Next: Clean your toilet with a home spa item.

Use a pumice stone to clean a toilet

Natural Pumice Stone

It makes a great scrubber. | olga_sweet/iStock/Getty images

“Using a wet pumice stone will naturally remove toilet rings and other stains,” Debra Johnson, training program manager at Merry Maids, told Real Simple. “Always be sure to wet the stone, as a dry one may scratch surfaces.” For an even deeper clean, dump baking soda in the toilet, scrub with a toilet brush, and finish with a pumice stone. Pumice stones can remove pet stains, too.

Next: Use Brillo on more than just dishes.

Brillo removes soap scum

Brillo pad steel wool on white background.

It will get your shower cleaner faster. | S-Attila/iStock/Getty Images

“I wet a Brillo pad to clean my glass shower doors — it cleans soap scum and water spots faster and easier than anything else I’ve tried. (And no, it won’t scratch the glass),” Donna Smallin Kuper, certified house cleaning technician and author of Cleaning Plain & Simple, told Real Simple. She also applies Rain-X to her shower doors every few months to repel water. That trick makes the cleaning process even easier.

Next: Baggies and one household appliance can eliminate smells.

Large baggies help eliminate odors

The hand of a young man is opening a freezer door

Get the odor out by putting your items in the freezer. | lolostock/iStock/Getty Images

For sports gear too big fit in the washer, use this trick. “Put it in an extra large plastic zip top bag and place it in the freezer overnight,” Rapinchuk told Real Simple. “The smell is from bacteria and the cold air kills that bacteria and eliminates the scent.” She uses this trick on sports helmets.

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