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4 Overlooked Areas of the Home and How to Clean Them

When’s the last time you really cleaned out your toaster or washed your duvet cover? Glance over at the power socket – could it use a deep cleaning too? Tackle these often overlooked projects, and give your cast iron skillet a good scrubbing with these clever tricks that simplify the process.

Decrumb the Toaster


Wiping down the crumb tray and shaking out the inside rarely eliminates all of the crumbs inside an overworked toaster. Use a pencil wrapped in a paper towel, a small pastry brush or a rubber spatula to gently remove baked-on debris from the coils and walls of the toaster, and use your hairdryer to blow out the rest.

Give the Outside of Your Toaster Some Attention


Remove oil splatters and other blemishes with a damp cloth and mild detergent. Use a bit of vinegar to restore the shine on stainless steel toasters.

Spruce Up Dingy Duvet Covers


Remove and wash your comforters at least once a year. Be sure the label says the cover is machine-washable. Soak heavily soiled areas in vinegar, and then wash the bedding in cold water with a mild detergent. Add a couple of tennis balls to the dryer to prevent clumping as the blanket dries.

Use the Burrito Method to Put the Duvet Cover On


This creative hack makes it easy to return your duvet cover to its proper place on your bed when it comes out of the dryer.

Deep Clean Your Outlet Covers


Soak your outlet covers in vinegar to eliminate dirt and grime buildup. Wipe the covers down, and let them dry completely before reinstalling.

Degrime the Power Sockets


Turn off the power supplying the outlet first, and then use a cotton swab dampened with a degreaser to wipe away the gunk around the sockets.

Revive Cast Iron With Salt and Potatoes


Coarse sea salt is the perfect abrasive for your favorite cast iron skillet. Coat your skillet generously with salt, and use half of a raw potato to scrub away stuck-on food pieces.

Dry and Season Your Skillet


Rinse the clean skillet with warm water, and pat dry. Use a paper towel to spread a thin layer of oil over the bottom of the pan, and place it in a 400-degree oven for one hour. Cast iron typically turns cloths and towels black, so it’s a good idea to give these dishes their own dish towel.

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