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Clever cleaning tips

Throw up the sash, air out the house, and take advantage of our Facebook fans’ top tips for housecleaning.
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Our family has “6:15” every day. All six of us set a timer for 15 minutes and work together to clean an area until the timer goes off. —Leanne Burris Piper, Lebanon, Indiana

I use all the mismatched socks in the laundry room as dust cloths. I put one on like a mitten, give it a quick spray and wipe everything down. Then I throw them back in the laundry and keep my fingers crossed that a match shows up someday! —Marian Gassmann, Masonville, Iowa

Besides being a nontoxic cleaner for floors, countertops and mirrors, white vinegar is a great air freshener. Just boil it in a small pot on the stove for 15 minutes after cooking.—Jan Sudol, Chicago

To remove burned-on food, fill the pan or dish with water and add a spoonful of baking soda. After half an hour, easy cleaning! — Carleen Malone, Carol Stream, Illinois

Editor's Pick

I love Bon Ami! (I know, I’m about a hundred years late to the party.) Made in Kansas City, Missouri, the original 1886 cleaning powder (still available) has just two ingredients (tallow soap and the mineral feldspar). A modern version has five, including baking soda. It’s odor-free and gentle, and nothing cleans my textured fridge better (bonami.com).—Hannah Agran, Food and Features Editor

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