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Ask LH: What's The Best Way To Clean A Mouse Pad?

Dear Lifehacker, What is the best way to clean my mouse pad with the least amount of downtime? It’s one the expensive side ($20+) so I don’t want to ruin it or replace it.

De-Clutter Your Wardrobe With Help From An Honest Friend

It’s time to start packing away winter clothes and bust out the spring and summer garb, so it’s a great time to say goodbye to the stuff you barely wore. It can be hard to judge outfits on your own, though, so invite over a kind, but very honest buddy.

De-Stink Your Fridge For Good With This Deep Cleaning Regimen

Refrigerators can start smelling pretty funky after a few years of use. If you want to rid your fridge and freezer of lingering smells once and for all, this deep cleaning regimen will get the job done.

Rub Your Cutting Board With A Potato To Eliminate Garlic Odour

Garlic is an ingredient I could never give up, and I’ve resigned myself to living with the smelly reality of it. I’ve tried the lemon-salt-scrubbing trick. I’ve tried bicarb soda. Neither totally eliminate the pungent aroma garlic leaves in its wake. But Cook’s Illustrated has a new trick for me to try, and it involves a potato.

Keep A Shower Soap Scum And Mildew-Free With Homemade Tea Tree Oil Spray

After you take the time to give your shower a good cleaning, you’ll want to do whatever you can to keep it that way. This DIY after-shower spray made with tea tree oil will keep everything looking clean and mildew free.

Fold Collared Dress Shirts Perfectly With A Magazine

Folding a collared dress shirt can be tricky, but you don’t need a fancy folding board to get it right — a simple magazine will do.

Remove Rust Spots On Knives With Vinegar

The knife is the most important tool in the kitchen. But over time, they develop those pesky red rust stains, either from regular use, or maybe because it didn’t dry completely after a previous wash. The best way to clean those is to leave the knife in a mug of vinegar for five minutes.

Keep A Small Apartment Tidy With A Five-Minute Cleanup Every Morning

When you live in a tiny studio apartment, the smallest lapse in cleaning can make the place look like a huge mess. Having a quick cleaning routine every morning can help.

Top 10 Clever Ways To Repurpose Your Kitchen Scraps

Vegetable peels, coffee grounds, corn cobs, dryer lint — they’re all waste for sure, but there’s treasure in that trash. You could compost them, that’s obvious, but let’s talk about some more clever ways to reuse those kitchen scraps before they make it to the bin.

Try These Dishwasher Hacks For A Cleaner, More Orderly Kitchen

This video, from Nonnahs Driskill and Get Organised Already!, is packed with tips to save kitchen counter space and make sure dirty dishes get into the dishwasher (and the clean ones back out.) Anyone with a small kitchen — or who lives with another person — can find something here to try.

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