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It’s always a challenge to get into the tiny spaces of your small gadgets. Coupled with the fact that you (very often) cannot use water to clean them, we often end up with cruddy and/or dusty electronics.

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The tea bag has one primary goal in life and we're all grateful for it — making tea. One lady in the UK, however, has blown everyone's mind and shown the world how the humble everyday product doubles as an impressive cleaning tool.

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Whether it was a gift from a well-meaning friend or an impulse purchase, many of us have a Funko Pop Vinyl or two sitting at home. These dead-eyed toys have taken on a life of their own, with licensed collectibles from nearly every major pop culture franchise, including Harry Potter, Rick and Morty and Star Wars. But if you come across one in your end-of-year clean, think twice about tossing it away. After all, it could be worth a small fortune.

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While the holiday break is a great time for catching up with friends and family, it's also a good opportunity to clean your house, apartment or work space, and prepare for the new year ahead. Not only will your space look brighter and more inviting, there are also significant psychological benefits to cleaning.

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Working from home is fantastic in a lot of ways. Working alone at home can make things like lunch breaks and what clothing you’re wearing pretty flexible. It can also make something like cleaning up your space optional, in some cases so optional that you might not do it all. No one is going to see your home office, right?

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Cast iron skillets are great for everything from breakfast to baking, but the downside is that they do require a little more maintenance than your average pot or pan. We’ve discussed several ways to season cast iron here at Lifehacker, but what if your roomie let your cast iron soak in water overnight, or heaven forbid, put it in the dishwasher? Grab an abrasive pad and some white vinegar. With a little work, your cast iron will be as good as new.

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Right now, my oven looks clean—but when I turn off the overhead lights, it looks like it’s covered in tiny filaments of dust. My kitchen counters, which also looked clean two seconds ago, reveal a spattering of crumbs that I must have missed during the last wipe-down. Every surface in my home, from my desk to my coffee table to my piano, reveals its hidden gunk as soon as I dim the lights.

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There are a lot of things you shouldn’t be putting in the dishwasher, if you’re lucky enough to have one. That means putting on the gloves and getting to scrubbing, yes, but there’s also a right and wrong way to hand wash most things.

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When your desktop PC is ageing, but you don’t have the heart (or the budget) to replace it, there’s still plenty you can do to give it a long, fulfilling life. We’re taking a question from a reader who wants to know what they should put on their maintenance checklist for their antiquated desktop.

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Despite being one of the most expensive pieces of furniture in our homes, couches are often neglected in our regular cleaning routines, and many of us are unsure of how to actually care for them. We’ll break down everything you need to know, no matter what type of couch you have.

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In a recent issue of the Recomendo newsletter, Mark Frauenfelder suggested a three-tool kit for cleaning earwax out of the mesh screen of your AirPods. My AirPods were in dire need of a deep clean, and the cleaning method we once recommended on Lifehacker is just gross, so I ran out and bought the wax-loosening tiny brushes, wax-catching Blu Tack and work-checking magnifying light Frauenfelder recomendo’ed.

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I am admittedly a pretty messy person. I persistently have stacks of items around my office, and sometimes my home that I plan to get to “later” however, as my boyfriend can tell you, that later more often than not never comes. Which is why I recommend scheduling it.

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The titanium Apple Card is a brand new credit card that launched this week in the U.S. and it's already developed a laughable reputation. Americans are now free to enjoy all the benefits of the new card but here’s the kicker: they probably won’t want to store Apple’s credit card in their wallet.

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It truly is the stuff of nightmares: faced with an away-toilet situation in someone else’s home, you do your business, flush ... and nothing happens. Or worse, you flush and the toilet water (as well as its contents) slowly starts rising like super-gross flood waters. That alone is anxiety-inducing, but then you do a quick scan of the bathroom and realise that there is not a plunger in sight. Don’t panic or jump out a window. Try these tactics instead.