Some of us are absolute neat freaks, cringing at the sight of unsightly bacteria or disorganized magazine stacks. Then there are the people who cover the rest of the spectrum: slightly OCD, remotely clean, absolute slob, and everything in between. This list is for all of them, but especially the inherent neat freaks. Here are 25 thorough cleaning tricks for the neat freak. 

1. Binder clip = sponge stand

Keeps it dry, instead of wet and gross. 

25 Thorough Cleaning Tricks For The Neat Freak
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2. Microwave sponge for two minutes on high

This kills most of the germs and bacteria growing on it. This only works for nonmetallic sponges. 
25 Thorough Cleaning Tricks For The Neat Freak

3. Clean your washing machine

Yes, even things that clean need to be cleaned. Click here for instructions.
25 Thorough Cleaning Tricks For The Neat Freak
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4. Clean your toaster

Most people never clean this gadget, and maybe it's because they don't know how to. Click here to learn how.
25 Thorough Cleaning Tricks For The Neat Freak
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5. Clean your sink's drain

Just look below. That's what most people's sinks look like. It's time to clean it. Instructions here.
25 Thorough Cleaning Tricks For The Neat Freak
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