There's a corner of TikTok that isn't about celebrities or teens or memes we don't understand. It's a secret place where grown-ups gather to trade tips on the best way to de-gunk tile grout, the ideal way to vacuum perfect lines on a carpet and how to organize a laundry room so that it looks like a candy store.
Watching someone scrub out a tub might not seem exciting, but set with TikTok narration and the right song, it becomes semi-hypnotic.
Amongst our favourite #cleantoks, there are also super practical tips from cleaning professionals, inexpensive and all-natural hacks, and a schedule to avoid overwhelming chore days.
We'll break down where to find the same (or similar) products in Canada with each video.
THE FULL DAILY ROUTINE
Popular TikTok lifestyle blogger Catherine Benson takes us through her daily routine in one of # cleantok's most viewed videos (with over 7 million views).
She starts with laundry (Tide pods, OxiClean and laundry beads are organized in clear jars). Next, she tackles the kitchen by loading the dishwasher and thoroughly wiping it down. Then it's on to the floor (vacuum and spray mop), wiping down the wood tables, and tidying throw blankets and toys. It's an efficient way to tackle the daily to-do list so dishes don't pile up and counters and floors stay clean.
To embrace Benson's #cleantok style, you'll need:
- Cereal bins by OXO,
- An all-purpose cleaner
- Microfibre cloths (20 pack)
- A throw blanket bin
- Mrs.Meyers Clean Day
- A set of three plastic apothecary jars
- OXO Good Grips jar
- A double-sided garbage bin
@_catben_ Some cleaning motivation or y’all! 🤩🥰 #cleanwithme #cleantok #asmr #organizedhome #motivation #thisandthatwithcat ♬ original sound - Catherine Benson
This video isn't as viral as the others, but it has precisely the kind of hot tip that makes #cleantok so addictive. In it, @homewithtayx filled a Dishmatic scrubber with a bathroom cleaner and got to work on a sink. This would be a great way to clear away stubborn toothpaste spots and grimy handles.
@homewithtayx The best ✨ #dishmatic #flashbathroom #fyp #viral #bathroomsinkclean #foryoupage #cleantok #cleaningtiktok #foryou @dishmatic ♬ Love Story - Disco Lines
ALL-NATURAL WAY TO DE-STINK THE SINK
The kitchen sink is the catch-all of most homes because it seems like everything ends up near it or in it. This brilliant hack uses baking soda, white vinegar and warm water to give it a deep clean without buying any expensive products,
@skylar_toth Who does this now?!✨ #viral #viralvideo #viraltiktok #viralvideos #clean #cleantok #cleaning #cleaningtiktok #cleaninghacks #cleaningszn ♬ Anime Sunset - Lofi Chill - Aesthetic Music
GETTING SWEPT AWAY
This Vabroomm 2-in-1 cleaning tool isn't all over #cleantook just yet, but this viral video has us intrigued. Essentially, the built-in vacuum suction replaces the need for a dustpan. Many users applaud the innovation, but some reviewers feel the execution isn't quite there yet.
@julianna_claire It’s a broom 🧹 AND a vaccuum 👏🏻! #RufflesOwnYourRidges #amazongadgets #amazongadget #amazonfinds2022 #amazonhome #cleantok #cleaningtiktok #amazon ♬ original sound - Julianna Christensen
PRO TIPS FROM CLEANING PROFESSIONALS
TidyCademy is a cleaning company out of Orange County, California, full of great tips on how to load wine glasses in the dishwasher and how to put on a pillowcase correctly. They also make a very informative comparison of the spin mop versus the flip (spray) mop.
@tidycademypro Spin Mop vs Flip Mop #cleantok #cleaning #housekeeping #spinmop ♬ Up Beat (Married Life) - Kenyi
But there's even more to the spin mop. Vileda has a new-ish two-tank system that separates the clean water from the dirty mop. Genius, right? But for those who already own the original Vileda EasyWring and don't want to replace it, @nowitsclean came up with an ingenious solution. Watch the video to see how to DIY it.
@nowitsclean 2 Bucket System Hack (updated) #mopping #moppingfloors #ocedarspinmop #rinseclean #spinmop #moptok ♬ original sound - Cleantok Tips + Motivation
DE-CLUTTER IN A WAY THAT'S NOT OVERWHELMING
De-cluttering can quickly become overwhelming without a plan. Reorganizing a closet, rearranging an overflowing pantry shelf or trying to tackle a junk drawer all in one day is too much stuff. @nottheworstcleaner has a system that covers 20 days' worth of manageable projects (i.e. clear out old magazines, greeting cards and instruction manuals on day one) and questions to ask before deciding to toss or keep.
If the TikTok is a little hard to follow, printables are posted on Instagram.
Like many #cleantok organizers, clear bins are recommended, and there's an excellent section of iDesign products on Amazon.
@nottheworstcleaner Reply to @caliemarie815 my best decluttering questions and tips! ✨ #cleantok #declutter #schedule ♬ original sound - Nottheworstcleaner
Thanks to the wildly aspirational pantries on Instagram, the corner kitchen closet or small windowless room that once held our open boxes of cereal and cans are now supposed to look as if Martha Stewart personally arranged each spice jar.
@izabelapyz's video is a little more usable and realistic than stacks of monochromatic products stacked neatly in bins (which is why those pantries always look so good on the 'gram—there's never any "after" photos after snack time).
These square containers are helpful because they handle bulk goods (like flour or oats) and fit in a cupboard, on a shelf or in a drawer. Easy to stack and mix and match sizes, too. Find the OXO Good Grips POP Container on Amazon.
@izabelapyz #kitchenrestock #kitchenorganization #drawerorganization #drygoods #cleantok #organization #restock #refill #dymo ♬ Sunny Day - Ted Fresco
This mini pantry clean-out by @tidyacademypro uses a lot of non-skid turntables, clear containers (like these by iDesign), and a lined storage basket (available on Amazon) to give the space some depth.
@tidycademypro Pantry organizing! #pantry #cleaning #cleantok #organizing ♬ sonido original - mayu
HOW TO KEEP THE CLEANERS CLEAN
A Dyson stick vacuum is a worthwhile investment, and to keep it in tip-top shape, a deep clean of the deep cleaner is sometimes necessary. This video (also by @nowitsclean) takes us through washing the filter, brushes and various tubes and attachments.
Available directly at Dyson.
@nowitsclean Deep Cleaning my Dyson V15 #nowitscleantips #vacuumcleaning #dysonv15 #vacuumcleaner #deepcleaningtips #asmrcleaning ♬ Wii - Mii Channel - Super Guitar Bros