Cleaning Tips and Tricks
Cleaning is one of the most time-consuming jobs in housekeeping, and for many it’s a task that's simply easier to ignore. However, failing to keep your home clean and tidy can have an effect on you and your family, including reducing your concentration, preventing you from getting a good night’s sleep and, most importantly, exposing you to harmful germs and bacteria.
We've compiled a selection of cleaning tips and tricks for each room of your house, so you can ensure your home is in tip-top shape. After all, a tidy home is a happy home!
Make your oven look as good as new: It may be tempting to start with the cooker as this is usually the dirtiest part of the kitchen. However, you should leave this appliance until last to prevent any spread of dirt and grease. When you do get round to tackling the oven, it’s worth taking the following into consideration:
- For stainless steel surfaces, mix one part cream of tartar with lemon juice and apply to rust stains to make them disappear
- For ceramic tops, use warm and soapy water, sometimes mixed with vinegar, to make it spotless
- For the inside of the oven, put the cooker on a very low heat for between 10 and 15 minutes, turn it off and then spray a non-abrasive cleaner before leaving it to set for a further 20 minutes. After this, you should be able to remove any grime with a nylon brush or pad
Clean those cupboards: Cupboards and work surfaces should be top of your list when it comes to cleaning the kitchen. First, empty all the contents and wipe the insides with a disinfectant spray. Then wipe down the outside, using either warm, soapy water or a specialist cleaner. You should then polish your handles or, if they’re particularly greasy, remove and soak beforehand. Once everything is back inside your cupboards, use surface cleaner and wipe all worktops and tiles with a cloth.
No more smelly dishwasher: A smelly dishwasher is always unpleasant, so eradicate odours by wiping around the edge of the machine using a damp sponge covered with baking soda, ensuring any food debris and stains are removed. For the inside, regularly run an empty cycle with cleaning solution to avoid a buildup of bacteria.
Freshen up your fridge: To make sure your fridge is sparkling, unplug it and remove the contents, checking sell-by dates and throwing away anything out of date or unwanted. Keep perishable items, such as meat and fish, in a cooler and make sure they’re not out of the fridge for more than 30 minutes. Take out any shelving and drawers, placing them in hot soapy water, and while they are soaking wipe down the walls using a mild anti-bacterial spray and a microfibre cloth. Dry the walls, shelving and drawers thoroughly and replace. Switch the power on and restock the fridge.
Rub that tub to get rid of the mould: Letting mould grow in a bath or shower can cause permanent damage, as well as prove unsightly. To eradicate the problem, soak some cotton buds in bleach the night before and then rub the affected areas thoroughly, allowing the bleach to get into those hard-to-reach places.
Keep your shower sparkling: Shower curtains are usually among the first areas of the bathroom to get dirty, but this doesn't necessarily mean you need to buy a new one each time it gets grubby. Throw your curtain in the washer with dirty towels - the rough texture will help scrub it clean.
Is your shower door made of glass? Fear not - make it look brand new by applying a teaspoon of lemon oil twice a month. The mixture will cause the water to bead up and roll off.
Wash the throne: If your toilet bowl is past its best, try cleaning with flat coke to dissolve the buildup of limescale, making it spotless.
Remove pesky limescale: Vinegar is a great cleaning solution for removing limescale from bathroom taps and fixtures. Soak some tissue or paper towels in the vinegar and apply to affected areas, and leave to soak for 10 minutes. Sponge some more vinegar onto the paper and leave for a further 10 minutes before peeling off. Using an old toothbrush, scrub the limescale off. If this doesn’t work, repeat the process.
Keep on top of cleanliness: A great way to reduce the amount of time spent cleaning your bathroom is by giving your sink, bath, toilet and taps a quick wipe around whenever you can - night-time is good for this as everyone will have already used the facilities.
Give dull wooden floors the heave-ho: Are you struggling to get that shine back into your hardwood floor? You’re not alone. However, cleaning your floors does not have to be a stressful task. Believe it or not, nappies make a great buffer as they are both soft and absorbent. Also, adding two teabags to boiling water creates an ideal solution for bringing out the shine to your wooden floors.
Buff up that TV screen: Dip a damp cloth into a solution of water and clothes conditioner mix (⅔ of water to ½ cap of conditioner), and wipe over the glass. Then use a lint-free cloth or paper towels to buff thoroughly to leave you with a shiny, static-free screen. The method also works on other glass surfaces.
Rid yourself of pesky pet hair: Tired of finding pet hair all over your sofa? Fear not, we have the solution for you. Wet a rubber glove and put it on, then wipe over surfaces to pick up the hair.
Reach those high up places: Attaching the brush attachment to your vacuum cleaner hose can help you reach the ceiling fans, light fixtures and the tops of curtains and blinds, so you never have to worry about cobwebs or a buildup of dust in a seemingly impossible-to-reach area.
Vacuum your mattress: Yes, you heard us right! The mattress is one of the dirtiest items in the home because of the buildup of sweat, skin and other fluids that hides a significant amount of bacteria, so regular vacuuming can help keep it clean. Just follow these simple tips:
- Control dust mites by vacuuming both sides of the mattress
- Flip your mattress every six to eight weeks, helping to keep it clean and comfortable
- Before vacuuming, sprinkle baking soda to help remove any unpleasant odours
Don’t forget your headboard: The headboard can harbour a lot of dust and is easily overlooked when cleaning. For a varnished or brass bed, rub lightly with a damp rag doused with lemon oil. For wooden headboards use a furniture polish, while for laminates an all-purpose cleaner or liquid abrasive will do the trick.
Make your bed every single day: It might be the last thing you want to do when rushing off to work, but making your bed can have a positive effect when it comes to the end of the day. After all, there’s no better feeling than slipping into an unruffled bed each night.
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