Best Home Cleaning Hacks
Cleaning is all the rage on social media at the present thanks to Marie Kondo and Mrs Hinch, and we couldn’t be happier. I thoroughly enjoy watching others clean and organise their homes, and it generally tends to have a flow on effect motivating me to put down my phone and scrub something instead and then launch a dish cloth at it while chanting “ALL THE BEST”.
We’ve compiled some of our best cleaning tips and tricks to have your home sparkling on a budget.
1. Fresh Carpet/fabric Stain
Firstly, try and remove as much of the stain out as you can using a towel or cloth. Pour table salt over the stain and leave for 1-5 days, reapplying more salt if required. The salt will absorb the stain from the carpet, you can break the salt up and vacuum and done!
2. Cleaning blinds
Every home has an odd sock here or there, and rather than binning them they are great for cleaning blinds. Wash after use and reuse over and over again.
3. Wooden Cabinets
Kitchen cabinets attract oil and grease like magnets, it’s never a fun task as it’s rather messy and time consuming to remove all that nasty build-up. The best way to cut through the grease is by using a combination of hydrogen peroxide and baking soda! Simply mix to form a paste, wipe on and wipe off in effortless fashion.
4. Carpet Pet Hair
Use a squeegee or slightly damp rubber gloves as it will attract the hair. For the gloves, run your hand over any high traffic malting grounds and it will stick to the gloves.
5. Water Spots
Clean chrome fixtures with fresh lemon. Cut a lemon in half, rub it over the chrome and those spots will disappear before your eyes.
6. Stainless Steel Appliances
When your most used appliances look dull or are covered in finger prints, polish them to a shine with a little baby oil. They’ll glisten and look like new!
7. Shower Head
Inevitable over time, but a filthy mould ridden shower head could potentially become a breeding ground for bacteria. A quick and easy fix comes in the form of vinegar. Half fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and place over the shower head using a rubber band or tape and secure. Leave for several hours, rinse and wipe clean.
8. Small Toys
Small fabric or plush toys are best put through the washing machine in a Laundry Bag.
For plastic toys, bath toys, and Duplo they can go on the top rack of your dishwasher on a quick cycle to remove germs, particularly after a little one has been ill.
9. Toilet Cleaner
One of the quickest and most effective ways to clean a toilet without using toxic chemicals is by using a can of coke. Starting at the top of the bowl, pour the Coke into the toilet slowly using a circular motion. Leave for one hour allowing the coke a chance to attack and break down the stains before flushing.
10. Mattress Cleaner
If you’re unfortunate enough to recognise a pungent aroma from your bed, this quick fix will remove the unwanted odours.
To a spray bottle combine one tablespoon of vodka with half a teaspoon of essential oil and one cup of water and shake vigorously. Lightly spray the mattress, open the windows allowing the sunlight and fresh air to eliminate the odor-causing bacteria.
11. Clean Iron
One great way to clean a manky iron is to turn it onto a low setting (no steam) and iron a small sheet of aluminium foil that has been sprinkled with table salt. The salt draw the salt off the iron so it no longer leaves marks on your clothing.
12. Cleaning the bath
This is one of the more unusual cleaning hacks as it involves grapefruit. To rid your bath of soap scum and water lines, take half a grapefruit, sprinkle over some rock and scrub. Not only will the tub sparkle, it leaves a nice aroma throughout the room without the need for harsh chemicals.
13. Cleaning Vases
This tip is brilliant for cleaning deep, narrow or awkward shaped vases. Simply add a small amount of dry uncooked rice to each vase, add a few drops of white vinegar and water, cover and shake gently until clean. Rinse and leave to dry.