Just when you thought you'd read all the cleaning tips EHT has to offer, we've gone and found some new ones for you! Here are some interesting cleaning hacks you might have never of...
1.Dust blinds and your TV with old dryer sheets
Wipe your blinds up and down with some used dryer sheets. They will help create an anti-static barrier between each blind and dust particles, preventing it from building up. This works a treat on TVs too and I love the 'buy once - use twice' use for those used dryer sheets.
2. Two words: Magic Erasers
These easy-to-use foam sponges remove stubborn marks, stains, and scuffs from surfaces in the kitchen and around the home. Made from high-density melamine foam, they provide abrasive cleaning without the use of harmful chemicals. There are plenty of versions out there but we hear good things about the cheaper Minky’s Magic Erasers at ASDA – £2.50 for a pack of two.
3. Discover rhubarb-based products
Developed over 100 years ago in America, Bar Keeper’s Friend is a multi-purpose cleaner that uses an active ingredient found in rhubarb plants. It’s excellent at removing stains, fingerprints and other sticky marks. Known for its cleaning prowess, rhubarb is efficient in removing baked-on foods from stainless steel – no more scrubbing! Instead of stocking up on rhubarb, simply find Bar Keeper’s Friend in Lakeland.
4. Use a pumice stone to clean your toilet and oven
Pumice stone is a type of volcanic rock, they’re lightweight yet can be used as an abrasive tool. It can be found in most scouring powders so why not give it a try? Make sure it’s wet before using it as a scourer to remove grease and dirt from your oven. You can also use it on your toilet, make sure you check out wikiHow's guide to using a pumice stone.
For more interesting uses check out my article 10 surprising uses for a pumice stone.
5. Remove stubborn dirt stains with denture tablets
To easily eliminate a dirty ring around your toilet or bathtub and gain a sparkling surface, grab some inexpensive denture cleaning tablets and drop them into the water. Leave it for 30 minutes or overnight if you can and by morning it would have helped dissolve the dirt making it easy to wipe off.
6. Use toothpick or skewers to clean crevices
A great tip I found on Food52 – use the end of a toothpick to clean out those dirty kitchen crevices such as the gap between your worktop and oven or crevices on your electrical appliances.
Warning: once you look at how much gunk – food debris, grease, and dirt – has accumulated in these gaps, you’ll forever notice it!
7. The lazy way to make your porcelain sparkle
If you have white porcelain bath fittings, line the sink with paper towels and soak them with bleach. Let the towels sit for half an hour before putting them in the bin. Rinse the sink with warm water and sponge clean to reveal a whiter, brighter sink.
8. Use a toothbrush to get into nooks and crannies
Always keep an old toothbrush in your cleaning arsenal! They come in so handy when you're cleaning between and in those tiny nooks, for example, they work really well around the screws of a toilet seat.
9. Use microfiber cloths or reach for substitutes
According to housekeeping assistants, Microfiber is the most efficient cleaning cloth for decent dusting. They pick up the dust instead of moving it around. If in doubt, use a t-shirt or old pillowcase that is 100% cotton and dampen it slightly before getting to work. Both are like magnets for dust!
10. Keep your drain hair-free with a DIY concoction
If your drain quickly gets clogged up with hair, conditioner, and other product build-up, you might end up spending an absolute fortune on chemical drain gels. Instead, pour down half a cup of this homemade cleaning solution every few weeks to keep your drain clear of hair and other bits. You'll save both time and money.
Mix together and keep in an air-tight container:
- 1 cup of bicarbonate of soda
- 1 cup of salt
- ¼ cup of cream of tartar
Discover how one pot of bicarbonate of soda can clean your entire home with my popular article.
11. Discover the professional 7-minute secret
Here's a hotel housekeeping secret…anytime you use a cleaning product, let it sit for at least 7 minutes (while you continue on another area) before wiping away. This allows the product to fully cut through the dirt and grime.
12. Vacuum clean your room in THIS order
You might have been taught to vacuum from the furthest corner and work your way out or perhaps you go to town without any kind of thought to it. Either way, try vacuuming into the room over the areas that people walk over the most and then vacuum yourself out of it. This way you'll go over the entrances and most walked on spots twice.
13. Clean more often to spend less time cleaning
Who would have thought it, but if you clean your home more often in short, quick bursts you'll actually spend less time cleaning than if you left long periods in-between. Once you've deep cleaned your home, speed clean different areas more frequently to help maintain it.
Remember: you want to reach the point where you are maintenance cleaning, not catch-up cleaning.
14. Remove stains from wood with Brazil nuts
If someone hasn't been using a coaster (guilty!) and now you've got a water ring on your favourite coffee table, take a large Brazil nut and gently rub the wood with it. The stain should lift, but make sure the surface is dry before you get to work.
The natural oils in Brazil nuts are hugely effective in stain removal and act like a natural dye to darken and camouflage stains or scratches.
15. Use a grapefruit to tackle limescale
The citric acid found in grapefruits act as an effective cleaning agent, breaking down and removing limescale. Cut the grapefruit in half and sprinkle a tablespoon of salt onto it before scrubbing the area and rinsing. Your bathroom fittings will be sparkling clean and citrus scented.