15 NEW & Exciting Cleaning Cheats You'll Want To Try NOW

15 NEW & Exciting Cleaning Cheats You'll Want To Try NOW

Just when you thought you'd read all the cleaning tips we have to offer, we've gone and found some new ones for you!

Here are some interesting cleaning hacks you might have never heard of...

1. Dust blinds and your TV with old dryer sheets

dusty wooden blinds
Bye-bye dust!

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 we love the 'buy once - use twice' use for those used dryer sheets.

Don't forget to vacuum afterwards, too! For alternatives to dryer sheets and cleaning vertical blinds, take a look at our other tips. 

2. Two words: magic erasers

Oh, how we love 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. 

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 your local shop or online. 

4. Use a pumice stone to clean your toilet and oven

pumice stone
Surprising, huh?

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!

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

They can get into every nook and cranny!

Here's a great tip that we 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 notice it forever!

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.

TOP TIP: Always wear gloves when handling bleach. 

8. Use a toothbrush to get into nooks and crannies

Always keep an old toothbrush in your cleaning kit! 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 microfibre cloths or reach for substitutes

micrfibre cloths
They're amazing!

Microfibre cloths are our favourite thing to use for cleaning! They pick up the dust instead of moving it around, and they can be washed and reused over and over.

If you don't have any microfibres, use an old t-shirt or pillowcase that is 100% cotton. 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-ups, 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. You'll save both time and money.

Mix together and keep in an air-tight container:

For more tips, read our guide on how to get hair out of drains.

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

shark vacuum
Rules to live by...

Do you know the best way to vacuum your carpet? 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

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 as a natural dye to darken and camouflage stains or scratches.

15. Use a grapefruit to tackle limescale

limescale shower head
Get it sparkling clean again.

The citric acid found in grapefruits acts 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 smell lovely. 

Which was your favourite tip? Let us know in the comments below!

Anushka F


A keen money-saver and fan of all things natural, Anushka enjoys making her own beauty products and is partial to a bit of crafting. Never short of a clever tip or two, she's always looking for new ways to make her money go even further.

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  1. Author Allison Mccreadie on March 15, 2016 at 10:01 am

    Some I already use but will try the rest of the tips thank you

    1. Author Anushka F on March 22, 2016 at 10:12 am

      Great stuff! Thanks Allison, let me know how you get on.

  2. Author jane evans on March 15, 2016 at 10:27 am

    thankyou for some really good tips

  3. Author Lesley on March 15, 2016 at 10:28 am

    Re No 6 - I use cotton buds for getting into crevices, As it says the gunk you find is disgusting!

  4. Author BRENDA on March 15, 2016 at 12:31 pm

    could you give me a way to deal with burnt pans?

    1. Author Anushka F on March 22, 2016 at 10:15 am

      Hi Brenda. For a natural solution, boil some water inside the burnt pot with some stalks of rhubarb. After three to four minutes, take the pot of the heat and let the water cool. Grab a sponge and give it a quick wipe over and the stains should lift off.

    2. Author Melissa Hegarty on July 11, 2020 at 11:06 pm

      I find the best way to clean burnt on stains from the bottom of pains is to fill the pan with water and place a dishwasher tablet in the pan, bring to the boil, simmer for 10 mins. Rinse and wash the pan as normal good as new.

    3. Author Joanne A on April 14, 2023 at 12:28 pm

      Thanks for sharing! Dishwasher tablets break down tough stains, but caution should be taken when handling hot water and following the safety guidelines on the packaging.

  5. Author Maureen McKeown on March 15, 2016 at 6:04 pm

    "Could OF" - NO! "Could HAVE" - YES!

  6. Author Agnes Barrett on April 16, 2016 at 9:02 am

    If ur pen has burst on your favourite jeans just wet the area then spray with HAIRSPRAY let it sit a few minutes and wet area again only this time with warm soapy water and repeat the process until gone it's fantastic

    1. Author Anushka F on May 9, 2016 at 1:31 pm

      Oh wow that's an interesting tip Agnes, thank you for sharing that one. I'll keep a note of that!

  7. Author Sandra Harle on February 5, 2018 at 11:15 am

    Can't wait to recive my book and will be trying these tips thank you so much .

  8. Author Sandy on February 6, 2018 at 12:47 am

    Hi Anushka Some interesting tips there. But you've mentioned walnuts instead of Brazil nuts before for wooden surfaces (no. 14) and using lemon instead of grapefruit (no. 15) - both good alternatives. I'm going to buy you a dictionary for Christmas! No. 6 - you spell DEBRIS like this, not debry!! Apart from spelling mistakes and grammatical errors, you write well. Sorry to be pedantic but in another life I was a copywriter and journalist.

    1. Author Stephanie C on February 6, 2018 at 5:11 pm

      Hi Sandy. Nice to hear from a fellow Copywriter! As you'll know, when rushing to get content out mistakes can occur. Thanks for highlight the spelling error - it's now been corrected.

  9. Author Sharon Hirst on February 7, 2018 at 8:27 pm

    Hi Anushka Can you help with removing old blood stain from vertical blind

    1. Author Joanne A on August 17, 2018 at 3:29 pm

      Hi Sharon! What material is the vertical blind made from?

  10. Author Mary Nicholson on October 14, 2018 at 1:17 pm

    hi everyone I have washed a linen blouse loads of times but can not get tomatoe sauce stain out does anyone know how to do this thanks X mary

  11. Author Adele Hendry on June 6, 2020 at 10:57 pm

    I already use most of them,but can't wait to get some grapefruit from town & tackle the limescale

    1. Author Joanne A on June 22, 2020 at 2:44 pm

      Good luck, Adele!

  12. Author Sarah Baker on June 10, 2020 at 7:39 am

    Thank you for the pumice stine tip for the toilet,I have 2 teenage boys and they never flush after weeing so I end up spending a fortune on limescale tablets and blue loo which makes their dad sneeze. But have several pumuce stones and they are so much cheaper. Great tip cheers

    1. Author Joanne A on June 11, 2020 at 12:50 pm

      You're very welcome! Good luck with the cleaning.

  13. Author Sandra on June 11, 2020 at 10:42 am

    Great ideas for cleaning. Now I have a problem can you help me please. Whenever I have a shower the mirror in my bathroom mists up and I can't see a thing in it, even with the extractor on with the window being open as well. When we were using a Travelodge their bathroom mirror always had a large section that was completely clear of mist. They just said they used a window cleaner and it kept the area clean. Why doesn't it work for me like that. What can I use to get the clean mist free mirror like the Travelodge has. Thanks

    1. Author Joanne A on June 11, 2020 at 12:53 pm

      Hi Sandra! It sounds like they have special anti-fog mirrors. You could invest in one of those. I've also heard you can try cleaning the mirror with shaving foam or toothpaste, but I've not tried this for myself. We'll have to write an article on this topic!

    2. Author Deana on January 10, 2023 at 2:44 pm

      Hello Joanne A, i`ve tried toothpaste on my bathroom mirror and it didn`t work for me at all, i`m going to try the shaving foam next..... Any tips for getting mud out of a white towel? have treated and washed, stain still there!

    3. Author Joanne A on January 11, 2023 at 2:31 pm

      Hi Deana! Soak the towel in warm water and laundry detergent for 30 minutes. Then, apply a mud stain remover and wash the towel using the warmest water safe for the fabric. If the stain persists, try using a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and baking soda applied to the stain before washing it again.

  14. Author Tracey scotchbrook on March 10, 2021 at 5:33 am

    Thank you for all the cleaning tips, most I use already, Nice to learn others I didn't know though. What would us girls have to talk about if cleaning wasn't an necessity. Thanks again.

    1. Author Joanne A on March 30, 2021 at 12:08 pm

      You're welcome, Tracey! I'm glad you find them useful.

  15. Author Sue edwardes on August 6, 2021 at 10:38 am

    The Brazil nut is my favourite as it works.

    1. Author Joanne A on September 20, 2022 at 2:45 pm

      It's a great hack!


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