Find out how these everyday items, along with a few nifty tips and tricks can help clean your home with minimal effort.
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1. Use a lint roller to dust everything, everywhere
Run a lint roller over your lampshades, windowsills, leather sofas and anywhere else that dust accumulates. Unlike a feather duster that moves the dust particles into the air, a lint roller will keep hold of them on their super sticky surface. This could save you from having to vacuum afterwards!
2. Clean your blender in next to no time
For a fuss-free way to clean you blender, whizz up 3 cups of hot water and a few drops of liquid soap together for a few minutes before rinsing out. You'll never have to perilously stick your hand into that jug again!
3. Wash (almost) everything in the dishwasher
It’s hot, soapy and washes almost all glass, cloth and plastic, why wouldn't you make the most of this magical cleaning device? For a full list of things you can deep clean the easy way, check out 21 things you didn't know you could clean in the dishwasher.
4. Use a dryer sheet to clean dirty dishes
Soak a non-toxic and biodegradable dryer sheet in a dirty pan or dish with some hot water to remove any baked-on foods. This little trick works better than a scourer, give it a go.
5. Use a butter knife to clean an air vent
Just cover your butter knife (or any blunt tool like a spatula) with a cleaning cloth and moisten with a multi-purpose cleaner then wipe each individual slat.This also works really well with blinds and any small spaces around the home.
6. De-grease your pans with newspaper
Take some old newspapers and scrunch them up to make homemade scourers. Get rid of that first layer of leftover food and grease with newspaper first - it works very well at removing oil - rinse and finish with a sponge and liquid soap.
7. Use salt to clean your iron
Simply sprinkle some salt onto your ironing table and run the iron (medium heat) over it a few times. Any residue should come off and leave a sparkling finish.
8. Remove pet hair with a rubber glove
To pick up those pet hairs more efficiently than ever, stick on a wet rubber glove and wipe your hand over all the surfaces. Hairs will stick to the glove like a magnet.
9. Use baby oil for a foolproof fingerprint remover
Remove grubby marks or fingerprints from your stainless steel appliances by dabbing some baby oil onto a cloth and buffing surfaces in a circular motion.
10. Baby oil will also prevent soap from sticking to a soap dish or basin, preventing soap scum build-up. Just lay your soap down in a bed of oil!
11. Get streak-free windows with coffee filters
Clean your windows with a cleaning solution of one part vinegar to four parts water then buff with coffee filter papers. The tiny fibres won't leave any streaks on your windows.
12. Clean fiddly shaped bottles with rice
Bottles can be tricky to clean, but if you have some rice on hand its a complete doddle. Pour a handful of raw rice into the bottle (make a funnel with paper if you need to) followed by some warm water and a small squirt of washing-up liquid. Screw the lid back on and give it a vigorous shake. Rinse out to reveal a sparkling clean bottle.
13. Deep clean your shower head with a sandwich bag
Fill a sandwich bag with two teaspoons of baking soda and half a cup of vinegar then attach it to your shower head using an elastic band.Turn the shower on slightly to let the bag fill up then leave overnight. The next morning any shower scum and debris will fall off effortlessly.
14. Refresh your mattress with vodka
In a spray bottle, mix half a shot of vodka with some water and a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Spray your mattress and let it air dry. The alcohol will help kill the odour producing bacteria lingering in your mattress.
15. Ammonia = oven cleaning made easy
Fill a bowl with 1/2 a cup of ammonia and place it in a completely cold oven. Leave the bowl overnight or for at least 5 hours if you can. The ammonia will work at dissolving any grease and burnt areas, so you can easily sponge clean it the next day. This little trick will save your a fortune in professional oven cleaning.
If you haven't got ammonia at home, you can get an affordable bottle of the stuff from online retailers like Amazon or larger supermarkets and DIY stores.
16. Use an old toothbrush to clean a sink drain
With just a lemon, baking soda and a toothbrush, you can clean a grimey sink drain. Visit Apartment Therapy for direction on how to do it.
Thanks for reading! Please feel free to share your best cleaning tips in the comments section below.
I always use microfibre cloths for windows, mirrors etc. Clean with a damp cloth ( wrung out from water with a few drops of washing up liquid) then wipe with a dry one - easy, quick and no streaks!
GREAT TIPS . THANKS .
If you have a stubborn burnt mark on the sloe plate of your iron that you just can't shift. Then warm your iron and hold a longer length pain killer tablet to the mark. As this begins to melt move it around the burnt section and all will melt away. Wipe sole plate with a damp cloth or better still methylated spirt, this really does work like magic, just be careful of your fingers while holding the tablet.
Would have thought using ammonia in an oven would be very dangerous due to the toxicity. The vapours destroy lung tissue. Suggest you advise wearing industrial mask, goggles and heavy duty gauntlets if using ammonia in this way.
The link for what you can put in the dishwasher shows something else, there's nothing about dishwashers 😕
Hi Anita! I'm sorry about that - I have now updated the link. Thanks for bringing this to our attention.
Go straight to tip no. 14. and adapt as follows: drink the vodka in bed with a friend (or friends) and have fun. Ignore the cleaning
Clean sink drains with baking soda and vinegar.
Thanks for sharing!
Give your spent dryer sheets one last hurrah by using them to shine your metal faucets and appliances. Shower handle looking dull? Give it a quick shine, totally free. You can even use dryer sheets to dust the surfaces of your home, and because they contain anti-static properties, you might find that doing it helps to lessen future dust build-up.
Great idea, Robert!
When the washing machine drains and spins, it releases a strong bad odour. What should I do?
To eliminate foul odour from the washing machine, clean the drum and door seal regularly with vinegar and run a hot water and vinegar cycle every month. Additionally, leave the door open to let air circulate after use and check and clean the drain pump filter if clogged.
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