Simplify your life and cut down your chores with these no-fuss cleaning cheats. They'll teach you how to do everything smarter, quicker and easier around the home.
1. Polishing hack
When you're polishing, spray the cloth instead of the furniture as it's more effective and uses less product, too.
2. Clean with cola
Pour a bottle of flat cola down the toilet and leave to settle for a few hours. Flush it down and give it a quick scrub - it'll look sparkling clean afterward!
3. Baking soda
Spruce up fabric sofas and chairs by sprinkling them with a little baking soda. Leave for a few minutes then vacuum thoroughly. This little trick also works well on mattresses.
4. Use a lint roller
Clean fabric lamp shades and curtains in an instant with a lint roller.
5. How to clean a vase
For a no-fuss way to clean a dirty vase, fill it three-quarters full with warm water and add a tablespoon of raw rice. Put your hand over the top and vigorously shake, or take a wooden spoon and give it a good whirl. Pour and rinse well for a sparkling clean vase!
6. Disinfect chopping boards naturally
After washing, disinfect plastic chopping boards by rubbing with a cut lemon and placing in the microwave for a minute. This is a handy trick for when you've been cutting raw meat.
7. How to get rid of lime-scale
Blast lime-scale in a steam iron by filling the water tank with equal part of white vinegar and water. Turn it on and press the steam button a few times, then turn it off and leave to cool. Empty it out and rinse.
8. Maximise your dishwasher
Use your dishwasher to clean more than just plates. You can give plastic combs and brushes (remove the hair first) a good clean, as well as small plastic toys (in a mesh bag), welly boots (lie them flat with insoles removed), salad drawers of your fridge and your food recycling bin.
9. Vacuum cleaner hack
When changing the bag in your vacuum cleaner, stick some brown tape directly over the hole as soon as you take it off to prevent any loose dirt and dust spreading.
10. Use tin foil
Use leftover scrunched up foil to clean the bars of your grill, oven and barbecue.
11. No more tangled cables
Store extension leads and cables neatly coiled inside a bucket to avoid tangles.
12. How to clean stainless steel
To remove fingerprints stainless steel appliances, drop a small amount of baby oil on a napkin and wipe over the grubby areas.
13. Clean with hairspray
Remove marker pen off hard surfaces, spray a tiny amount of hairspray onto it and vigorously rub with a clean cloth.
14. How to clean your iron
To clean the bottom of your iron, sprinkle some salt onto your board and iron over a few times.
15. Pet hair removal
To pick up pesky cat hairs, put on a pair of wet rubber gloves and skim your hands over the surfaces. The hair will stick to the gloves instantly.
16. Power hours
Set a timer for when you're cleaning. Whether it's 30 minutes or 1 hour you want to dedicate to cleaning, set the timer and stick to it. It helps you stay focused and get more done in a shorter amount of time.
17. Hard water stains
Remove hard water stains from your shower unit and taps by swiping half a lemon over the stains before rinsing and buffing with a cloth.
18. Clean your sponges
Sponges are a breeding ground for bacteria. Sanitise your sponges and blitz any germs by dampening them and popping in the microwave for a couple of minutes. It'll clean 99% of germs and you won't be tempted to throw them away before you really need to.
TOP TIP: Be careful when microwaving cloths and sponges. Some contain metal which could break your microwave. Always keep your eye on it - it could catch fire or melt.
Do you know any cleaning hacks? Let us know in the comments below!