Home Hacks: 13 Everyday Kitchen Items To Revolutionise Your Cleaning

Home Hacks: 13 Everyday Kitchen Items To Revolutionise Your Cleaning

Clean your home cheaply and effectively by swapping your regular cleaning products for these home-made alternatives. You needn't spend a fortune on cleaning products when most of these natural cleaning solutions can be found in your kitchen cupboards. 

1. Lift stains with lemon

They're great little cleaners!

As we all know, lemon is a natural bleaching agent so squeeze over any stains and let it dry in the sun. It works better than most stain removers and is cheap too.

2. Keep taps sparkling with foil

Take a balled up piece of tin foil and use it to scrub your chrome taps and appliances. Remember to use the shiny side!

3. Roll to remove dust

Using a lint roller is the quickest way to remove dust and pet hairs from fabric blind, lampshades and sofas.

4. Banish dust with softener

fabric softener
No more dusting! 

Using fabric softener is an excellent way of reducing the static cling that attracts dust to your television. Pour a tiny amount onto a soft cloth then wipe over your screen and stand.

5. Remove limescale from a shower head

Simply take a plastic bowl, fill it with cheap hot white vinegar (heat in a saucepan) and immerse your shower head in the bowl. Leave for an hour then gently scrub it with an old toothbrush to loosen the limescale. Rinse and you're done.

6. Get streak-free windows with vinegar

Dilute 25% vinegar with 75% warm water. Soak an old cotton towel in the water then wipe down the windows. Scrunch up a piece of newspaper and gently buff the windows for streak-free shine.

7. Clean a microwave with water

We all hate this cleaning job.

Cleaning the microwave is always a chore - but it needn't be! Clean it effortlessly and effectively by placing two cups of water in the middle and cooking on high heat for 5 minutes. The moisture will help stubborn stains glide off when sponged down.

8. Make tarnished silverware sparkle

Next time you boil some potatoes, remember to save the water. Soaking your tarnished silverware in it for an hour then wash and polish with a soft cloth to leave like new.

9. Shine garden furniture with bicarbonate of soda

Get your plastic garden furniture out of the shed and give them a quick spruce-up by wiping them down with some bicarbonate of soda. Rinse well and they'll be sparkly clean!

10. Unblock a kitchen sink

Try this nifty trick.

Have you got a pesky blocked pipe? Clear it by dropping two Alka Seltezer tablets down the drain, followed by a cup of water. Leave for five minutes then run the hot water tap - a quick and easy way to unblock.

11. Rescue burnt pans with rhubarb

If your burnt pans have seen better days then simply chop up some rhubarbs, boil until sticky and then rinse. Good as new. 

12. Clean wine stains with soda water

If you've spilt red wine on the carpet don't panic! Reach for the soda water and douse the stain then dab with layers of kitchen roll. Repeat until no colour shows through on the paper.

13. Mop the bathroom floor with vinegar

Clean floors in no time.

Dilute a half a cup of vinegar with a bucket of water to create an effective floor cleaner. It will help eat away the scum and hard water stains on your tiles, leaving them shiny once again.

Thanks for reading! Do you have any cleaning tips of your own?


Please tell us in the comments section 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 Denise Petch-Ghuman on April 3, 2015 at 1:33 pm

    Clean oven doors with a dishwasher tablet. Dampen one side slightly and rub onto the burned on grease and watch it disappear.

    1. Author Anushka F on April 7, 2015 at 9:34 am

      What a fantastic tip Denise. I will definitely try this out!

    2. Author Angela Harris on April 7, 2016 at 12:49 pm

      Great idea's thanks

    3. Author Anushka F on May 9, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      Thanks Angela!

  2. Author Denise Petch-Ghuman on April 3, 2015 at 1:36 pm

    Keep laundry cupboard tidy by putting the whole of a duvet sheet including sheets and pillowcases inside one of the pillow cases. Everything is at hand then when you change the beds, no hunting around for all the pillow cases and matching sheets etc.

    1. Author Anushka F on April 7, 2015 at 9:35 am

      Great idea. I do this in my home too and it does save valuable time!

  3. Author Irene Smart on April 4, 2015 at 7:41 am

    If you find you can,t open a bottle or jar place an elastic band round the lid it works every time

    1. Author Anushka F on April 7, 2015 at 9:35 am

      I will try this next time I've got a jar to open! Thanks, Irene.

  4. Author HEATHER MARTIN on April 4, 2015 at 10:33 am

    Every time you put your dishwasher on don't forget to put your dishcloth and any brushes in too. Slices of lemon will freshen your dishwasher in between uses

  5. Author zena deville on April 7, 2016 at 11:36 am

    I am a fosterer for abused dogs and of course none come house trained I have been using a product especially for urine stains and odour but its not working my grey carpet looks awful with stains everywhere and tips please xx

    1. Author Anushka F on May 9, 2016 at 1:47 pm

      Oh no! I've heard good things about Mr Muscle Oxy Urine Destroyer? That might help, good luck!

  6. Author Jayne on April 7, 2016 at 1:16 pm

    I've got a plastic bath which has developed stains I just can't shift, any ideas please, I'm desperate

    1. Author Anushka F on May 9, 2016 at 1:49 pm

      I would use a good stain removing product for this, or perhaps some lemon and white vinegar?

  7. Author VALERIE on April 7, 2016 at 1:20 pm

    Use denture tablets to whiten curtain nets

    1. Author Anushka F on May 9, 2016 at 1:48 pm

      Interesting one!

  8. Author Lesley on April 8, 2016 at 5:59 am

    Put slices of lemon in the water when you use Tip 4 - makes it smell nice and helps lift grease.And use the sterilising tablets for baby's bottles as a cleaning aid instead of bleach.


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