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A huge thank you to everyone who entered our competition to win a JML Wonderbroom. We were really overwhelmed by the number and quality of cleaning tips sent in - our readers really are cleaning pros!
Without further ado, I present our winning cleaning tip:
Put the washing machine detergent drawer through the dishwasher every couple of weeks, keeps it clean, Mould free and prevents any build up of products. Alternatively if it’s still in need of more cleaning after the dishwasher then use an old toothbrush and/or cotton buds to get in the harder to reach areas - Kirsty Taylor
We all know how tricky it can be to keep washing machines clean - Kirsty's tip certainly makes this easier. We hope you enjoy your JML Wonderbroom Kirsty - you certainly deserve it!
For a full guide to cleaning your washing machine, check out Collette's article.
Special mention goes to the following, runner-up cleaning tips:
Don’t have kids, pets or husbands! Alcohol hand sanitizer will remove almost anything from marker pen to chewing gum. Also putty will get into crevices you can’t such as between buttons on the radio in the car! - Michelle
If only it were that easy, Michelle! If you do have fluffy friends, check out our 19 cleaning tips for pet owners for some extra help.
I'm sure someone has already said something similar, but there are so many comments to wade through! Avoid spending on bottles and bottles of household cleaner.. Save citrus peels in a jar (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit.. whatever you like to eat/smell) and cover when full with white vinegar (you can add some cloves, rosemary or essential oils if you like). Keep for two weeks. Strain. Put in an empty spray bottle and top up with water. Perfect for everywhere! (And it doesn’t small of vinegar, promise!) - Kim
Kudos to Kim for being so inventive with her tip. Learn more uses for leftover fruit and veg peel in our article.
Peanut butter is great for getting any sticky residue of things. Rub it on with a soft cloth then wash. - Robyn Clarke
Although we love the sound of this tip, Robyn (we are onboard with anything that involves peanut butter), we were a little dubious.
For weird but wonderful cleaning tips, check out these foods that make surprisingly excellent cleaning products.
Cleaning tip....get the wife to do it
Put an old sock on your hand and dust away!!!
Seems a great idea, and wonderful use for old socks.
Vodka makes a wonderful window cleaner... As well as a refreshing drink for all your hard work with the housecleaning ? "One spray for the window, two sprays for me" ?
My twitter handle is @luckyevierose btw :)
Get someone else to do it???
Use vinegar to clean taps and showerhead! Fetches them up sparkling and like new!!
Reward yourself with a prezzie if you get everything done x
Use coca cola to clean toilets and unblock plug holes
Keep a hand held Hoover handy for crumbs for quick clean up
Use a microfiber cloth or magic eraser sponge and just add water. Makes cleaning so much easier!
Place Aluminium Foil on all cooking trays and grill pans before you use them, once you've finished cooking just screw up the foil and your trays will be ready to use again and again without needing to wash them and no stubborn stains left behind either.
Put some music on and clean to a beat - makes it more fun and it's a workout at the same time
Never leave a room empty handed :)
Wipe the radiators with a little fabric conditioner so when the heating is on, the whole house smells amazing!
White vinegar on taps and glass to remove the stains and hard water
Try to declutter one room a day on top of regular chores . I find this very helpful
Tissue paper is the best for polishing mirrors and taps, gives you a streak free shine that will pass even an army inspection ?
wipe skirting boards etc down with a dryer sheet! it keeps it dust free for much longer! ?
To remove rust. Apply vinegar let it sit for a bit then scrub with a brush to remove the rust.
Clean windows on a dull day, so the sun does not dry them as you clean.
Microwave a bowl of water with a slice of lemon to remove odours from the microwave
GET THE HUSBAND TO DO IT!!!!!!!! (SOME HOPE, I DONT THINK)
Though really in modern days of Equality. Why not? Seems we should all be enabled to carry out a variety of tasks.
Cut of bottom of 2lt bottle of coke and use to unblock a toilet as the air pushes blockage away. Please note other brands of fizzy pop are available
Clean furniture with vinegar before polishing it with beeswax.
One room at a time carry all cleaning materials in a draw string bag on your shoulder mop/broom/vac in hand.
Never do the mistake of vacuuming before you’ve wiped down the surfaces. Crumbs and particles will fall to the floor while you’re cleaning.
keep kids and pets out
If you have a textured kitchen sink that looks dull and water marked, coat it in cooking oil, leave for an hour or so and wash off, it will come up looking like new.
Have a schedule of essential daily, weekly, monthly and annual tasks to make sure everything is cleaned regularly but not excessively!
Every couple of years I go through my cupboards for out of date items such as vinegar / baking powder / bicarbonate of soda & then google things to use them up...have found fantastic ways to clean the house with them all....
I set the alarm 5-10 mins earlier during the week so as to do a bit of cleaning before going to work. It is a mini workout, sets me up for the day and avoids having to do chores when I get home
Do it little and often so you make more of an effort!
Do it as you're going along!!! Especially with messy kids, get them to help too!
Little and often and good music when you have a deep clean.
get a cleaner! :-)
Such a shame that Home Help Service which provided light housework :- Is no longer available. It makes me Wonder if that has had an impact on Superbugs, etc, etc.
To get rid of an odourless spot in the carpet, cover it with bicarbonate soda and then pour on vinegar and leave for 10 min and scrub off
Using a lemon on your sink and taps is a great way to get them looking really clean.
Toothpaste cleans brass door handles
Half a lemon gets rid of those yellow stains on your toilet seat. Yuk!! But it works!
never use a dry cloth for dust always a slightly damp cloth
I believe in hospitals that damp dusting is the method of cleaning used.
Get hubby to do it!
bicarbonate of soda wiht warm water is a great natural and effective clweaner for toilets, sinks, floors.
Got this broom it's amazing. My tip is get the kids involved my daughter loves this broom won't let me use it lol
Do a little everyday instead of once a week it seems less of a chore this way
Clean from top to bottom, finishing with a clean sweep from JML Wonderbroom!
Leave antibacterial wipes in the bathrooms and instruct the kids on how to use them!
De-Clutter - If you've not used it in a month then it doesn't need to be out !.
I put lemon peel rings around the bases of taps - leave them for 30 minutes or so - it removes any limescale.
CLEANING WINDOWS PUT A LITTLE VINEGAR IN THE WATER TO GET A NICE SHINE
Vinegar and newspapers make windows, glass, mirrors and metal gleam.
Have plenty of vinegar!
Clean small toys like teddies/Lego in a laundry bag in the washing machine or even the dishwasher.
Use a timer and get everyone in the family to do as much as they can from a list in 5 minutes it is amazing what gets done
I make use of Milton (liquid or tablets) to remove tea and coffee stains from cups and mugs. Just make it up as per dilution stated on pack. Fill cups and mugs with the solution :- can do one at a time, or several, whatever is your preference. As the Milton solution can be used for many applications. I find leaving the solution in cup or mug for about ten minutes is sufficient time to remove any stains.
I do 30 minutes of cleaning a day so that I always keep on top of it. It's amazing how much you can get done in half an hour.
Baby wipes remove the toughest grease & grime so they are perfect for the stove top...also a great way to easily clean the microwave. Actually, I use them for everything! Once I'm done, a quick spray of detol antibac and everything is super clean.
Put a teaspoon of bicarbonate of soda in your kettle -leave for a few moments -voila! Descaled and sparkling clean Works on stained cups too
If you have a blocked drain, use a swing bin liner over your arm, secure with an elastic band, and you have a full arm length rubber glove. Plus, don't throw away old socks that have holes in them, use them for a disposable duster.
Use a rubber brush to get animal hair off carpet. O if you haven't got one, a damp cloth will work too.
Leave jewelery overnight in a cup of warm water and washing up liquid. It sparkles in the morning. No need for expensive jewellery cleaning products !
Drop some essential oils on a piece of cotton wool and pop it in your vacuum cleaner cylinder. As you vacuum, the oils will scent the house.
Keep the filter clean on the vacuum cleaner
Do a little each day
clean regularly, ie Monday - kitchen Tuesday Bathroom, get in a routine
Spilt red wine? Apply soda water immediately ,blot with kitchen roll and that will remove it
Little and often, dont let it buil dup
Tackle some jobs first then you get more done and it makes you feel good
To freshen a microwave put s fresh lemon in half in for one minute then clean fresh and clean as ever xxx
Use CIF - It literally cleans up everything like magic!
Put half a lemon in a bowl of water and put on for few seconds will make your microwave smell fresher
When washing you windows dry them with old newspapers as the ink makes the glass shine
If any old perfume left in the bottle just spray it in your house to smell lovely
Use sellotape to take hairs etc from jackets clothes etc
Put some vinegar in your water when cleaning windows it gets rid of smears and makes your windows sparkle
Service your hoover regularly, change filters, empty often and check for blockages. Surprisingly, it makes a huge difference to it's efficiency.
Do the job straight away. Don't think i'll do it tomorrow, as that gets easier to say the next day as well!
TOOTHBRUSHES GET IN ALL THE NOOKS AND CRANNIES
Use toothpaste to get rid of crayon stains
PUT STOCKING OR TIGHTS OVER HOVER PIPE TO CLEAN UP SPILLS LIKE BUTTONS, PINS, TURN HOVER OFF OVER CONTAINER YOU WANT THEN IN, MAKES CLEARING UP AND TIDING MUCH QUICKER.
regular cleaning means less to do when the 'deep clean' time comes, get the kids involved!!
Strip the bed before you dust - don't do it the other way round, or you will have to re-dust!
Use old T-shirts as cleaning cloths.
Make it a job and game for the whole family, bribing them with the reward of a takeaway. It's a win/win - they'll gladly help with the cleaning and you don't have to cook dinner either.
For small marks or walls, doors and windows use baby wipes for the mark rather than doing the whole door
Clean it when you spot it.
Let things soak in warm water. It does wonders on stubborn stains!
Always clean room from top to bottom so any falling debris only needs cleaning up once
Use a window squeegee to remove pet hairs from the carpet and rugs
do a little bit here and there so it doesn't pile up
To disinfect the washing up sponges just put them in the microwave slightly wet for a minute. Kills the germs then you can straight away wipe out the microwave with it. Two birds with one stone.
When you notice your drain is starting to clog, a 1/2 cup of baking soda down it, followed by a 1/2 cup of vinegar. Cover with a wet cloth to contain the science fair-like effects. Wait five minutes and then flush with hot water.
My tip is to keep your old t-shirts to cut up and use for dirty jobs, then just chuck them away.
Turn off social media, seriously people do not need a blow by blow account of your cleaning habits and you get the jib done much quicker!?
Use microfibre cloths for dusting.
Create a routine and do the jobs in the same order, Also play loud music ( rock or power ballads etc ), and it speeds you up
Don't make it more difficult than it needs to be, example, whilst you are waiting for the kettle to boil for a brew, empty the dishwasher ;)
White vinegar cleans almost everything
Don't put it down - put it away. If you tidy up as you go along , it is so much easier. And get the children into the same good habit too.
For hard to remove stains on painted surfaces use Sugar Soap
White vinegar. Use it to descale kettles, coffee machines, irons. Run a hot wash with a couple of cups to deodorise and descale the washing machine, add it to hot water with a squeeze of washing up liquid for cleaning windows (final polish with old newspaper to make it streak free). It's cheap and effective.
use a window cleaning blade on your rug to get all dog and cat hairs up it works a treat
White vinegar is the best cleaner - and cheap too!
Using a cloth dipped in plain water to give car dash a perfect shine
mix some of you favourite Zoflora disinfectant with water in a spray bottle and spray around your home for a wonderful long lasting scent.
scrape the burnt bits of your cooker with a paint scraper then just wipe with a damp cloth does the job good and easy
Vinegar for shiny mirrors
Clean up as you go along that way it doesn't add up. And it's easier to keep the house tidy. Get kids involved with tidying up. Make it fun. Put tidy up time music and set them a time to get it done in.
Don't be messy then you have less to clean
a well chewed piece of gum or a piece of blu tack works wonders at removing dust from tight spots, ie car interiors, when rolled over the raea
Toothpaste cleans grime marks on sinks and tiles
clean as you go less to do later on
use dental floss to clean around cooker knobs
Baby wipes are very good for a quick clean around
Use a slice of bread to clean up broken glass. It gets up all the tiny fragments!
keep ontop of it! best way to clean your light shades bi carb of soda and water :)
i use a soft brush attachment on the hoover to dust up the dust first, then use a damp cloth to wipe the surface, stops dust being pushed about before polishing
Use clean old sock for dusting.
Use an old toothbrush to clean the shower gets into all the holes and white vinegar works a treat
Split the chores between all the family so nobody has to do it all
non gel tooth pasted rubbed in to old cup rings on wood will remove the ring, A cap cheap mouthwash placed into the drawer of the washing machine will kill bad smells and clean the machine
Use baby oil on stainless steel appliances
get a cleaner
use bleach to get rid of black mould
To make stainless steel cooker hoods shine..........rub with baby oil.
declutter and have a place for everything-if its not useful or beautiful get rid of it! much easier to clean a de-cluttered home,just tidy as you go
Put trainers in pillow slip and pop it in the washing machine and they will come out good as new.
When putting bedding away fold & put the duvet cover & matching sheet & pillow case in to 1 of the pillow cases so much easier to find no more searching for sets & a tidy linen cupboard ?
Put some tumble drier sheets or mix some of your fabric softner with water and spray on to some kitchen roll or a hanky and place on top or behind your radiators makes the house smell lovely & scent lasts for ages
I have a few, but this is my latest.... Awkward areas the vacuum cleaner can't quite manage, even with all the accessories?! Try a toilet paper or kitchen roll tube on the end of the hose, you can shape it to fit almost any nook or cranny.
If you ever need to clean tarnish off, use vinegar - it works beautifully!
Always keep a wedge of lemon in the cutlery section of the dishwasher, replace after a couple of washes, this keeps the dishwasher smelling fresh and makes the cutlery shine.
To clean a microwave put a damp cloth in and put microwave on for 30 seconds to a minute depending on how dirty it is.Wait 30 seconds before opening door,clean stubborn stains away with cloth,no need for any fancy detergents or expensive sprays
To remove stains from clothing, apply a little washing up liquid on a cloth with some COLD water and rub stain - put garment in washing machine on your normal programme and you will find, in most cases, the stain will be removed! Can't guarantee it will work on every stain but I have had a lot of success doing this over many years!
Tiny drop of baby oil on a micro cloth to make stainless steel shine.. Also lenor unstoppables , Hoover a few up and it turns the hoover into an air freshener as u vac leaving every room smelling fresh..
Toothpaste on white trainers
Once you have washed the floor always dry and buff it after Old toothbrushes come in handy for them small tight corners of any window floor etc Especially showers and bath edges
Always sweep toward the center of the room, sweeping away from your body, pushing dirt into a pile, then use a dustpan and brush to pick up the debris...otherwise you get a temptation to brush things into nooks and crannys ;)
Whatever solution I'm using I always make sure it has a fragrance so it can freshen up the room same time as cleaning it
keep all kids and pets out
Use vinegar in your rinse water when cleaning windows for a smear free shine.
Mire of a fix for after cleaning lol but if your a messy cleaner when it comes to getting bleach on your fave clothes like i often do, just grab a sharpie pen closest to the colour of your clithes colour in the bleach mark and vwola you can no longer see the damage my fave black jeans look good as new lol xx
I always keep old toothbrushes to use on small areas, which need cleaning
Coca Cola is brilliant for cleaning the toilet!
Don't leave it - clean up NOW - and you won't regret it.
Rubbing toothpaste on chrome taps really brings out the shine, also spray some furniture polish on your radiator for a lovely long lasting clean scent
Clean windows with vinegar and water and then polish off with a crumpled newspaper sheet
To clean dirty marks from walls, always make sure your cloth has plenty of washing up liquid on it, otherwise your cloth will just rub off the paint.
White vinegar on the taps will remove limescale
Some baling powder and vinegar cleans the sink, the shower, cooker and even in washing your emachine. Oil will get chewing gum from hair and ice cube on carpet.
Everyone has toothpaste in their home, and you can use it to clean not just your teeth but all sorts of marks around the home.
Use toothpaste to get rid of permenant marker, dab rather than wipe.
When you have cleaned taps, buff them up with a paper towel. It makes them really shiny!
VINEGAR!! - it has so many uses in cleaning so I always have a bottle to hand
put your house up for sale,you will clean like you never have before
Put half a cupful white vinegar in you washing machine when in use it helps to beak down the lime scale in the machine also good for you whites.
I would say little and often and always have zoflora handy !!!!
For easy (and eco) cleaning of the outside of your windows wait until immediately after a rainstorm and simply squeegee them - no smears, sparkling windows and saves a lot of time.
a bit at ta time
To remove coffee stains Flush with cold water and spot clean with a solution of washing detergent but not soap. If staining remains, soak in a solution of one part vinegar to two parts water
For shiny taps use a little toothpaste and gently rub with toilet tissue! No need to dig out that bag of cleaning products!
Create your own carpet steam cleaner by combining water and a drop of clear distilled malt vinegar.
My favourite item to clean with is white distilled vinegar - use it for loads of jobs in the house. 1) When your kettle needs descaling just put about 1/2 a cup of the vinegar in the base of the kettle then fill with cold water, leave over night then rinse a few times the next morning. Scale will be all gone.
Removing pet hair is rather easy! All you need is a pair of rubber gloves and some water. Run your hand over the upholstery and the hair with cling to the damp glove. :)
I only spend 2 hours a week on cleaning the house on a Saturday morning , everything gets a light going over - but one room will get a really thorough deep clean, I do this in rotation so each room eventually gets a once monthly deep clean. Working 60 hours a week including commuting, I've found this is the only way which really works well!
Use cheap toothpaste to clean cooker hobs or burny things on pans also use instead of glue
After cleaning a t chrome I the kitchen, wipe it down with baby oil for a beautiful shine.
Lemon Juice (Smells nicer than vinegar) will get you great results on your windows.
Hire a cleaner
Lemon juice - great natural cleaner with a fabulous smell!
Soak oven shelves & greasy tins in hot water containing washing powder, just for a few hours & hey presto the grease lifts off them & they are just like new.
Wipe the radiators over with comfort when heating is on it makes the house smell lush
Cut an onion in half and put it in the fridge to absorb any odours
Tidy as you go - it's so much easier to clean a tidy home!
Baby wipes are great for a quick clean up after kids
If you have brass door handles toothpaste is an excellent product to keep them clean.
Use a few drops of vinegar to the water when washing windows and buff up with scrunched newspaper
The product Vackal is amazing! I use it on everything. Best cleaning spray.
clean and clear as you go along - don't let it build up
Clean your windows on a cloudy day, or they will dry too quickly and leave streaks.
Dont flit from one room to another, doing a job here and a job there - finish one room completely, then close the door and move onto the next - you feel like you are getting somewhere quicker - and vinegar cleans windows with a super shine x
Can't clean top of kitchen cupboards easily. I clean them and then place newspapers on the top of the cupboards and next time simply lift the dirty papers off and replace
Cut a fresh lemon in half and squeeze the juice into your bathroom sink and bath with the plyg in, leave for about 30 minutes and then wipe away the grime and limescale with kitchen roll to leave it all shiny!
Lemon and salt to give your sink a shine as if brand new and use the leftover lemon in the bins to give them a nice fragrance
give your brush a quick rinse under the tap when you have finished using it. it will last longer
Use vinagar and newspaper for cleaning windows will not see a smear anywhere
My tip is to use bleach on you plates and cups once a month
Cotton Buds are fantastic for cleaning in tiny hard to reach areas.... Sink over flow, frame corners, plug hole gaps. They can be soaked in cleaning products/vinegar/ whatever if just water isn't enough to do the job, perfect for those little spaces and easy to throw away after
Put the washing machine detergent drawer through the dishwasher every couple of weeks, keeps it clean, Mould free and prevents any build up of products. Alternatively if it's still in need of more cleaning after the dishwasher then use an old toothbrush and/or cotton buds to get in the harder to reach areas.
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Use your washing powder as a general cleaner. It really cuts through dirt, grime and grease, very good on shower trays, baths and sinks. Put some down the loo and watch the stains disappear, no need for other high priced cleaners.
Tidy up brfore you go to bed.
Brush standing good and straight to get most dirt of the floor
Toothbrushes and ear buds for edges and corners
I swear by white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda for pretty much every stain going. Works wonder on collar stains on shirts and stubborn carpet stains. Its also great for mouldly bathrooms
to clean those hard to reach tiles above the bath i use my spray mop and mop them clean
Tidy up a little bit every day. That way you don't have to do a huge weekly clean.
For an environmentally friendly way to clean your bath. Cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle it with some salt and rub it around the bath. No harsh chemicals and it makes everything shine and smell lovely x
Always Dust After Hoovering! ?
do a little bit every day - that way it doesn't seem like such a huge chore
In hard water areas pour a bit of neat vinegar in your kettle and leave for an hour or so before washing out.
You will never look back after cleaning stainless steal with WD40!!!
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For cleaning the shower daily and quickly. Get a dish matic brush with non scratch head, fill 1/4 with white vinegar (distilled vinegar) and top the rest up with dish soap. Scrub shower screen, tiles, taps, and the tub then wash away. Result sparkling!!!
Clean the shower whilst you are in it!
water white vinegar and a tiny bit of washing up liquid in an empy windowlene bottle spray on wipe over with kitchen roll and buff with a soft cloth sparkling windows and rain justs rolls off
The inside of a banana skin is great for polishing your shoes
Wd40 to remove makeup stains out of carpet. And to get the best shine on stainless steel
To effetely clean your microwave, cut up a lemon and place in a microwavable bowl with boiling water. microwave on full power for 15 - 20 mins with the lid off.... wipe clean!
Fabric softener and warm water in a spray bottle instead of febreeze
Add a bottle cap full of salt to the back of your fridge, cupboard or drawers to eliminate any odours, safely.
I always use the local Newspaper to clean the windows,and a drop of Vinegar, the windows come up a treat,and it cleans the windows inside and out and gets rid of all the grime. My mirrors get cleaned the same way.
Keep an old toothbrush, the little brush works a miracle in all the corners,of your dish drainener's,brings them up a treat,and I have one that I use for the bird feeders.
Only use half the recommended dosage of washing powder, use the other half with boiling hot water to soak a very dirty pan
Clean sink taps with toothpaste they come up shining.
tumble drier sheets collect dust like no other Perfect for cleaning Venetian Blinds
Dettol bleach wipe everything.
Make a list of little jobs and tick them when done to give yourself a sense of achievement xx
When cooking fill the washing up bowl before you start. Wash up and wipe down counters as you go along . So you've 90% cleaned up before you sit down to eat. Saves times and stress.
Tip from my window cleaner to get streak free, clean windows.....have one cloth to clean the windows, soaked in hot water with washing up liquid and then one dry cloth to dry/buff the windows, always be sure to completely dry the glass so that no water marks remain and your windows will be streak free...
I use baby wipes for everything
White Vinegar, my Nanna used to say this all the time, White vingegar for pretty much everything and so far it's worked! Thanks Nanna! ❤
Don't have kids, pets or husbands! Alcohol hand sanitizer will remove almost anything from marker pen to chewing gum. Also putty will get into crevices you can't such as between buttons on the radio in the car!
Clean frequently utilizing any spare moments, that way it doesn't become too onerous a task.
Use newspaper (and spray) to clean windows. Comes up streak clear! And when you have emptied your Hoover - Hoover up some washing powder to make it smell fresh again.
cut a lemon i half and put in a bowl with some water and blast in microwave for around a min leaves it smelling fresh and stains etc so much easier to remove
Adding 1 cup of bleach to 9 cups water and scrubbing the floor or using a George to clean my carpet works wounderful
To clean a dirty microwave cut a lemon in half. Put the microwave on for a minute, it will splutter and produce a citrus smell all over, (be careful it's not to hot!). The condensation will allow you to simply wipe. 100% natural
If you burn something onto your pan boil coca cola in it and the burn wipes away leaving your pan looking brand new !
Damp dusting the bedroom keeps your allergies at bay
I make sure I do my cleaning a bit at a time throughout the week, rather than letting it all build up!
My top cleaning tip is clean a bit every day to stop it building up
To remove finger prints from stainless steel appliances, put a small amount of baby oil on to a microfibre cloth and wipe they'll soon disappear.
Descale the kettle by mixing around a quarter of a bottle of white vinegar with a similar amount of water and boiling it up. If it doesn't work fully the first time, add a little more water to cool it and then boil it back up. I have a glass kettle and live in a hard water area but I do this once a week and my kettle looks pristine. It works much better than shop bought descalers and is far cheaper too.
Use rubber gloves to get cat hair from fabrics like sofas and carpets!
Clean early in the day and promise yourself an afternoon treat.
When cleaning the mirrors in the bathroom wipe them over first with some mens shaving foam or gel. Once done polish them up. Your mirrors will not steam up when you shower. Needs redoing every one to two weeks depending on how much the bathroom is used
I use Asprin in my washing machine for the whites and its brings your white's up nice and bright. I've also use bicarb soda to clean my sink and also use it in my machine for washing
I read a tip once on using tumble dryer sheets for cleaning and OMG do they work! used on taps etc they really give a great shine! used in burnt pans - the mess just lifts off - they are so good
Clean up as you go, that way it's a lot more managable. Also don't waste money on separate bottles of kitchen cleaner, bathroom cleaner etc it's all the same stuff.
Get everyone involved in the cleaning.Give them 5 mins to declutter a room of their things & 5 mins for a general tidy (maybe a small reward!).
Wrap vinegar-filled sandwich bags around your taps to remove limescale.
To clean the microwave, half fill a bowl of warm water with a bit of lemon juice. Put it on for about 10 seconds. It'll splash everywhere and loosen the muck. Wipe clean and breathe the fresh lemon scent.
Baby wipes are a great way to clean your bath quickly and easily!
put cleaning mittens on your crawling baby. baby not included
i use a damp sponge on the stairs to get all pet hair off
No need to purchase a special spray to clean mirrors , use a spray of air freshener and polish with a lint-free cloth.The room will smell nice too.
I use the stretchy hair elastics to hold a microfibre cloth on my broom to get rid of cobwebs high and low. (If you have hair elastics with a metal joiner ensure this is on the top of the broom, so you don't do any damage with the metal joiner) These stretchy elastics are so handy and have many uses around the house.
Tidy as you go leaving nothing to go back to do
Use newspaper and white vinegar to clean and buff glass to a shine
Clean often with lemon juice. So citrusly fresh.
Little and often so it doesn't become overwhelming
To remove smells and stains from Plastic cutting boards, sprinkles with salt or baking soda then rub over with a lemon which has been cut in half
use flat coke to clean your loo or pop in a kettle for 10mins to remove limescale
Waste as little as possible of your life on housework. There's always more to do.
Use white vinegar to descale the shower head, cheap and effective
Smear toothpaste on the chrome taps and finishings in the bathroom, leave for 5 mins and rinse. Removes water marks and limescale leaving them super sparkly and smelling minty fresh
Put a sock over your head and use your head
Just don't bother - go on holiday
To clean sinks, baths etc that have marks use grapefruit and salt homemade scrub.
Set yourself a period of time, I usually say one hour and then work like thunder for that hour only, set off armed with a couple of cloths, multi purpose cleaner and waste bags and knock yourself out. I feel so much better after a good clear up! Also try new products, it will keep your interest up.
Bicarbonate soda! It's amazing for everything x
Clean up as you go along.
Stick the Foo Fighters on and rock out with your mop!! :-)
Wrap micro fibre cloths around a pair of kitchen tongs and secure with elastic bands. Quick and easy way to clean your blinds!
A spot of baby oil rubbed on stainless steel items makes them all shiny and looking new!
When mopping floors use boiling hot water as i feel they dry alot quicker. Its has to be boiling.
Tell your husband he does it much better than you. And he will!!!
Put some lemon juice with water in a bowl, pop in the micrawave and micrawave for a couple of minutes to freshen and clean the inside of your micrawave.
The best cleaning tip is never make a mess in the first place
Use an old toothbrush to clean hard-to-reach areas around soap holders, taps and drains and tile grouting
If you get mould around your windows, clean mould off with a proper mould remover, then put some drops of tee tree oil on a clean dry cloth, and wipe it round the windows. The mould will not grow back.
Get a Henry Hoover if you have a house rabbit as it's the only one that will cope with the hay!
Put clingfilm on your fridge shelves - just change it when you feel you need to! The ultimate lazy cleaning hack!
As simple as it sounds, I find I clean quicker and happier if I put music on - it makes chores go by much quicker!
I am part of the vertically challenged community. If you are too, here is my tip for cleaning your ceiling fan: Wrap a dryer sheet around a clean painting roller and secure the ends with rubber bands. Attach an extension handle to the roller and dust away.
For streak-free glass, clean with one part vinegar to four parts water and then buff with a coffee filter paper or newspaper; hey presto! streak free and gleaming in no time!
Little and often - don't leave it until it becomes a real chore
Use a dab of olive oil on a microfiber cloth to polish stainless steel - it comes up streak free!
Poor salt on your ironing board then iron the salt with steam option of the dirt will stick to the salt
After I use my face wipe in the morning I give the bathroom sink and taps a quick wipe round - means I have to give it a proper clean less often
Sprinkle some Zoflora on wooden floors before steam mopping to make floors clean and fragrant!
I use Zoflora to make my home smell lovely, just add it to really hot water, and throw in cleaning cloths and sponges at the same time to get them clean and smelling great!
use a citrus essential oil with hot water in a spray bottle for a great grime buster
Invite your OCD friends round for tea and they will do it for you ???
Use white vinegar on taps and windows. . . It leaves them sparkling
I love using Natural products less harmful and allergies my go to products are lemon baking soda and vinegar do the job brilliantly
Get someone else to do it ?
Use a toothbrush to clean around tricky knobs, ideal for the cooker! :)
Use white chalk to remove grease marks of table cloths & clothing works great xx
Start from top to bottom of the house !
Clean the shelves and walls with a solution of half water and half vinegar.
vanish powder work well on tea and coffee stain on spoons
Dance while cleaning, like your a 1970s disco klng/queen! helps keep you fit AND motivated!
WOOP! Buy a Wonderbroom to save time! :D
start at the top and work your way down
Little and often - it is less of a chore that way!
Got to be to keep on top of it..little and often rather than saving it all up
Do a bit every day to keep up to it, that way it doesn't become too overwhelming.
My tip has to be to clean glass,mirrors and windows with old newspapers to leave it without hardly any streaks!
Cheap toothbrush to clean hard to reach areas and round taps, also baby wipes are great for cleaning any spills
TO KEEP MY IRON CLEAN AND LOOKING GLEAMING I ALWAYS PUT SOME SALT ON THE IRONING BOARD AND THEN PUT THE IRON TO THE HIGHEST SETTING AND PUT THE IRON ON TO THE STEAM SETTING AND THEN PROCEED TO IRON OVER THE SALT.THE DIRT THEN STICKS TO THE SALT AND THEN YOUR IRON BECOMES ALL SHINY AND SPARKLY LIKE NEW
Stains be gone???? Mix whitebinegar andc sodum bicarbonate togethrr -Voila your stain is gone Works on clothes carpets tiled Also deodorises too
Make things easier for yourself by cleaning up as you go along, keeping a set of cleaning products especially wipes and a dustpan & brush on each floor of your home so they're always to hand
White vinegar for cleaning glass
Don't leave it too long to start cleaning things up
Do little and often. Less of a chore that way!
Vinegar cleans everything..........if you can handle the smell that is!!
Don't make a mess.
start at the top of the house and work down
Spray oven with white vinegar,put Bicarb powder on too and leave.depending how bad it is of course this should take about an hour.Wipe off and rinse
A bit of vinegar in water brings up my piano keys beautifully
Put some background music on to distract you from what you are doing and you will get more cleaning done.
Use hairspray on a leather settee to remove biro marks ✅
Also works on clothes too!
Use lemons to clean and polish your copper pots and pans.
use white vinegar in rinsing water and also in the final rinse in the washing machine it removes all odours and makes everything sparkling and fresh
Diet coke makes a toilet sparkle!
I use a small bit of babyoil on a cloth to polish up stainless steel, gives it a lovely shine and gets rid of grease and finger marks :)
Little and often and as you get older divide your house into zones and clean in rotation. At one time I could clean the whole house in one go. Now I have four zones so you can tell I'm getting on bit! (70 next month)
Do 5 mins of cleaning every time an ad break come on Tv
Natural products from the cupboards! perfect when you have 6 children to think of - wouldnt want harmful liquids around!
Use washing powder instead of washing up liquid to make glasses sparkling clean!
Vinegar and bicarbonate of soda are great for cleaning and freshening drains and plugholes.
Use baby oil on stainless steel to give a lovely shine and keep finger prints away.
Use vinegar on glass. Its gives perfectly clean windows
cola cleans the toilet lovely
Get an empty spray bottle and fill it with 2 caps of Zoflora disinfectant and water and you have a universal cleaner that leaves a lovely smell behind when you do your chores
Listen to a bit of Frank Sinatra, you'll soon get into the swing of it!
Vinegar for glass and windows
Use white vinegar on limescale
use white vinegar and bicarb sode down the sink plug holes to clear them out and prevent blockage
Use toothpaste to clean brass
Best thing to do is get someone else to do the howrr
My ultimate cleaning tip is to use orange,lemon and lime wedges placed in a bowl or water then heated up in the microwave. The citrus and steam will make cleaning it a breeze and will leave it smelling incredible too!!
I try to cleana room a day in our house so there's never too much to do at once
Coke cola is great for stubborn stains!
Put the music on when cleaning and have a sing along. Makes it go so much faster.
always try and get someone else to do the cleaning
I'm sure someone has already said something similar, but there are so many comments to wade through! Avoid spending on bottles and bottles of household cleaner.. Save citrus peels in a jar (orange, lemon, lime, grapefruit.. whatever you like to eat/smell) and cover when full with white vinegar (you can add some cloves, rosemary or essential oils if you like). Keep for two weeks. Strain. Put in an empty spray bottle and top up with water. Perfect for everywhere! (And it doesn't small of vinegar, promise!)
A light spraying of baby oil will keep stainless steel appliances beautifully shiny
BICARB OF SODA FOR REMOVING SMELLS FROM CARPETS
Pay someone else to do it (in my dreams). In reality it's having cleaning stuff available upstairs and downstairs so I'm not having to prance up and down fetching stuff. Also old toothbrushes are brilliant for nooks and crannies.
Zoflora is versatile and can be used in different concentrations
start hoovering when your nieces, nephews come to visit, they will do it for you, its a learning and I can do it too thing
I used lots of different branded washing machine cleaners, but nothing works best than white vinegar or/and soda crystals.
Grab three bags and clutter clear the house 1)Bin 2)Donate 3) put away
We use lemon juice & bicarbonate of soda when tackling tough stains
Mix white vinegar and baking soda together to create a paste, work it into upholstery, let it dry and hoover it up. It comes up lovely! :-)
My nana gave me a fab tip when cooking and left with food residue on pans /pots soak them in wash powder for about 5 mins then rinse throughly works a treat every time , air fresheners don't buy them any more I use fabric conditioner diluted in water in a spray bottle lasts for ages x
Play some music whilst cleaning, it makes you feel more motivated and gives you an energy boost x
Peanut butter is great for getting any sticky residue of things. Rub it on with a soft cloth then wash.
write a list of what needs done, once it's ticked off it spurs you on and gives you a sense of achievement
bicarb works amazing on greasy cupboard doors in the kitchen.
Baby wipes! I use them to wipe down more than just little bottoms. They come in so handy! Always keep a pack on me just in case.
Clean your toilet with a bottle of coke. Just pour into toilet and watch it gleam
Make a squeezed & zested lemon go even further by using it to freshen up your kitchen appliances. Place half a used lemon in the top basket of your dishwasher when running a normal load for sparkly dishes, a cleaner appliance & it smells great too! The other (juicer) half can be used to clean & deodorise a microwave! Take a microwave proof bowl or jug, 3/4 fill it with water, cut the 1/2 lemon into 4 pieces and add to the bowl. Heat on high for 3 minutes, then leave for another 3 minutes so the steam can work off any grime. It should just require a quick wipe out with a cloth or kitchen paper to make it sparkly clean & will smell amazing!
Keep on top of all the extra jobs and de-cluttering by doing one or 2 extra jobs every day so that the list of things to do doesn't become overwhelming.
Rub baby oil on all your stainless steel appliances to keep them gleaming
little and often keep on top of it
Use nail varnish remover to clean black scuff marks off upvc window frames, it works a treat!
Use white vinegar in a spray bottle to keep tiles and taps looking sparkly and clean
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After cleaning my metal sink, draining board and taps I use baby oil to give it a dazzling sparkle xxx
Storage ! Boxes for everything .. makes tidying up so much easier then dust and hoover/mop ! Sorted :)
Use a mixture bicarbonate of soda and washing up liquid, make it into a paste and apply to glass oven doors, leave it on for an hour or more, rinse off and it should make it sparkle x
Bleach, bleach, bleach
Use scrunched up newspaper to clean windows, it gives such a clean sparkle with no smear marks :)
I use wd40 spray on my stainless steel hob - I clean it withspray cleaner first when it's dry spray with wd40 buff with kitchen paper - it makes it shine and it stops things getting to burnt on when you cook
Dust with tumble dryer sheets they collect so much more dust without the use of polish
Use a tiny bit of baby oil to polish aluminium surfaces, they come up a treat.
Half a lemon in a bowl of water in the microwave for 45 seconds does wonders for dislodging splashes, getting rid of odours and freshening it up! And vinegar and lemon juice mix keeps cats off your freshly cleaned patio tiles!
Put 3 items of clothing away every tiome you enter the bedroom and it's soon done.
I tend to clean little and oftern and never leave a room empty handed if something needs putting away.
To remove chewing gum from the carpet rub with an ice cube on it until it becomes stiff and then peel it off. Any residue can be dealt with by dabbing with peanut butter or mayonnaise.
When i've finished cleaning I always wipe down the radiators with my favourite fabric softener, then give them a quick blast of heat. As they warm up they heat the fabric softener and it makes your entire house smell like fresh linen, it's such a quick and easy way to get every room smelling fresh and gorgeous!!!
Best tip - Do a little bit every day to avoid being overwhelmed and to keep on top of it all!
Get someone else to do it!
Use an old toothbrush to clean the fiddly bits round taps
This broom will be excellent for getting into all those nooks and crannies, fantastic for picking up all the dust and odds and ends, will be a great tool to use everyday, a must have for all your cleaning needs.
This broom will be excellent for getting into all those nooks and crannies, fantastic for picking up all the dust and odds and ends, will be a great tool to use everyday, a must have for all your cleaning needs .
Clean as you go when it the kitchen wie the sides down last thing at night with antibac and todays tea towel ut that in the wash ls any dish clothes and put out clean ones for the morning
oh dear my p and u s are not working will try again Clean as you go when it the kitchen wipe the sides down last thing at night with antibac and todays tea towel put that in the wash plus any dish clothes and put out clean ones for the morning
To use white vinegar and water as window cleaner makes your glass and mirrors shine lovely
Do little and often, that way it seems like there is hardly ever anything that needs doing! Plus, the little ones love helping with the hoovering =) Let them, I say =D
HAve a housework hour every day. The place will always look nice and chores will be under control, and cleaning won't seem like a big deal.
when baking (esoecially with kids ) use clean film on table - when finished just lift it and bin it - saves surface scrubbing and cleaning
Once you've used a dryer sheet use it to clean up around the house perfect for water spots on mirrors, taps and for doing a quick dust around the house.
Put on some good, upbeat music and dance your way through it - gotta be done.
Do a little everyday, a 10minute burst will really keep you on top of things, so they don't get out of hand
Cleaning bores me to tears so I always make sure I have a great soundtrack to accompany it.
set aside 1/2 day per month and do a deep clean and declutter on one room every month, until all the rooms are done, and start again and the other rooms just a quick one over.
vinegar and newspaper for windows :)
white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda great for pet stains
The best dust cloth isn't a traditional dust cloth - a clean damp microfibre cloth will pick up everything!
Clean all silver jewellery, and taps etc with toothpaste. Works wonders. Put a scourer underneath the mop when mopping, it. This way you don't have to scrub as hard as the scourer will do the hard bit. Works a treat.
Slice up a couple of lemons & put them in your electric kettle. Fill up with water & boil. Let sit for an hour then boil again. Empty & you're left with a limescale free kettle ?
My ultimate cleaning tip, is to clean work top surfaces, with stubborn stains like curry or turmeric, cut a potato in half, and rub the stain, until it's clean. The active starch in the potato, absorbs the stain. I recommend using flash fabreeze to clean up the surface, once the stain is gone. I came across this by accident, when cleaning up the work top, with a potato slice under the cloth. I was wondering why the curry stain was disappearing. I realised I had a potato slice that was soaking up the colour.
Wash windows with hot water fairy liquid then use a sponge or squidge use a old toothbrush rot hard to reach areas you will be surprised to see the dirt then go over the windows with kitchen towel with a little bit of vinegar to get rid of any streaks as clothes or dusters will leave fluff
Hi Sarah, Great tips - thanks a lot for sharing!
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