Top cleaning and housework tips from TV expert Aggie MacKenzie

Top cleaning and housework tips from TV expert Aggie MacKenzie

Let your washing machine do the work for you

Washing machine technology available these days can save huge amounts of time and effort on your laundry. If the interior of your existing machine has become a bit smelly (caused by too many low-temperature washes) try running it empty on a hot-wash programme with a cup of clear vinegar. This will also deal with soap scum and limescale, and stop mildew piling up inside. When you come to replace your machine, try a model with a steam function – the release of powerful steam particles in the washing cycle reduces wrinkles and removes folds and tangles, making ironing a breeze.

Combine household duties with a workout

Did you know that vacuuming for 30 minutes burns around 90 calories, the equivalent of those two Jaffa Cakes you had with your tea? Many of us find it tricky making time for exercise, so why not skip the gym and opt for a free workout at home, keeping your house spick and span at the same time. Put on your favourite music, set your stopwatch for an hour, and race yourself to a sparkling finish!

Make sure your iron is in top working order

Using an iron that’s past its best can double the amount of time you take to do the job…not to mention make you want to tear your hair out! To remove any excess limescale on an older iron (which will block the steam holes) heat your iron, then unplug and leave to cool a little. Fill the reservoir with a solution of 50:50 clear vinegar and water, leave for an hour or so, then empty and rinse out a few times with clean water. If you’re thinking of buying a new model, a self-cleaning iron will keep the appliance easy to maintain, and is fantastic at helping you get the job done in a jiffy.

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Aggie created these tips as part of The Panasonic Domestic Report 2014

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