1. Clean surfaces with water and vinegar
Mix water and vinegar together with a 50:50 ratio to create an efficient and cost-effective cleaning solution. Plus, you can use it on a variety of surfaces.
2. Steam clean microwave
Had a baked beans explosion? Clean your microwave the easy way by mixing two tablespoons of white vinegar and a few drops of your favourite essential oil with water and blast it for five minutes. You’ll be left with a shiny clean microwave that smells amazing with zero scrubbing required.
3. Clean iron with salt and foil
If you’ve got a build up of dirt and grime on the bottom of your iron then simply turn it on (no steam) and iron a piece of aluminium foil with some salt sprinkled on top. The salt will attract the grime and remove it.
4. Use a toothbrush for cleaning keyboards
Instead of a wipe, take a damp toothbrush and use it to clean the difficult bits in between your keyboard. The bristles can reach all the difficult spots with very little effort.
5. Fold and stack clothes vertically not horizontally
Organise your t-shirt drawer by folding them and stacking vertically not horizontally. This way you can flip through to find the one you want easily and minimise creasing which means less ironing.
6. Clean TV and computer screens with coffee filters
Using paper towels or cloth wipes can create static and attract more dust to your TV or computer screen when cleaning. So use a standard coffee filter instead as a way of leaving your screen clean and clear.
7. Restore water-marked furniture with hairdryer
If water rings have damaged your coffee table, or other wooden surface, then try holding a hairdryer close to the stain, on a high setting, and watch it disappear.
8. Store sheet sets in pillow cases
Finding matching bed sets can be a huge time waster but solved easily by organising your linen. Fold matching bed sets into the corresponding pillowcase so they are all kept together.
9. Clean your bathtub with grapefruit
If you have an issue with bathtub rings and soap scum then worry no more. Simply cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle some rock salt on top and then scrub away. Not only will it have your tub sparkling in no time but your bathroom will smell divine too.
10. Use lint rollers on lampshades
Lampshades can collect a large amount of dust without you even realising. Use a standard lint roller to remove any dust with very little effort required.
11. Clean awkward sized vases with rice
If you struggle to clean certain vases, bottles or wine glasses due to their strange size then try this tip. Fill bottle with uncooked rice, water and washing up liquid, cover and shake until clean. Then rinse and leave to dry.
12. Refresh plastic containers
Get the leftover curry stains out of plastic containers by putting a solution of washing up liquid, bleach and water in them and microwaving until boiling point. Once cooled, pour away and rinse.
13. Deep clean shower head
After having a shower, fill a sandwich bag with baking soda and vinegar and tie it around the showerhead using an elastic band. Leave this to soak overnight then any debris will come off easily with an old toothbrush.
14. Use pastry brush to get crumbs out of toaster
Toast crumbs are notoriously difficult to get to but using a pastry brush can help sweep away the annoying trapped bits.
15. Vinegar and baking soda for oven cleaning
Create a paste using baking soda and water and apply to the inside of your oven. Leave overnight and then spray vinegar around the oven. The chemicals will react and allow you to wipe any grime away.
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