Top Tips for Keeping on Top of the Cleaning

The cleaning mentality is instilled in us from an early age, with almost half (49.02%) of people saying they learnt the habit of cleaning from their parents and it seems typical gender roles haven’t changed over the years with Mums teaching over three quarters (77.85%) of us to clean whereas Dads only taught 3.15% of us. But in case you need some extra tips and hints here are some of our favourites:

  • Try unblocking sinks by pouring down some bicarbonate of soda, followed by some clear vinegar. This solution should fizz and bubble up, and give your pipes a good cleaning out!
  • Cleaning a dirty oven requires either natural materials and elbow grease or a pretty scary chemical attack. The non-caustic method calls for, you guessed it, bicarbonate of soda, mixed to a thick paste and smeared all over the inside of the oven. Leave overnight then brace yourself for some serious scrubbing with water and a scourer.
  • Clean the inside of a dirty vase by filling it with vinegar and a handful of dry rice.
  • Clean the bottom of saucepans with salt and vinegar – shake salt on the pan, sprinkle with vinegar and wipe round with a kitchen towel.
  • Remove burnt-on food from a saucepan by boiling a cup of cola for a minute or two.
  • Remove coffee or tea stains from the bottom of a mug by swishing white vinegar around it.
  • Put cut lemons in the microwave on full for three minutes to loosen dirt and make it smell nice.
  • Clean your net curtains with denture cleaning tablets – dissolve three in a bowl of water and place in your curtains for a few minutes.
  • Remove stickers on kids' bedroom doors by peeling off the top layer, then spraying the residue with a lubricant, such as WD40, then wiping with a kitchen towel.
  • Clean fridge seals by using a toothbrush with toothpaste.
    Loosen lime scale with denture cleaning tablets - dissolve a couple in the kettle overnight.
  • Clean windows and mirrors with scrunched-up newspaper, dampened with white vinegar and water.
  • Make ironing a breeze by putting a sheet of tin foil on the board under the cover.
  • Remove food stains from polyester ties by dabbing the stain with a soft white cloth soaked with vodka.
  • When your dishcloth gets dirty and you own a dishwasher, why not put your dishcloth in there with the dirty dishes too!

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