Tired of spending hours cleaning your house? It doesn’t have to be back-breaking, tiring work, and your home doesn’t have to stink of harsh chemicals! We’ve found some really useful cleaning hacks that we want to share with you. These will cut your cleaning time in half, yet still provide the sparkling results you want!
Salt & Lemons for your chopping board:
These two ingredients combined will leave your chopping boards looking brand new! Simply sprinkle some coarse sea salt over your chopping board, then take half a lemon and rub the salt into the board using the exposed side of the lemon.
Gently squeeze the lemon to allow the juice to combine with the salt and rub in circular motions for a couple of minutes. Leave the mixture to sit for a few minutes, before washing off with warm water.
Vinegar & Baking Soda for your oven:
Combine these ingredients, and you have a cheap yet effective oven cleaner! Simply mix the ingredients together in a bowl, and then spread the contents across the inside of your oven. Focus on the glass panel at the front, the sides, and the bottom where all the food debris is. This combination also works well on the grill. Let the mixture sit for 10-20 minutes, then wipe down with a warm damp cloth.
Baking Soda & Carpets:
If you have an oil stain or grease stain on your carpet, then liberally sprinkle some baking soda on the affected area. Gently massage the baking soda into the stain and allow it to absorb the oil by leaving it for around 10 minutes. Then gently sweep it away.
Liquid soap, antibacterial oil, baking soda, and water:
Mix these ingredients together into a paste, and you’ll have a wonderfully effective bath cleaner! Put a blob on a cleaning cloth, and gently rub it in circular motions around your bath. Be careful not to leave the mixture to sit for too long, 10-15 minutes should be plenty of time. Run a cloth under hot water, wring it out so it’s not dripping, and then wipe the mixture off. Only use about one teaspoon of liquid soap, and a few drops of antibacterial oil.
Toothbrush for your keyboards:
Use an old toothbrush to clean all the dust and debris out of your keyboards. Ensure the toothbrush has been cleaned before and after each use and dampen it slightly so the dust sticks to the bristles.
Vegetable Oil & Baking Soda to clean cupboards:
Mix together some vegetable oil and baking soda until it forms a paste. Then, take an old toothbrush, dip the bristles into the paste, and scrub it across your cupboard doors.
Raw Potato & Cheese Graters:
Looking for a new way to clean those tricky cheese graters, and have a few potatoes to spare? Good news! Simply grating raw chunks of potato works wonders by cleaning your grater, leaving it sparkling!
Play Dough & Glitter:
Have kids who like chucking glitter everywhere? Or maybe you are a glitter fiend? Get stubborn glitter out of your carpets or other furniture by using play dough! Blu-Tack also does the trick. Simply press the play dough or blue-tack over the affected area, apply pressure by pushing down, and then pull off.
Make-up Brushes & Baby Shampoo:
You don’t need to buy specific make-up brush cleaner to do a good job. Simply wet your brushes, put a small amount of baby shampoo in the palm of your hand or in a bowl, and swirl the brush around until it foams. Rinse and repeat until the brush is clean, but be careful not to get the glue holding the bristles together wet, as this could cause the bristles to fall out. Once the brushes are clean, dry them by either suspending them with clips, or place them overhanging a radiator.
Vinegar & Shower Heads:
Fill a small plastic bag/sandwich bag with vinegar, place it around your shower head, and tie it off with an elastic band. The vinegar effectively cleans any stains from the shower head. Leave the bag on for around 10-20 minutes, remove it, let the water run for a minute or so, and you’re good to go!
Baking Soda & Bleach:
This combination can be used to clean grouting, even if it’s in an unsightly, discoloured state. Mix up the ingredients and use a sponge or something like a Shark steam mop (depending on the area size) to work the mixture into the grouting. Leave to sit for 10-20 minutes, and then wipe off with a different damp cloth, sponge, or mop.
Lint Rollers & Lamps:
Lamps are notorious for collecting dust, but an easy hack is using a lint roller to clean this debris off. You can also use lint rollers on cushions, sofas, blankets, clothes, and other fabrics to remove dust and pet hairs.