Cleaning Your House: Tips

  • Bear Grylls approach to cleaning around the house with items you have already

    • Use an old toothbrush to clean behind tapes which are close to the wall and other hard to reach places.
    • Use air freshener to clean mirrors. It does a good job as well as leaving a lovely smell.
    • Use a pencil eraser over heel marks on wooden floors.
    • Chewing gum can be removed by using ice to harden and a blunt knife to remove it.
    • Clean glass table tops by rubbing with a little lemon juice, dry with paper towels and polish with newspaper for a sparkling table.
    • Toothpaste will remove small scratches from glass.
    • To remove pencil marks and other non-greasy spots from non-washable wallpapers, use an art-gum eraser or a slice of fresh rye bread.
    • Remove dust from wicker by vacuuming with the dust brush attachment. Use a paintbrush or a toothbrush to get at hard-to-reach places
    • Wax drippings, apply an ice cube or ice pack to wax on carpets or upholstery. This will make the wax brittle, allowing you to scrape off what you can with a blunt object.
    • Use small paint brushes to dust cracks and hard to reach places in telephones, stereos, etc.
    • Hairspray will remove magic-marker ink from surfaces.
    • Toothpaste will remove small scratches from glass.
    • Clean glass table tops by rubbing with a little lemon juice, dry with paper towels and polish with newspaper for a sparkling table.
    • To remove pencil marks and other non-greasy spots from non-washable wallpapers, use an art-gum eraser or a slice of fresh rye bread.
    • Remove dust from wicker by vacuuming with the dust brush attachment. Use a paintbrush or a toothbrush to get at hard-to-reach places.
    • If you have mould growths remove them with a damp cloth and wipe the surface again with a clean cloth soaked in a water and detergent solution.
    • Lime scale on grout dip a toothbrush in a solution of half water and half bleach, scrub then rinse.
    • For a germ-free showerhead soak it in vinegar
    • Use baby oil on shower curtains to avoid mould and discolouring.
    • When cleaning the kitchen floor use your rubbish bin to hold the water, this way you will clean the floor and get a clean bin at the same time.

    Top tips with Alka-Seltzer

    • 3 tablets down the kitchen sink followed by a cup of white vinegar. Leave for a few minutes then run hot water – cleans pipes.
    • 4 tablets in the toilet will bring your bowl up sparkling clean. Leave for an hour and then brush.
    • To remove the stain from the bottom of a glass vase, fill with water and drop in two Alka-Seltzer tablets.

    Top tips with baby oil

    • Use a small amount of baby oil and rub over stainless steel surfaces like cookers to make it look watermark and finger mark free.
    • Use baby oil on shower curtains to avoid mould and discolouring.

    Top tips with baking soda

    • Baking soda is mildly alkaline which makes it useful for neutralizing mild acids such as Lemon Juice. It can be used as a versatile cleaner, stain remover and deodorizer.
    • Use on a damp sponge to remove grease easily from stove, back splash etc.
    • Great for carpet deodorising, just sprinkle onto carpet before going to bed and vacuum in the morning.
    • Used for many jobs around the house, scrubbing sinks, bath tub, stove, refrigerator and laundry.
    • Keep pipes clean under the sink – pour about one quarter cup of baking soda down the drain with about 1 cup of vinegar, this makes a chemical reaction, then pour some hot water down the drain.
    • To minimise odours in your fridge, remove top from box of baking soda and place it on one of the shelves. From time to time stir contents.
    • Use with hot water to clean hair brushes and combs.
    • Remove stains from silver cutlery by dipping a damp cloth in baking soda and rubbing over the stain.
    • Freshen up a mattress by sprinkling a mixture of baking soda and aromatic talcum powder over it. Leave for 1 week then vacuum.

    Top tips with fresh lemons and juice

    • The acidic nature of lemons make the juice useful as a mild bleach, disinfectant and cleaning agent. Efficiency and strength are enhanced when used with Baking Soda.
    • To remove stains from marble, sprinkle salt on a fresh cut lemon. Rub very lightly over stain. Do not rub hard or you will ruin the polished surface. Wash off with soap and water.
    • Lemon juice and newspaper to clean shower doors.
    • Clean glass table tops by rubbing with a little lemon juice, dry with paper towels and polish with newspaper for a sparkling table.
    • Salt on a lemon will remove tough grime from inside the washing machine.
    • Squeeze juice into a bowl of water or use a piece of cut lemon and place into a refrigerator to eliminate odours.

     

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