24 / 05 / 21

6 cleaning hacks to make life easier!

1. Grimy grout – gone

Got grimy grout in between your bathroom or kitchen tiles? Grab a whitening toothpaste (which is mildly abrasive) and an old toothbrush to clean the grout and bring it back to life!

toothbrush and toothpaste cleaning hack

2. Get the dishwasher to wash more than just dishes

Yes, we fill the dishwasher with dishes, knives and forks, but we can also use it to clean other household items too. Fridge shelves, oven shelves, wireless kettles and more can be given a spruce up in minutes in the dishwasher. Give it a go.

dishwasher

3. Bicarb is a superstar!

If you are looking for a cleaning superstar then look no further than Bicarbonate of soda. With its gentle abrasive nature, it is excellent for cleaning a variety of surfaces, plus it is also a natural deodoriser, helping to get rid of nasty smells. You can use it for:

  • Cleaning countertops, stainless steel sinks, and microwaves
  • It can freshen stale-smelling sponges. Mix with water and leave the sponge to soak.
  • It helps to deodorise carpets, upholstered furniture and even pet beds. Sprinkle it on, leave for 15 mins and then vacuum up.
  • It stops trainers smelling. Sprinkle a little bicarb inside them, then tap it out before your next gym session.
  • Remove tarnish from sterling silver.

bicarbonate of soda for cleaning

4. Get rid of limescale

Mix a spray bottle with distilled vinegar and water and use it to blitz limescale traps such as tiles, basins, taps and more. For more stubborn limescales, soak a cloth in the solution and leave overnight on the area affected by the limescale and it will slowly break it down Come the morning, giving it a short scrub will loosen the limescales and bring it back to new.

5. Chopping board clean up

Rub half a lemon on a chopping board and it will take all the tough stains off it in an instance. Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent and if you have some more difficult stains that you want to remove, simply soak your chopping board overnight in water and lemon juice and they will disappear come the morning.

cleaning chopping board with lemon juice

6. DIY kettle de-scaler

If you are fond of a brew, then you know that descaling the kettle is a must do every few months. A cheap hassle-free way to do this is mix some distilled white vinegar with some water, fill up the kettle and leave overnight and wake up to a clean kettle. Make sure you give it a good clean out before you use it to get rid of any of the vinegar before use.

kettle

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