From your bathroom to your kitchen, if you love to take pride in your home, you’ll want to know all the clever cleaning tricks and hacks to keep your home sparkling like Mrs Hinch’s!
I have pulled together some of the best UK household cleaning tips and tricks to help you get a spotless home for a fraction of the price. Plenty of natural, cheap, quick, helpful and cheerful Cleaning Tips – using everything from tin foil to vinegar and lemons – that should save you time and money when you clean your home.
Cleaning tips for pet hair:
Use a wet rubber glove to remove pet hair
If Milo and Nala (my cat and dog) have fluffed up your house like mine and are making you sneeze, there’s a cheap and easy solution. A damp washing up glove can easily be dragged over soft furnishings like sofas and curtains (and even trouser legs!) to remove animal fur.
Use a flip flop to remove pet hair
Not got any washing up gloves? Using a (clean!) rubber flip-flop on your furnishings will work just as well. It’s especially useful if (like us) you’re constantly losing flip-flops and end up with odd ones.
Use a squeegee to clean up fur
If the vacuum isn’t getting rid of unwanted animal hair, try using a squeegee as an effective solution on the sofa, carpet, or other delicate upholstery!
Cleaning Tips for your bathroom:
Clean your bathroom with vodka
Got an unloved bottle of vodka left over from a gathering? If you don’t fancy making cocktails, you can always use it to get your porcelain fixtures shining! Dab some onto a soft cloth and give them a rub.
Clean your bath with a grapefruit
Get rid of water marks or stains in your bathtub by cutting a grapefruit in half, sprinkling on some rock salt and giving it a good scrub. Have the other half for a nutritious breakfast!
Clean limescale from your shower head using vinegar
I love it when I can make kitchen cupboard ingredients into a germ-busting cleaning product. If you’re looking for a more natural (not to mention thrifty) way to clean your home from top to bottom, vinegar is your new best friend. Soak your shower head in a mixture of boiling water and vinegar to unclog any limescale easily.
Cleaning Tips for the kitchen:
Clean your chopping board with lemon
Our chopping boards get a lot of use, from joints of meat and fillets of fish, to cutting up fruit and vegetables most evenings – so it’s no wonder they end up looking a bit tired. Lemons are great for lifting stains from chopping boards, as well as removing any smells. Still not shifting? Sprinkle with baking soda and repeat.
Use a pastry brush to clean crumbs out of your toaster
Get tricky-to-reach crumbs and burnt bits out of your toaster by unplugging it and sweeping with a pastry brush. This will help your toaster last longer as well as making crumbs less likely to catch and smell.
Freshen Tupperware with baking soda
If your plastic food tubs have seen one too many packed lunch or leftover dinners, and are smelling or stained, you don’t need to replace them. Simply treat them to a night at the spa! Soak them in the sink overnight in warm water with a spoonful of baking soda, and the next day, after a rinse, they’ll look and smell new again.
Clean and disinfect your dishwasher with vinegar
Pop two cups of undiluted vinegar into a dishwasher-safe bowl on the top shelf of an empty dishwasher and run it on a hot cycle. It should help clear pipes and make it smell better.
Cleaning tips for the living room
Remove water marks and cup rings from tables with a hairdryer
If someone hasn’t used a coaster and has marked your coffee table, use a hairdryer on it before wiping the area with a tiny amount of olive oil. Hey-presto – good as new.
Remove sofa stains with shaving foam
If your sofa is looking a worse-for-wear, try dabbing a little shaving foam on any stains, leave it to settle, then blot it away to remove the shaving foam – and the stain!
How to clean your remote
If you’re worried about your remote-control collecting dirt and bacteria from daily use, try cleaning it with a small amount of hand sanitizer and a paper towel. For extra effectiveness, use a cotton bud to get those hard-to-reach bits between the buttons!