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household cleaning tricks—23 the best tips

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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There's more to keeping a sparkling home than just a once-yearly spring clean, you know. But if the thought of trying to source a handful of sprucing tips makes you shudder, we are at your (domestic) service.

We've found some amazing ideas that will see you boasting about having the loveliest living room, most sanitary kitchen and the freshest feeling home for miles around. You won't even need to waste money on an expensive cleaner or specialist products! 

1. First things first, allocate some regular hours each week to clean. A family rota might help!

mediterranean Living room by Bloomint design
Bloomint design

HOTEL CAL REIET – GUEST HOUSES

Bloomint design

2. Soak paper towels in vinegar and wrap them around taps to get rid of limescale

3. Put bath mats through the wash at least once a week

King of Cotton's Bathmats: classic Bathroom by King of Cotton
King of Cotton

King of Cotton's Bathmats

King of Cotton

4. Leave fresh soap in the bristles of your nail brush to kill bacteria

Oggetto Bathroom Arrangement: modern Bathroom by Oggetto
Oggetto

Oggetto Bathroom Arrangement

Oggetto

5. Soak blocked shower heads in vinegar overnight to clear the jets

Country House Barn, Surrey: country Bathroom by Drummonds Bathrooms
Drummonds Bathrooms

Country House Barn, Surrey

Drummonds Bathrooms

6. Cook lemons and water on a high heat together, then watch all your microwave grime simply wipe away

7. Clean a glass hob by sprinkling baking soda on top, lay a damp cloth on it and leave for 15 minutes before gently wiping

8. Wash your pillows at least once a season to remove dead skin cells

9. Freshen your mattress by sprinkling it with a favourite essential oil

Bedrooms by King of Cotton: classic Bedroom by King of Cotton
King of Cotton

Bedrooms by King of Cotton

King of Cotton

10. Vacuum all your curtains when you do your carpets and leave the windows open for a while to let some fresh air circulate

Petal and Duo Printed Cotton Collection : modern Bedroom by Nitin Goyal London
Nitin Goyal London

Petal and Duo Printed Cotton Collection

Nitin Goyal London

11. Sprinkle any non-leather sofa with baking soda, leave for a few minutes, then vacuum to leave the fabric smelling fresher

Pudding Sofa: modern Living room by Loaf
Loaf

Pudding Sofa

Loaf

12. Use a lint roller on fabric lampshades to remove dust and fluff in one swipe

Hand Crafted Lighting: modern Living room by Hunkydory Home
Hunkydory Home

Hand Crafted Lighting

Hunkydory Home

13. Coffee filters make excellent anti-static grime removers for electronics, such as televisions

14. Make sure a fire is totally cold and remove all ash, as it can cover everything in the room!

Cocoon Aeris Fireplace: modern Living room by Wharfside Furniture
Wharfside Furniture

Cocoon Aeris Fireplace

Wharfside Furniture

15. Keep air vent covers clean and hygienic by running them through the dishwasher a couple of times a year

16. Cover kitchen tongs with microfibre cloths for a perfect blind cleaning tool that can grab both sides of a slat in one go!

Full Height Shutters for Velux Windows:  Windows & doors  by Plantation Shutters Ltd
Plantation Shutters Ltd

Full Height Shutters for Velux Windows

Plantation Shutters Ltd

17. Wait for a dry, sunny day and take all your rugs outside for a hard beating and a fresh airing. A thrifty tip is to use an old tennis racquet!

English Rose_Purple Haze:  Walls & flooring by Knots Rugs
Knots Rugs

English Rose_Purple Haze

Knots Rugs

18. Wax stains can be removed from anything (even carpet) if you cover them with greaseproof paper, heat with an iron and gently remove

Heavy Velvet:  Walls & flooring by Jacaranda
Jacaranda

Heavy Velvet

Jacaranda

19. Don't neglect your study. Vacuum your keyboard every week to ensure it doesn't get clogged with grime

Midcentury Modern Desk in Solid Ash: modern Study/office by Biggs & Quail
Biggs & Quail

Midcentury Modern Desk in Solid Ash

Biggs & Quail

20. Keep hot drinks as contained as possible to prevent spillages that will be difficult to clean. Prevention can be better than cure!

Lifestyle: modern Study/office by Eva Solo
Eva Solo

Lifestyle

Eva Solo

21. Keep your hallway fresh as a daisy by sprinkling sweet-smelling foot powder into all your shoes once a week

22. Keep an eye on any decking as it can quickly become slimy. A quick scrub with a mild detergent and a stiff-bristled brush will keep mildew at bay.=

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by homify
homify

Forecourt garden furniture

homify

23. For washing machines that leave your clothes still smelling a little less than fresh, run a high heat cycle with a dose of white vinegar in the detergent drawer

For more home maintenance tips, take a look at this Ideabook: The Slacker’s Guide To A Less Cluttered Home.

Can you add any more good ideas to this list? 
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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