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21 painless tricks to make your home squeaky clean

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton

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It's nobody's favourite household task but cleaning is a necessary evil, unless you want a smelly bedroom or a coffee table that's piled up with rubbish.

There are some sneaky ways to make the chores, well, less of a chore, so we thought we'd share them with you. Essentially, it's all about staying on top of the situation and taking preventative measures. 

Take a look at our top tips for a squeaky clean home and see if you get any bright ideas!

1. Establish a weekly cleaning schedule place so nothing builds up

2. Soak kitchen towels in vinegar and wrap them around taps to remove limescale and water marks

3. Wash your bath mats once a week

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

4. Leave soap in the bristles of nail brushes to keep them hygienic

Oggetto Bathroom Arrangement:  Bathroom by Oggetto

5. Remove and soak your shower head in vinegar once a month to prevent build up from limescale

6. Blitz a bowl of water with lemon slices in your microwave to leave it smelling fresh and easy to wipe down

7. Sprinkle baking soda onto a damp cloth and use to freshen up glass kitchen appliances

8. Change your bedding every week like clockwork!

9. Sprinkle a few drops of essential oil onto your mattress to keep it smelling fresh

Bedrooms by King of Cotton:  Bedroom by King of Cotton

10. Hoover your curtains in between washes

11. Sprinkle baking powder on your sofa, then vacuum it up to eradicate stale smells

Pudding Sofa:  Living room by Loaf

12. A lint roller will keep lampshades dust-free with ease!

Hand Crafted Lighting:  Living room by Hunkydory Home

13. Coffee filters work well to remove statically attracted dust from electrical items

14. When your fire has totally cooled, remove all the ash as soon as possible or it will float around your home and leave a film of dust on everything

15. Run your air vent covers through the dishwasher a couple of times a year

16. Tongs wrapped in a microfibre cloth will make shutter and blind cleaning a doddle

17. Give your rugs a thorough beating at least once a year to remove all the ground in dirt

English Rose_Purple Haze:  Walls & flooring by Knots Rugs

18. Wax stains are a real pain, but cover them with parchment paper, iron gently and they will come right out!

Heavy Velvet:  Walls & flooring by Jacaranda

19. Vacuum your keyboard every week as they get clogged with dead skin cells and crumbs very quickly

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

20. Sprinkle antibacterial foot powder into all of your shoes once a week to keep your hallway smelling pleasant

21. Run white vinegar through your washing machine while it's empty to remove any musty smells

For more home cleaning tips, take a look at this Ideabook: 10 Cleaning Mistakes You're (Probably) Guilty Of.

Let us know which of these ideas you're planning to try!
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