Corridor & hallway by Espaço Mínimo

Different ways to keep your house neat and clean

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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There's a reason why cleaning is called a chore so don't feel bad about admitting it's your least favourite part of the week. It's ours too! 

Well, that was the case until we sourced some fantastic cleaning tips that will have your home sparkling so brightly even a professional cleaning team would be impressed! 

From smell-free kitchens to banishing hard water stains, we've got a trick for everything, so come and take a look…

1. Easy dust removal

Tumble dryer sheets are perfect for removing dust from wood skirting and door frames.

2. Professional plate cleaning

Make your own special drill bit with a screw and a scrubbing brush head, to remove grease from your plates in a whizz!

3. Fresh white shoes

A paste of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide, smeared onto white shoes and then popped in the sun, will have them looking good as new

4. Valet style

A soft-bristle toothbrush is perfect for cleaning the textured plastic trim inside your car.

5. Microwave magic

Blitz a bowl of lemon slices and water on high for a few minutes and you'll be able to wipe all grime out of your microwave.

6. Blind to the dust

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

Full Height Shutters for Velux Windows

Plantation Shutters Ltd

Cover salad tongs with socks or old fabric and you'll have a perfect Venetian blind cleaning tool

7. Bright idea

Puffins Table Lamp:  Living room by Hunkydory Home
Hunkydory Home

Puffins Table Lamp

Hunkydory Home

Lint rollers and pet hair removers make light work of removing dust from fabric lampshades.

8. Handy cleaning tool

 Garages & sheds by de-cube
de-cube

Garage Shot

de-cube

Leave rusty tools in a bowl of white vinegar overnight and they will be good as new. You can then give them a coat of linseed oil to keep the rust at bay.

9. Make it a double

'Metropolis' 2 sliding door wardrobe by Mobilstella: modern Bedroom by My Italian Living
My Italian Living

'Metropolis' 2 sliding door wardrobe by Mobilstella

My Italian Living

Make a clothing spray with vodka, filtered water and essential oils and you can spritz away nasty odours without needing to wash!

10. Tight problem

Wrap some tights over the hose of your vacuum and you'll be able to find small, lost items, such as earrings.

11. Oven fresh

Open plan living, dinning room and kitchen: modern Kitchen by GK Architects Ltd
GK Architects Ltd

Open plan living, dinning room and kitchen

GK Architects Ltd

A paste of baking soda and vinegar can be left in your oven overnight to make it come up sparkling.

12. Ice cool bathroom trick

Flat Conversion in Islington: modern Bathroom by GK Architects Ltd
GK Architects Ltd

Flat Conversion in Islington

GK Architects Ltd

Make your own bowl fresheners in an ice cube tray, with citric acid, baking soda and dish soap.

13. Brilliant for bathrooms

White vinegar and essential oils of your choice make a perfect bathroom cleaner for removing bath tub rings.

14. No more scrubbing

Use oil to remove kitchen grease, then clean off the fresh oil. It's so much easier than scrubbing the sticky residue with soap!

15. A tasty tip

Antiqued Mirror Bathroom Panelling: classic Bathroom by Rupert Bevan Ltd
Rupert Bevan Ltd

Antiqued Mirror Bathroom Panelling

Rupert Bevan Ltd

Cut a grapefruit in half, cover it with salt and rub all over any hard water stains. They'll disappear immediately!

16. Hair removal

Dixie Sofa: classic Living room by Loaf
Loaf

Dixie Sofa

Loaf

Remove pet hair from your sofa by using a window squeegee. It really does work!

17. banish bad smells

Sink with drain grooves on the worktop: classic Kitchen by AD3 Design Limited
AD3 Design Limited

Sink with drain grooves on the worktop

AD3 Design Limited

Add some lemon slices to your ice cube tray and reserve the set ice to use as garbage disposal fresheners.

Fore more clever home tips, take a look at this Ideabook: 12 life-improving laundry hacks for all lazy people.

Feeling more ready to take on your chores this week?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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