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24 must-read (and must-try) home cleaning tips

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
Kitchen Sink :   by Johnny Grey
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Cleaning. It's a necessary evil and, unless you're fortunate enough to be able to hire a professional cleaner to come and take care of all your household chores, you're going to have to get on with them at some point.

We thought it would be a nice idea to try and make the task a whole lot simpler for you by finding the best, simplest and most ingenious cleaning tips out there. So, we did, and brought them all together in one article. Ta-da!

From your bedroom to your bathroom, we've got handy hints and clever hacks for every room in the house. If you're happy to take the easy route, like us, read on…

1. Sanitise your dish sponges by blitzing them in the microwave for a minute

 Kitchen by les cuisines de claudine
les cuisines de claudine

cuisine en startifié avant

les cuisines de claudine

2. Use a toothbrush on kitchen cupboard door grooves to remove grime

3. Pop small toys in a laundry bag and then into the washing machine for a 'de-stick'

 Balconies, verandas & terraces  by de-cube

Laundry Shot


4. Use pillowcases to clean fan blades (when it's off, obviously!)

5. You can get labels off new crockery by soaking in laundry detergent and warm water for a few hours. They'll slide right off

6. Use a squeegee to remove pet hair from carpets

 Walls & flooring by Connox

Hay—Colour Carpet


7. Don't forget you can put your pillows in the washing machine to remove yellow sweat stains

8. Run your towels through a white vinegar wash to remove any foisty smells

9. Scratched wooden tables can be revived by rubbing in a mix of 1/4 cup white vinegar and 3/4 cup olive oil

Dining Table with enamel lamp shades:  Dining room by Tom Kaneko Design & Architecture
Tom Kaneko Design & Architecture

Dining Table with enamel lamp shades

Tom Kaneko Design & Architecture

10. Clean microfibre sofas with rubbing alcohol and soft sponges

 Living room by Sofa Couture
Sofa Couture

Schlafsofa-Familie von Brühl

Sofa Couture

11. Half a lemon, rubbed flesh side down onto hard water stains will remove them

12. Use lemon juice to remove rust spots from your knives

set of 3 chef knives:  Kitchen by Fate London
Fate London

set of 3 chef knives

Fate London

13. Leave your shower head in a bag of vinegar overnight to remove limescale

14. Scrunched up newspaper, dowsed in vinegar, makes the best window cleaning apparatus that won't leave streaks

Hardwood Conservatory:  Conservatory by Hampton Windows
Hampton Windows

Hardwood Conservatory

Hampton Windows

15. Leave toothbrushes in white vinegar for 15 minutes to clean them. Rinse thoroughly before use!


​“THE TOOTHBRUSH BY MISOKA”, the standing toothbrush


16. Clean your kitchen sink drain hole with a toothbrush and some fresh lemon slices

Kitchen Sink :  Kitchen by Johnny Grey
Johnny Grey

Kitchen Sink

Johnny Grey

17. Cover tongs with old socks make the perfect Venetian blind cleaners. Just grab and swipe the dirt away!

18. 'Barkeeper's Friend' will polish any scratches out of treasured porcelain crockery or bakeware

Edwardian English Country Cook's Kitchen:  Kitchen by Artichoke

Edwardian English Country Cook's Kitchen


19. If your clothing is piling, run a cheap razor over it then remove the debris with sticky tape

20. Rub white toothpaste into a permanent marker pen stain on a wooden floor, then wipe with a warm water soaked cloth

21. Pop your vacuum cleaner filters through your dishwasher once a month to keep them fresh

22. To clean your blender the easy way, rinse the jug, add hot water and dish soap, then blend for a minute or so and rinse again

23. If you spill nail varnish on the bathroom floor, use remover to get as mush as possible up, then a magic eraser to shift stubborn stains. Finally, hairspray will remove all trace. A warm soapy wash should be the final stage

24. Freshen your mattress up by sprinkling it with baking soda and a favourite essential oil. Leave for a few hours then vacuum up

For more clever cleaning tips, take a look at this Ideabook: 17 Cleaning Hacks For The Most Sparkling Bathroom.

Will these tips cut your cleaning time dramatically?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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