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23 tricks to make your home the cleanest it's ever been

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Cleaning the home is a necessary evil but there are a host of fantastic tips that will not only make it easier, but also far more satisfying! 

If you're lucky enough to have a cleaner that helps takes care of things for you, you may already know some of these tips. However, if you're in the majority that has to do the scrubbing yourself, read on and find out how you can freshen your bathroom and zing up your kitchen in seconds!

1. Mix 4 tbsp of baking soda with warm water for an easy cleaning solution you can use anywhere

 Kitchen by OBRA BLANCA

Keep it in the cupboard, ready to go!

2. Sprinkle baking soda in smelly shoes

Contemporary Classical Villa in Kemer Golf & Country:  Dressing room by Orkun İndere Interiors
Orkun İndere Interiors

Contemporary Classical Villa in Kemer Golf & Country

Orkun İndere Interiors

3. Use toothpaste to remove marker pen stains from wood

4. Freshen your rubbish disposal by putting lemon slices down it

Kitchen Extension – Teddington:  Kitchen by Cube Lofts
Cube Lofts

Kitchen Extension – Teddington

Cube Lofts

5. Use lint rollers on toys inbetween washes

6. Remove crayon marks with water and baking soda on a soft sponge

Modern flat – Loft Extension and Renovation, Fulham, SW6:  Living room by TOTUS
TOTUS

Modern flat – Loft Extension and Renovation, Fulham, SW6

TOTUS

7. Always have bathroom tidies for small items, like toothbrushes

8. Sprinkle pet beds with baking soda, then vacuum up half an hour later

Sophie Allport Highland Stag Collection:  Kitchen by Sophie Allport
Sophie Allport

Sophie Allport Highland Stag Collection

Sophie Allport

9. If you spot a slow drain, pour half a cup of baking soda, then half cup of vinegar down it and cover with damp cloth

Loft and Extension, Hammersmith, London:  Bathroom by Cube Lofts
Cube Lofts

Loft and Extension, Hammersmith, London

Cube Lofts

Leave for as long as you can!

10. Scoop up pet hair with either a lint roller or rubber gloves

11. Wash hard towels in the hottest water possible and add 1 cup of ammonia but no other detergents or softeners

Bathroom - Belsize Park:  Bathroom by Roselind Wilson Design
Roselind Wilson Design

Bathroom—Belsize Park

Roselind Wilson Design

12. Remove chopping board stains and smells with a fresh lemon half rubbed over it

Kitchen Extension – Strawberry Hill, Twickenham:  Kitchen by Cube Lofts
Cube Lofts

Kitchen Extension – Strawberry Hill, Twickenham

Cube Lofts

13. Polish up your fancy silverware with a little toothpaste

Adding those finishing touches to your home...:  Dining room by Graeme Fuller Design Ltd
Graeme Fuller Design Ltd

Adding those finishing touches to your home…

Graeme Fuller Design Ltd

14. Slimy garden furniture can simply be scrubbed with dish soap and water before being hosed off and left to dry

15. For a streak-free window finish, dilute vinegar in water to clean them

16. Make a homemade vinegar cleaner infused with herbs for a fresh and unique smell

Loft and Extension, Hammersmith, London:  Kitchen by Cube Lofts
Cube Lofts

Loft and Extension, Hammersmith, London

Cube Lofts

17. Citrus versions of the cleaner work well for bathrooms!

Bathroom - Belsize Park:  Bathroom by Roselind Wilson Design
Roselind Wilson Design

Bathroom—Belsize Park

Roselind Wilson Design

18. Shine copper kitchen items with ketchup

Kitchen Extension, Hinchley Wood:  Kitchen by Cube Lofts
Cube Lofts

Kitchen Extension, Hinchley Wood

Cube Lofts

19. Rub walnut halves on wood scratches to make them disappear before your eyes

20. Polish porcelain with vodka (if you can bear to waste it!)

Kitchen Extension, East Molesey:  Kitchen by Cube Lofts
Cube Lofts

Kitchen Extension, East Molesey

Cube Lofts

21. Have your duvets and pillows washed 2-3 times a year to prevent dead skin cell build up

Adding those finishing touches to your home...:  Bedroom by Graeme Fuller Design Ltd
Graeme Fuller Design Ltd

Adding those finishing touches to your home…

Graeme Fuller Design Ltd

22. Don't have bar soap anywhere as they get so messy

Use liquid dispensers instead!

23. Use toothpaste on chrome taps to get them gleaming in no time!

Designer Bathroom:  Bathroom by nassboards
nassboards

Designer Bathroom

nassboards

For some extra tips and tricks to keep your home sparkling, take a look at this Ideabook: 10 Dirty Little Secrets Of People Who Always Have Clean Homes.

Which of these ideas will you try at home?
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