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19 clever ideas to make cleaning your home less of a chore!

Amy Buxton Amy Buxton
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If cleaning was fun it wouldn't be a chore, and nor would you be able to hire professional cleaners to come and complete the task for you. However, regardless of how fun it is or isn't, it is necessary. 

With a host of rooms to tackle, even in the smallest of homes, we're willing to bet any tips that lessen your efforts will be thoroughly appreciated, so we've pulled together a hearty list for you today. 

If you don't want to battle your bedroom or get bored cleaning your bathroom any longer, get ready to enjoy a much easier ride!

1. Dust light bulbs with clean paintbrushes

Then you won't have to remove them!

2. Clean mildew out of washing machines with a little bleach and water

 Corridor & hallway by Clean Design
Clean Design

Laundry Room

Clean Design

To prevent foisty-smelling clothes.

3. Use an iron to remove stubborn stains from carpet

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Cherry Pie Couture

Products Cherry Pie Couture

Cherry Pie Couture

Just iron over greaseproof paper on top of the stain to see the magic!

4. Freshen mattresses with baking soda and essential oil

Leave for a few hours and hoover up.

5. For crisper sheets, clean your iron with salt

This will remove limescale build up.

6. Pop some vanilla pods in your oven on low

For a gorgeous clean scent throughout your home.

7. Run a few inches of hot water in your bath

To make cleaning the room quicker, then finish the bathtub last.

8. Use hair catchers in the sink and bath drains

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Etons of Bath

Bath Interior Design Project and Showpiece

Etons of Bath

Prevention is always better than cure.

9. Use newspaper to clean windows instead of cloths

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In Ex Design

The Old Bond Store Apartments, Window Detail

In Ex Design

Cloths always leave streaks.

10. Drop denture cleaning tablets in your toilet bowl overnight

For easy, deep cleaning.

11. Add a little bleach when washing white bed linen

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Alessandro Isola Ltd

​A Pied-à-terre in Miami Beach, by Alessandro Isola

Alessandro Isola Ltd

To get the dead skin cells and any saliva stains out.

12. Dust ceiling fans to keep allergies at bay

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homify

Dining false ceiling design

homify

Turn them off first though!

13. Dust skirting boards with tumble dryer sheets

The static attracts all the dust.

14. WD40 can be used to get scuffs out of wooden floors

A cheap but very effective trick.

15. Regularly clean out your dryer vent

 Corridor & hallway by Clean Design
Clean Design

Laundry Room

Clean Design

This will make it work more effectively.

16. Wash your shower and screen while you're in it

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Ion Glass

Folding frameless glass bathscreen

Ion Glass

It's so much easier!

17. Keep odd socks for cleaning Venetian blinds

Wear them on your hands and rub the slats.

18. To make your kitchen sink shine

Scrub it using an old toothbrush, boiling water and fresh lemon juice.

19. Microwave your kitchen sponges

Balham Maple Kitchen designed and made by Tim Wood: modern Kitchen by Tim Wood Limited
Tim Wood Limited

Balham Maple Kitchen designed and made by Tim Wood

Tim Wood Limited

This will kill 99.9% of germs.

On the lookout for even more tips? Then take a look at this Ideabook: Household Cleaning While You’re Dreaming.

Which of these tips do you plan to try?
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