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26 deep cleaning tips every clean freak needs to know

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Whether you're a neat-freak or a slobby so-and-so, we don't think you can ever have too many cleaning tips at your disposal, so we conjured up a fantastic list of helpful hints for you today.

While cleaning professionals have a tendency to make keeping a home super shiny and dazzlingly dirt-free look like a piece of cake, frankly we'd rather be sat down eating the cake! Therefore, anything that will make our chores easier or more effective has got to be a good thing, right? 

Make sure you save these brilliant tricks because the next time you have a tricky kitchen stain to tackle, you'll need number 25 at the very least! 

1. Don't leave anything 'to soak'

It will just end up festering and being more unhygienic. Wash everything straight away!

2. Hang brooms and mops

handmade Goat & horsehair brooms and brushes:  Household by brush64
brush64

handmade Goat & horsehair brooms and brushes

brush64

Instead of keeping them bristles-down so they stay cleaner to start with.

3. Use tray liners when using your normal oven

And slow cooker liners when using that. Much less scrubbing!

4. . Iron over a greaseproof paper-covered stain

To get even molten marks off a carpet.

5. Run your washing machine with nothing but white vinegar in it

To give it a freshen up and remove lingering smells.

6. Blitz your dish sponges on high in your microwave

square push pump with caddy: modern Kitchen by simplehuman
simplehuman

square push pump with caddy

simplehuman

After a couple of minutes all the germs will have been killed.

7. Small appliances can come up gleaming

Kitchen in a box!: minimalistic Kitchen by Hallwood Furniture
Hallwood Furniture

Kitchen in a box!

Hallwood Furniture

With a quick wipe with a wet sponge and some cream of tartar.

8. Disinfect your kitchen scrubbers with bleach or white vinegar

sink caddy, stainless steel: modern Kitchen by simplehuman
simplehuman

sink caddy, stainless steel

simplehuman

And leave upright to drain and dry.

9. Use an old toothbrush to clean plug holes

White Concrete / Marble Sink : minimalistic Bathroom by Forma Studios
Forma Studios

White Concrete / Marble Sink

Forma Studios

And give them a final freshen with some lemon juice.

10. Use white vinegar and cotton buds

To really 'get in there' with your window frames.

11. Baking soda and essential oils can be sprinkled on a mattress

minimalistic Bedroom by Brandlhuber+ Emde, Schneider
Brandlhuber+ Emde, Schneider

Klimazone; Position Bett im Winter

Brandlhuber+ Emde, Schneider

Then left for the day before being vacuumed back up to freshen it perfectly!

12. Skirting boards and moulding can be kept dust-free

 Walls & flooring by Bianchi Lecco srl
Bianchi Lecco srl

Indirect Lighting

Bianchi Lecco srl

With a wipe over with dryer sheets that attract all the fluff.

13. Dust before you vacuum

Ostrich feather duster:  Household by brush64
brush64

Ostrich feather duster

brush64

Think about it, it makes perfect sense!

14. Clean candles with old tights

Jewelled Pillar Candleholder: classic Living room by Adventino
Adventino

Jewelled Pillar Candleholder

Adventino

They create dust-attracting static.

15. Remove light bulbs

Globe Xlarge Spiral - Vintage Light Bulb:  Household by William and Watson
William and Watson

Globe Xlarge Spiral—Vintage Light Bulb

William and Watson

And clean them with microfibre cloths to deter future dust.

16. Rub taps and other hardware with wax paper

To stop watermarks and fingerprints blighting them.

17. For a limescale-free toilet

Drop a couple of denture cleaning tablets, flat coke or a mixture of the two, into your toilet before bed.

18. Clean old paintings with a fresh bagel half

Trust us, it actually works!

19. Use an old sock like a hand puppet

Venetian Blinds by Ashley Blinds & Curtains: modern Living room by Ashley Blinds & Curtains
Ashley Blinds & Curtains

Venetian Blinds by Ashley Blinds & Curtains

Ashley Blinds & Curtains

To clean Venetian blind slats.

20. Clean your tools after use

Need to store all your tools in the garage? Try a feature wall!: modern Garage/shed by Garageflex
Garageflex

Need to store all your tools in the garage? Try a feature wall!

Garageflex

To prevent them spreading grease and muck around your home and garage.

21. Line grills with tin foil

To keep them fresh and clean.

22. Cut holes in napkins

Then thread them over a coat hanger hook to protect delicate clothing items.

23. WD40 removes floor scuffs in one wipe

Beautiful flooring for the finishing touch:  Walls by The Market Design & Build
The Market Design & Build

Beautiful flooring for the finishing touch

The Market Design & Build

So easy!

24. Remove lint from your dryer every week

Belgravia - Laundry/Ironing Room off Roof Terrace:  Terrace by Meltons
Meltons

Belgravia—Laundry/Ironing Room off Roof Terrace

Meltons

Either manually or by using your vacuum cleaner to keep the machine running at optimum efficiency.

25. Keep a 50/50 mix of coconut oil and baking soda handy in your kitchen

It gets even the most stubborn, sticky grime off!

26. Spritz clothes with watered down essential oils as they dry

eclectic Corridor, hallway & stairs by Phil Divi Product Design
Phil Divi Product Design

clothes rack „Solid line”

Phil Divi Product Design

To make them and the cupboards in which they're kept smell amazing!

For more cleaning tips and tricks, take a look at this Ideabook: 22 small things (you’ve forgotten) you need to clean.

Which of these tips will you try in your home?
Whitton Drive:  Terrace house by GK Architects Ltd

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