There are boundless useful tips when it comes to household cleaning, and they can all be implemented really easily and usually at little cost. Here is a small selection that you may find handy around your home:
- To remove many general carpet stains, mix a solution of vinegar and water, always pretest in hidden area and then apply it to the carpet. Blot or dab the stain with a hand or paper towel. Once the stain is removed, use clean water to gently rinse the area and then dry with a towel or hair dryer. If this doesn’t work, then you may need to deep carpet cleaning and either hire a steam vacuum cleaner or get a professional to come and look at it.
- Kitchen cupboards can get very greasy, especially in a busy family home where there is a lot of cooking taking place. It can depend upon what they are made of, so always take care before applying strong chemicals. If you can, then contact the manufacturer and ask them advice on the best method of cleaning the cupboards. For the vast majority of other materials, regular detergent or general cleaning spray will suffice. Use cloths however and not sponge or metal scourers, as these could leave marks on your cupboards exterior.
- Ash stains can be the bane of many a household. The tip is to sprinkle some baking soda on the affected area and then let it sit for a couple of hours.Afterwards, use a damp sponge and simply press and twist, trying to absorb the stain. Do not rub as this will increase the likelihood of the mark being smeared or smudged. When you are happy the stain has gone, simply towel dry the area.
- Of all the mirrors in the home, the bathroom mirror will most likely need the most cleaning. You do not need anything fancy and shouldn’t need to buy specific glass cleaner. Just use a damp cloth to regularly wipe the mirror down or wash it with sponge soaked with water and a drop of washing up liquid. To dry and polish, use a paper towel or a microfiber cloth.
- Oven hobs can become very greasy and dirty. The first safety rule is to leave them to cool down, before you set about cleaning. Use a dissolving grease detergent, which combats the food and oil stains. A sponge or cloth and warm water is a good way of cleaning the hob down once the stubborn marks have been eliminated. Use paper towels or a microfiber cloth to dry the oven top. Don’t use scourers on the hob, as these can scratch the metal worktop.
- Vinegar is a great and powerful tool to use in the bathroom, particularly when fighting limescale. Simply apply it to the affected region, and scrub with a sponge. Once the cleaning is finished, rinse with water. This can be used on taps, all over the shower cubicle, including the doors, and is a cheap and easy way to make your bathroom sparkle.
- It is a good practice regularly to flash your kitchen and bathroom drains with Sodium hydroxide, also known as caustic soda. It is cheap and excellent product for unblocking drains and pipes. It could be purchased from any supermarket, but it is very important to follow the instructions for use on the label.
By using some of these quick tips, you will be sure to have a cleaner home, and at a fraction of the price!