Apparently as a nation we have become obsessed with cleaning, thanks to the likes of Essex cleaning sensation Mrs Hinch. But if you’re anything like me, you may be on the other end of the spectrum and absolutely LOATHE cleaning. As a self confessed cleaning-hater, I will do anything to get out of cleaning, or at least minimize my time spent cleaning.
That’s why I asked the community of parenting bloggers to share their clever cleaning hacks which I’m betting you wished you knew sooner! But hey, it’s always better late than never, so here are some awesome cleaning hacks to help you with that vital – but often painful task – of cleaning.
Clean your toilet with Coke!
It may seem crazy, but did you know that you can use Coca Cola down the toilet to get rid of toilet rust rings. Tried and tested by Glossy Tots so there you have it!
Blitz that microwave with lemon water
Does the inside of your microwave look like armageddon took place there?
Katy Kicker recommends cleaning your microwave with ease with lemon and water. Here’s how to do it.
Hairy carpet be gone
The problem with post-baby hair, is that it’s forever adding an extra layer to your carpet. Take a leaf out of From Pennies To Pounds and use a squeegee to remove hairs from the carpet. It may sound crazy but it works!
Ditch the fabric softener
Did you know you can use white vinegar in place of fabric softener? According to Love Maisie it keeps towels soft and removes any funky smells on clothes and doesn’t leave any scent on the materials. Who would have thought it?
Wet wipes really are your best friend
You may have heard the urban myth that wet wipes are good for cleaning around the home – well it’s true! as advocated by Less Refined Mind.
Grubby walls be gone with toothpaste
We all love a clean wall, but with tiny hands all over them, it’s hard to escape those smudgy marks. Another tip here from Less Refined Mind – little toothpaste on a damp flannel can take marks off painted walls without the usual elbow grease.
A quick pick me up
Fabric conditioner diluted with water in a spray bottle is great for giving curtains, rugs and sofas etc a quick refresh. You can also spray on radiators and make it smell nice when the room warms up, Perfect for fooling people into thinking your house is clean, according to Coffee Cake and Kids.
Banish that limescale
Did you know that citric acid is amazing for cleaning kettles? Yes, that’s right – you can descale your kettle with lemon juice! According to Lukeosauraus & Me and Emma Reed, it does an brilliant job and is It’s SO much cheaper. All your need to do is squirt/squeeze a generous amount of lemon juice into your kettle. Fill your kettle half way with water and let it sit for an hour. After an hour boil the kettle (keep an eye on it to make sure it doesn’t overflow) and there you go, job done. Rinse out and you’re good to go. You can also do this with white vinegar, but it smells nicer with lemon juice.
Stains be gone!
I can barely believe this one, but according to Mummy To Dex it’s true. To get stains out of white bedding, wash on 60c and then hang out in the garden. Any stains that remain after the hot wash will disappear in the sunshine. Magic!
Did you know that some plants actually help clean your house?! According to My Boys Club these are the ones you need in your life for your…
- Bathroom: Boston Fern – Likes indirect light and moderate warmth. As well as being easy to find, inexpensive and can put up with some neglect, it is also one of the best filterers of formaldehyde.
- Kitchen: Aloe Vera – Is extremely good at filtering our formaldehyde. It loves the sun so is the perfect plant to keep near a kitchen window. It’s juicy gel can be used to help heal accidental burns and wounds and insect bites.
- Bedroom: Gerbera Daisy – One of my all-time favourite plants (It was my chosen bloom for my wedding day). The gerbera daisy plant has lovely blooms that bring cheer to any space and releases extra oxygen into the air during the nighttime. Making it an ideal sleeping accompaniment.
- Living Room: Rubber plant – Not only stylish this plant with its big, shapely leaves can make a statement in any living space but it also excels at removing chemical toxins (especially formaldehyde) from indoor air and needs less light than many other plants.
Zhuzh up your woodwork
Doors and skirting boards looking grubby? Here’s a top tip from The Happy Homemaker: Pop a cap-full of fabric softener in a bowl of boiling water to clean your doors and skirting boards. Use a brush with a handle so you don’t burn your fingers and then use circular motions so as not to destroy the paintwork. They come up as good as new, and smell incredible too!
Make your own
Fight the grease
Natural soda crystals are your best friend in breaking down grease. The Incidental Parent recommends you use them especially in your washing machine on a hot wash to give it a clean through. They are great for use in hard water areas, and can also be used to help prevent drains from getting clogged, removing stubborn burnt food from the bottom of your pans, cleaning patios and paths, and removing stains from your clothes.
Soak up that bin juice
There is nothing worse than changing the bins only to find lots of bin juice lurking underneath. I swear by lining the bottom of the bins with newspaper. It makes everything so much easier and quicker to clean up as the newspaper soaks up the juices as well as any horrid smells! – Motherhood: The Real Deal
Have you tried any of the above clever cleaning hacks before? Or perhaps you have some of your own to share? Do leave a comment below.
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