Freshen up every corner of your home with these simple and effective cleaning solutions.
1. Skip bar soap
Keep your bathroom basin cleaner for longer by using a liquid soap with a pump or a even hands-free soap dispenser instead. Eliminating the grimy soap dish will help your basin and countertop stay goop-free.
2. Make taps gleam
Rub a bit of toothpaste over your bathroom fixtures with a wet sponge to get gunk off chrome.
3. Make your shower sparkle
To clean grimy grout, mix 3/4 cup household chlorine bleach with 2 litres water and use a stiff brush to apply to one small area at a time. Let it sit for several minutes, then scrub and rinse.
4. Hang towels the right way
To keep towels from getting musty in between showers, hang them where they can air-dry thoroughly. A hook is fine, but a towel rail is better.
5. Fight musty smells
Just like in the fridge, an open box of bicarbonate of soda placed near your sheets and towels can prevent a dank linen closet.
6. Make an easy, all-purpose cleaner
This cleaner recipe will make nearly every surface gleam, especially kitchen counters, appliances, and inside the refrigerator. Combine 4 tablespoons bicarbonate of soda with 1 litre warm water, and use it with a sponge to wipe messes away.
7. De-grease cabinets
Just like your utensils, cupboards can get greasy when you’re making dinner. Add a little washing up liquid to a spray bottle with warm water to mist away the grime. Then, rinse with a well-wrung cloth and dry.
8. Shine copper with ketchup
Yes, ketchup! A little can make copper pots gleam again.
9. Freshen your microwave
Make the interior easier to wipe down by heating a cup of water and a chopped-up lemon on high until the microwave’s window is steamy. Let the bowl sit for 15 minutes before you open the door, and clean away any grime with ease.
10. Zap oven spills
After gently chipping off any loose pieces, liberally spritz burnt-on food with ammonia from a spray bottle. Then sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda and add just a few drops of white vinegar. Let it bubble for a minute or two, then whisk away the grime with a scrub sponge.
11. Get stains out of a cutting board
Run the cut side of a lemon over the board to remove food stains and smells. For extra cleaning power, sprinkle it with salt or bicarb first.
LIVING ROOM SPRUCE-UP
12. Add shine with vinegar
Use white vinegar to brighten your windows. Mix 1 tablespoon of white vinegar with 1 litres of water, and dispense into a used spray bottle. Squirt on and wipe away with a clean microfiber cloth, not paper towels, which can cause streaking.
13. Cover furniture nicks
Got a scuff or a scratch on your wood furniture? Rub it with a walnut (shell removed) to mask the damage.
14. Make a mirror gleam
Since coffee filters are lint-free, you can swap them out for paper towels to give mirrors a no-streak shine.
15. De-grime patio furniture
Add a squirt of washing-up liquid to a bowl of warm water, and use it to wipe down your outdoor tables and chairs. Then, rinse clean with the garden hose.