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Home cleaning hacks

Want to save time and energy on your home cleaning? These hacks are just what you need! Read on for laundry, bathroom, and kitchen cleaning hacks.

Whether you’re interested in bathroom cleaning hacks, kitchen cleaning hacks or laundry hacks, you’ll find it much easier to clean your home once you’ve learned a few little tricks. These house cleaning hacks are designed to save you time and effort while still giving you great results.

 

Kitchen cleaning hacks

  1. Use ketchup to clean metal

Tarnished brass or stained copper pots? No problem. Just rub a little ketchup onto the surface with a cloth and buff gently. Then rinse clean.

  1. Prevent sticky dust with oil

Remove nasty residue from cupboards and counters by wiping them with a little cooking oil and then rinsing with normal soapy water.

  1. Clean microwaves with hot lemon

One of our favourite kitchen cleaning hack, squeeze the juice of one lemon into a bowl of water and heat the mixture, with the two lemon halves, in the microwave for 3 minutes. Remove the dish carefully and watch dirt glide off when you wipe it.

  1. Scrub chopping boards with salt and lemon juice

Another popular kitchen cleaning hack using lemon, scrub your chopping boards with half a lemon and some salt to get into all those grooves with ease.

  1. Polish metal sinks with regular flour

Want to get that stainless steel sink gleaming? Wash it with regular dish soap and water and dry thoroughly. Then sprinkle a thick dusting of flour and buff with a paper towel or cotton cloth for an unbeatable shine.

 

Bathroom cleaning hacks

  1. Buff mirrored surfaces with black tea

Tired of mirrors and glass surfaces looking dull or covered in water marks? Brew some strong, cold, black team and buff it across surfaces with newspaper. 

  1. Help taps shine with a little oil

Baby oil works best here, but you can use other mild oils too. Just apply a tiny amount with a clean cloth and buff rigorously to shine your taps.

  1. Bleach tile grout white again

Get rid of black mould and mildew from tile grout with a bleach gel like Domex. Scrub it in with an old toothbrush, leave for a few minutes, and rinse.

  1. Tackle stubborn toilet stains with a pumice stone

This is one of the best bathroom cleaning hacks we’ve found. Simply scrub stubborn toilet bowl stones with a pumice stone to get rid of them. The best bit? The stone naturally crumbles and can be flushed away safely.

  1. Make your own surface cleaner

Mix bleach with water and put it in an empty (and thoroughly rinsed out) spray bottle. This is an easy house cleaning hack you can use outside of the bathroom too.

Laundry cleaning hacks

  1. Pre-treat lipstick stains with bread

Remove the crust from a slide of white bread and roll the bread into a ball. Dab at the stain to lift it from the garment before washing as normal with detergent.

  1. Tackle musty smells with white vinegar

During periods of high humidity, it’s not uncommon for our clothes to smell musty. A great cleaning hack is to use white vinegar in your wash to banish bad odour.

  1. Unshrink clothes with baby shampoo

Clothes shrunk in the wash? Soak them with baby shampoo and water to relax the fibres and then slowly stretch the fabric back into shape. 

  1. Replace dryer sheets with foil

Scrunch a little aluminium foil into a ball and place in your dryer to help reduce static and soften your clothes.

  1. Use liquid detergent as a pre-treatment

Clothes too stained to just pop in the wash? Dab the affected areas with a little liquid detergent like Surf excel before washing as normal.

 

With these house cleaning hacks, getting your home clean and tidy will never be easier.

Key Steps

  • Use multipurpose products to save time.
  • Give household ingredients a try when you have stubborn stains.
  • Try home cleaning hacks that use familiar products in a different way – like bleaching tile grout with Domex or cleaning white trainers with Cif.

Top Tip


Make the most of multi-purpose cleaning products like Cif. You might even find some unconventional cleaning life hacks for them, like cleaning white trainers!

Safety First!


Bleach can produce toxic gasses when mixed with other chemicals so make sure you rinse your spray bottle thoroughly and only mix bleach with water.