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An easy tutorial on cleaning tricky places in your bathroom

Cleaning the bathroom can sometimes be a daunting task. There’s plenty of places which are often difficult and unpleasant to clean. But with these easy tips, cleaning will become easier, and germs and gunk will be a thing of the past!

SHOWER HEAD

The best part about this little trick is that there is no scrubbing involved – just let it sit overnight! It will not only make the shower head gleam, but it’ll also improve water pressure.

Pour an ample amount of white vinegar into a plastic grocery bag, submerge the showerhead in the liquid and tie it in place for an overnight soaking. Remove it in the morning and run the water to rinse.

THE TOILET
When tackling the chore of cleaning the toilet, there is a right way to begin to prevent the spread of bacteria and viruses. Firstly remove everything from around the toilet to prevent splashing cleaner on items. Flush the toilet with the lid closed, and add your choice of powdered, liquid or gel cleanser to the bowl. Apply as close to the toilet rim as possible to prevent diluted cleanser.

Then progress to cleaning the toilet’s exterior and seat, as the solution soaks into the toilet grime in the bowl. Spray the tank, handle, and tank edges with cleaner and wipe down. Start with the sides and front before cleaning the bottom edges of the toilet where it meets the floor. Spray the seat, inside lid, rim and hinges with cleaner.

Scrub the inside of the bowl from the top down, ensuring to get under the rim and remove grime. Finally, flush the toilet with the lid down.

BATHTUB OR SHOWER DRAIN

Hair can cause a major problem in bathroom drains, causing them to get blocked and become slow to drain. It is easier than it looks to remove the stopper and get the gunk out.

Here are the tools you will need to do the job: a screwdriver, a pair of skinny pliers, some baking soda, some vinegar and a few paper towels.

Remove the top part of the drain by unscrewing it. If the insert can be removed with a screwdriver, remove it. This is where you may find the hair, which is often caught in shampoo and conditioner. Ensure there are paper towels near, and remove the gunk from the drain with the pliers. Continue until the drain looks clear.

The next step is purely for maintenance. Pour about half a cup of baking soda down the drain, and then pour in vinegar until it bubbles up to the top. Leave to soak for 15 minutes, and pour hot water (not boiling) down the drain. This will help disinfect the drain and clean it, too.

Voila – clean drain! Have you got any secret cleaning tips you’d like to share? Let us know by sending us a tweet or Facebook post!

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Easy tricks to clean hard-to-reach places

Whether it’s in the office or at home, cleaning difficult to reach areas is often a tricky and time-consuming task. For many of us, the easiest answer is to skip these nooks and crannies and assume that they can be cleaned less frequently than other spots.

But leaving dust and grime to accumulate only leads to a tougher cleaning job down the line. And deep, narrow crevices that are magnets for dirt can also harbour nasty allergens.

With a few simple tools and our easy tips, you’ll be able to clean those spaces where traditional cleaning tools just can’t go. The best part? You don’t even need to invest in a fancy vacuum with lots of attachments!

Here’s how to get every corner and crevice gleaming…

CEILING FANS

The easiest way to keep ceiling fans clean and shining is to use an attachment designed to fit around the blades. If it’s been a while, slip a pillowcase over each blade and use it to remove the dust. This will prevent the dust from flying around the room.

CABINET TOPS

As the old saying goes: out of sight, out of mind! When was the last time you checked the tops of your cabinets? Stand on a sturdy stool, and wipe the tops with a dampened cloth and eco-friendly cleaning solution.

COMPUTER KEYBOARDS

The office keyboard is notorious for holding a shocking amount of bacteria. If you don’t stop to examine your keyboard every once in a while, you might not have noticed that it has become covered with crumbs, grease and dust.

An easy way to clean your keyboard is to use the office supplies at hand. Turn over your keyboard and tap out any crumbs. Then, run a sticky side of a Post-It Note between the keys to nab the debris.

Try to wipe down your desk at the end of every day, especially if you’re in the habit of eating lunch there!

WINDOW TRACKS

Window tracks can be particularly hard to reach, and easily collect dirt. Sometimes the hard material on your vacuum’s crevice tool doesn’t allow for much flexibility. But if you put a toilet paper tube over the end, you can squish it until it fits any space that needs cleaning.

NARROW BLINDS

If you don’t want to get your hands dusty, there’s a kitchen utensil you can use to clean your blinds: tongs! Secure a microfiber cloth to the tongs using rubber bands, then close the tool on a slat and pull it across.

AIR VENTS

Fuzzy dust and cobwebs cling to heating vents and air conditioners. If your vacuum is failing to suck up the gunk, use a sponge paintbrush from your craft drawer to dust vents.

SHOWER SPOTS

Residue can build quickly in shower door runners, and escalate to mould. The remedy is very simple. Just apply a mixture of lemon juice and baking soda on the dirty area. Let it sit for 5 minutes, and then rub with a stiff brush.

CEILINGS

Ceilings, especially in the corners, are notorious for collecting cobwebs and dust. If your vacuum doesn’t reach these areas, use a mop, broom handle or fishing pole and cover it with an old T-shirt to do the job.

What do you think of these cleaning hacks? Let us know your tricks to clean hard-to-reach places!

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How to know when to throw it away

We’ve all been in the situation where we know we have to take the plunge and get rid of old items in order to make way for new, but how do we know what still has some life left in it and what we can definitely dispose of without later regret?

Consider the following points, and they will hopefully help make your mind up for you!

When was the last time you used it?

Whether it’s an item in your wardrobe or an item hiding at the back of your kitchen cupboard, we’ve all been in the state of mind that we’ll wear or use it at some point…but when? The next time you have a clear out, we guarantee it’ll still be there, gathering dust and taking up much needed storage space! Get rid!

How much do you like the item?

Do you have a sentimental connection to the item but don’t use it regularly or at all? Some instances are excusable, but if you don’t have that connection to it, ditch it!

Maybe you don’t even like the item in question anymore. That dress you bought in the sale three years ago, but you can’t bear to get rid of it because it was such a good bargain – put the feelings aside and donate it to the charity shop!

How does it function within the household?

The grey rug you bought for your living room a couple of years ago, once served its purpose in your grey colour schemed room… but now your living room is cream and the rug doesn’t match. What is it still doing in your attic, taking up valuable space?

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The hay fever season is upon us!

Now that we’re well in the way of spring (which is lovely!), it does also mean we’re experiencing the early stages of hay fever. With hay fever affecting one in five people, it can really upset your everyday life. To put a stop to your runny noses and itchy eyes, we’ve got some top tips on how cleaning can help reduce its impact.

Wash your hands and body regularly

Now, we’re sure you don’t need to be told this, but a simple step to help keep your hay fever at bay, is to wash your hands and shower regularly. By doing this, you’re physically washing the pollen of and if you shower before bed, this will also keep your bedding pollen free. Once you’ve been outside for a long period of time, it’s a good idea to change into a fresh set of clothes.

Don’t forget to clean and hoover regularly

As hay fever is caused by the presence of allergens, pollen in this case, there’s not much that can be done when in an external environment. Indoors however, simply cleaning and hoovering regularly can help reduce the amount of allergens in your home and office.

Stock up on your tissue supply

While hay fever isn’t contagious, it can still make you really uncomfortable. That being said, with a good amount of tissues, wipes and sanitiser, you can successfully manage those germs. For those who live in a full household, or work in a busy office environment, this tip will definitely apply to you!

Keep your windows closed

To make sure pollen stays outside, it’s always best to keep your windows closed, and instead switch to fans or air conditioning for ventilation and temperature control. If you aren’t entirely sure of what kind of pollen you’re reacting to, then just know that most flowers pollinate between 5am and 9am. If you do want to open your windows, then try opening them towards the end of the day, this way there’ll be less pollen circulating.

Don’t dry your clothes outside

If you like to take advantage of good weather by hanging washing out to dry, then you should know that doing this can result in your clothes picking up pollen. Pollen on your clothes means you’ll have bad hay fever whenever you put them on.

Don’t forget your pets

They may not be the first thing you think of when it comes to hay fever, but your pet could be one of the biggest reasons behind your sneezing. Every time your pet goes outside, their fur collects pollen. Before you let them back into the house, brush their coat and hoover afterwards.

If you’re a hay fever sufferer then let us know about the cleaning hacks you use to fight back. And if you haven’t already, try out our tips above!

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The fight against fur – Tips and tricks for cleaning pet hair

If you have a pet, then you’ll already know that removing pet hair from a carpet is an important, but difficult task. It seems to get everywhere, and there seems to be no way to stop it from happening.

Different methods, for different surfaces

As with everything in the cleaning world, not every method will work for all surfaces. To save your time, we’ve compiled a list of surfaces that may be in your home, and some information on how you can help them get fur free.

  1. Carpet

Ideally, you should aim to hoover more than a couple times a week. A good tip is to hoover each section of the house twice, but in different directions, getting rid of the fur in even the deepest parts of your carpets! If after this there’s still some remaining, try lightly running a pumice stone over the surface to remove any trapped fur, before hoovering for a final time.

  1. Hard Floors (Hardwood, laminated etc.) 

Out of all the surfaces, hard floors are one of the easiest. Make sure you stay clear of the hoover for these surfaces, as this will only end up moving the fur around. Instead, try using an electrostatic or microfiber dry mop, and it’ll be gone in no time

  1. Upholstery

With a dampened rubber glove, rub your hand over the furniture surface to gather the hair. Then, rinsing off the glove is all that’s left to do. Similarly, if you don’t have rubber gloves, you can use a slightly damp washcloth in circular motions. Both methods will release the fur, so you’ll then be free to hoover any remaining pieces on the floor after.

  1. Bedding

The easiest way to keep fur off your bedding is to keep them off your bed. For those of you who just can’t imagine kicking your furry friend off your bed, start by shaking your duvet outside. Once you’ve done this, you can then keep in mind all the tips from above. Just remember to use the correct cleaning method for the right surface.

Top tips

  1. Cover the places where your pet spends most of its time with blankets, or rugs.
  2. Brushing your pet will remove dead hair from its coat, meaning you can dispose of it before it has the chance to get on your carpets.
  3. Bathing your pet regularly can release any of its dead coat, making it much easier to brush and remove.
  4. Choose flooring that matches your pet. If you have a light coloured dog, then light flooring means you can get away with not having to clean every five minutes. Just make sure you don’t use this as an excuse to not clean regularly!

As you can see, there are a lot of methods for cleaning pet hair, but ultimately it’s whatever works best for you and your home. Let us know if there’s any other tips for pet hair removal that we’ve missed!

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Hello spring: The bathroom

Welcome to week 2 of our spring cleaning guide. Last week we kicked off with the kitchen, so today we’re moving on to another time consuming room, the bathroom. If your cabinets are overflowing with empty product bottles, and you can’t quite remember the original colour of your shower tiles, it’s definitely time for a spring clean!

So, for those of you wanting to spruce up your bathroom, we’ve got some handy tips to help make the process quick and enjoyable.

Tip 1: Unclutter

The first step to any bathroom cleaning routine is to clear any clutter that may be hoarding your cabinets or drawers. Bathroom storage spaces in particular can be easily neglected, as everything is technically hidden behind closed doors. Don’t get stuck in thinking out of sight out of mind! Empty out all drawers/cabinets, and you’ll then find it easier to get down to the nitty gritty.

Tip 2: Throw out the old…

It’s more common than you think to find old bottles and boxes hiding in the back of your cabinets. When sorting through your products, try to keep the contents of each cupboard together. Whilst this may seem like a waste of time, it’s a great way to keep on track with products that have no use-by date.

If you’re not sure when you purchased something, and they don’t have a clear use-by date, it’s safe to assume that they should be thrown when you know you haven’t used them in a long time! And remember, if there’s nothing around a product to suggest a possible shelf-life, then “When in doubt, throw it out.”

Tip 3: …bring in the new

Once all your old products have found their way to the bin and your cabinets are all clean, you can then look into restocking with new items. Everyone has different routines, so find a way to categorise them all, such as:

  • Face
  • Body
  • Dental
  • Hair
  • First Aid etc.

You’ll more than likely find that you have way more than is actually needed, so be diligent about rotating products, it’ll mean you’re far less likely to have to guess about use-by dates in the future!

Tip 4: Cleanliness over decoration

A lot of the time, bathrooms can become dust magnets due to the amount of unnecessary accessories lying around. Having less complicated décor can make your bathroom a cleaner space that’s easier to uphold. A stack of magazines, or a pot of silk flowers may seem appealing, but they can also make your bathroom look chaotic and dusty.

Tip 5: Go down the natural route

Whilst there’s cleaning products for everything these days, sometimes natural really is best. For mirrors, or glass, try using a 50/50 vinegar and water mix. Use the mixture as a spray, and wipe off with a cloth or even better, a microfiber cloth! For your shower and bathtub, try using a paste of baking soda and water, sure to remove any hard to move dirt. You could also try replacing the water with vinegar to remover those really tough stains. There’s a natural method for all cleaning, it just depends on what works best for you!

The bathroom can be hard to clean, but it’s also one of the rooms which needs to be cleaned the most due to its constant use. Have a go at some of our tips, and let us know if they help you dread cleaning the bathroom a little less!

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The Christmas Clean

The week of Christmas can be a chaotic time for anyone, but especially if you have a large family! We’ve devised a stress-free plan for you this Christmas to ensure you’re calm and relaxed as you prepare for the big event! Our day by day guide to preparing for Christmas is guaranteed to leave you feeling hassle-free and full of Christmas cheer!

  • Organise all of the children’s old toys and those lingering unused presents from last year! You can store them away or donate them to a charity so that they can be re-gifted for those less fortunate! This allows more space for all of the new gifts as well as more room for grandma to sit!
  • Check on the dinnerware! Make sure there are no chips in the china or stains on the tablecloth, doing this in advance gives you the opportunity to replace any damaged items. If there’s no need to replace, pop the tablecloth in the washing machine so it’s nice and fresh for your guests!
  • A surprising amount of dust and dirt can gather on cushion covers, throws and blankets, especially when there are little mucky fingers about! Give your sofa a good clean and put any accessories (cushion covers, blankets etc.) into the wash to maximise freshness and allow for a clean and cosy evening watching those Christmas classics!
  • Give the house a thorough dust, getting in all of the awkward areas and invest in a long handled feather duster for maximum efficiency! Don’t forget to hoover the floors and any rugs afterwards, picking up all the fallen bits!
  • Now that all the dust is eliminated it might be a good idea to mop the floors and clean the windows! Try one-part white vinegar and one-part water to give your windows an extra Christmas sparkle!
  • The kitchen is probably the most important area to clean if you’re hosting the dinner this year! Make sure you give it a good deep clean, ensuring you clean all of those forgotten bits in the oven. Surprisingly, leftover bits of food stuck in the oven can cause your food to taste funny and no-one wants lasagne infused turkey! Don’t forget the fridge! Dispose of anything you know you’re not going to use and especially any gone off food. Clean the shelves too, this way you’ll have plenty of room to fill the fridge with festive treats!
  • When it comes to Christmas eve, relax and take it easy! But don’t forget to lay the table and give your cutlery a last minute polish! Get a takeaway or go out for dinner this evening, you don’t want to risk messing up your glimmering clean kitchen! P.s don’t forget to mop up any mulled wine spills!

 

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10 quick tricks to make house cleaning easy!

It’s not uncommon to dread cleaning your home – it’s a chore we could well do without! However, we’ve accumulated some tips and tricks below which will make your house sparkle from top to bottom in no time at all.

All you need is a bit of elbow grease, a spare hour and a couple of products! Why not stick on your favourite music while getting to work? It makes the tasks more enjoyable and before you know it, you’ll be finished!

1. Create an all in one cleaner – Mix four tablespoons of baking soda and add one quarter warm water – it’ll wipe all manner of messes away!

2. Remove stuck-on food from casserole dish – Fill your dish with boiling hot water, add a few tablespoons of salt/baking soda and let it stand overnight.

3. Get rid of rust from pots and pans – Cut a potato and dip it in powdered cleanser, now scour the rust stains!

4. Remove grease stains from burner rings/pots and pans – Soak all in ammonia overnight and the stain will be gone by morning – easy!

5. Rid garlic odour from your hands – Simply rub your hands on some stainless steel – who would have thought it!?

6. Get rid of shoe odours – Sprinkle some baking soda into your shoes and/or gym bag and then simply tap it out when you go to use them again.

7. Clear your sink drains – Pour ½ a cup of baking soda down the drain, followed by ½ a cup of vinegar. Cover the drain with a wet cloth and after five minutes remove and flush with hot water.

8. Get rid of patio furniture grime – Add one squirt of dish detergent to a bowl of lukewarm water and wipe down the furniture. Rinse clean with your garden hose and it’ll be like new!

9. Rid kitchen cabinets of grease – Add a little dish detergent to a spray bottle, fill it up with warm water and then mist the cabinets. Rinse with a well-wrung cloth and dry.

10. Get your taps to sparkle – Rub toothpaste on your taps with a wet sponge and watch the grime disappear!

Cleaning your windows

Cleaning your windows
It is essential to have sparkling windows during the summer to let the sun shine in and to brighten up your home! There is nothing worse than the sun showing up the dirt and streaks on your windows during the summer months!

We have thought up some useful window cleaning tips to help you make them sparkle this summer.

Inside and out – It is important to clean your windows inside and out to get the cleanest look.
Use correct, clean equipment – Whereas a simple window cleaning solution (which can be bought in most supermarkets) and kitchen towel can be sufficient indoors, soapy water is a good idea for cleaning windows outdoors. Also, ensure you use clean squeegees and microfibre cloths or chamois leathers for a streak free finish.
Wait for a cloudy day – Try not to clean your windows in direct sunlight – this can make the solution dry too quickly causing streaks.
Make your sills shine – Grime and mould can easily build up on outdoor window sills, so do not overlook these! You can use warm soapy water to clean sills as well, but you may need to use a scrubbing brush to get rid of tough stains. You could even apply a coat of floor wax to them to prevent future stains!
Clean your windows at least twice a year – To keep them gleaming, you should clean them at least twice a year! It may seem tedious, but the results will be worth it!

Below is a list of things that may be useful for cleaning your windows:
- A bucket
- Washing up liquid
- Warm water (it may sound simple, but it’s essential!)
- A sponge
- Scrubbing brush
- Chamois leather
- Microfibre cloths
- Squeegee
- Glass cleaner solution
- Kitchen towel
Now you know all of the tips and tricks, your windows will be gleaming in no time!

Where do germs live in your house?

Where do germs live in your house?
So we have looked at the dirtiest places in the office, but do you know where germs like to live in your house, and where you need to take extra care when cleaning?

The Kitchen Sink
The amount of times we have dropped food in the sink when rinsing it and just popped it into the cooking bowl made take a while to add up, but did you know your kitchen sink is one of the dirtiest places in the house? If you think about it, how often do you wash dishes in it, or pour liquid into it? It happens a lot, and these bits of food can cling to the side of the sink and breed dangerous germs including salmonella which can lead to a nasty stomach bug.

Give the sink a good clean every day with a kitchen cleaner or bleach if you can.

The bath
Coming home after a long day and soaking in the bath is sometimes the best remedy but how often do you remember to clean the bath after you have used it?
Think about the dirt that can come off you and stick to side of the tub? The best way to make it as germ free as possible is to clean the bath after you have used it.

Use a good bath cleaner and wait for it to dry. The best part is as well, the bleach will clean the pipes as well!

Your toothbrush
Have you heard you should keep your toothbrush at least six feet away from the toilet? Every time you flush the toilet and leave the lid up – the germs can linger for a few hours and settle on the surfaces and yes, your toothbrush as well.

To avoid those germs, put the lid down when you flush the toilet, and keep your toothbrush as far from the toilet as possible. When you brush your teeth as well, dry the top of the toothbrush and put it away in a bathroom cabinet if you can!