Here are some clever cleaning tips to save you time and money.
Bread and broken glass catcher
Save yourself from getting cut by tiny pieces of broken glass. Get a piece of bread (preferably white loaf) and damp it on one side then press down on the area and you’ll be surprised that even the tiniest pieces stick to the bread.
Your kitchen sponge is considered to be one of the dirtiest cleaning materials found in your home. To clean your sponge, simply wet the sponge and microwave it on high for 2 minutes. This will kill up to 99% of germs.
A simple air freshener and fridge deodorizer
Some cleaning products are made with chemicals that can leave a strong smell in your home. If you want to use a more natural, chemical-free cleaning solution, try using the humble coffee bean as an air freshener and fridge deodorizer. Place the beans in a small cup or any unused container and put it on your kitchen tops, fridge, and in your bathroom.
Quick tip for cleaning your chopping board
Chopping boards can contain some pretty nasty bacteria if not cleaned properly. This kind of bacteria can cause diarrhoea and other intestinal wows. An effective (and affordable) way to clean your chopping board is to scrub it with lemon and salt. Lemon has a germ fighting pH3 level, which is the same acidity of vinegar and the salt acts as an abrasive.
The Onion BBQ cleaner
Do you love throwing BBQs with friends and family? We do. However, sometimes the clean-up can be a bit annoying. To save time and energy cut an onion in ½ and use it to clean the grate after the big cook up… it will also add some flavor for the next BBQ.
Use Vodka to clean your mattress
Yep, that’s right, vodka is great for cleaning a mattress. The alcohol present in vodka is the key to combat the odor causing bacteria. All you need to do is mix your preferred essential oil and a little vodka in a spray bottle. Spray lightly on your mattress and leave to air-dry.
Worn out leather furniture? Shoe polish to the rescue
Commonly used for shoes, good quality shoe polish can be a simple cure for worn out leather furniture. Use it like you were shining your shoes, but this time, apply to any furniture made of leather. Be sure to test on an inconspicuous area first.
Vinegar + baking soda = cost effective oven cleaner
Baking soda may look like a simple baking ingredient. However, it has powerful cleaning properties. It could clean your sofa, blender, vomit on the carpet, coffee grinder, just to name a few. When it comes to cleaning your oven, mix a half-cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water to make a paste-like consistency. Coat your oven evenly and let it sit overnight. Then put a small amount of vinegar in a squirt bottle, spray a little to the baking soda residue and use cloth to scrape it off.
Cheap dishwasher cleaner
Due its high acidity level, vinegar is a safe and organic way to clean your dishwasher. Just put a cup of vinegar on the top shelf and run it on the highest temperature cycle. Sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom and re-run it and you’re done!
Make-up brush cleaner
Because baby shampoos are so mild, you could use it to “shampoo” your make-up brushes. Be sure to hang them to dry completely.
Another use for your old socks
Floor sweeper refills can be expensive. Therefore, an economical solution is to use some old socks to cover your floor sweeper pad! Try using socks that have microfibre material, they are great at attracting dirt on your ceiling and floors.
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