Get rid of any spot, smudge, spill or splatter with out top tips for washable fabrics...
The best things in life are simple, especially when it comes to cleaning products. Instead of paying a small fortune for the latest grime-busting products, you can find simple cleaning solutions that are already in your kitchen.
There’s nothing worse than staining your carpet or clothes. That crisp new blouse? It’s just begging for food spillage. Did you know that your kitchen is already filled with stain removing saviours? To clean off berry stains, use a spatula or plastic knife to scrap off the excess. Use a stain remover then wash as usual, adding a little vinegar or lemon juice to your wash to help remove stains from white clothes.
Top tip on how to make cleaning easier – the sooner you treat a stain, the better the result. After treating, wash fabrics as recommended. For delicate fabrics, such as silk, it might to be advisable to have them professionally cleaned.
Discover other uses for rubber gloves, lemon halves and dishwasher water with these clever cleaning hacks…
Have your favourite jewels lost their sparkle? Over time even the best quality jewellery can start looking dull and discoloured. Instead of paying through the nose for a jewellery to clean your favourite pieces there are a few do-it-yourself tricks you can try. For a diamond, use a splash of vodka on a cleaning cloth. The high-alcohol content will dissolve grease and dust, but don’t try it on softer stones. For pearls, the best way to clean them is with shampoo. Because they are quite porous they collect dirt easily but the sodium laureth in shampoo when mixed with a bit of water should be enough to lift off marks. For a fix that requires very little effort, place your jewellery over night in a glass of sparkling water the co2 will bring back its sparkle and brightness and leave your precious metal looking as good as new.
Wear a sock on your free hand when dusting to give a quick polish as you go.
Stock up on cleaning materials in advance of starting your spring clean. Baking soda and white vinegar are versatile along with plenty of cloths and gloves Use spring cleaning as a chance to organize your kitchen cupboards ? through out any food that s out of date and give the shelves a good clean while your at it A great way to remove pet hair from upholstery quickly and easily is with a slightly damp sponge and a rubber glove
For each task, start at the highest point in the room and move from left to right… Don’t forget to dust on the very top of doors, picture rails and furniture, as that is where all the dust collects and then falls offs!
A small slug of dishwasher rinse aid in the water when you wash windows makes them shiny and streak free!
Always try and wash your windows on a cloudy day. If it is too sunny, the window cleaner will dry too fast and you’ll be left with smears and streaks. Use an old newspaper to wipe the interior side of the glass horizontally and the exterior side vertically. Not only can you determine if any streaks are inside or out but the finish is fantastic too.
Lampshades can collect a large amount of dust without you even realising. Use a standard lint roller to remove any dust with very little effort required.
Get the leftover curry stains out of plastic containers by putting a solution of washing up liquid, bleach and water in them and microwaving until boiling point. Once cooled, pour away and rinse.
Toast crumbs are notoriously difficult to get to but using a pastry brush can help sweep away the annoying trapped bits.
If you have an issue with bathtub rings and soap scum simply cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle some rock salt on top and then scrub away. Not only will it have your tub sparkling in no time but your bathroom will smell divine too.
After having a shower, fill a sandwich bag with baking soda and vinegar and tie it around the showerhead using an elastic band. Leave this to soak overnight then any debris will come off easily with an old toothbrush.
If you struggle to clean certain vases, bottles or wine glasses due to their strange size then try this tip. Fill bottle with uncooked rice, water and washing up liquid, cover and shake until clean. Then rinse and leave to dry.
Instead of a wipe, take a damp toothbrush and use it to clean the difficult bits in between your keyboard. The bristles can reach all the difficult spots with very little effort.
Mix water and vinegar together with a 50:50 ratio to create an efficient and cost effective cleaning solution. Plus, you can use it on a variety of surfaces.
When your white trainers or shoes need a little clean up, scrubbing with toothpaste will do the trick
Using paper towels or cloth wipes can create static and attract more dust to your TV or computer screen when cleaning. So use a standard coffee filter instead as a way of leaving your screen clean and clear.
If you’ve got a build up of dirt and grime on the bottom of your iron then simply turn it on (no steam) and iron a piece of aluminium foil with some salt sprinkled on top. The salt will attract the grime and remove it.
Always create a figure of 8 to ensure that all dirt particles are picked up effectively and easily. Use cold water instead of hot and mop from the top of the room to the bottom, so that you are always standing on an un-mopped floor.
Clean your microwave by mixing two tablespoons of white vinegar and a few drops of your favourite essential oil with water and blast it for five minutes. You?ll be left with a shiny clean microwave that smells amazing with zero scrubbing required.
If water rings have damaged your coffee table, or other wooden surface, then try holding a hairdryer close to the stain, on a high setting, and watch it disappear.
When your sink water is taking longer to drain away, pour ½ cup of baking soda and ½ cup of vinegar down. Cover with a wet cloth, wait 5 to10 minutes for the potion to work, then flush with hot water!
Sprinkle some baking soda inside your trainers and maybe a little in your gym bag, to take away that stinky smell. Just tap it out before you wear them again.
Use a rubber glove to get rid of pet hair from upholstery and fabric; when damp, the glove has just the right texture to grab fuzz.
When you’ve used a blender, rinse quickly then half fill with warm soapy water; whizz for a few seconds, rinse again and it’s amazingly clean!
A simpler way to clean shutters or Venetian blinds is with vinegar, water and a sock used like a sock puppet.
WD-40 is a standby must for fixing squeaky hinges, and cleaning stainless steel and fire hearths.
Use hairspray to remove stains and make-up on clothes – spray on the area, let it sit for a few minutes, wipe with a damp cloth, then wash as usual.
Use half a cut lemon to get rid of stains and smells on chopping boards – up the power by sprinkling with salt first. Half a lemon left? Put it upside down in a saucer of water in the fridge and it’ll make the fridge smell fresh and last for ages without drying out.
Gently scrape off any axcess. Hold the back of the fabric under cold running water. Rub a biological laundry detergent into the stain. Soak in cold water for 15 minutes, and gently rub at the stain every three to five minutes.
Place the clothing in a freezer bag, seal and place in the freezer for about two hours. Place the fabric on a sturdy surface and peel off the gum while it’s still frozen. You can also try soaking the fabric in lemon juice.
Scrap off any excess. Rinse thoroughly with cool water; don’t use warm because ice cream has protein in it and warm water will set the stain. Rub a biological laundry detergent into the stain as for chocolate.
For red wine Blot the stain with a paper towel before it soaks in, sprinkle with salt and rinse with warm water.
For white wine Run cold water over the stain, then spray with a washing-up liquid solution and dab with an enzyme detergent.
Boil some water and stretch the fabric over a bowl. Carefully pour the water through the stain from about a foot above. Apply a few drops of laundry detergent; rub into the the stain then rinse. Or soak it in a detergent solution before washing.
Use a clean cloth to remove as much of the wet liquid as possible. Dab gently rather than scrubbing, particularly on delicate fabrics – you could damage them an spread the stain. Pre-treat with a stain remover before washing.
If it’s Bolognese rather than ketchup, carefully scoop off as much as you can with a spoon – gently so you don’t spread the stain. Then use a clean, dry cloth to dab the area. Hold the back under cold running water and flush the fabric through.
Run cold water through the back of the fabric. Gently rub liquid laundry detergent into the stain and leave for three minutes; rinse thoroughly. On white clothes you can use a bleach solution on a sponge; dab into the stain and rinse. Repeat then wash as usual.
Blot the stain gently first to remove excess grease. Many people recommend dishwasher soap; apply to the stain and use an old, clean toothbrush in circular motions to gently rub into the stain. Rinse with hot water. Wash at the highest heat for the fabric.
Immediately bloth the stain – don’t rub it. Flush through the back of the fabric with cold running water, then treat as quickly as possible with a stain remover. Rinse well with hot water and wash as usual.