12 Clever Cleaning Tips

Cleaning is a real bore, but these clever cleaning hacks will most definitely make your life that little bit easier. From the things that you don’t clean but should to the things that are much more difficult to clean than you might have thought, our 12 clever cleaning tips will do the job nicely. Click here if you’d rather someone else do the job for you.

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  • To clean computer keyboards and laptops, use a clean makeup brush. They’re small enough to get in between all of those little nooks and crannies, but they’re big enough and strong enough to catch all of the crumbs stuck between your keys.
  • To remove grease strains from walls, rub some cornstarch into a cloth and then rub over the stain until it disappears – easy peasy!
  • To clean the inside of a handbag, rub a lint roller around the lining. It’ll get rid of crumbs and all of those unknown particles that somehow find their way into the bottom of your bag!
  • How do you clean a ceiling fan? Either with a feather duster or a pillowcase – just stretch the pillowcase over each panel of the fan.
  • To clean your iron (if it’s a bit grimy or just because you’re a cleaning fan) or to clean ironware pieces, make a paste out of baking soda and water, then apply to the area you want to clean. Leave to soak for 45 minutes, then wipe off with a damp washcloth.
  • Use dryer sheets to clean skirting boards. Not only do they work well as dusters, but because they reduce static, rubbing them over your skirting boards will apply a dust-repelling coating that should reduce the number of times you need to get on your hands and knees to clean.
  • To get into those hard to reach corners, cover a broom with a dusting cloth and attach with a rubber band. Viola! A long-handled duster that you can use for ceilings and awkward spots alike.
  • Use a squeegee type tool for getting rid of pet hair – it sucks up a surprising amount of hair and works better than a vacuum cleaner in some areas of the home.
  • For sticky, icky baking trays and pans, use a mixture of baking soda and water to scrub away the stains. If you’re cleaning non-stick sheets, leave to soak in extremely hot water and soap, then (unfortunately) you’ll have to scrub them repeatedly.
  • To clean old candles and to get rid of wax, just pour hot water into the candle and the wax should pour right out. Don’t pour it down the sink though – you’ll end up with a blockage.
  • The burners on your hob are a real pain in the neck to clean, but this trick should make the job a whole lot easier: put 1/4 cup ammonia and a burner into a large zip-loc freezer bag. Leave overnight, then rinse clean. Do NOT use bleach at the same time as using ammonia as this will cause toxic and potentially fatal fumes.
  • We’ve all heard of the old cheap cola down the loo trick, but it’s also a brilliant rust disolver!

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How to Clean Green

Doing a bit of a spring (or autumn) clean? Maybe you’ve got a box for stuff you want to keep, a box for stuff you want to donate to charity and a box for stuff you want to throw away. Chances are, you can still recycle virtually everything that you want to throw away – which is better for the environment and for consumers, too. Lean how to clean green by following these tips and take a look at this link for housekeeping and cleaning supplies to get the job done.

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  • If you’re replacing your old mobile phone, TV, tablet or any other gadget, one of the first things you need to do is see if you can get a decent sum for it on an auction site – just check the make and model of your gadget to see what the going rate is. If it isn’t worth selling, there are plenty of charities who will sell them on for you. And if not? There are recycling facilities specifically for gadgets that can strip the parts down for re-use.
  • Chucking out a computer? Either take it to the shop where you buy your new laptop and they’ll recycle it for you, or donate it to a local charity, like a charity shop, nonprofit or animal home.
  • Consider donating to the armed forces. You can donate gadgets to armed forces charities to brighten up the lives of our servicemen and women.
  • If you’re cleaning out your closet, there are plenty of eco-friendly options. You could sell them through an auction site, or donate to a number of charities.  Nip into your local charity shop or search for specific charities online – there are plenty of them, including charities for women suffering from breast cancer. Alternatively, hold a swap shop with your friends and family – choose all the clothes that you want to bin, then take them to the swap shop with you. Everyone can then take home clothes that they covet and anything left over at the end of the evening can be donated.
  • The amount of furniture going into landfill has increased more than 400% since the 1960s, which means that there is an awful lot of really beautiful, really useful bits and pieces that are just sitting amongst piles of rubbish. Instead of putting them into landfill, donate them to charity or list them for free on a local listing website.
  • Books are super easy to recycle. Donate them to your local charity shop or to a books for soldiers program. If they’re rare tomes or vintage editions of popular books, you can sell them to your local bookstore or online.

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10 Simple But Effective Laundry Care Tips

Laundry is laundry. It’s not very interesting, it’s not very fun, but it’s just something we have to do. But there are a few ways that you can make your washes even more effective – yay! Which means that you don’t have to spend as much money on washing liquids and conditioners – and less time ironing, too. Double yay! Take a this link for hiring cleaning supplies to help you on your way.

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  • Some washing liquid manufacturers claim that you can wash everything at 30C. You can wash a lot of stuff at 30C, but not everything, and you won’t get the clean feeling that you want if you just bung everything in at the same temperature. Cold is for fabrics that you’re worried will shrink or get damaged in a warmer wash, warmer washes will generally do for just about everything else, and hot washes should be used for linens, towels, tea towels and anything that could harbor bacteria.
  • If whites are turning grey, make sure that you’re only putting whites into the wash – and that they’re all the same kind of “dirty”. It might also be because the machine is dirty, so wash it once a fortnight with nothing in it, using either your regular cleaner or a dedicated washing machine cleaner.
  • Stop dark or coloured clothes from fading by turning ’em inside out before washing.
  • Prevent shrinkage by using a cool wash. Then, when drying, either hang it or dry it on the coolest setting in the tumble dryer.
  • Hate ironing? Of course you do! Lessen the need to iron either by using “ironing balls” in your tumble dryer, or by drying on a longer and cooler cycle so that wrinkles don’t get “tumbled” into your clothes. As soon as the clothes are dry, hang them or fold them so that wrinkles don’t get chance to join the party.
  • Keep your delicates, well, delicate, by popping them in a mesh bag and washing on the coolest possible cycle. Don’t just throw them in with everything else.
  • Using too much detergent will just result in a soapy mess. Those suds can trap dirt and actually embed them in the clothes. It’s not always a case of more soap = cleaner clothes. Just use the minimum amount and don’t fill the cap to the brim every time you wash.
  • Never, ever, ever use conditioner to wash your towels. It takes away all the softness, by, ironically, softening the fibres, which flattens them and means that the towels feel less fluffy.
  • As soon as a stain appears, whip off the offending item of clothing, pretreat it with a stain remover and pop it on a cool wash right away. The longer you leave it, the more embedded it’ll get. If the stain is still there, repeat the cycle.
  • When using sheets that catch running colours in your laundry, keep an eye and make sure that they don’t get stuck in any pipework – they easily slip down drains and into pipes which means that your washing machine won’t wash properly.

Source: The Nest