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Hacks for cleaning phobes

Posted on: Friday, May 30th, 2014

There are some people who avoid cleaning like the plague and end up waiting until things get critical before they pick up the mop and bucket. However, keeping the house tidy doesn’t have to be time-consuming if you know a few secret hacks.

Stainless steel

Do you have a kitchen full of stainless steel appliances that look dirty and dull? You probably think you need to invest in a special cleaning product that will need to be left on for hours – a thought fills you with dread.

It only takes four simple steps to get super shiny stainless steel: invest in some furniture polish, spray on, leave a minute and wipe off. Job done.

Coffee table

Does your coffee table resemble a piece of modern art thanks to all the water mark stains on its surface? You probably think it will take hours of aggressive scrubbing to get rid of these, but you’re wrong.

Go to the fridge and grab a jar of mayonnaise and then apply a thin layer on the wood. Leave for few seconds and then wipe off. Et voila! Your coffee table will be given a new lease of life.

The bathroom

Has your bathroom become overrun with dried toothpaste, mouldy patches and grime? You should probably reserve an afternoon to tackle the cleaning, right? Nope.

There is a trick people in the cleaning business have been using for years and it makes cleaning the bathroom a breeze. Simply fill the bathtub with around two inches of piping hot water, close the door and leave for a few minutes. The steam will loosen the grime and make the job a whole lot easier.

Carpet stains

Is your carpet home to an intricate pattern of stains? Perhaps some red wine here, or hot chocolate there? If you rent your home you’ll need to get rid this evidence in order to win back your full deposit.

A simple way of doing this is to make up a solution made up on one part vinegar to two parts water and spray it on to the offending blemishes. Lay a damp cloth over mark and place the iron on top for around 30 seconds, making sure it’s on the steam setting.

When you remove the rag the stain should be gone.