A handy guide on cleaning your home, with tips on what products and tricks to use around the house.
“Don’t wipe any surfaces taller than your tallest friend” The wonderful web is posted with tricks of the trade on different cleaning ideas but let’s face it, who actually douses a red wine stain in white wine? I have decided to put together a short little something to give you some real easy cleaning tips for your home and guide you on some great products to make your cleansing jobs simple!
Where do I start? That’s always a major question that jumps to mind when cleaning head is put on! Go and grab yourself a pen and paper and start writing a list of all the nitty gritty jobs that need doing. Whether it’s scrubbing the bath or de-greasing the oven, (yay my favourite!) be detailed about what lies ahead for your day. Once you have your list of jobs in place, you can organise your list into different rooms, ensuring you’re not running back and forth therefore, you can utilise your time. If you get easily distracted, give yourself a time frame to work with such as 30 minutes scrubbing to 10 minutes cuppa tea time, easy!
I have my good days and bad days regarding cleaning. Some days I will come home from work, kick my shoes off by the door and they won’t be moved until I have to put them back on again, the following morning. Other days I am a domestic goddess, floating around the house like the cleaning fairy, polishing, scrubbing, singing and dancing, obviously! Lucky for me, my husband has the cleaning skills of a stay at home mum of 3. He is great and in fact does more cleaning than I do! So combined, I have come up with a few easy ideas.
Let’s start with WD40 and let’s face it you really can’t go wrong with this. There are hundreds of uses for WD40 such as cleaning black shoe marks off floors and furniture, cleans bottoms of pots and pans and my favourite, cleans remote controls. (I bet you didn’t think to give that a quick wipe over!) It’s great for almost everything as it drives out moisture yet protects and lubricates at the same time. WD40 works great on chrome,stainless steel and bronze, simply spray and polish and viola! Stunning shiny door handles to stop the sticky fingers!
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Another trick I have learned thanks to my mum is to wipe down your windows with a cleaning solution and newspaper. As you can imagine my face had sarcasm written all over it after hearing this BUT to my surprise she was right! You can douse your windows in as much cleaning products as you want yet the end result is a streak and smudge free window. Again simply spray, wipe down with newspaper and tah-dah! Perfect for when you have pets or children who like to greet the postman!
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And let’s throw in something for the more masculine side of cleaning. Most homes have a shed and if you’re lucky, a man cave (garage), something most women dare to enter without permission! I guess a garage or shed is supposed to be messy but I can’t help but think what use it would be to have some wipes or products for a quick and easy clean down from oils and tools. All purpose wipes do just great on the latter. They get rid of paint, oil and grease and are safe to use on hands too. You don’t just need these in the garage or shed though. Wipes are great anywhere, especially with children who like to paint. Just keep a box under the sink and whip them out when hand painting gets a little out of control!
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Finally after shopping around for products to clean my oven with, I would have to recommend a de-greaser and a scouring pad. It’s best to spray on a de greaser and leave it for 5 minutes to soak through the tough stains. In the meantime, place some hot soapy water in the sink. I like to soak a scouring pad in the water slightly first as the heat will help lift off the oil and grease. Hopefully after a good 10 to 15 minutes of hard grafting, you should be able to see yourself through the glass again on the oven door.
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Everybody has a personal preference regarding how they clean their house but I thought I would share some Easy Cleaning Tips for your Home with you, in case you haven’t tried them already! If your abit of a flapper when it comes to being domesticated, again try to write yourself a ‘to-do’ list like the one below to help guide you through your day!
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