. Use bicarbonate of soda to clean your dishwasher
Keeping your dishwasher in good working order will safe you lots of money in the long-term, and it’s easy to do. For starters, shake baking soda onto a damp sponge and wipe it around the edges of your dishwasher to remove any food residue.
. Great cleaning tip: get grease stains out of clothes with cola
If you’ve got oily food stains on a beloved shirt, it can be saved thanks to an unlikely ally. Add a simple cake of coke into your washing machine along with your detergent and run it on a normal cycle. The acid in the drink will help dissolve tricky stains.
. Clean your toilet stains with Coke
And that’s not all that this humble soft drink can offer in terms of cleaning. Get a grubby loo back to sparkling white by pouring in a can of cola. Let it sit in the bowl overnight, give it a quick scrub with a brush and then flush the next morning for a great effect.
Pop a lemon in your fridge to keep it smelling nice
Why is it that so many of our favourite foods leave our fridge stinking? Cut a lemon in half and put one on the top shelf, one on the bottom shelf, to mask any strong smells in your fridge.
Get rid of burning smells with salt
Burnt your dinner? If the house now smells of burning, just sprinkle some salt over your burnt pans or any food mess to reduce it. Then cut your losses and order a take away!
Clean your pans for free with aluminium foil
Tin foil has many uses – for one thing you can use it in place of a scourer. Just scrunch it up into a ball and give pots and pans a scrub. It’s a great way to recycle your sandwich wrapping, as well as saving you money.
. Sharpen your scissors with tin foil
Scissors get blunt so easily, especially if you use them to cut paper or wrap presents. But you don’t need to replace them. Just use your scissors to cut up a piece of aluminium foil to sharpen them in an instant.
Remove limescale from your iron with vinegar
Keep your iron working well by removing excess limescale. Simply heat it up, unplug it and let it cool a little. Fill the reservoir with one part white vinegar to one part water. Leave it for an hour, then empty and rinse.
. Seal an envelope with nail varnish
If you’ve got a duff envelope that just won’t seal, or you want to reseal a letter that’s been opened, use a blob of nail varnish to stick it back down. Opt for clear nail polish if you don’t want it to look strange! We also like to use clear nail varnish to stop ladders spreading in our tights, so it’s worth investing in a bottle to keep in the house.
. Protect wood or laminate floors with a tennis ball
Stop your wooden or laminate floors getting scuffed by chairs or other furniture by cutting tennis balls in half and popping them onto the end of chair, table and sofa legs as floor protectors.
. Polish furniture with olive oil
As well as having great health benefits, olive oil can be handy around the home. Put a few drops onto a duster and use it to polish your wooden furniture – so much nicer than chemical polish, and it won’t cause any strong smells.
. Cheap tip: use old tights as dusters
Got a hole in your tights? Don’t throw them away – give them a wash and then use them as a duster. The same goes for odd socks (which we always seem to end up with, no matter how carefully we wash our clothes).
. Use a pastry brush to clean crumbs out of your toaster
Get tricky-to-reach crumbs and burnt bits out of your toaster by unplugging it and sweeping with a pastry brush. This will help your toaster last longer as well as making crumbs less likely to catch and smell.
Get rid of greasy fingerprints from walls with white bread
It sounds weird, but rubbing finger marks with a slice of white bread will give your walls a new lease of life! We’re not sure how someone discovered this, but we’re grateful they did…
Stop your washing machine from smelling with vinegar
Stinky washing machine? Run it empty on a hot wash with a cup of white vinegar inside. This will also help remove limescale and mildew, making the machine last longer and clean more efficiently.
Clean your iron with salt and foil
If you’ve got a dirty iron, remove built-up dirt from the bottom with salt and tin foil. Turn on the iron, and run it over a piece of aluminium foil sprinkled with salt.
. Clean your bath with a grapefruit
Get rid of water marks or stains in your bathtub by cutting a grapefruit in half, sprinkling on some rock salt and giving it a good scrub. Have the other half for a nutritious breakfast!
. Kitchen cleaning tip: descale your kettle with vinegar
Remove limescale from your kettle by filling it with half white vinegar, half water and soaking overnight. In the morning, give it a rinse and the limescale should disappear. Not only will your kettle last longer, but your drinks should taste better too (assuming you’ve washed away the vinegar!)
Get rid of clothes moths naturally with herbs
Clothes moths make us so angry, and once you’ve got them they can be tricky to remove. Make a natural repellent for clothes moths by bagging up some dried herbs including lavender, cloves, bay, rosemary or thyme and popping it into your wardrobe and drawers.
. Use Vaseline to shine your shoes
Lacking shoe polish? Use some trusty petroleum jelly to shine them in a jiffy. It’s cheap too.
Remove water marks and cup rings from tables with a hairdryer
If someone hasn’t used a coaster and has marked your coffee table, use a hairdryer on it before wiping the area with a tiny amount of olive oil. Hey-presto – good as new.
. Clean your window blinds with vinegar
Blinds can be a magnet for dust, dead insects and floating pet fluff. Get them looking good as new with an old sock. Mix one part white vinegar to one part warm water, and give your blinds a rub with an old sock to remove dust and grime.
Clean and disinfect your dishwasher with vinegar
Pop two cups of undiluted vinegar into a dishwasher-safe bowl on the top shelf of an empty dishwasher and run it on a hot cycle. It should help clear pipes and make it smell better.
. Make a natural laundry whitener with lemon
If your whites and linens have gone yellow or are marked with orange foundation stains, squeeze the juice of one lemon into 4.5l of hot water, and soak your clothes in it for an hour. Then rinse in the washing machine or by hand and dry.
Remove rust from cutlery with an onion
There’s no need to cry over rusty cutlery – unless cutting an onion makes you weep. If your knives and forks have rusted, stick their ends into an onion a couple of times and the rust should lift straight off.
56. Freshen Tupperware with baking soda
If your plastic food tubs have seen one too many packed lunch or leftover dinners, and are smelling or stained, you don’t need to replace them. Simply treat them to a night at the spa! Soak them in the sink overnight in warm water with a spoonful of baking soda, and the next day, after a rinse, they’ll look and smell new again.
57. Remove sticker stains with vinegar
If your grandchildren have been liberal with their sticker book and applied them to walls, doors, furniture or basically anywhere you don’t want them, you’ll know that peeling them off can leaving a sticky mark. To tackle this, dab them repeatedly with vinegar and leave it to soak for 15 minutes. Then come back with a sponge and scrub the mark off.
58. Keep shoes shiny with hair spray
If you’ve just given your shoes a good polish, and want them looking spick and span for as long as possible, give them a quick spritz of hair spray and you’ll find they shine for much longer.
59. Use toothpaste to defog mirrors
If you get annoyed when, after a hot bath or shower, you can”t see yourself in a misty mirror, toothpaste could be the answer! Just rub your bathroom mirror with toothpaste and wipe clean with a clean, dry cloth before you shower and hey-presto – one easy to use mist-free mirror.
60. Fill nail holes in your wall with toothpaste
It sounds mad, but toothpaste is actually a pretty good substitution for Polyfilla, especially if you’re in a hurry. Dab holes in the wall or ceiling with toothpaste, and use food colouring in the paste befoe you apply if you need to match a wall colour.
61. Use a lint roller to dust
As well as lifting pet hair from your clothes (why do they always love your smartest outfit the most?!) lint rollers are a handy tool for removing dust from lampshades, mantlepieces and even shelves. Just roll it over and hey presto!
62. Using washing up liquid to clean your blender
Grubby blender? These little tools see some serious use in winter, from making hearty soups to blitzing cranberry sauce or even mashed potatoes. All that work can leave them looking dirty, so for an easy clean, squirt in some washing up liquid and a little warm water and run your blender as normal – making sure to pop the lid on first! Then just give it a rinse.
63. Cleaning tip from Aggie Mackenzie
How Clean Is Your House star Aggie Mackenzie stresses the importance of keeping your iron in tip-top shape. To remove any excess limescale on an older iron (which will block the steam holes) heat the iron, then unplug it and leave to cool down. Fill the reservoir with a solution of one part clear vinegar to one partwater, leave for an hour or so, then empty and rinse out a few times with clean water.
64. Polish leather with toothpaste
If you’ve got a leather sofa, jacket or shoes that are a bit scuffed, you can buff them up easily with toothpaste. Just make sure you use non-bleaching or non-whitening paste to prevent staining. Rub it in with a soft cloth then rinse off with a damp one.
65. Use Vaseline to stop squeaky drawers
If you’ve got an annoying sticky cupboard door, or drawer that makes a noise every time you open it, get things running smoothly again with a dab of Vaseline. It also works to loosen hinges with ease.
66. Clean brushed stainless steel with baby oil
Remove fingerprints, old food and smudges from your stainless steel pans and appliances with just a drop of baby oil, rubbed in on a square of kitchen roll. It’s worth noting that this only works for brushed stainless steel though.
67. Remove chewing gum from clothes using the freezer
If you’ve sat in chewing gum, or managed to get it on any of your clothes, you’ll know what a pain it is to remove. But here’s where your kitchen comes in! Pop your clothing into the freezer for a few hours – frozen gum is much easier to pick or chisel off.
68. Get rid of the dirty ring around a shirt collar with shampoo
It’s easy for sweat, oil and general grime to stick to a shirt collar and ruin your otherwise smartest outfits. If it refuses to budge int he washing machine, don’t get rid of it! Just gently rub some of your normal shampoo around it, give it a little scrub and then pop it back into the washing machine.
69. Remove sofa stains with shaving foam
If your sofa is looking a worse-for-wear, try dabbing a little shaving foam on any stains, leave it to settle, then blot it away to remove the shaving foam – and the stain!
70. Odour-blocking balls
Block unpleasant smells from drawers, shoes or bags by filling a coffee filter with baking soda and adding a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Secure it with an elastic band and place it anywhere that needs freshening up!
71. Easy keyboard cleaning hack
Easily clean the small nooks and crannies in your keyboard or other small electronics by placing the pointed lid of a squeezy ketchup bottle over the end of a vacuum. It will quickly get rid of any dust or crumbs.
72. Use a squeegee to clean up fur
If the vacuum isn’t getting rid of unwanted animal hair, try using a squeegee as an effective solution on the sofa, carpet, or other delicate upholstery!
73. Clean your remote
If you’re worried about your remote-control collecting dirt and bacteria from daily use, try cleaning it with a small amount of hand sanitizer and a paper towel. For extra effectiveness, use an cotton bud to get those hard-to-reach bits between the buttons!