the 10 home cleaning hacks you need to know

by - August 24, 2015

I'm not going to lie, one of the things I'm not looking forward to about moving is the dreaded end-of-lease clean-up. It's not like my place is a hideous pigsty or anything, but I've been here for almost eight years and the thought of getting it all back to as-new is not sounding like the funnest way to spend my last few days in Sydney.

The truth is, I'll probably hire professional cleaners to do the dirty work for me but that hasn't stopped me collating some of the best cleaning hacks for your home I could find. You can thank me later!
  • Instead of scrubbing, spray cooking spray on your glass shower door and/or walls. Give it about five minutes and wash it off with soapy water and dry it. The oil in cooking spray will dissolve the soap buildup and lime deposits.
  • Rub a lemon over taps and faucets in the bathroom and kitchen to remove stains.

  • Remember this homies: oil attracts oil. Next time your bacon breakfast makes a mess of the stove, add a few drops of vegetable oil to paper towel, then wipe the greasy surface and watch the oil disappear!
  • Carpet stain driving you crazy? Spray stain with a mixture of two parts water with one part vinegar. Lay a damp rag over the spot, then press a hot iron - set on the steam setting - on the rag for about 30 seconds. You might have to repeat if the stain is really dark or stubborn but this will work wonderfully to remove most common food stains and dirt from your carpet.
  • A plastic bag filled with vinegar around your shower head will get rid of stubborn stains.

  • Greasy oven? Fill a bowl with 1/2 cup of ammonia into a COMPLETELY COLD oven. The fumes will work their magic overnight. Just wipe clean the next day.
  • Cover any grease stains on the wall with white chalk, wait a few minutes and then wipe the chalk away with a damp cloth. 
  • When's the last time you cleaned the tracks on your sliding windows and doors? Don't worry, I can't remember either. To clean, dip a cotton tip in white vinegar and wipe out the grime. Repeat with a clean cotton tip and then run a clean paper towel along the track too.
  • WD40 is a apparently a great way to remove scuff stains on the floor
  • Bathtub rings can be removed by rubbing them using salt and a cut grapefruit: Cut a grapefruit in half and sprinkle it (and the bath) with salt. Now use the fruit as a scrubber and those rings will fade away.

Happy cleaning guys!

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