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Do you remember when I told you in issue #2, home cleaning tricks & hacks pt.1, that brits are just too busy with life to clean their own house; therefore, they hire a professional cleaner? Well, it turns out that, even though that 5% of the entire employment in the uk are cleaners, we are still behind turkey, china, and the us when it comes to cleaning our houses. A survey conducted by Dyson’s global dust study across 11 countries and 12,000 people revealed that only 28% of the uk population clean their homes 5 to 7 times a week – below the international average of 32%. That doesn’t put us in a good light, does it? But don’t fret! We might not be cleaning regularly, it’s ok, but 90% of British homes use vacuum when doing so, whereas, for example, only 51% of Chinese households are hoovering when cleaning their homes. So… let’s think here for a sec… China is one of the top countries for regular cleaning, but the bottom one for using a vacuum. We are somewhere in the middle in the poll for regular cleaning, but the top for vacuuming when actually cleaning. So, which house is the cleaner then??
Ok, enough of this bickering and check the list below for some fantastic tricks & hacks you might not have known about.
- Butter knife – use it wrapped in a wet wipe to clean crumbs from places hard to reach, like between your stove and kitchen counter or dirt from vents and window tracks.
- Lint roll – use it to dust off blanket fluff from an armchair, cookie crumbs from your sofa or top of your picture frames. But buy the reusable one, you can wash it, and it will save you money.
- Wax paper – rub it on faucets or taps to prevent waterdrops marks.
- Coarse salt – to clean your burnt iron, sprinkle some coarse salt on the ironing board, set to the highest temperature and steam option and simply iron the salt. Works wonders
- Essential oil – put a few drops of your favourite essential oil inside the cardboard part of the toilet roll, and you have a lovely smelling toilet.
- Lightbulbs – dust off your spiral lightbulbs with a thick paintbrush.
- Scuffed walls – use a tennis ball to clean it off; it works like an eraser.
- Toothbrush – use it to clean in between your tiles.
- Hoover – use your favourite air freshener on the filter in your vacuum to get rid of that vacuum/dust smell.
- Clogged sink – drop aspirin tablet and some baking soda into your sink or bathtub drain pour hot water over it to unclog it.
As you can see, those quick tricks & hacks are not only handy but most importantly, some of the things you already have at home. So, why not give it a go. And if you become a fan of any of them, you have a perfect conversation starter at dinner parties.