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Kitchen cleaning tips from One-clean....

Posted on 22 January, 2018 at 23:50 Comments comments (0)

Kitchen cleaning tips from One-clean....

Everyone loves a clean and spotless house, but finding the time to get it done right can be difficult.  Many are turning to professional cleaners to come in and get the job done, which presents a better use of your own time.

If you are looking to get the bathroom, kitchen or toilet cleaner right, here are our top 9 tips to get the job done well.  These are aimed at taking advantage of the steps that professional home and office cleaners use to get the job done quickly and efficiently.

For cleaning the kitchen

When it comes to cleaning the kitchen, best practice is to start at the stove or oven, and then work your way around.  Often the stove or oven will be the dirtiest and toughest area in the kitchen to clean, so attacking it first is a great way to make progress.  It can also be a greasy messy job, and if left to last can risk messing up parts of the kitchen already cleaned.

Kitchen sinks are often homes to a staggering amount of bacteria.  Cleaning them right and regularly is very important.   Use a good quality disinfectant to keep your kitchen, and your family and friends, healthy.  Start off with a general clean, utilising soap and water.  Then move on to a natural or commercial disinfectant, things like Eucalyptus and Vinegar are can do an equally good job.  If you have a stainless steel kitchen or sink, after cleaning apply a treatment or mineral oil via buff to help it keep looking new and shiny.

Dishwashers clean your dishes, but they also need a good regular clean themselves.  Once every week or two, clean out the filters, clean the seals and corners, and if available utilise dishwasher cleaning solutions on an empty cycle.  This helps clean out the gunk and bad smells and keeps your dishwasher performing at its best.

For cleaning the bathroom

Clean shower doors and mirrors.  These should be done on a two to three week basis (or as needed based on frequency of use), and in between cleans take advantage of natural treatments like lemon oil and window water beading treatments to keep scum from building up over time.  When cleaning use a commercial cleaner, or look to use white vinegar and baking soda to help remove any build up.  You can even spray and let time to do its work whilst you clean other areas.

Use an all purpose cleaner to clean tiles, walls and ceilings. Pay attention to grout condition, removing mould and repairing cracks or issues as needed.  Apply a grout sealant on a 6 monthly basis to help preserve the protective water proof barrier.

Clean the shower head.  On top of a build up of deposits, it can also harbour harmful bacteria.  Use a commercial solution, or use white vinegar for an overnight soaking.

For cleaning the toilet

Flush the toilet first, and then apply a natural or commercial toilet cleaner.  Ensure you get the solution up under the edges of the bowl.  Scrub down the bowl, flush the toilet and turn your attention to the toilet seat.  Be sure to clean on and under the seat, and especially around the hinges.  Gunk can build up over time and harbour harmful bacteria.

Remember the above tips to ensure you get the best possible clean around your home.  If you need some extra support or help. Check out One-clean where you can hire cleaners by the hour or per job basis.  It’s a better way to get jobs done.

Some great tips for around the home

Posted on 12 August, 2017 at 22:10 Comments comments (0)

Cleaning Expert Shares 14 Brilliant Cleaning Tricks - Make Your Home Fresh Like Spring

Many of us have daily, weekly, and monthly cleaning routines. However, right now is that special time of year when your home may be in need of a spring cleaning overhaul. Not only will the fabulous tips below help you clean up in half the time, but you probably already have everything you need to get the job done.

Hack Your Swiffer With A Sock

The Swiffer sweeper is an invention that many of us couldn't imagine living without. The one downside to this fabulous cleaning tool is the cost of purchasing new cleaning pads. But, there's an easy solution to that problem - a fuzzy sock makes a great reusable pad! Just toss it in the wash when you're done. The cost of replacing a sock that the washing machine "ate' is still cheaper than the refill pads. 

Dust With A Dryer Sheet

Some dusters make dust disperse into the air, which doesn't really get rid of it. Eventually, the dust will settle back down onto whatever you just cleaned. However, dryer sheets are magnets for picking up dust, which means that when you toss the sheet into the trash, the dust will go bye-bye, too!

2-Ingredient Shower Cleaner

When you're planning a spring cleaning overhaul, the last thing you want to do is have a complicated system for getting the job done. If you want a simple way to clean the gross soap scum from your shower, then look no further than two simple ingredients - vinegar and dishsoap. Use a 1:1 ratio to scrub your way to freshness!

Clean The Toilet

Vinegar is one of the best cleaning ingredients out there. It's safe for the environment, and it kills bacteria, too! That makes it great for cleaning the toilet. But, don't forget to pour some in the tank. The next few times you flush, that antibacterial goodness will end up in the bowl, where it can work its magic while you're busy doing something else. It can't get any easier than that! 

Vacuum Nooks And Crannies

Dust and other small things love to hide in all the places where your vacuum hose can't reach. But, where there's a will, there's a way - and you can make a clever nozzle attachment with an empty toilet paper roll. Just use a rubber band to attach it to your vacuum hose, and squish the other end flat. The flat end can get underneath tiny cracks and make dust obsolete!

Clean Your Bathroom With A Lemon

Not only does the lemon clean, but it acts as a disposable sponge, too! Add borax to the lemon for extra scrubbing power. This will make your metal faucets so shiny that you can see a reflection of yourself cleaning it!

Keep Germs Off Your Toilet Brush

A toilet brush is just one of those yucky things everyone wants to keep out of sight. But, that doesn't mean bacteria will take a vacation - they're still clinging to the bristles! Let good old Pine Sol or bleach come to the rescue. Pour some liquid into the toilet wand's receptacle, and your brush will be disinfected 24/7. Don't forget to top off the liquid now and again!

Dust Your Fan The Easy Way

There's no question about it - cleaning the ceiling fan is an annoying chore. Whatever you dust away settles on the coffee table or the floor just seconds later. Prevent that from happening by using an old pillowcase to grab the dust off the fan blades in one fell swoop! The captured dust will conveniently end up in the pillow case, and not on your head.

Clean Your Blinds With A Sock

Socks aren't just great replacement pads for your Swiffer sweeper - you can use them to dust your window blinds, too! Only in this case, your whole hand is the sweeping wand. This gives you more control over cleaning up all the dust, since your hand can wrap around both sides of the blinds at once. Cleaning up after yourself is super easy, too - just chuck the dirty sock in the wash and you're done!

De-Grease Your Oven Filter 

Did you even know your oven has a filter? Yep, it sure does - and it needs a good de-greasing every now and then! The filter is usually located in the hood above the oven door. There's no need to scrub it yourself, though. Let your stove work for you! In a large pot of water, add about a cup of baking soda and bring the water to a boil. The half that is sticking out has already been done - all it takes is about 15-20 minutes for each half.

Clean Your Oven With 2 Ingredients

Scrubbing away your oven's baked-on grease and food can be quite a chore. The good news is that it doesn't have to be! In a large bowl, mix together 1 cup of baking soda and 1/3 cup of water. Use a washcloth to spread this mixture onto the surface of your oven and let it sit overnight for 12 hours. In the morning, spray white vinegar onto the oven's surface until it starts fizzing. Dunk a washcloth in warm water, and it'll be a cinch to wipe all the gunk away!

De-Gunk Your Grill

With summer around the corner, it's probably time to think about cleaning your grill. Go grab some oil, salt, and a potato. As tasty as that sounds, it's actually your grill that will be eating it! Lay the grill plates on a flat surface, and brush the oil all over the grill plates. Sprinkle some coarse salt on top, and use a sliced potato to scrub it clean. Rinse the mixture off with a garden hose, and you're done!

Make Your Windows Sparkle

You don't need a squeegee to make your windows look fantastic. The secret is to add rubbing alcohol to your soapy water mix. This helps the solution 

Towels Smell Like Mildew?

If your towels lack freshness, it may be time to get rid of the product build-up. Instead of washing them with detergent, try this natural solution. Throw your towels into the washing machine and add a cup of vinegar. Once the cycle ends, run them through again, this time with half a cup of baking soda. This should make them fluffy and fresh, just be sure to dry them very well when you are finished!

Do you have a mould problem?

Posted on 11 July, 2017 at 2:45 Comments comments (1)

What is m​ould?

Mould is part of a group of very common organisms called fungi that also include mushrooms and yeast. It is present virtually everywhere, both indoors and outdoors.

Mould may grow indoors in wet or moist areas lacking adequate ventilation, including walls/ wallpaper, ceilings, bathroom tiles, carpets (especially those with jute backing), insulation material and wood. If moisture accumulates in a building mould growth will often occur. Many different types of mould exist and all have the potential to cause health problems.

What are p​ossible health problems from contact with mould?

In order to reproduce, mould produces tiny particles called spores. Spores are carried in the air and may cause health problems if inhaled by people who are sensitive or allergic to them. These include a running or blocked nose, irritation of the eyes and skin and sometimes wheezing. Occasionally, people may have more severe reactions. Very rarely, people may develop a mould infection, usually in the lungs. It is important to note that most people will not experience any health problems from coming in contact with mould.

For people with asthma, inhaling mould spores may cause an asthma attack.

If you or your family members suffer health problems after coming into contact with mould, contact your doctor. In the case of a life threatening emergency, phone 000.


Who is at gr​eatest risk of health problems from contact with mould?

People with asthma, allergies, or other breathing conditions may be more sensitive to mould. People with weakened immune systems (such as people with HIV infection, cancer patients taking chemotherapy or people who have received an organ transplant) and with chronic lung diseases (such as Chronic Obstructive Pulmonary Disease (COPD) and emphysema) are more at risk of mould infection particularly in their lungs.

How can I prevent ​mould from growing in my home?

Although mould can be found almost anywhere, it needs moisture and nutrients to grow. The key to preventing mould growth is reducing dampness in the home. This can be done by:

Maintaining proper v​entilation

Turn on exhaust fans, particularly when bathing, showering, cooking, doing laundry and drying clothes.

Open windows when weather permits, to improve cross ventilation.

Reduce hu​midity


Limit the use of humidifiers.

Limit the number of fish tanks and indoor plants.

Limit use of unflued gas heaters

Controlling m​oisture/ dampness

Repair all water leaks and plumbing problems e.g. burst water pipes, leaking roof or blocked rain gutters.

If water enters your home, completely clean and dry water-damaged carpets and building materials. Discard material that cannot be cleaned and dried completely.

Rising and lateral damp

Rising damp is groun​d moisture rising up a brick or stone wall. Poor sub-floor ventilation or moisture in the sub-floor area will worsen the problem. This can be fixed by installing a new dampcourse or waterproof barrier in the wall. Ensure the weep holes and air vents at the base of your home are uncovered. If you have rising or lateral damp an experienced building consultant can check the 'damp course' and recommend ways to fix the problem.

What can I to do​ if I have mould in my home?

It is good to remove mould as soon as it appears. This may take some effort. Remember that mould is likely to return unless you also take steps to treat the cause of the problem (see above).

If you rent your home and have taken measures to ensure the building is properly ventilated and mould is still growing, you should raise the issue with the owner or real estate agent. How can I remo​ve mould from my home?

For routine clean up of mouldy surfaces, use mild detergent or vinegar diluted in water solution (4 parts vinegar to 1 part water).

If the mould is not readily removed and the item cannot be discarded, use diluted bleach solution (250mls of bleach in 4 litres of water) to clean the surface. When using bleach, protective equipment is recommended: PVC or nitrate rubber gloves; safety glasses; and safety shoes. Make sure the area is well-ventilated while you are cleaning with bleach.

Ensure the surface is dried completely once cleaned.

Absorbent materials, such as carpet may need to be professionally cleaned or replaced if they are contaminated with mould.

Should I g​et tests for mould in my home?

Since most mould is visible, it is generally not necessary to test for mould in the home. However, some mould contamination may be present in cavities or the ceiling.

If you think you have mould in your home but cannot find the source of the problem, you could employ an occupational hygienist. For a fee, these professionals can provide specialist mould testing and consultancy services.

5 Big Mistakes You Make Cleaning Windows

Posted on 5 July, 2017 at 21:10 Comments comments (0)

5 Big Mistakes You Make Cleaning Windows

1. Asking your kids to help. (Just kidding. Toss them a microfiber cloth!)

Washing your windows is the sort of annoying chore that you want to get right the first time. To make sure you only have to tackle this project once, note these common mistakes before you start spraying and wiping.

1. You choose a sunny day.

Do this job in the blazing sun and the cleaner will dry onto the hot windows before you get to wipe it off, leaving hard-to-remove streaks. Instead, choose a dry, cloudy day. But if the sun's out and you're itching to clean, start with the windows on the shady side of the house.

2. You don't dust the sills and sashes first.

Skip this step and any liquid that drips onto the window frames will create a muddy mess. Always vacuum the frame, sill, and sash first before tackling the glass.

3. You don't use enough window cleaner.

Don't be afraid to generously spritz your windows with cleaner, especially if they are extra dirty. You need plenty of cleaner to dissolve and suspend the dirt so it can be completely wiped away. Skimp and you'll be seeing streaks!

4. You use newspaper to dry.

Some folks swear by this trick, but we've never had any luck using newspaper to dry windows. We find it messy and ineffective, and far prefer microfiber cloths. They are super absorbent, washable, and leave the glass shiny and streak-free.

5. You dry with a weak, linty paper towel.

If a paper towel is still your cloth of choice, be sure to choose one that's up to the task. There's nothing worse than drying with a towel that separates in two or leaves lots of lint on the glass.


What's your window cleaning trick?

Or if you need some help getting the job done call for a One-clean window cleaner to visit!

30 Quick & easy cleaning tips!

Posted on 24 May, 2017 at 21:30 Comments comments (0)

1 Bribe the kids into doing 1 hour of domestic cleaning chores a

week! (Top tip of course)

Ok serious tips now...

1 Have a household rotating roster for the domestic cleaning chores. They can't say that's not fair! :)

Alright alright alright…

1 Cheap cleaning solution. Use a spray bottle with a tiny bit of detergent in it mixed with water. Use this to spray kitchen and bathroom surfaces then attack with a green scrubber. Finish with disinfectant spray and wipe.

2 Sick of foggy mirrors blocking your view of the 'fairest one of all' in the morning? Sounds crazy but try spraying shaving cream over the mirror and wipe clean. The fogginess will not reappear for days.

3 Buy a commercial backpack vacuum cleaner, (they are not reserved for professional domestic cleaners!) rather than a drag-about one. The kids/husband might like it also ;)

4 Got shedding pets? Get a Dyson vacuum cleaner, they purpose build vacs to handle this. Or buy a floor attachment with motorised brushes. Great for the sofas.

5 If you're on a tight budget bunnings often have cheap wet/dry vacuums. You may have to get an extension cord with it as they are meant for small work spaces rather than home cleaning but they can work well.

6 Pledge floor magic really is beautiful on wooden floors. Not cheap though if you have high frequency cleaning tendencies. Use it on your wooden floors at home for a sheeny finish.

7 Constantly vacuuming your hard floors throughout? Buy a flat mop for sweeping. So quick.

8 Kids have allergies? Throw the duster away and wipe things instead with warm water and microfiber cloths.

9 Replace your pillows periodically. They harbour the dust mites. Get hypo allergenic ones.

10 As summer approaches... Clean the fans and the air conditioner filters and consider getting the mattresses extraction cleaned. Each sinus in your household may thank you for it.

11 Calcium built up on shower glass? Sometimes the only solution if it's really bad is cerium oxide from a glazier supplier and a power drill with a buffer attachment. Check youtube for instructional videos or get a pro in if unsure.

12 Use a squeegee or chamoise after each shower on the glass to keep the calcium from building up. Domestic cleaning bliss can be tedious...

13 Coat your shower glass with car wax. This will keep the calcium away... Domestic bliss can be so easy...

14 Get a pro in to seal your shower glass professionally. Domestic bliss can be expensive...

15 Always research your chemicals material safety data sheets to be sure that you are not an environmental menace! All chemicals have these available on the web. Only use harsh chemicals if absolutely necessary and as sparingly as possible. With millions of people domestic cleaning every week, we all have a big responsibility.

16 Cotton cloths cut from old bed sheets are fantastic. They have a great friction factor (no pun intended) and really deliver a good clean surface with spray and wipe.

17 Don't be afraid to go to your nearest professional cleaning supplier to ask questions and look at options. They are not just there to serve professional cleaners or commercial cleaners or domestic cleaners, they are more than happy to help you.

18 Bleach kills mould on hard surfaces, 1:5 with water is enough and please use sparingly. The results are in for the great mould killing debate! This is why we use a stronger version of bleach (chlorine) in our pools. It kills mould although many like to argue this....... It also evaporates very effectively.

19 Vinegar is better for mould on more porous surfaces like a damp giprock wall. Bleach won't.

20 Vacating your home and have to clean all the walls? Use a flat mop in a solution of bleach and water 1:20 then just hand wash the corners. Or hire a bond/exit/move-out cleaner and move house without lifting a finger (well maybe not quite).

21 Spill on carpet? Cold water with dish detergent and a clean green scrubber should do the trick for most common stains. You may be surprised. If it's stubborn call a carpet cleaning professional and don't let it set in.

22 Red wine in carpet? Whip out the $50 wet vac you bought from bunnings... Cover the stain in a mound of table salt, drown it in soda water then suck it all up. You will be amazed! No need for the carpet cleaning professional...

23 Ants a problem? Block their path with chili flakes.

24 Lemon juice is a natural bleaching agent. If you have a stain on the kitchen bench, try covering with fresh lemon juice, let it cure for a minute or two then wipe off.

25 Antiperspirant stains in clothes? Mix half a teaspoon of white vinegar with equal dish washing detergent and half a cup of cold water. Wet a clean cloth with the solution and squeeze it over the stain then flush under hot water and blot.

26 Been falling asleep on the sofa again? Chocolate stains come out by turning the material inside out and flushing with cold water.

27 Gum in the kids pocket? Try freezing it to harden it and teach the child the way we used to do it... Behind the ear.

28 Ink stains in the top pocket? Spray with hair spray. Go against every fibre of your rational being and rub it in... Rinse with cold water. Dazzle the hubby with your domestic cleaning prowess.

29 These 30 quick and easy cleaning tips couldn't be quicker... or easier! As a general rule, remember, cold water for stains 99% of the time as opposed to hot water which generally sets stains.

30 Pay a professional domestic cleaner!

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What do Domestic Cleaners do?

Posted on 24 April, 2017 at 23:00 Comments comments (2)

What do Domestic Cleaners do?

This is a common confusion amongst domestic cleaning clients!


What's the difference between a domestic clean, housekeeper, a spring clean , a bond clean a.k.a. move-out clean or exit clean?


Firstly, a ‘domestic cleaner’ is often referred to as a ‘regular domestic cleaner’ which helps to differentiate between the differing standards of cleaning to be expected from one domestic cleaning service type to the next.

There are three key factors which come into play:

• Frequency of the bookings

• Tasks required during the booking/s

• Scheduling abilities



So, firstly you will need to be clear with the domestic cleaner as to your intentions and if you'd like them to visit once only or if you'd like them to visit more regularly. Some domestic cleaners will be limited to weekly visits, some will do fortnightly visits and weekly visits, others will do monthly or 4 weekly visits depending on their availability and then there are some domestic cleaners who will only do one-off visits but often they get paid slightly higher for this irregular work because they need to supply all products and equipment, some domestic cleaners prefer to stick to bond and spring cleans only, which brings us to the next point.

One-Clean services all the above www.one-clean.com.au


Secondly, in a bond or spring clean the cleaner will need to be better equipped, with a step ladder, oven cleaning materials and various other utensils which are not required in a regular domestic cleaning service as we use the clients products and equipment in regular cleans.

The reason we use your products and equipment is two fold:

Firstly, the safety of our cleaners. With cleaners that have multiple regular domestic cleans in a day lifting heavy cleaning equipment out and in their cars is a potential risk of injury

Secondly, it can be a health issue for our clients if the cleaner has cleaned in a home that has had gastro then come to your home, they are at risk of spreading gastro on to your family. There are several other factors that also benefit from using your products and equipment, allergies to certain products, high tech wast water systems that require certain product to be used to prevent damage to the bio systems, products specific to surfaces like stainless steel, stone bench tops and wood laminates that could be damaged with the wrong products used.

Tasks such as oven cleaning, wall washing or window cleaning are not a part of a regular domestic cleaning job but can be booked in addition to a regular cleaning service. Often we send a cleaner, separate from your regular domestic cleaner, that specialise in preforming such cleans

Tidying to clean is not the job of the regular domestic cleaner. Picking up after the kids, washing dishes, folding laundry, ironing, making beds, feeding pets and so on are time consuming tasks. When we book our regular domestic cleans they are usually 2-4 hrs in duration depending on the size of home so there is just not enough time. We do have a service that can accommodate tidying and cleaning and that is our housekeeping service. Housekeeping allows the extra time needed to tidy, wash dishes, clean out the fridge and even run errands….if this is the service you need we can help www.one-clean.com.au


A regular domestic clean includes:

• Vac and mop all floors

• Dusting

• Surface wiping

• Spot cleaning around door handles & light switches

• Wash/disinfect/polish the bathroom areas

• Wash/disinfect/polish kitchen surfaces and exterior of appliances

• Inside micro wave

• Sweep decks if requested

• De-cobweb


The third and final factor which may effect your domestic cleaners quote would be the ability to schedule the visit amongst their typical regular domestic cleaning calendar.

If the domestic cleaner has a string of 2-4 hour jobs occurring on the day with a regular domestic cleaning team managing this run and then they have another team available for bond cleaning, spring cleaning or exit cleaning, then the client requests a 6 hour service this week rather than 2 hours, the domestic cleaner may have to book their ‘one-off’ team for the visit which may incur additional expenses to the cleaning leader.

This factor is not usually an issue if booking through One-clean

Ultimately though; what do domestic cleaners do? They are paid to be of service for a specified time frame. The best option is to understand what they do in a standard domestic cleaning service and make a priority task list for them to complete in the time you have allowed. Be realistic with the amount of tasks you expect to be completed in the time frame allocated to your regular domestic cleaner. Remember that a 2hr clean will usually clean a bathroom, ensuite, toilet, vac and mop floors, and a clean of kitchen surfaces depending on the size of your home and the condition.

One-clean are a great option for all your future domestic cleaning endeavours because they are flexible with client requests and have an amazing cleaner team to help seamlessly manage your requests.

40 of the best cleaning tips...

Posted on 29 March, 2015 at 1:05 Comments comments (4)

Here are 40 great little tips for around the house. Learn how to clean like a champion with this list of the best-ever household cleaning hints and tips. If you still need some help, then give us a call!

1. Eucalyptus oil removes the gummy residue left by shop stickers.


2. Buffing a marble tabletop with car polish leaves a thin, invisible film that helps reduce the risk of stains.


3. To remove furniture indentations from pure wool carpet place a tea towel over the area and then press with a warm iron. The heat will lift the fibres. Do not attempt this with synthetic or a wool/synthetic mix carpet.


4. Light a match and let it burn a few seconds to remove toilet smells.


5. To stop bathroom mirrors steaming up, regularly rub a dry bar of soap over the surface and rub in with a clean cloth.


6. Stop clothes with thin straps falling off hangers by sticking small felt furniture pads onto the hanger just beyond where the straps sit.


7. To remove oil from silk clothing, gently rub cornflour into the area and lightly brush off. Cover the oil mark completely with more cornflour and leave to sit for a few hours. Shake clothing free of flour and then hand wash, or use a gentle machine cycle, using soap suitable for delicates.


8. To keep spiders or any other nasty surprises out of shoes you keep outside, (such as your gardening shoes or work boots), place old stockings over the top of them. Make sure the stockings don’t have holes in them, and if they don’t fit snugly over the top, use an elastic band to secure them.


9. To make candles last longer, cover with a plastic bag and place in the freezer for 24 hours before lighting.


10. To keep your car windows ice and frost free when left outside overnight in the wintertime, mix three parts vinegar to one part water, put it in a spray bottle and spray on the windows as needed.


11. To prevent buttons from becoming loose or undone, dab a little clear nail varnish on the top thread or onto the stem of the thread and leave to dry.


12. To remove pollen from the stamen of flowers, take a piece of sticky tape about five centimetres long, gently press the sticky side to the pollen mark and lift off. Repeat with clean sticky tape as required. Do not try to brush it off.


13. To reuse the bits of soap that are always left over, combine them with glycerine and some warm water. Pour into a bottle for a handmade liquid soap.


14. To pick up small fragments of broken glass, press pieces of bread onto the affected area.


15. If you have an aquarium, save the water each time you change it and water your house plants with it. It’s full of nutrients and makes a great fertiliser.


16. To stop ants entering your house, draw a chalk line on the ground where you want them to stop. If you live in a rainy area where ants are a problem, you must re-draw the chalk lines each time it rains.


17. To deter silverfish, place whole cloves in wardrobes and drawers.


18. To get blood out of fabrics, use hydrogen peroxide. Apply it directly to the stain and then launder in the washing machine.


19. To remove body oil stains from collars and cuffs of coloured shirts and blouses, rub hair shampoo directly on the stains. Rinse out the shampoo, then wash the clothes as usual.


20. To revive a vase of wilted flowers, add a teaspoon of mild detergent.


21. Use leftover styrofoam peanuts as great drainage in the bottom of a pot.


22. To stop drawers from sticking, rub a bar of soap across the runners to make them glide smoothly.


23. To prevent ash from flying everywhere when cleaning out a fireplace, use a spray bottle filled with water to cover the ashes with a light mist.


24. To clean the bottom of the iron, sprinkle salt on the ironing board and iron back and forth.


25. To locate light switches in the dark, put a dot of luminous paint on tape and stick to the switches.


26. To keep pinking shears or scissors sharp, cut through a sheet of folded aluminium foil or coarse sandpaper.


27. To leave a room smelling fresh after you have vacuumed, place a few drops of your favourite essential oil (such as lavender or peppermint) near the vent where the hot air is released. The air warms the oil and blows it into the room.


28. To mask unpleasant odors, put some coffee beans in a saucepan and burn them. The smell of coffee will overpower the other nasty odors.


29. To clean a microwave oven, add four tablespoons of lemon juice to one cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Boil for five minutes in the microwave, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls of the oven. Then wipe them with a soft cloth.


30. To clean a stainless-steel sink, put the stopper in the sink with two denture-cleaning tablets and half fill with water; leave for several hours or overnight and the next day it should be sparkling. Then use the water to clean the draining board, too.


31. To remove fingerprints from stainless-steel appliances, place a small amount of baby oil on a napkin and wipe the affected areas. The fingerprints will just wipe away.


32. To remove marker pen off hard surfaces, spray on hair spray and then wipe it off.


33. To remove cat and dog hair from clothes and furniture, rub them with damp rubber gloves.


34. To clean your shower curtain, wash it in the washing machine with about one cup each of vinegar and bleach, some white towels and a normal amount of washing powder. Adding fabric softener will help keep the curtain clean. When the load is done, return the curtains to their place in the bathroom to drip dry. The wrinkles will disappear in a day or so. (Check your washing machine manual to ensure it’s okay to use bleach).


35. To clean glass windows, add about one tablespoon of cornstarch to about one litre of lukewarm water. Wet and a rag or squeegee, remove excessive water and wipe down glass as if using regular glass cleaner. Dry with either a soft cloth or paper.


36. To restore toilet bowls back to their shiny best, clean with old, flat Coke or Pepsi. To dissolve limescale, leave the soda overnight to soak.


37. Use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to clean the tops and creases of Roman blinds.


38. Vacuuming a mattress, particularly along piping and crevices, removes dead skin cells that attract dust mites.


39. Clove oil (sold in chemists for toothaches) kills mould spores. Mix three drops in one litre of water and then use to wipe down areas susceptible to mould.


40. To get rid of the smell of garlic from your hands, rub against stainless steel – your sink is ideal. Then wash hands with soap or detergent.