Spring-cleaning can be boring. Necessary but boring. So just for fun we’ve come up with a few lesser known tricks we thought you might like to try.
A hot tip for carpets. For nasty set-in carpet stains, try using an iron and a damp washcloth. The warmth of the iron and dampness of the cloth attaches to dirt and breaks it up.
A grater way to clean. Instead of grating your sponge to pieces, try using a potato! The oxalic acid in potatoes grabs onto and dislodges the gunk and residue. And you can make hash browns out of the shredded spuds!
Cutting-edge cleaning. To dislodge those gross-looking food particles from your cutting board, try sprinkling some kosher salt on the surface and rub it over with half a lemon. Rinse off with warm soapy water.
Stove burners scrub up perfectly. Like the sound of that? Put each burner in a large ziplock bag and pour in about 1/4 cup of ammonia. Then seal the bag up and leave it outside on an oven tray overnight. The ammonia fumes will dissolve all the grease and oil caked on your burners. In the morning just take them out of the bag and wipe clean with a sponge. Brilliant!
Microwave grime goodbye. Steam clean the microwave from the inside! Fill a bowl with 1 part water and 1 part vinegar and microwave on HIGH for 2 minutes. Wipe over and the grime will come straight off.
A shower heads-up. Fill a small plastic bag with white vinegar and wrap it around your shower head with a twisty tie. Leave it there for 2 hours then wipe down with water after removing the bag. Clean and clog-free!
Bathroom brushup. Pop your toothbrush in a mixture of 1 part vinegar to 2 parts water for 30 minutes. Then rinse under the tap.
Bagel your Bruegel. Now this seems a bit weird, but apparently the best way to clean dust and grime off your precious paintings is to wipe it over with half a bagel! Let us know how it goes!