THREE in ten of us blitz our home every day…but do you?
Get your home looking spick and span with top cleaning tips from Kim Woodburn.
CLEAN AS YOU GO
Now listen, lazy bones. If you put a drink back in the fridge and it falls over, you think you’ll get back to it tomorrow. Oh no, you don’t – clean it up right away! It takes seconds to clean things up as you go. You’ve no need to make a song and dance about it.
STEAM YOUR SHOWER WALLS
You know those little steamers you can buy to steam your kitchen floors? What they don’t tell you is they are perfect for cleaning your shower walls, too. They are as light as a feather and it brings the tiles up a treat.
USE OLD TOWELS TO CLEAN YOUR OVEN
All the old towels you’ve got? Never throw them out, my loves – cut them into strips. They’re rough and ready. Dip them in some warm soapy water with a bit of bicarbonate of soda to clean your oven. Don’t let it build up.
HOT-WASH YOUR SHEETS
All sorts of things fall off our bodies, especially if you’re very hairy. Put your sheets on a hot wash at least once a week, no lower than 60 degrees, or 80 degrees if you can. You’re lying on them, dear, doing all sorts. You might be a very passionate person.
SACK OFF YOUR SPONGE
Don’t use a sponge to wash up – they are filthy. You need a flat cloth or a dish-washing brush. That way, if there’s any dirt in there you can rinse it under the tap or pop it in the dishwasher. But a sponge, my loves – they’re the most unhygienic.
The Pound Shop has some extremely cheap cleaners. There’s no excuse for anyone to say they can’t afford them. There are so many choices, so hunt around. If not, use lots of vinegar and warm water to clean the windows. It does a super job – it’s an age-old remedy.
SO LONG, SHOES
You go out in your shoes down the road and there’s dog pee or spit that you step in on the pavement. Make sure you have a good piece of rough carpet and when you stand on it, rub your shoes. You only have to pick up that rug and bang it on the outside wall – my God, you’ll go blind.
DEEP CLEAN YOUR FRIDGE
Once every couple of months, take all your fridge compartments out – it takes five minutes. Get a nice towelling cloth and some warm water. Dip it in bicarb, get cleaning and soon it’s spotless. Do not leave your fridge for more than two months without a blitz. When you start going over that timeframe, by God, you’re asking for trouble.
Take out the tray at the bottom of your toaster at least once a week. Whip out an old newspaper and thump that toaster and the crumbs all come out. Then roll up the paper, dear, and throw it away. People say: “Oh, my toaster smells of burning.” Yes, it’s year-old breadcrumbs, you lazy pigs. You don’t want to start a fire!
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If you’ve got a vacuum, do yourself a favour and clean the filters. You see people run a vacuum up and down the rug, but it’s not picking anything up. Does it not occur to you that the filter’s full? Use your common sense.