Six home cleaning hacks

Whether it’s giving your kitchen a shine or adding a sparkle to your bathroom, here are some easy and surprising ways to clean up without using harsh detergents.

A sparkly clean bath
If you like a gleaming bath, all you need is a grapefruit and a handful of coarse sea or rock salt. Cut the grapefruit in half, sprinkle salt on it and around your tub, then scrub away. In no time at all, you’ll have a clean bath smelling deliciously fresh.

Shine on, shiny taps
Limescale soon takes the shine off things, but an old toothbrush and lemon is the answer. First brush off as much limescale as you can, then cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice into a bowl. Using cotton wool, thoroughly coat the taps with the juice and, for the stubborn scale on the ends, twist the lemon halves onto each spout. Leave for half an hour and then polish up.

Bright white grouting
Want to brighten up the grouting in your bathroom? All it takes is a little baking soda mixed with lemon juice or vinegar. Mix the soda and liquid into a paste and apply to grouting with an old toothbrush, leave for 10 minutes then rinse off for a gleaming finish.

A sparkling oven and grill
A dirty, greasy oven and grill won’t give you your best dinners. Keep them clean with a mixture of baking soda and water. To remove grease and baked-on food from oven shelves, soak them overnight in a bowl of hot water and baking soda then rinse for a brilliant shine.

Microwave marvel
Food easily splatters in your microwave, but you can keep it clean and fresh with two tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar mixed with two cups of water. Mix these in a microwave safe bowl, turn the microwave to full power for three minutes and on the ping, remove the bowl and wipe everything dry with clean paper towels.

A scale-free kettle
A kettle filled with limescale will cost you more in energy because it takes longer to boil. An easy way to descale it is to fill it with water, add large chunks of lemon, boil and leave overnight. Rinse thoroughly in the morning so your tea and coffee won’t taste lemony.


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