Best Ever Cleaning Hacks from The Ghi Experts
Good Housekeeping’s stated aim was “There should be no drudgery in the house,” and we’re still living up to it today! In order to help you complete your tasks more quickly, the GHI experts test a tonne of cleaning tools and products each year. Here is the most recent roundup of our favorite cleaning tips to help you save time and energy.
Start with The Fundamentals
To keep them germ-free, disinfect the towels and sponges you use every day. After cleaning them in hot, soapy water and wringing them out, immerse them for 15 minutes in a disinfectant like Milton Sterilizing Fluid (or soak them in freshly boiled water).
Re-ring out the towel and let it air dry completely. A hot cycle must be used to effectively disinfect some towels and sponges while washing them in a machine (check the care instructions for the maximum temperature they can be washed at).
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Increase the Power
If your vacuum cleaner is losing suction, undo the hose, examine the dust cylinder or dust bag entry for obstructions, replace the bag or filters, or wash the dirt container (and filters, if washable), then thoroughly dry. Take care not to harm the bristles by cutting any hairs or threads from the brush head (never pull). Clear any obstructions in the tube, and the device is ready to use.
For Natural Oven Cleaning
“Set your oven to 200 degrees Celsius, lay a water-filled oven-safe bowl inside, shut the door, and wait 45 minutes. After your oven has had time to cool, use a clean cloth to remove any loose dirt.
According to Lucas Shead, the Hearst Institute Homes Testing Manager, cleaning shelves involves soaking them in hot water with 250g of soda crystals, then washing them with a kitchen foil ball.
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Buy a Good Mop!
The Vileda SuperMocio Microfibre and Power Mop System, which received the highest rating (93/100) in our most recent tests, is recommended for producing excellent results. The drying process is sped up by the torsion wringer in the bucket, which grabs the strings like a hand and squeezes them to eliminate any extra water (available separately for £11).
TOP TIP: When mopping hard floors, use warm water rather than cold because it is more successful at dislodging dirt. However, keep in mind that boiling or extremely hot water might harm the flooring.
Stainless Steel with No Fingerprints Left Behind
Fingerprints are inconvenient and occasionally resist a wipe, whether they be on the kettle, a splashback, or the sink. To make them disappear, dab some baby oil or rinse aid on a clean cloth, then rub the entire surface.
How to Handle Cloudy Vases
Try scrubbing a handful of uncooked rice in warm water over hazy glass to remove the filth. The vase should then be filled with hot water after adding a biological or dishwasher detergent. Give it a night to do its magic. Clean up your act!
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Because it has a mild abrasive effect and works wonders as a natural deodorizer, the bicarbonate of soda is a cleaning powerhouse. Use this to:
Rub with a mixture consisting of bicarb and a little water to remove tannin stains from teaspoons and cup interiors. Completely rinse. To keep the fridge fresh, place a ramekin filled with bicarb powder on top of the salad drawer to absorb food odors. Microwaves, stainless steel sinks, and clean surfaces are all provided. Simply add some water to a paste to make, then scrub.
Deodorize upholstered furniture, rugs, and even pet beds. After sprinkling it on, wait 15 minutes, and then thoroughly vacuum it up.
Try soaking the offending item for 30 minutes in a sink with lukewarm water and five to six tbsp of bicarbonate or soda if the smell in your workout clothes won’t go away. Rewash and let air dry naturally.
Make a paste out of three parts bicarb to one part water and use a lint-free cloth to apply it (do not use a paper towel as it can harm sterling silver) to restore its shine. Rinse.
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