Cleaning your home can be a huge burden, especially when you work regularly and have mischievous little children! Not to worry, because we have collected 20 of our weirdest cleaning tips that you need to know - whether it’s getting awkward stains out or general disinfecting, we have got plenty of quick and natural advice for you…

  1. Use Netting To Stop Your Hoover Picking Up Big Pieces - With materials such as tights, you can prevent your hoover picking up anything too big or potentially harmful, such as wires or coins.

  1. Clean Pillows & Duvets When Seasons Change - Obviously you need to wash your sheets every few weeks, however, the pillows and duvet itself only need a wash two or three times a year. A great way to remember would be to wash them when the seasons change.

  1. Clean Toilet Stains With Coke - Sounds very weird, right? Turn your stained loo to sparkling white by pouring a can of full-fat coca cola, let it sit overnight, scrub it with a brush and flush for a brand new-looking toilet!

  1. Sprinkle Baking Soda In Smelly Shoes - Whether you’ve been to a fitness class or a general walk, your trainers can get very smelly! Pour some baking soda into them and leave them for a few hours, the baking soda will kill off the stench ready for you to wear again.

  1. Use Vinegar to Clean Your Shower Head - Sure, vinegar isn’t the most nasal-appealing substance, but it is, however, an amazing assistant cleaner! Clean your grim shower head by filling a sandwich bag up with white vinegar and leaving the head tied in overnight (use rubber bands etc.) The acetic acid in the vinegar will significantly kill the majority of the bacteria, making your shower head healthy and clean again. Another tip, simply wipe and re-wash the shower head to remove the vinegar stench.

  1. Toothpaste Erases Marker Stains on Wood - Like we said, cleaning your home can be a huge pain especially if you have little ones running around! That’s why this handy trick can seriously help you in the long run. Get rid of those creative marker stains on wood using toothpaste!

  1. Use a Lint-Roller! - This is more of a product recommendation, but this tip is incredibly useful if you have children or pets. Lint-rollers provide you with a quick and easy way to pick up pet hair and lint from clothing and furniture covered in it. It is SO helpful and incredibly cheap!

  1. Scoop Pet Hair With Rubber Gloves - As well as using a lint-roller, you can also use rubber gloves or flip-flops to remove unwanted hair from both clothing and furniture, because of their gripping texture.

  1. Disinfect Sponges in The Microwave - Whilst you use sponges for cleaning, they also do get dirty from time to time. The solution? Damp your sponge with water and simply place it in the microwave for 90 seconds. In that time, the bacteria contamination will have been decreased and prevented spreading millions of bacteria onto your next clean plate.

  1. Use Toothbrushes as a Cleaning Tool - Obviously using an unused one, you can use a toothbrush to scrub in those hard-to-reach, stubborn places. The grip and size can help you reach and clean every inch of your home. Just don’t brush your teeth with it after!!!

  1. Use Baking Soda to Rid of Wall Art - If you come across an unplanned wall doodle on one of your walls, chances are one of your little ones has gotten a little too creative! Worry not, as you can simply scrub lighting with a damp sponge sprinkled in baking soda to remove it.

  1. Cut a Lemon To Rid Stains Off a Chopping Board - Chances are you probably have a few or several, stains on your chopping board from preparing dinners. The solution? Rub a half-cut lemon over the board and then wash afterwards to completely remove the stain - Good as new!

  1. Clean Trainers With Toothpaste - For those obsessed with keeping those trainers clean and those white… white - scrub toothpaste onto the trainers to reveal a dazzling, fresh effect.

  1. Get Rid of Noise Pollution - There is nothing more annoying than squeaky floorboards in the home! Luckily for you, we have the perfect solution; All you need to do is sweep baby powder into the cracks of your floorboards, and voila!

  1. Shine Copper & Rusty Garden Furniture With Ketchup - We know what you are thinking - ketchup?! We know, but it seriously does work! Revive your copper appliances and rusty garden tables and chairs by scrubbing this red condiment over the top.

  1. De-Clutter! - You could tidy, polish and hoover every single inch of your home every day, but your home will never look tidy and organised if there is collections of clutter scattered everywhere. Start off by throwing/giving away any unneeded and outdated items, then you can organise your kept possessions into the correct storage and really make your home look great.

  1. Soften Hard Towels With Ammonia - Mineral buildup can cause scratchy and stiff towels. The solution to reviving them back to their soft, useable state, would be to wash the towels normally in the hottest water possible, then add 1 cup of ammonia to earn that fresh effect. Ammonia is a multi-purpose cleaner for laundry and general household chores, so anything similar to that product will do the trick.

  1. Gunk-Free Your Chrome Using Toothpaste - Do you ever get that nasty, grim-looking gunk on your chrome appliances? e.g. your taps and pipes? Well, a little toothpaste will definitely do the trick to remove it. Just simply scrub some on the chrome and wash away, leaving it looking sparkly-clean.

  1. Use Vinegar to Shine Windows - The vinegar is back again; how useful it really is! Applying some white vinegar to your dirty windows will help clean them and give your home a fresh look, inside and out!

  1. Hoover Daily & Polish Weekly - Our last bit of advice regards hoovering and polishing i.e. the two most basic cleaning requirements in the home. We would highly recommend hoovering daily, especially if you have pets and children, and polishing your furniture on a weekly basis. Even if you decide not to use the other 19 tips, following this one will certainly keep your home looking less neglected and cared for.

Thanks for reading, happy cleaning!