Six lazy ways to clean your home

Six lazy ways to clean your home

There’s no better feeling than sitting back in a freshly cleaned house with everything around you looking its best. The trick is getting the actual cleaning bit out of the way as quickly as possible.

Home is always a happier place when it sparkles – even if the sun isn’t shining outside. But few people relish spending hours scrubbing each week, so get the whole family on your side. Make sure they take off their shoes at the front door, and keep rooms as tidy as possible. Then, when you come to clean, you’ve got the perfect head start.

Start at the bottom
It’s important to keep floors clean, but you don’t need to go overboard (unless you have a particularly mud-attracting family). A once-a-week vacuum for carpets and a run over with a mop should do the trick. If there are any annoying scuff marks, try a pencil eraser, or the Flash Magic Eraser. It’s amazing how easy it can be to rub the problem out.

Tap into a good cleaner
Limescale is a real problem in most homes, and particularly annoying on taps, so you want a cleaner that doesn’t just leave them gleaming clean but keeps them cleaner for longer. Viakal Limescale Remover makes quick work of limescale and been has proven to keep it away three times longer than standard bathroom cleaners. It works beautifully on tiles, too.

Brush problems away
Choose the right brush for different jobs. An old toothbrush, for example, is a great way to clean the grouting because it quickly gets into those small gaps. And clean grouting always helps tiles look their best.

A good hot bath
Bathroom tubs and kitchen sinks set the bar for the rest of the room. Yet getting them dazzlingly clean can be so simple. Just fill to the top with very hot water, add a cup of bleach and leave to soak for an hour, then pull the plug and rinse thoroughly.

Mirror, mirror
When cleaning your favourite mirror, try mixing two teaspoons of dish detergent in a bucket of warm water and washing gently. Wipe off the soap in a horizontal direction with a sponge then use newspaper to dry – it’s easy and very effective.

Bits and bobs
Cleaning the bathroom basin or kitchen sink never takes long. But what about the hob racks, dish racks and fridge drawers? Out of sight is out of mind, so why not pop them in the dishwasher and set to the long clean cycle? A dishwasher isn’t just for dishes, you know.

What are your cleaning shortcuts? Let us know in the comments section below.

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Limescale deposits

Marie 07/01/2017

Living in a area with high limestone on the water I was always having PRoblems which did not abate however much vinegar I soaked things in.I have now discovered the solution to the problems viakal, wow, works++

Good tips

Hansypansy 13/09/2016

A good article which has given my some fab tips I have added the viakel lime scale remover to my shopping list x

Waste of energy

Jane 25/07/2016

Filling your bath with hot water sounds very expensive and wasteful, not to say time consuming (and I have a particularly deep bath). Take a shower instead!

Love to clean

Julsluvspilates 20/07/2016

Thank you for these tips. Some I do already but others, like filling the bath with hit water. Looking forward to trying after the family go to work. Clean house is a buzz xx

strike a match

audnay 18/07/2016

You know it was once said that if you had a nifty bad stale ciggy smell or stale ale, strike a match or two and away it goes, no more stale smells.

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