How to use common household items to get your home really clean. Money saving tips that work.
Remove water stains on your taps
You can create sparkly taps without any water stains by running half a lemon on the water stains. The citric acid in the lemon will remove the water marks safely.
Clean your Microwave
Cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice into a half cup of water and drop in the lemon halves/rinds. Microwave the cup with its contents for three minutes and then leave it to stand in the microwave for five minutes without opening the door. The trapped steam will loosen the dirt and allow you to wipe the inside of the oven with much less effort.
Get that Shower head Sparkling
Vinegar works beautifully on those nasty deposits that accumulate in your shower head and turn your shower from a waterfall to a gentle trickle. Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar and secure it over the shower head with a rubber band. Leave it overnight and the buildup will loosen and come away. Just be sure to take it off and run the shower for a little bit before you stumble in there for your morning ablutions. You don’t want to go about your day trailing the scent of vinegar wherever you go.
Clean enough to see your face in it
Mix ¼ cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of washing up liquid into a spray bottle. Spray the mixture onto window or mirror glass and scrub with newspaper for a streak-free window or mirror. The ink acts as a mild abrasive and allows you to make use of old newspapers.
Pet hair perils
The rubber edge of a squeegee can be used to remove pet hair from rugs and carpets. Clean up the excess hair as you go along and then finish up by vacuuming to pick up any stray hair you disturbed but didn’t manage to pick up. An alternative is to put on a pair of rubber household gloves and run your hands back and forth across the carpet. A damp cloth can also work well.