Seven cleaning tips that will change your life

Whether you’re a self-confessed clean freak or you detest chores and avoid them at all costs, everyone can benefit from handy cleaning tricks.

TikTok – and the #CleanTok community – is a treasure trove of tips and tricks that will save you time and help rid even the most disastrous spills and stains.

From floor mopping and laundry to the many uses of lemons, here are seven fun cleaning tips everyone should know about.

1. How to mop with clean water

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This clever trick sounds complicated but it’s very simple. What you need to do is place a smaller bucket inside the larger one and fill it with water and floor cleaner, then when you drain the dirty water into your mop bucket, it goes into a separate area, and the clean water stays clean.

Read: How to choose less toxic cleaning products

2. How to easily clean the inside of your fridge

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If you’ve ever taken the drawers and shelves out of your fridge and ended up spraying water all over the kitchen floor as you attempted to clean them in the sink, here’s a genius idea: put them in the bath, where you’ll have more room and can rinse them with the showerhead.

3. How to clean plastic blinds

You can also use your bath tub to deep clean plastic blinds. Start by dusting them, then soak in soapy water for an hour, rinse, leave to dry, then they’re ready to rehang.

4. How to make your white wash brighter

This tip is useful for keeping white clothes bright, or for tackling stubborn stains. As well as using your usual detergent, pour some washing up liquid on a white towel and add it to the drum, along with your laundry.

Read: How to clean and care for your washing machine

5. How to deep clean a wooden spoon

They may look clean on the outside, but wooden spoons can soak up all kinds of oils and residue. Fill a small heatproof bowl or jug with boiling water, pop your wooden spoon in for about 15 minutes. The heat with dissolve and release any gunk that’s hiding inside.

6. How to organise your laundry products

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Make your laundry routine easier – and more aesthetically pleasing – by decanting your liquid detergent into a glass drink dispenser (make sure it’s labelled and stored out of reach if you have kids) and storing other bits and bobs in stylish jars and boxes.

Read: Nine things you’ll only know if you love cleaning

7. How to use lemons as a cleaning product

Is there anything you can’t clean with lemons? According to ‘cleanfluencers’, they can be used to freshen up wooden chopping boards, improve dishwasher performance and steam clean microwaves.

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Written by Katie Wright

Fashion and beauty editor at the Press Association.

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