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5 Household Cleaning Hacks

5 Household Cleaning Hacks
10 September 2019 484 Views

Spring is finally here, and you know what that means? Better weather? Nope. Longer days? Nope. Spring cleaning? Yep, you got it!

If you’re a constant cleaner or a panic cleaner, have no fear, Beko have got some tips and tricks to help you get your house looking spick and span in no time. Oh, ‘what’s a panic cleaner?’ you cry. Panic cleaners are those that tend to do 99% of their household cleaning in the 5 minutes before guests are about to arrive…usually in a mad, frantic rush (i.e. probably most of us). No judging, it’s hard to dedicate time to cleaning. Scrubbing the bathroom floor in rubber gloves on your hands and knees isn’t many people’s ideal Sunday morning!

Alas, with these 5 handy cleaning hacks, you’ll be able to get the house looking tip top, and thou cleaning shalt be done at least until next week…month…year?

1. Scrubbing Your Tiles

First up; tiles. Kitchen tiles, bathroom tiles, or wherever else in the house you’ve gone for the tiled look, can harbour a surprising amount of dirt. Well, what better way to combat dirt than through science. Yes, science. Or, let’s get even more technical, chemistry.

First up, sprinkle some baking soda over your tiles and in the cracks, then use a spray bottle filled with cleaning vinegar (or a ¼ cup of bleach) and spray it over the baking soda. Put your feet up for a min (but not on the tiles), while you let science do its thing and fizzle. Now scrub the dirt away! You can use a toothbrush to scrub between the cracks of the tiles, just don’t use it to scrub your teeth later on. Science tells us that’s not so clever.

2. Sort Out Your Smells

We don’t mean you, that’s not our place. We mean the smells in your kitchen like your fridge or your rubbish bin. When you open the fridge, or even worse when a guest opens the fridge, the last thing they want to think is that something is festering in there. No thank you.

So, cut a couple of halves of an orange or a lemon, stick a few cloves in there, and voila you’ve got yourself an air freshener. Place it on a shelf in the fridge, and that should mean no more festering. You can also put a couple of slices in your rubbish bin to help with the smell – panic cleaners, this is a great thing to do in those 5 minutes before the guests arrive!

3. Scrub the Un-scrubbable

Grease stains on baking dishes are perhaps some of the toughest stains to remove. But it can be embarrassing to serve a masterpiece for dinner in a baking dish that’s seen better days (to put it politely).

Well then, cover the stains with dish soap and baking soda mixture, pour hot water over it and leave it for 15 minutes or so. Then, using a piece of crumbled up foil, scrub the grease stains off the dish. It’ll be the cleanest baking dish you ever did see.

4. Clean the Cleaner

Disclaimer: this does not mean clean the person that cleans the house. We’re talking about the sponge in your sink that does a cracking job of cleaning the dishes, but let’s face it, how often do you clean the sponge itself? So, clean the cleaner, and avoid the cleaner becoming unclean.

Microwave (yes, microwave) the sponge in some water for a minute or two to soften it and unstick the dirt and oils. Then pop it in the dishwasher on a long cycle with the other dishes; it will kill any nasty smell and get it nice and clean, ready for some more cleaning.

5. Clean Caveman-Style

Cleaning the nooks and crannies around the house can be a real nightmare, and your fingers can bear the brunt of it - squeezing into non-finger shaped holes with a damp cloth. Poor fingers.

Well, go old school and make your own tool. Take a wet towel and wrap it around a butter knife (or just a normal knife if you’re not that fancy, but make sure it’s not too sharp). Add some cleaning solution into those nooks and crannies, and use your home-made cleaning tool to get scrubbing.

That’s that. Finito. 5 simple tips and tricks to get your house looking tip top. Now there’s no excuse, right? No, just joking. there’s always a good excuse to get out of cleaning, but maybe just don’t leave it until 5 minutes before the guests are about to arrive!

Bonus Beko Dishwasher Cleaning Hacks

At Beko, we like to make life easier for you and that includes cleaning. Your dishwasher is there to do the hard work for you. Now, we all know the dishwasher is great for your regular crockery and cutlery. But, what other household items can you clean in your dishwasher?

Look around the kitchen and you’ll find a whole lot of time saving ways to clean. Pop your cooker hood extractor vents (hooray!) to get rid of any greasy build-up. The microwave turntable, fridge racks and shelves (be sure to let them reach room temperature first!) and tea and coffee cannisters – without the tea and coffee, of course! Don’t forget the vases. The dishwasher will remove any watermarks or residue.

You know those pet food bowls? They need a clean too. Give those a whirl in the dishwasher each week for a sparkling clean.

Moving into the bathroom. Grab those soap dishes, toothbrush holders, tweezers, nail clippers and plastic bath toys. They can all go in the dishwasher to help keep away mould, build-up or nasty bacteria.

One you may not have considered is the shin guards from the soccer players in the house. Pop those shin pads in the dishwasher to clean them up!

Don’t forget the BBQ. Put the grill in for a good wash this Spring, so it’s ready for the warmer months ahead. You’ll thank us for this tip!

Lastly, clean the washing up brushes. Grab those long handle brushes you use to scrub the bath and for washing up non-dishwasher safe items and give them a run in the dishwasher.

The beauty of putting these other items in your Beko dishwasher is that it’s also more energy and water efficient than washing by hand. Anyone else celebrating an easier Spring clean?

For more information on Beko dishwashers visit https://www.beko.com.au/smart-dishwasher-technology