Amazing Cleaning Hacks

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Forget expensive products and try these simple cleaning hacks – they really work!

To remove water marks on furniture…

Rub toothpaste onto the marks with a cloth, then wipe clean. Use your usual furniture polish or oil to restore the shine. Don't try this on unsealed wood, lacquer or antiques.

To remove paint from clothes…

A disposable razor can take off the excess. Gently scratch away the paint from the surface of the cloth. Then press a damp cloth onto it.

To remove ink stains from clothing or furniture…

Spray the stain with hairspray, leave for 30 seconds, then blot or wipe away.

To clean gunk off your iron…

Dab a bit of toothpaste onto a cloth and wipe the surface of the iron clean.

To clean the seal on the fridge door…

Put toothpaste onto a cloth or even better an old toothbrush and scrub away the grime from the seal. It will look like new.

To get stains out of settee cushions…

Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda over the stain. Leave for 5-10 minutes (longer for a really bad stain) then hoover or brush off.

To clean a bathroom light cord…

Fill a plastic bottle (a bottle of Sunny-D that you've finished is perfect) with a mixture of half warm water and half vinegar. Any cheap vinegar will do. Dip the light cord into the mixture and leave to soak for 30 minutes.

To remove glue left by a label on a hard surface like wood, china or glass…

Use a little vinegar, or try WD40 for really tough glue, on a paper towel or cloth and gently wipe away. On glass you can also use Brasso wadding but be careful on wood as it may leave tiny scratches.

To clean grease from behind the oven…

Use a damp cloth dipped into bicarbonate of soda. It quickly and easily cuts through the grease.

To remove streaks from a metal surface…

Sprinkle a little oil on kitchen paper or a dry cloth. Rub over the metal to remove the streaks.

To remove lime scale from the kettle…

Cover the element in white vinegar. Boil the kettle. Leave to soak overnight then tip the vinegar out, and boil the kettle a couple of times with fresh water.

To make a quick homemade air freshener…

In a spray bottle, mix 1 part gin or vodka with 10 parts water and about 20 drops of essential oil like peppermint or jasmine.

Try some of these ideas out, they work like magic. And after all that cleaning you'll deserve a refreshing glass of Sunny-D!

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