5 cleaning hacks for perfectionists

cleaning hacks for perfectionists
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If you're an organised, Type A personality, the odds are you're prepared to invest a significant amount of time making sure your home is spotless. It's frustrating, then, when you run into a cleaning conundrum that really gets under your skin.

While we're all for not sweating the small stuff, if commonly encountered housekeeping hates are driving you up the wall, there are solutions at hand! We've put together these five cleaning hacks that perfectionists will love.

1. How to get tea stains out of mugs

It can be frustrating when your mugs still look grubby after they've been washed up. The best way to prevent this is to rinse your tea cups or mugs straight away after use, even if you don't have time to wash them up properly. However, to remove a stain that's already taken hold, make up a paste of water and bicarbonate of soda. Rub this onto the stain and when you rinse the mug with clean water the stain should have lifted. The same trick works with teaspoons.

If you don't have bicarbonate of soda, soak the corner of a cloth in white vinegar, dip it in table salt and rub it on the stain instead.

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2. How to clean a shower head

How many times have you stood under the shower and thought 'I must clean this', but by the time you're clean, dry and dressed, you've already forgotten about it?

The good news is that this is one of those cleaning tasks you can leave to its own devices, ideally overnight. Unscrew the shower head from the hose and pour a mixture of 200ml white vinegar and 200ml water into a Ziploc bag. Place the shower head inside and leave it.

The next morning, remove the shower head and give it a scrub in warm, soapy water and the limescale should have been dissolved as if by magic. If any remains, you may need to repeat the process.

3. How to clean a lampshade

A dusty lampshade is unsightly but easily spruced up.

Use a soft-bristled brush to remove dust, or – for fabric shades rather than paper ones – try a lint roller, or pat with sticky tape wrapped around your fingers, sticky-side-out.

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4. How to remove streaks from windows

The window cleaner might be doing a great job of the outside, but fingermarks and grime on the inside of your windows will soon spoil all that. The thought of doing the whole house is enough to put most of us off, so tackle the house window by window when you spot one that is begging for attention.

You can use a glass cleaning spray and a clean lint-free cloth to buff your panes to perfection. However, a solution of one part white vinegar to nine parts water in an old trigger spray bottle will do just as good a job, especially if used with a fine microfibre cloth. Dishwasher rinse aid is also great for getting a streak-free finish.

GHI Tip: Try to avoid cleaning windows on bright sunny days as the heat will make the glass dry too quickly and cause smears.

5. How to clean ceilings easily

When you're sitting back relaxing, there's nothing more annoying than seeing a huge cobweb up on the ceiling.

If you don’t have an extendable duster, try wrapping an old (but clean) towel around a broom and securing it in place with an elastic band. Then use this to banish spider webs from hard-to-reach places.

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