Kitchen

Microfibre Cloths

We use microbibre cloths to clean and dust our client's homes and offices and by using them you will save money as you do not need to purchase the following items:

  • Furniture polish
  • Daily shower sprays
  • Glass cleaners

In addition you will improves your indoor air quality and ultimately, the health and well-being of your family.

The better quality cloths are better than the budget ones.

The better quality cloths are better than the budget ones.

All you need to do to use a microbfibre cloth is to soak it in water, wring it out and then wipe.

Removing water stains from chrome

  • Try using white vinegar and warm water, or:
  • Use several drops of dishwasher rinse on a fabric softener sheet (i.e., Bounce). Apply to the chrome in a circular pattern. Cover the affected area several times.
  • Rinse and repeat. Use a wet paper towel to rinse off the chrome. Use a dry paper towel or a microfiber cloth to dry and buff the fixture. If the shine has not returned, repeat the process until satisfied.
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  • Cleaning grout

    Grout seems to act like a magnet for mould and dirt, especially in the bathroom. Luckily the most stubborn stains and mould will surrender to a little bleach and elbow grease.

    1. Mix 1 cup of bleach with a gallon of water
    2. Put on some rubber gloves and make sure the area is well ventilated
    3. Scrub the grout with a scouring sponge or scrub brush
    4. Let the bleach solution sit on the grout for 15 minutes
    5. Rinse the grout with clean water and let it dry
    6. You should seal the grout now that it’s clean. Two coats of grout sealer applied with a small paintbrush will help keep it clean

    Limescale

    To remove limescale from taps, scrape with a copper coin.

    Oven

    Clean your oven with ‘Oven Pride’
    In my opinion, this is the best oven cleaner you can get. Out of only one box, I can clean my oven 3 times.

    The product comes with a solution and bag. I can get three racks and two glass windows in the bag.

    1. Put your racks and glass windows into the bag
    2. Pour just under one third of the solution into the bag
    3. Turn the bag over and over a period of 24 hours. If the racks and glass are considerably bad then I would recommend 48 hours.
    4. Then, pour some of the solution onto the floor of your oven and spread it round the floor of the oven with a cloth. Leave this for 24 hours.

    Remember, if your oven is self-cleaning then do not put any of the solution on the self-cleaning part (normally the oven sides). Please check your oven manual for further information.

    You now have two options:

    1. One of our cleaners can clean your racks, windows and oven floor

    Or:

    1. Put the racks and glass into your dishwasher and put it on a hot wash. They will come out sparkling. Depending on how dirty your oven floor is, it will take you 5 to 20 minutes to clean (or, again, get one of our cleaners to do this job!)

    Oven Spills

    Immediately sprinkle your oven spills with salt. Once your oven has cooled, brush away the burnt-on food with a damp sponge.

    Pipes

    To clean the pipes under your sink, simply pour about ¼ cup of baking soda down the drain with about 1 cup of vinegar. Then pour some hot water down the drain and Hey Presto!

    Sponges

    To clean your smelly sponges:

    1. Wash your sponge thoroughly
    2. Make sure the sponge has no metal components.  Then, microwave your sponge while it is still wet for about 1 minute or until you see steam from the sponge. This will kill all the bacteria in it.
    3. Remove from the microwave carefully, it will be hot!
    4. Wash the sponge thoroughly before use.

    Use baking soda to clean a burnt saucepan

    If you burn a saucepan, put in some baking soda and, believe it or not, Avon’s Skin So Soft whilst it’s still hot. Allow to soak, and it will come up clean.

    Removing mineral stains from your tea or coffee pot

    To remove mineral deposits from your teapot or burnt spots on your coffee pot, simply follow these simple instructions.

    1. Put some ice cubes, cut-up lemon and salt with a little water and swish the solution around your tea or coffee pot
    2. Leave overnight
    3. In the morning, give your pot a good wash

    Rusty utensils

    1. Cut an onion in half
    2. Sprinkle some sugar over the cut side of the onion
    3. Rub the cut side of the onion over the utensil
    4. It may take a little time, but your utensils will come up sparkling

    Removing water and heat marks from wooden surfaces

    1. Cut a kernel off a walnut or Brazil nut
    2. Rub the kernel over the water or heat mark
    3. It’s a cracking result!

    Clean your kitchen using:

    Alka Seltzer

    Put 3 tablets down the kitchen sink followed by a cup of white vinegar.

    Leave for a few minutes then run hot water.

    Baking soda

    Use baking soda on a damp sponge to clean your sinks, bath, oven, refrigerator and laundry.

    It leaves everything smelling nice and clean, just as good as an cleanser, without scratching enamel.

    Baby oil

    1. When cleaning any stainless steel appliances in the kitchen, wipe them down as normal with a damp cloth
    2. Then use a piece of kitchen towel with a little baby oil and wipe down the surface. You can also use baby wipes, but this is more expensive.
    3. As we live in a hard water area, this is a top tip to know. It brings your stainless steel up lovely.

    This tip was given to me by my client Trina Kapur. I must say, I tried and it works, I couldn’t believe it! I now have nice, shiny stainless steel.

    Homemade cleaning sprays

    You will need a clean, empty trigger spray bottle to make the following cleansers.

    1. A reasonable amount of bleach and a small squirt of washing-up liquid will make the best all round cleaner. This solution removes soap residue from showers, cleans the whole bathroom, kitchen, green algae from conservatory roofs and clean PVC window frames.
    2. For a ready made disinfectant, i.e. Flash, Zoflora, Dettol etc, pour this neat into your bottle and top with water (please read the diluting instructions). This is excellent for cleaning down your work tops, kitchen table, or whatever the instructions say on the disinfectant you buy. And you will find your disinfectant will last months, saving you pounds.

    Lemon

    Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle baking soda on the cut section. Use the lemon to scrub dishes, surfaces and stains.

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    Add a couple of tablespoons of vinegar to your dishwashing detergent. The vinegar cuts through the grease and leaves dishes sparkling.

    Cleaning under your fridge/freezer

    To clean under your fridge/freezer put an old sock over the head of a flyswatter. The sock will pick up the dust and anything else that is under there. Genius idea!

    Fridge odours

    To minimise odours in your fridge, remove the top from a box of baking soda and place it on one of the shelves. Stir the contents from time to time to keep your fridge smelling fresh.

    Grill/Sandwich Maker

    Once you have finished cooking on your grill, place a paper towel soaked in water on each of the cooking surfaces. Unplug the appliance, allow it to sit for 5-30 minutes whilst you eat, then use the paper towels to wipe out the grease and food particles.

    Cleaning your microwave with lemon

    To soften baked-on food inside your microwave, half fill a bowl with water and a quarter of lemon then microwave on high until the water starts boiling. The steam will loosen any baked-on food so you can easily wipe it way.

    To eliminate microwave odours, place a cup of baking soda in the microwave between uses to keep your rice from smelling like kippers or other unusual combinations!

    Tumble Dryer

    Cleaning your tumble dryer will not only prolong it’s life, but can also save you money.

    1. Cleaning the lint filter. Clean the lint filter every time you use your tumble dryer. This helps to increase the airflow, which will shorten your drying time.
    2. Cleaning the tumble dryer heat exchanger. The heat exchanger turns the steam extracted from the drum of a condenser tumble dryer back into water. By regularly removing and cleaning the heat exchanger, you will keep away the built-up dirt and hair. To clean the heat exchange simply run it under a tap.
    3. Cleaning the sensor. If your tumble dryer has a sensor, then just wipe the drum with white vinegar or a stainless steel cleaner every couple of months to keep it clean.
    4. Emptying the water reservoir. Condenser tumble dryers have a reservoir. If you remove and empty this after each load, you will be able to run a drying cycle with a full load without having to stop halfway through to empty the tank.