Pretty sure that you’ve already heard of the expression “there’s no place like home”. Well for us, it’s “there’s no place like a shiny home”! There are surely objects or corners of your home that have seen better days, now stained, greasy, grimy… Don’t give up on them just yet! Here are 11 awesome tricks to help to clean those things once and for all.

Before getting started, we advise you to have baking soda and vinegar at hand. These are your best friends and loyal allies against bad odours!

1. Burner grates on your oven

Place the grate in a plastic food bag with 2-3 tablespoons of ammonia. Leave it to work for 12 hours and then wash it thoroughly.

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2. Window frames

Put some baking soda on the bottom of the frame. In a bottle, mix together some water, vinegar and a sprinkle of bicarbonate of soda. Once prepared, scrub the surface with a toothbrush, rub the frames with the vinegar mixture on a paper towel and then wipe down with a damp cloth. Tada!

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3. Stains on sofas and armchairs

Mix together: one tablespoon of baking soda, 1/3 cup of vinegar, hot (but not boiling) water and one tablespoon of detergent. Dip a cloth into the mixture and apply to the stained area.

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4. Grimy bath or kitchen tiles

Mix vinegar and baking soda together and apply to tiles. Leave the mixture for a few minutes and then dry with a rag.

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5. Sink

Moisten the surface of the sink. In one bowl mix 2 tablespoons or bicarbonate with 2 tablespoons of baking soda. In other container put 1/2 cup of vinegar. Rub the bicarb mixture into the sink. Wait 10 minutes and then apply the vinegar mix. Leave it half an hour and the rinse with plenty of water.

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6. Oven

Pour a little ammonia in a small container and leave it in the oven (when it’s cold!) throughout the night. It is extremely important to have the windows open and use gloves when you’re working with ammonia as it gives off toxic vapours.

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7. Chrome taps

Rub the taps with wax paper (like the one you use for baking). The trick doesn’t clean it faster, but you will see over time that it will get less dirty.

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8. Microwave

Put a few tablespoons of vinegar into a bowl of water (about 1 cup). Turn on the microwave and wait for the door window to fog up. Turn it off and allow it to cool for 15 minutes before reopening. Remove the container and wipe with a damp sponge.

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9. Carpets

Put a kitchen towel on the stain to absorb all the liquid. Put some baking soda on top of the stain and let it work for 10 minutes.  In a separate bowl, mix together 1 tablespoon of dish soap, a tablespoon of white vinegar and warm water (approx. 2 cups). Finally, rub the stain with a microfibre cloth to dry.

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10. Plastic chopping boards

When the table is dry, rub it with salt. Soak it in warm water and rub it with a sponge or brush.

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11. Car upholstery

In a spray bottle, mix together water and dish soap in a 1:1 ratio. Spray the mixture on the upholstery from a distance of around 10 cm. Rub with a soft brush and then with a rag dipped in lukewarm water. Work small areas and rinse the rag each time so that you don’t spread dirt from one place to another. Use a microfibre cloth to dry.

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Nothing is impossible to clean, you just need to know how 😉

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