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From cleaning glassware to removing stains from the toilet, here is a list of the top five most undesired chores and a resolution to save time, effort and money by using products from around your home, that you wouldn’t think to be useful when cleaning, and using cheap cleaning products without having to use bleach.

1. CLEANING GLASSWARE-WITHOUT SMEARS

Glassware is one of the hardest things to clean without making them look worse than they did previously. Take a mirror for example, how many times have you cleaned a mirror then looked into it to realise you just grew another nose and eye because there is a big smear in the centre of your reflection. Many glass and mirror cleaning products can be found in supermarkets but they can be expensive and they are not always guaranteed to be successful. I find that the easiest way to clean glass products is by using vinegar and an old newspaper. The acid in vinegar prevents smears so by adding a small amount of vinegar to a piece of newspaper and gently rubbing in a clockwise or anti-clockwise motion removes any dirt and smears that glass cleaning products may leave behind.

2. REMOVING DUST WEBS FROM THE CORNERS OF A CEILING

Every household will begin to get dust webs in the corners of the rooms. Many people use feather dusters to remove these but this is not always the most hygienic form of cleaning as dust gets trapped in the feathers and then is transported around the household. I find the easiest thing to do is to use a toilet brush. Its tight bristles trap the webs and the brush can then easily be cleaned, without ruining it, unlike feather dusters, as a toilet brush’s bristles are waterproof. This also works with dust bunnies in the carpet.

3. GETTING RID OF DUST AND DIRT IN THE SCREEN CORNERS

It’s really difficult to get rid of those bits of dirt that are stuck in the corners of things such as the television. The duster can’t quite reach it, your fingers are too big and god forbid getting your nails dirty, so I find the easiest way to remove the dirt in the corners of screens is by putting a thin, pointed object, for example a pen, underneath the duster and then attempting to wipe away the dirt. The pointed object can easily reach into the corner and therefore, saves you the job of getting your hands dirty.

4. REMOVING THE PET HAIR FROM CARPETS THAT THE VACUUM CLEANER CAN’T PICK UP

A vacuum cleaner can only collect partial bits of pet hair, unless you use a vacuum cleaner that is clinically designed for pet hair you will always find pet hairs in your carpets. These hairs stick to the carpet bristles and eventually build up making your carpet look dirty and untidy. However, there is a solution. Use a hard bristled brush, these can be picked up from most supermarkets, and simply wet it then pull it through the carpet in a single direction (up, down, left or right), do not rub the brush left to right, up and down etc. as this will not pull the hairs away from the carpet but just push them further in. You will see that you begin to create a pile of hairs that can then be easily vacuumed away.

5. REMOVING STAINS FROM THE TOILET

Cleaning the toilet is the most undesirable chore to do and toilet stains are not uncommon to come by. Using bleach and a toilet brush, we endlessly scrub away with our heads in the bowl but there is an easier way. Simply poor a can of coke down the toilet and leave it for an hour to work its magic Then simply run the toilet brush around the bowl to detach any stains that are still clinging to the sides and flush. You will then be left with a clean toilet bowl without the choking fumes of bleach.

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