All you need to do is mix your preferred essential oil and a little vodka in a spray bottle. All you need to do to clean your mattress is mix your preferred essential oil and a little vodka in a spray bottle. Floor sweeper refills can often be a little pricey so why not use your old socks that you don’t wear anymore? For ridding the lawn of weeds such as dandelions, use an old potato peeler, the apple corer type. To save time and energy, cut an onion in half and use it to clean the grate. Their solution was to dream up ways to cut corners and save time and money. From using bread to collect broken glass from the floor and vodka on your mattress to ensure it remains clean, these clever hacks promise to save your time and money. One clean team have put together a list of cleaning hacks they say are effortless and cheap.
Baby shampoos are quite mild and so they can be used on your makeup brushes to clean them. Scrubbing brushes last twice as long if they are put to dry with bristles downwards. Window boxes are attractive, but messy in rainy weather. Some cleaning products are made with chemicals that can leave a strong smell in your home. Your home should be a reflection of you. For this generation of women, the home was hard work. If your children can’t work out which shoe goes on which foot, mark arrows on the insoles and tell them the arrows must point together. The tray’s raised feet allow the heat to circulate evenly so the potatoes need no turning. Before ironing silky material, press the inside seam to test the heat of your iron on the fabric to see if it is safe. Due to its high acidity level, vinegar is a safe and organic way to clean your dishwasher.
Lemon has a germ fighting pH3 level, which is the same acidity of vinegar and the salt acts as an abrasive. Prevent smeary windows by adding a drop of vinegar to the final rinsing water. Wash windows on a dull day. Try using socks that have microfibre material as they are great for attracting dirt on your ceiling and floors. Try grouping furniture, artwork or lighting to create impact. When it comes to cleaning your oven, mix a half-cup of baking soda with a few tablespoons of water to make a paste-like consistency. Baking soda can be found in most of your kitchen cupboards and it also has powerful cleaning properties. Dip your kitchen scissors in hot water before cutting up sticky things, such as dates and marshmallows. After two hours, pour a kettle of boiling water after it. To clean your sponge, simply wet and microwave it on high for two minutes.
BBQs are always hard to clean but we love having them in the summer. The industrial-style cast-iron bar stools are softened by tanned leather. If an entire floor in black feels like a step too far, then there are some beautifully sensuous black rugs on the market. The cloth can then be washed in the usual way. They then swapped these tips in the way we swap celebrity gossip. Sprinkle cologne on your ironing board and allow to dry before ironing blouses and delicate underwear. Any amount of ironing can be done without fatigue. If seamless black isn’t your style you can still get the look. Chopping boards can contain some pretty nasty bacteria if not cleaned properly. Place the beans in a small cup or any unused container and put it on your kitchen tops, fridge, and in your bathroom. To remove stains from a tablecloth, quickly place a saucer of cold water underneath the stain with a piece of bread on top. Use a piece of cotton wool and rub. Use ordinary cotton thread as a cutter. ‘I just painted an entire guest bathroom black,’ says Huang.
Black is a dramatic colour, says Dara Huang, founder of Design Haus Liberty, who uses it to create a sense of mood. Vintage pieces such as the Saarinen Tulip table and Eames dining chairs (just seen) add classic chic, while the faux zebra head brings a sense of playfulness. The suction brings up the pile and makes them as good as new. When the toothpaste is washed off, the Blu Tack will come away, too. One scoop and they come out, root and all. It will also help divide a larger room into sections. This will kill up to 99 per cent of germs. Always put polish on boots or shoes at night and leave the buffing until morning. So, when it comes to advice on how to run our homes, who better to ask than the women who knew best — our grandmas? A polythene bag carried inside your suede handbag comes in handy to protect the bag if you’re caught in the rain. Bizzibeez suggest a handy tip to trap the dust and stop it from being airborne.