Home Cleaning Hacks

To keep your dishwasher up to scratch, grab a damp cloth and some baking soda and give the inside a wipe to remove any stains or bits of food. It is also a good idea to run the dishwasher while it's empty using a dishwasher cleaner. If your family has been sick it's also a good idea to add a small amount of bleach or disinfectant to kill off all the germs. Once the rinse cycle has been run the plates and cups will be safe to use and free of bacteria.

Remember to clean your cleaning cloths and sponges! They collect germs and bacteria so need regular washing and disinfecting. You can put them through the washing machine or even microwave your sponges on high to help kill germs, one minute should be sufficient. And throw cloths and sponges away once they are past their best, it doesn't cost much to replace them and you could be saving yourself and family from getting sick.

Got the remains of the roast dinner or shepherd's pie stuck on your glass casserole dish? An easy way to remove it is to use a bit of silver kitchen foil. Roll a clean piece up into a ball and squirt some washing up liquid on to it, then scrub the leftover food away.

The microwave can be anther tricky appliance to keep clean, with food splatters cooking on to the inside and seemingly turning into cement. To help soften the stains fill a bowl of water and add a few drops of cleaning liquid, then microwave the boil on high heat for a few minutes. You should then be able to wipe the stains away easily.

Keeping your bathroom clean and smelling fresh can be a nightmare, particularly if you have a large family. To keep the bathroom bin from smelling awful simply put a fabric softener sheet inside, and then every time you open it you will release the smell of a summer meadow rather than a bad odour.

Your carpets need regular cleaning if you have pets. Keep your pets out of areas with high-maintenance carpets. Be sure to vacuum on a bi-weekly basis and keep spot removal products and other carpet cleaning agents on hand. If you are thinking about having your carpets professionally cleaned due to its smell there is an easy trick that you can do on your own. If you want to try and handle things yourself first, sprinkle a little baking soda to the affected area. Allow it to sit in the carpet for several hours before you vacuum it. This should help rid your carpet of any bad odours.

You can also consider hiring a professional domestic cleaner, either on a weekly or bi-weekly basis, or for one off deep spring cleans. Our county wide service covers most locations including Southend on Sea, Maldon, Stansted, and Epping.

If hiring a professional home cleaner remember to ask for references and check they have insurance. You should always call at least one or two of the references provided to ensure they are able to provide the level or service you require.