SHE has whipped some of our muckiest homes into shape – and now she’s got tips for you.
Lynsey Crombie, a.k.a. the Queen Of Clean, shares her cleaning hacks with 180,000 followers on social media – and the mum-of-three, from Peterborough, believes now is a great time to get to grips with grime.
Here, Natasha Harding brings you an extract from Lynsey’s new book, The Easy Life, with 25 of her top cleaning tips.
- Ovens can be cleaned using just bicarbonate of soda and white wine vinegar. Simply mix some bicarb and water into a paste, then use it to cover as much of the oven interior as you can. Take a spray bottle containing a 50-50 mixture of water and white wine vinegar and squirt over an even layer. Leave for at least 30 minutes, then rinse with warm water. The grease lifts away.
- Rubber seals on washing machines pick up mould and leave a nasty smell. Use a toothbrush and a mixture of bicarbonate of soda and white wine vinegar and scrub away, then pop machine on rinse cycle.
- Tea bags can be a great mother’s helper in more ways than one. If you’ve got some plates covered with stubborn food, just put the dishes in hot water, throw in a few used tea bags and leave for a few hours. The tea will break down the grease and grime.
- Toilet stains are often not removed by bleach, because it is a whitening rather than a cleaning product, plus it is not the most eco-friendly substance. When you have built-up limescale, pop a few denture tablets into the bowl, close the lid and leave for a few hours, or remove some of the water and add in a neat limescale remover.
- Before you go to bed, leave everything in order. Keeping your home germ-free is even more essential. Every day you should wipe down sides and door handles in your home.
Use an antibacterial spray and cloth to wipe down items people touch frequently, such as phones, door handles, drawers, work surfaces, tables, remote controls, the fridge door, toilet handles and seat and light switches. Soft surfaces such as blankets, pillows, pillowcases, bed sheets and cushions need to be washed frequently. Lynsey’s Instagram is @lynsey_queenofclean.