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Housekeeping tips that will save you a penny or two

Posted on 2013-08-08

 Who would have thought that a bottle of cola, an old coat hanger and half a tennis ball could help to make your home sparkle? Well, to cut a long story short…they can - but, it’s what you do with them that’s the clever part!
A new book inspired by the Channel 4 series Superscrimpers offers loads of great tips on how to spruce up your home on a budget, in let’s say a bit more of an unorthodox way…
Put the fun back into cleaning!
Here are a few pointers to get you in the cleaning mood in your kitchen, bathroom and living room:
Banish cooking odours
Is there a smell of fish, curry or something you've burnt? You can banish unwanted cooking smells from the kitchen by boiling a cup of distilled white vinegar and a couple of cloves in an uncovered saucepan for a few minutes.
Get your saucepans sparkling
Remove burnt-on stains from pans with cheap own-brand cola. Pour just enough into your pan to cover the burnt area. Boil, stir, then remove from the heat. Pour away the hot cola and the burnt residue should go with it. Finish off with a rinse and a quick wipe with a clean cloth.
Clean limescale off taps
Pour vinegar into sandwich bags, and attach a bag over each tap with duct tape or an elastic band, so that the limescale is submerged in the vinegar. Leave overnight. Remove the bags in the morning and wipe clean (this method is not suitable for brass or coloured fixtures).
Get a loo as good as new
Cheap cola also makes a very efficient toilet cleaner. Pour a litre into the toilet bowl. Leave for an hour or more, then scrub and flush for sparkling results.
Sitting room
Wash your windows
A drop of vinegar on a scrunched-up pad of old newspaper is brilliant for cleaning windows.
Spruce up your carpet
Have you got a drab carpet? Get out the bicarbonate of soda. Sprinkle it liberally  over the carpet, leave for about 15 minutes, then vacuum away dust, dirt and any fustiness will evaporate, too.
Got the cleaning bug and want to carry on?? You can read loads more super cleaning tips here

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