Household cleaning hacks

Not every household cleaning task requires expensive products or equipment. We asked cleaning experts Bissell – who are also offering one reader the chance to win a fantastic prize – for some inventive and economical solutions to some common problems


Problem: Mouldy dishwasher

If your dishwasher needs a clean, place a cup of vinegar on the top shelf and wash on the hottest cycle to kill mould, mildew and fungus.

Problem: Dirty make-up brushes

To clean make-up brushes without spending money on pricey cleaners, swirl them in a solution of olive oil and dishwashing liquid to remove grime.

Problem: Grubby toys

Providing they don’t have batteries or lots of fiddly pieces, you can put them in the dishwasher for a thorough clean.

Problem: Grimy oven

Spray a solution of baking soda and water on built-up oven grime. Wipe down when oven is still slightly warm for an organic oven-cleaning solution.

Problem: Messy Marmite stains

To remove Marmite stains, do not rub the area with a dry paper towel. Instead, dilute the stain with water to loosen the paste and colour. Absorb the excess water with a dishcloth.

Problem: Broken glass

Use slices of bread to clean up the shards. Press the slices into the area to help pick up fragments of glass.

Problem: Dusty lampshades

Use a lint roller to remove excess dust and fibre particles.

Problem: Marked stainless steel surfaces

To keep your stainless steel surfaces in good nick, rub a cotton cloth in one direction at a time. Moving in the direction of the grain can help remove light marks. Finish in a straight line for a mark-free finish.

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