8 handy cleaning tips that hardly anyone knows about

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The best cleaning tips from professional cleaners

We all have our little tricks when it comes to cleaning and other things in the household. Handy tricks our parents taught us, for example. These eight cleaning tips we’ve got for you today were all supplied by professional cleaners who swear by them. They’re definitely very handy!

These cleaners swear by these cleaning tips!

1. Oil on stainless steel

Do you have a nice stainless steel fridge or freezer? A lot of the newer models have that typical silver colour of stainless steel instead of the white plastic of back in the day. It looks great as long as it’s clean! Unfortunately, through usage greasy fingerprints quickly appear on the steel. The trick to solving this? Add a drop of oil to a paper towel. You can use olive oil, baby oil, or whatever kind of oil you’ve got on hand. Rub the oil onto the spot in question and then rub it clean with another, clean, paper towel. Your fridge will look spotless once again!

2. White chalk on dirty laundry

Did you get a grease stain onto your clothes? Take a piece of white chalk and use it to rub onto the stain before washing the item of clothing like you would normally. This works on grease stains made with butter, dressing, olive oil and other greasy stuff. Don’t have a piece of chalk on hand? You can also use cornstarch or talcum powder. Sprinkle this onto the stain and leave it to sit for 10 minutes before washing like you normally would.

3. Vacuuming

Not a lot of people know this, but when you’re vacuuming it’s better to pull towards you than to push away from you. Move the vacuum towards yourself in a slow movement; that way you’ll catch the most dirt and dust. This works especially well on carpet. If you have a smooth floor, it’s best to first use the vacuum cleaner without an attachment so you can suck up the biggest parts of dust and dirt. This way you’ll prevent everything from blowing and swirling around.

4. Cornstarch on the windows

We already once shared the tip that you should use vinegar while cleaning your windows. Melissa Maker, cleaner, gives as an additional tip that you should add a teaspoon of cornstarch to it as well. Mix together one cup of water, a cup of vinegar and a teaspoon of cornstarch and use this to clean your windows. The cornstarch will function as a mild abrasive, meaning the dirt on your windows will come loose more easily. The result? Clean and streakless windows.

Read about the last four cleaning tips on the next page!

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