GREEN HOME CLEANING TIPS AND ADVICE

Cleaning your home can be a chore, to say the least.  Especially if you are at work all day, the kids walk mud in, the dog brings god knows what in and you don’t have the luxury of a paid house keeper.

Some tasks such as carpet cleaning, upholstery cleaning and even leather suite cleaning will always benefit from hiring a professional, but here are a few eco-friendly DIY tips for everyday hic-ups.

CLEANING GRASS STAINS

So the kids are in from football and are hungry, the problem is their clothes are full of green grass stains.

The best solution here is to get a cloth soaked with white wine vinegar and dab the offending marks.  Next, apply a small amount of washing detergent and agitate this through the stain.  Follow this by a 60-degree machine wash and hey presto, the grass stain should go!

COFFEE ON YOUR CLOTHES

Yes, it happens, delicious roasted bean coffee and it ends up as a dribble (or a spill) on your crisp white shirt or blouse.

Get some white wine vinegar and apply generously to the spilt coffee.  Leave this to dwell for ten minutes.  Next, up, apply some warm water to the stain.  Now reapply the vinegar.  Last move is to wash as normal in the machine.  Coffee has now gone (until next time!)

HOW TO CLEAN THE INSIDE OF SHOWER

Easy.  Simply buy one of those handy dish wands – the type you can put a cleaning solution in, and it has a sponge or brush on the end.  Fill this with a mix of water, washing up liquid (just a drop) and white vinegar.  Whilst you are giving yourself a good clean down, simply use this brush to clean the shower tiles etc and rinse off with the shower once gleaming.

CLEANING CEILING FANS

So last thing we need is for the dust from these ceiling fans to come tumbling down whilst you are dusting them.

Grab an old pillowcase, cover the blade with the pillowcase and slowly pull it away with the dust enclosed.

COMPUTER KEYBOARD CLEANING

So most people that work with computers are guilty of eating their lunch and making a sticky mess on the keyboard.

An easy clean here is to simply take a sticky post it note and run the sticky side down in between all of the keys.

HOW TO CLEAN THE METAL TOASTER

This has sticky fingermarks off the kids, butter, jam, honey and the list goes on.  grab

Why not try this – grab one tablespoon of cream of tartar.  Add a few drops of water in order to make a milky like paste.  Rub this onto the case of the toaster with a paper towel, and voila!  You can see your face in it.

CLEANING THE IRON

Look at the bottom of your clothes iron.  Is it off colour with bits of black residue scorched on it?

All you need for a sparkly iron is salt, table salt.  Sprinkle this salt onto a clean towel.  Heat your iron up using the cotton setting.  Now just simply push the iron over the salt, back and forth until the offending marks disappear.  Finish off the iron clean (once cool) with a damp cloth.

CLEANING WINDOW BLINDS

These are one of the toughest time consuming dusty items in the home.

What we need here is a bowl with 50% water and 50% white vinegar.  Now put on some rubber gloves an old sock.  No, not on your foot but on the gloved hand.  Use the sock to get right into the blinds, once full of dusty gunk simply rinse the sock in the pre prepared solution of water and white vinegar.

WHEN TO CALL A PRO CLEANER

Certain items will need the help of a  professional cleaning company.

Dirtbusters as an example can help you with leather cleaning services in Liverpool.  Its important to have an experienced hand when it comes to leather cleaning, as there are various types that need different cleaning methods.

After all, furniture – both leather and fabric cost a lot to replace.