How to descale and clean your kettle with lemons
It's usually the base of the kettle that’s the worst so cut a lemon in half and squeeze the juice from both halves into the kettle, leaving the neat lemon juice to sit in the cold kettle for an hour or so. Chop up one of the lemon halves and place these into the kettle (along with the juice already in there) and then fill the kettle with water to about half to three quarters full. Boil it, then allow it to cool and empty out the lemon and water and rinse thoroughly. Use the unchopped lemon half to rub around the outside of the kettle to remove water marks. Wipe off with a damp cloth and then dry and polish. A lovely shiny kettle inside and out!
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How to deal with coffee stains, wine spills and muddy footprints on carpets
1. Act quickly and soak up the affected area with a cloth or kitchen towel.
2. Saturate the area with very cold water.
3. Keep blotting with a white cloth or paper towel until it is as dry as possible and/or stain has gone.
4. Repeat as necessary - the water will dilute what is left lurking in the carpet fibres.
NEVER USE DETERGENTS, PARTICULARLY WASHING UP LIQUID, AS THIS STAYS IN THE CARPET AND ATTRACTS DIRT TO THAT AREA FOREVER!
How to clean a food blender
Fill your blender with water and add a few drops of washing up liquid. Put the lid on (it's vital you don't forget this step!) then turn the blender on for a few seconds. Empty and rinse. Perfect! Watch the video here!
How to effectively kill viruses on surfaces
We have all been told a lot about how the Covid-19 virus can linger on surfaces such as packages and door handles, but did you know that a lot of other germs can also live on dry surfaces for several hours and on moist surfaces for up to three days?
This is why it is really important to use anti-bacterial cleaners regularly and also use them properly. This means that once you have sprayed them on, you should leave them on the surface for at least 60 seconds before wiping them off to ensure the sprays are most effective.
Make sure you use a very clean cloth to wipe surfaces as well or you will just be spreading more germs back onto the surface!
Using bicarbonate of soda instead of bleach
Did you know that bicarbonate of soda (also known as baking soda) is a fantastic alternative to bleach? It doesn't stain, produces no nasty fumes and is safe on the skin. It is also much kinder to the environment and septic tanks than bleach. Try using it in your washing machine to break down grease and stains on your laundry - just add a scoop to your washing powder and wash as normal. Or use it to clean a stainless steel sink that has turned brown and bring back the shine!
Best way to clean a microwave
If your microwave needs a good clean inside, follow our top tip to get it clean without scrubbing!
Just fill a microwave-safe bowl with water, slice and juice a whole lemon and add to the water. Place the bowl in the microwave and cook on high for approx 3 minutes.
Once the 3 minutes are up, wait a further 5 minutes with the door shut and the bowl still inside, allowing the steam to loosen any dried on residue. Then remove the bowl and give the inside of the microwave a quick wipe with a damp cloth to easily remove any dirt and baked on food. Watch the video here!
Uses for Old Newspapers
Do you have a pile of old newspapers cluttering up your house? Well don't despair as newspaper is great for polishing up mirrors and other glass surfaces - just spray the surface with glass cleaner or anti-bac spray and then rub the surface with a screwed up sheet of newspaper for a smear-free, sparkly finish!