The best cleaning hacks of 2018 revealed
From a tomato sauce bottle to clean tiles to ‘strip washing’ and using a tablet on blackened irons: The best cleaning hacks of 2018 revealed
- This year saw a number of excellent cleaning tips and tricks shared on Facebook
- There were ways to remove soap scum from showers and grease from sinks
- The remedies often involved simple household items like dishwashing tablets
Social media has given us the ability to stay in contact with those we might usually not be able to see or hear from.
But this year it also became a way for cleaning fanatics to share their most promising tips and tricks for leaving sinks, ovens, floors and home appliances sparkling.
FEMAIL has rounded up some of the best hacks from 2018, from ‘strip washing’ to using foil and a dishwashing tablet to scrub away baked on grease.
PARACETAMOL TABLET TO CLEAN IRON
If you’ve been struggling to remove the black scorch marks from your iron, there’s a common first aid item that will do the trick.
Australian mothers are swearing by a simple cleaning method that can completely banish the stubborn stains from your appliance in minutes.
With amazing results, your old iron will be sparkling new again.
Australian mothers are swearing by a simple cleaning method that removes the black stubborn stains completely from your appliance in minutes – all you need is Panadol
All you need is a Panadol tablet.
‘A Panadol tablet held in a pair of tweezers and rubbed on the hot iron plate,’ one woman suggested in a popular Facebook group.
To remove the black burnt marks, the cleaning process requires the iron to be on maximum setting.
As you rub the tablet along the hot surface, the stains begin to slide off, almost like erasing the marks from the plate.
Continue to rub the pill on the plate until all marks are removed.
TRANSFORM YOUR FLOORS WITH A TOMATO SAUCE BOTTLE AND $10 SPRAY
One such trick took Facebook by storm when a Melbourne mother transformed her floors from grubby to sparkling in a matter of minutes.
‘This was done in minimal time and with minimal effort,’ she wrote alongside before and after photos of her floor.
‘I had no idea they were that filthy,’ she continued. ‘I love it. I used Bunnings Long Life Grout Cleaner and applied it with an empty sauce bottle.’
BEFORE: One Melbourne mother was so impressed by her two-product cleaning method recently that she took to a Facebook group to share her amazing results
AFTER: ‘This was done in minimal time and with minimal effort,’ she wrote alongside before and after photos of her floor
The $10 bottle of cleaning solution promises to ‘restore and revitalise grout between ceramic tiles, slate, terracotta, brick and masonry surfaces’.
Another mother wanted to know exactly how the long stem brush, which was also purchased from Bunnings for $9.90, helped her to create the desired finish.
‘I poured the liquid into the empty, clean sauce bottle and followed the directions,’ the Melbourne mastermind behind the hack explained.
‘I then squirted into grout, left for a few minutes, lightly scrubbed with the long handle brush then mopped up residue with hot water and vinegar. It was very easy.’
In total it took 10 to 15 minutes to complete the area pictured in her photographs.
HOW TO GET RID OF PERMANENT MARKER
Thankfully one Australian mother recently shared how she banishes permanent marker stains in seconds using a $7 bottle of Aerogard, an insect repellent.
The mother took to a cleaning Facebook group to share the removal in action, wowing thousands with how quickly it worked.
‘Who knew?!?! Little miss 5 decided to draw on the stone bench with a permanent marker,’ she wrote.
An Australian mother recently shared how she banishes permanent marker stains in seconds using a $7 bottle of Aerogard, an insect repellent (pictured before and after)
Aerogard has also been used by others to remove permanent marker from walls, tables and leather lounges
‘Watch how easily I removed it!! Aerogard to the rescue.’
It’s not the only tactic, with several other mums sharing their own go-to removal tactics with the group.
‘Hand sanitizer does the same,’ one wrote.
‘I use hairspray just like this works a treat for all kinds of stains,’ another added.
Aerogard has also been used by others to remove permanent marker from walls, tables and leather lounges.
‘Just squirt a little on a tissue and wipe over the pen – it will get it off,’ a woman wrote.
CLEAN OUT THE FRONT LOADER RUBBER SEAL
A group of Australian homeowners have uncovered the filthy reason their front loader washing machines are releasing a toxic smell that’s leaching into their clothes.
The women, who have uploaded images of the problem to an online cleaning forum, were noticing a less-than-pleasant scent emitting from their appliances and uncovered thick layers of caked-on mould in the rubber seal.
‘Has anyone actually had any luck with cleaning the mould in the rubber seal of a front loader washing machine?,’ one woman wrote.
A group of mothers have uncovered the filthy reason their front loader washing machines are releasing a toxic smell that’s leaching into their clothes
The women, who have uploaded images of the problem to an online cleaning forum, were noticing a less-than-pleasant scent emitting from their appliances
The way front loading machines are designed lend themselves to collecting dirt and grime more so than top loaders.
This is because they have watertight, airtight doors that seal with a rubber gasket, which traps moisture in the machine and encourages mildew growth.
Meanwhile top loaders have a loose fitting metal door that easily allows the tank to dry between each wash.
While there is no one-way to remove mould a combination of keeping the machine door open in between washes and wiping down the rubber seal weekly should keep the issue at bay.
The way front loading machines are designed lend themselves to collecting dirt and grime more so than top loaders
Before you throw out that stained pillowcase or dusty couch cover you think can’t be salvaged, it’s worth trying to ‘strip wash’ them.
The three-ingredient soaking system is taking the internet by storm after a mother boasted about the results she’d seen in a post on Facebook – complete with some eye-opening before and after photographs.
‘I’m in the middle of strip soaking my “clean” bed sheets… to say I’m repulsed by the colour of the water is an understatement,’ she wrote.
A three-ingredient soaking system called ‘strip washing’ is taking the internet by storm after a mother talked about the incredible results she saw from it in a Facebook group
‘I’m in the middle of strip soaking my “clean” bed sheets… to say I’m repulsed by the colour of the water is an understatement,’ she wrote, sharing a picture of the water before and after
The before snap shows a bath filled with the ‘strip washing’ solution – made up of Borax, or sodium borate, and soda crystals dissolved in water with ordinary washing powder – while the after shot reveals the murky coloured liquid left behind when the sheets were removed.
A strip wash is designed to take heavily used or worn fabrics back to their ‘factory settings’ according to fans.
It removes dirt, as well as bodily fluids like sweat and bacteria from the fabric in just a few short hours.
AFTER: Many of the images shared on Facebook by people who have tried strip washing reveal incredible results, showing once-filthy fabrics that look as good as new
BEFORE: People are sharing examples of the fabrics they have cleaned with the method, including this incredibly stained sofa cushion cover
And the recipe for the strip washing formula is remarkably simple.
If you want to use your bathtub for a strip wash, you just need to add 1/4 cup of sodium borate, 1/4 cup of soda crystals, plus 1/2 cup of a laundry powder of your choice, before filling the tub up with water and mixing the ingredients until they have all dissolved.
‘Put in the hottest water you can, mix it up and leave for up to four hours,’ the instructions explain.
The recipe to pour into a filled bathtub or large bucket is remarkably simple – it’s just 1/3 cup of sodium borate, 1/3 cup of soda crystals and a laundry powder of your choice
When using the method, you have to proceed with caution however, with some people noting that ‘seven times out of 10 there will be dye run, depending on the fabric and how it was dyed’
The final step involves washing the products in a normal wash, before folding and placing away.
‘It’s not something that should be done for the sake of it and it has the potential to wear out certain fabrics,’ another woman in the group wrote.
‘On everyday fabrics it has the potential to remove heavy stains, residual bacteria and dye.’
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THREE-INGREDIENT SOAP SCUM REMOVAL
One woman from New South Wales knows all about how difficult soap scum can be to remove, having tried ‘everything’ to reduce the foggy effect on her glass shower door.
But it was a comment made by a mother in a Facebook group devoted to cleaning that proved to be the winning formula, and is inspiring others to give it a try.
‘Okay so I am never one to post on these sites… I always just secretly stalk them… But I need to share this,’ the cryptic post began online.
One woman from New South Wales knows all about how difficult it can be to remove, having tried ‘everything’ to reduce the foggy effect on her glass shower door
‘I have tried SO MANY products to clean my shower glass and get the scum off… Exit Mould, Ajax bathroom spray, Koh, Ekoworx and their diamond sponge… and nothing worked.
‘I saw a post tonight about using a dishwand with detergent and rinse aid and thought YOLO.’
The before and after photo she posted alongside her comments speak for themselves, proving that the three ingredients together have the power to remove even the toughest of stains.
The before and after photo she posted alongside her comments speak for themselves, proving that the three ingredients together have the power to remove even the toughest of stains
‘Just four squirts of dishwashing liquid and it said 30ml rinse aid but I didn’t have anything to measure so I just poured a bit in and added water until it was full,’ she said.
The dishwand has a section at the base of it for you to pour liquid inside, which then leaches out of the sponge at the top.
USING DENTURE CLEANER ON COUCHES AND TILES
A Queensland woman purchased $4 worth of Polident and a spray bottle to clean her dirty couch and yellow-stained tiles, explaining in an online Facebook group how she went about transforming the furniture.
‘I used the warm water and put three tablets in, waited for it to dissolve and then sprayed it on the sofa,’ she explained.
After letting the solution set for approximately five minutes the ingenious trick involved ‘scrubbing’ the lounge chairs quite ‘hard’ with a dishwashing brush and using a towel to absorb the dirty water.
BEFORE: A mother has used denture tablets to clean her dirty five-seater lounge
BEFORE AND AFTER: The Queensland woman purchased $4 worth of Polident and a spray bottle to clean her dirty couch
She repeated this step a few times until the towel didn’t come away with any residual dirt on it.
‘Because I’m living in a unit I just turned on the air conditioning and a fan to dry the couch,’ she continued.
‘It has come out great. Our sofa is about five or six years old and this is the first time we’ve cleaned it.’
In total she used three bottles of water and went through nine tablets to bring her five-seater couch back to life.
Interestingly, she’d already tried the trick on her tile floors previously, and they’d come out sparkling new.
After waiting approximately five minutes the ingenious trick involved ‘scrubbing’ the lounge chairs quite ‘hard’ with a dishwashing brush and using a towel to absorb the dirty water
Interestingly, she’d already tried the trick on her tile floors previously, and they’d come out sparkling new
FOIL AND DISHWASHING TABLETS TO REMOVE GREASE
A Victoria-based woman had heard about a two-ingredient cleaning method that claimed to get rid of stains, dirt and grease with minimal effort, so she decided to put it to the test.
By wrapping the sink in foil, filling it half way with hot water and adding five dishwashing tablets her metal appliance came up looking ‘like new’.
BEFORE: A mother, who is a painter by trade, was growing sick of ‘spending a couple of hours’ scrubbing residual dyes out of her laundry sink
AFTER: Incredibly by wrapping the sink in foil, filling it half way with hot water and adding five dishwashing tablets her metal appliance came up looking ‘like new’
‘I’m a furniture artist and though the paints and sealers I use are eco-friendly, water-based and don’t contain the usual nasties they still build up and can be incredible hard to remove,’ the woman explained in a Facebook group.
‘Normally I’d spend a couple of hours scrubbing the sink every month or so.’
But by leaving the foil and tablets in her sink for five hours and doing ‘two minutes of light scrubbing’, the marks vanished.
Other mothers have grasped the idea of the hack and employed it to clean their ovens.
But by leaving the foil and tablets in her sink for five hours and doing ‘two minutes of light scrubbing’, the marks had vanished
The cleaning hack can be used on any part of the oven that can be removed – with testers thus far showing off how it has transformed their oven racks, oven door windows, and even their oven door handles.
To begin, pull out each piece from the oven completely, and wrap each one individually in foil.
Then, fill a bathtub full of hot water and put the foil-wrapped oven parts under the water.
A mother found a clever way to clean her oven by pulling out different parts, wrapping them individually with foil and then soaking them in a bathtub of hot water and a dishwasher tablet
Using the simple trick, the woman managed to remove years of baked-in grease with nothing more than foil, water, and a dishwasher tablet
She shared amazing results of her cleaned oven online, including the now-transparent glass window that was once covered in grease and what appeared to be smoke
The handle also had a deep clean after she let it soak in her crafty DIY treatment
How to clean your oven
‘I ran the bath (hot water only),’ the woman who revealed the clever hack explained. ‘I wrapped the racks in foil then submerged them in the bath.’
If your racks and other oven parts don’t stay submerged, some people suggest placing bottles of shower gel or shampoo on top of them to keep them weighed down.
From there, the rest is incredibly easy.
‘Simply place a dishwashing tablet on top of the wrapped racks. Then I leave them alone for two hours,’ the woman continued.
‘I went back and while leaning over the bath, I wiped the racks with magic eraser.
‘No elbow grease or much effort at all.’
The hack – which works so efficiently because of a chemical reaction between the foil and the dishwasher tablet – has quickly taken the internet by storm, with homeowners everywhere trying the treatment out for themselves, before taking to social media to share their incredible results.
Sharing is caring: Other women are now trying out the hack and sharing their results online, revealing how the treatment transforms their once-grimy and dirty oven racks
Once each part of the oven has been wrapped up in foil, whether it’s the glass, the handle, or the racks, you have to place it in the tub for two hours to soak with a dishwasher tablet
The two-hour process will also leave your bathtub sparkling (pictured right) while cleaning the oven racks and any other pieces of the oven you manage to remove
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