Expert offers quirky cleaning tips

Cleaning expert Lynsey Crombie has offered some tips on how people can keep their homes fresh and sparkling with a few household objects.

Keeping your house clean doesn’t have to involve lots of expensive products and accessories, according to one expert.

Lynsey Crombie, who goes under the name ‘Queen of Clean’ on Instagram, where she has 127,000 followers, recently appeared on This Morning to offer a number of tips on cheap and easy household cleaning, the Daily Mail reported.

Make the most of lemons

Lots of people will have lemons lying around the house, but might not be aware of the powerful cleaning properties that come from the fruit’s acidic nature.

According to Lynsey, half a lemon and some bicarbonate of soda can be an effective combination for all sorts of cleaning jobs.

She described lemons as “one of my go-to products”, adding: “The beauty about them is the smell.”

One method is to sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda onto half a lemon and give it a small squeeze, which creates a useful solution for jobs such as wiping down dirty draining boards, removing hard water marks in the shower, and tackling limescale and soap scum.

Even when you’ve finished cleaning with the lemon, it can be placed in the dishwasher to fight bad smells and create a fresh, natural aroma.

Lynsey also had a tip for getting hold of lemons at the best possible price.

“What I do always advise is go to the supermarket later in the day when prices drop, so you’re not spending so much money on it,” she said.

Tea bags in trainers

One of the Queen of Clean’s most unusual tips was aimed at people who have struggled to get rid of unpleasant odours from well-worn trainers.

Her trick for this is to put four tea bags in the shoes and place them under a radiator, which will help to bring out the natural deodorising properties of the tea.

If your trainers have some particularly stubborn stains, one effective way to whiten them is by giving them a scrub with toothpaste.

Ice cubes in the tumble dryer

Lynsey had another unusual suggestion for tackling one of those particularly difficult domestic jobs: getting creases out of clothes as quickly as possible.

She recommends popping the items in the tumble dryer, along with three or four ice cubes, and putting the dryer on for five to ten minutes.

This will reportedly create steam that will remove the creases from the clothes, saving you a tedious ironing job.

Mascara brushes and potato peel

The innovative cleaning tips didn’t end there, with the Instagram star also pointing out how old mascara brushes, which would ordinarily go straight in the bin, can be used to clean tight, hard-to-reach spaces like kitchen plugs and vents that gather dust.

Lynsey has even found a use for potato peels — cleaning cutlery. Simply rub the peel against knives, forks and spoons to get rid of stains.

These are all great recommendations, but if you would rather just call in the professionals to do your tricky cleaning jobs, give FastKlean a call today on 020 8884 9149.

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