Seven Household Objects You Should Be Using to Clean Your Home

By on December 22, 2015
Seven Household Objects You Should Be Using to Clean Your Home

By Patrick Vernon –

As a nation we spend thousands of pounds a year on household cleaning products. There are, however, many items that you probably already have in your home that you can use to get into those nooks and crannies to make your home spick and span. There are several professional cleaning companies out there such as Molly Maid Domestic Cleaning Services who can do the job for you. These will get your home to a high standard that you are able to maintain in between visits. To do this, instead of buying tons of dishcloths, products and dusters why not try some of these everyday items?

1) Cotton Buds – Not just for applying make-up or using for first aid, these are brilliant for tricky cleaning jobs. Use them for getting into tight corners, (round the back of the sink, between the keys on your laptop, when cleaning ornaments etc). They make those difficult cleaning tasks so much easier.

2) Toothbrush – Instead of throwing away your old toothbrush, keep it for scrubbing up. A toothbrush is a great tool when it comes to cleaning the grouting on kitchen or bathroom tiles or cleaning away any grimy bits around sinks and tap bases. They are also fantastic for cleaning between the treads of shoes.

3) Lemon – Lemon juice is a natural antibacterial cleaner and works wonders around the house. Squeeze the juice of three lemons and mix with salt to form a paste for cleaning the kitchen sink. Drop some of the paste into the sink and gently scrub the sink with it. Rinse afterwards.

To freshen up your fridge, cut up half a lemon and pop it in a bowl then leave it in the fridge to get rid of odours. Replace it as necessary. More tips on using lemons for cleaning can be found at

4) Sticky tape – Use this to remove pet hairs or fluff from fabrics, your clothes or surfaces.

5) Pastry Brush – Keep a second pastry brush just for cleaning, the soft but uniform bristles are excellent for delicate cleaning jobs. You can use it to brush dirt from plastic blinds and fabric lampshades and to get the crumbs out of a toaster (once unplugged).

6) Newspaper – Did you know that newspaper is great for cleaning windows and mirrors to get rid of streaks. Spray a little window/glass cleaner directly onto your mirrors or windows or use vinegar for a natural alternative. Use the newspaper to wipe clean and, hey presto, no streaks.

7) Plastic bag – For a great trick to clean your showerhead of limescale and grime, simply fill a plastic bag with white vinegar, then tie it around the showerhead with a rubber band or hair bobble so that the showerhead is submerged in the vinegar. Leave it overnight and in the morning the showerhead will be shiny and clean.

These are just a few of the alternative tools we can use around the home to help with cleaning jobs. I also often keep hold of old flannels or towels that I can use to wipe down surfaces to make spring cleaning easier.


Patrick Vernon is a freelance writer, with experience writing for a range of magazines and websites, researching various topics in order to offer useful info and content to the public.

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Seven Household Objects You Should Be Using to Clean Your Home