Cleaning products you’ll find at home!


337288_thumbScuff Marks
To get rid of scuff marks, rub the inside of a banana peel over silverware, leather shoes and leather furniture. Wipe with a soft cloth. Be sure to test on a small, inconspicuous section first before attempting the whole area.
Wallpaper Cleaner
Soft chunks of crustless white bread will get smudges off wallpaper and wipe away fingerprints and other grime.
Hardwater stain remover
To get rid of lime build up, make a paste of 1 teaspoon vinegar and 2 tablespoons salt. Apply to sink fixtures and rub with a cloth.
Drain Cleaner
Sprinkle 1/4 cup baking soda in the drain, followed by 1 cup vinegar. Let sit for 15 minutes, then flush with a pot of boiling water.
Stovetop protectant
Rub a thin veneer of car wax on your stovetop, then wipe it off. The wax allows future cooking spills to lift off more easily. You could also wipe a layer of WD-40 on your stovetop, this works well too in keeping your stovetop protected and looking clean. Use sparingly.
Stainless steel polish
A staple in most garages, WD-40 also works wonders on stainless steel. Just spray and rub with a cloth for a spotless shine.
Washing machine cleaner
Using the warm water setting, fill the basin and add 2 cups of white vinegar. Let stand for an hour, then run the cycle as usual.
Mirror cleaner
Clean a bathroom mirror with shaving cream (the old-fashioned white kind, not a gel variety), then wipe with a soft cloth. This tip also helps keep the mirror fog-free after showers.
Antibacterial bathroom cleaner
To kill bathroom germs, spray full-strength vinegar around the sink and tub. Wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Silver jewellery polish
Using a soft toothbrush, scrub pieces of silver jewellery with a bit of toothpaste containing baking soda. Rinse with warm water to restore sparkle. This works a treat.
Anti-tarnishing paper
Place a stick of white chalk in with your silver jewellery to absorb moisture and prevent tarnish.
Vase cleaner
To get glass vases sparkling clean, fill three-quarters with hot water, add a teaspoon of baking soda and shake. Let stand overnight; rinse.
Paint remover for skin
To take off oil-based paint on your skin, put a little extra-virgin olive oil on a soft cloth and rub clean.
Grill degreaser
To maintain a clean barbecue grill, sprinkle dry baking soda on a damp brush, scrub, then rinse.
Plant duster
Clean and shine the leaves of houseplants by wiping them down with the inside of a banana peel.
Fan duster
Slip an old pillowcase over each blade of a ceiling fan, then apply mild pressure as you peel it off. The dust will stay in the case.
At Allsorts HQ we have recently found a Facebook page called ‘Mrs Hinch Cleaning Tips’. While we can’t promote the content, it is worth having a little look at... Some great ideas!