Got a stubborn stain that just won't budge? Read our experts' top spot-busting tips, from kitchen grease to everyday messes and even those unexpected cleaning challenges. And, check out a few Brite Ideas from our readers.
You can get rid of burnt-on mess in pots and pans with a bit of salt. Just put your items in salted warm water and leave it to take effect for a few minutes, and then wipe off the remaining dirt with a sponge. However, be careful to never let stainless steel flatware soak in water, as prolonged exposure to acidic foods, dairy and salt can cause damage. If particularly tenacious dirt still remains, you can use a soda solution to dissolve it.
Tarnish in pots and pans
To remove tarnish from most pots and pans, rub a generous amount of ketchup over the affected areas. Then wipe them clean with a heavy duty sponge.
Stains in coffee pots
To get rid of stains in a coffee pot, fill it with warm water and add an effervescent cleaning tablet for dentures. Remove the remains with a sponge and your pot will be perfectly clean again.
Mildew in the fridge or bread box
Using a sponge soaked with vinegar works wonders against mildew in your fridge or bread box. Additionally, it gets rid of bad smell.
Keeping stainless steel cutlery shiny
Rub your stainless steel cutlery with fresh lemon zest and wipe it off with a wet non-scratch sponge to keep it shiny and sparkling.
Sticky residues on baking trays
For getting rid of sticky mess on baking trays, use hot water and a heavy duty sponge or spiral scourer. For the toughest mess, put salt on your tray and wipe it off with newspaper pages. Be sure to grease your tray after cleaning it, so that the next cake will not stick on it.
Tiles and Mirrors
Lime scale on your bathroom tiles and mirrors can be removed with the help of sponge for delicate surfaces. For the most tenacious lime scale stains, you can add a bit of vinegar in your cleaning water. The acidity of the vinegar also removes soap scum. Afterwards, simply use a microfibre wipe for a streak-free and shiny finish.
For removing tough lime scale and soap scum on your bathroom fittings, wrap a wipe soaked with vinegar around them and leave it to take effect over night. On the next day, rinse the area and use a dry wipe for a sparkling finish.
Hardwood floors demand special care. Since wood is a porous material, the less water is used, the better. Ideally, hardwood floors should be cleaned with a well-wrung out mop or floor wipe. When filling up a bucket for the mop it is important not to use water that is very hot, as it could potentially dissolve the wax on the floor’s surface. The most effective way of cleaning the floor is to start in the corners of the room and then move towards the middle by using a straight back and forth motion while making sure to overlap each stroke. Work your way across the room, rinsing and wringing the mop as you go. Make sure you end up backing out of the room through a door so you don't get trapped inside. Finally, allow the floor to air dry for a few minutes.
Add some salt, vinegar essence and starch to your window cleaning water for shiny and sparkling windows. Avoid cleaning windows when the sun is shining directly on them, as they will dry too fast and streaks will be visible. For very dirty windows, you can rub half an onion on the glass. When you are done with the wet cleaning, use a newspaper to soak up the remaining water. Finally, use a dry specially dedicated window wipe for a perfect smear and streak free finish.