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Life hack: Cleaning

By bzbeth 11 Apr 2017

After a long day of lectures, work in the library, or struggling in bed from last night's antics, the last thing you want to do is clean.

It's only fair you clean up after yourself, don't just leave it all down to the clean freak in your flat! And it's best to keep up with it, not just leave it until the week before Christmas.

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Here are our top tips for keeping clean and tidy!

  • Hack 1: Fake tidy
    Grab baskets, bins and bags and stash the things that are causing a clutter inside. If your container is open, place a nicely folded blanket over, and pray no one reaches for it during that midnight movie.
  • Hack 2: Microwave TLC
    The worst appliance to clean especially after all those 'ding' meals splatter everywhere. Make it easier with a small mix of half water, half vinegar in a cup & microwave for 5 mins. The steam breaks down the dirt so stubborn sauces wipe away in seconds.
  • Hack 3: Line oven trays with foil
    Then peel it off and get back to Netflix. It'll save anything burning onto your tray AND save washing. In fact, put foil on everything you eat from and you'll never have to wash up!
  • Hack 4: Stop clutter on the counter
    Things always look tidier when together and in one place. So square up magazines, pile up FOLDED dishcloths, and stack up the dishes.
  • Hack 5: Not fancying washing up? Then don't
    On to your last portion of cereal? Just add milk to the bag! For cookies packaged in separate compartments - add milk to one of the sections and dip - no cup needed. When making a sandwich or toast use paper towel instead of a plate.
  • Hack 6: Make a dustpan from a milk bottle
    Take a look. It's simple, plus you're saving money and recycling.
  • Hack 7: Make your own cleaning solution
    A teaspoon each of salt, baking soda, and boiling water is all you need for a paste that should leave your cooking surfaces spick-and-span. 
  • Hack 8: Burnt your pan?
    It happens. Especially when you're constantly cooking that standard Pasta 'n' Sauce. Just cover the bottom with water, add a cup of white vinegar and bring to boil. Remove from heat, add 2 tablespoons of baking soda, empty and scour. Voilà! 
  • Hack 9: Lingering smells
    If the meal you cooked 2 days ago is still hovering, boil something fragrant like citrus peels or cinnamon sticks to make the room smell fresh again.
  • Hack 10: Hoovering
    Not exactly a hack but a quick once over with the hoover will instantly make any room look cleaner- even if the rest looks like a bomb's hit it!

So that's surfaces, floors, drains, plates, pans and trays done! We're sure you don't need to be told what drinkin' from the bottle is...

Here's some cleaning quick-fixes for OUT of the kitchen: 

  1. Sticky notes - for all those crumbs behind your keyboard. Just slide between the keys.
  2.  Toothpaste - it'll restore the white parts on your trainers.
  3. Coca Cola - to clean the toilet. It's a miracle worker. Just pour and flush for a sparkling result.

How you keep your bedroom is up to you, however, communal areas SHOULD be different. So keep the mess down to a minimum. 

(Although we do suggest having a clear out of those cups, bin bags and takeaway boxes you've been hoarding in your bedroom!)

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