Life-Hacks for Tackling Hard To Clean Items Around Your Home

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Cleaning your home can be a big enough hassle as it is, before you throw in all the hard to clean objects around your home and the cleaning jobs you really dread.

Everyone has a something in their mind for the area or object they hate cleaning the most, whether it’s needlessly fiddly or just takes ages to properly clean. So today, we’ll be looking at some of the most annoying to clean things around the home and giving you some top tips for how to make cleaning them easier.

Bathroom Tiles & Grout

Hands up if you enjoy cleaning your bathroom tiles? (I know I can’t see you, but I’m certain no hands are up).

Cleaning bathroom tiles and grout is a bit of a disgusting task because of all the dirt and mould that can accumulate in the grout, even worse the task can take hours depending on how big your bathroom is.

This is just an all around not nice task.

So, to make things easier on yourself we have a few hacks for expediting the cleaning process. To start with, you should tackle the grout first, it’s the worst part of the job so it makes sense to get it out of the way.

What you’ll want to do is mix some vinegar and baking soda in a bowl so they form a paste, then using an old toothbrush work the paste into the grouting, once you’ve done that, simply leave it for 30 minutes to allow the solution to soak, then return to rinse the paste away and clean up any leftover grime with a cloth.

And just like that, your grout should be clean as a whistle.

Then, for your tiles, you’ll want to start off by running your shower on hot just long enough to get the room steamy (This will make it easier to clean your tiles).

Then simply spray the tiles all over with bathroom cleaner, leave the cleaner on for a minute to allow it to work and then simply wipe your tiles clean with a damp cloth and you’ll have perfectly clean bathroom tiles.


Venetian Blinds

If you’ve ever owned a set of Venetian blinds, you’ll know that whilst they look stylish, they are a massive pain to clean. Due to the nature of the blinds being made up of multiple horizontal slats, they pick up dust rather quickly and are also quite fiddly to properly clean, as you have to clean each slat individually both on the top and bottom of the slat.

But, you can make your life so much easier by purchasing a multi-layer slat cleaner like this one. With this dusting device, you just need to open the slats so that they’re all horizontal and then slide in the device and run it along the slats.

With your Venetian duster you can clean multiple slats of your Venetian blind at once, which massively reduces the overall time to clean the blinds taking it from a 15 minute job, to a nice and friendly 3 minute job.

Other blinds can also be a pain to clean, so if you have a set of blinds that aren’t Venetian and want to learn how to clean them better, check out this blog post from DotcomBlinds, which covers how to clean all sorts of blinds.


We can all agree that ovens are stupidly hard to clean right? Not only will your oven be covered in grease, spilled food and general grime, but it’s also been baked on by the heat of your oven, making this a tough job.

Some people reckon they can clean their oven by hand, those people are masochistic maniacs as that is probably the worst way to clean an oven.

So, let’s get into how to clean your oven in the most pain free way possible.

To start with you’ll want to empty out everything in your oven and then brush out any debris on the bottom or sides of the oven.

Once your oven is empty you’ll want to mix about 65g of baking soda with water until it forms a paste (this will suck up all the grime and grease) and then rub all over the inside of the oven and the oven door (but avoid the heating elements), then leave the paste to settle in the oven over night.

When you come back to your oven in the morning, you’ll just need to wipe away all the paste with a wet cloth, this should remove the majority of the grease and grime, making your oven look clean as new!

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