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Spring is in the air and it is time to get your home looking its best.
And This Morning expert Lynsey Crombie, aka TV’s Queen of Clean, has revealed her top tips on getting your home spic and span using just the “power of water” and white vinegar.
The mum-of-three rose to fame on Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners and has garnered 232,000 Instagram followers with her natural cleaning hacks.
And giving a tour of her Peterborough home, Lynsey has revealed her hidden tricks to give your kitchen, bathroom and home office some TLC.
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Speaking from her kitchen, Lynsey said: “When we do those really quick cleans, we often forget things like light switches, oven handles and these are some of the places where dirt, bacteria and germs really, really stick to.”
Lynsey revealed that “one of the biggest germ hot-spots in your kitchen” is the kettle and in particular the handle which can be cleaned using a microfibre cloth and water.
She said: “With your kitchen, germ hot-spots might be something like the kettle. Now we are making cups of tea constantly at the moment in lockdown – everyone is working from home.
“Particularly the handle because we are touching this all of the time.”
To clean the inside of the kettle, Lynsey revealed her “eco” tip using white vinegar and water.
The Queen of Clean recommended filling half a kettle with water and topping it up with white vinegar.
She then advised to leave the solution to stand for 10 minutes before re-filling it with water and boiling a second time before it is ready to use.
“Your cupboards are being touched constantly so this is where a lot of the germs are going to harbour in your kitchen.
“Forget your surfaces! It is these touchpoints, plug points, bread bin, where you are going to get most of those germs.”
And Lynsey explained how high-gloss cabinets are “one of the biggest pains” to keep clean.
She said: “One of the biggest problems I see is that people use far too much product.”
The Instagram blogger advised homeowners use a sponge microfibre cloth soaked in water to gently wipe the cupboard down in circular motions to get a “steak-free finish”.
“I always advise do it one side, then flip your cloth over to remove the sticky marks from those germ hot-spots on the side of your cupboard.”
Lynsey described how the extractor fan in the kitchen is often neglected but advised a simple trick to keep your cleaning in check.
She said: “If you place your hand on it and if its starts sticking – that is the sticky hand test and you know that they need a good clean. Do this once a month.”
The Instagram star revealed that the ceiling is a “germ hotspot” that can harbour nasty bacteria.
She advised using a spray mop, adding: “When you are cooking everything rises so don’t forget to give your ceiling a little bit of a dust every so often.”
“The bathroom is one of those places where we spend quite a lot of time. There are so many germ hotspots in here.
“When looking at things like germ hotspots don’t forget things like the handle, your toilet brush is going to harbour so many germs.”
Lynsey revealed how one of those “germ hot-spots” in your bathroom is the shower head.
To allow water to flow freely, Lynsey advised using a combination of water and white vinegar.
She said: “If it is a removable shower head take it off pop it in a bucket of water with some white vinegar or a large sandwich bag soak for 15 mins.”
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Meanwhile for waterfall shower heads, Lynsey advised drenching a tea towel in water and white vinegar before wrapping it around.
“That is going to remove that limescale and those hard water deposits and bring your shower head up like new,” she added.
Lynsey said: “When cleaning your toilet don’t forget the button that you actually use to flush. This is probably dirtier than your actual toilet seat.
“You can give that a rub with just a microfibre cloth and water and just remove those germs and bacteria.”
The cleaning star advised: “Use an old toothbrush and wet your toothbrush in bicarbonate of soda and work it into the grout."
“Then spray on white vinegar and just leave it to create a chemical reaction for 15 minutes.”
Lynsey advised to wash the solution away with your shower and added: “Split the wall into four a do a small chunk each day.”
The cleaning sensation said: “Don’t forget down the sink! In the plughole we have toothpaste and hair going down there every single day.
“A simple flush with some bicarbonate of soda and some white vinegar is going to keep your drains smelling fresh and keep them flowing properly.”
Lynsey said “limescale builds up super quickly” especially in hard water areas like London.
She said: “If you have quite a big build-up of limescale in your bath you need to get some white vinegar.
“Use the product neat and not diluted. Spray it quite liberally around the limescale-affected areas and then leave it.
She continued: “Close your bathroom door, open the window, go off and do something for twenty minutes.”
“Then with a microfibre cloth and water just wipe and rinse that away.”
“You do not to use any chemicals at all with limescale. What you find chemicals do is mask the problem they won’t eliminate the problem.”
With many working from home during lockdown, Lynsey gave her top tips to keep germs at bay in your home office space.
“I advise just using a microfibre cloth in your office, a plain spray bottle with water and just give your office a daily spritz," she said.
Speaking about phone screens, Lynsey said: “If you think back to when we were out and about we put our phones on coffee shop tables, we were on the tube, we might rest it on the seat next to us and they pick up so many germs."
Lynsey added: “It is probably one of the germiest things in your house.”
She advised to take the cover off the phone and cleaning it with a damp microfibre cloth.
And Lynsey shared a very handy tip to keep dusting under control.
“I recycle old makeup brushes. I just use the tip of one and dry dust the lights in my office which you can also use on your keyboard as well," she said.
To clean microfibre clothes, Lynsey advised washing at 60C and said to “never use fabric conditioner”.
She explained: “What fabric conditioner does is break down those fibres and stop the absorbency.
“If you want to add something in that is really going to kill that bacteria as well as your laundry detergent, add in a dash of white vinegar.
“It acts as a deodoriser and that will also help break down any smells that your cloths may have.”
Lynsey revealed that she colour-coordinates her cleaning by keeping bathroom and kitchen cloths separate to “avoid cross-contamination”.
“Colour coordinate the cleaning in your bathroom and do blue for loo, pink for sink, and green and yellow for mellower cleaning.
“And you do only need to use water – you do not need to use loads of product. These are going to remove 99 per cent of the bacteria and germs around your home,” she added.
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