Lynsey knows a thing or two about making cleaning easier and more fun (Picture: Getty/REX)
It may be the perfect weather for heading outdoors, but cleaning to-do lists don’t abide by forecasts.
If anything, summer brings its own set of messes to contend with; wet footprints from paddling pools, charcoal-coated grills after barbecues, and the general disarray that comes from kids being home from school.
But there are ways to ensure you don’t miss out on the sunshine because you’re stuck indoors scrubbing away.
You may know Lynsey Crombie as This Morning’s cleaning expert, where she helps make all of our lives easier with her time-saving tips.
Now, TV’s ‘Queen of Clean’ has teamed up with Vileda and Marigold to spread the message far and wide: chores don’t need to take up your life – at least not if you know how to streamline tasks.
This comes after a recent survey by Marigold found that 50% of Brits admit to judging other people’s homes when they visit, despite the fact 72% feel pressured to clean prior to having guests over.
Lynsey told Metro.co.uk: ‘The thought of a full house clean can sometimes feel quite daunting, so my advice is to make a plan. Schedule in some time and include other household members because cleaning as a team can be fun!
‘My top tips will help you tackle some of the most common cleaning tasks, together.’
Ready to start your weekend off on a productive note? These are the cleaning guru’s top 10 hacks to get your home sparkling in no time.
1. Dust hard to reach places
It’s easy to miss dirty areas of your home if they’re not in your eye line, so a top-to-bottom approach can help.
Lynsey says: ‘Dust falls, so start at the top of your home and work your way down. Use this method in your rooms too – start high with walls and ceilings and tidy and dust as you go.
‘You can use a flat mop (such as the Vileda ActiveMax) to dry dust your walls and ceilings – you will be super surprised at how dusty these areas get.
‘A dusted wall can make a huge difference to the appearance of a room.’
Lynsey is a regular on ITV’s This Morning (Picture: Ken McKay/ITV/Shutterstock)
2. Get shiny surfaces streak-free
In hot weather, the last thing you want to be doing is buffing and polishing glass. And apparently it’s best to go easy on product in order to save time.
‘When cleaning windows and mirrors try not to overuse product, as this will cause smears and can make them appear unclean,’ says Lynsey.
‘Top tip is to start at the top left corner of the window or mirror and use an ‘S’ shape pattern to ensure you cover the whole area.’
3. The best way to clean floors
Lynsey recommends the Vileda Spin and Clean Mop as it removed up to 99% of bacteria with just water and can be easily rinsed and wrung out.
She adds: ‘If you’d like an extra disinfecting boost the natural way then why not try adding a splash of white vinegar to the water.
‘It is diluted, so completely safe, and will give your floors a deep clean and disinfect, leaving a shiny streak free finish. Don’t worry about the vinegar smell as that will disperse very quickly.’
A flat mop can help with cleaning hard-to-reach areas – including up high (Picture: Vileda)
4. Stains on the bath or sink
After popping on a pair of Marigolds to protect your hands, Lynsey recommends trying a natural cleaning solution that’ll make light work of water marks and soap scum.
‘If your bath and sink are looking slightly stained, sprinkle them with bicarbonate of soda, add a drop of washing up liquid and scrub,’ she says.
‘Leave for approximately 20 minutes and then rinse – this will remove any marks and give your bath and sink the perfect shine.’
5. Freshen up cushions and rugs
‘It’s a really good time to clean cushion covers, throws, and rugs,’ says Lynsey.
‘These usually can’t go in the tumble dryer or even in the washing machine, so invest in a retractable washing line (such as the Vileda Cordomatic) and give them a fresh lease of life in the outdoors.’
The UV rays from sunlight can kill bacteria on your soft furnishings, like a natural disinfectant that even smells fresher.
6. Target hiding places for dust
During a big clean, make sure you pick up dust in hidden areas like behind furniture and on skirting boards.
Lynsey recommends a microfibre cloth as a great all-rounder for dusting and wiping surfaces, adding: ‘These versatile cloths can be used dry or wet and also wash brilliantly, so can be used time and time again.
‘But remember to ditch the fabric conditioner when washing them, as this can make the microfibre lose its special properties. Marigold’s Let It Shine cloths also come in a pack of four different colours, meaning you can colour code your cleaning.’
7. Clean ironing
When was the last time you cleaned your iron? Has it been even longer since you replaced your ironing board cover?
Go for an ironing board cover with antibacterial properties (since many can’t be washed in the machine) and ensure your fresh washing stays that way.
‘Give your iron a little TLC too, by wiping over the plate and descaling,’ adds Lynsey.
8. Cupboard deep clean
‘Kitchen cupboards often don’t get a thorough clean, so get everything out and clean both inside and out,’ says Lynsey.
‘If you have tall cupboards and can’t reach, don’t panic, just grab your flat mop, add a fresh damp pad, and then reach up and clean your cupboard fronts.’
You’ll be surprised at the gunk left on the mop pad afterwards.
9. Get the kids involved
The ‘spoonful of sugar’ method is a good way to entice little ones to help out.
Lynsey recommends handing the task of mopping over to your kids (when they’re old enough, of course) by getting them their own special piece of kit; a spray mop.
She says ‘Kids love using as the spray is super fun and it’s ready to use. You don’t even need a bucket, as the water is in the handle. So why not get them involved and give yourself one less chore to do?’
10. Tackling the BBQ
When cleaning really filthy items like barbecues, failure to prepare is preparing to fail, and can leave you with a second clean-up after you’re done.
Lynsey says: ‘If you have mucky jobs tackle, such as cleaning up the BBQ (that wasn’t cleaned when it was put away last year!) then you may want to grab a pack of Marigold Extra Tough Outdoor Gloves.
‘These come in super handy for those extra messy jobs like the BBQ clean, cleaning your outside dustbins (which are normally filthy) and clearing out the gutters.’
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