Home hacks: Your great suggestions for cleansing jobs across the residence


One easy story about a clever oven-cleaning home hack has ignited Stuff readers, who have been quick to share their pointers for tackling difficult-to-do jobs.

Most of those are free or less expensive, and we will only count on them being tried and examined. It’s exciting to note that the same ordinary products crop up over and over, so let’s listen to it for dishwasher tabs. Here’s what you had to mention…


* Dishwasher tabs are proper for soaking muffin trays and cake tins.

They are also superb for athletes – foot-damp ones and rub them over the offending vicinity; wash off right now. This tip is courtesy of my son’s boarding college.

* I use dishwasher powder and a splash of bleach diluted in water to soak stained whites overnight. It will carry even whites, becoming another coloration inside the wash lower back to sparkling white.

* Dishwasher powder works for the silver oven racks. I put them in a tube coated with an antique towel and then uploaded dishwasher powder, but the tablet and a bit of washing powder would also work. Please leave it to soak for four hours; it comes off quite effortlessly.
* To remove tea stains from cups, use 1 tsp dishwasher powder and fill the cup with warm water. Stir to dissolve the powder and let soak for multiple hours. Place the cup inside the empty sink so any overspill doesn’t harm the benchtop.

* I clean my glass oven door with ash from my firebox. I smooth my firebox glass door the identical way. I wet newspaper dipped in ash, rub it throughout the glass, and dry it with the smooth newspaper. It brings it lower back like cutting-edge. Used tea bags are also desirable with the ash.

* Got a filthy, disgusting pot? Place a dishwasher tablet in it, add enough boiling water to cover the dust, stick a lid on, and leave it overnight. Amazing effects.
Soak your filters from the kitchen rangehood extractor lovers in hot water and clothes washing powder. Grease and oil will melt off without scrubbing. They will be as good as new!

* Here are two suggestions to save your money. Let oven warm up. Once heated, the oil stain on the door turns tender and wipes off. Tip 2: if it is baked on for years, you need a pointy blade. You can use one of these window scrapers; however, no liquid. Scrape it (when heated); grasp a vacuum and suck up all the dust.

* To clean a stainless steel bathtub, get a tube of Autosol from Mitre 10 or similar and clean with that. I have done it, and it really works brilliantly. It was first used to restore chrome on the vintage vehicle (first-rate), so I gave it a pass and was delighted with the outcome.

The oil of cloves is splendid on mildew. It smells a chunk like a dentist for an hour, but it kills mold spores. The chemist sells it pretty cost-effectively, or Trade Me.

* We run an inn and polish the stainless steel every day. You need three rags. The first rag works Polaris paste into the chrome steel. You emerge as with a rag caked with the paste. Add a little water and mop it up with a 2d rag. Then, with a 3rd smooth rag, you buff up the floor. We split vintage, worn-out towels into squares to make rags.
Other cleaners, including Jif and Chemco, also paint; however, Polaris gives a fine shine.

* I positioned my oven racks and range hood filters within the dishwasher and allowed them to do the tough paintings. As soon as the cycle was completed, I cast off the racks separately, closed the washing machine door between everyone to hold hot, and wiped over each rack with a Scotchbrite scourer dipped in warm water. The last grease marks come off without problems; no tough rubbing is needed. For the filters, I rinse them in hot water and supply them with a good shake to remove as much water as feasible, and then stand them on one aspect outdoors to dry. I do that every three months, and smooth-up is simple. I use a putty scraper if my oven door glass has grimy grease spots. It doesn’t scratch the glass, and it works a dream.


* Try using dishwashing liquid to ease your bathtub and bathe, including the glass.

* Dishwasher tabs get brown stains out of your bathroom
To get the one’s stains off toilet bowls, use totally, very nice wet and dry sandpaper.

* Razor blades/paint scraper blades are outstanding for putting off water stains from around your faucets or tiles.

* I use a 30 Seconds water spot remover for the bath to clean it first. Then use Rain-X water repellent (the auto windscreen stuff). The water beads off the glass and makes cleaning easier. Reapply the Rain-X every few months when the beading has reduced