14 best house-cleaning hacks
Founder of viral Facebook group Mums Who Clean shares her go-to cleaning tricks.
There are few things quite as satisfying as a freshly cleaned house. But, if you’re not one of those unicorns who finds the process of cleaning cathartic or relaxing, don’t despair. There’s a Facebook group for that. Enter Mums Who Clean, a social cleaning clique dedicated to sharing tried-and-true tips, tricks and housework hacks to help achieve peak sparkle without having to block out an entire weekend.
Since starting in October 2017, the group has ballooned to more than 276,000 members. The impetus? To help people who hate cleaning get the job done quicker.
“I am really, really lazy,” says the group’s co-founder Karlie Suttie, a business owner and mother of three, who’s also behind a suite of Mums Who groups including Mums Who Organise. “I am always looking for the easiest way to do anything. I want to do as little as possible to get things done.”
So what are Karlie’s top tips and tricks for maximum clean with minimum effort?
14 house-cleaning hacks that will change your life
1. Clean your oven racks with dishwashing tablets
If you really hate cleaning your oven, this one’s for you. “This is one of the best tips we’ve ever had in the group,” Karlie says. “You take the racks out of the oven, wrap them up in aluminium foil with a dishwasher tablet inside, and then soak them in hot water in the sink for a couple of hours – or overnight. The gunk literally just wipes off.”
2. Add Epsom salts to your vacuum for musty smells
House needing a bit of fresh air? If you have a barrel vacuum, you’re in luck. “Mix together some Epsom salts and a couple of drops of essential oil, then sprinkle it on a small patch of carpet or a rug. Vacuum it up first then it’ll blow that smell throughout the house.”
3. Use a lint roller on dusty lampshades
Cleaning dusty fabric lampshades or bedheads can be hard work, but not when you have the right tools, Karlie says. “Use a lint roller on bedheads or lampshades.” Genius.
4. Use a squeegee to get pet hair out of carpet
You might love your fur baby – but that doesn’t mean you have to love their fur, especially when you find it all over the house. “To get hair off your carpet, use a rubber or silicon squeegee,” Karlie says. “The rubber sticks to the hair and pulls it out.”