Why you shouldnt use a broom – and other common cleaning mistakes youre making

Did you know that keeping on top of your cleaning can help you unwind almost as much as relaxing in the sun?

According to a new survey by Vax, nearly a third of us actually enjoy cleaning because it makes us feel less stressed. Who knew chores could be so calming?

It seems we house proud Brits love to spring clean (thank you Mrs Hinch for inspiring us all!), and having guests over makes us keep on top of grime too.

But let’s not forget those hard-to-reach places, carpets and appliances that might fall by the wayside.

Do you know how often you should deep clean your home from top to bottom – and how to do it?

Our hygiene experts reveal all, along with some handy home cleaning hacks…


“Strong cleaning materials may release harmful substances or odours onto food,” says cleaning professional Sarah Farley of Natural Discovery. “A spritz of white vinegar (not malt!) and a sprinkling of bicarbonate of soda will remove stubborn marks and stains.”

As a top tip, Sarah advises: “Remove sitting water from the bottom of the fridge and gunk from the fridge plug with a suction tool. Then, wipe over with hot soapy water containing a few drops of tea tree oil, known for its antimicrobial and antifungal properties.”


Decluttering queen Carolyn Creel says showers are germ and bacteria breeding areas.

“The build-up of dead skin and hair can be tricky to shift, especially in hard water areas,” she says. “Check your drain once a week to remove build-up. Shower heads normally unscrew – leave to soak in a dishwasher tablet or descaler.

“For windows, mirrors and glass, make up a 1:1 ratio solution of white vinegar and water in a spray bottle – the disinfectant stops water stains and smears.”


“Vacuum your carpet two or three times a week, right up to the skirting board. At least once a month move sofas and vacuum behind cupboards,” says Vicky Whiter, managing director of Peters’ Cleaners. This will prevent a build-up of bacteria, germs and dust which can cause asthma and chest infections.

“Sterilise with a carpet shampoo at least once a year. Don’t use brooms on uncarpeted floors – they move dust around. Mop with disinfectant several times a week.”


“An oven covered in grease and grime may produce harmful smoke and gas, affecting the food you cook and posing a fire hazard,” warns Sarah Farley.

“Mix a paste of equal quantities bicarbonate of soda, eco dish soap and a dash of sunflower oil and apply with a scourer. Then use a natural fibre cloth and hot soapy water to wipe out. Finish with some lemon essential oil for a fresh smell.”

Washing machine

Take care of your machine once a month and it could last for years.

“Pop two cups of white vinegar into the detergent drawer and one cup of sodium percarbonate into the drum and run on a hot wash,” says Sarah. “Use water and white vinegar to wipe around the rubber seal and door to remove black mould.”

Kitchen sink

“It’s vital that you clean the underside of the countertop where it meets the sink, as that’s where germs harbour and get stuck,” advises Sarah. “Use a scrubbing brush – or an old toothbrush works well – to rub in some bicarbonate of soda. Rinse away and wipe down. Pour boiling water down the drain daily.”


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