With multiple years of experience within the cleaning industry, we’ve picked up quite a few tips and tricks to make cleaning everyday items from around the house simple and easy. From tackling tough carpet stains to ensuring your white shoes come white again, we’ve got you covered with our super-simple “Experts Guide to Cleaning Everything”. We have scoured the web looking for the most commonly asked “How to Clean…” questions online. We then passed these questions over to our expert cleaners to find out how the experts would recommend tackling the job. Choose a room of the house and find out which items people most commonly Googled “How to Clean”.
Garden & Outdoors
How to Clean TV Screen
NOTE: Never apply liquid directly to your screen
- Ensure your TV is unplugged before starting- wipe down your screen using a soft, clean, lint-free, dry cloth. If this doesn’t work consider applying a TV screen cleaner solution to your cloth and gently wiping down your screen.
- Spray down any unused ports using compressed air in order to remove any dust and debris. Take your remote control and wipe down using an anti-bacterial wipe or using a rubbing alcohol solution with a cotton wool pad to wipe down buttons.
How to Clean Carpet
NOTE: Never scrub a stain!
- The first step to cleaning any carpet is to bust out the vacuum and vacuum from wall to wall.
- If you notice any smaller spot stains, you can treat these by placing a cloth or flannel soaked in water over the stain and running a hot iron over it. This will help break up stains making them easier to clean.
- For tougher stains as well as sanitising your carpet, you can create a solution of one part white vinegar to three parts water. Spray this over the carpet and allow it to sit for a few minutes before blotting with a clean microfiber cloth.
How to Clean a Couch
NOTE: It’s important to know what type of fabric is used in the upholstery as well as what the codes mean;
W = This indicates water can be used in cleaning
WS = A dry cleaning detergent or mild detergent and steam vacuum can be used
X = No water, vacuum only
S = Clean with dry cleaner detergent
- Remove the cushions from your sofa and vacuum up any and all crumbs and bits of dirt and dust deeply embedded in your sofa.
- Sprinkle the couch with baking soda and let it sit for 20-30 minutes. You may also consider mixing baking soda into dry carpet cleaners for an even deeper clean.
- Thoroughly vacuum any baking soda from the sofa once you’ve waited 20-30 minutes.
- Remove stains by combining a teaspoon of washing up liquid, white vinegar, baking soda and warm water to create a lather. Apply this to the stain and allow it to dry for 10 minutes.
- Once dry, wipe the surface down using a clean cloth in order to lift away any residue.
How to Clean an Aquarium
- Before starting, unplug and remove the heater, filter and if you have one the air stone too. Also, remove any artificial plants or decorations you have within your tank too.
- Firstly, start by cleaning any algae from the glass of your tank, this can be done using a clean cloth or you can purchase a magnetic algae cleaner for your tank. Small, gentle circular motions work best for removing algae.
- Next, use a gravel siphon to remove around 25% of the water within your tank (ensuring you have a bucket to transfer the water into). You can also use the siphon to clean any dirt from the gravel at the bottom of your tank.
- Gently scrub and clean any ornamental features from within your tank, including any artificial plants. You should also ensure you rinse and clean the filter pad(s) from within your filter.
- Replace the filter, ornaments and artificial plants back into your aquarium. Dispose of the dirty water removed from the tank and fill your bucket with tap water to replace the water you’ve removed – ensure you treat tap water correctly to avoid harming your fish.
- Plug everything back in, leaving your tank light off for a few hours to reduce stress on the fish.
How to Clean Blinds
- Close your blinds and gently wipe them down using a microfiber cloth, moving from top to bottom or left to right depending on which blind type you have. Ensure you do this for both sides of each blind slat. Vacuum this dust and dirt up.
- If you have stubborn stains or dirt that doesn’t want to come off, create a mixture of equal parts white vinegar and water. Pull a clean sock of your hand and dip this in the solution. Wring out until damp and run your hand over the area affected by the stain. Leave the blinds open to dry thoroughly.
How to Clean Walls
- Dust your walls using the duster attachment of your vacuum, ensuring you reach the higher corners of your room.
- Create a solution of warm water and clear liquid hand soap or dish soap in a bucket. Soak your cloth in the solution and wring out well before testing a small patch of wall to ensure you don’t discolour the paint.
- Gently wash your walls in circular motions, ensuring to take your time and not apply too much pressure, working from the top of your wall downwards. Apply as little moisture as possible to avoid bubbling or watermarks.
- Create a paste using half a cup of baking soda with a quarter cup of water. Apply this paste into the stained part of the wall. Once done, rinse off the wall using a cloth soaked in clean water and wrung out well. Now run a dry cloth over the wall to remove excess moisture.
How to Clean Cast Iron Skillet
NOTE: Clean your cast iron skillet right after use while it is still hot. Don’t leave it to soak in the sink.
- Wash your skillet by hand using hot water and a sponge or stiff brush. Avoid using the dishwasher, soap, or steel wool while washing your skillet.
- Remove any stubborn stuck food using a paste of coarse kosher salt and water, allow to sit before rinsing away. Boiling water is also great for removing stubborn stuck foods.
- Thoroughly dry your skillet using a towel or low heat before slightly oiling your skillet using vegetable oil and putting it away.
How to Clean Dishwasher
NOTE: Avoid using bleach to clean your dishwasher, especially if it has a stainless steel interior, and NEVER use bleach with vinegar as this can create lethal chlorine gas.
- Clean the drains of your dishwasher by removing the bottom dish rack and remove any gunk or food that may be caught there.
- Take a dishwasher-safe cup of white vinegar and place this on the top rack of your dishwasher before running it through a hot-water cycle. This removes any grime, grease, and odours that have built up within your dishwasher.
- Once this rinse has finished, sprinkle one cup of baking soda throughout the inside of your dishwasher, once again run this on a hot-water cycle. Wipe down the interior once done.
- Lastly, taking a soapy cloth (or using rubbing alcohol) wipe down the exterior of your dishwasher.
How to Clean Washing Machine
- Take a spray bottle and fill this with white vinegar before spraying the entire inside of your washing machine drum, allow this to sit for a few seconds before wiping it down with a microfiber cloth.
- Repeat this process for any and all rubber seals (especially around the door of your washing machine) where there is likely to be a build-up of mildew, scum, and even hair.
- Add some distilled white vinegar into the detergent slot of your washing machine and run on the longest and hottest wash cycle option available.
- Once complete, repeat this process with a detergent slot of baking soda instead of vinegar.
- Wipe down the exterior of your washing machine using a cloth soaked in hot soapy water.
How to Clean Dryer Vent
- Disconnect the dryer duct from the back of your dryer, remove any lint that may be building up before vacuuming within the duct to remove any excess lint and dirt that may be clogging your dryer duct.
- Once you’ve vacuumed both the duct on your dryer and the exhaust duct on your wall, you can reconnect the ductwork and vent cover. Run the dryer for 15-20 minutes to ensure all connections are strong and to dislodge any remaining dirt or lint.
How to Clean a Keurig
NOTE: Keurig recommends using bottled or spring water with their machine as opposed to softened or distilled water.
- Unplug your Keurig coffee machine and remove all removable parts, wash these in warm, soapy water before drying and wiping down the exterior of the machine. Add all these parts back before plugging them back in.
- Fill the reservoir of your Keurig halfway with vinegar and fill completely with water. Run the machine (without inserting a K-cup) Repeat this process until the reservoir is empty.
- Fill the reservoir with just water and run through a brewing cycle until empty again in order to remove any vinegar residue left behind.
How to Clean Silver
- Take a clean cloth and add a small amount of silver polish, rub down your silver item in an up-and-down motion (not circular) in order to avoid fine scratches.
- Turn your cloth frequently in order to avoid depositing tarnish back onto your silver item. Once done, rinse with warm water and buff clean with a dry cloth.
- If you don’t have silver polish, feel free to mix a few drops of dish soap with warm water and soak a cloth. Rub down your silver using this before rinsing in cool water and buffing until dry. If the silver is heavily tarnished, take 3 parts baking soda and one part water to create a solution, apply this to your silver using a soft, lint-free cloth. Rinse and buff dry.
How to Clean Brass
- Cover your brass item with ketchup (Yeah, really!) and rub over tarnished areas, allow this to sit for a short time before rinsing clean.
- Alternatively, you can combine 1 teaspoon of salt into one-half cup of vinegar, and add flour until this becomes a paste. Rub into the brass and leave for 10 minutes before rinsing down with warm water. Buff this dry.
- Heat a pint of water, and add 2 tablespoons each of salt and white vinegar, rub this over your tarnished brass, and dry using a clean cloth.
- Lastly, you can use lemon juice and a teaspoon of baking soda to make a thickish paste, apply this, scrub over tarnished areas and rinse off using warm water.
How to Clean an Oven
NOTE: Keep your oven clean using non-stick oven liners.
- Take out all of your oven racks and items such as baking trays etc. and set these aside for the time being. Mix half a cup of baking soda and half a cup of water together until it creates a paste.
- Coat the entire inside of your oven using this paste ensuring you cover every surface within your oven (Avoiding only the heating elements). Be sure to really scrub those extra greasy spots.
- Allow the paste to sit for at least 12 hours (best done at night so you don’t have to use your oven until the next day). In the meantime, soak your racks and trays in hot water for an hour or two, once soaked, scrub using a stiff brush and rinse.
- Once you’ve allowed the cleaning paste to sit inside your oven, wipe the surfaces down using a damp cloth. Once you’ve wiped down the inside of your oven, take a spray bottle of white vinegar and spray the interior of your oven (again avoiding the heating elements). Wipe this down using a clean cloth and allow it to dry.
- Create another paste using baking soda and water and spread it on the inside of your oven window, allow this to sit for 30 minutes before wiping the paste away.
- Wipe down all knobs and doors on the exterior of your oven using a clean cloth soaked in a solution of 50% water and 50% vinegar.
How to Clean a Microwave
- Take a microwaveable bowl and fill this with ½ cup of water and ½ cup of vinegar, place the bowl in the microwave and turn on high until the solution starts to boil and steam up your microwave.
- Allow the microwave to cool for a few minutes before wiping down the interior of your microwave using a clean cloth or sponge.
- Wipe down the exterior of your microwave using warm, soapy water.
How to Clean a Pizza Stone
- Slightly wet the surface of your pizza stone using hot water (try not to get it too wet as you’ll have to dry it completely before storing or using it again).
- Take a stone brush and thoroughly scrub the pizza stone to remove stubborn food particles.
- Create a paste of equal parts water and baking soda, scrub any tough stains that persist using a brush in circular motions until the stain is removed.
- Wipe the pizza stone with a damp cloth and ensure it’s fully dried before storing or reusing.
How to Clean Laminate Flooring
NOTE: Avoid using too much water when cleaning laminate flooring as it can seep underneath and cause warping.
- Run a broom around your laminate flooring first to remove any larger and obvious debris that may be stuck between the gaps in your floor.
- Vacuum any remaining dirt and dust from the floor using your vacuum with a soft brush attachment. If a deeper clean is required, stick to a mop rather than using a steam cleaner or buffer.
- For added cleaning power, create a solution of water and vinegar or mild detergent – avoid products that promise a shiny finish and these can leave a waxy buildup on floors.
- Dry your floor using a cloth or towel to remove any excess moisture from the surface unless it is barely moist, in which case, you can allow it to air dry.
How to Clean AirPods (and AirPods Pro)
How to Clean Airpods & AirPods Pro:
- Using a microfiber cloth slightly dampened in water, wipe down outside of your AirPods.
- Dry off your Airpods, ensuring not to allow any water near any openings.
- Using a toothpick, scrape away any built-up wax that may be stuck in the AirPods speaker hole – be sure you don’t cut yourself or pierce the mesh of your speaker.
How to Clean AirPods Pro:
- If using Airpods Pro, remove the silicone tips and rinse them in water (without soap or household cleaner).
- Wipe them down to ensure they’re totally dry before reattaching to your AirPods.
How to Clean Airpods Case
- Using a microfiber cloth, wipe down the outside of our AirPods case. If any tough spots remain, try slightly dampening your cloth with rubbing alcohol (up to 70%). Ensure you dry this afterwards.
- Take a small brush and clean any debris from around the charging port.
- If you wish to clean the inside of your case use a toothbrush or soft-bristled brush to dig out any dirt within.
How to Clean Make-Up Brushes
- Start by running your makeup brushes under warm water (try to avoid getting water on the section where the bristles meet the handle – the ferrule) as water may start to dissolve the glue holding your brush bristles in place.
- Create a lather of soap (or you can use baby shampoo) in your hands before massaging this into the bristles of your makeup brush. Rinse out any residue and gently squeeze any excess water from the brush.
- Reshape your makeup brush by pressing the bristles against your fingers or sweeping it in the palm of your hand. Doing this will help the brush bounce back to its natural shape. Allow your brush to dry before using it again.
How to Clean a Mattress
- Strip off all of your bedding and put it in the washing machine on a hot cycle in order to kill any dust mites that may have been present.
- Vacuum your mattress, ensuring you cover the entire mattress, including all edges and sides. Pay special attention to the seams and crevices of your mattress where dirt and dust may hide.
- If you notice any stains on your mattress, these can be treated using a carpet cleaner or by creating a paste of lemon juice and salt, rub this into any stains present and leave for an hour. Wipe away afterward with a clean, moist cloth.
- Sprinkle your whole mattress with bicarbonate of soda and leave for several hours to break down any acid and absorb any remaining moisture. Vacuum the bicarbonate of soda up and flip your mattress to repeat the process.
How to Clean White Trainers
- Create a paste by combining 1 tablespoon of baking soda, one-half tablespoon of water, and one-half tablespoon of hydrogen peroxide. Gently apply this to your shoe’s surface using an old toothbrush. Add a second layer of paste, again making sure to brush this in.
- Ensure you coat the shoelaces in the remainder of your paste in order to whiten them too. Once done, set your shoes and laces aside for a few hours (until the paste has dried and started cracking). The brighter and warmer the sun you leave your shoes in the whiter they will end up. Brush the dried paste off your shoes.
How to Clean Coins
- Fill a jar with a solution of one cup of vinegar (or lemon juice) along with 1 tablespoon of salt. Stir until the salt has dissolved. Pour this solution into a container that allows enough room for coins to lay on the bottom of the container.
- Add your coins to the solution in a single layer (ensuring coins aren’t sta on top of one another) and leave this for roughly 15 minutes.
- Remove the coins and wipe them dry using a clean cloth or paper towel. If the coin is still brown with oxidation, return it to the solution for a further 5 minutes.
How to Clean Suede Shoes
- Start by brushing away any excess dirt and grime with light strokes from the surface of your suede shoes using a suede brush – a toothbrush or nail brush will also work. Ensure you brush with the grain.
- Using a suede rubber (or a regular rubber without any stains), repeat the above process to further buff away any further stains. Think of this as a more rigorous approach for cleaning scuff marks.
- If stans remain, dip the corner of a cloth into a small solution of vinegar or rubbing alcohol before applying to the stain and slowly massaging it in place. Reapply vinegar/alcohol where necessary to effectively remove the stain.
How to Clean Earrings
How to Clean Diamond Earrings:
- Soak them in gentle dish soap and water for roughly 30 or so minutes. Once they’ve soaked for 30 minutes, take a soft toothbrush and gently brush them to remove any grime.
- Rinse with water and allow to dry or dry using a lint-free cloth.
How to Clean Silver Earrings:
Note: Keep all stones separate as this method isn’t recommended for gems.
- Line a glass with foil before placing your earrings in the bottom of the glass. Cover the earrings with baking soda.
- Boil water and pour just enough over your earrings to create a paste-like consistency. Take a small brush like a paintbrush or toothbrush, gently scrub your earrings in order to help loosen dirt and oxides. Repeat until sparkling before rinsing under hot water and drying with a soft cloth.
How to Clean Gold Earrings:
Note: Avoid alcohol if your earrings feature stones glued in place.
- Take your gold earrings and place them in a solution of dish soap and water for roughly 30-60 minutes. Once allowed to soak, gently scrub the earrings with a soft toothbrush
- Rinse thoroughly using hot water and dry using a soft, lint-free cloth.
How to Clean a Hairbrush
NOTE: Don’t submerge your hairbrush as this could harm the cushion and any wooden parts.
- Each time you use your hairbrush remove any excess hair after use and discard.
- Roughly once per month, take your hairbrush and hold the handle, swirl the head of your brush in warm water.
- Take a few drops of gentle shampoo and apply this to the bristles of a toothbrush and use this to scrub the bristles and base of your hairbrush. Rinse off by swirling in a bowl of clean water. Allow hairbrush to dry overnight.
How to Clean PS4
- Ensure your PS4 is turned off before attempting to clean the console. Using a can of compressed air, blow any dust off of the console and wipe down the exterior using a microfiber cloth. Remove the screws using a T9 screwdriver in order to open your console (this will void the warranty).
- Slide the case off of your console and blow dust out of the exposed interior using short bursts, ensuring to keep the can upright. This should help to speed up the fans within your console.
How to Clean Grout
- Create a paste by combining bicarbonate of soda and water together, rub this into your dirty grout using an old toothbrush (an electric toothbrush will save you scrubbing). Leave this to sit.
- Take a spray bottle and fill this with vinegar, spray over your bicarbonate paste and scrub with your toothbrush. Rinse well afterward.
How to Clean a Shower Head
How to Clean Removeable Shower Head:
- If possible, remove your showerhead from the hose and place the head into a bucket or container and cover it with white vinegar, leaving it to soak for 30-60 minutes (Unless the showerhead is brass, in which case don’t leave for longer than 30 mins).
- Remove the showerhead and rinse clean using water. Remove any remaining limescale with an old toothbrush and a little elbow grease. Rinse and polish before reattaching to the hose and running water through for a few minutes.
How to Clean Fixed Shower Head:
- Take a plastic bag big enough to fit over your fixed showerhead and half fill it with vinegar, place this over the showerhead so that it’s completely submerged in vinegar. Use some string or an elastic band to tie in place.
- Leave this for 30-60 minutes (Unless brass, in which case don’t leave for longer than 30 mins). Run the shower through to loosen and remove any deposits left behind.
How to Clean a Mousepad
- If your mousepad is fabric or cloth (and isn’t wired or RGB), submerge it in a basin of warm water before adding dish soap and scrubbing your mousepad using a brush.
- Rinse off your mousepad and dry thoroughly, allowing a few hours before using it again.
How to Clean a Keyboard
- Ensure you power down your computer and unplug everything before cleaning. Take your keyboard and tilt it up on its short side, if available you can use compressed air to loosen any dirt under the keys, alternatively, you can also use an old toothbrush.
- You can then wipe down your keyboard using a microfiber cloth coated with diluted rubbing alcohol (equal parts water and alcohol). Wipe this down using a clean cloth and allow it to dry before plugging back in.
How to Clean Hardwood Flooring
- Create a solution of ½ cup vinegar to 4.5L water in a small bucket and add a few drops of your favourite essential oil.
- Simply dip a sponge mop in the solution and wring dry before wiping and mopping your floor, ensuring you dry any damp floor areas using a dry cloth to prevent warping.
How to Clean Glasses
- Take your glasses off with both hands to avoid damaging the hinges or smudging the lenses. Before cleaning your glasses, ensure your hands are free of any dirt and oils using a lotion-free soap.
- Rinse your glasses under a light stream of lukewarm water, this will remove any dust and prevent you from scratching the glass of your lenses as you clean them. Don’t use hot water to clean lenses.
- Apply a small drop of neutral hand soap to each lens – don’t use dish soap as this usually contains acid ingredients. Gently rub each side of your lenses and ensure you also clean the nose pad as well as the tips of the arms too.
- Rinse thoroughly and dry lenses and frame using a clean, lint-free towel that hasn’t been treated with fabric softener.
How to Clean Laptop Screen
NOTE: Never apply liquid directly to your screen.
- Shut down your laptop and remove any power sources before wiping down the laptop screen using a dry, microfiber cloth. Wipe in side-to-side motions and avoid circular motions as this can damage the screen.
- Slightly wet a new, clean sponge, wring this out and gently wipe down your screen. Ensure the sponge doesn’t drip or leave any water residue on your laptop. Ensure the area is completely dry before closing your laptop.
Garden & Outdoor
How to Clean Headlights
- Take a tube of toothpaste (or use our trusty water and baking soda paste) and tub this onto your headlight with a small brush. Rub the toothpaste in thoroughly before rinsing with warm water and wiping away any residue that remains.
- Using a dry cloth, buff your headlights and allow them to dry.