The five simple ways to slash the time you spend cleaning in half – and the supermarket products you need
- A mum shared the five mop hacks she swears by to reduce cleaning time
- Chantel Mila also relies on white vinegar, baking soda, tea tree oil and lemons
A mum who has built up a huge following on social media for her handy cleaning tips and tricks has shared the five things she does around the house to cut her cleaning time in half.
Chantel Mila, from Melbourne, said your spin mop isn’t just for wooden floors and tiles in the house, but it can also be used to clean the bath, kitchen cabinets, ceilings and even walls – provided you know how.
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A mum who has built up a huge following for her cleaning tips and tricks shared the five things she does around the house to cut her cleaning time in half (Chantel pictured with her two kids)
The first way in which Chantel uses her mop at home is to clean her kitchen cabinetry, which often fills with dirt and grease from cooking and kids’ hands; she also mops her wall tiles (pictured)
The first way in which Chantel uses her mop at home is to clean her kitchen cabinetry, which often fills with dirt and grease from cooking and kids’ hands.
‘To do this, I mix warm water and a small amount of dish soap to clean tough grease off tall kitchen cabinetry quickly and easily,’ she said.
Then, she just runs it up and down the mixture up and down the walls, which helps to remove it.
‘You can also use your mop when it’s dry to remove cobwebs without needing a ladder,’ Chantel said.
She uses it to reach wall tiles in her bathroom when she wants to clean them.
Chantel (pictured) said staples including dishwashing liquid and white vinegar will work wonders in the bathroom at breaking down dirt and cutting through grime and mould
‘It’s perfect to clean your bathtub without bending,’ she said.
Again, a simple mix of warm water and dish soap is the ideal solution to remove soap scum and grime.
Finally, Chantel said she mixes warm water, dish soap and her favourite essential oil to clean her walls and baseboards, and loves doing this as it ‘leaves the house smelling amazing too’.
‘Make sure you get a mop with washable covers so you can wash and use different heads for different areas of the home,’ she said.
Previously, Chantel has shared her tips for cleaning every area of the home, most recently the bathroom.
Chantel said staples including dishwashing liquid and white vinegar will work wonders in the bathroom at breaking down dirt and cutting through grime and mould, while shaving foam is the secret to streak-free mirrors.
Chantel’s first tip is to mix equal parts dishwashing liquid and white vinegar in a dish brush and scrub various surfaces in your bathroom to leave them sparkling and clean.
‘This mix is great at removing mildew from the shower – like the shower door seal and silicone,’ Chantel said.
Chantel (pictured with her daughter) said her favourite cleaning products are simple supermarket buys including baking soda, white vinegar, lemons, tea tree oil and lavender essential oil
‘My second tip is your should remove your shower door seal and use this mix to remove mildew easily.’
Finally, if you want to de-fog a mirror instantly and prevent the fog from returning, the mum-of-two recommends you ‘buff’ them quickly and easily with shaving foam on a microfibre cloth.
Then simply wash the shaving foam away to reveal a clear, streak-free mirror or glass window.
Secrets of a cleaning queen: How Chantel Mila keeps her house running smoothly every week
MY FIVE DESERT ISLAND CLEANING BUYS
I love making my own DIY cleaning products and often the DIY’s use simple, household ingredients that are found in any pantry! My top cleaning products include baking soda, white vinegar, lemons, tea tree oil and lavender essential oil.
MY THREE LITTLE-KNOWN CLEANING SECRETS
1. Denture tablets are a top secret cleaning agent. They can whiten your toilets, whiten clothes, whiten bathroom sinks – they’re amazing!
2. Putting on your favourite song while cleaning is a simple way to make cleaning fun. I ask my Amazon Echo Show 15 to put on my 10 minute ‘cleaning playlist’ and try to make cleaning as enjoyable process. You’ll be surprised by how much you can get done!
3. Red wine spills can be quickly removed with soda water. It’s the best way to lift it from your carpet or clothing without staining.
Between work and family commitments, our weeks can be a constant juggle. Our Amazon Echo Show 15 has been an absolute game changer at our house, and helps us stay organised during the week.
We’ve customised our screen to display our shopping lists, to-do lists so I can see what’s on for the day while drinking my morning tea and the family calendar helps us keep on top of the kid’s activities, school key dates, our appointments and business meetings.