How To Tackle The 5 Hardest Cleaning Jobs In The House

When you’re cleaning your home, there are always those areas that you absolutely dread doing. The bits that are hard to reach or stubborn to clean and you can spend hours trying to clean them properly. But the good news is, there is usually a way around it. These are some of the trickiest areas to clean and how you can make it easier for yourself.

Hard To Reach Dust

Trying to keep on top of the dust around the home is a bit of a pain. It’s not a problem in most places because you can easily polish the tables and other surfaces, but there are always those tough to reach spots or even the areas that you forget about entirely. For example, around the edges of picture frames or on the top of kitchen cupboards tend to get missed out when you’re cleaning. Anything that is hanging on the wall should be taken down and dusted every once in a while and you should invest in a duster with an extendable handle so you can get to those hard to reach spots. Cutting down on the amount of dust in the first place is the easiest way to keep on top of those tricky areas so make sure that you’re vacuuming as much as possible and dusting other areas regularly. The less dust there is in the house, the less will settle in those frustrating spots.

A Greasy Hob

When you’re cooking, there’s always bits of grease and food that splash out of the pan and end up on the stove top. If you’re a particularly messy cook, you’ll know this problem all too well. When that stuff gets burnt on, it’s a real pain to get off and you’ll spend ages scrubbing at it to try to get it clean. But it doesn’t have to be that hard if you don’t want it to be. Often, it’s so hard to get off because you’ve left it until it’s dried on and you have to go at it with a scourer to get it up. But if you give it a quick wipe to get the excess off and then spray some kitchen cleaner on there as soon as you’ve cooked, you can let it sit for a while until you’ve eaten. Then, when you come to do the washing up afterwards, all of that grime and grease should wipe off easily. If the grease is particularly stubborn, you might need a stronger degreaser to get it off. You should also use a microfiber cloth because it’s the best for soaking up the grease. Rinse it out between each wipe to get any excess grease out and it’ll pick up more with each wipe.

Behind The Toilet

This is definitely one of the worst places to clean in the entire house because it’s so hard to get into. It’s the area that gets neglected the most but that’s dangerous because the bathroom is one of the most dangerous areas for germs. If you’re going to keep your home germ free, you’re going to need to find a way to tackle it. The easiest way to get around it is to install a floating toilet bowl and eliminate the space altogether so next time you’re redoing your bathroom, you should definitely consider one. In the meantime, you might just have to suck it up and get down there. You can get a mop with an adjustable head that makes it easier to get behind there but the best way to clean it is to get on your hands and knees and give it a good scrub. As long as you do it regularly and don’t leave the dirt to build up, it should only take a few minutes. It only gets bad when you avoid doing it until it gets really bad.

Behind The Radiator

The space behind the radiator is another tricky area because it collects a lot of dust and it’s hard to get in there and clear it out. The inside of the radiator can get clogged up with dust as well which is bad news for you because they won’t work as well and you’ll be paying more money for your heating. Cleaning the radiators is a bit of a tricky job but if you do it regularly enough, it will get easier with time. First off, you need to switch the heating off because it’s easier to clean a cold radiator and they suck up dust while they’re switched on. Then you need to get the vacuum out and get rid of any dust around the radiator. Now comes the hard part, getting inside and behind it. If you’ve got the right attachments on the vacuum, you might be able to get inside but that won’t clear all of the dust further down. You can get specific radiator cleaning brushes which are the easiest way to get right down inside it, just remember to put a towel or something underneath to catch all of the dirt and dust that falls out. If you can’t get hold of a radiator cleaning brush, you can just tape a cloth to the end of a stick and use that instead. Using a hairdryer is another great tip, just put it over the gaps in the radiator and turn it up to the highest setting, this should push out all of the excess dust down there.

A Moldy Shower Curtain

When your shower curtain starts to get wet and damp, it’ll grow black mold spots on it and start to give off a musty smell. It’s pretty unpleasant and you might think that you just need to throw it away and get a new one, but if you start doing that every time you’ll be changing it every couple of months. Luckily, it’s actually easier than you think to get rid of that mold. First off, you need to stop it from happening in the first place. The best way to do that is to dry it out properly after you shower. Always pull the curtain across so it’s not bunched up and if you’ve got an extractor fan in the bathroom, leave it on for a while after you shower. But even then, you’re going to get some mold growing on there sometimes but you can get rid of it. Most shower curtains are machine washable but normal detergent won’t cut through the mold properly. Put the curtain in the machine with a bit of baking soda and vinegar as well as normal detergent and let it soak for a couple of hours, then put it on a normal cycle. If the mold is quite bad, you’ll probably need to do it a couple of times. If you’ve tried it a couple of times and the mold is still persistent, then you might need to get a new curtain.

These areas of the house are always a pain to keep clean but most of the time, people struggle with them because they try to avoid cleaning them until it’s too late. It’ll save you some time and trouble now, but you’re just adding to your problems further down the line. It’s best to suck it up and clean those areas regularly when you do the rest of the house. They’ll still be tough to clean but it’ll be a lot easier than it would if you left it until it was too dirty. Then you’ll really struggle to keep on top of your house.


Limescale removal from your toilet

If you live in a hard water area, limescale can build up at the bottom of your toilet really easily making it look dirty all the time. 

No amount of bleach or scrubbing seems to get this awful looking brown build-up off the bottom of the loo. Bleach may look like it is working, but it is just bleaching and whitening the actual limescale, and you will notice it that it will return fairly quickly.

Limescale in the toilet looks disgusting and can be embarrassing if you have guests and limescale can often be mistaken for something else!

So what is limescale?

Limescale is a hard mineral deposit that will grab onto any imperfections found on the bottom of the toilet bowl. The more the limescale accumulates, the more scale it collects.

How to remove limescale from the pan?

Start by popping on a pair of rubber gloves.

As horrible as this sounds you need to empty the water from the bowl. To do this you can use your toilet brush and push the water down the u bend or use an old plastic cup that you know you won’t drink out of again and scoop the water out.

Once the water is out, you need to dry the bottom of the pan, use an old towel or some strong kitchen paper.

Next grab some strong limescale remover and pour into the toilet.

Leave this to sit for half an hour

Once the time is up, flush the toilet to bring the water back.

Now you may have find that some bits of the limescale can be particularly hard to remove. grab some steel wool or a piece of pumice stone to rub these awkward stubborn bits away. Both steel wool and pumice stone will not scratch the bottom of your toilet pan.

Then flush your toilet again and viola your toilet should be back to sparking white.

How to keep your toilet limescale free?

There are two great eco cleaning solutions to keep your toilet limescale free. Once a week before you go to bed or when you know your toilet is not going to be used for a while drop a denture tablet down and then flush in the morning or a good few hours after.

Or another option is to pour 20ml of white wine vinegar into the toilet pan and leave again.



Intense Bathroom Cleaning with the Queen of Clean

Bathrooms are one of the worst places in the home for germs and bacteria to really spread so it’s important that we give the bathroom a real deep clean once a week.

A have put together this simple guide to help you with your intense clean. This should take you approximately 30 minutes. 

Before you start you will need to make sure you have the following

  • Strong Rubber gloves & Apron.
  • Plenty of cloths and a hard scrubbing-brush.
  • Rubbish bag
  • Bucket of warm water
  • Broom/Hoover
  • Multi surface cleaner
  • Bleach
  • Lime scale remover
  • Glass cleaner
  • White wine vinegar
  • Bicarbonate of soda.
  • Sonic Scrubber
  • Karcher Window Cleaner
  • Steamer
  • Lastly tie your hair back

Before you start Clear the Bathroom

Remove all bath towels and bathroom mats.

Remove laundry basket.

Shower curtain if you have one. (put this in the washing machine)

Empty all cabinets.

Clear the sides of any products.

Clear the window seal

Open the window.

Let’s get cleaning

Fill the bath a quarter of the way with hot water and then add in 4 capfuls if neat bleach.  This will soak whilst you carry on cleaning. Don’t forget to open the window. You will see dirt that you didn’t think was there lift to the top.

Always work from the top down when cleaning so start by dusting the ceiling and removing all the cobwebs.

Dust the light fixture.

Remove the vent or fan cover and soak these in warm water, whilst this is soaking clean the fan well.  Then dry the cover and pop this back.

Using glass or window cleaner clean the window and any mirrors.  If you mirrors have bad water marks rub over these will a cut in half lemon and then rinse after approx. 15 mins. Alternatively use a steamer here.

Clean inside all the cupboards using a multipurpose bathroom spray, don’t forget to clean the doors and handles and also reach to the top of the cabinet as dust can settle here and be thick.

Clean the toilet, pay attention to the bottom of the toilet as well as the pan, and add in bleach. If you have any brown toilet marks at the bottom of the pan add in a good quantity of lime scale remover. I always like to give mine a steam too to make sure I have killed all the germs and bacteria.

If you have any lime scale on the taps then use a strong lime scale remover to remove.

Use a small hard brush to scrub the grout and the tiles. Rinse with warm clean water and then buff dry.

Use the same brush to get into any small areas and really scrub clean.

Hoover or sweep the floor.

Use a solution of warm water and detergent to scrub all tiles and the floor.

Rinse the floor with clear warm water and then use a dry cloth to polish dry.

For the plug holes use a drain cleaner or mix bicarbonate of soda together with white wine vinegar

Clean the shower door and base thoroughly. I use my Karcher for the doors as its brilliant.

Soak the shower in bleach and if it has lime scale, spray on some lime scale remover.

Make sure you clean the shower hose and the switches.

Clean the bathroom light cord/switch

Using the bleached water from the bath now scrub the rest of the bath using an abrasive cloth.  Rinse and buff dry.

Finish up

Put all items back in cupboards on the sides etc.

Bring the colour back into your bathroom by bringing in clean towels, mats, accessories and plants.

If you are at home light a few scented candles.

My Bathroom cleaning essentials are

Sonic Scrubber This is such a must as its great as cleaning in between and for tackling limescale.

Karcher This will help remove hard water stains and leave your shower doors with a perfect streak free finish.

Strong rubber gloves Cheap ones easily rip so invest in a good quality pair that fully protect your hands.

Cleaning Caddy  Keep all your bathroom essentials in one box to save you from going up and down the stairs.

As I get asked all the time here is the link for my Glitter toilet seat

If you feel that this has helped you then why not take a look at my simple daily tasks to help you stay on top of your home or Get the children helping out more

Now Enjoy a nice CLEAN Bathroom

Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxox

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