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The cleaning products that could make your home even more FILTHIER…from grim vacuum cleaners to dirty dusters


A PROFESSIONAL cleaner revealed that many people clean their cleaning products poorly.

And how they could make their house dirtier – instead of cleaning it.

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Lynsey Crombie shared her tips for making your home sparkle againCredit: Michelle White Photography

Cleaning queen Lynsey Crombie, who has been a professional occasional cleaner for 14 years, enjoys helping people with cleaning tips.

The cleaning expert, who always loved cleaning and helped her mother as a child, revealed that there are common mistakes people make when cleaning their cleaning products.

She said: “A lot of times people clean them too much and potentially damage them.

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“Always be careful not to get water in your vacuum cleaner as this can cause electrical failure.

“Also, using too much white vinegar when cleaning your washing machine and dishwasher can cause the rubber to erode over time.”

Lynsey Crombie, known as the Queen of Clean, revealed that dishcloths are often the worst offenders and can secretly harbor messes.

But she shared her top three tips for keeping household cleaners clean.

She said people should make it a point to clean regularly and plan it into their monthly cleaning schedule.

Although they should also remember to keep cleaning supplies in stock – like white vinegar, washing soda, dishwasher cleaner and washing machine cleaner.

She said it’s extremely important that people keep cleaning their cleaning supplies.

Lynsey added: “It’s important to make sure you don’t push dirt and grime around your house and make it dirtier than it already was.”

Lynsey, who also shares her cleaning tips and tricks on her Instagram and Facebook pages, revealed her tips for cleaning your cleaning products.

She also shared which cleaning products are the worst offenders for harboring dirt.

DISH CLOTHS

Lynsey revealed that the rags are the worst offenders for secretly hosting a movie.

She said: ‘You can forget to clean them and those cloths are full of germs and bacteria if they are not cleaned regularly.

“You can put them in the dishwasher, washing machine and microwave to clean them.

“But if you use microfiber cloths around the house to clean, be sure to throw out the fabric softener when washing, as it will take away the absorbency and make them less clean as well.

“To clean them in the microwave, simply fill a microwave-safe bowl with water and add a few drops of white vinegar, insert the sponges and let them run on full power for 5 minutes.”

MOP HEADS

A dirty mop head will only move dirt around the house and won’t clean your floors, Lynsey revealed, so she explained that they need to be mopped after every use.

She added that mop heads can also really smell and start to fall apart if not cleaned properly.

She said most mop heads can be washed in the washing machine, but if they’re only hand-washed, people can soak in a mixture of detergent and white vinegar.

WASHING MACHINE

Lynsey revealed that many people message her to say that their clothes sometimes give off an odor or marks when they use their washing machine.

The cleaning expert revealed: ‘It’s normally because the washing machine isn’t clean.

“Be sure to clean your washing machine once a month, run some washing soda through a hot wash, or buy washing machine cleaner.

“Also remove the soap dispenser drawer and rinse it out while emptying the filter. Using liquid rather than powder detergent will prevent the drawer from clogging.

“If you find your washing machine still smells after cleaning, when your load is complete, leave the door slightly open and let it air dry, this will prevent mold and mildew from forming.”

DISHWASHER

With dishwasher tablets getting better and better, the need to rinse dishes before putting them in the dishwasher is a thing of the past, Lynsey revealed.

But with that in mind, she said people need to remember that their dishwashers are working and cleaning harder and harder.

She explained that if your dishwasher isn’t clean, your plates won’t be clean, and the water swimming around will be dirty, smelly, and full of old food particles.

Lynsey suggested, “Remove the filter weekly, rinse it out and clean the dishwasher once a month.

“To clean your dishwasher, take out the filter, rinse it well with hot soapy water, then use a recycled toothbrush and washing up liquid to clean the sills and rubber sides.

“Then on the upper and lower shelves, add small dishes of white vinegar, then run the hottest cycle.”

VACUUM

A vacuum cleaner is another cleaning tool that could make your home dirtier, Lynsey revealed.

If you push your vacuum and notice it isn’t picking up or dust is being pushed out the back, then your vacuum needs a cleaning, she advised.

She said: “You really don’t want to push dirt around and leave it all over your floors and carpets.

“Most vacuums these days are bagless, so a quick emptying and a weekly rinse is enough to keep it working properly, but every month your vacuum will need a deeper cleaning.

“Clean the base by cleaning the wheels and the roller and removing any hair and debris that may be stuck, along with the hose and filter.

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The cleaning products that could make your home even more FILTHIER…from grim vacuum cleaners to dirty dusters

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