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Use vinegar for professional cleaning results

When you want to knuckle down to some professional cleaning, there is no better tool than a bottle of white distilled vinegar (not the stuff you put on your chips!). Because of the acidity, vinegar is a fantastic alternative to harsh chemicals and can be put to many uses.

Make your own all-purpose household cleaner by mixing one part vinegar to one part water and you will have a rival to your professional cleaning products.  You can even add a few drops of lemon essential oil to give your home that clean fresh smell.  Keep a bottle handy in the kitchen or bathroom and you can ditch the supermarket cleaning products for good.  This mixture can also be used as a room deodoriser and replace the synthetic chemical sprays that you normally use.

If you have a smoker in the household, or have had visitors who have smoked in the house, get rid of the odour quickly simply by placing an ashtray of neat vinegar in the room.  The vinegar will absorb all the bad smells and leave your home smelling fresh once again.

You can remove lime scale from all number of places in your home safely and easily by replacing your expensive lime scale remover with a cup of vinegar.  Boil a cup of vinegar in your kettle and leave it to soak overnight - you will be amazed by the results.  It can also be used to remove the lime scale from your bathroom taps, tiles and shower.

Try washing your windows with vinegar instead of using professional cleaning products.  Just use the all-purpose household cleaner that you made to spray the windows, then wipe off the product with some scrunched-up newspaper or cloth.  You will have a streak-free finish and a shine that your neighbours will be jealous of.

One point to remember though is to never use vinegar to clean marble surfaces like a worktop.  Marble is very porous and is damaged very easily by acidic products.

For more tips on professional cleaning check back next week!