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Keeping your home clean and fresh

How to get rid of strong smells

Onions make fantastic odour eliminators. Whether you've been cooking fish or you've just moved into your new home which has an unwanted odour, here's a tip that might get rid of any lingering smells. Cut a white onion in half and leave it on your windowsill for a couple of nights. The onion will absorb any unwanted smells, leaving your home odour free.

How to keep your waste bin smelling fresh

If you have a garbage disposal unit fitted in your kitchen, try placing some orange or lemon peel into the unit to keep it smelling fresh.

How to maintain a fresh smelling toilet

Pour half a cup of baking soda into your toilet tank at the back. Water is always present in this tank and can sometimes cause an odour. Adding baking soda will create a natural deodorizer to help keep your bathroom smelling great.

How to keep your microwave fresh

To clean off stubborn food splatters inside your microwave, soak a sponge in water and place on a dish inside. Turn to a high heat for 2 minutes then allow to sit for a further 5 minutes without opening the microwave door. Wipe the mess straight off with the sponge. Keeping a cup of baking soda in the microwave between uses will also stop food smells combining every time you cook.

Removing animal hair

Removing animal hair from sofas, carpets and stairs can be very frustrating, especially when your pet is moulting. The best way to collect and remove the hair from the furniture is to use rubber gloves. Put them on and wipe your hand across the hair. The pet hair will then begin to clump together and form bundles in places. This makes it easier for you to pick the hair up in bunches and put in the bin.

Simple food removal for a clean home and oven

Scrubbing the oven is such a tough job and can be a serious problem for people who leave food that has splatter the sides of the oven. Acting quickly is the best way to ensure that the spills do not stick to the oven. To avoid having to spend hours on your hands and knees scrubbing dirty food, sprinkle salt over the spills as quickly as possible. When the oven cools you will be able to brush away the burnt on food with a damp cloth or sponge, leaving you with a clean oven and the feeling of a clean home.

Essential tips for cleaning plastic shower curtains

Cleaning clear plastic shower curtains can be a nightmare for some people so this could be considered as one of the most sought after tips for cleaning.

The shower curtain can quickly become covered in dirt and discoloured because of the daily spray it receives from the shower. Try placing the shower curtain in the washing machine with normal laundry soap and add a cup of white vinegar to the wash. Then simply place it on a gentle cycle.


Alternatively, hand wash the curtain using the same two chemicals. However, be sure to use rubber gloves if cleaning the curtain this way! White vinegar is acidic and is an excellent rinsing agent for soap and water stains that have been left by the shower.

Dusting the back of the radiator made easy when cleaning your home

There is nothing more annoying than looking for ways to remove the dirt and dust from behind the radiator when cleaning your home. Although out of sight, the back of the radiator can build up dust quickly without you realising and is a difficult area to clean, especially if you have big hands or an extremely tight space between radiator and wall.


Try hanging a damp cloth or sheet of damp newspaper behind the radiator and blowing the radiator with a hairdryer. This will force out the hidden dust, forcing it to stick to the cloth or newspaper that you have strategically placed behind the radiator.

Sparkling glasses mean you will be giving out tips on cleaning

When entertaining friends and family there is nothing more unsatisfying than realising that stubborn price stickers have left a mark on your cocktail glasses or have not been fully removed.


To remove the stubborn stickers easily, simply rub smooth peanut butter all over the sticker area. Toothpaste can also be used to make the glasses sticker free. Use a moist cloth or sponge and rub the area gently, leaving you with sparkling cocktail glasses.


This tip can be passed around the dinner party and will make you the envy of your guest, with many people coming to you for tips on cleaning.

Removing carpet impressions makes cleaning a home easy

When moving a living space around or replacing old furniture, it can be disappointing to see that the old furniture has left a dent in your carpet. It is always exciting to see new furniture take shape and see it fit in to your living space until you notice the impressions left by old or moved furniture.

This is unavoidable but can be erased with this simple and effective tip that could be regarded as one of the most useful tips for cleaning a home.


Go straight to the freezer when you realise that furniture has left impressions in your carpet. Place two ice cubes on each impression. As they melt they will loosen the carpet fibres so that they stand, rather than look flat. Let the area dry overnight and then vacuum, leaving your carpet looking as good as new.


Domestic cleaning that makes the sink sparkle

Cleaning the sink is a chore that all parents hate, especially after the children have done their best to ensure it is constantly piled with dirty plates, mugs and dishes. It is also an annoying chore after a long day at work to come home and scrub the sink.

After emptying the sink of the days used crockery, use this simple but effective tip to make you feel like a domestic cleaning god or goddess. To make sure that the sink sparkles, shake baking soda on to a sponge and rub the sink gently all around. Rinse the sink after this has been done and watch your sink sparkle back at you.

When cleaning the house organisation is required

Organisation is as important as cleaning the house itself. By ensuring that all equipment is prepared before starting your daily cleaning duties, a large amount of time can be saved so that you can enjoy the rest of your day, without having to move back and forth between your cleaning area and the cupboard where your cleaning products are stored.

Using a bucket to place all of the equipment you feel you made need to use whilst cleaning, is a massive advantage and can be kept within reach at all times. It may sound like a no brainer, but it comes as no surprise that often you require an extra cloth, bottle of spray or sponge.

Franchisees are setting themselves up for failure says franchise guru

Franchisees whose businesses fail should blame themselves before they blame the franchise, says Freddie Rayner, franchise guru and author of ‘Your Franchise Success’ (

Freddie has estimated that in 9 out of 10 failing franchises, it is not the franchise model that is to blame but the franchise owner who is not fulfilling their potential.

As the founder of the UK’s largest cleaning franchise, Time For You, Freddie has noticed that many people see a franchise as an easy way of earning money with little effort.

He said: “Some people think that by owning a franchise they can sit back and just watch the business grow and the money come flooding in.

“In reality it’s not like that at all. Just as with any new business you have to be prepared to put in the hard work if you want to see the results.

“The only difference is that it costs less to start a franchise, you have ongoing support from the franchisor and the business model is tried and tested for success.”

He added: “It is true that eventually, a franchise can give you a better work/life balance but it still has to be a balance of work and life!

“In my experience, any failing franchisee only has themselves to blame – I was there myself at the start of my career.

“Many years ago I bought into a franchise without doing my research. I thought I could sit and wait for the profit without putting in any hard work and I lost £35,000 in just 10 months!”

“After that hard lesson I haven’t looked back and now I know that a franchise is essentially the same as any new start-up just with less risk.”

Freddie has built his hugely successful franchise by providing franchisees with a tried and tested business model, as well as ongoing training and support along the way.

Time For You now has over 200 franchisees across the UK and is continuing to grow rapidly each month.

Because of his vast experience with franchises –both successful and unsuccessful - Freddie has recently written a book, ‘Your Franchise Success: How to Make It Happen’.

He is giving away free copies of the book so that he can help anyone considering buying a franchise to make the right decisions and warn them of potential pitfalls.

You can get your free copy at