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5 home cleaning solutions you wish you knew about sooner

Ever wondered how some people always manage to keep their homes in constant sparkling clean condition? Despite the fact that we want a stain-free, sweet smelling and stress-free haven to come home to every day, the reality is most of us struggle to find the time to clean effectively. Fortunately, there are a few hacks to make cleaning a little easier using natural solutions from the pantry. Here’s 5 home cleaning solutions you wish you knew about sooner.

Home cleaning solutions # 1– Wine stains on carpet? Use Salt.

The trick here is to act fast. The longer you wait, the harder the stain is to clean.  Start by blotting off excess wine from your carpet with paper towels, then dilute the wine by dropping small sprinkles of cold water onto the carpet, then blot again. Be careful not to over saturate. While the carpet is still a little damp, liberally sprinkle some salt over the stained areas, gently pressing the salt into carpet and leave overnight. It might seem an unlikely hero, but salt is great for drawing moisture off carpets. You’ll know when it’s worked its magic when salt granules have turned pink the next day. Simply vacuum to finish. If this solution doesn’t do the job, see solution #5.

Home cleaning solutions #2 – Pet accidents? Use Vinegar.

Like the previous tip, the key here is to act fast! Begin by clearing up excess pet urine with some paper towels. Then mix one-part white vinegar with one-part water to create a cleaning solution. Pour the solution onto the stained area then let it sit for 10 minutes. Finally use a layer of paper towels to soak up any remaining excess liquid. Once the area is almost dry, finish-up by sprinkling a little baking soda on the area to absorb the odour and allow it to settle for at least 15 minutes. Vacuum and you’re done! If you find this solution too complicated, try solution #5 in our list.

Home cleaning solutions #3 – Kitchen grease stains? Use Lemon & Salt.

For greasy stains in the kitchen, look no further than your yellow best friend – lemons duh! Begin by liberally sprinkling salt all over the stained areas, ensuring it’s completely covered. Then cut a lemon in half and squeeze some lemon juice over salt to form a paste. Proceed to scrub using the cut side of the lemon, rubbing salt and lemon juice into the stain. Allow the lemon and salt mixture to sit overnight, then rinse with warm water and wipe clean with a wet cloth for a remarkable shine and citrusy finish.

Home cleaning solutions #4 – Stinky Odour? Use Baking Soda.

Not only is this humble, all-natural ingredient an integral part in any baker’s kitchen, it has great odour-neutralising properties too! To remove foul odours in the house, leave a few inches of baking soda in an uncovered container for a few days in odorous rooms. If you’ve managed to pinpoint where exactly the odour is coming from, even better! Simply sprinkle some baking soda over the surface and let it work its magic overnight. Be gone foul smells!

Home cleaning solutions #5 – For ultimate bliss, try the spot cleaners from the Britex Extra Finish range

Sure home remedies are great and all, but there’s no guarantee that they will work in all situations. For the most stubborn of stains and most foul of odours, sometimes a little professional kick is needed. Plus, if you’re in a rush, there is no mixing or formulating required with these solutions.

Britex Spot n’ Stain uses an active enzyme formula which effectively eliminates stains and odours at the source and is suitable for old and new stains, including red wine and coffee. Spot n Stain also features the Britex Spot Guard formulation, which protects your carpet and upholstery fibres against future stains and spills long after they’ve been cleaned.

For the yet to be toilet trained puppy or toddler, Britex Urine Remover is a godsend. Its unique ‘no touch, no scrub’ formula reaches deep into carpet and upholstery, drawing out moisture from old and new urine stains. An added bonus is that you’ll never have to physically touch any urine stains again! The advanced enzyme formula destroys underlying odours and biological stains, and most importantly, its safe for use around your little ones and furry friends. In addition to urine, it can also be used on vomit, faeces and blood stains.

Foul smells beware, for the Britex Odour Blaster will banish thee from the realm of the household! With its deep-penetrating and advanced enzyme formula, it is designed to specifically target, neutralise and destroy any bacteria causing the offensive odour. Plus, it leaves a refreshing scented finish.

Britex Extra Finish products can be ordered online from Woolworths and Coles (add the products to your home shopping order), Bunnings and the Britex online store. Alternatively, you can buy them in-store at the Britex hire stand in Bunnings Warehouse, Woolworths and selected Coles, IGA, Mitre 10 and Home Hardware Stores.

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