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By Sophie Voelzing | July 10, 2016

Tips

When cleaning your home on a day-to-day basis it’s easy to overlook certain areas. Helpling.ae is on hand with tips and tricks to help when you’re next cleaning those nooks and crannies

Oven hoods Oven hoods absorb odors and are also a magnet for fat. If we don’t remove the far, it will clog-up and make cleaning a lot more difficult, not to mention the danger of a fire hazard. To clean it in the dishwasher, place the filters horizontally in the top compartment and run it empty to avoid food residues in the filters. If you have to clean the hood manually, place the filters in the sink, filled with a double dose of washing up liquid. Leave them to soak, scrub with a brush and then clean again. Don’t forget the inside of the cooker hood, and get rid of the fat and dry with a cloth. Use 100% cotton towels to dry it, as they will be lint free.

Dishwasher In cosy warmth and moisture, dangerous bacteria feel safe and can, when not removed have some inflictions on you. First, take out removable items - the racks, the salt and fluid caps, and the filter, then wipe the inside with a fresh sponge and vinegar. Don’t forget to clean the filter – there you’ll always find leftovers food. Pour a cup of vinegar into the capsule compartment, and allow the machine to rinse empty at the highest temperature (don’t forget to put back the stuff you took out!).

Handles & doorknobs Handles and doorknobs come into human contact several times a day, but rarely come into contact with a cloth. But viruses can survive on this type of surface for around 24 hours and other types even longer, so disinfection is key here! A dab of vinegar on a cloth is perfect to combat the potential threat.

Washing machine The centrifugal drum always looks so spotless after each wash, but if not cleaned from time to time, it can lead to bad smelling of the clothes even after washing them. Dirty clothes have to leave their dirt somewhere, and that’s in the drum. To clean your washing machine, put 50g of baking soda directly into the drum and 50ml of vinegar essence in the top compartment. Wash at 60 degrees for a fresh smelling washing machine. You can also get the dispenser clean with a sponge and tap water. Do not forget also to remove the lint and hairs in the rubber that fill the machine, if it’s a washer dryer.

The freezer Two thirds of all food poisoning originate from the fridge or freezer walls and most bacteria only ‘hibernate’ but don’t die at low temperatures. So, be sure to sort all your food in insulated bags when stocking your freezer, as a precautionary measure. To clean it, turn it off, remove the bottom shelf and place some towels inside to soak up the water, close the door and let it defrost overnight. You can sterilise the freezer with a cloth soaked in vinegar cleaner and bleach for killing dormant bacteria

Tile joints Bathtub, sink and toilet, floor: the normal routine to clean the bathroom. However, we easily overlook other places like the tile grouting; on which mould can grow all too quickly. To clean it you can use the Tea Tree Oil! It’s antibacterial and kills mold. Dip a cotton swab in the oil and coat the affected area, generously. After half an hour, this miracle cure will have banished the fungus and your joints will radiate again!