Do you really need to reach for the chemical-laden household cleaner, when lemons, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda could do some of the jobs just as well?

TV’s Queen of Clean Lynsey Crombie, a regular on ITV’s This Morning, says: “I go for white wine vinegar because it makes a stronger cleaning product. It’s great for combating mould in the bathroom, limescale on the taps or showerhead and for doing glass and windows.

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“It’s also great as an odour-buster. It might smell of vinegar for a while, but that smell will disperse and break down other odours.

“Lemons are great for making a multi-purpose cleaner, they’re great for limescale and for shining. You get a good shine from a lemon and they leave your home smelling gorgeous.”

Lynsey’s 10 top cleaning hacks

Her new book, The Easy Life, offers a wealth of tips on quick ways to clean your home. Here, she suggests how simple things you probably have around the house can help.

1. Bust those fake tan stains

One quick way to remove fake tan is to make a paste out of bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice and apply directly to the stain.

2. Hide fridge smells

Put a small dish of bicarbonate of soda in the back of your fridge, which will soak up food smells and is particularly good if you’ve had an Indian dish or fish.

3. Keep your dishwasher fresh

Wipe down seals around the dishwasher door with a solution of 50% white wine vinegar, 20% neat lemon juice and 30% water. Put the solution in a spray bottle so you can use it for other cleaning jobs. After rinsing your dishwasher filter, run a rinse cycle using lemon juice.

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4. Spritz your microwave

Place four slices of lemon into a microwave-safe bowl of water and cook on high for three minutes. The steam from the water should loosen stuck-on bits of food and grease, then all you have to do is wipe it clean with a damp cloth. And it should leave your microwave smelling fresh.

5. Blitz bathroom grime

Mould and mildew spread faster in humid conditions, especially in the bathroom. Spray patches of mould with neat white wine vinegar, leave for 30 minutes then rinse. The mould should disappear without the need for scrubbing.

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✨TUESDAYS TIP ✨ . Good Morning It’s another cleaning tip from me that helps with the build up of grime and limescale on your shower head. . Place the shower head in a small plastic food bag and then fill with white wine vinegar and warm water tie or use an elastic band and leave to soak for a few hours. . The results will be amazing ✨✨✨ . . . #cleaning #chores #mumslife #showerhead #lovetoclean #cleaningexpert #cleaningduties #keepitclean #cleanup #shower #cleaningproducts #fresh #shinny #bathroom #blogger #columnist #lifestyle #queenofclean #homehacks #original #cleaningtips #houseclean #cleanhouse #happyhouse #organiser #showerhead #homemaker #whitewinevinegar #homesweethome #instadaily

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6. Wash your washing machine

To keep it fresh, run a quick cycle with white wine vinegar weekly, which should neutralise smells and keep mould build-up at bay.

Bicarbonate of soda is great to use with your laundry. If you use liquid detergent and you are doing a white load, pop a spoonful into the liquid detergent, spin it around a bit and it will bring your whites up beautifully.

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Get those sheets in it’s #cleansheetssunday, if you saw me on This Morning this week you would of seen us discussing that’s is good to give your machine a little TLC especially over the summer months . So after you have washed those sheets today don’t forget to leave your washing door open for half an hour to allow it to dry and prevent mould build up . And . Once a week soak the draw and run a cycle with white wine vinegar . Don’t forget to clean the things that clean for you . Happy Sunday ✨ . . . . #cleansheetssunday #sundaymotivation #queenofclean #laundry #washing #laundryroom #washingmachine #clean #cleaning #cleaningtip #cleaningexpert #sundayfunday #pink #prevention #freshowers

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7. Create a glass and window cleaner

Use 20ml white wine vinegar, 10ml lemon juice and fill the rest of a 500ml spray bottle with water. Shake and it’s ready to use. It will clean mirrors, mirrored furniture, windows and even metal taps.

8. Unclog kitchen drains

Sprinkle bicarbonate of soda into the drain then pour down some white wine vinegar. Cover the plughole with a wet cloth while the two react with one another to clean the drain. Wait five minutes and run hot water to clear it.

9. Perk up wooden chopping boards

If they are looking a little tired, you can perk them up using half a lemon and some salt.

10. Care for your cupboards

Cleaning the inside of your kitchen cupboards may be something you dread, but after you’ve taken everything out, a diluted vinegar solution should make light work of disinfecting sticky surfaces.

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✨Cleaning Tip Tuesday ✨ . Cooking smells can sometimes be a real pain to get rid of and this time of the year we don’t want our windows open all day. . My tip tip today is to simply pop about 10ml of white wine vinegar into a sauce pan with water on your hob and simmer for around 15 minutes. This will release odour-fighting power into the air and will deodorise your whole house. . My other tip is to cut an onion in half leave it in the room over night which will also soak up odours. . DO NOT BOIL ZOFLORA ON THE HOB…..I have lots of images sent to him from here it’s not safe!!!! . . #cleaningtiptuesday #toptip #cleaningtip #cleaning #queenofclean #tryitout #cleaningmotivation #odours #clean #tody #cleaning #familylife #smells #kitchensmells #foodsmells #blogger #cleaninghacks #cleanhouse #cleanhomehappyhome

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The Easy Life by Lynsey Crombie is published by Welbeck.

Best-selling bicarbonate of soda

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  • DOMESTIC USES: 100% Pure, Pharmaceutical and FCC Food Grade Powder with numerous domestic uses as well as potent medicinal properties.
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  • DOMESTIC USES: 100% Pure, Pharmaceutical and FCC Food Grade Powder with numerous domestic uses as well as potent medicinal properties.
  • MULTI-PURPOSE FOOD INGREDIENT: Sodium Bicarbonate is used largely in the bakery and confectionery industries to bake a variety of delicious treats.
  • FREE FROM ALUMINIUM, PARABEN AND GMO: All our products are free from the harmful chemicals that are detrimental to health and undergo rigorous testing.

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