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World's first cleaning festival hosted at Leeds shopping centre by Wilko

The top ten cleaning hacks have been revealed as household and garden retailer Wilko hosted the world's first ever cleaning festival in Leeds last week.

House of Hacks, which was hosted by This Morning's 'Queen of Clean' Lynsey Crombie, took place in Leeds Trinity shopping centre on Wednesday, October 12, and was entirely devoted to cleaning. It featured cleaning influencers, top tips for cleaning and demonstrations on how best to clean your home inside and out.

The free event, organised by household and garden retailer Wilko, saw hundreds gather today to hear the top tips for cleaning - and we've shared their top 10 hacks for you

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Among the demonstrations and hacks on offer, the top 10 were:

  • Using a dishwasher tablet to clean the oven. Simply dampen the tablet, then scrub the oven interior for a gently abrasive clean that gets rid of grease and food stains. Don’t forget to rinse the inside of the stove a few times afterwards with a damp cloth.
Top cleaning hacks (Getty Images/iStockphoto)
  • Soak a paper towel in a little scented disinfectant and pop it beneath the black bag at the bottom of the bin to keep it smelling fresher for longer.
  • Shop for washable paint if you have little ones at home; it means getting rid of any marks or scuffs from boisterous play will be a doddle.
  • Make light work of keeping the fridge fantastically clean by washing salad drawers in the dishwasher and using a cotton bud to lift any dirt or dust that’s trapped in the rubber seal.
  • Also, consider lining the salad drawers with kitchen paper so it’s easy to dispose of any vegetable debris that may shed from your weekly shop.

  • After hoovering, slip on a rubber glove and wipe it along the carpet to quickly pick up any remaining hair (although a specific pet hair cleaner or dustpan and brush with rubber bristles is much more effective for a deep clean).
  • For smaller patches of damp, consider moisture absorbers as an alternative to dehumidifiers, which can be expensive to run. Using damp seal can also help to effectively disguise any patches of discolouration ahead of decorating with paper or fresh paint.
  • Keep central heating working at its best, and ultimately save money on your energy bills by bleeding radiators at least twice a year using a key.
  • If you’ve cooked a dish that’s heavy in starch or dairy – for example, a shepherd’s pie – soak it in cold water and washing up liquid rather than hot water as you would for other dishes. The cool water reacts with the ingredients to better lift them from the cooking equipment.
  • Add a drop of laundry disinfectant if washing clothes at a lower temperature or on a cold wash to make an energy bill saving; this liquid will make sure germs are killed without the need to switch to an option that’s set at 30 degrees or more.

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