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Share your cleaning pearls of wisdom with Mr Muscle and you could win a £250 John Lewis voucher. NOW CLOSED

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AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 02-Sep-13 16:23:53

MNers have been testing the brand new Mr Muscle Touch-Up Cleaner. You can see what they thought of it here.

Here's what Mr Muscle say about the product: "Mr Muscle® Touch-Up Cleaner offers a fast and convenient solution to kill 99.99% of bacteria* and to clean the most frequently used surfaces in the home. The inventive new design makes it easy to clean surfaces and kill bacteria; simply push down on the pump to apply the formula onto a cleaning material such as a paper towel, cleaning cloth or sponge. Then, just wipe the surface clean."

As such, Mr Muscle would like to hear about Mumsnetters' top household cleaning tips and thoughts on alternative cleaning products.

So, what cleaning advice would you like to pass on to fellow MNers? Who takes responsibility for cleaning in your home? Do you have a secret to making taps shine like new? Or perhaps you have a fool-proof formula for streak free windows?

How do you/ your DP try to make cleaning more enjoyable/ less tiresome? Maybe you've developed an efficient time-saving routine? Do you take turns doing the most boring chores? Maybe you've even perfected some good tactics to avoid cleaning all together?

What features do you look for when buying a new cleaning product? Do you take into account how sustainable the product is?

Whatever your cleaning tips are, Mr Muscle would love to hear about them. Everyone who adds a comment to this thread will be entered into a prize draw where one MNer will win a £250 John Lewis voucher.

Please note your comments may be used (anonymously of course) by Mr Muscle in PR and marketing materials, their website and possibly elsewhere so please only comment if you're happy with this.

Thanks and good luck,


(* When used as directed on the pack)

openerofjars Tue 17-Sep-13 19:59:39

Oh wow, thank you! That will help so much with Christmas, phew. Bacon saved.

AngelieMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 17-Sep-13 09:40:21

Thanks for all your comments! The winner of the prize draw is openerofjars - congratulations! I'll PM you for your details shortly smile

Doubtfuldaphne Sun 15-Sep-13 21:24:31

On chrome and shiny things, try a very small amount of baby oil on a dry cloth. It is AMAZING. No streaks and beautiful shine!

DanglingChillis Sun 15-Sep-13 14:52:42

My top tip to avoid cleaning is to employ a cleaner.

babsmam Sat 14-Sep-13 19:43:36

don't leave it 6 years between oven cleans - whistles in a none slatternly way as leaves kitchen....,shock

swallowedAfly Sat 14-Sep-13 16:39:11

love the name cointreau - that wasted cointreau still keeps me awake at night sometimes...

CointreauVersial Fri 13-Sep-13 22:41:50

I use window/glass cleaning spray on just about anything - it's great for cleaning stainless steel, shining the hob, cleaning iPads and keybpards, or for squirting on a duster to wipe down furniture. I cleaned the door of my fridge with it yesterday.

FunMeFit Thu 12-Sep-13 21:28:28

I don't like a lot of cleaning products that are currently on the market. As a mother to two under 3's, I worry about chemicals found in many products as little fingers get everywhere! I'm all for products that don't pollute or have harsh chemicals so I like to clean with white vinegar, bicarbonate of soda and various other non-toxic options. I do however use cream cleaner for the bathroom as it seems to get off all that nasty lime scale. But generally, the more gentle and less toxic, the better smile

TMOT Thu 12-Sep-13 18:13:25

My best tip for housework is to marry someone who loves to clean. Makes life a lot easier.

On days when I have to clean I like to keep it simple and use a good all multipurpose cleaner or a wet wipe

Harpy0728 Tue 10-Sep-13 21:07:01

I've been using the mr muscle bathroom to clean up bits and pieces as I need to. I has been quite handy to have and looks nice in the bathroom.

loubielou31 Tue 10-Sep-13 14:23:46

Sorry for my multiple posting, it's not even a very good tip so certainly not worth reading five times.

loubielou31 Tue 10-Sep-13 13:58:30

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loubielou31 Tue 10-Sep-13 13:58:30

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loubielou31 Tue 10-Sep-13 13:58:26

Little and often, My Grandmother always said "Don't put it down, put it by (away)! All these little mantras help keep the house clean.
My best tip is get other to do it. The children actually quite enjoy dusting and cleaning, they get through a lot more Mr Muscle spray and window cleaner than I would and the results aren't perfect but I have learned to lower my standards and let them do it.

DontmindifIdo Tue 10-Sep-13 12:06:40

ooh, has anyone mentioned hair removal cream (like veet) down shower plug holes to unblock ones full of hair? Very useful tip!

Kerosene Tue 10-Sep-13 10:58:32

Soda Crystals and white vinegar will shift anything. Baked-on mank, bathroom mank, you name it. A bag of soda crystals costs a quid, and Amazon will bring me 10l of white vinegar for £8 - I last bought some in May, and I'm still working my way through the first bottle, so pretty cost-effective and you could probably get cheaper stuff too. Drop some citrus peel in the vinegar to take away that smell.

I also like the Unfuck Your Habitat method - no cleaning marathons, just 20 minutes at a time then take a break. I can't often face doing a marathon clean and when I do it's always to a fairly crap standard, but I can find time for a 20-minute kitchen blitz and be looking for stuff to clean to pad out the allotted time.

Dylanlovesbaez Tue 10-Sep-13 09:09:06

I try the clean while method but I hate cleaning! I'm so lazy! I do use white vinegar for cleaning my glasses though. I live in a hard water area and this works!

Furball Tue 10-Sep-13 08:32:18

YY to denture tablets and they are also good down plugholes as well

Silverfoxballs Mon 09-Sep-13 22:33:42

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SisterMatic Mon 09-Sep-13 18:56:17

I use baby wipes a lot too, especially good for damp dusting

Furball Mon 09-Sep-13 08:14:25

If you have dishwasher - put your cloths in everywash, keeps them clean and stop them from festering.

use a blob of cheapo washing up liquid and a sponge with a scourer on one side (19p for 5 in tesco!) to clean bathroom sinks and bath, rinse, then dry with a microfibre cloth. takes a few minutes and come up like new with no chemical smells.

put a sheet of foil on the bottom of the oven to catch and spills etc, replace when needed.

Madlizzy Sun 08-Sep-13 22:55:40

If your microwave is a bit manky inside, put a bowl of lemon juice in water in there and nuke for a minute then leave in there for 10 minutes. It just wipes off.

Wearytiger Sun 08-Sep-13 21:44:25

My best and only cleaning tip - keep two sets of wet wipes permanently on the high chair, one for the chair, one for the child. Wet food us far far easier to wipe off than dry, encrusted food!

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