When it comes to cleaning my home, as my wife would no doubt tell you, I am as lazy as they come.
Aside from a bit of vacuum cleaning and wiping down surfaces, I find the upkeep of our home an uphill battle, which I generally feel like I'm losing. Whether it's the living room, bedroom or bathroom, it simply seems the work is never done.
So, in an attempt to find a few little shortcuts in my never-ending struggle, I've turned to the great British public to help me out. Each week on the VictoriaPlum.com twitter account, we ask our customers to send us their top home care tips, using the hashtag #TipTuesday. And when called into action, our followers never disappoint. Check out our top 10 home care hacks.
10. Use an old toothbrush
Yes, once your toothbrush has come to the end of its useful life keeping your gnashers a pearly shade of white, it can be repurposed and used to clean in between those places that ordinary cleaning implements can't reach.
9. A squeegee in the shower
I don't know about you, but my shower bath screen is an absolute disgrace. It's encrusted with limescale and has soapy streaks running up and down it. I can barely see through it and (luckily) no one else can see through it either. So why not leave a squeegee in the shower area? If you have a family, it's great fun for the kids and will save you some back-breaking work.
An even easier way to keep glass, ceramics and tiles free from soap and grime, is to treat it with our revolutionary easy clean bathroom coating kit.
8. Bicarb of soda on your sheets
Whilst changing your bedding often is the obvious way to keep your bed smelling nice and fresh, there are some other ways. We like this tip.
Keep your bed smelling nice and fresh
7. Dryer sheets
Grimy shower screens and enclosures seem to be a reoccurring issue with our Twitter followers, with the scum and soap build-up proving to be a real problem. So how about this slightly different approach from Natalie? Would you use a tumble dryer sheet to rub down your enclosures?
6. Keep your toilet smelling sweet
We've received a number of different suggestions on ways to keep your toilet as fresh as possible (and let's face it, who doesn't want a nicer smelling toilet), but we loved this tip, which will give you a wonderful clean laundry smell in your loo.
Rid your toilet of nasty niffs with soap powder
5. Toothpaste for stains
A number of tips centred around toothpaste, including adding a peg to the end of your toothpaste tube to squeeze the very last bit of toothpaste out. But it appears many people swear by toothpaste when it comes to everyday stains.
4. Baby wipes and baby oil
If you have young children, those essential baby wipes and baby oil seem to come in very handy for everyday cleaning. Instead of wiping grubby faces, why not wipe grubby surfaces?
3. Vinegar isn't just great on chips
Yes, it seems that the humble kitchen condiment is a real favourite when it comes to cleaning around the home. Leave white vinegar in your bathroom basin or kitchen sink and your plug and waste will come up shiny and new again. Believe me, I've tried it and it works!
2. Tape up the bottom of your radiators
This tip really caught our imagination. I find radiators one of the trickiest things to clean. Getting into those nooks and crannies to rid yourself of dust can be really problematic. We thought this tip was cunningly creative, enabling a really deep clean.
1. When life gives you lemons
When it comes to cleaning your home, it appears that many, many of you like your home to smell as lemony as possible. When not providing you with your 5 a day, lemons are a great natural way to keep your home clean. Here are just a few of your tips that included fruit!
More home cleaning hacks?
Got some great home cleaning tips of your own? Tweet us @VictoriaPlumUK using the hashtag #LittleBathroomVictories.