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Can you believe it’s Halloween already!? Us neither, it’s the time of year that we all just get busier and busier with Christmas around the corner and the last thing we want to be doing is cleaning up after throwing a Halloween get-together. So, we’re going to let you in on some of the spookiest tips and tricks that we know about to make sure your house returns to being clean and sparkling - while hopefully using less time, energy and chemicals as well!

  • A dab of toothpaste and a scrub can clean marker pen stains from wood – a handy trick to have up your sleeve if you’ve got creative kids at your party this year!
  • You’ve got a lot of people coming and going and not all take their shoes off at the door.  Ditch your old, traditional mop and get yourself a microfibre mop. Traditional mop heads will likely stay damp for a while after using, making it a bacteria breeding hot-ground, and nobody wants to be spreading that around their home. Also, microfibre works with just the cloth and water, so you’ll save money on chemicals too!
  • Struggling to vacuum any glitter that has come loose from spooky costumes? Use a lint roller to pick up any remaining pieces that are stubborn and hard to remove.
  • Someone has dropped the jack-o-lantern and you’ve now got an unsightly stain on the carpet. Pick up pulp with paper towels and blot the stain using Nova Spotta. Repeat if necessary! 
  • Did you know blenders clean themselves? Yes, you read that correctly! Once you’ve made some delicious pumpkin soup - fill your blender with warm water and add a few drops of your washing up liquid. Turn the blender on for a few seconds and rinse after. Ta-da!
  • Do you find yourself regularly throwing out washing up sponges because they get dirty? Clean them with this simple trick - Slightly dampen your sponge, pop it in the microwave for 60 seconds on full power, and you’ll reduce the amount of bacterial contamination on it by up to 99 percent, according to research published in the Journal of Environmental Health. Just make sure your sponge doesn’t have a metal scourer part or you’ll be adding “buy a new microwave” to your list of chores. Also make sure the sponge isn’t dry as this can start a fire.
  • Steam clean your microwave – put a bowl of water with a few tablespoons of white vinegar in the microwave for a couple of minutes on the highest setting, then remove the bowl and all dirt that is on the inside surfaces of the microwave should wipe straight off.
  • Hopefully you’re not going to come across any broken eggs this year – but if you do it’s best to clean these when wet with warm water and washing up liquid. If any egg happens to dry, why not try neat Orange Fresh to and a scrubbing brush to remove the marks from windows,  brickwork and paving.

We hope you find these tips and tricks useful, if you’ve got any of your own tips to share please leave them in the comments on our Facebook post!