Cleaning Tips

Welcome to Bizzy Heights – where the cleaning never stops…

When he’s not in his hive, you’ll find Eric the bizzybee housed in this trendy two-bed. Not that he gets much peace and quiet. Eric’s worker bees are forever throwing parties and making a mess of Bizzy Heights – it’s a good job he has a constant supply of bizzybee gloves and cloths and a few cleaning tricks up his sting!

Click on any room to reveal Eric’s cleaning secrets. P.S. Don’t forget his garden and garage!

Basement Bathroom Bedroom Kids Bedroom Garage Garden Kitchen Living Room Study Utility Room


1. When pegging out your washing turn clothes inside out so that the sunlight doesn’t fade them.

2. Cleaning out gutters? Make your own scoop by cutting the bottom off a large milk bottle.

3. For a more comfortable grip on a metal bucket handle, slice a piece of hose and cover.

4. Prepare for the winter influx of feathered friends by giving your bird table a good scrub.

5. If you have a lot of cobwebs building up around your outside door,window frames and guttering, use a broom to reach up and sweep them away.


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Kids Bedroom

1. Make it routine for children to make their beds as soon as they get up and for them to put all toys away when finished with them.

2. Crayon on walls and objects can be removed by using a hair dryer to heat up the wax so it can easily be wiped off with a cloth.

3. Hairspray will remove magic-marker ink from surfaces.

4. Wash your child’s toys after an illness to prevent reinfection or infection of another child.

5. To remove chewing gum from a child’s clothes, put the garment in the freezer for at least an hour. The gum can then be easily peeled off!


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Utility Room

1. If your steam iron has become clogged with a calcium build-up, run it with white vinegar in it. Run with water several times before using again.

2. To periodically clean and disinfect your washing machine, pour 450ml of white distilled vinegar into your machine then run the machine through a full cycle without clothes or detergent.

3. Keep a basket in your utility room for lonely socks, loose change and odds & ends.

4. Check the bag each time you vacuum, and change it when it is half full or torn. A clean, intact bag allows for good airflow and prevents dust particles from being released into the air.

5. Scrape plates before you put them in the dishwasher, this will reduce the chance of clogging the drain.



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1. After turning off your computer, disconnect your keyboard and turn it upside down. Shake it gently to dislodge crumbs and use a paintbrush or a can of compressed air to push out bits caught beneath keys.

2. Regularly take books and other items off bookcases to dust the shelves, this will improve the quality of the air in the room.

3. Dust your computer screens and televisions with a bizzybee microfibre cloth! This will reduce the static and prevent dust resettling.

4. Regularly clean your computer’s hard drive by running virus checks and deleting unwanted files.

5. Keep rooms you don’t frequent as much tidy, when they do need cleaning it is easier to clean an already neat room.


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1. Regularly clean your cleaning tools. Launder dishcloths and microwave damp sponges for 10-15 seconds to kill bacteria.

2. To improve drain speed or unblock, pour in 115g of salt and follow with 450ml of boiling white distilled vinegar. Flush through with hot and cold tap water.

3. A small pot of baking soda in your fridge will minimise odours, stir from time to time.

4. To clean the inside of a microwave, put a slice of lemon in a bowl of water and heat in the microwave for five minutes. It wipes off really easy and will leave it smelling fresh.

5. To get stains off the inside of your teapot, put 2 tbsp of baking soda into the teapot and add boiling water to top. Leave for an hour and then rinse thoroughly



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1. A squirt of vegetable cooking oil under the deck of your lawnmower will make it easier to clean.

2. Sunlight and freezing temperatures can damage your hosepipe. Always store it properly by drying out excess water, keep it on a hosepipe reel or in loose loops on the ground, and place out of direct sunlight or indoors.

3. To soften bugs on your car bumper smear smooth peanut butter on and then wash with soapy water.

4. To shine the metal trim on your car squirt a little baby oil onto a paper towel and polish.

5. Store items in air tight containers in your garage to stop the damp getting to them.


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1. Vacuum your mattress monthly to remove dust mites.

2. Avoid storing linens and blankets in solid plastic containers as they can trap moisture, which leads to the growth of mildew.

3. If your bedding can’t be washed at 60 degrees, kill dust mites by putting it all in the freezer for 24 hours before washing.

4. Rotate your mattress four times a year at least, flip it over both end-over-end and side-over-side.

5. Pillows and duvets should be washed at least twice a year.


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1. To freshen your toilet, four Alka Seltzer tablets or a can of coke left in for an hour before scrubbing can remove stains.

2. Soak your shower head in a mixture of white vinegar and water to remove lime and mineral deposits.

3. A small window squeegee used on tile walls after each shower will slow the formation of water spots on the surface.

4. Don’t throw old toothbrushes away, they are great for cleaning round your taps and any places difficult to get to.

5. To reduce the chance of mildew, soak your shower curtain in salt water, leave it straightened out and reduce the moisture in the air during and after showering by leaving doors and windows open.



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1. If your washing machine door seal has become black and mouldy due to washing at low temperatures, douse a cloth in clear vinegar and wipe over.

2. Arrange large, bulky, hard to store items in a corner of the basement to keep them from becoming a stumbling block.

3. Reserve easier to reach areas for things that you use on a regular basis.

4. Keep items on shelves, hooks and in boxes rather than on the floor.

5. Regularly sweep the floor, clean up any spills and check for infestation.

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Living Room

1. Use baking soda to deodorise your carpet, sprinkle on before you go to bed and vacuum in the morning.

2. Put a cotton wool ball saturated with your favourite perfume (or room scent or natural oil) into your vacuum cleaner bag. The scent will gently fill the room as you vacuum.

3. When plants become dusty or dried out by indoor heating, place them in the shower and give them a rinse with cold water.

4. Refrigerating candles before lighting will cause fewer drips.

5. Take off your shoes every time you enter the house. Eighty per cent of dirt in the home comes from people’s and pets’ feet.

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