Fuss-free clean­ing

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DO you feel an­noyed clean­ing the same things over and over again in your home? Here are some tips to help you cut down on what needs to be done.

Pre­vent drips on your floor

Wet shoes and um­brel­las leave drips all over the floor. Place a rub­ber mat under your shoe stand, and put a solid plas­tic um­brella stand next to it that catches all the drips. If you use a coat rack, set it away from the wall on the rub­ber mat.

Spray so­fas and rugs

If you have kids, pets, vis­i­tors or tend to al­ways spill things, in­vest in pro­tec­tor spray for all your up­hol­stery and rugs. There are fab­ric pro­tec­tors for so­fas and chair, can­vas pro­tec­tors for shoes, and grout­ing sealants for bath­rooms and tiled ar­eas. A good place to source these are hy­per­mar­kets and hard­ware shops.

Line your plants

Plants and flow­ers are life and colour to a home but keep­ing the soil moist and the wa­ter fresh can mean rings and splashes. Wa­ter beads or “magic beads” are poly­mer crys­tals that ab­sorb wa­ter and re­lease it very slowly. You can use them over and over again, and they come in lots of colours. Buy them in qual­ity gar­den­ing shops, up­scale hy­per­mar­kets or look for them on­line.

Sort your laun­dry

Does your laun­dry creep up on you, turn­ing from a mole­hill to a moun­tain overnight? In­stead of hav­ing a sin­gle large ham­per, put up three small ones the size of a typ­i­cal load of wash­ing: one each for whites, colours and darks. When one is full, you can tip it into the ma­chine in one go. If you can af­ford it, buy a dryer and save on iron­ing.

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