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‘Clever’ cleaning hack kills bathroom mildew in under 15 minutes and stops it returning


Mildew, which is essentially mould, can live on shower walls, windowsills and other spots in the home which are high in moisture.

It can be incredibly hard to tackle, especially if it has become ingrained in grout.

However, cleaning expert Joyce French at HomeHow.co.uk shared a clever way to banish it in “no time”.

The expert explained: “If you have any mildew present in your bathroom, you can get rid of it in no time with a bit of vodka.

“Add one part vodka and one part water to a spray bottle and spray it directly on the affected area.

“Leave it to sit for around one to 15 minutes and then wipe it away with a clean cloth.

“Not only does the vodka clean away the mildew, but the alcohol content will also kill the mildew, preventing it from coming back time and time again.”

Whilst it is not affordable to go out and buy a bottle of vodka to test the hack out, if you have some lying around, it is worth trying.

Make sure to only use plain, unflavoured vodka as flavoured vodka may attract bugs due to its sugar content.

Surprisingly, vodka can also be used to tackle carpet stains, according to the pro.

Joyce said: “Clear alcohols such as plain vodka or white wine are great for bringing up carpet stains.

“Begin by blotting the stain and then pour the clear alcohol directly onto the stain.

“Leave it to soak for around 10 to 15 minutes and then blot again. You’ll see the stain come up like magic.”

Vodka may also be good at removing limescale but if you’re particularly suffering with stubborn limescale in the toilet, a bottle of full-fat cola may be your best friend.

According to the pro, cola can double up as a powerful cleaning agent, and the supermarket’s own brand of cola works well.

The cleaning expert noted: “Cola’s secret weapon is its acidic content, which tackles tough toilet bowl stains. Simply pour a generous amount of cola around the rim, letting it sit for an hour to work its magic.

“Then, with a good scrub from your toilet brush, those stubborn stains will be banished, leaving your toilet bowl sparkling clean and smelling fresh.”

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