In the time it takes for a kettle to boil, you could get a heap of odd jobs done around the home. So says Laura De Barra, author of Gaff Goddess and Décor Galore. She joined Ray D'Arcy on RTÉ Radio 1 to talk about her latest tweets in detail.
"In the work I do, I tend to tackle a lot of the jobs that people put off and then it ends up becoming a bigger problem," Laura tells Ray, "so I wanted people to think about how quick the jobs could be. So using a kettle (as an example) kind of got people into that mind frame."
1/20 Things you can do while kettle boils that your home will thank you for? A thread….— Laura de Barra (@LauradeBarra) February 10, 2022
Laura tweeted a list of cleaning and maintenance jobs that can be done around the house in minutes - and could end up saving you both time and money. Below are just a few of her suggestions:
- Take out your dishwasher filter and rinse it. This can be done weekly. If you haven't done this before, enjoy! She’s a rotter.
- Dishwasher deep clean: pop a cup of vinegar on one basket, a cup of bicarb on other and select a long, hot wash. It’ll clean, deodorise & reduce limescale on the parts you see and the ones you don’t. This is a monthly job.
- Remove cooker hood grease filter & give it a wash (unless it's disposable). This gets loaded up with grease when you cook, even if it’s not turned on. When it’s full, it’ll send it back out in to your room. Violence.
- On the topic of cooker hoods. Is yours extractor or circulating? Get to know her! If it's the latter, you need to change carbon filter (the bit that neutralises the food odors before the air comes back in to the room).
- TEST YOUR SMOKE ALARM.
- Throw two cups of bicarb then a cup of vinegar down your drain and pop in the plug. They'll cause a fizzing reaction that’ll loosen anything stuck to the pipes that will cause odors or blockages later.
- While you're at the sink, look underneath and check the bottom of cupboard is dry. If not tighten up.
- Cup of bicarb in the drawer, cup vinegar in the drum, washing machine on its hottest cycle. Once a month, this will ensure your machine is clean, odour free and reduces chances of pipes blocking.
- While I have you, leave your washing machine door AND drawer open after washes to reduce mould and smells.
- Unscrew your shower head and throw it in to a bowl of water and vinegar or some citrus.
To listen to Laura talk through her cleaning tips in full, listen back to the Ray D'Arcy Show above.