We know you’ve been waiting for it – but you can relax because the wait is finally over. Here are some cleaning facts we have collected for your enjoyment – or if you’ve been told there’s a cleaning special next week in your local pub quiz.
Let us know – how many of them did already know? (And be honest!)
- 70% – 80% of dust particles in any given home are made up of dead skin cells. The other 20% includes outdoor particles coming inside, such as soil.
- Iceland is the cleanest country in the world.
- Over six million people employ domestic cleaning help in Britain. It makes you wonder the number of domestic cleaners in London alone!
- As well as a savior to the potato, tomato ketchup is a multitasking clean hero. It can bring back the shine to tarnished or corroded brass, and it can remove rust stains from fabrics.
- Most kitchen sinks actually have more germs than the toilet, so next time you fancy licking the sink, opt for the toilet instead.
- Spraying a surface and immediately wiping it away will only do half a job. The majority of antibacterial cleaners are designed to be left on surfaces for 30-60 seconds before wiping them off.
- And if you’ve run out of your antibacterial spray – lemons are a great disinfectant.
- Another handy fruit to have around for cleaning emergencies is the banana – they can clean silver items and give leather shoes a good polish.
- If you get chewing gum stains on your clothing, place a newspaper over the top and give it a quick iron
- Some countries, including Scotland, Ireland and New Zealand, have a ritual house-cleaning the day before the New Year – similar to our ‘Spring Cleaning’.
- The average woman cleans for 12, 896 hours in her lifetime
- And men clean an average of 6, 448 hours
- 66% of British people clean the surfaces in their home on a daily basis