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How can I minimise the harmful effects of cleaning products?

Q: I'm a cleaner and I spend a lot of time around cleaning products, I'm worried about what this might be doing to my health. How can I minimise the effects of this? Thanks, Cheryl.

A: Great question! Firstly, I would encourage you to air the house as you're cleaning, keeping windows and doors open, if possible, and avoiding being confined with cleaning products (whenever possible).

You're cleaning your house wrong

Let's admit it, hiring a professional cleaner seems like the easiest solution to a messy state of affairs.

But if you can do just as good a job as a pro, why not save yourself the cost?

Professional cleaners shared their top tips with Homelife, revealing nine ways to get your home shining in under an hour.

The self-cleaning house

After a hard day's work, no one wants to return a messy house, and there's something quite soul-destroying about spending half the weekend catching up on chores.

Wouldn't it be great if the house could just clean itself?

Six common mistakes you make when washing your clothes

Everything we know about doing laundry we learned in childhood.

"Most people will cook the way their mothers cooked. We learn laundry basics the same way - from our parents," says Jenifir Provateare, who has been developing products for the laundry industry for 20 years.

10 spring cleaning tips & tricks

So you've decided to give your house a spring-clean. You've stocked up on all the cleaning products you will need, rolled up your sleeves and ... found that you really, really don't want to clean, or scrub, or dust or in fact, do anything.  We get it. So we have looked around the internet for tricks and hacks to make the job a little bit easier for you. Don't forget that the reward - shiny, sparkly, brag-worthy house - will make all your hard work worth it.

Four ways to keep your house cleaner for longer

Sometimes it can feel like you've only just finished cleaning the house before it's time to start all over again. It gets tedious, we know. So here are some handy tips to help you keep your house cleaner for longer. Try some of these, and you might not have to do a thorough clean as often as you do now and instead do a little surface cleaning in between big cleans.

How often should you clean?

This is how often you should clean your home, according to science

If you've been avoiding spring cleaning since, well, before spring, you're not alone.

For most of us, the thought of steaming our carpets or cleaning out the crisper section of the refrigerator makes us want to crawl under the covers.