The lucky few can afford cleaning staff; the rest of us are stuck with cleaning up after ourselves. But life is too short to spend endlessly doing chores. Presenting 10 ways to save you time and effort while you keep your home spotless:

1. Grapefruit Bath Scourer

Cut a grapefruit in half, dip the cut side in salt, and use it to scrub the grime off your bath. The salt and citric acid lift soapy deposits, which you can then rinse away.

2. Newspaper Solves Trash Ooze

A few sheets of folded newspaper at the bottom of your garbage bin saves time and effort. Any fluids that seep through the plastic bag soak into the paper. Discard it when you remove the bag, and all the bin needs is a quick rinse.

3. Dishwasher Soap For Blenders

Don’t try to wipe around the blades of a blender; instead pour in a few drops of washing-up soap and a cup of warm water. Run the blender until the jug is cleansed of residue, then rinse.

4. Vinegar & Steam Vs Stains

Tackle carpet and upholstery stains with a solution of 1-part white vinegar to 3 parts water. Blot the mixture into the stain with a sponge. Cover it with a damp cloth and apply a steam iron. The stain should lift out of the fabric.

5. Mouthwash Cleans Toilets

If your porcelain is looking stained, and you’re out of toilet cleaner, pour a capful of mouthwash into the bowl. After 30 minutes, scrub off any stains with a toilet brush.

6. Hairdryers Against Crayons

Crayons wielded by little fingers engaged in crafty activities can wreak havoc on painted walls. Soften the wax with hot air via a hairdryer, then wipe it away with a damp cloth or paper towel.

7. Cooking Oil Beats Glue

Stubborn glue left by price tags on glassware, picture frames and can be hard to shift other décor items. Rub some vegetable oil into the sticky patch, let it sink into the glue for a few minutes, and it should wipe off easily.

8. Antacids Trump Crusty Pans

Baked-in food deposits on metal or glass cookware are a hassle; the harsh scouring needed to shift them damages surfaces and takes up time that could be spent playing online Bingo in Australia instead. Instead, fill the pot with hot water and drop in an antacid tablet. Wait at least 15 minutes, and the grime should lift easily.

9. Getting Rid Of Grease

Here’s an easy way to shift greasy finger marks on walls, often around switches, or grease stains on fabrics. Rub white chalk over any greasy marks on walls, and powdered chalk or cornflour works on fabrics. Apply and leave to sit for a while, as the grease is drawn into the powder, then wipe it off with a dry cloth.

10. Dusting Blinds? No Sweat!

Venetian blinds are notorious dust traps, but there are two very simple hacks to keep them spick and span. Use the brush attachment on a vacuum; simply suck up the dust along each blind. Or wrap each end of a pair of kitchen tongs in a dishtowel, secured with an elastic band. Runs the tongs along each blind, and dust both sides simultaneously.