Did you know that besides the very obvious answer – cleaning your floors – vacuum cleaners have many other interesting and useful purposes around the house? From finding tiny lost objects to keeping your bed dust and fur-free, here are four fabulous things you can do with a vacuum cleaner. Read on and be surprised!
Vacuum Your Light Fixtures
Before whipping out the glass cleaner and polishing cloth to clean your light fixtures, why not try vacuuming them instead? Light fixtures are often magnets for dirt and are covered in a dusty, sticky film that is hard to remove by scrubbing. If you’ve forgotten to clean your lights for months, you might even find insects lodged in that sticky film.
To try out this hack, simply vacuum your light fixtures on “low” power setting (if applicable) using a soft brush attachment and be amazed at how the dust comes right off. Follow up with glass cleaner or alcohol and you will have sparkling light fixtures in just a few minutes.
Vacuum for Clean, Fur-Free Sheets
If you own a pet and it’s allowed on your bed, you’ve probably encountered quite a few furballs in between your sheets. The mattress is also unfortunately home to another ‘pet’ – the dreaded dust mites which can cause breathing difficulties and trigger asthma symptoms. Here's what you can do.
Detach the portable vacuum from your handstick device, and simply swish over the top of your bed and between the sheets with the upholstery nozzle or mattress tool to remove all the fur and dust. This cuts down on fur getting trapped in your sheets and on your clothes.
Shine up Those Windows
When was the last time you really looked at your windows? If you’re busy, it’s probably been a month or so. Our windows are places we often overlook in the hustle and bustle of daily life and are not always a part of our cleaning routines. However, they can get very filthy and dusty (especially if there is a construction site nearby) and can pose as an allergen hazard if you have people in the house with dust allergies.
Find Hidden Treasures
Yes, you read that right. You’d be surprised at how many bibs and bobs and lost jewellery you can find under your beds, or hiding in various corners of your house. Then comes the dilemma – how do you hunt for them and get them out without accidentally sucking them up through the vacuum cleaner?
Through this ingenious and tested hack – just pull pantyhose over the nozzle of your vacuum cleaner, and then vacuum under your bed on the lowest power setting possible. Watch as all your lost items fly towards the nozzle – and stay on the hose. No more lost earring backs or hairpins! After you try this trick under your bed, go on to use it under cushions, chests or bookshelves. You never know what you may find.