In our busy modern lives, keeping the house in good order is something which often falls by the wayside. And not many of us can afford to fork out for a cleaner. But fear not! Our list of the top five cleaning hacks *ever* will have you whipping your place into showhome shape in next to no time.

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Fight oil with oil

Greasy buildup is one of the biggest bugbears in any kitchen. But in an extremely odd piece of news – oil gets rid of oil. No, really! Drop some mineral or vegetable oil onto a paper towel and rub it across stove tops and hoods. Once you’ve gone over all the offending areas, wipe down with an all-purpose cleaner and you should be left with super-shiny, grease-free surfaces in just a few minutes.

Get rid of stains with booze

Don’t worry, we’re not going to suggest you use your sacred gin collection to clean up unsightly messes. But ugly stains on pretty much any microfibre surface can be dealt with quickly and efficiently with the use of rubbing alcohol. Simply load the alcohol into a spritzing bottle, spray over the stained area and use a white sponge to rub the stain away. Once the area has dried, you can use a white bristly brush to smooth the fibres back into place. Then have a G&T.