THEY started out cleaning filthy homes at the end of tenancies – but now twin sisters Natalie Honeycutt and Katrina Neathey have becomeInstagram stars.
The glamorous mums, 38, both from West Sussex, have worked together for 13 years as professional cleaners, but were inspired by social media sensation Mrs Hinch to share their work online two years ago.
Since then, their Instagram page, Twinkle Cleaning Duo, has gathered more than 55,000 followers as they share endless hacks to achieve a spotless home – while continuing to work in communal blocks around their area.
“Because we still work and we are cleaners, people trust us. People can relate to us, we’re quite busy and have families too," Nat tells Sun Online.
Now the glamorous siblings – who go by Nat and Kat – have shared some of their top tips to transform your home with Sun Online, from the best ways to descale taps and kettles, to how often you should really clean your bed.
Here they reveal what you may have been doing wrong for years…
Descaling taps and shower heads:
It's the one room in the house most people dread, but Nat and Kat have discovered some fool-proof ways to make cleaning the bathroom that bit easier.
When it comes to removing limescale, they say it's not enough to wipe or scrub at taps and shower heads – nor will just soaking them do the job.
“We’d often use products on the particular area but then cover them up either with cling film or a sandwich bag," Kat explains.
“It keeps the moisture in and stops them drying out."
While most products can usually be left for around 20 to 30 minutes, they warn that stronger ones shouldn't stay on as long.
The twins recommend soaking shower heads that are particularly bad for 40 to 50 minutes.
Cleaning hard-to-reach areas:
Instead of spending hours trying to dust those hard-to-reach areas in the bathroom, Kat recommends wrapping a standard kitchen knife in a microfibre cloth to run through smaller gaps.
“I also use it round the edges of the dishwasher," she adds. "When you pull the door down, you’ve got the hinges down the side but you can never get your finger down there."
Cotton buds are also a handy tool to have in supply, as they can reach even smaller gaps.
Keeping the toilet fresh:
It seems many people may have been cleaning their toilet wrong for years – as simply dumping the toilet brush down after each clean could lead to a bacteria nightmare.
When you use the brush to scrub the bowl, the bacteria from stools is transferred onto the bristles. If it's then placed back in the holder, the moist conditions provide the perfect environment for the nasty bacteria to multiply.
Nat and Kat say they don't use the brushes themselves, but recommend – if you do – filling the holder with water and a cleaning product, so the brush can rest in cleaning solution each time.
Other cleaning experts suggest bleaching the brush and then letting it fully dry out each time, before it's placed back in the holder.
Perhaps one of the most common misconceptions when it comes to cleaning your kitchen is that products work as soon as you spray them.
Most of use will spray and wipe instantly, but Nat and Kat say it's essential to leave the disinfectant down for around five minutes for it to work.
“It's particularly important at the moment with Covid," Kat says.
How to really use bleach:
The twins say it's a myth that bleach should be used with hot water – and room temperature is better.
According to experts, the chemicals in bleach break down a lot quicker in hot water, meaning it's far less effective.
Nat added: "It’s best to boil a kettle, let that cool down and then use that water.”
Descaling the kettle:
Descaling the kettle is a job many people likely put off, but the twins say it's easier than you think.
Simply boil the water, then add your chosen descaling solution – they recommend Astonish descaler – before following the instructions for each product on how long to leave it.
“If it doesn’t work, you may then have to turn the kettle on. But it’s important you don’t let it get to boiling point," they say.
The parts of your washing machine you never clean – and the parts you must:
Doing a deep clean on your washing machine can seem like a giant job, but Nat and Kat say its essential to make it last longer.
And it's not enough just to clean the detergent drawer.
“With the washer, the drawers for your detergent usually come out, so you can thoroughly clean inside them," Kat says.
“If you look inside and up once you’ve pulled the drawer out, you’ll see little holes and often find there’s quite the build-up of soap and scum in the back.
"Spray that with a mould spray and then scrub it. A small electric cleaning brush like [a Sonic scrubber] is great here.”
“Then a lot of people don’t even know there is a filter that needs to be cleaned too," she added.
They recommend checking that every three months, along with your condenser in your tumble dryer.
The twins are also big on storage hacks.
And instead of buying tonnes of jars for the kitchen, they suggest keeping cooking sauce jars, washing them out and even painting them.
Eliminating vacuum odours:
If you live with dogs or other pets, you may find hoovering does little to eliminate the smell – and can even make it worse if your vacuum has a bag.
The twins have found a hack they say works for them every time, no matter how bad the job at hand.
“You can get fragrance oils that you’d use to put in oil burners and things like that," Nat says. “If you just pop a few drops on your hoover bag, the smell is incredible."
Giving your rugs a deep clean:
They also explain that simply hoovering over your rugs isn't enough – and tipping them upside down is the most important step.
“We flip the rug when we’re cleaning and give it a good shake, or hoover both sides – the pressure of the hoover will draw out any extra dirt – and that also lifts it again if it’s become quite flat," Kat says.
Sometimes though, a more thorough clean is a must.
Many rugs are machine washable, but if you'd prefer to do them by hand, Nat and Kat suggest mixing up a solution with upholstery shampoo and water, before using a cloth or brush to clean the rug.
“Always try and air dry it, preferably in summer, because they take a while to dry. If you need it to dry a bit quicker, you can use a hair dryer too on a cooler setting," Kat adds.
Removing carpet and sofa stains:
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Nat and Kat suggest cleaning your carpets around twice a year, while sofas can be steam cleaned with garment steamers just as often.
The twins went viral last year when they shared a genius way to remove stains from carpets – using Elbow Grease spray, which is available for as little as £1.
Taking to their Instagram story, Natalie could be seen spraying a foundation stain on a fabric seat pad with the spray. Within a matter of moments the orange marks immediately began to lift.
How often you should really clean your bed:
The age-old debate when it comes to the bedroom is how often you really need to clean your sheets.
The twins say it's best to try and stick to weekly washes, while hoovering and cleaning the mattress every six months – as long as you're using mattress protectors in between.
“We often use two protectors – waterproof and comfort – and then a mattress cover before the duvet," they explain.
“Then with stains, using white vinegar can be good. If it’s like a tanning stain, or urine, you can use Star Drops white vinegar spray which does have a strong smell, but removes the stain well."
The twins then recommend using Bicarbonate Soda to remove any remaining odour from the spray, after leaving the mattress to air overnight.
Tidying up the room:
Keeping the bedroom looking tidy is a must for many, and the twins say their secret weapon when it comes to hiding loose wires is a Command Hook.
The clear hook can be stuck under bedside tables and desks, out of sight, and wires can then be strung over them so they're off the floor.
They've also found a simple and very cheap way of organising their drawers – by saving the lids of gift boxes and using them as trays and separators.
Keeping smaller spaces fresh:
Finally, they say there's no need to shell out on drawer fresheners. Instead, they gather up some Unstoppable balls and place them in small silk or homemade bags.
“They can go in wardrobes and shoe cupboards, and it makes a huge difference," Nat says.
Nat and Kat say one of their best discoveries online has been huge wheelie bin liners – secured with a standard bungee clip.
“We get one of the oversized bin liners, put that inside and attach it with the bungee clip around the top, then you don’t have to constantly clean out your bin," Nat explains.
“You can buy the proper bags with clips, but every time the bin men came, you’d have to remove the clips and tie the bag up.
“With this, you can keep the bungee clip on there when they're emptied, it gets tipped over and then you can continue to use that same bag as an outer layer round the individual bags.
“It’s been a game changer.”
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