SHE’S known as the Queen of Clean with a quarter of a million fans following her home hacks – and Lynsey Crombie has admitted she doesn’t even take Christmas Day off.
The cleaning expert and TV personality, 42, has revealed she even cleans other people's homes for free as she loves it so much.
The mum of three, from Peterborough, was first seen in 2014 on Channel 4’s Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners, which saw her spruce up some of Britain’s muckiest houses.
These days, Lynsey is This Morning’s cleaning expert where she frequently shares her favourite hacks for getting chores done quicker.
Speaking to Fabulous, Lynsey said that she doesn’t even take Christmas Day off from cleaning.
The cleaning author, whose third book The 15-Minute Clean came out earlier this year, said: “Christmas Day can be messy, so clearing up wrapping paper, cleaning the dishes, and wiping surfaces as you go is a must.
“I always run the vacuum around at the end of the day and give the toilets a quick clean.”
Lynsey’s love of cleaning started at a young age when she used to do it with her mum and nan and found it a “bonding experience.”
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And she later found it would help her cope with the breakdown of her first marriage and navigating life as a young single mum to twins Mollie and Olivia, who are now 18.
The British TV and Instagram star’s first husband, and dad to her twins, was arrested and charged with paedophilia.
Lynsey, then 25, had known her first husband for just over a year – and said he was “secretive” and “quite aggressive”.
Lynsey does not know what became of her ex-husband after his arrest – and only heard from him once in a letter from Durham Prison.
She added: “After going through a bad time in my twenties, I found cleaning became a coping mechanism for me.
“As I made my way through this time, I got myself into a great routine as a single parent with twins and developed my 15-minute clean.”
Lynsey said her trauma caused her to suffer from obsessive compulsive disorder (OCD), and she would clean constantly.
She added: “At my darkest, I would clean and feel better, which personally for me is something counselling or medication has struggled to do.
“Cleaning for me is my therapy. For me, it’s the best medicine."
After going through a bad time in my twenties, I found cleaning became a coping mechanism for me.
Lynsey is now happily married to second husband Rob, who works in pharmaceuticals, and the pair welcomed son Jake together, who is now 13.
Shortly after Jake was born, Lynsey set up her own cleaning business and worked on a local magazine, before spotting an advert for the Obsessive Compulsive Cleaners.
She’s since done over 70 appearances on daytime TV talking about her passion and sharing her expertise.
Speaking of her cleaning business, Lynsey said: “I have cleaned some truly filthy houses – some of what I have seen has been genuinely frightening and tough to get through, but I love a challenge!
“I just block off my senses and get stuck in.”
Her services became so renowned that people have asked to fly her around the world to help them clean.
Lynsey insists her main goal is to help those struggling, and she loves it so much she even cleans for free around Christmas.
At my darkest, I would clean and feel better, which personally for me is something counselling or medication has struggled to do.
She continued: “I have been asked to go abroad and clean too, but this is not why I joined the world of social media. I joined to help people get into a routine and to share my tips and tricks.
“Locally, I help people who are in need of a good clean and can’t do it themselves due to health reasons, and at Christmas I do the ‘Gift of Clean’ where I offer my services for free to help someone get organised for Christmas.”
Lynsey said that she does think it is important for people to have a clean home, and said it can have a knock on effect to the rest of your life.
She explained: “I think first impressions are important and, and for me, a clean home is essential for a healthy mind.
“I find a cleaner environment allows for more productivity.”
The cleaning whizz reveals she cleans every day of the year, especially as her household gets “very busy” with the five of them and the dog.
She said: “I am a big advocate of ‘little and often’ rather than busting a gut on your day off.
“I am an early riser so tend to get quite a bit done in the morning like my daily laundry load, cleaning the kitchen and bathroom, and then I clean the rest as I go.
Lynsey’s top household items for cleaning
- Use shaving foam to clean stainless steel, sinks, heated towel rails in bathrooms and stainless-steel splashbacks
- Use micellar water to clean make-up stains from carpets and clothes
- Use milk to shine up plant leaves
- Use tomato sauce to remove rust from outside furniture, kids bikes and radiators
- Use porridge oats to soak up nasty odours from your fridge
“I wake up at 5.30am usually and clean for an hour between then and 8am.
“Throughout the day I’ll probably spend around 4 hours cleaning, but this isn’t just me armed with a wet cloth.
“This factors in general household chores like laundry, meal prep, cleaning and tidying.
“I’m also fortunate enough to be able to work from home, so this means I can do a bit of housework in-between tasks and sometimes while I’m on calls.”
Thankfully, Lynsey’s family do pitch in and help out, despite her love for it, and she added: “We are a team and all pitch in together which is important in a busy household.”
One of Lynsey’s top cleaning tips is to save old, used tea bags and use them for leaving mirrors sparkling.
The mum-of-three advised: “Tea is one of my favourite cleaners – it’s great for cleaning up dirty dishes.
“Simply soak a used tea bag in hot water in the dirty dish – it will be clean by the time you finish eating your dinner.
Lynsey’s top cleaning tips
- Tea is one of my favourite cleaners – it’s great for cleaning up dirty dishes. Simply soak a used a tea bag in hot water in the dirty dish – it will be clean by the time you finish eating your dinner! Diluted tea is also great for cleaning mirrors and windows, and tea leaves are great for sprinkling in plant pots.
- I love to use baby oil for buffing and shining after cleaning to leave the perfect shine.
- I recycle make up brushes to dust delicate ornaments and Lego, and for dusting light bulbs. I also use old mascara brushes for cleaning plug holes and for those tight air vents.
- I use an old pair of tights to clean behind taps where there isn’t much room to get a cloth or a brush around.
- I don’t advise cleaning radiators with fabric conditioner as it is actually highly flammable! There are a lot of misinformed cleaning ‘hacks’ out there which is scary.
“Diluted tea is also great for cleaning mirrors and windows, and tea leaves are great for sprinkling in plant pots.”
Other top hacks include using milk to shine up plant leaves, tomato sauce to remove rust from outside furniture, kids bikes and radiators and porridge oats to soak up nasty odours from your fridge.
She added: “I use an old pair of tights to clean behind taps where there isn’t much room to get a cloth or a brush around.
“I don’t advise cleaning radiators with fabric conditioner as it is actually highly flammable! There are a lot of misinformed cleaning ‘hacks’ out there which is scary.”
Lynsey’s book Queen of Clean – The 15-Minute Clean: The quickest way to a sparkling home is available on Amazon .
Previously, we shared Lynsey's £2 must-have product & how to use it to clean everything from the loo to the dishwasher.
She also shared her favourite hacks for getting spring cleaning covered in 15 minutes a day.
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