With reminders that Spring is on its way all around us, we have ten timely tips on how to clean your house without spending money on expensive household cleaning products.
Delve into the darkest depths of your kitchen cupboards and you’ll probably find that you already have everything you’ll need to Spring clean your home for less. All of the tips below require nothing more than vinegar, scouring powder, baking soda, baking powder, salt and a dash of elbow grease. The only fresh items you’ll need to buy are a couple of lemons.
A mixture of 25% vinegar and 75% warm water is all that you need to make your windows shine again. Rub the mixture onto your windows with an old cotton towel and then dry them by giving them a good rub with scrunched up newspaper.
You can remove the build-up of limescale around the base of your taps by simply wrapping a paper towel around them and giving them a thorough soaking with hot vinegar. Leave for at least an hour and then give them a rigorous buffing to restore their shine.
Remove those stubborn rings around your bath by using nothing more than half a lemon sprinkled with baking soda. As well as being cheaper than bathroom cleaners it won’t scratch the surface.
Restore the power to your shower by zapping the limescale that builds up inside the head. Just soak it in a bowl of hot white vinegar for an hour and then scrub it with an old toothbrush to remove any lingering limescale.
Say goodbye to using messy bleach and germ-infested toilet brushes. You can give your toilet a cleaning it’ll never forget with just a paper towel and some old fashioned scouring powder. Simply put the paper towel down the loo when you’re finished and flush.
A limescale encrusted kettle can be restored to health by filling it with a solution consisting of 2/3 hot water and 1/3 brown vinegar and leaving it to soak for an hour. After pouring the mixture away, fill it with water and bring it to the boil a couple of times to remove any remaining limescale.
Prepare a solution consisting of 2 tablespoons of lemon juice or vinegar and two cups of water. Place the solution in an open microwave-proof bowl and microwave on full power for three minutes. Remove the bowl afterwards and wipe the inside of your microwave clean with paper towels.
Even the most stubborn oven can be thoroughly cleaned with a simple paste made up of nothing more than baking soda, salt and hot water. Just leave for fifteen minutes after applying and then rinse.
Do you empty your kitchen bin when it gets too full or too smelly? Banish any nasty niffs by simply pouring a generous portion of talcum powder or baking powder into the bottom.
If you’re suffering from a clogged bathroom or kitchen drain, try pouring down a mixture of ½ cup of white vinegar and ½ a cup of baking soda. Allow to foam for a few minutes before washing it down with approximately 8 cups of boiling water.