Whether you like it or loathe it, we all have to keep the place looking clean and tidy. It can be a major drag (especially if you share a space and some put more elbow grease into it than others!), but with our top tips on how to make cleaning products from household items and how to cut down on cleaning with clever hacks, hopefully we can put a spring into your cleaning regime.
Clean your taps with lemons
Just cut the lemon in half and start rubbing to remove hard water stains and rust from any stainless steel in the bathroom or kitchen. Plus, this leaves behind a fresh, natural, citrusy scent instead of harsh chemical fumes.
Clean your microwave with steam
To remove old food stains from the inside of the microwave, steam them before you scrub. Fill a microwave-safe bowl with a bowl of water, two tablespoons of vinegar, and some lemon juice then zap the mixture for five minutes – result!
Bin your old toiletries and medicines
If your bathroom cabinet is starting to seem over-cluttered, spring cleaning is the perfect time to check the use-by date on all your pharmaceutical bits and pieces. Things like sunscreen for example shouldn’t be kept hanging around for longer than a couple of years, and mascara should be replaced every couple of months.
Get rid of water rings with a hair dryer
Got a little bit lazy with your coasters and now you’ve got rings from all all your mugs of hot beverages? All you have to get rid of them is to blast the affected area on a high heat until it starts to disappear. Once it’s gone, rub a little bit wood or furniture spray into the table to keep it looking good as new. Or better yet, try using a coaster from now on!
Your dishwasher isn’t just for dishes
There are tons of things that you can clean in the dishwasher that don’t have anything to do dining. Once every few months, toss some of the following into the dishwasher for a deep clean: contact lens cases, hair brushes, makeup brushes, pet dishes, plastic kids toys, refrigerator shelves, soap dishes, tweezers, various knobs and pulls, and even your showerhead.
Showerhead ‘n’ Vinegar
If your shower head isn’t detachable (and can’t be run through the dishwasher like we suggested above), you can clean it by letting it soak in vinegar. Leave it to soak overnight in a bucket in the bath – just be sure to give it a rinse the next morning or you might go to work smelling like last night’s chips.
Grapefruit to tackle your bathtub grime
Now this is one environmentally friendly way to clean your bath. Cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle it with some salt and rub it around the bath. No harsh chemicals or strong-smelling products needed. Hey presto, your bath is clean.
Use bicarb to rid your bin of its stink
A smelly bin can stink out the whole house. So sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda into the bottom to eliminate odours – add a couple of sheets of newspaper as well, as this will soak up any nasty leftover bin juice. Eww!
Line your fridge (and oven too)
Line each shelf with a layer of sticky cling film and every week replace it with a new one. Any crumbs or spillages will be lifted and thrown away with the plastic. You can do the same with your grill pan and oven using kitchen foil, meaning no more greasy pan juice to deal with.
Mop up broken glass with bread
We’ve all accidentally smashed a glass in the kitchen – mistakes happen. And if you get a tiny piece of glass in your foot not only does it hurt, but it’s a nightmare to get out. But did you know a handy slice of bread will pick up any tiny little microscopic pieces of glass that you might have missed? Simply use it like a sponge and the bread will act like a magnet and pick up the glass.
Cornflour as carpet cleaner...no really!
Most commonly used for baking, but it will also clean your carpet if you spill something oily or greasy. Cover the stain for 20 minutes, then run the hoover over it. Voila!