Effective home cleaning is so often connected to expensive, branded, high-end cleaning products. Being bombarded by television adverts on a daily basis promoting a clean house with toilet bowl sanitisers, smudge resistant window cleaners and over-priced floor polish, one would think keeping a house clean were not possible without breaking the bank!
I’m here to tell you that you don’t have to break your purse strings when it comes to effective kitchen cleaning, oven cleaning or even overall house cleaning! Here are a few tips that can save you a bomb on domestic cleaning!
Believe it or not you can actually create your own kitchen countertop cleaner! That’s right, there’s no need to overspend on anti bacterial sprays that promise you a sparkling kitchen surface. All you’ll need is to mix one part white vinegar with two parts water and some lemon juice. This concoction, when applied to a clean damp cloth will fight any grime on most surfaces, either in your kitchen or bathroom, on countertops or even your floor! It’s the vinegar that cuts through that grease, while the lemon juice will kill any strong smell!
The money we actually waste on sponges and scouring pads really does add up! So a great and handy tip is to keep the net bags you buy your fruit in at the supermarket and scrunch up to use as scouring pad! It’s so simple; you’ll wonder why you never thought of it before!
Many people don’t bother going near their microwaves, fridges, washing machines or ovens when it’s time to give them a good clean. Instead they hire professional cleaners from a cleaning agency to take on the job, particularly if this involves an end of tenancy cleaning. However here a couple of hints on how to tackle these tougher cleaning jobs yourself. For your microwave place a cup of boiling water mixed with lemon juice on high for just thirty seconds. Then remove it, dip in a damp cloth and use this to clean the inside of your microwave. You’ll be surprised at how easily the dirt and dried bits of food will fall away. For effective oven cleaning use baking powder mixed with vinegar. To really clean that detergent drawer in the washing machine, simply pull it out of the machine and let it soak in a bowl of hot sudsy water!
Now onto the bathroom! Forget about calling in the cleaning services to get your tiles glistening like new. Instead just use thick bleach and an old toothbrush to get stained grouting up clean! Meanwhile to get your toilet bowl sparkling, pour in a liter of cola and leave it for over an hour. Then scrub with a toilet brush, flush and you’ll see immediate results!
Wood polish is used frequently by cleaning companies to bring sheen to your wood furniture. However if you’re going solo on your home cleaning project, then I suggest you use the juice from half a lemon combined with a quarter cup of olive oil and the results will be just the same as if you’d used an expensive polish!
Washing windows is no fun, especially in the rainy season when water stains can block your view. There’s no more effective way to rid your windows of dirt and watermarks than with vinegar on a bunch of scrunched up newspapers!
Finally carpet cleaning is often best left up to the professional cleaning companies. However if you just don’t have the financial means to hire carpet cleaners then just sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda all over your carpet, leave for 15 minutes and then vacuum.