It’s springtime and that means that in a week or two, I’ll go absolutely crazy and start cleaning my flat from top to bottom – with a toothbrush and toothpick (to get in all the corners, you know?). I’m not usually like that, but I do love a good spring clean and that’s why I’ve teamed up with the guys from HomeServe to bring you the very best spring cleaning tips. They’ve written a blog post about the history of spring cleaning and have also created this fab little video:
Now, I don’t have to tell you how to use a scrubbing brush or a mop, but I thought I’d share some tips and tricks for natural cleaning products with you and how you can make them yourself. They’re super easy to make, environmentally friendly and safer to use, especially if you’ve got little ones around.
One of my favourite ingredients for natural cleaning products is white vinegar. It’s super versatile and can be used for almost every single household chore, so you’ll see a bit of a theme going on here:
De-scale your kettle and coffee machine
To de-scale your kettle or coffee machine, simply mix 1 part of white vinegar with 2 parts of water, pour them into your appliance and run as normal. Leave to work for 20 minutes and rinse twice before using it.
Shiny tiles in kitchen and bathroom
If your kitchen and bathroom tiles are covered in lime scale or water splashes, simply rub them down with some white vinegar solution (add one cup of vinegar to a litre of water). Leave to work, rinse and rub dry.
Clean your oven with bicarbonate soda
Build-up in your oven can easily be removed with some bicarbonate soda and vinegar. Sprinkle some bicarb into your oven, generously covering any burned spots, and get ready for some magic! Spray some white vinegar into your oven and let the mix bubble for about 30 minutes before using a wired scrubber to scape out all the grime. Wash out with warm water and repeat, if needed.
Vinegar is a an absolute miracle worker when it comes to your washing machine and laundry. You can de-scale your machine by adding half a cup of white vinegar to your wash, keep colours bright by adding a splash of vinegar into the fabric softener compartment and combat deodorant stains by soaking your clothes in a water/vinegar mix over night (add a splash of vinegar to a sink of warm water).
What are your spring cleaning tips? Do you prefer natural cleaning products?