Five things you didn’t know about spring cleaning

Stay ahead of your spring cleaning with these five uncommon tips.

With the end of winter finally in sight, it's time to think about pulling on your rubber gloves and rolling up your sleeves for the annual tradition of the top to bottom spring clean. Just follow these five simple recipes for a perfectly pristine property.

There's no need to spend a fortune on expensive cleaning products when everything you need can be found around the house! All you need to do is raid your kitchen cupboards, grab a few ingredients and get cleaning.

1. How to make homemade window cleaner

Make sure you make the most of the brighter evenings with crystal clear windows.

What you’ll need:

  • Vinegar - quarter of a cup

  • 2 x cups of water

  • 1 x empty spray bottle

  • A dash of liquid soap

Method

  • Take the top off your empty spray bottle and pour in the water.

  • Mix in your vinegar and then squeeze in a few drops of liquid soap.

  • Shake well, replace the lid and there you have it.

  • Remember to label and store away from children.

2. How to ditch the damp

We Brits see enough damp outside without having to deal with it inside our homes as well. It's unattractive, unhealthy and can become quite an expensive repair job if it isn't dealt with quickly and regularly.

Mould's usually more of a problem in the colder months so try this easy remedy up to once or twice a week during this time and it should keep it away for a few months. In the warmer weeks, once a month or just when the mould reappears, will be fine.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 x empty paint tin

  • 1 x pint of water

  • Half as much PVA glue

  • 1 x paint brush

Method

  • Make sure that the empty paint tin is thoroughly rinsed so that there’s no paint left inside (alternatively you could use an old bucket).

  • Pour in the water and mix in the PVA glue thoroughly.

  • Paint over and around the damp patches on your walls and leave to dry.

  • As it's PVA glue it won’t stain and it works effectively as a drying agent whilst also killing mould.

3. Homemade oven cleaner

The oven is usually the one thing we all dread cleaning – who wouldn't after a season of winter roasts and bubbling stews?

What you’ll need:

  • Bicarbonate of soda

  • Water

  • Rubber gloves

  • Scrubbing brush

  • Damp cloth

Method

  • Mix the bicarbonate of soda with a little water to create a paste.

  • Ensure the oven is switched off and smear the paste inside and on the inside of the oven door - make sure you're wearing your rubber gloves.

  • Leave for a few hours or overnight to remove all grime using your scrubbing brush.

  • Wipe off with a damp cloth for a sparkling clean oven, all ready for the spring season.

4. Get your metals sparkling

British people love tomato sauce. In fact, we love it so much that in 2015 we spent a staggering £173 million on ketchup! But what many people don’t know is that ketchup is more than just a tasty condiment – it's also fantastic for scrubbing your copper pots and pans.

What you’ll need:

  • Ketchup (any brand)

Method

  • Take your grubby copper and brass kitchen wares and soak them in warm water.

  • Apply a healthy dollop of the red stuff and get scrubbing.

  • A bit of elbow grease will have your pans back to their glimmering best in no time.

  • Rinse and hand dry.

  • (P.S. - if you feel like a change, Tobasco and Worcestershire sauce are equally powerful metal cleaners).

5. Get gleaming metal garden furniture

We all whip off our woollies and run outside to soak up the sun as soon as things start to warm up. So make sure your garden furniture is not left out and looks its best, ready for those lazy sun lounger afternoons.

What you’ll need:

  • 1 x empty spray bottle

  • 1 pint of water

  • 2 x dishwasher tablets

  • Wire wool

Method

  • Open the spray bottle and pour in the full pint of water, add in the dishwasher tablets and allow them to dissolve.

  • Shake hard to mix the solution well and spray directly on to any your garden furniture that's in need of a good clean.

  • Scrub hard using the wire wool to get rid of mucky stains.

  • Rinse the furniture down with some warm water to rid of any chemicals that might damage clothing.

  • Now sit back and bathe in the warm spring sunshine.

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