Giving your home a thorough spring clean is the next best thing to a full redecoration: eliminating the clutter, swishing away the cobwebs and shaking off the dust can really show it off in its best light. But if you’re running a little low on funds, you might want to re-think investing in turbo-formula cleaning products and gadgets. Here are some ways you can clean up without clearing out your bank account.
Work with what you have
Supermarkets have a different product for cleaning every room and object in the house, from floor cleaner to toilet gel, but you don’t need to have thirty bottles and spray cans under the sink for a clean home. Antibacterial washing up liquid dissolved in hot water with a splash of bleach is just as effective floor cleaner.It will also leave your best flushing toilet sparkling and make your bathtub shine… and make your bathtub shine. Remember to wear gloves and air out the room you’re working in when using bleach.
Make your own cleaning products
You might, in the past, have cleaned your windows with the dedicated blue liquid you find in the supermarket, but you don’t need to rush out and buy some more next time you run out. Simply mix one part vinegar with eight parts water and a squirt of liquid detergent in a spray bottle. Then, instead of using a cloth, use a newspaper to really make them gleam.
Invest in a quality vacuum cleaner
One cleaning product which demands considerable investment is your hoover. You’ll want to suck up the dust from your carpet. Buying a good home vacuum will save you money long term: on hoover bags, breakdown repair and replacement. Many upright Hoovers come with a range of attachments, designed for everything from dusting curtains to freshening upholstery, and a good one will last you a lifetime.
Ditch the clutter
Instead of buying yet more plastic storage boxes or spending another Saturday morning dusting the ornaments, be ruthless and clean out the ballast. You can donate old bric-a-brac, books and furniture to charity, and as for clothes, some recycling centres even pay out for large bags of unwanted fashion.
Freshen up, naturally
You don’t need fancy aerosols or plug-ins to make your house smell fresh as a spring breeze. Besides, they’re bad for the environment. Instead, air out rooms regularly and ensure they’re dust-free. Cut a bunch of fresh flowers from the garden for the living room and bedrooms, and grow sweet-smelling herbs in the kitchen on the windowsill. Your house will smell marvellous.
Follow the steps above and you can enjoy a tidy, clean smelling home. Beautiful!
Image by David Reber’s Hammer Photography, used under Creative Commons licence