It’s easy to spend a small fortune on special household products which claim to get dirt to budge magically and clean at the wipe of a cloth. But there are so many everyday products which will do the same job - for a lot less money.
It’s easy to spend a small fortune on special household products which claim to get dirt to budge magically and clean at the wipe of a cloth. But gleaming bathrooms have to come at a price. There are so many everyday products you can use which will do the same job – for a lot less money.
We take you through all the products you can use in your home and what they’re best at cleaning. Don’t forget to comment on our posts with any home cleaning tips you have and we can add them to this gallery!
Click through to find out what you can do with good, old-fashioned products like vinegar and baking soda, and how you can clean your home on the cheap!
Note: Always do a test patch before using any of the homemade products to clean your home or clothes.
Lemons are really effective cleaning agents as they have a low pH, are
antibacterial and best of all, smell good. They also don’t damage
fabrics and wood.
1. Mixed with salt they’re great for making chrome taps shiny and for cleaning dirty grills.
lemon juice is handy for getting rid of marks on chopping boards (and
as lemons are anti-bacterial, they’ll kill off any germs too.)
Use them to soak plastic food containers that have stains or smells.
After leaving them to soak add baking soda and scrub them.
a lemon in a bowel of water in your microwave and put it on for 30
seconds. It will be super easy to get the grease off your microwave and
it will smell lemon fresh.
5. If your fridge smells a bit
whiffy, place half a lemon on a plate and leave it in the fridge for up
to a week. It’s also good for getting rid of food smells from your hands
after chopping or preparing food – just rinse hands in a lemon juice
and water solution.
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Distilled white vinegar is one of the unsung heroes of the cleaning world – you can use it for so many things and it’s so cheap. It’s anti-fungal so makes a great bathroom cleaner and is particularly effective at removing hard water stains. Because of this, it’s also a good rinse aid in the dishwasher and it can soften hard water.
1. Use it to get rid of chewing gum. First take an ice cube to the gum to make it harden up and pull of what you can, then soak the clothing/carpet in vinegar to remove the rest.
2. For cloudly glassware – Soak paper towels or a cloth in full-strength white distilled vinegar and wrap around the inside and outside of the glass. Let it sit a while before rinsing.
3. Use vinegar instead of a shop-bought liquid fabric softener – it gets ride of odours, softens fabric and helps get rid of static.
4. Use it to clean toys – mix vinegar with water as it’s a safe way to clean toys without using harsh chemicals.
5. Take off your shower head and soak it in vinegar overnight to remove build up. If you can’t take off the head, or you don’t want to, then you could soak a cloth in the vinegar and then wrap it round the head. Leave overnight.
Note: Vinegar can leave a nasty smell, if you want to avoid this add a couple of drops of essential oils to your mix before using.
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You’re probably most familiar with baking power in the kitchen when erm, um…baking. But it can also be used for cleaning as it’s non-toxic, its multi-purpose and best of all it’s cheap.
1. If your bin smells a bit whiffy dust half a cup of baking power into the inside and fill it up with water. Once you rinse the smell should be gone!
2. Keep sheets and towels fresh – add half a cup of baking power to the rinse cycle and help keep linens extra clean and fluffy.
3. Sprinkle a handful of baking powder into the bottom of the dishwasher to absorb food odours before your next load.
4. Use baking powder to help lift stubborn baked-on foods, shake a hearty amount into the pan, add washing up liquid and hot water. Let it sit for 15 minutes before scrubbing.
5. To get out musty smells from sponges soak in 4 tablespoons of baking power to one quarter warm water. Rinse after half an hour.
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You might run out of cleaning products but I bet you’ll always have a tube of toothpaste in your bathroom. Although it’s not a natural product it’s definitely one that has a super cleaning power and often its cheaper than expensive products too!
1. Taps – Squirt a pea sized amount of toothpaste onto an old toothbrush and use it to cover the taps. Leave it to get to work for 5 minutes and then use the toothbrush to scrub it off – shiny taps and no extra armwork!
2. Do you have any silverware? Then put a small amount onto a washcloth and use it to rub it up. It will be shining in no time.
3. Use it to remove scuffs on leather shoes. Squirt a dab on to the scuffed area and rub with a soft cloth. Wipe clean with a damp cloth and the leather will look like new.
4. Use it to scrub the gunk off the bottom plate of your iron. Add the toothpaste to a cool iron, scrub with a rag and then rinse clean.
5. Do your kids like to make like Piccaso and decorate your walls with crayons? Well toothpaste could be your saviour. Squirt a small amount onto a tooth brush and start scrubbing the wall. Rinse with water to clean the surface.
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Salt is great for seasoning your food but did you know that you can use it to clean your home. It?s non-toxic and can be used on its own or with vinegar or lemon to knock up a cheap and natural cleaning remedy. Fabulous.
1. Sprinkle salt on to spillages and it will be easier to remove the stain.
2. Make a paste out of salt and vinegar and use it to polish brass, copper and silver. Rub on the paste, rinse and dry to turn grubby items all shiny and new again.
3. Take 1 tablespoon of salt and another one of vinegar and put into tea-and-coffee-stained cups. Fill with hot water and let the cups stand for a few hours, wash and rise – the stains will be gone.
4. Add 1 cup of course salt to soften new blue jeans and stop the colours from fading.
5. Get rid of soap scum from bathroom tiles by mixing 1 part salt to 4 parts vinegar ? use the solution to scrum between the tiles and then wipe clean.
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This pop has magical cleaning abilities that surprised even us. Due to its slightly acidic nature Coca-Cola can be used to clean toilets and remove grease from concrete surfaces.
On its website Coca-Cola says that it’s unaware of using Coke for any purpose other than refreshment. But we know five ways that you can use it round the home.
If you don’t have Coca-Cola then you can use Pepsi or a store-brand in the same way and they should work just as well.
It’s probably cheaper to use vinegar or another cleaning product – but the below tips are ideal if you’ve run out of cleaning products or want to use up an open bottle.
1. Toilet cleaner – Pour Coke into the toilet bowl, around the rim so that it flows over stains around the inside of the bowl. Leave for an hour. Use a toilet brush to clean stubborn stains. Flush.
2. Oil stains on your driveway or pavement – Pour a few cans of room-temperature Coke on the stain and let it sit overnight. In the morning, use old towels to soak it up and rinse off any remains.
3. Defrost a frozen windshield – Apply liberally and wait.
4. Clean burnt pans – Pour coke in and soak for an hour. Rinse and scrub to remove stains.
5. Get rid of rust on golf clubs – Soak your old clubs in a bucket of coke for 24 hours. Rinse with water.
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