While you’re stuck at home during this lockdown, you will have noticed the days have become sunnier and longer. Springtime is well and truly alive and well, which means it’s time for a little spring cleaning. However, it’s become a bit of a pastime because, cleaning the entire house from top to bottom, is not cheap. You have to batter your rugs, then wash them out. You have to collect dust and dirt using special clothes that attract micro-fibres and you also need to bring your window sills back to life with specific plastic and wood cleaning products. All of this is going to put a dent in your purse or wallet. But if you’re thinking, ‘surely there are ways to clean your home for cheaper?’ Well, you’re not wrong there!
The do-all product
Bleach is a very handy product because it can be used for so many things. The issue is, people don’t want their entire home to smell like a chemical factory. However, if you open up your windows half an hour before you get cleaning, you’ll have the proper airflow established to not allow the bleach smell to linger in the air. If you have fans at home, turn them on while you’re cleaning. You can also move most of the things out of the room, including sofa cushions to stop the bleach odour from becoming trapped in the room.
Using 1 part bleach and 3 parts water, you can make it go further. It’s a good idea to pour it onto the floor instead of into your mop bucket when mopping hardwood or vinyl floors. This is because the bleach tends to coagulate, i.e. puddle together. So instead, the small pools of bleach water around the floor will allow you to have a fresh solution that isn’t tainted with dirt and debris. You also want to dunk your mop as often because you already have the liquid waiting for you on the floor.
Protect your hands when using bleach and other chemicals with a high quality yet cost effective latex glove. If you don’t have any, you can View Unigloves or a similar company to find suitable gloves for you. Latex gloves are also ideal for protecting your hands from handling items such as petrol pumps and shopping trolleys, although good hand hygiene should always be observed.
Store brand products
There is a saying that goes ‘you get what you pay for’. This alludes to buying high-quality products that will cost you more, but give you better results. However, the household cleaning industry is not that complex when you think about it. Many of the store brand products have exactly the same ingredients, but they don’t have the sophisticated chemicals needed to mask the smell of the chemicals. However, you can wear a face mask that will help you breathe, and use the store brand cleaning products to get virtually the same results.
Storing them wisely
Cleaning products will retain their potency and effectiveness, for a lot longer if you store them properly. Make sure you keep them out of the sun. If your dishwasher liquid for cleaning dishes in the sink, is on the window sill, move it somewhere where there’s shadow. If you have a cheaper washing machine powder, tablets, or liquid, move them out of the kitchen if your washing machine is in the room. When you’re cooking food, it gets hot and the heat can slowly take away the potency of the products. Keep them kept hidden in a cupboard or pantry, preferably, not in the kitchen or laundry room themselves.
Cleaning the carpet
When it comes to cleaning the carpet, it’s a far more complex chore than you will imagine. This is because it’s not just dirt and debris you’re collecting from the fibres. You’re also trying to rid your carpet of dust mites, fleas, bacteria, and all sorts of germs. So you need to buy a dedicated carpet cleaner, instead of using something that you would pour onto the surface.
The Consumer Lab has an excellent review which takes into account 9 carpet cleaners that won’t bust the bank. The Vax dual power carpet cleaner is among the top choices because it’s a great alternative to a brand like Dyson. Vax is known to be reliable and produces great technology, and their carpet cleaner is no different. The narrow floor head, twin tank, lightweight design are all top drawer. Just be mindful to empty the tank before it gets full, otherwise, there might be some leaking. Right now it’s £143 and that makes it about £100 cheaper than the Dyson alternative. Another great product they reviewed is the Dr. Beckham 2 X Carpet Stain Remover. This is for smaller areas and not to be used mainly as an entire house cleaner. The attached brush and perfect spot cleaning ability is definitely something you will want to try out yourself. Right now it’s just £7.99 on Amazon and has been given the prestigious ‘Amazon’s Choice’ title.
Make your own + reusable cloths
The majority of cleaning tasks around the house can be done with reusable cloths. These synthetic cloths are made to last for weeks on end. The yellow disposable cleaning cloths that are made out of polyester can be used to clean dishes, floorboards, skirting boards, walls, furniture, kitchen counters, and so many other things. They are also non-friction so you won’t be damaging anything you’re cleaning, so feel free to put some elbow grease in it!
Making cleaners at home is a doddle. All you need is water, lemon juice, and vinegar. The old tried and tested cleaning solution, has been around for centuries because it works. It’s not just this, there is a whole range of household cleaners that you can make at home.
Mix crushed rock salt with castile soap, and you’ve got something to clean bathroom tiles with. Mix olive oil with crushed up soap nuts, and you can clean wooden furniture like a dining room table. Mix baking soda with white vinegar and you can clean even the most stubborn stains on metal surfaces such as your fridge.
Spring cleaning is a love-hate relationship with many people. But at least now you know that it can be done on the cheap. You don’t have to spend a lot of money to clean every surface, material, and space inside your home. Start off by making your own cleaning solution from basic ingredients.