According to research, just 49% people give their homes a yearly spring cleaning blitz, and over 60% admit to caring less about it than their parents did. Keeping clean house nowadays may entail using products that are packed full of harsh chemicals So, why not get back to basics ?
The National Trust and Good Energy has plenty of “vintage cleaning tips” that will leave your home sparkling at a fraction of the cost., without harming your health or the environment.
(1) REVAMP YOUR CUTLERY : To return your knives and fork to their former glory, peel a couple of large onions and plunge a knife or fork in to the onion, 3-4 times. Any tarnish should disappear by doing this.
(2) DITCH AIR FRESHENER : For a zesty and 100% natural way to get your rooms smelling fresh, make your own home fragrance. Get an empty spray bottle and add one part lemon juice to two parts water and spritz generously around the house. Not only do lemons smell refreshing, they also have anti-bacterial properties that make them great for banishing germs. Try dotting a few bunches of fresh or dried lavender around the place too —– they smell lovely and also keeps moths at bay.
(3) POLISH YOUR WOODWORK : Ditch the pongy tins of polish and opt for lemon juice and olive oil instead. Mix one part lemon juice with two parts olive oil, and buff your wood to perfection. It might seem a bit like you’re cleaning with salad dressing at first, but once you see how shiny your floors and tables are, you’ll be a convert.
(4) SORT OUT THOSE SINKS : For sinks and bathtubs so shiny that you can see your reflection in them, rub half a grapefruit over the surfaces before sprinkling generously with salt. Leave for 10 minutes and then scrub off with a sponge and hot water.
(5) GET POTS & PANS SPICK & SPAN : If your pots or utensils have stubborn stains that won’t come off, take a tip from the original domestic goddess, Mrs. Beeton. Mix a cup f warm water with a tablespoon of baking soda, then use a stale crust of bread dipped in the solution to scrub the stains away. Rinse with warm water and your pots will be like new.
(6) FRESHEN UP RUGS : There are several traditional ways to spring-clean your rugs, but the most effective way is also the easiest —– simply sprinkle your rugs or carpets liberally with bicarbonate of soda and leave for 15 minutes. Then, sweep or hoover up the powder and watch the dirt and fustiness vanish.
Using natural products to clean the house is more economical.