Let’s be honest cleaning can be boring! Unfortunately it’s a necessary evil and it is crucial prior to checkout to ensure the return of your deposit.
Whether you are on a limited budget, limited time or just not keen on using chemicals to clean your home we have searched the internet, found, tested and improved some environmentally friendly, efficient cleaning solutions to help you your way.
Furniture Polish: lemon (or your preferred citrus oil) furniture polish that leaves a fresh citrusy smell. To one cup of olive oil add one teaspoon of lemon oil (or more if you want to achieve a really strong lemon smell). Place a large sponge in a small Kilner clip top jar or similar and pour in the oil and store. I found that adding the sponge allowed me to control the amount of polish on my duster.
Window & Mirror cleaning: in a spray bottle add 60ml vinegar, 480ml water and 3 teaspoons of cornflour. Shake well until the cornflour has thoroughly dissolved and off you go… watch your windows and mirror gleam. Note I tried this on my glass shower door and it was amazing and I felt everything stayed cleaner and dust free for longer!
Carpet Freshener: we all love our pets, but it’s fair to say we don’t particularly love their odour. This solution is perfect as its pet friendly and effective. Sprinkle Bicarbonate of Soda throughout, leave for an hour or so and then hoover.
Clean Fresh Fridge: place a small bowl containing Bicarbonate of Soda in the bottom of the fridge and it will absorb all the unwanted fridge odours.
Remember to clean the drainage hole located at the back of the fridge as this can get blocked. Most fridges come with a drainage tool but if you do not have one, try using a bamboo cotton bud.
Remember to clean the door seal of your fridge and freezer. Food debris collects in these areas and can cause mould and smells so the best way to clean it is by using a bamboo cotton bud carefully.
Sinks, Showers, baths and drains: to keep these areas free from hair and other unwanted debris remove any obvious debris from the surface then pour bicarbonate of soda down the drain, followed by white vinegar, leave to stand for a while and then flush through with boiling hot water.
Cleaning Grout: similar to above but you mix the bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar into a paste. Place on the grout and leave for twenty minutes and then scrub with a brush whist rinsing. This may require a second application depending how dirty the grout has become.
Cleaning Shower heads: the dreaded scale can build up in your shower head, which not only affects your showers efficiency, but it can cause it to burn out the motor if really bad. The best way to approach this task is to fill a bag with white vinegar, place over the shower head and tie with an elastic band and leave to soak for a few hours. Remove the bag and allow shower to run to flush through the head.
Vinegar: is an extremely versatile cleaning agent and can be used to descale, taps, kettles and in it dilute form can be used to remove mould and mildew from fabrics.
This is not an exhaustive list but just some that we have tried and tested, but if you have a little gem that you love to use please share it with us and we will add it to our list.