Logbook Loans Top Tips: Spring cleaning on a budget
It’s hard to believe that spring is finally here and that summer is just around the corner. This winter has been so variable weather-wise that we have not really known what to expect from one day to the next.
But here we are, hurtling towards summer with rather a lot of domestic chores to catch up on! The opportunity for spring cleaning seems to be disappearing as soon as it has begun.
The problem is that many of us are now trying to find the money to pay for holidays and for other things that we want to do this summer. We simply can’t lay our hands on any quick cash to pay for spring cleaning as well.
But cleaning doesn’t have to cost the earth, in any sense of the phrase. Here are our Ten Top Tips for everyday household items that also make brilliant cleaning products. Not only will they save you money as you don’t need to buy any special cleaning products, but they will also cut down the amount of packaging – particularly plastic – that you are consuming.
- Bicarbonate of soda
This has to be one of our favourite secret cleaning products! Bicarbonate of soda is a mild abrasive so is brilliant for use on a variety of surfaces, including kitchen and bathroom. It cleans to a shine but without scratching or damage.
An alternative abrasive solution is salt. It is fantastic for scrubbing away rust and mildew. It is also excellent as a metal polish, for example copper or silver.
Many people use vinegar as a window cleaner, and it is also a good all-purpose cleaner for surfaces and floors. For best results mix 1 part vinegar with 1 part water then clean the window or area however you normally would. Vinegar can also be a very effective stain remover.
- Lemon Juice
Another excellent cleaner is lemon juice, particularly effective for cutting through grease, for example on kitchen dishes and pans. Lemon juice is also a natural bleach, so is a lovely freshening cleaner for kitchen and bathroom.
Cornflower is also excellent at absorbing grease and oil. Mixed with a little water it is a powerful cleaner for stains on worktops or furniture and can also be applied neat to stains on clothes. It is also excellent for freshening up mattresses and removing odours from smelly trainers: simply sprinkle on, leave on for a while then shake or vacuum off as needed.
- Essential Oils
Essential oils have many practical cleaning uses and also make your home smell wonderful. For example, thyme has natural anti-bacterial properties so is ideal for cleaning kitchen surfaces and chopping boards. Cinnamon and pine are very effective against mould, and both orange oil and pine oil are excellent natural floor cleaners.
- Castile Soap
Castile soap is another hidden gem! It is a soap made with olive oil with no animal fats or synthetic substances. Castile soap is available from many supermarkets, chemists and health food stores. You know what it’s like: now that you’ve heard about it you will start seeing it everywhere! Diluted liquid castile soap makes an excellent all-purpose cleaner and neat liquid soap is brilliant at removing grease and stains.
Would you believe that toothpaste is really good at cleaning taps, metallic surfaces and silver? Its mild abrasive action is perfect for the job, particularly when applied with a toothbrush! Toothpaste is also excellent at removing stains from white fabrics – even tennis shoes. Good to know for Wimbledon season!
Borax can be used as a natural bleach substitute. It is available in powder form from most supermarkets and homeware stores. It can be used as a natural cleaner in itself or to boost the cleaning power of other cleaning ingredients. This explains why Borax is already used in a wide variety of daily household products including many detergents and laundry whiteners. But why not cut out the proverbial middle man and deal direct!
- Hydrogen Peroxide
Last but by no means least is hydrogen peroxide. Many people have a slight fear or distrust of anything with a chemical name. But hydrogen peroxide is a colourless liquid that is completely safe to use if handled carefully. It has a wide range of domestic uses including sterilising wounds. For cleaning it has many disinfecting purposes, including tiles, sinks, baths, showers and toilets. It is also extremely effective for cleaning grouting or other areas prone to mould and mildew. It is also a brilliant stain remover.
- Bicarbonate of soda
All of the above products are useful to have as regular supplies in your home anyway, but as we have seen can double up most effectively as cleaning products. We hope that they will help you to save money as you spring clean your home.
If you are in need of quick cash as summer approaches then do get in touch with us to see how Logbook Loans may be able to help.You can contact us online or by calling us on 0330 400 4137.