Spring is in the air and I am excited to get my home ready for the summer – In fact, I even have a name for this process: “Summer’ising”.
In the winter I swap my cushions and throws for warm, soft and cuddly textures that I can use to snuggle up with a good book and a cup of tea (or red wine 😉). But in the spring and summer, I don’t want those warm fibres anywhere near me, so I pack up all those items and store them until next winter and instead bring out the cooler textures with natural fibres.
Alongside this I like to do a big clean out of the house to keep things feeling fresh and clean as we enter a new season. With the current focus on climate change and sustainability, I feel that I need to be more conscious about products that I use and what I flush down the drain. This has led me to be a bit creative with finding natural and homemade cleaning remedies this year.
That oven that has been staring at you for too long. While we all hate cleaning it, I have recently used this bicarb and vinegar mix and that made cleaning the oven a breeze (well, as much of a breeze as cleaning the oven can be). Click here for the tutorial,
To get rid of rust stains in your sink – dip a half lemon in salt and rub it over the spots of rust. You don’t have to scrub too hard as the acid in the lemon will do most of the work for you. It is quick and costs almost nothing
To clean that grubby microwave put a bowl of water in the microwave with some large chunks of lemon and microwave for 3 minutes. Take the bowl out and you should then be able to easily wipe away the dirt with a damp cloth.
ODOURS IN YOUR COUCH
To get rid of odours in your fabric couch simply sprinkle baking soda over the couch and leave for a couple of minutes and vacuum. This is great as bicarb generally pulls out unwanted odours such as that from pets and children.
Who would have guessed that you can clean your fan blades with a pillowcase? To do so you simply pull a pillowcase over the blade of your fan and pull it back so that the dust falls into the pillowcase – no more dust flying all over the place
To clean your iron simply sprinkle salt onto your iron board and put the iron on the highest setting (no steam), and iron over the salt. The dirt will stick to the salt and leave the iron smooth and clean
Mix 1-part vinegar and 2 parts water together. Add 1/4 to 1/3 cup to the final rinse cycle. Ensure that you read your garment labels before trying any cleaning methods.
For soap scum on tubs and showers, make your own scouring powder with 2 parts baking soda, 1 part salt, and 1 part borax. It will cut through even the toughest scum!
USE A CHECK LIST
Use a checklist for each room so that you can clean efficiently or assign the jobs to children and know that they will be
CLEAN SHOWER HEADS
Clean a shower head by filling a plastic bag with white vinegar and then tie the bag around the shower head so that the shower head is immersed in the vinegar. Leave on for up to 12 hours and remove carefully. Pour it down the drain and your shower head should be clean and free of hard water residue.