Spring cleaning – doing you still have a big clean out in the spring? It used to be a time for stripping back and really having a good deep clean after a winter when you did less on the home. Now I like a nice clean home like the best of us but this blog is all about saving money and saving time. Therefore here are a few of my short cuts that makes cleaning a little easier and quicker.
One thing I notice is that come the spring I want cleaner windows. However I don’t pay a window cleaner and instead the husband chooses to balance precariously on ladders and does the job himself. However if I spot streaks when that summer sunshine shines through the glass I am less than impressed! A 50/50 vinegar and water mix seems to do the trick. We use it in a spray bottle and have a good squeegee wiper. I think it is the wiper that makes a big difference. I also use the same wiper and solution for cleaning the shower doors.
Secondly I give each of the children a two big bags. They each have to fill the first bag with toys that are broken or now unloved. I will then decide whether they are for the bin, the charity shop or a selling site. Everyone knows that I love charity finds. The second bag is for clothes that no longer fit or that they wear. Again I then sort them out for charity shops or for little cousins.
Keep an old toothbrush they are so handy for cleaning awkward little bits and corners. Those bits of grouting around tiles and taps especially can be fiddly.
Being a teacher we have a multitude of permanent marker pens. These can be a very quick and easy way to tidy up any furniture that has taken a bump and been scratched. Likewise tipex is ideal for touching up bannisters and skirting that is looking tired.
A steam cleaner is a really good investment as they do a great job or blasting really hot water onto practically any surface and instantly freshening them up. My steam cleaner makes easy work of kitchen cupboards and door frames.
Cola is another cheap household cleaner. It does way more than just cooking your joint of gammon – throw some down the toilet for a sparkling result – it is much kinder on the environment than bleach.
Finally get the kids outside and tidying the garden, making it fun give them specific jobs and pay them in cake. They will save you time by mucking in together.
For more hacks check out Currys 10 spring cleaning hacks.