Sunday, 20 November 2011
Cleaning on the Cheap
Now, with our new economic situation, it's up to me. And I'll admit - I have a lot to learn. I've googled, read many blogs (favourites coming in a blog post soon!), pored over magazines (in waiting rooms and the few that I have saved for months), and even looked in a few books my mother ever-so-helpfully gave me regarding keeping house (honestly!).
With this new found information, I have tried and tested a few things to see if they work. I won't tell you about the ones that were disastrous - and oh, they were bad, but I did find a few gems that are cost effective, quick, eco-friendly and actually work wonders.
To save you the trouble of researching, I'm sharing a few of the winners here. I'm still on my journey to become wonder woman so please share any of your tips with me. I'm all ears here....
Removing baked-on hob (stove-top) stains: make a paste of baking soda (bicarbonate) and water and rub into the stain. The baking soda provides the abrasiveness you need to get he stuck on stuff off.
Cleaning your flat screen TV: you need to be extra gently while cleaning this. Use a soft dry cotton cloth to remove fingerprints and smudges from the screen. If this does not completely remove the dirt and splotches, use a small amount of rubbing alcohol on the cleaning cloth that has been dampened with water. A small amount of vinegar can be substituted for the alcohol). Spray the liquid on the cloth and never directly onto the screen. Do not use paper towels on the screen as they can scratch. Never use ammonia, or strong cleaners.
Cleaning the Microwave: Dampen a kitchen towel in water, then place it inside the microwave and run it for 30-45 second. Then, use the damp towel (careful, it will be hot) to wipe all the crusty food away.
Making Your Own Furniture Wipes: Mix equal parts water and lemon oil in a bowl and dip squares (6"X6") of cheesecloth into the mixture. Ring the square out so they are still slightly damp and store them in an air tight container - the next time you need to wipe down your furniture you're all set with eco-friendly wipes!
MAKE YOUR OWN CLEANSERS
All-purpose Cleaner: Mix equal parts white vinegar and hydrogen peroxide Add a touch of tea tree oil. Put in a spray bottle (from your former store bought agent or buy at £ shop). Cleans and disinfects all bathroom and kitchen surfaces except granite (I do not have granite, btw). For the amount of ONE
Scouring Powder: Baking soda (bicarbonate) It does a fine job. It's a simple, less abrasvie way to quickly get all the toilets sparkling clean. Even cuts down on limescale!
Glass Cleaner: Add a few drops of pure lemon juice to plain water. Put in spray bottle and got. Ue is on windows, glass tabletops, mirrors, vases, and other other glass surface or object. It only keeps for a day or two and then you need to remix. I just make enough for one cleaning round each time, just in case.
A Few Tips for Easier Quick Cleaning:
I carry a small bucket filled with my spray bottles, an old toothbrush, a credit card (some free one that came in the post, rubber gloves, a reusable microfiber cloths and a sponge.
Toothbrush helps get into hard-to-reach areas and small crevices.
Credit card is fantastic for scraping up stuck-on gunk and dried foods
Rubber gloves I fold over to create a cuff on the ends to catch water. I don't like it when water runs down my arm and into the glove. Yick!
Microfiber cloths. I have a fine-woven one for glass and shiny surfaces and one large-loop clothes for general cleaning of dusty areas. they are a little bit of a cost, but they last forever. No more paper-towels or kitchen towels for me.