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Easy peasy lemon squeezy – homemade cleaning solutions

We’ve seen lots of Spring cleaning blogs already this year heralding the 2019 Spring Clean! Have you yet to get stuck in? If so, worry not, there’s plenty of time before Summer truly hits if you want to get involved. Love it? Hate it? No matter how you feel, the Spring Clean is an annual ritual that really goes a long way to prepare your home for the warmer months ahead.

This year, why not try something new with a few DIY cleaning solutions? You can save lots of time and money by utilising things you probably have around the home, and they can be used during any season.

1. All-purpose cleaner

Every home needs a multi-purpose cleaner to deploy against stains and grime, and these are often the staple of any DIY home cleaning kit. Grab a spray bottle (or a bowl if you don’t have one) and in it, combine 100ml of vinegar and about 30 drops of tea tree oil, peppermint oil or lemon juice. Use it as an eco-friendly cleaner. Spray liberally on surfaces, and it’s especially successful in bathrooms and kitchens, and wipe away to remove grease and grime.  It works just as well as supermarket brands!

2. Air freshener

We can keep abreast of all our household chores, but our lifestyle can still create unpleasant odors, from pungent cooking to owning four-legged friends. Many people respond to this by using intense levels of bleach, but that isn’t good for us either and it doesn’t leave behind the most pleasant smell.

The solution for this is to once again arm yourself with your handy spray bottle and mix 100g of baking soda with your favourite essential oil – 20 drops should do the trick. Baking soda will absorb odours whilst the essential oil (much stronger smelling than household odours) will release a calming and enjoyable aroma. The options for oils are endless. For a Mediterranean vibe, mix together pine, fir, lemon and grapefruit essential oils. If you can handle something heavier and more luxurious, blend ylang-ylang, rose, jasmine and sandalwood oils. Spritz the air for a homemade atomiser.

3. Steamer stain remover

Rug stain you can’t stop staring at as you’re watching the telly? Feeling self-conscious when guests are over because the armchairs look a little dull and tired? A steamer can absolutely alleviate all those problems, but renting, or indeed purchasing, a steamer can be so expensive that it prices you out. Worry not though – there’s a simple DIY solution! Grab a clean cloth and dampen it. Lay it over a stain and press an iron with the steam setting on maximum over it. Unless the stain is particularly stubborn, this method should work.

If it still won’t budge, mix white vinegar and baking soda together and pour over the stain before using the iron. Oily stains and deeply ingrained dirt will loosen with this extra boost.

If your iron is a bit grubby, try ironing some salt. With your iron set on low and the steam setting to ‘off’, sprinkle the salt on your board and iron back and forth to remove grime. To keep your mind at rest, find a particularly unloved pillowcase and use this between the iron and the salt as a safeguard.

4. Powerful pan cleaner

Scrubbing pans has to be right up there with the least enjoyable household tasks, and so any hacks we find we’re going to jump on and run with it! When you’ve got a particularly grubby pan next, place a few tumble dryer sheets into it, and cover them with warm water and dish soap. For some reason, chemicals in the dryer sheets break down awkward stains whilst the dish soap works to lift the grime from the pan. The best bit? You don’t need to use all your elbow grease fighting to get it clean! Just leave to stand for a few hours, and then stubborn stains and residue will come away easily. Fab!

We understand the fervour for creating cost-effective, eco-friendly home cleaners, but please exercise caution when creating DIY cleaners to keep yourself and your family safe. Never combine chemical cleaners, because they can produce dangerous fumes or even combust. Read labels and consult as many online sources as possible before going rogue!

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