Good old-fashioned Spring Cleaning Tips

eco-friendly cleaning tips

A reminder of good old-fashioned Spring cleaning tips to keep us right!

Cleaning the house used to be a spring tradition, however, we’re more likely to be on top of household chores these days. Saying that it does no harm to remember these tried and tested spring cleaning tips.  We’re sure one or two of these have popped up in The People’s Friend archives from time to time.

Using vinegar, lemon, toothbrushes, and bicarb of soda are all eco-friendly and usually found in our cupboards. Our grandmothers and great-grandmothers would most likely have used these methods.

The folk over at Promotional Codes put together the following definitive list of Spring cleaning tips. We asked The People’s Friend readers last week for their top cleaning advice, how many of these tips do you think made that list?


Clean surfaces with water and vinegar

Mix water and vinegar together with a 50:50 ratio to create an efficient and cost effective cleaning solution. Plus, you can use it on a variety of surfaces.


Steam clean microwave 

Clean your microwave the easy way by mixing two tablespoons of white vinegar and a few drops of your favourite essential oil with water and blast it for five minutes. You’ll be left with a shiny clean microwave that smells amazing with zero scrubbing required.


Clean iron with salt and foil

If you’ve got a build up of dirt and grime on the bottom of your iron then simply turn it on (no steam) and iron a piece of aluminium foil with some salt sprinkled on top. The salt will attract the grime and remove it.


Use a toothbrush for cleaning keyboards

Instead of a wipe, take a damp toothbrush and use it to clean the difficult bits in between your keyboard. The bristles can reach all the difficult spots with very little effort.


Use a lemon to clean stainless steel 

Annoying water stains on your tap and sink? Halve a lemon and use it to scrub stainless steel. It will also make your kitchen smell fresh and citrusy.


Clean TV and computer screens with coffee filters

Using paper towels or cloth wipes can create static and attract more dust to your TV or computer screen when cleaning. So use a standard coffee filter instead as a way of leaving your screen clean and clear.


Restore water-marked furniture with hairdryer

If water rings have damaged your coffee table, or other wooden surface, then try holding a hairdryer close to the stain, on a high setting, and watch it disappear.


Use cola to clean the toilet 

You’ve probably heard about this one but never tried it. Simply pour cola along the toilet bowl and flush for a sparkling result.


Clean your bathtub with grapefruit

If you have an issue with bathtub rings and soap scum, simply cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle some rock salt on top and then scrub away. Not only will it have your tub sparkling in no time but your bathroom will smell divine too.


Use lint rollers on lampshades

Lampshades can collect a large amount of dust without you even realising. Use a standard lint roller to remove any dust with very little effort required.


Clean awkward sized vases with rice

If you struggle to clean certain vases, bottles or wine glasses due to their strange size then fill with uncooked rice, water and washing up liquid, cover and shake until clean. Rinse and leave to dry.


Refresh plastic containers 

Get the leftover curry stains out of plastic containers by putting a solution of washing up liquid, bleach and water in them and microwaving until boiling point. Once cooled, pour away and rinse.


Deep clean shower head 

After having a shower, fill a sandwich bag with baking soda and vinegar and tie it around the showerhead using an elastic band. Leave this to soak overnight then any debris will come off easily with an old toothbrush.


Use pastry brush to get crumbs out of toaster

Toast crumbs are notoriously difficult to get to but using a pastry brush can help sweep away the annoying trapped bits.


Vinegar and baking soda for oven cleaning

Create a paste using baking soda and water and apply to the inside of your oven. Leave overnight and then spray vinegar around the oven. The chemicals will react and allow you to wipe any grime away.


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Karlie Simmonds

Karlie has worked in Digital Media for over 10 years, she is passionate about health and wellbeing and lives in Edinburgh with her partner, children, and Pug, Poppy.