Spring cleaning can seem like a daunting and expensive prospect, but it doesn't have to be. There are many everyday items in your kitchen cupboard that can be put to alternative uses in order to clean your home.
In a recent survey conducted by cleaning product firm Spontex, it was discovered that 63% of people think their home is not as clean as they would like it to be.
Some 2,000 adults were questioned about their cleaning habits and seven in ten of us confessed to being too busy to take care of everyday chores such as vacuuming, dusting and cleaning the bathroom.
Cleaning is often a chore that gets put to the bottom of the 'to do' list, with over half of respondents opting to hideclutter under the sofa when a friend comes round, or putting everything in the spare room and closing the door.
This year, turn that around with a clean home you can be proud of. We spoke to Helen Pickard from goodvalueformoney.com, who gave us some advice on how to give each room a good spring clean whilst saving time and money.
Everyone’s favourite bicarbonate of soda has loads of uses. When mixed with warm water it’s an excellent way to clean a fridge as it's abrasive and destroys nasty odours.
If your toilet is looking less than fresh, a technique that really works is pouring a can of full-fat coke into the bowl, leave for roughly 30 minutes then flush.
To shift any built-up limescale, soak some kitchen roll in white vinegar, wrap around any stubborn stains for a couple of hours and then remove to reveal a fresh, shiny surface.
Around the house
Instead of throwing away any milk that's gone off, use it to clean any brass and bronze accessories.
Bicarbonate of soda can also be used to neutralise any smells coming from your carpet. Simply shake some onto the affected area, leave for about 30 minutes and vacuum.
If you’re looking to spruce up your windows then there’s no better cleaning solution than cold tea and lemon juice mixed together.