Budget cleaning hacks for sprucing up this Spring

The frugal experts at NetVoucherCodes.co.uk have researched and revealed 11 top tips for maintaining the house with items like hand gel, coffee filters and denture table.

Using sugar to remove nail polish and alcohol-based hand gel to get pen off walls are just two clever cleaning hacks for sprucing up your home on a budget.

Households should also use shower squeegees to scrub carpets, and even coffee filters to clean windows and glass.

A spokesperson said: “It’s that time of year, as the days get longer and the weather warmer that us Brits start to spruce up our homes and give them a good spring clean.

“If you’re trying to do this on a budget and don’t want to shell out on costly cleaning products, look around your house for some of these items which work surprisingly well as cleaning alternatives.

“From denture cleaning tablets and baby shampoo, to toothpaste and bicarbonate of soda, these items can each be used beyond their usual means so you can get more bang for your buck.”

 

Here are NetVoucherCodes.co.uk’s tips for cleaning on a budget:

 

1.     Denture cleaning tablets to clean vases

A gorgeous bunch of flowers can brighten up even the most miserable of rooms, but it can leave dirty stains on the bottom and sides of glass vases. To get rid of the stains, simply fill the vase with water and drop in one denture cleaning tablet. When it’s stopped fizzing, the stains and musty smell will have disappeared. 

 

2.     Alcohol hand gel to get pen off walls

If you’ve got children, chances are you’ve come across pen marks on your walls at some point. Squeeze a little bit of alcohol based hand gel onto a soft sponge, work it into the pen marks and see them disappear before your eyes.

 

3.     Sugar to remove nail polish

If you spill nail polish on your floor, quickly sprinkle sugar all over it whilst it’s still wet. The sugar will make the nail polish clump so you can sweep or hoover it up off the floor – no scrubbing needed!

 

4.     Hand wash with baby shampoo

Some laundry products, especially delicates like underwear, require you to hand wash them. But instead of shelling out for a box of hand wash powder which you’ll hardly ever use, try using baby shampoo instead. 

 

5.     Hair dryer to clean radiator

Dust and pet hair often collects on top and behind radiators, and this can be hard to reach without dismantling it altogether. Simply blow your hairdryer back and forth on its highest settings to blow out all of the cobwebs, hairs and dirt.

 

6.     Shower squeegee to clean carpet

No matter how much you hoover, the edges and corners of rooms will collect dust where your vacuum cleaner can’t reach, but you can use a cheap shower squeegee to dig it all out. Simply use the end of the squeegee to scrape the dirt out and then pop the dust balls into the bin. You can use the squeegee across carpets more generally, to dig out embedded dust and pet hair.

 

7.     Washing up liquid to clean chrome

If you find it impossible to keep the chrome surfaces in your kitchen try using hot water, a non-scratch cloth and washing up liquid. Massage a generous amount of washing up liquid on to the surface and allow it to sit for a few minutes. Then use the warm water and cloth to wipe away. 

 

8.     Toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean tiles

Instead of using a bleach-based spray, try toothpaste and a toothbrush to clean the grout on tiles. The fluoride is a much gentler way to remove the stains and leaves the shower and bath sparkling. It’s also great for cleaning around plugholes and taps. A cheap toothpaste will cost you just pennies and you can use your old toothbrushes.

 

9.     Dishwasher tablet to clean baths

A quick and easy way to clean your bath is to fill it with hot water and drop in a dishwasher tablet. The bath is ceramic or plastic, the same as many of your dishes, so it works a treat. After five minutes, rinse thoroughly.

 

10.  Salt and bicarb soda to clean ovens

If you need an abrasive cleaner to remove hardened food on a cooker or baking dishes, mix equal quantities of salt and bicarbonate soda. Coat the surface or pan, leave to soak in for a bit and then wash away.  

 

11.  Coffee filters to clean windows

You may have heard of using newspapers to clean windows, but this can leave inky smudges. Surprisingly, coffee filters and a little window spray or even clean water work well. This leaves no lint traces and the mesh-like quality of the filter paper catches the dirt without scratching. 

Budget cleaning hacks for sprucing up this Spring