Another thing that adds up!

 Hello Dear Reader,

I thought I would share another thing that I do to save money. I use really cheap cleaning products. I clean the cooker, the sink, the bath and the bathroom basin with bicarbonate of soda. Get a warm damp cloth, sprinkle it with bicarb and scrub away at the soapy tide marks. I use a plastic scourer on the cooker, with some soapy water and sprinkle with bicarb. It’s really effective. I find a quick wipe down every day with a small bowl of hot soapy water (remember the hot water I keep from the kettle?) and a cloth with keep everything clean enough, but if I want some sparkle, then nothing cleans better than bicarb.

 Windows get a wash down with a cloth and hot soapy water, not too much soap as it creates smears. Then I crumple up some newspaper (the ones that DB gleans from his daily train commute) and buff up the windows. It makes them shine and it doesn’t leave any smears. I finish off by using a microfibre clothe (you can buy two of these for £1 in Tesco from their value range) and wash down all the door frames and window frames. I often have window cleaners knock on my door and I would dearly like to give them some work, but at £20 a month or as I see it, £220 a year and that’s my clothing budget. So, it’s worth doing it myself.

Finally, if I need to disinfect, or get rid of any odours then I use white vinegar. My house does not smell like a chippy as the smell fades in minutes. I clean the shower screen, the mirrors, the taps, work tops with a solution of hot soapy water with a splash of white vinegar. I use a separate cloth (learnt that from mum, different coloured clothes for the loo, the floor, work tops and the kitchen) with neat vinegar and clean around the loo and plug holes to disinfect. Of course, I use bleach occasionally, but not habitually. I also use value cream cleanser if I really need to but in general our homes don’t warrant heavy duty cleaning when the cheap alternatives we have at hand will do.

Cleaning my house from top to bottom can take me four hours, if I ‘go like the clappers’ and that saves me the  £10 gym session! What do you use to have a good scrub? What cheapy secrets do you have to share?

Until tomorrow,

Love Froogs

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25 thoughts on “Another thing that adds up!

  1. tarnished silverware- put a sheet of crumpled foil in the bottom of a saucepan. Insert silver, cover with boiling water and 1 tbsp bicarb. Boil for 5 minutes and all the tarnish comes off.
    an eggcup full of bicarb will deodorize your fridge
    my uni landlady used to make a paste with water and bicarb and smooth it on her oven shelves on a Sunday morning. after she cooked the Sunday roast, the oven shelves rinsed up instantly clean and grease free.
    bicarb is Fabulous! I buy mega tubs in the cash'n'carry

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  2. I have a horrid glass shower door that was already installed when I moved into my house – always full of water marks no matter how hard I clean it…

    Until I cut a fresh lemon n half and rubbed that directly onto the glass – the shower door came up a treat! Annoyed at all the money I wasted on specialist cleaning products when a lemon cost me just 20p!

    Great post!

    Jen x
    http://kitsch-n-sync.blogspot.com/

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  3. Great post!
    Have you tried this mix Bicarb and Vinegar for burnt on things in saucepans, and if that doesn't work use about tablespoon of biological washing powder(just a basic one – I have a large pack I bought in Sainsbury about three years ago!) and boiling water and leave to soak for a day. I never use biological washing powder for clothes or anything used on the skin like bedding and towels etc, but its great for curtains and bathroom mats.
    Julie xxxxxxx

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  4. I add ummph to baking soda by mixing it with a squirt of dish soap and a bit of water to make a paste. Scrubby-soap-sudsy! I recently broke with the “must use paper towels to clean the toilet” meme. A rag for the bowl and a rag for the seat and they both get chucked into the wash! Saves at least 3 rolls a year.

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  5. My latest thrifty attempt is to crochet little scrubbies out of acrylic yarn; I have used tiny scraps and woven in the ends. They scrub almost as well as plastic ones but cost me nothing.

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  6. I do the same as Attila, I crochet dishcloths from bits of cotton leftover from projects. Also for stubborn dried on bits of food etc on worksurface/cooker I rinse a cloth out in hot water and leave it over them for about 20 mins. When I come back I can usually wipe it off straight away with minimal elbow grease!

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  7. i buy a box of cheap dishwasher tablets and use one in the cistern of the toilet to keep the loo clean..alot cheaper than buying individual toilet rim blocks…and it gets a clean under the rim when you flush..i also buy cheap big bottle of bath foam and use it to refill my handwash pump bottles basically does the same job!

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  8. I'm a new follower and just thought I'd pop by to say Hi. Have been reading through some of your old posts – I'm a bit of a spender and my husband's fantastic with money…. I'm hoping to learn some tricks from you to surprise him with!

    Nice blog.

    Nicki x

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  9. I know people who save the plastic bags that come around onions etc and use those as scourers. I also put bicarb followed by vinegar down the drains. This is then followed with a kettle filled with boiling water dumped down the drain.

    I wish I could buy huge tubs of bicarb. It isn't possible here.

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  10. £20 a month for a window cleaner? Are you living in Hardwick Hall? ;-D

    I pay £6 every six to eight weeks (the round he does is six weeks but if the weather is bad it takes longer). I do consider this a bit of a luxury but the upstairs windows are difficult to clean outside without a ladder and neither DH or myself are that good up a ladder. (Actually, I'm not too bad but if the person holding it is DH it just causes an argument.)

    I use bicarb and vinegar and make the occassional sink volcano. Vinegar makes a good fabric softener and safe anti-bacterial cleaner.

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  11. I'm a huge fan of microfibre cleaning cloths, great for cleaning windows with just plain water. Also, a capful of Flash in a spray bottle filled with water will last ages and much better and cheaper than already prepared bottles and will clean almost anyting. I'm also a big fan of white vinegar for lime scale, especially as I live in north Kent where our water comes straight out of the chalky North Downs.
    Jak x

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  12. I use good old fashioned Ajax or Vim scouring powder and value pine disinfectant. Does most jobs and where the ajax isn't suitable I use value cream cleanser. Regarding bicarb of soda, you can buy it in bulk from many chemists and also from places that sell soapmaking supplies as its used in making bath bombs.

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  13. Just a note on microfibre cloths – they're cheaper in Home Bargain if you have one nearby. They're 3 for £1 there. They also have cheap glass cloths to use on the inside of windows/mirrors instead of newspaper (better for us because my other half has an intolerance to vinegar so I can't use that for cutting through glass grease).

    Jayne – I've seen Stardrops in Wilkinsons. Wilkinsons also do good size boxes of Bicarb for next to nothing.

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  14. I have a good old fashioned plunger which I use if the shower or sink become blocked. It works a treat and is so much better than pouring any chemicals (and money) down the drain.

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