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?