Break out the rags and sponges! It’s spring cleaning time. While some people dread spring cleaning, it can be quite invigorating, especially when done with frugal products that WON’T leave your house smelling of chemicals.
By utilizing these thrifty tips, you can enjoy your freshly cleaned home without the worry of lost time and an empty wallet. In fact, your kitchen might already hold the solution to all your spring cleaning needs.
Spring Cleaning Made Easy
I love to make my own all-purpose cleaner. Here is a concoction that you will have to make in advance, however, it will last long after you’ve completed your spring cleaning. Put your family’s orange peels to good use by creating a simple natural cleaner. Preserve your orange peels by freezing them until you have enough to partially fill a mason jar. Once you’ve collected enough orange peels, put them into the jar. Fill the jar all the way to the top with white vinegar and let the mixture sit. After approximately two weeks has passed, separate the liquid from the peels by straining it. Add the liquid to a spray bottle, then mix in water with a ratio of 2:1. Tada! You’re ready to get spraying.
Easy DIY Carpet Cleaning
The war on carpet stains can be a difficult battle to win, especially if you have children. Luckily, there’s a quick and easy solution to that issue. All you need is some baking soda, vinegar, and a washcloth. Pour a small amount of white vinegar on top of the problem area. The vinegar will soften up the carpet fibers and allow the baking soda to act as a lifting agent. Pour the baking soda over the baking soda and allow it to bubble up. Wipe the area clean with a damp cloth or vacuum it after letting it dry for 30 minutes.
You can also go the DIY Carpet Deodorizer route to keep your home smelling nice all year round!
Simple Rust Removal
If you have metal appliances or sinks, they may build up rust over a period of time. But don’t fret! All you need is a sheet of aluminum foil, water, and a little elbow grease. Rip the foil into small squares and dip them in water. Rub the rust right off with the foil and you’re left with a shining surface.
Fast Baseboard Cleaning
Baseboards often go unnoticed, which is why they can be difficult to clean after being ignored for too long. Although your baseboards might be caked in dust, dirt, and shoe scuffs, there is a simple way to clean them fast. Mr. Clean Magic Erasers do amazing work, though they can be a bit pricey. Here’s something that I’m not ashamed to say I learned from TikTk – use melamine sponges!!
No offense to the bald man, but “Magic Erasers” are quite the racket. They often run at a cost of about $1/sponge and goodness knows you can go through a 4-pack just cleaning the kitchen! There’s nothing special about these erasers, though – they really are just melamine sponges. A melamine sponge is denser than a regular sponge and its somewhat abrasive, which makes it perfect for cleaning.
The choice is yours – pay for the brand name or get a big ol’ pack of melamine sponges for a literal fraction of the cost!
Toilet Bowl Cleaner
Toilet cleaning is arguably one of the dirtiest jobs out there. There are many cleaners you can purchase at the store, however, you can get the same results with items you probably already have on hand. All you need is 1 cup of baking soda and one cup of vinegar. Turn off the water valve to the toilet, then give it a couple flushes to empty the water from the bowl. Pour in the baking soda, then add the vinegar.
Be sure that the vinegar covers as much of the bowl’s surface as possible. Use a toilet brush to scrub the bowl with the bubbly mixture. If you would like, you may add drops of essential oil for a fresh clean scent. An even mix of cinnamon and orange would be a great choice. After you’ve scrubbed your toilet clean, turn the water back on and flush. This mixture also acts as a great porcelain sink or bathtub cleaner.
Easy Wood Polish
This is a great recipe that will leave your wood furniture or hardwood floors glowing! It is a gentle mixture consisting of olive oil, lemon, and water. Squeeze a whole lemon’s worth of juice into a jar. Add 1 tablespoon of olive oil and 1 tablespoon of water. Seal the jar, then shake well. Dip a clean cloth into your new wood polish, then polish away!
Pet Hair Removal
Pet hair can be a huge pain, especially in the spring when our furry friends start shedding. To combat this hairy situation you will need just one thing, a window squeegee. A hand squeegee will work, but if you want to save yourself from getting on your hands and knees, one with a long stick it optimal. Rub the dry squeegee against the carpet or furniture in a raking motion. Simply moving it across the surface in one swift motion doesn’t allow the squeegee to pick up any hair. After a while, the pet hair will begin to clump around the rubber end of the squeegee. Remove the hair with your hands and repeat the process until you are satisfied.
Complete your spring cleaning unscathed by utilizing these additional spring cleaning tips. These affordable and natural solutions will leave your home sparkling without any unpleasant chemical odors lingering behind.
Heh and in case you can’t tell – most of these ideas involve vinegar. There are SO many great uses for vinegar, especially when it comes to cleaning.
Gather your supplies and get started!
What is your favorite/least favorite part of Spring cleaning?
Is Spring your favorite season?