Stickman reckons you can clean your home by tying a duster to a crawling baby: no need to sweep!
Just in case you don’t have a baby, we’ve rounded up tips on natural and low-cost cleaners which get your place looking shiny at a fraction of the price of expensive cleaning products.
- Baking soda can replace cream cleaners on benches, ovens, baths and sinks. Just mix a tablespoon or so with a few drops of water to make a paste.
- Bleach is cheap, and a little goes a long way! Dilute with water (check the directions on the bottle), and use it in the loo and the bathroom.
- Put a couple of tablespoons of baking soda in an open container in the fridge to get rid of smells
- Stinky insinkerator? Whiz up a few ice cubes and lemon or orange peels. The exploding ice will blast off any food particles, and the citrus disinfects and clears away any lingering odours.
- Bar soap is a lot cheaper, and lasts a lot longer then expensive liquid handwash and body wash. And it gets you just as clean.
- Spray cleaners don’t have to be expensive! Mix equal parts dishwashing liquid and white vinegar in a spray bottle and top up with water. This mix will degrease and shine. Use it everywhere you would a spray cleaner.
- Wipe mirrors and glass with plain white vinegar – you’ll be amazed at the shine!
- Clean out the fridge with warm water and vinegar – you don’t want harsh chemical cleaners near your food!
- Keep a supply of tea towels and rags on hand for mopping up spills – you’ll save heaps on paper towels.
- Flat cola? Tip it down the loo! It’s acidic enough to make a great toilet cleaner.
- Vinegar’s perfect for cleaning just about everything. If you can’t stand the smell, it’s easy to make your own scented vinegar. Just pop a few orange or lemon peels, or a handful of lavender in the vinegar bottle. After a week or so, you’ll have a wonderfully scented, homemade natural cleaner!