13 March 2014

Get Your House Sparkly Clean With My Top Spring Cleaning Tips

When I was asked to write about my top spring cleaning tips, I knew that this would probably end up being a long post. I grew up with a very thrifty mum who would always be trialling new cleaning techniques and this rubbed off onto me. I now use various techniques to get a range of items clean and am now here to tell you my cleaning secrets. So hold on to your hats and get ready for the sparkling, quite lemony ride...

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Lovely, Clean Living Areas

Television Hell
Cleaning the television has always been a bug-bear of mine. These newfangled flat screen televisions need more care than the old style and cleaning sprays can not be used on them. For best results, you will need a microfibre cloth and a mixture of half water, half white vinegar. 
First of all, turn off the television. Cleaning it whilst the screen is dark will make it easier to see the dirt patches. Use the dry cloth to gently wipe the screen. If it doesn't completely remove the dirt then do not press harder as this can cause pixels to burn out. Instead dampen the cloth with the water and white vinegar mixture and again, gently wipe the screen in a circular motion until it is sparkly clean.

Dust In The Bed
To reduce dead skin, fibres and dust  from settling, make sure you wash your bedding weekly and flip your mattress every month You can even take rugs and cushions outside and take your anger out on them, beating them to get rid of any dust particles.

Bananas For Cleaning?
Yes you heard me right, bananas can actually help to clean. Banana peels will clean silver items and polish leather shoes. So, not only do you get an healthy snack, but you also get the peel to rub onto silver or leather and then buff it out afterwards for a lovely polished look with no expense. 

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De-Scaling The Bathroom

To get rid of pesky lime-scale on your shower-head, simply soak it in a mixture of white vinegar and water to remove any nasty minerals from building up. 

Lemon is also my big top tip for cleaning the bathroom. It is perfect for cleaning taps and stainless steel shower handles. Get a lemon and cut the lemon in half. Rub it into the tap and push it down so that it covers most of the tap, leave it for 2 mins to get to work. Then rinse with cold water and let it air dry for bright, shiny, clean taps. 

Combating The Kitchen

Cleaning Stainless Steel
Now, you can use the lemon option above to clean stainless steel but, for the kitchen, you also want the deep down clean but to also remove grubbing fingerprints and dirt. For this, I simply rub a drop of baby oil into the stainless steel and then remove any excess oil by buffing with a dry microfibre cloth.

Gunge At The Bottom Of The Bin
Going to empty the bin and finding that horrible, grime at the bottom can be so off-putting. To combat this, put old newspaper at the bottom of your bin to absorb food juices so emptying is easier. 

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The Dreaded Microwave
The worst thing about using a microwave, is when you set it for a few minutes, go to do something, and the food inside explodes all over the inside of the machine. That hard, dried on food is horrible to try and remove, it's not as though you can dip your microwave in the sink to scrub it, so instead I put the machine itself to work. I fill a cup with cold water and add 2 tblsp of vinegar. Then stick it in the microwave and set for 5 minutes. The vinegar will coat the inside of the machine bringing off any dried in food and horrible grime. Just simply give it a quick wipe afterwards to remove the excess. 

Scented House
Whenever I have someone coming over to my house I get paranoid. I have to make sure the house is sparkly clean and am usually scrubbing nearly everyday as I hate muck. When I have someone coming over though, I go one step further than just simply spraying a little air-freshener around. 
To make you whole house smell glorious, you will need some vanilla extract and an oven. Pour 10ml vanilla extract/essence into an oven-proof dish and place it in the base of the oven, set it at 100c and leave it for an hour. The scent will be heavenly and will last ages too, filling your whole house with a scrummy smell that your visitors will envy. 

Now I've told you my tips, please do pop back and let me know how you get on with them. And remember, the best cleaning products aren't necessarily the ones that cost most. I find that all natural products clean better and are better on the bank balance too.

Do you have your own cleaning tip? Then comment below and let me know how I can get my house even more clean.

This post is written in conjunction with the Intellicig E-liquid Survey which found that ECOpure e-liquid was found to be the ‘cleanest sample’ in an e-liquid survey. 


  1. Love the lemon / taps tip - I'll try it over the weekend!

  2. I need to know! Which side of the banana skin should I use?

    1. Oh sorry, I should really have added that. You use the inside of the skin, you can also, for a deep clean, purée the peel up and leave your silver to soak in it for a bit before rinsing and buffing.

  3. I love the banana tip! Will be trying that..

  4. I also love the banana tip! Great post :) Has given me some motivation x

  5. Limescale in the bathroom, my biggest annoyance! Will try your tips for that.

  6. I've just had a huge Spring clean this weekend and I made the most of the bright windy day yesterday to get all our curtains, bedding and towels washed and dried and I also cleaned all the windows! WOW I deserved my red wine last night!

  7. loads of great ideas specially drying bedding outside. i love it when its fresh off the line n smells of summer

  8. I plan to do my microwave and oven today - wish me luck!

  9. Some fabulous tips! I never knew that about banana skins and the cut lemon over tap trick is one I'll try soon. Thanks.