15 spring-cleaning hacks to make your house shine

With the sun slowly peeking through the clouds and the temperatures beginning to rise, Spring is well and truly on its way.

In order to welcome the new season with open arms, PromotionalCodes.org.uk has found the best tips for keeping your home neat and tidy without shelling out on expensive cleaning products.

Darren Williams from PromotionalCodes.org.uk said: “The annual spring clean is a bit of a tradition but is still a serious chore which could cost a fortune if you decided to shell out on the latest cleaning products.

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“Our tips are perfect if you want your clean over and complete in no time at all and want to keep it budget friendly.

“When you save time and money on cleaning not only will your home look and feel great but you’ll have some extra cash left over as well.”

Here are the top spring clean tips from PromotionalCodes.org.uk:

1. Clean surfaces with water and vinegar: Mix water and vinegar together with a 50:50 ratio to create an efficient and cost-effective cleaning solution. Plus, you can use it on a variety of surfaces.

2. Steam clean microwave: Clean your microwave the easy way by mixing two tablespoons of white vinegar and a few drops of your favourite essential oil with water and blast it for five minutes. You’ll be left with a shiny clean microwave that smells amazing with zero scrubbing required.

3. Clean iron with salt and foil: If you’ve got a build-up of dirt and grime on the bottom of your iron then simply turn it on (no steam) and iron a piece of aluminium foil with some salt sprinkled on top. The salt will attract the grime and remove it.

4. Use a toothbrush for cleaning keyboards: Instead of a wipe, take a damp toothbrush and use it to clean the difficult bits in between your keyboard. The bristles can reach all the difficult spots with very little effort.

5. Use a lemon to clean stainless steel: Annoying water stains on your tap and sink? Halve a lemon and use it to scrub stainless steel. It will also make your kitchen smell fresh and citrusy.

6. Clean TV and computer screens with coffee filters: Using paper towels or cloth wipes can create static and attract more dust to your TV or computer screen when cleaning. So use a standard coffee filter instead as a way of leaving your screen clean and clear.

7. Restore water-marked furniture with hairdryer: If water rings have damaged your coffee table, or other wooden surface, then try holding a hairdryer close to the stain, on a high setting, and watch it disappear.

8. Use cola to clean the toilet: You’ve probably heard about this one but never tried it. Simply pour cola along the toilet bowl and flush for a sparkling result.

9. Clean your bathtub with grapefruit: If you have an issue with bathtub rings and soap scum, simply cut a grapefruit in half, sprinkle some rock salt on top and then scrub away. Not only will it have your tub sparkling in no time but your bathroom will smell divine too.

10. Use lint rollers on lampshades: Lampshades can collect a large amount of dust without you even realising. Use a standard lint roller to remove any dust with very little effort required.

11. Clean awkward sized vases with rice: If you struggle to clean certain vases, bottles or wine glasses due to their strange size then fill with uncooked rice, water and washing up liquid, cover and shake until clean. Rinse and leave to dry.

12: Refresh plastic containers: Get the leftover curry stains out of plastic containers by putting a solution of washing up liquid, bleach and water in them and microwaving until boiling point. Once cooled, pour away and rinse.

13. Deep clean shower head: After having a shower, fill a sandwich bag with baking soda and vinegar and tie it around the showerhead using an elastic band. Leave this to soak overnight then any debris will come off easily with an old toothbrush.

14. Use pastry brush to get crumbs out of toaster: Toast crumbs are notoriously difficult to get to but using a pastry brush can help sweep away the annoying trapped bits.

15. Vinegar and baking soda for oven cleaning: Create a paste using baking soda and water and apply to the inside of your oven. Leave overnight and then spray vinegar around the oven. The chemicals will react and allow you to wipe any grime away.