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As the Easter Holidays approach, you’re probably starting to think (and dread) the spring cleaning.
‘Hey, have you seen that dust over there?’
‘Hey, what about that stain on the carpet? You said you’d take care of that months ago.’
‘Hey, shouldn’t you descale the kettle?’
‘You’ve been meaning to clean the oven for months…’
Unfortunately, the list of jobs on a spring cleaning list has the horrible habit of growing and growing the more you look around your house.
Eventually, it begins to feel like the entirety of the Easter Holidays is going to be spent in Marigolds and dusting every nook and cranny.
If only there were some cheats, tricks and tips to speed the whole process up. And, if only there was a nice personal finance blog that took the time to pick the best ones and put them all together in one handy place. That’d be nice, would it?
Oh, would you look at that…
Bamboo’s Top 7 Easter Holidays Spring Cleaning Hacks
Spring Cleaning Tip #1: Use Coca Cola to clean your toilet
We know, it’s weird. But, apparently, it works. The acidity of the Coca Cola (or any supermarket brand of cola) breaks down the limescale and allows it to be washed away with the flush.
Want an even weirder cola-based toilet cleaning trick? If you’ve got particularly tough limescale, try warming the cola up. The heat helps break down the tougher limescale.
For a more in-depth guide to cleaning the loo with cola, check out this WikiHow article.
Spring Cleaning Tip #2: Clean your oven racks in the bath
Is there any job worse than cleaning oven racks? We certainly don’t think so. Individually scrubbing each row of baked on grease? The worst.
However, throwing them in a bath of hot water with some washing-up liquid and dryer sheets (the sheets you put in your tumble dryer to make clothes smell nice) and leave them a good few hours (preferably overnight) and the grease falls right off.
Who can complain about a hack that requires this little effort?
Spring Cleaning Tip #3: get rid of those horrible yellow stains around the sink
You know that horrible stain in the sink? The one that has started to discolour but – no matter how much you scrub – it won’t budge. Well, there’s an easy way to get rid of it.
Baking soda and washing up liquid applied to a dry sink work wonders for budging tough stains.
And if they’re particularly tricky? Throw in a bit of lemon juice too. The lemon juice and baking soda bleach the stains away for a squeaky-clean sink. Easy peasy lemon squeezy.
Spring Cleaning Tip #4: Clean your shower head quickly
Yet another hack involving baking soda! To clean your shower head without hours of scrubbing, tie a sandwich bag filled with baking soda and vinegar around the shower head (use a rubber band to keep it in place). Leave it to soak overnight and then give it a quick once over with an old toothbrush. Lovely.
Spring Cleaning Tip #5: Microwave a damp sponge
Microwaving a damp for a minute or two releases a lot of steam that gets into all of the microwaves nooks and crannies. Once the microwave has beeped, just take a cloth and wipe it down. Good as new!
Spring Cleaning Tip #6: Freshen up your sofa and remove those pesky stains
There’s a secret ingredient in this hack. Guess what it is? That’s right – baking soda. Who knew baking soda was so versatile? To freshen up your sofa, remove lingering smells and break down tough stains, dust a layer of baking soda over the surface, leave it for 20-30 minutes and then hoover it off with the brush attachment. We guarantee you’ll notice the difference.
Spring Cleaning Tip #7: Put vanilla extract in the oven
This is probably the laziest hack of all – it involves no cleaning whatsoever. Estate agents (and people who don’t like cleaning) all swear by this trick. Put a few teaspoons of vanilla extract in a mug or on a tray in the oven and leave the oven on a medium heat for an hour. The house will smell like warm vanilla in no time and it’ll feel much cleaner and cosier without you having to lift a finger. You can’t ask for a better hack than that, can you?
Have you got any spring cleaning hacks for the Easter Holidays? Let us know in the comments below. (If they involve baking soda, even better!)
- Author Jack Barclay
- Posted 12 April 2017