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Quirky hacks for spring cleaning that cost pennies

All that extra daylight may have the downside of shining a light on areas of your home that are in need of a good clean after the long winter. 

But there’s no need to restock on expensive cleaning products, as lifestyle experts from online electrical retailer have revealed cleaning tips for each room of the house, using staples you already have at home.

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Using store cupboard staples such as toothpaste, limes and cream of tartar you can get your home sparkling in no time – and at little to no cost. 

From using baby oil to shine your bathroom fixtures, to scrubbing your chopping board with baking soda, these tricks will mean you never need to visit the cleaning product aisle again.



Essential oil

Fill the sink with hot water and a few drops of essential oil to make the room smell amazing and banish any unpleasant odours. 

Old toothbrush 

It’s a great way to clean nooks and crannies – and it’s a handy way to recycle too. 

Baby oil 

Apply with a cloth and polish your fixtures such as taps and shower fittings to a perfect shine. 


If your grout is looking a bit grimy, toothpaste will have it white again in no time and it’s another handy use for an old toothbrush

Black tea will shine mirrors like nothing you’ve seen (stock image)

Black tea 

Apply with a cloth in a circular motion for the shiniest of mirrors  

Baking powder 

Mix with vinegar and pour down the plughole to get rid of any drain blockages 


Give your showerhead a good scrub to break down limescale 


It cleans stainless steel in a flash, while adding salt makes a great scrubber for stubborn grime. 


DIY dishwasher cleaner 

Get your dishwasher back to its best by running it empty for three cycles – one with baking soda sprinkled inside, another with a few squirts of bleach and a third with white wine vinegar.  


Restore your grout to its former glory with a mix of toothpaste and baking soda.

Cream of tartar 

A mixture of one teaspoon each of baking soda and cream of tartar, mixed with 2 tablespoons of white wine vinegar will get the sink gleaming

White wine vinegar 

Unblock drains with 450ml waster, two teaspoons of baking powder, 50ml white wine vinegar and 50ml hot water. 


Baking soda and lemon are a winning combination for cleaning a chopping board


Baking powder

To refresh your mattress, sprinkle on baking powder and pat in. Leave for an hour and vacuum away. You can use the same trick on rugs.


Mix 250ml of water with 250ml white wine vinegar. Spray on your mirrors and wipe, before polishing with a dry cloth. 

Lint roller

Not just for your clothes – use to easily remove pet hair from your duvet and pillows. 

Living room 

Living room  

Laundry beads 

Mix two tablespoons of laundry fragrance beads with baking soda and sprinkle on the carpet. Leave for a minimum of an hour and then vacuum up.

Hand sanitister 

Dip a cotton bud in hand sanitiser and use it to clean hard to reach spots.


An old sock is a very handy tool when it comes to cleaning blinds

Baking soda

Refresh a smelly sofa with a sprinkling of baking powder 

White vinegar

Mix 200ml with 150ml water and a squeeze of lemon juice to clean glass surfaces.  




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