Top 20 spring cleaning hacks that don't use cleaning products

Save money on stringent cleaning products by using items from your store cupboard and fruit bowl to spring clean your home. Here are our favourite spring cleaning hacks that are chemical-free

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If you are thinking of giving your home a good scrub this spring, instead of heading for the cleaning aisle, check your fruit bowl and food cupboard instead. 

You could find everything you need to leave your surfaces sparkling and smelling sweet with this advice. And you can find tons more cleaning tips and expert advice on our dedicated hub page.

1. Deep clean your dishwasher with vinegar

Fill a dishwasher-safe tub with white vinegar and place on the top rack of your machine. Run a full cycle with the temperature on high. This will clean and disinfect. To freshen your dishwasher, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on the bottom of the machine and run a short cycle.

Find out more about deep cleaning your dishwasher in our guide.

2. Remove watermarks from shower doors with lemon

Get rid of stubborn water marks on shower doors and tiles by cutting a lemon in half and rubbing it directly onto them. Rinse and buff.

Find more clever shower cleaning hacks in our guide.

3. Polish your glassware with potatoes (yes, really)

If your glassware has water stains, rub over them with potato skins to remove the grime then rinse as normal. They’ll look good as new.

4. Descale a showerhead with vinegar and lemon

To clean a showerhead of grime and avoid blockages, fill a clear sandwich bag with warm water, vinegar and lemon then tie tightly round your shower’s nozzle. The mixture will soak in and remove any dirt.

5. Remove marks from paintwork with a tennis ball (yup)

Gently rub a tennis ball over marks on paintwork and watch them disappear. Okay, so you might not have a tennis ball in your fruit bowl, but maybe there's a fresh one in the shed?

6. Clean the oven with baking soda

Cut through the grease in your oven by making you own cleaner using vinegar, dish soap, baking soda and a lemon or lime.

Find more ways to clean an oven with our expert guide.

7. Clean the microwave with cider vinegar

Put some cut–up lemons, or cider vinegar in a microwaveable bowl of water before microwaving it on full power for several minutes. Leave to steam inside for five minutes to remove odours before easily wiping away any remaining stains.

Find out more about how to clean a microwave in our expert guide.

8. Unblock a drain or plughole with bicarb

Unclog your drains by pouring boiled water in before adding a cup of bicarbonate of soda. Next, add a mixture of warm water and vinegar before pouring in more boiled water. Your drain should be good as new.

9. Freshen a mattress with bicarb, too

Refresh your mattress by stripping it and covering with large amounts of bicarbonate of soda to soak up any odours. The longer it’s there, the more effective it will be. Vacuum the powder off the mattress when done. Find out more about cleaning mattresses in our guide.

In the market for a new mattress? Visit our mattresses hub page for reviews, buyer's guides and expert advice on choosing the right one for you.

10. Deal with carpet stains... with an iron

Iron out stains in the carpet by soaking a cloth or flannel in water, placing on the stain and running a hot iron across it. The heat will start to break up the stains, making the carpet easier to clean. This is a great way to remove spilt wax too.

Find out more about how to clean a carpet in our guide.

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11. Refresh a freezer with charcoal

Put activated charcoal in a smelly freezer to eradicate nasty smells, or mix equal parts warm water and vinegar and spray sparingly across the inside.

12. Clean a sponge in the microwave

Get extra life out of your cleaning sponge by soaking it in water and microwaving it for two minutes to kill off all the bacteria. Allow to cool before reusing.

Find more microwave cleaning tricks in our guide.

13. Cleaning kitchen cabinets with soap

If grease has built up on wooden cabinets, mix equal parts warm water and soap before wiping the greasy surface down and drying it with a separate cloth. Bicarb of soda is also an effective alternative. Do not oversoak a varnished or painted surface.

14. Remove watermarks with the iron (no kidding)

For watermark rings on your table, place some fabric on top of the mark and iron the surface on a low heat.

15. Mix up a DIY fabric freshener

Mix one part fabric softener with one part baking soda and two parts warm water. Put the mixture in a spray bottle for a DIY fabric freshener.

16. Get rid of Pet hair

Scrape hair-covered surfaces with a rubber squeegee to remove fur shed by your pets. If you don't have a squeegee, you can do the same with a rubber glove.

Defeated by your furry friend's epic shedding? You might like to check out our pick of the best vacuum cleaners for pet hair.

17. Clean window frames with a toothbrush

Grime can build up around window frames but it can be tricky to access. Use an old toothbrush to get into the tracks and crevasses.

18. Clean your car with alcohol and a squeegee

Valet your own car by using a dry squeegee to remove lint or hair on the seats and a toothbrush to scrub dirt off hard surfaces. Rub alcohol on your windscreen wipers to prevent them smearing on the windshield.

19. Use vinegar to cut through grease

Vinegar can double-up as a cleaner to cut through tough grease and make your home sparkle. It also kills mould, but use a distilled or white vinegar which won't leave a stain.

20. Get dusting in hard-to-reach spots

Remove dust without chemicals with an old-fashioned feather duster or a modern microfibre cloth, which makes it easier to tackle hard-to-reach spots behind heavy furniture and radiators.

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