We have had the most gorgeous weather here the last few days. It really has put me in the mood for spring cleaning so I thought I would share some of my favourite hints and tips for looking after your home.
Descaling the Kettle
For a lovely scale free kettle without the use of chemicals, put about a cup of plain white vinegar in the bottom of the kettle, fill it up with water, boil it and rinse thoroughly. Follow with plain water in the kettle and re-boil it a couple of times just to avoid any residual vinegar taste. If your kettle is still not scale free at this point, repeat the whole process one more time.
Stained flower vases will sparkle if you clean them with a mixture of baking soda (bicarbonate of soda) and warm water. For seriously stained vases, allow the baking soda solution to soak for about ten minutes. You may need to scrub a little bit if the stains are stubborn. Rinse with clear water and dry.
If flowers have died in the vase, after washing put a tiny drop of disinfectant in the bottom, rinse thoroughly and dry. This will help to kill any of the bacteria left from when the flowers died, and ensure the next bouquet lasts longer.
A fifty/fifty mix of water and plain white vinegar mixed together in an atomiser makes a great cleaner for windows and glass.
A fifty / fifty mix of water and rubbing alcohol (surgical spirit) in an atomiser can be used to disinfect doorknobs and handles. Simply spray and wipe clean. (Test on an inconspicuous spot first if your doorknobs are make of special materials.)
Keep a window squeegee in your showers and encourage everyone who is tall enough to run it over the shower doors as and when they finish showering. It helps prevent limescale from building up and keeps your shower doors sparkling between cleanings.
Cleaning/Freshening the Dishwasher
To clean your dishwasher, pour about a cupful of plain white vinegar in the bottom, and also place a small glass container full of vinegar in the top tray. Run the dishwasher without any other dishes in it on the hottest setting.
A leftover lemon half placed in the cutlery basket during the wash will freshen your dishwasher and help the glasses to sparkle. (Use each lemon half only once and then discard.)