Deep cleaning your house can be a nightmare. You could spend hours deep cleaning every room in your house and that could also cost you a small fortune in cleaning products and equipment.
But it doesn’t have to be. Not even for spring cleaning.
Speaking of which, did you know I don’t do spring cleaning? Nope. Not wasting my weekends on that. You can head to this post to see what I do instead.
But going back to deep cleaning.
We all have neglected corners of our house that we don’t deep clean very often, for me is definitely the oven and the shower heads, to name a few.
I have spent so much money in cleaning product that to be honest didn’t really resolve the issue.
So obviously these products ended at the back of the cupboard, barely used, adding unnecessary clutter to the house.
As a true millennial, I resorted to the internet to find a better solution to my deep cleaning issues and I want to share with you the best deep cleaning hacks I swear by.
Not surprisingly they all share very similar and extremely inexpensive products!
Are you ready to deep clean your house on a budget?
The best deep cleaning hacks for the house
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Deep clean your kitchen
Using the microwave is great if you’re short on time and you need to have a quick lunch.
And often that means you don’t have time to clean the microwave if you’ve made a bit of a mess after heating up your tomato soup.
The easiest solution I found is to put in a microwaveable bowl 1 cup of water with 1 tablespoon of vinegar and some lemon juice and microwave it for 5 minutes on high. Then wipe the inside of the microwave. Easy as that.
Just be careful because the bowl will be super-hot.
One note on the vinegar, no malt or balsamic vinegar please! I use this one, you could save more by buying a bigger bottle but given you’ll only one very little of it, 1 lt will last you ages.
The oven is literally the worst for me, love using it but hate cleaning it.
Whenever I do I am always concerned about the amount of harsh chemical needed to clean it properly.
What I discovered is that a paste of bicarbonate of soda (baking soda – I use this one) and water can do wonders, you just have to spread it inside the oven, leave it overnight and wipe it all off with a damp cloth.
The top of the cupboards
This is one of those places that you never realise can get so dirty, but they do! This website suggest laying a piece of cloth over the surface and remove it when it’s time to clean it.
Deep clean the bathroom
The shower head
Put bicarbonate of soda (baking soda) and vinegar in a sandwich bag 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
The shower drain
Do I seem obsessed with showers? Well I do love them. Including the singing and (ehm) performing.
One thing I hate is when the shower drain gets clogged, especially with my thick curly hair. To keep it clean I use hot water, bicarbonate of soda (baking soda), vinegar and some more hot water.
Full instructions here: https://crunchybetty.com/clean-your-drains-baking-soda-vinegar/
Hard water stains
Just cut the lemon in half and rub it on the areas that need cleaning.
Amazing isn’t it?
Deep clean everywhere else
There are so many ways to clean stains from a carpet, but what about when you just want to give it a good clean overall?
Just mix warm water with a few drops of hand wash soap and use it to scrub the carpet with a clean cloth. Then soak up as much water as possible with a dry towel.
For more ideas on how to clean the carpet head to: https://www.firstforwomen.com/posts/home/how-to-deep-clean-carpet-163019
The BBQ grills
We don’t eat much meat these days, but we used to have loads of BBQs and cleaning the grills was always a bit of a nightmare.
Sure, cleaning it when it’s still warm really helps but it kinda kills the mood, and sometimes it’s not enough.
In those cases, vinegar is the solution. You just have to mix it with water and spray it on the grills.
For stubborn grease you can also mix vinegar with bicarbonate of soda (baking soda).
Get all directions here: https://cleaning.lovetoknow.com/Cleaning_BBQ_Grill_with_Vinegar
Mix some washing-up liquid (or dishwashing liquid if you’re not British) with warm water and use it to wash your window instead of buying expensive products. You could use a microfiber cloth and if you feel really motivated, a squeegee
Also, wash your windows when it’s cloudy. The sun might dry your cleaning mix before you can wipe it off. Also, you can’t really see much if you’re cleaning with the sun in your eyes!
Source: my mother
As you can see all these deep cleaning ideas require very limited products that you most likely already have in your household.
Just to recap:
- Vinegar is your best friend, not only on salads.
- Bicarbonate of soda (baking soda)
- Hand wash soap
- Washing-up liquid
- Elbow grease (you should have plenty of this, I hope you do, it’s free)
That’s it from me, do you have any more deep cleaning ideas on a budget to recommend?