On the other hand, when you do have cash to spare, certain cleaning products are worth the splurge. These modern wonders are slowly but surely taking the elbow grease and yuckiness out of even the nastiest cleaning jobs.
Cleaning products needn’t cost a bomb
Bleach and Water For the ultimate all-purpose cleaner, mix 1 part bleach to 4 parts water.
Baking Soda and Water Mix the baking soda and water into a paste and use it to clean porcelain and metal bath fixtures. Baking soda alone is a great for absorbing odours such as pet whoopsies.
Vinegar and Water Use on surfaces that are susceptible to scratching. For an everyday, all purpose cleaner, mix 1 part vinegar to 1 part water. Use a spray bottle. If you don’t like using chemicals such as bleach, this is a good alternative as the acid in the vinegar kills bacteria. It’s useful as a mild disinfectant, bearing in mind that it’s not as effective as commercial cleaners.
Cotton rags Cut up old t-shirts or bed sheets and use them to dust delicate surfaces such as wood.
Worth investing in...
Electrostatic/mircofibre cleaning cloths These are great for lightly running over any surface, including hard-to-reach spots such as ceiling-fan blades and under beds.
Soft cleaning pads, such as a white magic eraser sponge. These pads effortlessly blot away wall scuffs and fabric stains as they are able to get into nooks and crannies of smooth surfaces to lift out the dirt and grime.