Moving house is an exciting and hectic time. It is great to explore a new neighbourhood, meet new people and deck up your new place as you wish. Moving house is also a renowned stressful period, not far behind bereavement and divorce.
Both time and money can get tight. You need to spend time sorting out postal redirects, utility services, packing/unpacking etc. Finances can be strained by increased mortgage or rental costs as well as outlay for furniture and decorating.
Keeping your new place in shape might be a struggle. You might not be able to find or afford a professional cleaner. You might not have proper cleaning products or equipment. To help you out, we have compiled some great tips to save you time and money.
The great news is that you do not need any special or expensive products. In fact, all you need for our cleaning tips are easily found in the home: Vinegar, baking soda, washing-up liquid, water and a couple of cloths.
Clean your mattress
Moving home provides a great opportunity to freshen up your mattress. By sprucing up your existing mattress you can save money on having to buy a new one.
Firstly, remove any old stains. Mix 50/50 water and white vinegar in a spray bottle and spray the stain and blot with a clean cloth. You could repeat until the stain has disappeared.
Then, refresh your mattress using baking soda. Cover the mattress in large amounts of baking soda and leave it for as long as you can. The longer you leave it, the more effective it would be. When it has absorbed moisture and odours, just vacuum it up.
Create your own oven cleaner
Cleaning your oven does not need to be an expensive or time-consuming task. You don’t need to be a cleaning expert either. You can do it yourself without too much hassle.
The easiest and best method is to use ¼ cup baking soda and ¼ cup white vinegar. Sprinkle the baking soda over the surface until covered and spray it with the white vinegar until it’s wet and bubbly. Let it sit for about 20 minutes and then wipe it clean.
Clean your sofa
A new sofa is another expense that you can postpone if you know how to clean a second-hand one. You can make any sofa look like new using just baking soda.
Sprinkle the sofa with baking soda and leave to sit for around 20 minutes. Then vacuum it using a brush attachment. If you still think it doesn’t look good enough, then mix the baking soda with dry carpet cleaner and leave it for another 20 minutes. Your sofa should look like new and fresh!
Clean up greasy cabinets
When you move in, you might want to check out the condition of old furniture and kitchen cabinets. It is a good time to tackle greasy spots.
Our suggested cleaning method is cheap and easy. Mix equal amounts of water and washing-up liquid. Then start wiping the greasy surface down and drying it out with a separate cloth. If needed, repeat the process.
Clean your toilet
You need to clean the toilet regularly to stop the build-up of harmful bacteria. Keeping the toilet is not pleasant but it is necessary! Our method makes it as easy as possible.
The easiest way to clean a toilet is by using white vinegar and baking soda. Put the baking soda in a mug and sprinkle it around the edge of the toilet and in the water. After that, add the white vinegar in the mug and pour it around the sides and in the water. They react together to clean your toilet. In around 20 minutes go back and flush the toilet. If you keep doing this regularly, it will keep your toilet nice and clean.
Clean your shower head
Were your shower heads covered in grim when you moved in? Do not worry. Grab the favourite baking soda and vinegar again!
Just mix equal amounts of both and pour it into a plastic bag. Put the plastic bag around the showerheads you want to clean and make sure that the holes are wrapped up in the liquid. Secure the bag with a twist tie and leave it to soak from 20 minutes to an hour. Finally, remove the bag and wipe away the shower head to remove the grim. Run the shower on hot and you would have a sparkling clean shower heads in your new home.
Refresh outdoor rubbish bin
Does the outdoor rubbish bin stink or there is gunk on the inside? We have a solution for you:
- Put the bin in an area that can get wet and squirt a bit of dish soap in it.
- Use a sprayer attached to a hose and spray the trash. If you don’t have one, you can use a scrub brush and clean the bin manually.
- Remove the water and rinse. You might need to repeat if necessary.
These DIY hacks are easy and cheap. Once you have settled in, you might want to free up some of your time and delegate cleaning duties. To find the best house cleaners in London, visit TidyChoice and book online.