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Cleaning Guru swears by cheap everyday kitchen items that will leave your house spotless

A hotel housekeeper shared her top tips for making your home spotless this spring — and you only need a few basic kitchen essentials to achieve a sparkling finish

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Spring is officially upon us, and for many of us, that means it’s time to break out in spring cleaning products and join our annual spring cleaning.

But did you know that you can actually save some money by simply swapping out the products you use to clean?

according to a hotel housekeeperThere are a few cheap everyday kitchen items you could use in place of fancy cleaning supplies – and some of these will be things you already have in your cupboards.

Lisa, the head housekeeper of the five star hotel The Great, YorkShe shared “spring cleaning” with her experts. hacks with Express.co.ukand said her tips not only save money but are also better for the environment.







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Among her top tips, Lisa recommends using baking soda, vinegar, and lemons to create a sparkling glow in your home.

She said, “Using these instead of proprietary cleaners avoids using harsh chemicals, which means they’re a more sustainable option.”

The cleaning guru claims vinegar’s acidity makes it a great cleaning fluid because it can “fight sticky buildup” and dissolve dirt like soap scum, hard-water brine, and adhesive residue from stickers.

White vinegar is the most commonly used for cleaning, but you can also use apple cider vinegar and distilled malt vinegar.

And while we might be thinking of buying some lemons to add to our water – or a cheeky gin and tonic – the citric acid found in the fruit can work wonders in your home now that the weather is getting better.







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Lisa explained, “Rich in citric acid, lemon juice is one of the best natural cleansers due to its low pH and antibacterial properties.

“Not only do lemons smell good, they’re inexpensive and unlikely to cause any damage to materials in the area you’re cleaning, like fabric or wood.”

Baking soda, on the other hand, is something many of us may have crammed in the back of our cupboards, long forgotten from the days we baked during lockdown.

But according to Lisa, we could use it by mixing it with vinegar to create carbon dioxide gas, which can help loosen dirt from surfaces and make them easier to clean.

“When baking soda is mixed with vinegar, the acid breaks down the baking soda and releases carbon dioxide gas, which can help loosen dirt from surfaces being cleaned,” Lisa said. “Baking soda alone is a mild alkali and can cause dirt and grease, which easily dissolves in water, resulting in effective removal.”

Once you get your hands on the trio of everyday objects, Lisa also shares her top five tips on how to put them to good use.

Use vinegar and lemon to freshen up your microwave

The expert says you can mix vinegar and lemon to get stubborn dirt out of the inside of your microwave.

Simply heat a cup of water with several tablespoons of vinegar and a crushed lemon in the microwave until the window steams. Then leave the bowl on for a few minutes before opening the door and wiping the inside clean in no time.

Use white vinegar to make glasses shine

Have you ever put your drinking glasses in the sink only to find that when they come out they aren’t shiny?

Lisa suggests soaking your glasses in white vinegar for five minutes before rinsing and drying with a microfiber cloth, as this should bring your drinking and wine glasses to a sparkling shine again.

Make your own all-purpose cleaner

With just three tablespoons of baking soda and some warm water, you can make your own cheap and easy cleaning solution that uses no chemicals—and keeps the cost affordable.

Lisa said, “This is a DIY cleaner recipe that will make any surface shine and is great for the fridge.”

Clean light switches with soap and water

Light switches are a high bacteria-frequented area, but many of us don’t even think to give them a thorough wash every once in a while.

But you don’t have to bleach your switches to kill germs, as Lisa claims that using soap and water gets the job done in no time — and for very little money.

She explained, “Use warm, soapy water to dampen a soft cotton cloth, wipe away any smudges or fingerprints, and buff the metal with a dry cloth.”

Clean glass in the bathroom naturally

Lisa’s final tip is especially useful for those with a glass shower door, as keeping it streak-free and shiny can sometimes feel like an impossible task.

But the housekeeper says you can completely transform your bathroom just by using baking soda, salt, and vinegar — without ever missing out on fancy bathroom cleaning products.

She said: “The combination of baking soda, salt and vinegar has been a tried and true household cleaner for years. First, spray vinegar all over the bathroom glass. Let it sit for a few moments, then mix in equal amounts of baking soda and salt to make a paste.

“Use a dampened sponge or rag to rub this paste onto surfaces and rinse well.

“Use a magic sponge or dryer sheets for a deep clean – just dampen them and rub across the entire glass surface in the bathroom.”

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