No-Budget Spring Cleaning Hacks

Spring cleaning shouldn’t be a daunting task; you don’t need hundreds of dollars worth of expensive cleaning products, either. To clean your home quickly and economically, all you need are a few common household products and a touch of MacGyver-like ingenuity.

Follow our spring home cleaning guide and you’ll be basking in the sun, iced tea in hand, in no time.

Dusting Doesn’t Have to Drag You Down

Dusters are a great way to quickly give all of your surfaces the once-over. Microfibre clothes (or any soft cloths) also work just as well.
For a fast approach to dusting, work top to bottom.

  • Start with your walls.
    That sweeping cloth you use on your floors is also great for dusting walls. Simply attach the cloth to the base and with one hand you can dust from ceiling to floor. Have the boom but no cloths? Attach a microfiber or soft cloth (consider using old t-shirts) to the base for the same result.
  • Dust everything else.
    A duster with a handle is the fastest way to dust all the surfaces in your home, including books in your bookcase, the top of the refrigerator, light bulbs, blinds, and picture frames, but a microfiber or soft cloth works just as well. Simply pick your starting room, then working from the door, follow the room around until all surfaces have been dusted (this includes bathrooms and the kitchen).

The important thing to remember is that you’re dusting, not organizing. Keep a box handy, for those items you come across that belong somewhere else. Simply put the clutter in the box, and once you’re done dusting you can take the items to their proper homes.


Wipe On a Shining Finish

No one jumps for joy over cleaning the kitchen or bathrooms, but who doesn’t love the shine that follows? For a faster way to see your reflection in more than the mirror, consider these eco-friendly approaches:

  • Clean tubs, toilets, and counter tops with a general all-purpose cleaner.
    Or make your own out of ½ cup water, ½ cup white vinegar. Add a few drops of lemon juice or almond oil, or if you prefer using essential oils, add 20 drops of your favourite. Pour the whole concoction into a spray bottle, and you’re ready to make it sparkle.
  • Getting to those hard-to-clean surfaces.
    For the bathtub or kitchen sink, mix up a solution of 4 Tbsp of baking soda, 2 Tbsp salt, 2 Tbsp washing soap, and 10-20 drops of your essential oil of choice. Pour the mixture into a small canning jar, then punch a few holes in the lid to shake it out.
  • Wash windows and mirrors with a solution of 1/4 cup of vinegar, 1/2 tsp. liquid dish soap and 2 cups of water mixed into a spray bottle. Spray and wipe down with crumpled up newspaper or a squeegee to avoid streaks.


Washing Walls and Floors

The trick to keeping this task fast is to only wash what needs washing. Since it’s unlikely you’ll find fingerprints near the ceiling, washing an entire wall isn’t necessary. Instead, focus on fingerprints and dirt that tends to form on corners and near doorknobs.

  • Wash walls using a solution of hot water mixed with a bit of dishwashing liquid.
  • Vinyl and laminate floors can be cleaned with a solution of 1 cup white vinegar mixed into 3 liters of warm water. Use only ½ cup of vinegar if you have wood floors.

There — that wasn’t so hard now, was it? Vacuum carpeted areas for the grande finale, and get ready for step 2 of your cleaning adventure: the Spring Decluttering Guide.

Krista is an Online Content Specialist in Edmonton with AMA, a part-time freelance writer, budding editor, jewellery maker, health nut, baker, and believer that dark chocolate makes the world a better place.