Cheap DIY Spring Cleaning Hacks You Need to Try

Spring is finally on its way. The evenings are getting longer, daffodils are blooming and the sun is starting to shine. It’s the perfect time to give your home a breath of life with a much-needed spring clean. But no one wants to spend a fortune on chemical-packed cleaning products or spend a whole weekend tidying, so we’ve put together a few of our favourite cheap DIY spring cleaning hacks. Not only are they more environmentally friendly, but they’ll also save you buckets of time and money.  

Plus, for a chance to win a £30 Amazon voucher, let us know one of your favourite DIY cleaning hacks in the comments below! Competition ends Wednesday 13th March at 12:00, so enter now to avoid missing out.

White vinegar cleans pretty much everything

Woman using white vinegar spray to clean kitchen

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White vinegar is a well-known cleaning hack which is super easy to use and incredibly versatile. Essentially an all-purpose cleaner, it makes everything from your microwave to your bathroom sparkle. It leaves no residue on surfaces, the smell disappears once it dries and it can be bought for less than £1 at any supermarket compared to big brand names. Here are just a few of the great ways to use white vinegar:

  • Use as a multi-purpose cleaner for countertops, windows, mirrors and the bathroom: Mix with equal parts water, spray or rub onto the surface, leave for a few minutes then wipe away for sparkling clean results.
  • Say goodbye to carpet stains: Mix two tablespoons of white vinegar with a quarter cup of baking soda to help remove carpet stains.
  • Remove clothes stains: Rub the stain with vinegar then put in the washing machine as you usually would.
  • Freshen up the dishwasher: Run through the dishwater on an empty cycle to give it a quick and easy clean.
  • Clean the microwave fast: Freshen up your microwave and get rid of any old food smells by pouring white vinegar into a glass bowl and heating it in the microwave.
  • Remove coffee and tea stains from mugs: Mix white vinegar with salt and use to wash your mugs to have them looking good as new.

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Easy peasy, lemon squeezy

Lemon slices in water

Another absolute essential for any DIY spring clean is lemon juice. Like white vinegar, lemon juice can be used on a fantastic range of home surfaces and stains as a simple disinfectant with a lovely fresh smell.

Their natural citric acid helps to shift limescale, dirt, scum and even rust to leave your surfaces sparkling. Buy it on a budget ready squeezed for just £0.55 from your local supermarket, or buy a lemon for £0.30 Here are a few ways lemons can be used around the house:

  • Remove soap scum: Use undiluted lemon juice or mix with equal parts water to dissolve scum in your bath and sink.
  • Clean your oven and hob: Mix a cup of lemon oil, a cup of water and a cup of vinegar to create a fast and cheap cleaning mixture for removing grease. Spray onto your hob and into your oven. Leave for a few minutes then wipe clean in a flash.
  • Say goodbye to rust: Whether it’s affected your tools, bike, pipes or otherwise, help remove rust by sprinkling the affected area with salt and then adding lemon juice. Leave for a few minutes and it will help dissolve the rust, but don’t leave on for too long or it could damage the metal. Then just wipe away and rinse. Mix with a dab of white vinegar to remove extra tough rust.
  • Steam clean the microwave: Get a microwave-safe bowl and fill it with slices of lemon and some water. Heat in the microwave for three to five minutes to help shift grease and food which you can then easily wipe away.
  • Disinfect sponges: Get rid of germs and reuse your sponges rather than buying more. Sprinkle some lemon juice onto your sponges and put them in the microwave for a couple of minutes. This will get rid of any lingering germs and leave your sponges smelling fresh and clean.

price comparison of fresh lemons and flash cleaning wipes

Use walnuts to remove scratches

walnuts

Most of us have some classic wooden furniture around the house. One of the great benefits of wooden furniture is that it lasts for a long time, but it can also take on a fair bit of wear and tear over the years.

Scratches on the surfaces of your wooden table are all too easy to make and can leave it looking shabby. Thankfully, there’s a cheap and easy solution to remove these scratches, and it may surprise you – walnuts.

Crack a walnut and rub on the scratch in a circular motion, getting at it from all angles. Let the walnut oil sink in and then wipe with a cloth to remove any excess dust or oil. You’ll immediately see a dramatic improvement.

This works best on small areas, but it can be incredibly effective, sometimes even more so than the kits you can buy. Plus they’re delicious and can be bought from most high-street supermarkets for less than £2!

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Baking soda is a must-have cleaning essential

tidy kitchen with cleans pots and pans

No cupboard is complete without a little baking soda. Like white vinegar and lemon juice, it can be used on stains and scuffs all around the house. Find it anywhere for less than £1 and use it for everything from polishing silver to baking a cake.

  • Revitalise pots and pans: Leave your pots and pans to soak in hot water with some baking soda and dish soap for about 10 to 15 minutes and rinse to help your pots last for longer. For extra tough, burnt on stains, add some white vinegar to the mix and watch the stains wash away.
  • Make your silver sparkle: From jewellery to your best cutlery, try using a mix of baking soda, boiling water and aluminium foil to make silver shine its brightest. Line a container with aluminium foil shiny side up. Fill the container with boiling water and add two tablespoons of baking soda for every litre of boiling water. Place your silver into the container and wait a few minutes – don’t worry if you see some fizzing or bubbling, that means it’s working! Take out the silver and gently wipe down with a cloth to see the stunning results. Careful though, this works best on tarnished silver but may be too harsh for antique silver.
  • Remove crayon from walls: Has a little artist in the house decorated your freshly painted wall with a crayon masterpiece? As much as you love their art, you might not want to keep it on the wall. Luckily, to remove crayon all you have to do is dip a damp cloth into some baking soda and gently wipe away the marks.
  • Use on floors, baths, tiles and more: Add two tablespoons of baking soda to warm water for an all-purpose cleaner. Use to polish your floors, remove scuff marks and get rid of scum in your bathroom. Easy.

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Only keep what you wear

clothes rack with hanging shirts

Time to clear out the wardrobe? Sometimes it can be hard to be tough and get rid of what we don’t need. It’s all too easy to think “I’ll keep it just in case.”

A simple way to figure out what clothes you should actually keep is to place all your clothes in the closet with the hangers facing the wrong way. Then, when you wear an item of clothing, put it back with the hanger facing the right way.

At the end of the year, you’ll be able to see what you’ve worn and what you’ve left unworn through the seasons. Chances are, if you haven’t worn it in a year or can’t remember the last time you put it on, you probably don’t need it.

Donate your unwanted clothes to someone who needs them, recycle them for money rewards with programmes like Genie Recycling or even sell them on handy apps like eBay to make some money from your clear out.

Pet hair begone

dog on sofa

We love our pets, but it can’t be denied that their hair gets everywhere. Thankfully, we have a simple solution for this. Rather than investing in an expensive pet hair vacuum, try donning some slightly damp rubber gloves.

That’s right, some basic cheap rubber gloves can be just as effective as a pricey vacuum. Just run your hand over the upholstery or fabric and it will attract the hair. Rinse the hair off and repeat.

Or if you’ve got pet hair embedded in the carpet, try sprinkling the carpet with a little baking soda, leave for a couple of minutes and vacuum as usual. This not only gets rid of the pet hair but also deodourises the room in a jiffy.

price comparison rubber gloves to pet fur vacuum

So there you have it – cheap and easy DIY cleaning solutions which will have your home looking spick and span in no time, and all on a budget. Find more great ways to get your home ready for the new season for less with Savoo’s great home and garden vouchers.

Do you have any DIY cleaning hacks we’ve missed? Let us know in the comments for your chance to win a fantastic £30 Amazon Gift Card to celebrate Spring. Competition ends Wednesday 13th March at 12:00, so get your tips in now!  

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  1. Catherine McAlinden

    7 months ago

    Baby oil on the stainless steel appliances, makes them look shiny and new!

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  2. Chloe B

    7 months ago

    Use tumble dryer sheets for dusting! They reduce static, so they remove the dust without it spreading elsewhere!

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  3. Jacqueline rawlings

    7 months ago

    Use left over lemons and lemon juice from pancake day to clean with. Such a lovely scent.

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  4. Jo

    7 months ago

    The walnut hack for scratches is amazing! I’ve NEVER heard of that before and I’m definitely going to try that. I haven’t got many cleaning hacks, best one I learnt recently is that using whitening toothpaste cleans silver so I was quite pleased to get rid of the black on my earrings using that.

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  5. Sinead ORourke

    7 months ago

    Use baby wipes to clean your trainers.
    Use scrunched up newspaper to clean your window instead of using chemicals

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  6. Kimberley jane

    7 months ago

    I spray diluted zuflora onto my radiators

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  7. Sophie Grayling

    7 months ago

    White vinegar is also one of my favourites for stains

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  8. Jane Webb

    7 months ago

    I always have lemon, bicarb and vinegar in the house – amazing items to use for removing limescale from taps and kettles and keeping smells out of the fridge

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  9. sue taylor

    7 months ago

    Use a dishwasher tablet crushed up in hot water to clean other things. I’ve used this trick on a very heavily soiled floor. You can also use in rubbish bins, toilets, on ovens, crayoned walls and to clean and freshen washing machine drums. I don’t even have a dishwasher but I use the tablets for any heavy duty dirty stuff!

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  10. Mary Heald

    7 months ago

    Can’t see this one on your blog.
    To clean wood burner glass just screw up some newspaper, dampen it and dip in ash. Rub over glass to remove stains.

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  11. Sharon Evans

    7 months ago

    Use dishwasher tabs to clean the oven doors
    Slightly wet the tab and run over the doors inside
    Slightly messy but when you wipe away all the grease and grime come off Amazing!!

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  12. Rachel S

    7 months ago

    Cheap vodka is great for shining glasses and cleaning grime from the inside of bins

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  13. Thomas Perry

    7 months ago

    I always wipe my radiators with Dettol so when the warm up the whole house smells super clean. I love it

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  14. CJ

    7 months ago

    My hack is not to throw away old toothbrushes. Great for cleaning in between tiles to freshen up the grout. Once cleaned, rubbing a candle over the grout acts as a waterproof barrier to keep out dirt.

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  15. Davina M

    7 months ago

    A quick way to dust those pesky blinds is to wrap a duster round some kitchen tongs – easy peasy!

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  16. Katrina Adams

    7 months ago

    Another Baking Soda one – If you put it in the back of the fridge it helps deodorise the fridge and rid it of any funny smells. We just have a tablespoon in a small tumbler in ours and since then we’ve never had issues!

    Love Baking Soda, use it for absolutely everything.

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  17. Becki Johnson

    7 months ago

    A pair of bbq tongues and a microfibre cloth is a great way to clean blinds! It gets in all the gaps and gets rid of all the dust! Also, when you have finished doing your kitchen, leave a small amount of hot water in your sink with a capful of zoflora for an hour. Your kitchen will smell amazing and any lingering food smells are gone!

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  18. Bella M

    7 months ago

    A piece of bread can be used to safely get up tiny slivers of broken glass quickly and more efficiently than sweeping or vaccuuming! Just carefully press it over the area of breakage.

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  19. Charlotte Clarke

    7 months ago

    To clean Venetian blinds use tumble dryer sheets, they pick up the dust but also stop the blinds getting so dusty 🙂

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  20. Jan

    7 months ago

    Use a ball of playdoh to pick up a mess of glitter!

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  21. Tiffeny Brown

    7 months ago

    Use a window squeegee to remove pet hair from your stairs 🙂 x

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  22. Amy Butler

    7 months ago

    Use Soda Crystals in the washing machine so keep it spick and span

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  23. sharon martin

    7 months ago

    a nice homemade carpet freshener, add some crushed/powdered herbs (say lavender) to bicarbonate of soda and sprinkle on your carpets, after a while just hoover

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  24. Donna Brenton

    6 months ago

    If you want your house to smell nice put tumble dryer sheets in your hoover bag it’ll spread a nice aroma as you hoover.

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  25. Stef Acaster

    6 months ago

    I keep a squeegee in the shower and use it to dry off the shower after use. It keeps the glass nice and clear and much better than using a chemical spray.

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  26. Eileen

    6 months ago

    Uses scrunched up tin foil to scrub rusted chrome shower caddies to get it gleaming

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  27. Stacey leigh

    6 months ago

    I use babyoil to clean my chrome leave it sparkling ✨ I must try that walnut trick

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  28. Jim Radford

    6 months ago

    Cut a lemon in half, bung it in a bowl with water and white vinegar and microwave for 60 seconds…gets it well shiny

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  29. Heloise Brooke

    6 months ago

    Anything copper can be soaked in coca cola to bring back the shine, and remove any verdigris

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  30. Leanne Reynard

    6 months ago

    A non chemical natrual pet/child friendly way to clean your oven is to make a paste with baking soda and water leave it on for as long as you can then spray with vinegar and wipe. Much more effective than harsh cleaners less scrubbing and safe! Did it today the results was amazing!

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  31. Lesley Wise

    6 months ago

    I clean my windows with warm water & either a drop of vinegar or lemon juice ,then polish off with an old cotton tea shirt ,makes them sparkle . Bicarb & then boiling water down the kitchen sink keeps it from blocking up & stops smells . Pop a rubber glove on & brush your hand over sofas to collect any pet hairs .We’ve a wood burner & hubby uses damp newspaper with some fine ash on to clean the glass on the door .

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  32. Emily Smith

    6 months ago

    Baby wipes clean anything!!!

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  33. Elaine Skye

    6 months ago

    Scrunched up newspaper for squeaky clean windows. Spray with window cleaner and just wipe off. Sparkling windows !

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  34. Susan Greer

    6 months ago

    Use the lemon skins after squeezing pop in hot water and put it in water and put in microwave for 30 seconds then wipe with a dry cloth, it cleans easily and smells lovely

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  35. Ginny Long

    6 months ago

    Astonish products are literally amazing!!! I have never known a product to clean so well and so cheap too!!! ❤

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  36. Theresa Wakeley

    6 months ago

    A stitch in time saves 9. Tidy up as you go to avoid chores mounting up and set up a deep clean day. Works wonders for me

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  37. Hayley bowler

    6 months ago

    I soak my cups in bleach and washing up liquid and they come and clean and sparkling ☺️

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  38. Steph Gray

    6 months ago

    If you have dirty burnt on food on your glass oven dishes use A Ball of alluminium foil scrunched up with A bit of washing up liquid to help get it off easily.

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  39. Ash R

    6 months ago

    Hairspray is fantastic at getting pen marks of cupboards and walls! 🙂

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    1. Tracey Anderson

      6 months ago

      A great way to get your home smelling fresh and clean without using costly and non-eco friendly aerosols, is to wipe down your radiators with fabric conditioner on a damp cloth. Once you turn on your radiators, your home will be filled with your favourite scent.

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  40. Dale Askew

    6 months ago

    I use a toothbrush to clean around taps and hard to reach places

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  41. shaz

    6 months ago

    To clean skirting boards and doors use Soda Crystals two scoops of table spoon warm water half filled in a bucket a cloth. Watch the marks and dust plus dirt Just wipe away without any scrubbing . All shinny and clean cost is 70 pence

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  42. PaulineC

    6 months ago

    Place a dishwasher tablet in washing machine and run on hottest cycle
    for a super clean machine.

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  43. Dan Kat

    6 months ago

    Old toothbrushes are great for cleaning round taps and small spaces. and between tiles.

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  44. Sian Hallewell

    6 months ago

    I also use white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda to clean the outlet pipes on the sink. spoonful of bicarb, pour on some white vinegar, lots of bubbling. Leave it for 15mins and wash away with hot water. Removes grease and dirt from your pipes and stops blockages.

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  45. Susan

    6 months ago

    Thank you for the tips! I knew about using lemon and vinegar for cleaning but I’d never heard of the other cleaning tips.

    I re-use cheap tumble dryer sheets to dust TV screens, skirting boards etc.

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