As the weather begins to improve dramatically, flowers are popping up everywhere and the sun is staying out each evening just a little longer, it is time for a spring clean. Nothing too dramatic but a little tidy indoors before summer takes hold and staying outside is far more enjoyable.
Stuck inside for the past few winter months, with fires lit and windows and doors shut, dust has gathered in corners and crevices. Cobwebs, uncovered by sunlight can no longer be ignored in the darkness and we feel that it is time to welcome the new season and join the unconscious collective movement to spring clean.
It is time to start afresh and leave the past behind. Open the windows and let the wind circulate a crisp breeze though your home. The idea of a spring clean seems to have originated in China, where they clean their house before the New Year to get rid of bad luck of times past, and leave their space empty and ready to fill with good luck. We love this idea of wiping the slate clean, and making space for fresh new ideas and thoughts by cleaning the space you inhabit.
Here at M&B, we have discovered some tips and tricks for making cleaning supplies with items that you will find in the store cupboard. Lemon, vinegar and bicarbonate of soda will be found in most homes. Instead of using toxic chemicals, use the natural ingredients to make your own cleaning products. Tried and tested, they work and smell great.
Put a mixture of 1 part lemon juice and 3 parts water into a spray bottle. This is great for cleaning kitchen and bathroom surfaces. In the unlikely event that you have a surplus of lemons, add 150ml to the rinse cycle in the washing machine to brighten up your whites.
Bicarbonate of Soda
Also known as baking soda or bread soda, bicarbonate of soda is brilliant for removing tea or coffee stains from cups. It also absorbs odours in a fridge. When mixed with vinegar or lemon juice it gets rid of soap scum. The paste can also be applied to sinks, tiles or the shower door to clean grime. Rinse away and dry.
Plain white malt vinegar is most effective as a household cleanser. Use 1 part vinegar to 4 parts water to clean windows and mirrors, and use newspapers to buff them up to a shine. Use 1 part vinegar to 1 part water to lift limescale from the loo: pour it in last thing at night, brush and flush through in the morning.
Courtesy of Forgotten Skills of Cooking, Darina Allen
Photography by Makers & Brothers