How much money do you spend every month on cleaning solutions? It can be quite a costly endeavour to keep the house spick and span. From dusters and dish cloths to washing up liquid and bleach, every home can be full to the brim of different cleaning products.

You need polish to clean furniture, bleach to clean the sink drains and bathroom, and a less evasive solution for work surfaces in the kitchen. But with so many different products on the market to choose from, it is no wonder why you could end up spending a fortune.

Here are seven handy cleaning methods which are cheap and slightly unorthodox; and they will definitely help you to get the job done!

  • Ketchup is great…and not just on your chips 

This may come to you as a surprise, but ketchup is fantastic for getting copper shiny and looking brand new.

Use a dollop of the food favourite on your brass cookware to revitalise your pots and pans. Don’t forget to rinse them with warm water afterwards.

  • White bread is art

If you have any old paintings hanging in your house that have gathered some dust, don’t be afraid to dab a slice of white bread over the artwork to pick up all the dirt.

Make sure you check the back of the painting beforehand, in case it has any special cleaning requirements.

No-one wants a repeat of what happened on Mr Bean!

  • Lemon all over

Lemons are natural, non-toxic cleaners and wherever you use them, you will be left with a refreshing citrus fragrance.

Use to it clean your hands, put the sparkle back on glass, as well as deodorise the rubbish bin. Lemon is also fantastic to get rid of stubborn stains on cutting boards.

  • Rice those hard-to-reach spots

Everyone has some sort of vase, glass or bottle that is a difficult shape to clean, especially if it has a thin neck. You can still give it a good scrub with the help of rice.

Fill the vessel around three-quarters full with warm water, and add a tablespoon of uncooked rice.

Shake it rigorously (make sure you cover the opening first) and then rinse.

  • Orange juice

Your dishwasher’s job is to clean your cutlery however, every now and again you need to clean the dishwasher itself to maximise efficiency.

The appliance can get a lot of food build-up, stains and mildew. This can be combated with orange juice or white vinegar due to the citric acid.

Simply mix it with warm water and use an old toothbrush, for those hard-to-reach spots.

  • Cornstarch

This is brilliant for nasty grease spills on the carpet.

Pour some cornstarch on the stain, leave for around 30 minutes, and then vacuum.


  • Rubbing alcohol

Has your blood ever boiled when you have found a permanent-marker stain on your wooden flooring or on a countertop?

The best way to tackle this tough predicament is by pouring rubbing alcohol onto a cotton ball and applying. Please note that rubbing alcohol is very different to vodka or gin!

These are all natural cleaning solutions which are really easy to buy; so next time you are near the end of your loaf of bread, don’t throw away the crust. Use it to clean the paintings in your house!

This article was written by Lauren Grice on behalf of Anglia Home Furnishings, the experts in high quality, comfortable home furniture. The chain specialises in furniture for the bedroom, living room and dining room, as well as carpets.

Published in: Smart home