With so many conventional cleaning products relying heavily on chemical ingredients, some people are beginning to turn their back on them in favour of more old fashioned methods.
Good Energy rediscovered some retro cleaning hacks using things you'll find lying around the house.
Some times the old ways are the best ways so what are you waiting for?
Grab your lemons (and your vinegar, grapefruits and crusts of bread), and spring into action with these tips…
1. Start from the top
An age-old tip, which many of us forget, is always to start at the top and work your way down.
Dust floats floor-wards, so, by following this simple tip, you won’t end up cleaning your house more than you need to.
2. Banish bad smells
Before the days of air fresheners to mask untoward odours, you could keep things pleasant with a good spritz of lemon juice and water - which doesn’t just smell zesty, but also has great anti-bacterial qualities.
For ongoing freshness, pop some lavender in a vase - again, giving a double cleaning whammy of a nice smell while also banishing moths.
3. Make your surfaces sparkle
Cleaning your kitchen surfaces means using stuff that’s sitting on it - mix together one part distilled white vinegar, two parts water and a big squeeze of lemon juice, and you’ve got yourself a ready-made grime and grease remover.
Run out of lemons? Re-visit the fruit bowl and grab half a grapefruit instead. Rub it over surfaces, sprinkle with some salt and wash off with a sponge and hot water. It’s especially good for sparkly sinks.
4. …and your windows
More trusty (distilled white) vinegar here – mix it 50:50 with hot water, and spray on to the glass (and your mirror, too).
Give it a good rub with a cloth or a scrunched-up piece of old newspaper, and leave it to dry: streak-free, shiny and lovely.
5. …and your wood
If it’s good enough for your salad dressing, it’s good enough for your wood polish.
One part lemon juice mixed with two parts olive oil will buff your wood to perfection.
6. Get pots and pans properly clean
Everyone has stubborn stains on pans and cutlery that won’t come off however much you douse them with washing up liquid.
But that’s because you shouldn’t be using washing up liquid - at least according to original domestic goddess Mrs Beeton, who recommends a solution of warm water and baking soda, scrubbed in hard using a crust of bread.
For cutlery that has crossed the line from ‘a bit stained’ to ‘actively rusty’, plunge into a large onion a few times. It works, honestly.
7. Deep clean your carpets
A hoover only does so much. If you want a deeply clean carpet or rug, you have four options (ranging wildly in practicality levels):
Cover it with dried tea leaves, drag it quickly over fresh snow, hang it outside in the wind and sun, or simply sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda, leave for 15 minutes, then sweep. We know which we’ll be trying.
What are your favourite cleaning hacks? Let us know in the Comments section below.