Cleaning Tips For About A Buck!


Over the next little bit, we’ll focus on home cleaning and de–cluttering tips. This is a critical time of the year to get your place refreshed.  The best part is, these tasks take between 5-10 minutes of actual work!  Sure, spring cleaning is inevitable but often greeted with a frown.  Here are some great tips to help you clean up your space and go easy on the coin purse at the same time!

All of these tips are cheap, easy and a great way to freshen up for spring!

Cruddy Cabinets Are So Last Season

Do you find that items, crumbs and other unwanted particles roll around in your bathroom and kitchen cupboards? What about if something spills on the shelf?  People notice these things you know.  All of a sudden your friends don’t want to come over anymore.  It can be a real disaster.  Easy solution!  After the cupboards have had a thorough cleaning (removing all items, cleaning the surface), line the shelf with a piece of rubber shelf liner (available in a roll from the Dollar Store).  You can cut the liner to your specification then promptly replace all items.  Finally,, your stuff stays put, your cupboards stay clean, and your liners do the dirty work.  You can either change these or clean them every few months.  Now you will be eager to show off your spring cleaned cupboards.

The Uncleanly Coffee Experience

If your coffee has been tasting a little less latte and a little more mucky, there is a solution (and no, it’s not running out to Starbucks).  Coffee makers and mugs need a spring cleaning too!  Easy and cheap, this solution will have you charging $1.75 for a grande in no time – and you’ll make your entire cleaning investment back in the price of half that cup.  Simply pour plain white vinegar into your coffee maker (non-diluted) and run through a brew cycle.  Dump the vinegar down the drain and rinse the carafe.  The next step is to get the drinking vessel just as clean.  If your mugs are stained from extreme coffee or tea exposure, we have the perfect solution for you. Rub a slice of lemon on the stained ceramic, toss salt over the lemon juice, and rub stains with the lemon slice.  Rinse, dry and admire.  Sounds more like a tequila shot, but it’s really a quick and useful cleaning tip.  Maybe those Mexicans were on to something…Anyway, now you have cleaned, deodorized, and maintained your coffee maker, shined your mugs to a sparkle and can now proudly brew a delectable morning cup.

Pet Peripherals Need TLC Too

If you are wondering why your cat’s litter box absolutely reeks despite the fact that you have changed the litter as per stated box instructions and fresh spring air is abound, you are in a pretty obvious funk (no pun intended…wait, yes it was).  You have to pay special attention to the litter box and this goes above and beyond changing the litter.  Easy to do and cheaper than your cat’s lunch, this solution will make your place smell fantastic and your cat ever so grateful.  Empty the litter from the box and pour about half an inch of vinegar into the box.  Powder this with about a half cup (or eyeball it) of baking soda and allow the mixture to bubble.  Fill the container about 2/3 full with water and stir the mixture.  Let this soak for several hours, then drain the liquid and scrub it out.  Finally, wash with hot soapy water and dry.  Before you place litter back in the box, pour about ¼ inch of baking soda on the bottom of the container.  Not only have you created a cleaner smelling place, you have done so without placing anything unnatural in your cat’s box.  Now just pass your cat the daily news and leave it to its business.

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Melissa Maker is the host of the Clean My Space channel on YouTube, editor-at-large of, and founder of Clean My Space (a well-known Toronto-based cleaning service). She's been knee-deep in the cleaning game since 2006. Follow Melissa: @MelissaMaker on Instagram, SnapChat & Twitter!