Spring Cleaning vintage style

Traditionally this time of year is perfect for clearouts, re-jigging your interiors, blitzing the garden, new renovation projects and spring cleaning.

I must admit I’m definitely in the new projects for the house camp and I’m on a big clear-out mission too at the moment… But Spring Cleaning?? To be honest its not top of my list- I do the cleaning as I go along or as things need to be done.

It does seem that Spring cleaning is a dying tradition, a YouGov poll commissioned by green energy company Good Energy, showed that less than half (49%) of those surveyed said that they still undertake a once-a-year blitz of their homes. A sizeable 30% also confessed that they have never ever attempted a spring clean.

The Wiltshire-based renewable electricity company also found that 41% of people saw spring cleaning as an old-fashioned practice, whilst nearly two thirds (60%) felt that their parents and grandparents generation were more concerned about having a cleaner home.

Good Energy has teamed up with the National Trust to revive the tradition of Spring Cleaning but with the idea of bringing back the older, tried and trusted methods of cleaning.

Here are some vintage housekeeping tips which use less electricity and save you money! 

spring cleaning tips lemons from national trust and good energy

-Banish bad smells and odours with lemons- Add lemon juice to water and spray around the house. Lemons have such a fresh smell, plus have anti bacterial qualities.

-Drying your washing the natural way- outside! Nothing beats good old fashioned line drying outside in the fresh air. Your clothes will smell fresh and clean from using the natural resources of the wind and sun

-Surfaces that sparkle- Mix together one part distilled white vinegar, two parts water and a hearty squeeze of lemon juice, you can create a great surface cleaner which cuts through grime on most kitchen, bath and floor surfaces.

-Streak free windows and mirrors- Mix together a 50:50 solution of distilled white vinegar and hot water in a spray bottle and spritz over the pane or mirror. Then give it a good rub with a cloth or a scrunched up piece of old newspaper and leave it to dry. Check out the hilarious video below and she’s also called Susan!!

-Polishing your wood- Use a solution of one part lemon juice to two parts olive oil, this will buff your wood to perfection, it’s much more environmentally friendly, cheaper to make and any leftovers you can add you a salad.

These are just some ideas of how to do a bit of cleaning without making it feel like a big deal- and its completely natural, no horrid chemicals!

For more information about switching to 100% renewable electricity for your home and to find out how the National Trust are working with Good Energy, take a look here.

cleaning with lemons

Disclosure- This is a collaborative post 



  1. April 24, 2015 / 11:31 am

    Both White Wine Vinegar and lemon juice are so effective for cleaning with, definite proof that you don’t need lots of chemical products.

  2. April 26, 2015 / 7:39 am

    I didn’t know lemon juice could be used for so many things, I like the room spay idea. I think we are less concerned with clean houses now because life is so busy!

  3. April 28, 2015 / 10:45 pm

    I remember my mom and all her friends helping each other with their spring cleaning. Every week they would rotate who’s house they went to. I would be more inclined to do it if I had a few friends helping me…and a bottle of wine wouldn’t hurt.