Get your home merry and BRIGHT: Here are 10 money saving tips for the pre-Christmas clean up

Christmas is fast approaching, and many of us will be looking to get our homes spick and span for the busy season of entertaining ahead.

But as the cost of living crisis continues to put household budgets under pressure, ensuring our cleaning routines remain affordable has become more important than ever.

Here are 10 top tips for getting your home looking sparkling for the festive season – while also banking some big savings… 

The cost of living crisis means keeping our Christmas cleaning routines affordable is more important than ever

1. Crystal clear windows? Just add water!

If you want your home to really sparkle this Christmas, it’s important to pay attention to your windows. Not only will clean windows give guests a good first impression – they’ll also let in more natural light to leave interiors looking brighter and airier.

But did you know, you can ditch your cleaning chemicals and just use water when you have a specially designed cloth? 

That’s right! The Marigold Crystal Clear Window Cloth is a microfibre cloth with a difference; it has a  special, super-absorbent coating. When used damp (with plain water), it not only harnesses the deep cleaning power of microfibre to remove smears, grease and dirt, but the super absorbent coating means no water marks are left behind for a sparkling, streak-free finish.

Banish smears, smudges and watermarks: Get sparkling windows with plain water and a Marigold Crystal Clear Window Cloth

Banish smears, smudges and watermarks: Get sparkling windows with plain water and a Marigold Crystal Clear Window Cloth

2. Give the oven some lovin’

Your oven is set to get some heavy use over the festive season so it’s important you start on the right foot with an appliance that’s spick and span. A good, clean oven could also save you a few pennies, as a clean oven heats quicker and more evenly. 

The first step involves clearing out the shelves and letting them soak a little in the sink. As they’re soaking, grab an oven-safe pan and fill it with water and the juice of two lemons. Then, place it in the oven and turn up the heat to let the vapour loosen up the grime, then simply wipe off with a microfibre cloth once the oven’s cooled down.

For sparkling shelves, get scouring with Marigold Scrub Away Heavy Duty Scourer.  It makes light work of removing burnt-on food and all you need is some warm soapy water¹. This stainless steel, foam filled pad is really flexible, so you can get into those hard-to-reach corners. Plus it’s rust free and super durable; lasting as long as five traditional stainless-steel spirals²! So it may cost a bit more than the traditional format, but it will last much longer!

All about timing: When warm water is loosening the dirt inside your oven, you can scrub down your sheets, trays and racks

All about timing: When warm water is loosening the dirt inside your oven, you can scrub down your sheets, trays and racks

For this and any other kitchen deep-clean, Marigold Extra Life Kitchen Gloves are an ideal companion. Made from strong natural latex, they are triple layered for extra protection and durability, so you can use them again and again.

For those with sensitive skin or a latex allergy, the Marigold Gloves for Sensitive Skin are the perfect solution. Not only are they latex free, but unlike other gloves for sensitive skin, which are unlined and can make hands sweaty and irritated, these gloves are cotton lined to keep hands dry and comfortable. 

3. For a freezer that’s just brrr-illiant!

Having large amounts of ice built up in your freezer doesn’t just reduce the space available for storing food – it also makes it less efficient. This is because the appliance’s motor is forced to work harder, increasing the amount of energy it consumes. 

As your freezer can cost up to £178.66 to run annually³, cutting the daily run cost by a few pennies can make a real difference.

Given your freezer will soon be chock-a-block with Christmas food, it’s worth getting this task done sooner rather than later. You’ll have to remove everything from inside and turn the freezer off, which can be a faff, but the energy savings mean you’ll soon be pleased you’ve gone to the effort.

Up the storage space and down the running costs: Be sure to schedule in a freezer defrost before the merriment gets underway

So, don your Marigolds and grab a microfibre cloth, like the Marigold Let It Shine! Microfibre Cloths. These thick, absorbent cloths can be used wet or dry so, as they come in a pack of four, you can use one cloth to clean and another to dry down the freezer (and always remember to dry after cleaning so the ice doesn’t come back once the freezer is back up and running).

4. Make your own toilet cleaner

More than half (57%) of Brits admit to judging their friends and relatives’ homes based on an unclean toilet⁴. So, one area that could benefit from some attention in the lead up to Christmas is your toilet, which can become stained and discoloured over the year.

Thankfully, you can solve this problem for pennies using two kitchen cupboard staples – baking soda and vinegar.

To get started, pour a cup of vinegar into the toilet bowl and swish it around with a toilet brush, ensuring all the sides get a good scrub. Then, leave it for a couple of minutes before sprinkling the bowl with a cup of baking soda.

You’ll notice the mixture will start to fizz due to a chemical reaction. After half an hour or so, you can have another scrub with the toilet brush before pulling the flush once the bowl is clean.

Marigold Longer Bathroom Gloves are just right for these kinds of splashy jobs, with longer cuffs for extra protection. Plus their special roll-top cuffs and fitted wrists keep the gloves up in use, so they don’t fall down, letting water in. 

5. For fresh-smelling carpets

From unwrapping gifts to playing board games, we tend to spend more time than usual on the living room carpet over the yuletide.

For an affordable, natural way to remove undesirable smells, sprinkle some bicarbonate of soda onto your carpet and leave it for a while to soak before vacuuming it off. You’ll often find this does the trick before you need to buy a chemical product.

Back to basics: A hefty sprinkle of humble baking soda makes all the difference when tackling carpet odours

6. Give chemical-free cleaning a go

The average UK household throws away 480 plastic bottles per year⁵, many of which used to contain cleaning solutions. We also spent around £2.70 every week on cleaning products in 2021⁶ – equivalent to more than £140 over the year!

But did you know, you can easily ditch many of these chemicals, helping you to save money and lessen your impact on the environment?

Microfibre cloths are made of lots of tiny fibres which are 50 times thinner than a human hair! This means they can reach into even the tiniest crevice for a deep and thorough clean – with just water. They’re great for removing dust, dirt and grease, without the need for cleaning chemicals. Not only does this free up space in your cleaning cupboard, but saves money too! 

Microfibre cloths are cleverly designed to hook onto dirt and dust, without the need for chemicals

Microfibre cloths are cleverly designed to hook onto dirt and dust, without the need for chemicals

Marigold Let It Shine! Microfibre Cloths also remove over 99% of bacteria with just water⁷, so yet another reason to ditch those cleaning chemicals. And once the cloths are dirty, simply pop them in the washing machine to reuse them again and again.

7. A hair-raisingly good idea

Marigold gloves aren’t just great for regular cleaning tasks or doing the washing up – you can also use them to remove hair by harnessing the power of static energy. Yes, you read that right!

To try this handy hack, put on a pair of Marigolds and run them under a tap before shaking off any excess water. Then, brush your damp gloves over your sofa, rug or carpet and you’ll find they act as a magnet for the hair, which you can then collect and throw in the bin.

While pets are at the heart of many Christmas celebrations their hair can clog up vacuum cleaners and over time even damage the motor. So, as well as saving on energy costs, you could find this trick also helps prolong the life of your vacuum.

8. When life gives you lemons…

Have you got a lemon sitting idly in your fruit bowl? Or perhaps half of one leftover, after using the rest for a festive G&T? Whatever you do, don’t get rid of it because lemons are one of the handiest natural cleaning products out there.

You can put lemon juice in a small sandwich bag with a bit of warm water and vinegar, and tie it around the spout of your tap that’s in need of a clean. Left overnight, this can do wonders for removing limescale. 

Give your taps back their zest: Banish limescale with an overnight soak using your leftover lemons, vinegar and water

Give your taps back their zest: Banish limescale with an overnight soak using your leftover lemons, vinegar and water

Just don’t forget to rinse clean afterwards, to remove all the cleaning solution and buff with a microfibre cloth for guest-ready results!

9. Stick with handwashing for non-stick pans

We know it can be tempting, but it’s important to avoid putting non-stick pans in the dishwasher as this can damage their coating – forcing you to fork out for new ones.

Protect pans and your pocket with the Marigold Cleaning Me Softly Non-Scratch Scourer, the perfect choice for a tough clean and avoids the eye-sore of dirty pans soaking by the sink.

The special scouring layer breaks down and lifts tough, burnt-on food with ease without damaging non-stick surfaces⁸, while the easy-to-rinse surface helps keep the scourer clean and in use for longer. That means you should be able to get plenty of uses in before having to buy a new one. 

10. A brain-wave

Many of you would have read about the money saving benefits of microwaves, with research showing that using one only costs £30 a year⁹, while an electric cooker would set you back £316 for the same time period.

If you’ve been inspired to use your microwave more often in the run up to Christmas, you can also save on the cost of keeping it clean with a low-cost hack.

Simply microwave a bowl of water with some cut up lemon in it, then wipe away any build up from inside using a cloth, like the Marigold Let It Shine! Microfibre Cloth.

The millions of fibres that make up these cloths can catch even the smallest bits of grease and dirt, making them ideal for deep cleaning.

¹ Not for use on delicate surfaces, test first on an inconspicuous area.

² Durability tested by Internal testing. 

³ MailOnline, 18 April, 2022 – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/news/article-10728059/Energy-hungry-refrigerators-cost-households-130-extra-run-year-increased-price-cap.html

⁴ Study was conducted on behalf of Marigold by OnePoll in October 2021. 2,000 adults in the UK polled. 

⁵ Based on the data published 15 October, 2022 – https://www.recyclenow.com/ 

⁶ Statista Research Department, Jul 27, 2022. 

⁷ Removes E. coli & S. aureus from laminate countertops & ceramic tile as tested at a 3rd party lab. 

⁸ Always test on inconspicuous areas first. 

⁹ MailOnline, August 28, 2022 – https://www.dailymail.co.uk/femail/article-11144863/Could-ditching-oven-winter-help-bring-energy-bill-Chef-reveals-microwave-cheaper.html