Spring cleaning tips and tricks 

We all hate cleaning but love the end result, right? Well, I'm here to make your life a little easier. Cleaning tips with stuff you already own! | Stay Alive and Cooking

If you have been postponing this years Spring cleaning and reorganising: welcome to the club. I quite like the idea of doing this (at least) once a year at a certain time, but then actually doing it is something else entirely. Do you feel me? To make it a little easier for you I’ve written down some cleaning tips and tricks, using hings you already own such as vinegar!

Our experiences

So yesterday it finally happened. We stayed in our apartments during the weekend and dedicated nearly all of Saturday to spring cleaning and reorganising! We sort of hated it in the beginning, started to see the use halfway and were so extremely satisfied and happy when we were done. Neat kitchen drawers? Check! Squeaky clean bathroom and toilet? Check! Reorganized living room, TV-table drawers and desk? Check check check! We threw out 2 garbage bags full of things and papers and packages and found out we had much more closet space than we had ever thought we had.

If you’re trying to avoid this spring cleaning I have some motivational words for you…:

  • Yes, you can avoid it now but that will mean you have so much more to do when you actually start.
  • Yes, I know you probably have use for all of those things stuffed in drawers but if you are really honest to me now: when was the last time you actually used that avocado peeler?
  • Once you start throwing things out you will feel lighter and lighter with every closet done.
  • An organised house means a more relaxed head.
  • It’s proven that a clean bedroom ensures better sleep.
  • You won’t have to excuse your mess the next time your friends come over.
  • No more tripping over stuff on the floor in the dark! (I’m kidding, at least I hope it’s not that bad?)
  • You can finally invite your mom over to show her that yes, you really are capable of being an adult and taking care of yourself.
  • If you need something you’ll be able to find it in no time!
  • You won’t have to avoid opening “that one closet door” anymore because you’re afraid everything will fall out.
  • Next time you go grocery shopping you’ll know exactly if you need to buy another bag of walnuts/a toothbrush/cleaning supply A B C.
  • There are so many cleaning tips to make your life easier!

Enough motivation? Okay, let’s start!

We all hate cleaning but love the end result, right? Well, I'm here to make your life a little easier. Cleaning tips with stuff you already own!

Cleaning tips and tricks


  1. Remove chalk from inside kettles or coffee machines with some vinegar. Simply turn them on with 3 tablespoons of vinegar and about half a litre of water, boil, and rinse thoroughly. Done!
  2. Same applies for those beautiful glasses that turned white from the chalk. Simply soak and wash them with some vinegar and they return to their original state.
  3. Caked and encrusted oven? Place a bowl of water and vinegar (about 3 tablespoons) in the microwave for around 2 minutes and you can easily clean.
  4. Cleaning soda can work magic as well. Heat up a pan of hot hot hot water with soda (I use quite a lot, about 10 spoonfuls. I’m not sure about the right amount!) and flush this through the sink to remove grease in the pipes.
  5. Soak used cutting boards in vinegar before doing the dishes to get rid of bacteria.
  6. Do you have loads of food cooked to the bottom of the pan? Place the pan with some water and cleaning soda on medium heat for around an hour, and it will come off easily.
  7. Apparently, coffee grounds remove bad smells. I read somewhere that if you place it in a bowl in e.g. your fridge it will filter the air of stinky stuff!

We all hate cleaning but love the end result, right? Well, I'm here to make your life a little easier. Cleaning tips with stuff you already own!


  1. Use vinegar to clean your bathroom. Spray some vinegar on the walls and e.g. shower head, soak and wipe away the chalk in minutes.
  2. There are two ways you can use vinegar in your washing machine as well.
    1. For the first one you’ll want to select the 90 degrees programme and let the machine wash and rinse itself with 4 tablespoons of vinegar (and no laundry!). This will remove chalk and clean the machine from inside out.
    2. The second tip is to use vinegar as fabric softener. Add some vinegar in the machine instead of laundry softener (together with detergent) and your clothes will be soft and clean! No smell will remain, either.


  1. Clean your windows! Add some vinegar to your regular soap and voila.
  2. Vinegar is great for removing stickers from your new kitchen appliances.
  3. Adding half an onion to your bucket of water and soap will make cleaning the windows easier, too: apparently you will see way less stripes!
  4. I used to work at a place with many many windows, and whenever there was a stain on it my manager always told me to clean it, and then rub it dry with newspaper. Whaaat? Yes, this leaves your windows without any stripes or stains!
  5. I wish I had known this one sooner! To clean a narrow bottle or vase for example, pour in a couple of tablespoons of dry rice and some warm water and soap: shake for a while, and rinse. Cleaned!
  6. Filthy sponge? Pop it in the microwave for around 3 minutes to kill the bacteria!

We all hate cleaning but love the end result, right? Well, I'm here to make your life a little easier. Cleaning tips with stuff you already own!

Phhhew, that’s all the cleaning tips I knew and learned…. Do you have anything to add? Please feel free to do so! I know I’d be excited to learn more 🙂

Did this help? I’m sure it must have, so much inspiration and motivation! Now let’s get cleaning and let me know how it went! Like I said, additional cleaning tips are also very welcome: I will add them to the post with your name and website for reference.

Good luck!
Vivian xx



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9 thoughts on “Spring cleaning tips and tricks 

  1. Very effective Spring cleaning tips and tricks,works better than expected.I tried all these ticks this spring.Thank you very much for sharing,keep it up man!

  2. Great checklist of spring cleaning things to do! Thanks for putting this together! It’s getting to about that time of year.

    1. I use vinegar for a lot of things, but especially when washing laundry! When you use the special cleaning vinegar you don’t smell it at all, and it makes your clothes really soft. And it’s good for your machine, too!

  3. Vivian, I also use vinegar for cleaning my shower head. You know I’m a shower head lover. I always use vinegar for cleaning my shower heads. But vinegar isn’t satisfactory tricks for clean my shower heads. Do you have any good tips for it?

  4. Having two dogs and a toddler can make cleaning more difficult for anyone. With that said, you have so many great tips here! I may have some more time to play with my toddler! Thanks for posting this!

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