WEDNESDAY is Twelfth Night so it’s time to take down the Xmas decs.
The post-Christmas clean is a big job to tackle, so try my influencer-approved tips to get you started.
ASH MAMA REID @MamaReid: As you are cleaning, pop on a wax melt with a springlike scent to freshen your home.
MARIO MCKNIGHT @Cleaning_with_Mario: Swap your Christmas cushion covers and throws for new season look. To freshen, pop them into the tumble dryer with a dryer sheet then spritz your sofa and armchairs with a fabric spray.
LYNDSAY JOANNE @fizzypeaches: Don a pair of microfibre slippers. They’ll pick up everything from dog hair to tinsel to pine needles save you time cleaning the floors.
BIBIANA YETTY @bibianayetty: Get the kids involved. Give them a storage box to tidy away all their Xmas things. If there are any gifts they do not need, pass them to a charity shop so another family can benefit.
LIZA PRIDEAUX @lizaprideaux: Remove batteries from Xmas lights so they don’t leak. Wrap Xmas lights round old tinfoil or cardboard kitchen roll tubes to stop them tangling.
LYNSEY CROMBIE @lynsey_queenofclean: Spilt candle wax? Cover the wax with a clean tea towel then go over with your or hair dryer on a cool/medium setting. The heated wax then lifts off.
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CHARLOTTE TAYLOR @charltaylor: Box up Xmas decorations, crockery and bedding. Clean throroughly before you pack it away so it stays fresh for next year.
NIKKI RYAN @fopperholic: Do a decorations overhaul. Mend or upcycle those which need a quick fix and recycle any broken beyond repair. Wipe with a. soft paintbrush and carefully wrap in kitchen roll or bubble wrap before storying for next year.
BEST POST-XMAS CLEANING BUYS
MICROFIBRE CLOTH: Microfibre Cloths 10pk, £5.50 at Wilko
SAVE: £1 on similar items elsewhere
POLISH: Multi-surface Polish 300ml, 49p at Aldi
SAVE: 11p on similar own-brand items elsewhere
LAUNDRY DETERGENT: Bold 2in1 Washing Liquid Gel Summer Breeze 888ml, was £4 now buy three for £10 at Morrisons
SAVE: £2 when buying three
BATH CLEANER: Greencare Bathroom Cleaner Sea Minerals & Eucalyptus 750ml, £1.50 at Sainsbury’s
SAVE: £2 on similar items elsewhere
KITCHEN CLEANER: Dettol Power & Pure Kitchen Spray 1L, £2 at Tesco
CARPET CLEANER: Dr.Beckmann Carpet Stain Remover 650ml, £2.99 at Morrisons
SAVE: 60p on the same item elsewhere
MOP CLOTHS: Flash Power Mop Wet Jet 8 per pack, was £6 now £3 at Morrisons
KITCHEN ROLL: Mighty Big 3 Rolls Of Extra Large Sheets, was £3.85 now £3 at Morrisons
Prices correct at time of going to press. Deals and offers subject to availability.
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Alex’s Tips for Families on a Budget
Involve every family member in the financial plan. This ensures everyone is pulling in the same direction from the start and creates responsibility for everyone for managing the family’s money.
Work on the little wins: Not washing clothes until they are dirty or only buying school items you need instead of the back to school panic are small things but over time they all add up to save cash.
Food audit each week: Before you shop, stocktake your cupboards and fridge to see what you already have. Meal plan to eat up what is there first.