Calling all lemons - Britain's homes need you!

The Easter Bank Holiday has traditionally been the ideal time for the customary ‘spring clean’ of the home.

However it seems that the annual spring clean will soon be forgotten – with householders in Britain having little time or inclination to complete the yearly tradition, a new study has revealed.

According to research carried out by green energy company Good Energy, 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.

Juliet Davenport, founder and CEO of Good Energy, said: “It seems spring cleaning is becoming a dying tradition so we’re on a mission to bring it back in a fun, energy-saving style.

“There are some great ‘lemontastic’ vintage cleaning ideas out there which we reckon work just as well today. Simple, cheap ingredients like lemons and vinegar can be used to get homes in tip-top condition and we’re encouraging everyone to give it a go.

“Not only are these top tips kinder on the pocket – they don’t require any electricity either!”

Good Energy has joined forces with the National Trust to prove that an eco-friendly spring clean doesn't need to be difficult.

Joanna Gamester, National Trust House Steward at Nuffield Place, said: “We’re big fans of a spring clean at the National Trust – it helps to care for the buildings we look after and it can throw up some unexpected finds beyond just the cobwebs too.

“We use natural ingredients like lemons and traditional techniques where we can, as these are kind on our collections and the environment.”

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The renewable energy company and conservation charity’s top vintage hints to have a greener spring clean in 2015 are:


Start at the top

An age old tip, which many of us forget when it comes to cleaning our homes, is to always start at the top and work your way down. Dust falls this way so by following this simple tip you won’t end up cleaning your house more than you need to.


Banish bad smells and odours

Before air fresheners, a zesty and natural way to keep the home smelling fresh could be simply achieved by creating a spray made from adding lemon juice to water and giving a good spritz around the house.

Not only do they smell delightful, lemons also have some great anti-bacterial qualities that make them a perfect cleaning alternative.

A few house-plants around the home are another quick and easy way to banish bad odours. Bunches of lavender will equally deliver a fresh scent and will also keep moths at bay too – who knew that they hated the smell!  


Drying your washing the natural way

When it comes to drying your clothes, nothing beats good old fashioned line drying outside in the fresh air.  It’ll also save you money on your energy bills from ditching the tumble dryer, and your clothes will smell fresh and clean from using the natural resources of the wind and sun.                

If it’s winter or raining, the use of a drying-rack indoors is another great option. Whether a more well-known clothes horse, or an old fashioned Sheila maid to hang over fireplaces or ovens, these cost hardly anything and are much more eco-friendly.


Sparkling surfaces

By mixing 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.

Alternatively, by rubbing half a grapefruit over surfaces, sprinkling liberally with some salt and washing off with a sponge and hot water, you can achieve the most gleaming and shiny sink, bath tubs and work surfaces.


Streak free windows and mirrors

Want crystal clear windows to impress the neighbours? First mix together a 50:50 solution of distilled white vinegar and hot water in a spray bottle and spritz over the pane or mirror. Once applied simply give it a good rub with a cloth or a scrunched up piece of old newspaper and leave it to dry. A great tip for a streak free finish!


Polishing your wood

Instead of using the various tins of polish that are available today, lemons and olive oil offer a much better alternative to make wooden floors and furniture shine.

By using a solution of one part lemon juice to two parts olive oil, not only will this buff your wood to perfection, it’s much more environmentally friendly, cheaper to make and any leftovers make for a tasty salad dressing too!


Get pots and pans spic and span

Got stubborn stains on cutlery and utensils that just won’t come off? Well, according to the original domestic goddess Mrs Beeton, nothing beats a solution made from warm water and baking soda which is then scrubbed in hard using a crust of bread. Rinse with water and your pots and pans will be glistening once again.

Plus, if you’ve got any rusty cutlery, try using some onions to bring back that shine. Plunge a knife or fork into a large onion three or four times and the rust should come straight off.


A fresh pile

From sprinkling with dried tea leaves, dragging quickly over fresh snow or leaving to hang outside in the wind and sun, there are lots of traditional ways to keep rugs and carpets dirt free.

By far the most favourite and easiest method involved sprinkling carpets and rugs with a liberal amount of bicarbonate of soda. After 15 minutes you can then simply sweep away the dirt and any fustiness will evaporate too!

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About Good Energy

Good Energy is a fast-growing 100% renewable electricity supply company, offering value for money and award-winning customer service. An AIM-listed PLC, and founder member of the Social Stock Exchange, our mission is to support change in the energy market, address climate change and boost energy security. Good Energy matches over the course of a year all the electricity its customers use with power from renewable sources. Good Energy has consistently been ranked top or second in Which? energy company customer satisfaction surveys for the past four years. Good Energy’s dual fuel tariff is cheaper on average than the standard tariffs sold by the ‘Big Six’ before discounts. Good Energy invests in renewable energy including wind, solar and early investment in Tidal Lagoon Power.

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About the National Trust:

The National Trust was founded in 1895 to care for places of historic interest or natural beauty. The Trust looks after more than 250,000 hectares of countryside, 742 miles of coastline and hundreds of special places across England, Wales and Northern Ireland. For more information and ideas for great value family days out go

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About the National Trust’s energy work:

The Trust has launched a £3.5 million renewable energy pilot in conjunction with the renewable electricity supplier Good Energy that could lead to the charity investing ten times that amount in renewable technology at 43 of its properties.

The Trust has committed to reducing its energy use by 20 per cent and generating 50 per cent of its energy from renewable energy sources by 2020. This will enable the charity to reduce its energy costs by more than £4 million per year, releasing more money for conservation work.

If people switch to Good Energy quoting National Trust, Good Energy will pay the Trust up to £40 per year for each new customer that signs up. This money will help fund renewable energy projects that create cleaner, greener energy for the charity, ensuring the special places it looks after are protected forever.

Learn more about the National Trust’s energy work


About the YouGov Poll

The survey was conducted using an online interview administered to members of the YouGov Plc GB panel which consists of more than 440,000 individuals who have agreed to take part in surveys. The survey was carried out between 20th – 23rd March 2015.

The total sample size was 2,067 adults. The figures have been weighted and are representative of all GB adults (aged 18+).

Good Energy developed the questions to test assumptions and attitudes held by adults in Great Britain about their thoughts on the traditional annual practice of spring cleaning.

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