Household tips for austerity Britain | Quick Move Now

In this day and age, everybody everywhere is tightening their belts. Currently in the grip of a recession, austerity Britain is looking back to a bygone era for inspiration on cutting the cost of living.

Holidaying at home is becoming ever more popular, and thanks to the likes of Kirsty Allsopp and Cath Kidston, home-made clothes and soft furnishings are being seen in houses up and down the country.

But it isn’t just pillows and tablecloths that can be made at home to help reduce costs. Quick Move Now looks back to the last era of austerity in Britain, 1945, for inspiration on how to keep house on a budget!

We’ve discovered that mum (or grandma!) definitely does knows best when it comes to cleaning. Here we share some of the old wives tales that have been tried and tested over generations and can help leave your home looking spotless and your bank balance a little healthier.

Bicarbonate of soda

Bicarbonate of soda is great at getting most things gleaming. It works particularly well on sinks, splash backs, toilet pans and bath tubs. Rub a paste of the powder mixed with a little bit of water over the surface and leave, before rinsing thoroughly and wiping dry.

Soda water

Soda water works wonders on spills on carpet and upholstery as the bubbles in the water help to draw the stain to the surface. Pour over the stain, leave for a few minutes, and then blot gently away.


One of the most versatile household cleaners, white vinegar is great at cleaning surfaces and is odourless when it dries. It is even more effective when combined with a similar amount of bicarbonate of soda – use equal parts to clean and unblock drains and waste disposal units or boil a bowl of water, bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar in a microwave to leave it sparkling clean.


There is no need to buy expensive window cleaning kit to get a streak-free clean – just use newspaper! Dip the paper in a bowl of soapy water, wipe over and then use a fresh piece of newspaper to buff dry.

With the help of a little bit of old-fashioned elbow grease and these money-saving tips, you can have a shiny home and an even shinier bank balance in no time!

This content was written by Quick Move Now
Published on 13th August 2013
Last updated on 20th April 2017


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