January is the right time to deep clean your house. After removing all the decorations, the house will look empty but also tidy and easier to  keep clean. Bicarbonate of soda and vinegar are good allies in our cleaning tasks.
You can use your favourite products but here are some of the old natural remedies our grandmas taught us:

Bin deodoriser: sprinkle a small amount of baking soda into the rubbish bin once a week to help absorb odours.
Stainless steel sink cleaner: make a paste of baking soda and white vinegar. Soak paper towels in solution and wipe down the sink.
Oven cleaner: mix 1 cup white vinegar and ½ cup lemon juice in spray bottle. Spray the bottom of oven. Let sit for 10 minutes, then sprinkle baking soda on top. Let sit for 10 minutes and wipe clean.
Fruit and veggie wash: mix water, baking soda and lemon juice and wipe fruits and veggies to remove wax.
Floor cleaner: mix ½ cup baking soda in a bucket of warm water. Mop the floor and rinse with clean water.
Microwave cleaner: help remove stuck-on food by applying baking soda to a damp sponge and scrubbing residue.
Dishwasher cleaner: sprinkle baking soda in the bottom of your dishwasher and run as usual to help freshen and remove stains.
Cutting board deodoriser: sprinkle board with baking soda, scrub and rinse.
Sponges cleaner: soak smelly sponges in 4 tablespoons of baking soda dissolved in 1 quart of warm water regularly.
Shower curtain cleaner: sprinkle baking soda on a damp sponge, scrub curtain and rinse off with clean water.
Comb and brush cleaner: soak combs and brushes overnight in a cup of warm water mixed with 1 teaspoon of baking soda.
Closet/Fridge/Drawer freshener: keep musty smells at bay by placing an open box or small glass jar of baking soda on a closet shelf.
Mattress deodoriser: Vacuum mattress first. Sprinkle baking soda over the surface and let it sit 30 minutes. Vacuum thoroughly.
Oil stain remover: to remove pesky oil stains from your driveway or garage floor, sprinkle baking soda over the stains and scrub with a stiff-bristle brush.
Paint brush softener: paint brushes too stiff? Boil them in a mixture of ½ gallon water, ½ cup vinegar and 1 cup baking soda.
Weed Control: generously sprinkle baking soda onto your driveway and sidewalk cracks to help discourage weeds.
Dry Pet Shampoo: to cut down on pet odour, give your dog a dry bath by sprinkling baking soda onto fur and massaging it in with a brush.
Litter box deodoriser: mix a generous amount of baking soda into the kitty litter box to help cut down on odour.
Pet bedding deodoriser: To cut down on musty pet odour, sprinkle bedding liberally with baking soda. Wait at least 15 minutes and vacuum thoroughly.
Carpet Stain Remover: mix 1 cup baking soda, 1 cup salt and 1 cup white vinegar into a paste. Apply to the stain and allow to dry. Vacuum.
Rug Deodoriser: sprinkle the rug with baking soda and let it sit for 15 minutes. Vacuum thoroughly.
Toy cleaner: to refresh your kids’ toys, dissolve 4 tablespoons of baking soda in 1 quart warm water. Pour mixture into a spray bottle and spray toys. Rinse and dry thoroughly.
Vacuum cleaner odour remover: sprinkle baking soda on the carpet and vacuum up to help remove odours inside your vacuum cleaner.
Laundry brightener: add ½ cup of baking soda to a load of laundry to boost colours and help fight stains.
Air Freshener: mix water, baking soda and a drop of your favourite essential oil together to make a room spray.