When the weather starts to warm up, it’s a sign to bust open your windows – and your cleaning supplies cupboard. Yep, it’s already that time of year! Don’t know where to start? Use this list and tackle those spring cleaning chores like a pro.
Declutter. There’s a simple rule you can use to declutter your home. If you haven’t use something in the past 6 months, then you should consider throwing it away. The only exception to this rule is seasonal items and clothing. Separate out the ‘keep’, ‘donate’ or ‘throw away’ items and label them to avoid any treasures getting thrown away.
Deep clean your carpets. You’ll be surprised at how much dirty, dust and hair builds up in your carpets. This can be especially bad in bedrooms and dining rooms, where you’re less likely to move bulky furniture around when you’re cleaning. A deep clean will help restore the carpet’s colour and texture.
Remove pet hair with rubber gloves. Pets are an absolute delight to live with, but a pain when ti comes to keeping your home clean. Cats and dogs especially will leave hair everywhere. That’s where a pair of rubber gloves come in handy. Because of the material they’re made from, and the friction it creates, hairs will naturally stick to them. So, whether you need to de-hair your sofa, curtains or bedding, your trusty rubber gloves can sort you out.
Clean your oven. Oven cleaning is a time-intensive task, but using bicarbonate of soda to water in a spray bottle can go a long way. You just need to spray the solution on the interior surfaces of your oven, avoiding the heating elements. Leave overnight and wipe clean the next day. This way you avoid using harsh chemicals as these could cause irritation to your skin and damage your oven.
Get your fridge clean. We’re all guilty of not cleaning our fridge as often as we should. This means that stains, food and water can build up. Try using a toothbrush and an all purpose cleaner to help remove stains easily. Once you’ve got your fridge nice and clean, it’s time to tackle the lurking smells. Cut a lemon in half and place the two halves in your fridge. The lemon will naturally absorb any odours and leave your fridge smelling fresh.
Power up your dishwasher. Dishwashers are superheroes in disguise. It doesn’t stop at cleaning the dishes; you can place children’s plastic toys into it, along with your normal tablets, and get them nice and clean again.
Steam clean your microwave. Dirt and grime can easily build up in your microwave. It’s one of those appliances that you use so often that you take for granted, So, a good clean will not only get it back to its former self, but also improve it’s general hygiene. Use a combination of vinegar and water, and heat a measuring jug with a 50/50 solution for ten minutes in your microwave, until it steams up. Remove the jug and then use a cloth to wipe away the moisture and dirt.
Revamp your wardrobe. You might have a wonderful array of outfits, but do you actually wear them all year round? Time to revamp your wardrobe. First, seperate your clothes into seasons; spring, summer, autumn and winter. Then try your outfits on. Do they still fit? Do you still like them? If the answer is ‘no’ then get rid of them! For the clothes you decide to keep, bag up the ones that are out of season and store these in your loft or wardrobe.
Breathe life back into your bedsheets. We all have that favourite duvet set that we return to time and time again. But over time colours can fade and soon you’re left with drab looking bed sheets. Try soaking them in bicarbonate of soda and white vinegar as this can help you bring your sheets back to life and get rid of any lingering odors. Just make sure you rinse them thoroughly to get rid of the vinegar smell before using.
Clean your bathroom while you sleep. No, not quite literally while you sleep – you deserve your rest! Limescale is notoriously difficult to remove. That’s where white vinegar can help. It’s great at breaking down the molecules and removing a build-up of limescale. It can remove stains from the toilet, shower and sink. All you need to do is spray it on and leave it to get to work.
Thanks for reading.