10 tips for nailing your spring cleaning
Spring is now upon us which means, spring cleaning is too. Cleaning is a task dreaded by many, but can actually be surprisingly fun! It’s also a great way to freshen up your home ahead of the warmer months, so why not get stuck in today? We have some tips to nail your spring cleaning, and enjoy it at the same time.
First, you’ll want to go back to basics with your cleaning, so the next two tips are pieces of general advice around your spring cleaning to help you get organised and most importantly, motivated.
Tip 1: leave no stone unturned
It goes without saying, but when you’re cleaning, you’re going to want to do a meticulous job and make sure you’ve covered every nook and cranny of your house. Often your daily clean will leave out many areas which you don’t think need looking after, which can cause a build up of dust or grime if not careful. So, if you’ve dedicated a day to spring cleaning then you may as well get the job done right and cover every inch of the house.
There’s going to be a lot of ground to cover, so why not pull in reinforcements? Get the kids to help out for a little pocket money and you’ll be done in no time. If you write up a little list of all the rooms in the house, and the jobs that need doing, not only will you be able to see what you’ve got to do but you’ll also be able to delegate tasks amongst whoever you’ve reeled in to help.
Tip 2: declutter, declutter, declutter
A cluttered home doesn’t always mean an unclean home. But excess clutter can compromise your cleaning capabilities, so it may be worth spending some time going through and sorting it out. Why not free up some space by organising your belongings into boxes. Underbed boxes are great for subtle storage and you can pick them up for as little as £10 at The Range.
Now you’ve decluttered, it’s time to get down and dirty with the technical jargon and the intricate cleaning tips. These next few pieces of advice will give you hands on recommendations on how to clean certain parts of your home which can require a little extra legwork.
Tip 3: wave goodbye to grime with bicarbonate of soda
Ovens are one of the trickiest places in the whole house to clean, as the dirt that builds up over time is often stubborn and tough to move. However, this can actually be easily solved with bicarbonate of soda.
Adding bicarbonate of soda to water in a spray bottle creates a quick, easy and cheap solution to remove oven grime. Spray it on the inside of your oven (avoiding the heating elements), leave overnight and wipe clean the next day. Your oven will be gleaming in no time and you’d have ticked another task of the list. Bicarbonate of soda and handy spray bottles can both be found in general convenience stores such as B&M, Poundworld and The Range.
Tip 4: deep clean your carpet
It’s surprising how much dirt can build up on your carpet over time, and a deep clean can truly give it a new lease of life. Though you may vacuum every day, this fails to get deep down into the fibres of the carpet and draw out dirt, so the occasional thorough clean is necessary.
To perform a deep clean, you could do with a high powered vacuum to help really pull out dirt, but if you don’t have one of these on hand then you could try a carpet cleaning powder which you can buy from stores such as B&M and Poundworld. DIY alternatives also exist – try mixing a little detergent or white vinegar into water to create a carpet cleaning solution.
Tip 5: steam clean the microwave
Similar to an oven, a microwave is a hotspot for picking up unwanted dirt and grime. Luckily, there’s a super easy way to clean it, even easier than the oven! Mixing up a combination of vinegar and water in a microwaveable jug, and heating this in the microwave until it steams up presents a perfect solution to the problem. Once the microwave has been steamed out, simply remove the jug and wipe the dirt away.
Tip 6: revamp your wardrobe
Spring cleaning doesn’t just mean sticking on the marigolds and scrubbing away. You may also want to embrace the ‘out with the old, in with the new’ vibe of spring by having a declutter of your wardrobe. When sorting through your clothes, you should always ask yourself “when did I last wear this, and when am I next likely to wear it?” If you can’t think of a justifiable answer for either of these questions, then perhaps it’s time to wave goodbye. Donating your old clothes to charity helps free up space, and help a good cause at the same time.
Tip 7: embrace overnight cleaning
Overnight cleaning doesn’t mean cleaning through the night, as who wants to do that, eh? What it does mean is your bathroom can literally be cleaned through the night with the right preparation. Make use of white vinegar to tackle tough limescale overnight by pouring it over tough areas or filling a plastic bag and tying this to your shower head. Leave the solution overnight in a well ventilated bathroom and rinse through in the morning to behold a cleaning miracle, right before your eyes.
Tip 8: use newspapers to clean dirty windows
It might sound bizarre, but it is proven to work. Mixing ¼ cup of white vinegar, 2 cups of water and 2 teaspoons of liquid soap into a spray bottle creates a quick and easy DIY window cleaner. Then, spray the mixture on to the glass and scrub with newspaper for a streak-free window. Don’t believe us? Try it for yourself, the ink acts as a mild abrasive and is proven to work wonders on windows.
Tip 9: breathe new life into your bed sheets
The ever trusty white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda (which you can pick up cheaply in stores such as B&M and Poundworld) is also perfect for breathing a new life into your old bed sheets. Soak your sheets in a mixture of both substances for a few hours before throwing them in the washing machine and prepare to be amazed by the results. Make sure you use a strong fabric softener to remove the pungent vinegar smell, though, you can find a large range of fabric fresheners and softeners at Wilko.
Tip 10: embrace those good smells
Once you’ve finished cleaning, the last thing to do is to get it smelling nice. You can do this through varying air-fresheners such as sprays, plug-ins, wax melts and candles, so it’s worth investing in a few of these to implement around the home to keep it smelling its best. You’ll be able to find a whole range of smellies in stores such as B&M, Poundworld and Wilko. You may also want to go that extra mile and create some fragrance sachets for drawers, cupboards and wardrobes which can be made through getting small fabric bags and filling them with popurri or cotton wall balls soaked in oils.
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