Now that the nice weather is here, and having watched ‘Tidying Up’ with Marie Kondo on Netflix, it is time to have a bit of a sort out and do some spring cleaning. Many people make the mistake of trying to do everything in one go, but often it is best to tackle one job, or one room at a time. Here are some of our top tips!
- Declutter the house
Easier said than done sometimes, but if you haven’t used it within the past 12 months, or want to keep it for sentimental reasons, consider whether you actually need it. The benefit of this is that you can even make money doing it by selling things you no longer need. We love eBay and Facebook Marketplace!
- Deep clean your carpets and sofa
Dirt, dust and hair can really build up in carpets and sofas, especially if you have pets. Why not contact a professional to come and clean your carpets? A great spring cleaning tip.
- Clean the Oven
Not a job anyone enjoys. Bicarbonate of Soda and water can do an OK job, simply spray on and leave overnight before wiping off the next day. The easy option is to use an oven cleaning service – they take all the pain out of the process and leave your oven looking as good as new!
- Get your fridge sparkling clean
Fridges and freezers can end up needing an intensive clean every few months. Now is the time to defrost your freezer. Throw out any food that has been in there much longer than guidelines recommend, or is suffering from freezer burn. Consider labelling shelves or baskets to make it easy to find what you are looking for!
Give the inside of the fridge a good wipe over, and wash the shelves. Dispose of any jars of food that have been lurking up the back for longer than you would care to admit. To keep your fridge smelling fresh, leave a cut lemon on a shelf, or a small saucer of bicarbonate of soda to absorb odours.
- Clean your microwave
Another kitchen item that never gets as good a clean as it needs. Food, dirt and grime can easily build up in the microwave. Slice a lemon and add to a microwave jug or bowl half full of water and heat it in your microwave until boiling. Leave in the microwave for 10 minutes and then remove and wipe the inside of the microwave fully. Wash the plate in the dishwasher, or by hand and then place back in the microwave.
- Deep Clean your washing machine
It’s amazing how dirty something that cleans things can get. Front loading washing machines, in particular, have a tendency to grow mould and can start to smell. It is easy to clean with vinegar and bicarbonate of soda though. Add ¼ cup bicarb soda to water and add it into the detergent drawer of the machine. Add 2 cups of vinegar into the drum of the machine, and put it on a hot wash. After the machine has finished, wipe all the seals, and if needed remove the detergent drawer and give it an extra soak in hot soapy water.
- Clean finger marks off walls, doors and light switches.
These areas always get grubby, especially if you have kids. Take the time to walk around the house, and clean the door frames, door handles, pull switches and light switches. We tend not to notice these spots ourselves, but they are very obvious to any guests coming in to your home.
- Sort out your wardrobe
Time to put away the winter clothes and get your summer clothes out. Try on your clothes, and decide if you still like them, whether they fit, and whether they actually suit your lifestyle. Add them to one of the boxes. If you aren’t sure about something, why not keep it, but face the hanger the opposite way to all the other clothes. If you haven’t worn it in 3-4 months, it is unlikely you will, and then you can donate it to your local charity shop, or sell it.
- Clean your Curtains, Blinds and Windows
Curtains can get quite musty over the winter, and nets can end up looking grey or yellow over time. Take them down and give them a wash and dry before re-hanging. Blinds can be wiped over with soapy water to clean, and why not clean your windows and frames inside and out at the same time. A great way to let the natural light shine through!
- Wash your duvet and pillows
Pillows and duvets can end up full of dust mites and who knows what else. Give them a good clean. Some dry cleaners and laundrettes offer a duvet cleaning service if your duvet won’t fit in your machine. If it does, wash it on the highest heat the label mentions, add in some bicarbonate of soda with the washing powder, and dry it in the sun. Pillows can be washed the same way in the machine too, and dried and fluffed up in the tumble dryer by adding dryer balls.
Well, there you have it – our top 10 tips for spring cleaning your house. do you have any others you would recommend? We would love to hear them!