Ready, set, clean! How to spring clean your home like a pro
It may still feel like winter outside, but with spring just around the corner, now is the time to give your home a little bit of TLC so you can kick back and enjoy the sunny days ahead.
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Even though you should keep your house clean all year round, the reality is we can’t all be like Martha Stewart. Spring cleaning shouldn’t take over your life, but it is the perfect time to dust off all the dirt in those areas we tend to neglect from our regular cleaning routine.
Whether you devote an entire weekend or space it out over a few weeks, here is our spring cleaning checklist for your home.
Gather your arsenal
Before you start, it helps to have all your cleaning tools in close reach to save time searching for the things you might need later on. Grab a bucket and fill it up with all your cleaning essentials such as paper towels, cloths, scrubbers, rubber gloves, vinegar and baking soda (our natural ‘go to’ cleaning agent), cleaning sprays, garbage bags and so on. Now you’re ready to tackle the housework marathon!
Cut through the clutter
Mess causes stress and one of the things we like to do first when launching into a spring clean is to declutter. Getting rid of the things you’ve accumulated around the place and may no longer need, means you’ll be making more room and have much less to clean. Take it from decluttering expert Peter Walsh and his tips on how to live clutter-free.
Wipe away winter
It’s crazy how much dust can accumulate in your home, especially in those hard to reach places. Dusting can get messy, so the best way to avoid dust resettling is to use a vacuum or microfibre cloth, particularly when tackling lighting fixtures and ceiling fans. Also, don’t forget to disinfect your door knobs and light switches as they can easily be forgotten!
Spring cleaning is also a good time to change the batteries in your smoke detectors and making sure the units are dust free.
Freshen up your linen
Collect all your blankets, throws, bath mats, cushion covers and pillows and load them up in the washing machine. Adding a touch of vinegar and baking soda into your washing machine will bring them all back to life, and it will also clean your machine at the same time. Beating the dust out of your pillows and duvets, and hanging them outside will also help kill any bacteria that might be harbouring away.
Alternatively, if your cushions are seeing their age, updating your living space with new cushions is a simple and inexpensive way to freshen up and elevate the look of a room. And if you’re really keen, you can re-arrange your furniture to create a new sense of space in your home.
Windows and treatments
Spray your window panes with a glass cleaner (or a diluted vinegar solution, which works just as well). Then go for the sills. Vacuum out all the junk and finish off with a spray and wipe with your household cleaner.
If you have window screens you can take them off and give them a gentle scrub with a brush using warm water and a dishwashing liquid, then rinse it off. You can also do the same with wooden, metal or vinyl blinds using a damp cloth. Most curtains are machine washable just make sure you check any labels.
In the kitchen
You could spend all day cleaning in the kitchen, but the key areas to focus on is your oven and appliances such as your microwave and toaster. Soak and then scrub your rangehood vents, stove grates and oven racks in hot water with a degreaser dish liquid. Depending on how gritty your oven is, you may want to try this oven cleaning hack before attempting to clean it. Make sure to give your benchtops, backsplash and fridge a good wipe down too.
Got dirty grout? Cleaning the grout in between tiles is a tedious task but it can really brighten up your bathroom again. If you’re looking for a DIY solution here’s the ultimate guide to grout cleaning. Resealing your grout with a grout sealer will also help protect it from staining easily.
Don’t forget your electronics
Did you know that computer and laptop keyboards can contain five times the bacteria found on a toilet? With this in mind you should look to clean your electronics on a regular basis. An easy way to clean in between your keys is to use a cotton swab.
Add a hint of spring
Once all the hard work is done, a finishing touch of fresh flowers or a fragrant scented candle will surely banish any winter blues away.
Lastly, have fun with it and embrace your spring cleaning as a sign that warmer days are on the way.
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