When spring arrives, it’s time to start cleaning it, getting it ready for a season for having friends over and spending time with family. But cleaning the house from top-to-bottom can seem like a daunting task for many. However, don’t be put off. We’ve put together this handy guide of 12 tips to make spring cleaning easier this year.
- Make a schedule or clean in chunks
It can be tempting to put off cleaning if you don’t know where to start or if you’re envisioning having to clean all day. But you can beat back procrastination with a cleaning schedule. Decide on one room to clean each day — even one part of a room — so that you can do a little each day. This way, you can complete your spring cleaning in a matter of days.
It can also help to try cleaning for small periods of time. Even 5–10 minutes can give you enough time to tick one task off your list. You may even find too that once you get started, you keep going and clean for longer than expected.
- Get rid of clutter first
Once you’ve got your schedule sorted, it’s best to get rid of any clutter in the room. This makes it easier to get to the items and surfaces that need to be cleaned, rather than having to wade through rubbish.
If you expect to be getting rid of a lot of clutter, it’s a good idea to hire a skip bin to make the process easier on yourself, rather than having piles of bin bags waiting for garbage day.
- Stop more dirt with two doormats
Minimize the dirt that gets into your home by adding an extra doormat to your front door. Have one outside the house and one inside. This way, when someone walks inside, there’s double the chance that all dirt will be removed from their shoes.
- Clean the microwave
The microwave often gets overlooked for cleaning in the kitchen. Unfortunately, this can leaving it smelling foul. But don’t worry if your microwave needs a good clean; there’s a simple trick you can use.
Put a mixture of water and vinegar into your microwave. Heat it until it begins to boil. Let it sit in your microwave for a little while. Then remove it and wipe the inside of your microwave. You’ll find that stubborn stains will vanish easily.
- Deep clean your pots
Along with your microwave, your pots may also be screaming out for a deep clean, particularly if there are stains or marks that have cooked on.
Simmer a mixture of water and dish-washing liquid in the pot for a short while. Then start scrubbing. This should lift any baked-on food and stubborn stains with minimal effort on your part.
- Remove stubborn stains from oven
And if there are stubborn stains in your oven, with food that has been left to bake time and time again, don’t despair. Simply dip a cloth in hot water and then place it over the stain. Leave it to cool and for the stain to soften. You should find the stain shifts easily after that.
- Get rid of fingerprints on stainless steel
While stainless steel is a wonderful modern trimming and material, it looks far better when it’s gleaming rather than covered in greasy fingerprints. To get it sparkling again, mix up some dish-washing liquid with water. Using a soft cloth, rub this mixture with the grain of the steel. Rinse it with hot water before drying it off with a clean cloth.
- Wash plastic toys
If you have children, it’s important to give their toys a spring clean too. While soft items may need to be hand washed or put in the washing machine, you can bulk wash plastic toys in the dish-washing machine. Remember to turn off the heated dry, however, as this can melt the plastic.
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- Clean your dishwasher
And once you’ve finished cleaning those toys, you can give your dishwasher a good clean too. Pour in some white vinegar and let it run through a wash cycle. This can help disinfect your dishwasher, neutralizing unpleasant odors and making for cleaner dishes in the future.
- Keep your shower clean
Make sure your shower is always clean by incorporating cleaning into your daily hygiene routine. Keep a squeegee in the shower so that as you wash, you can scrape any excess water from the glass and tiles, keeping soap scum and mildew at bay.
- Clean ceiling fans
Ceiling fans can be tricky to clean but they need to be cleaned after a long winter without use. Otherwise, the dust that has gather can fly off and spread around your room when you turn them on for the first warm day.
Use a step stool and a long duster to reach the ceiling fans easily. Lay down a drop sheet to catch any dust that falls.
- Use an electrostatic duster
If there are numerous blinds in your home, you need an electrostatic duster. Dust is attracted to the duster, making for a quicker clean. You can then also wipe the blinds with dryer sheets to repel dust in the future. Try out these cleaning tips this spring and see the difference for yourself. You can then enjoy a fresh and clean home for the rest of the season.