Spring has sprung and now is the time to dust off the old cleaning gloves and put some elbow grease into those jobs you’ve been putting off for months.
Before the nerves set in, rest assured that with a little planning, a spring clean won’t take up your entire day or leave your house smelling sterile like a hospital.
With some quick tips and some basic household items, your tough spring cleaning jobs will be finished in a jiffy. Here are five tasks to get you started.
1. Get those windows crystal clear: Window-washing doesn’t need to be associated with streak marks, smudged spots and expensive cleaning products. Cleaning your windows is actually one of the easiest spring clean jobs to wipe off the list. Using an equal parts vinegar and water mix, simply spray onto the window and wipe clean straight away with a paper towel or micro-fibre cloth in a horizontal motion.
TIP: If you have any old newspapers lying around use this instead of a cloth. The ink acts as a mild abrasive and allows you to make use of old newspapers.
2. Unclog your drains: Drains are an often overlooked part of your cleaning routine, but a clogged drain not only causes a horrible smell, but it can also really affect your plumbing. Tackle your clogged-up drains with a basic mix of vinegar, bicarb and water to break away built-up grime and leave drains smelling fresh. Pour a tablespoon of bicarb followed by a tablespoon of vinegar into your drain and let it work its magic for about 20 minutes. Rinse it away with some boiling hot water, repeat if needed, and you’ll have fresh-smelling drains without the hard work.
3. Clean out the oven: The baked-on stains in an oven are enough to cause anyone to vow never to cook again. But instead of reaching for the Uber Eats app or using harsh chemicals and scrubbing for what feels like forever, let your trusty household vinegar and bicarb mix do the hard work for you. Warm your oven a little to help break down some of the grease. Then rub a paste of bicarb and warm water all over your oven, followed by a generous amount of white vinegar. Leave it to bubble away and break down for about an hour – depending on how dirty your oven is – then wipe clean with a cloth.
4. Tackle your kitchen: You would be surprised by how many germs live in your everyday kitchen items – which is why you should replace or wash them regularly. Start by throwing away old cloths and sponges and cleaning out your bin with lemon juice. You can also give your wooden chopping boards a little freshen up with some coconut oil and half a lemon to keep the wood sparkling and to kill any lingering bacteria.
5. Improve your lighting: What if we told you brightening up a room is as simple as giving its lighting fixtures a once-over? Use a damp cloth to gently wipe away any dust build-up and let that spring feeling in with warm, clean light.
When tackling spring cleaning, think of a top-down method – do your lights first and finish with skirting boards and floors, that way you aren’t going over what you’ve already done.