Not looking forward to your annual spring clean? These top tips guarantee to make cleaning your home less hard work.
It’s that time of the year again when you’ll need to put on those rubber gloves and give your home a thorough clean. Now, I know you’re probably sitting there rolling your eyes and thinking ‘whoop-de-doo,’ but spring cleaning only has to be as painful as you make it. Seriously, it’s true – your traditional spring clean-up does not have to be a miserable week-long experience.
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Whether you love spring cleaning (are you insane?) or consider it the bane of your existence, there are a number of ways to make your life easier. Thanks to the professional cleaners at Helpling.co.uk, I’m going to share 10 cleaning tips on refreshing your living space this spring.
- Make a list of everything that needs to be cleaned
Walk through every room of your home and write down what needs to be cleaned in each of those spaces. From organising your wardrobes and scrubbing the toilet to cleaning your oven and dusting the blinds, I’m talking about literally everything. This is even more important if you live in a large house, as a list will help to ensure you don’t forget about anything.
Writing a list before getting started will also help you to determine all of the cleaning tools you need. When you run out of all-purpose cleaner or bin bags right in the middle of your spring clean, you’ll have to stop what you’re doing and make a trip to the shop. This is the last thing you want to happen, especially as your aim is to get things done easier and quicker – not slower. Leave the hard to reach areas cleaning to House Cleaning Fargo and they do an amazing job every time.
- Buy the right cleaning materials and tools
As I just mentioned, you need to be armed will all the right cleaning materials before getting to work on refreshing your home. So – you’ll need to go through your list and make a note of all the cleaning essentials you need to buy that you don’t already have stashed away in the cupboard. Also, check your cupboards and drawers for equipment, such as:
- Microfibre cloths (for dusting)
- Mops and buckets
- Paper towels
- Dustpan and broom
- All-purpose cleaner
- Glass cleaner
- Oven cleaner
- Carpet stain remover
Although you might think you’ve got a fully stocked cleaning cupboard, the chances are, you won’t have everything to complete your spring cleaning tasks. Besides, having and using the correct cleaning tools will make any job a heck of a lot easier.
- Throw out any junk
It’s quite simple. Keep what you need and throw away what you don’t. Before you start dusting, scrubbing and mopping your rooms go through your wardrobes, cupboards and drawers and have a good tidy up. This way, you can see what you haven’t worn or used in ages and then get rid of these items. Once you’ve cleared away the junk, clean your furniture and neatly put back all the things you want to keep. If you have anything worth donating, have a special box in each room or even in the hallway so they can easily be transported to a charity shop in your local area.
Bonus tip: While I’m on the subject of throwing out your unwanted clothes, I should tell you about the hanger trick. Basically, you hang all your clothes with the end (the hook at the top) of all the hangers facing outwards in your direction. Then, each time you’ve finished wearing something, place it back on the hanger and turn the end around the other way. Check your wardrobe after a month or so and donate anything that hasn’t been worn (the clothes on the hangers with the ends still facing outwards) or you’re unlikely to wear when the season changes.
- Get all hands on deck
If you have children, they can get their hands dirty too. The same can be said for teenagers (or your house mates) to help make your spring cleaning challenge stacks easier. Younger kids can be responsible for picking up their toys and games and putting them back on their shelves or in boxes. As for older kids and adults, they can help you with pretty much everything else.
Go through your to-do list and write names (including your own, of course) next to the different chores so that everyone knows what jobs they’re in charge of. Not only does involving your children show them how to keep your home organised but it also lightens your spring cleaning load.
- Start at the top and work down
You’ve got your list, the right tools and cleared out the clutter, so now it’s time to clean your rooms. But did you know that it’s better to start at the top and work down? The reason for this is because you will always catch any dirt that falls from above when you finish up at the lowest point. You should also start cleaning in one corner and work your way around the room to ensure you don’t miss a thing. Also, always finish cleaning one room before moving onto the next. If at any time you’re struggling for motivation, stick on some music to make things go by faster.
- Use the dishwasher for more than just dishes
Dishwashers are fabulous appliances for making light work of cleaning dishes and cutlery but they can help you clean so much more than just these things. When I say much more, I mean unusual objects and some items that can be tricky to clean by hand.
Your dishwasher can actually clean:
- Plastic toys without electronic components
- Dish cloths
- Soap trays
- Toothbrush holders
- Pet trays and dishes
- Plastic hairbrushes and combs (remove hair first)
- Makeup brushes
- Dish racks
- Plastic chopping boards
- Cheese graters
- Shaving razors
All of these items only require a gentle cycle and do not need to be heated dry in the machine. And -like with anything you put in the dishwasher, just be sure that your items are dishwasher safe before loading and switching on the start button.
- Choose an overcast day to clean your windows
Cleaning your windows is made much easier when it’s a shady day. Why? Because the sunshine is likely to do a good job of drying the glass cleaner before you get a chance to wipe it off. Then, you’ll be left with streaks and have to start all over again. To spot any streaks when cleaning and easily see which side of the window they’re on, you should always use horizontal strokes on one side of your window and vertical strokes on the other side. Remember – overcast day for cleaning windows and sunny day for dusting (dust particles are easier to see on a bright day).
- The dreaded drains
I think most people can admit to not cleaning out their drains often enough, so it’s always a good idea to freshen them up during a spring clean. To ensure your drains stay free-flowing, you’ll need some table salt, vinegar and baking soda. Mix about 64 grams (2.25 oz) of baking soda with 4 tablespoons of table salt and pour it all down the drain. Then, pour down 120 grams (4.2oz) of heated vinegar – and watch the entire mixture foam a little. You should leave it to work its magic for about 15 minutes and then run hot tap water for 30 seconds to wash it away. Dead easy!
Bonus tip: Invest in a TubShroom, which fits neatly inside your drain and catches all the hair to save you spending as much time unclogging your bathroom sink and bathtub in the future.
- Your fridge and freezer need cleaning love too
If you’re anything like me, you probably wipe down any obvious traces of muck in your fridge and freezer but ignore whatever you can’t see. Sadly, that leaves you with more to clean up when spring cleaning. However, it shouldn’t take you very long. You just need to pull out any shelves and drawers and pop them in warm soapy water for a really good soak. Warm soapy water will be enough to remove any spillages and food bacteria before drying off and placing back into your appliances. Don’t forget, while your shelves and drawers are soaking, you can save time and clean something else in your kitchen.
- Multitask as much as possible
Before you mumble under your breath, ‘that’s easy for you to say.’ I’m telling you – it’s also easy to do. For example, you can start the day by loading the dishwasher and putting on the washing machine, as well as adding toilet cleaner to the toilets, oven cleaner to the oven and all-purpose cleaner to your surfaces, appliances and other areas of your home. These are all things that you can leave while getting on with cleaning something else, then come back to and finish off later on in the day. You’ll basically be doing a handful of jobs at once. Score!
See – I told you. Spring cleaning your home couldn’t be easier. If you have no choice but to do it alone or simply haven’t the time to do any of it at all, don’t forget, you can always call upon a expert cleaning services at Helpling.