Spring clean – A time to cleanse

Spring time is often a catalyst for getting the house decluttered and spruced up for the year ahead. Here are some tips to help your spring clean:

  • Be realistic: don’t try to tackle the whole house in a day. Make a list of the areas you want to concentrate on and the cleaning products you’ll need.

 

  • Declutter your wardrobe: There’s a simple rule you can use to declutter your clothing and accessories. If you haven’t worn something in the past six months, then you should consider throwing it away, with the exception of seasonal items. Separate out into piles of ‘keep’, ‘donate’, ‘sell’ or ‘throw away’ and clearly label them to avoid any treasures getting thrown away by mistake.

 

  • Expired items: Go through all your kitchen cupboards and fridge freezer and get rid of out- of-date food items as well as out-of-date medicines (check these are discarded safely).

 

  • A clear kitchen: Wipe out the cupboards. Look at all your equipment and assess if you really need it: if not, sell it or take to the charity shop. Clean the fridge and freezer.

 

  • Getting rid of nasty odours: For fridge odours, cut a lemon in half and place the two halves in your fridge: one on the top shelf and the other on the bottom shelf. The lemon will naturally absorb any odours and leave your fridge smelling fresh.

 

  • Freshen bedrooms – Wash duvets, pillows and pillow protectors, or take them to the dry cleaner. To deodorise your mattress just sprinkle bicarbonate of soda all over your mattress and leave for up to eight hours. Then vacuum up any excess powder and your mattress is as good as new.

 

  • Deep cleaning textiles: Carpets and rug often need a deep clean once a year. You can hire carpet cleaners or get a professional to do it. But one handy tip if you have pets, a pair of rubber gloves are great for picking up pet hair. Because of the material they’re made from, and the friction it creates, hairs will naturally stick to them. Failing that, a trusty lint roller works wonders on removing pet hairs from fabric.

 

  • Oven cleaning: Add bicarbonate of soda to water in a spray bottle and you’ve got your own handy oven-cleaning solution. You just need to spray the solution on the interior surfaces of your oven, avoiding the heating elements. Leave overnight and wipe clean the next day. If any soda remains, spray with vinegar to remove it.

 

  • Clear glass: Wash all windows inside and out on a cloudy day to ensure that the sun won’t dry the cleanser before you’re done wiping.

 

Content and suggestions gleaned from goodhousekeeping.com and housebeautiful.co.uk