Spring is a lovely time of year, isn’t it? It’s a time of new beginnings and fresh starts, more so than ever this year. If you’re inspired to give your home a really good clean (perhaps because the brighter sunshine shows up all the dust!), here are our top ten spring cleaning tips. They’re so easy (and cheap), you’ll be happy to do them every month to maintain a clean, fresh house all year round*.
Take it one room at a time and remember that your house is a finite area - you can do this!
Step 1: Spring clean your kitchen
1. Start with your oven - it will make everything else seem really easy to tackle in comparison! Take the trays out (and the glass door, if removable) and give them a soak in hot soapy water before scrubbing with a stainless steel scourer. Meanwhile, mix 3tbsps bicarbonate of soda with 1tbsp white vinegar and 1tbsp washing-up liquid. Spread evenly over your oven’s interior and leave for 20 minutes before wiping clean. Place an oven tray on the bottom of your oven to catch future spills for easier cleanups next time.
2. Cleaning your microwave is much easier. Mix hot water with a drop of washing-up liquid in a microwaveable bowl, place in the microwave and heat for about 2 minutes, or until the window steams up. Remove the bowl and wipe the interior with kitchen roll.
3. Deep clean your fridge. Empty all the contents and throw away anything that’s out of date or that you can’t even remember buying. Take all the shelves and trays out and clean in hot soapy water. Use a cloth dipped in hot soapy water and bicarbonate of soda to clean the inside of the fridge and then wipe away the residue. If you’re feeling brave, defrost your freezer (you can use pans or trays of boiling water to speed things up). You’ll thank yourself later, when you can fit more than one item on each shelf.
4. Sort your kitchen cupboards. Apply the same level of ruthlessness as you used on your fridge. Check the dates on everything (even dried herbs and gravy granules go off eventually) and throw away anything out of date. Clean the shelves before restocking them.
Step 2: Spring clean your bedroom
5. Wash and dry your duvet and pillows according to their instructions. If you have a steam cleaner or a wet-dry vacuum cleaner, run it over your bare mattress to eliminate dust mites.
6. Empty your wardrobes, one section at a time. If you haven’t worn something for at least a year, sell it, give it away or recycle it. If you have lots of bulky winter clothing, you could store them in vacuum bags under your bed or in your loft (anywhere dry). If you lack the space, consider renting a storage unit for these and any other excess items that you won’t need for a few months (like Christmas decorations and winter sports equipment).
Step 3: Spring clean your bathroom
7. Hopefully, your toilet is nice and clean anyway, but if it needs a good clean to get rid of stains or limescale, we’re back to the old favourites of bicarbonate of soda (sprinkled liberally around the inside of the bowl) and white vinegar. Give it a good scrub with a toilet brush or scourer. You can use the same method on your bath (though probably best not to use the toilet brush).
8. You can clean your showerhead by putting it into a ziplock bag and filling it with white vinegar. Leave it for about 5-10 minutes and rinse well.
Step 4: Spring clean your living room
9. Remove all your cushions from your chairs and sofa and use a vacuum cleaner to get rid of the debris beneath. If you can, wash the cushion covers - or gently rub with a damp cloth dipped in a mixture of bicarbonate of soda, washing-up liquid and a little bit of white vinegar.
10. Pull back the sofa and behold the horrors beneath. Once you’ve recovered, tackle the mess with your vacuum cleaner and clean the skirting boards with a damp cloth.
Finally, tidy your understairs cupboards and anywhere else you tend to stash excess belongings. Make it as easy as possible to access things you use regularly, like your vacuum cleaner, mop and ironing board. If you need more space for things you don’t need as often, like spare duvets, excess books, camping gear or sports equipment then consider renting a storage unit
to make your home more comfortable.
*Well, maybe not the oven.