Top Spring Cleaning Tips
Now that spring is officially here, it means that the annual deep clean is in full swing. Some love it and some loathe it, but it has to be done! Some jobs are so time consuming and gruelling that they can only be done once a year, and the best time is now. So whether you’ve started the dreaded spring housework or not, we have some top tips for you.
Start with clean tools
Doing a spot of spring cleaning can be rather pointless if you’re just spreading around dirt and bacteria. This is what can happen if you use a dirty dishcloth or sponge – these harbour germs unless they are disinfected or replaced regularly. A quick way to ensure a sponge is clean is to squeeze it out and microwave it for one minute. This should zap any nasty germs before you begin your work.
Wash your bins
We all have around three large outdoor bins now, including recycling, as well as other bins in the kitchen and throughout the home. Get them all together and take them outside for a thorough clean. This shouldn’t take long if you have a hose! Rinse them inside and out, with a spray of disinfectant for each bin. Leave them upside down to dry before bringing them back inside.
Most of your spring cleaning will take place in the kitchen, as this is home to many of the appliances we neglect to clean weekly. Pay attention to the oven, the refrigerator and the freezer. Remove all food from the insides and thoroughly wipe all surfaces with a gentle cleaner. You may also want to defrost the freezer so you can clean it properly. Don’t forget to also get above and below kitchen cabinets, and clean out all drawers – there are probably a few sticky patches to get rid of!
Getting high up to clean all the windows and frames in a conservatory can be tricky – this could be a two person job if you have someone to help. You’ll need a strong pair of ladders and a retractable duster or window squeegee. Remove the conservatory blinds and wash them in the washing machine if you can (check the care instructions). If not you can wash them in the bath. You can simply use warm water and washing up liquid on the sill and frames, and your favourite window cleaner to make sure the glass is gleaming for summer.
Now is the time to tackle the grime in the grout. This can build up quickly if left and can leave the bathroom looking dirty, no matter how often you clean it. Use a grout brush or an old toothbrush to scrub away in between the tiles. You can use bleach, a special bathroom cleaner or a homemade, friendlier solution.
Happy spring cleaning!