It’s that time of year again. The sun is coming out, the flowers are starting to bloom - and you realise what a thick layer of dust has appeared in your house over winter. That lovely sunshine really does make it easier to see the dirt and grime the cold, closed-up months have created.
So start fresh this spring with a thorough spring cleaning of your home. And to help you out, we’ve put together this Spring Cleaning Guide filled with top tips and tricks from us and our wonderful cleaners, some new and some from our archive of articles.
We’ve split it into three easy sections: general spring cleaning tips, natural cleaning hacks, and tips on how to clean specific areas of your home.
So, rubber gloves at the ready – let’s do it!
General spring cleaning
Before starting your spring cleaning, planning it is key. You need to think about your home as a whole as well as the individual rooms. Which room will you start with? How big are the rooms? How dirty is each one? Then estimate how long you think each room will take, and the order you’ll tackle them in. Fail to prepare and prepare to fail, right?
After planning, start cleaning the rooms from top to bottom. Always start at the top and work down when cleaning, otherwise dirt will fall from above onto the newly-cleaned areas and undo your hard work.
Instead of starting in the middle of the room, start with one corner and go around the room logically to make sure you don’t miss anything. And speaking of missing things – pay special attention to these spots that everyone forgets to clean. Your light switches may look harmless, but think again.
To speed up the process and save some money on expensive products, try a few clever cleaning hacks. No need to spend time scrubbing your toilet when you can get the work done with some cola.
Always finish cleaning one room before moving on to the next one. This way you’ll see the results of your work and find more motivation to clean the next room.
And while you’re spring cleaning your home, how about giving the rest of your life a little seasonal scrub, too? Spring cleaning your life can be a useful exercise to start the new season off right. And it’s super easy with the help of a few apps.
Now you’ve got the basics right, we can move on to the nitty gritty of how to get rid of the grime.
There are plenty of reasons to start cleaning green – it’s better for the environment, better for your wallet, and safer for you and your family than those nasty chemicals. There are plenty of natural cleaning products available to buy, but you can also make your own natural cleaning solutions using things you already have lying around the house. Get started with your green cleaning journey here.
Want to take your natural cleaning game to the next level? Then use kitchen leftovers. You can clean dozens of things in your house naturally with things you find in your kitchen. Lots of these items would otherwise go to waste – bread that has started to go stale, banana skins, and that cucumber that has seen better days, for example.
And for real environmentally-friendly spring cleaning efficiency, use one magic ingredient to clean multiple areas of your home. That’s right, everyone’s favorite beauty product, coconut oil, can be used as an amazing green cleaner. From the bathroom to the kitchen table, you’ll breeze through spring cleaning with this baby.
How do I clean that?Now you know how to plan and execute your general spring cleaning in an efficient and eco way. But what about those annoying spots you’re never sure how to clean? Those places we only clean on occasions, or are especially difficult to keep spick and span? We’ve got you covered.
Your desk might not necessarily be in your home (unless you either work from home or live in your office, whichever), but it should definitely be part of your spring cleaning plan. With the amount of time we spend sitting at it, it’s pretty important to keep your desk as clean as possible. And we’ve made that easy for you with our top tips.
Now, be honest – how often do you clean your make-up brushes? The answer is probably never. Or at least nowhere near as often as you should (but no need to feel bad, we’re all guilty of this one). Add this to your spring cleaning list. Our little video shows you how to clean your make-up brushes super simply, leaving you with germ-free and grime-free tools.
Much like your desk, your car may not be your home but you sure do spend a lot of time there. And although we may clean the outside (sort of) frequently, how often do you have a thorough clean of the inside? And even when you do clean it out, how long does it stay sparkling? Keep your four wheels neat and clean with these 5 super simple hacks.
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