I don’t know what it is about Spring that makes us want to throw open the windows and clean the house, the traditional Spring Clean. Perhaps it’s the longer days and extra light which highlights the dirty windows, the cobwebs, the grubby carpets. It can seem like a daunting task so any help is welcome, I came across these great tips on Facebook and Pinterest which will hopefully help make the whole process a bit easier.
Don’t forget, make a list and stick to it! It’s so easy to get distracted and start to rearrange the furniture, colour code your wardrobe, start your tax return (okay well maybe not the last one but you get my drift!). Once you’ve completed your Spring Clean you can move on to the nice bits.
1. Ceiling Fan Blades
Use an old pillow case to clean the blades of a ceiling fan, simply place the pillow case over each blade and rub. This stops dust etc falling everywhere, including in your face!
2. Clean Cobwebs With Ease
Attach an old towel to a Broom with an elastic band for dusting and removing cobwebs from moulding and ceilings. This works really well if you have high ceilings that a normal feather duster would not reach.
3. Extractor Fans
Fight oily dust with…more oil. Use cooking oil and maybe a little salt for abrasion to clean oily surfaces like the cooker hood. Finish with lemon for a nice smell and to remove any remaining oil.
4. Window and Door Tracks
Window Tracks seem to accumulate so much dirt and it’s not an easy space to clean. You can make life easier by using vinegar and baking soda with warm water. Sprinkle baking soda into the gap and then pour a little vinegar on top, this will fizz for a while which loosens the dirt. Use a toothbrush to scrub the area and then pour in some warm water and sponge off. Use paper towels to absorb the excess moisture.
5. Clean a Stained Sofa
Microfibre is particularly easy to get dirty and particularly difficult to clean! Use rubbing alcohol to saturate the area and then sponge off the dirt. Allow the fabric to dry, it will feel quite hard to the touch, use a bristle brush in a circular motion to lift the nap and restore softness.
6. Slatted Blinds
So many homes have slatted blinds or shutters now and while they look lovely they are a bugger to clean! I have them in most rooms and they drive me a bit nuts when it comes to cleaning. I even invested in a special double sided brush, but to be honest the best way to clean them is a quick vacuum and then a wipe down with an old sock dampened with a vinegar/water mixture (50:50).
This has to be the least favourite job of pretty much everyone I know! It can also be messy and smelly with god knows what chemicals invading your home. My mum swore by baking soda, she would make a paste with water and paint it on to the bottom and sides, when it came to cleaning she simply wiped the whole oven down with virtually no effort. The only problem with this method is that your oven is permanently a patchy white which isn’t very attractive! The same method can be used to clean your oven, some people recommend baking soda followed by vinegar, paste it on, leave for 30 minutes (or overnight) and then wipe down. And no nasty smell!
8. Pet Hair
A window squeegee is a very effective tool in the war against pet hair! Use a slightly damp one to literally scrape hair off your carpet. Of course this will also pick up human hair and other bits of fluff that can somehow escape the vacuum cleaner!
Your mattress can absorb all sorts of allergens, dust mites, skin cells etc and needs regular cleaning. This can be lessened by the use of a mattress protector which you can wash in between mattress cleans. Once a year you should clean your mattress by first vacuuming with the upholstery attachment of your vacuum cleaner and then sprinkling with baking soda, leave this for 30 mins and then vacuum again.
As with your mattress, pillows need regular attention too. Again, a pillow protector can help reduce the damage and prolong the life of your pillow but ultimately it may need to be washed. To clean your pillows rather than replacing them, wash at 90′ with the following: 1 cup of laundry detergent, 1 cup powdered dishwasher detergent, 1/2 cup borax. Put on a spin cycle twice then dry in the tumble drier with a clean tennis ball (wrap in a sock to prevent dye running). Make sure they are completely dry before use.
And there you have my chosen top 10 tips for Spring Cleaning. You can view more ideas on my Pinterest board “Great Spring Cleaning Tips“