Top 10 Spring Cleaning Tips
It's that time of year again. I know it feels like Christmas has only just passed and you’re probably still finding bits of wrapping paper around the house, but it really is time to start thinking about Spring cleaning your home.
I mean, nothing feels quite as good as coming home to a clean home so you owe it to yourself to enjoy a good Spring clean, especially if anyone in your household suffers from any allergies.
What is spring cleaning?
Spring cleaning is the practice of thoroughly cleaning a house during the springtime, hence the name. In many cultures, annual cleaning occurs at the end of the year, which may be in spring or winter, depending on the calendar!
But why do we spring clean?
To go back into history a little, Spring cleaning originally comes from the days when homes were heated by fireplaces and efforts were made to prevent heat from escaping the properties. Another reason why cleaning tends to take place in spring is that around that time of year, we tend to have a bit warmer weather and longer days and so it also turns to a stimulant for a lot of people to become more active and be more motivated.
Nowadays, Spring cleaning is just part of everyone’s seasonal cleaning and now there is the trend of organising and keeping your house clean and tidy, Spring cleaning has also become an enjoyable task and for people like me, even relieves some stress!
So to help you out, here are our top 10 spring cleaning tips that will help when it comes to your annual spring cleaning:
1. The Oven.
Now I think you can agree, this will probably be one of the dirtiest parts of your house, unless you are a regular cleaner - unlike me, so when it comes to doing your spring cleaning, it’s important to pay attention to the areas that don’t get cleaned as much as other areas of the house.
Over time, your oven naturally gets dirty after picking up food and oils from your meals so if you ever start to smell something burning, it’s probably because of the burnt food. An easy way to get rid of this is to pick off any loose pieces of food, spray your oven with ammonia and then sprinkle baking soda and some white vinegar, let it sit and bubble for a while then wipe clean your oven and BAM! A brand new oven!
2. Your Mattress.
Spring cleaning season is always a great time to pay attention to your mattress, after all, it’s probably where you spend the most time, right? It’s pretty easy and doesn’t have to take ages to do. All I do is get the smallest extension tool on my hoover and go over the mattress with a lot of pressure as well as spraying a few stain removers and fabric sprays to help freshen it up. Others tend to go slightly further and use baking soda and other cleaning products but I like to think that I clean my mattress quite often so don’t think it’s necessary.
If you, on the other hand, have never even thought about cleaning your mattress there’s plenty of other tips and tricks in regards to cleaning mattresses that will come in handy all over the internet for these deep cleans, just a quick search away!
3. Pots and Pans.
We don’t always give our pots and pans the love they deserve and often seem to forget quite quickly just how beautiful and sparkly our pans once were, so take this time to get them looking brand spanking new again. It’s easy, with any pans that have any burned residue just add some water and dish liquid to your pans and put them on your stove to simmer, the burnt food will quickly soften and will disappear with a few swipes of your brillo pad!
Or if you have any copper cookware and need to clean them up, get some ketchup, yes Ketchup and smear it all over the surface of your pans as well as a few pinches of salt, it gets the stubborn spots right off and leaves your pots and pans looking as good as new!
4. Your Junk Drawers.
We all have them, even in the cleanest of houses, so start with the smaller drawers or the ones you know you stash the most things in. Empty the drawers out and hoover them out so they are nice and clean as you’d be surprised how much rubbish is collected in your drawers over time.
Now you’ve emptied the drawers, throw away anything you don’t need or didn’t even know was in there and then the things you do need and want to keep, relocate to a new home where it rightfully belongs or put back into the drawer, this time a lot more organised, drawer organisers are perfect for helping with this one.
5. The Dishwasher.
Yes, in order for your dishwasher to do its job of cleaning the pots, you also have to clean the dishwasher every now and then too. When I clean mine all I do is make sure that my dishwasher is completely empty, (including any gross little bits from the drain) and run an empty cycle with a dishwasher cleaner, you can pick these up from plenty of supermarkets, they’ll probably even sell them at your local shops.
Once the cycle has finished, leave it to settle for a little while and your dishwasher will be good as new, back to ridding your plates of tomato sauce stains and clearing your cups of tea stains!
6. The Fridge.
Now you probably already wipe down your fridge shelves on quite a regular basis already, like when you put away the weekly shopping but don’t leave it too long between each deep clean.
Pull out all of the shelves and drawers and wash them in warm soapy water and leave them to soak a while. Whilst they’re soaking, wipe down the parts of the fridge that can’t be removed with a sponge and some soapy water, ridding your fridge of any food bacteria and spillage. Once the interior is nice and clean, put back all the shelves and drawers and rearrange your fridge so it’s neat and tidy again.
7. Your Microwave.
Whilst we try to keep on top of the cleaning of this magic device, sometimes it can feel like you open it and there's been a mini food fight inside, greeted by the sights of exploded baked beans, and splatters of tomato soup.
The easiest (and cheapest) way I clean the microwave is by getting a mixture of white vinegar and water. This method, deodorises, sanitises and cleans all in one! In equal parts of 200ml, pour into a microwavable jug, place a wooden spoon in the middle (this helps prevent the water from overheating), pop into the microwave and put it on for 5-10 mins. After carefully taking it out, wipe clean with a microfibre cloth. The steam will have loosened all the food debris leaving your microwave sparkling clean!
8. The Windows.
If you have a window cleaner, you probably don’t need to worry about the outsides but it is always important to pay attention to the inside of your windows too and remove dirty spots and smudges and all the little fingerprints or paws. Grab your window or glass cleaning spray and wipe away all the dirt and prints, give another wipe on the outside of the windows too if you can reach, but be careful we wouldn’t want any accidents.
A good tip I read and now follow religiously is to clean them on a cloudy day, that way the sun won’t dry the cleaner you are using before you have finished wiping down the windows!
9. The Cooker Tops.
To make your cooker top sparkle again, start by washing all the burners with lukewarm water and dishwasher soap, this will help remove all the initial film on them. Then make a thick cleaning paste of baking soda and water, or use any cooker top cleaner you have, elbow grease is my personal favourite.
Let the cleaner soak in for at least ten minutes to allow it to do its magic and then scrub with a scouring pad to get rid of the food residue and then rinse thoroughly, this should remove all of the burnt food residues and leave your cooker tops looking good as new.
10. Your Furniture.
Last but not least, your furniture. Not just cleaning the furniture but also the areas around it so pull all the furniture away from your walls and clean up behind and under them, get the hoover out and clean the areas of any dust and little bits that managed to get under your sofa or cabinets, you’ll surely find some questionable items, especially if you have children.
If you have the smaller attachments on your hoover make sure to go over your furniture like your sofa, lift the pillows and get into the crevices to make them extra clean.
That’s our top 10 tips for Spring cleaning, we know they will help heaps, especially if you don’t know where to start.
If you feel like there’s too much to do and not enough time and you need a little help in your cleaning endeavours, get the family involved! Even the most unwilling helper can make a big difference in the workload, you can either establish a family reward as an incentive to get the work done, I’m sure that will get them moving! This is a great time of year to get the entire family to work together so why not give it a go?
If you enjoyed this blog about Spring cleaning, then make sure to take a read of our 10 Tips To Keeping A Clean Home blog. We give you our top tips to keeping tidy around your home just by changing little things about your daily routine. Take a read here.