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Give Your Home A Spring Clean

March – Give your home a spring clean

It’s that time of year again! Grab yourself a pair of yellow marigolds and put on the kettle, because we’re provided you with an extensive A-Z cleaning list to help you with your yearly spring clean.

Apply a mixture of ½ cup of household bleach with a half a bucket of water and use a stiff brush to scrub away at grime in your bathroom grout. Make sure to wear rubber gloves and don‘t let the liquid splatter onto other surfaces.

Buy a pair of rubber gloves and dampen them to easily collect any fur and unwanted pet hair from your furniture and upholstery.

Combine 4 tablespoons of baking soda and ½ a jug of warm water to create the perfect homemade all-purpose cleaner recipe. Baking soda is an excellent ingredient to remove those extra-tough stains.

Deoderise pet beds and cushions by sprinkling the surfaces with baking soda, letting it sit for 15 minutes and then hoovering the surfaces. This is also an excellent way of covering up bad odours in shoes.

Empty your hoover bag and replace the filters to make sure that your hoover is picking up as much dirt as possible.

Fill your stainless steel sink with water and add cleaning tablets then leave for several hours and drain for a sparkling finish. For hobs, mix 1 teaspoon of dish detergent with hot water and use a clean cloth to rub away the marks.

Gently rub all the walls in your home with a hand dishwashing detergent and sponge to get rid of any unwanted stains and built-up grime.

Hold your iron above carpet dents and press ‘steam bursts’ several times to encourage the fibres to swell and return to their original shape.

It’s important to clean your pillows and mattress protectors at least twice a year. This, along with hoovering heavily over your mattress, will ensure that your bed is kept as clean as possible.

Jumble up the clothes you’ve had in the bottom of your drawers for a while and put them through the wash to avoid a build up of dust. Alternatively, recycle the pieces of clothing you haven’t worn in ages.

Knock out hidden crumbs in your toaster and knife holder by gently shaking it upside down into a bin. Alternatively, use the small nozzle of your vacuum cleaner or buy a 12-inch pipe cleaner.

Load up your dishwater up with all kinds of things and run on a light cool wash to clean things like ornaments, garden tools, and jewellery dishes.

Mix together four tablespoons of lemon juice and water in a mug, heat it up in the microwave and allow the steam to condense on the inside walls. Once complete, wipe down the surfaces and admire the sparkling finish.

Note for you ladies… wipe down your handbag with a disinfectant wipe! You’d be surprised how much bacteria can gather on things we touch daily but barely ever clean.

Open up your fridge, remove all the shelves and wipe down the entire interior. Wash all the shelves and bins in warm soapy water to get rid of food bacteria and spillage stains.

Protect your kitchen floors by applying a combination wash-and-wax floor cleaner.

Question what you really need in your home – this means taking a trip to the recycling bins or charity shops and getting rid of the things you never use.

Reach to all the forgotten places in your home by cleaning all ceiling and light fixtures including any skylights. You may need a step ladder and an extended duster!

Spray hair spray on marker pen and gently rub with a cloth to remove it from hard surfaces.

To make your cooper shine, pour a bit of ketchup (yes we know it sounds odd) on to a cloth and rub into the item. Rinse with warm water and dry normally.

Unblock clogged drains by pouring ½ cup of baking soda down it followed by ¼ cup of table salt and 1 cup of heated vinegar, wait ten minutes and then flush with hot water.

Vanish oil based stains by blotting away any excess grease with kitchen paper, covering the stain with baby powder or corn starch, leaving for 5 minutes then remove and gently rub with hand dish-washing detergent.

Wait for an overcast day to wash your windows (direct sunlight may dry the cleanser quickly and leave marks) and wipe with vertical strokes on one side, and horizontal on the other so you can spot streaks easily.

Xtreme measures calls for cleaning your washing machine! Place 2 cups of white vinegar in the detergent component of your washing machine and put through a wash. Repeat with 2 cups of bleach and repeat again.

You’re almost done! A top tip to keep your wardrobe clean is to move your wardrobe out a few centimetres from the wall to prevent condensation from seeping into the cupboards.

Zap clean your curtains by hand-washing using a mild detergent or put them through a delicate washing machine cycle. If you’re unsure of the fabric and want to opt for the safest alternative, use a good quality steam cleaner with an upholstery attachment.

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