01 Sep 6 Spring Cleaning Tips
Well hello Spring! Who else has missed the tingling warmth of the sun on their skin and the floating scents of new blossoms in the air? This is time for renewal and rejuvenation, especially if the house has been tightly closed up over the last few months. It’s the first week of September and here’s a few tips to get you started with your spring cleaning (minus the harsh chemicals whenever possible).
- Organising the cupboards & wardrobes. This is a great place to start because you are filled with motivation and conviction to really unclutter the house. Some people will say that if you haven’t worn/used it in the last 12 months then it should be cast aside, I prefer to use the rule of thumb of 2 years without use (unless, like me, you have been between pregnant or breastfeeding for the past four years!). Be sure to refold and relabel where required for each room/cupboard. Be practical too (your 12 year old probably doesn’t want their Sesame Street sheet set anymore). Be harsh with garments or items that have been put in the “I’ll repair it later” pile, are you really ever going to repair them? Create separate piles for the bin & goodwill too.
- Freshen up the carpets. Give each room a really good vacuum to start with to remove all the tops grit, then grab a short-term hire carpet cleaning machine from Coles or Woolworths and give yourself a full day of shampooing fun. Not keen on being on your feet all day slowly brushing back and forth? Hire a professional to come in and take care of it for you. Some of them even move the furniture. **extra tip – check out the weather forecast for the next day or two and book it when the warm temperatures are in your favour**
- Boss of the bathroom. There are probably not too many people who enjoy cleaning bathrooms. Store bought cleaners are ridiculously strong chemicals and odours. Instead, try combining 7 cups water, ½ cup baking soda, 1/3 cup lemon juice and ¼ cup vinegar into a spray bottle. Spray liberally onto the dirty grout and tiles, let sit, and scrub with a brush. Couldn’t be easier.
- Polishing the stainless steel. Well this one is really simple too so throw out all those nasty expensive la-de-da chemicals. All you need is a microfiber cloth and a little white vinegar and to rub with the grain of the metal. You can easily use this for the oven, fridge, benchtops, stove or exterior of the BBQ. It’s totally safe if you have a little offsider giving you a hand (as my 2 year old often does).
- If it can be washed, then wash it. Can the couch covers be thrown in the washing machine? What about the bed valances, and rugs, and curtains, and lace doilies under pot plants? If it can only be hand washed then do that, you’ll be amazed at how fabulous that extra effort will make the whole house feel.
- Touch up the walls. You’d be amazed at how much grime can build up on walls, especially hallways and rooms that face onto the road (or in my case the dirt cattle yards!). A bucket filled with warm soapy water and a sponge or mop with a sponge head will work just fine. Once you start wiping away you’ll be amazed at the build-up that’s there.
Sounds like you have some fun on your hands for this weekend now. It’s easy to add in a couple of extra hours into the weekly clean at the start of spring to really give everything a good clean. Get the whole family involved, either taking responsibility for their own rooms or one whole task in the house. Once the house is detoxed you’ll be pleasantly surprised at how fresh and not “chemically” the house smells. Fresh flowers and herbs are ways to naturally scent your home. Enjoy your Spring Clean!