Spring Cleaning Tips
Spring has sprung and now is the time to let the sun shine in!
When the sun shines more, you can feel your mood and the air change and lift with a vibe that inspires throwing the doors and windows open and cleaning out your home.
We have gathered a list of the best ways to approach cleaning out your home with eco-friendly elements, you may be stuck in a rut and continue to clean the same way, without realising there may be a simpler way!
From kitchens, to living rooms and bedrooms we have gathered the top ways to complete a refreshing clean out so you can enjoy the sunshine outside more.
Top kitchen cleaning tips...
- The secret to cleaning a stainless-steel sink is to place the stopper in the sink with two denture-cleaning tablets and half fill with water; leave for several hours or overnight and then rinse out and it will be sparkling, plus you can use the denture water to clean the draining board.
- Eco-friendly fridge cleaning that reduces odours is easy to master with a clean out of the fridge on a regular basis, a wipe down with lemon juice and water, plus a deeper clean with 2 tablespoons of bicarbonate soda and 2 cups water solution will also reduce built up staining, plus to continue that fresh smell keep an open packet of bicarbonate soda in your fridge ongoing. By using these methods you may also maximise the performance of your fridge, especially during summer months with clear, clean air ventilation throughout the fridge.
- Microwaves can gather smells and grim and an easy way to clean them is to use the natural miracle, lemon juice (four tablespoons) to one cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl then boil it for 5 minutes in the microwave and allow the steam to condense on the inside walls of the oven, then wipe away with a clean soft cloth.
- The best method for eco-friendly bench cleaning, especially for caesarstone and laminate is a solution of 50/50 vinegar and water, along with a simple wipe down with a wash cloth, for tougher stains you can find out more here: https://www.caesarstoneus.com/about-us/information-inspiration/discover-caesarstone-quartz-countertops/4-tips-to-maintain-your-caesarstone-countertops/
- Did you know the easier way to pick up small fragments of broken glass is to press pieces of bread onto the affected area?
Top bedroom cleaning tips...
- Regular vacuuming and dusting of your room, including the mattress, particularly along piping and crevices will remove dead skin cells that attract dust mites, along with a spray of tea tree oil or eucalyptus mix with water will provide a fresh smell and has antibacterial benefits that can flow through the room.
- Now is a good time to do the regular wash of pillows, doonas and covers, plus curtains and mattress and pillow protectors, run them through a normal wash cycle with a drop or two of tea tree or eucalyptus for added freshness and then let them dry in the sun, don’t forget to turn them over too so the sun hits both sides to make sure they are really dry!
- If you can you can also pull your mattresses out into the sunshine after a vacuum and let them have some sunshine and fresh air too, plus you can sprinkle them with a small amount of bicarbonate soda to remove any lingering odours.
- Lastly, don’t forget to vacuum the floor and skirting boards to remove any dust and then throw open those windows and air out your rooms to let the air circulate throughout, this helps to also remove built up dust and smells too.
Top living room cleaning tips...
- A great trick to remove furniture indentations from pure wool carpet is to place a tea towel over the area and then press with a warm iron. The heat will lift the fibres, but make sure you do not attempt this with synthetic or a wool/synthetic mix carpet as this may adversely affect the fibres.
- To clean glass windows, add about one tablespoon of cornstarch to about one litre of lukewarm water. Wet a rag or squeegee, remove excessive water and wipe down glass as if using regular glass cleaner. Dry with either a soft cloth or paper.
- Did you know you can use a vacuum cleaner with a brush attachment to clean the tops and creases of Roman blinds and remove dust?
- A fireplace cleaning quick tip to prevent ash from flying everywhere when cleaning out a fireplace, is to use a spray bottle filled with water to cover the ashes with a light mist so they are less likely to fly around the house!
Some other general Tips you may not have thought of!
- Stockings are not just to keep your legs warm in winter! You can keep spiders or any other nasty surprises out of shoes you keep outside, by place old stockings over the top of them. Make sure the stockings don't have holes in them, and if they don't fit snugly over the top, use an elastic band to secure them.
- Chalk is not just for chalkboards, did you know that you can stop ants entering your house by drawing a chalk line on the ground where you want them to stop. However, if you do live in rainy areas where ants are a problem, you must re-draw the chalk lines after each time it rains.
Also don’t forget it’s almost Summer and there have been water restrictions put into place to protect water supplies, so you need to be mindful how you use your water during your cleaning processes, to find out more information visit:
https://www.waternsw.com.au/water-quality/education/learn/using-less-water for Hunter and Sydney specific information you can also visit the following websites: