No one likes cleaning or tidying but unfortunately we all still have to. So here are some top tips to make it as quick and painless as possible!
Whether you’re the sort of person who whips the Hoover out before a dropped crumb has the chance to hit the floor, or you haven’t yet familiarised yourself with the cleaning aisle in the supermarket, spring cleaning fever hits us all. Even the most detail-orientated among you will appreciate these cleaning hacks that will halve your housework.
Vinegar is not only inexpensive and non-toxic, it’s a super all-round cleaner. Use it to clean drains, soak off sticky residue, make glass sparkle, deter cats from furniture, banish stinky odours, keep flowers fresh for longer, and remove burnt food from pans. It’s cheap, effective, and environmentally friendly – just what you want from a cleaner.
Forget toxic oven cleaners which require biohazard warnings. Instead, heat a dish of water until the steam has coated the sides and softened any stuck on gunk, then wipe down. Any stubborn marks can be removed by applying a paste made of baking soda and vinegar. Allow to sit overnight, before wiping off with a damp cloth the following day.
Windows and Mirrors
There’s nothing better than scrunched up newspaper for a fast, streak free way to clean glass. Squirt with a mixture of one part vinegar and three parts water, or your favourite glass cleaner, and wipe over with a scrunched up old newspaper.
Organise Your Fridge
If, like many people, the back of your fridge is full of duplicate jars of mustard, chutney and jam that you forget you have until they’ve grown greener than Camperdown Park, use a lazy Susan style turntable in the fridge for easy access to your forgotten pickles and condiments.
The Basket Method
Use a washing basket or box to tidy your house. Choose a room and put everything that belongs elsewhere in your home in the basket. Move around the house, putting items away as you reach the right room, and in the box when they need to be moved.
Freshly spilled nail polish can be quickly cleaned up by sprinkling with sugar. If it’s dried on carpet, using rubbing alcohol (from a pharmacy) on a microfiber cloth will remove it. Test a small patch first to make sure it doesn’t remove the dye from your carpet. Dried flecks of nail polish on clothing can be taken off with an ordinary razor. Razors are also an effective method to remove irritating pilling from fabric.
Spritz your mattress with vodka (yes, vodka!) and allow to air dry to remove odours. You can also sprinkle it with baking powder, leaving it to sit for half an hour before vacuuming it up.
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There’s no need to dread spring cleaning when you know how to cut corners without compromising on cleanliness.