Keeping your home clean and tidy doesn’t need to be a time-consuming task. In fact, with the right tips and tricks, you can spring clean your home in no time.
If you want to keep your home glistening without any hassle, take a look at these top tips now…
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1. Clean your equipment
It may sound like a hassle but cleaning your equipment won’t just get rid of bacteria; it will mean you will use less effort when you’re spring cleaning your home too. You can keep sponges clean by popping them in the microwave for a couple of minutes while soaking your mop with a combination of water and vinegar will keep it fresh.
Many reusable cleaning cloths can be washed hundreds of times, so don’t be tempted to swap them for disposable wipes. With reusable alternatives, you can save money, protect the environment and make cleaning a breeze too.
2. Choose the right products
There are thousands of products on the market, so how do you know which ones are the most effective? This will depend on your environment and your home. If you live in a hard water area, for example, cleaning solutions for hard water are going to be the most effective option. Similarly, you’ll want to assess your décor before you select your cleaning products.
If you have a tiled floor, you’re going to need something capable of killing bacteria and removing dirt, without making it excessively slippery. If you have a granite work surface, you’ll need a cleaner that won’t scratch the surface or dull its appearance.
By choosing products that are suited to your home, rather than what everyone else uses or what’s on offer, you’ll get the best results in the minimum amount of time. Don’t forget – you’ll want to check that any new products are suited to your home before you use them liberally. Test on small patches of unseen fabric or materials to be sure they’re safe to use.
3. Keep things working
If you’ve been a little lax with your cleaning regime, you might find that a little maintenance is needed. Although you won’t have to do this too frequently, it can be a great way to start a spring clean and it will enhance your results too.
Check your dishwasher and add rinse aid or salt, if it’s needed. Remove lint from your washer and run an empty load with some vinegar and water. Adding vinegar to water and placing it in a small bag tied around your showerhead is also a great way to remove limescale and improve the flow.
4. Plan your clean
A deep clean requires a little planning, so don’t start it on a whim. If you’re going to defrost your freezer, for example, don’t choose to do right after you’ve been shopping and stocked up. Instead, wait until you’re running low and defrost it before you hit the store.
Similarly, cleaning your oven means it will be out of action for a little while. Wait until you’re eating out or plan a takeout, so you can let your oven racks soak. As well as ensuring your oven is gleaming, this means you get to treat yourself to a fancy meal too!
5. Double-check your routine
Whatever cleaning products you choose to use around the home, be sure they are compatible with one another. Many chemical solutions can interact with each other, so don’t be tempted to use more than one at a time unless you’re advised to do so.
Of course, it is not just store-bought cleaners you need to careful of. Natural products, like vinegar and lemon juice, can make great cleaning solutions but this doesn’t mean they can’t be harmful. If you mix vinegar and bleach, for example, it creates a potentially deadly gas. Even some natural products can interact with one another, so take the time to double-check your routine and don’t use one product straight after another.
Spring cleaning your home
The thought of deep cleaning your home might make you groan but the right prep, products, and methods can make it easier than you would ever imagine possible. What’s more, the results will leave you feeling cleansed, refreshed and reenergized.
When you’re tight on time, you don’t have to spend hours or days spring cleaning your home. Instead, tackle one deep clean job a day and keep on top of daily clutter. This will ensure your home is clean, tidy and gleaming, with minimal time, stress and elbow grease.