It’s Spring and it’s the perfect time for a Spring clean
That’s right folks it’s nearly full swing into Spring here in the U.K. and it’s about time. The sun has been shining and the rain has been pouring, so it’s officially Spring. We recently shared a post about bringing the season into your home but today we’re talking about Spring cleaning your home.
With such busy lives, it can be easy to feel overwhelmed at the thought of a Spring cleaning session but it can be so cathartic. Having some sense of organisation within your life and home also feels so lovely. There are many ways to keep your home tidy but what about those big cleans? What about getting to the nitty gritty? We’re here for you.
Top 5 Tips For Your Lounge
Usually, the hub of the home and where we spend a large portion of our evenings with the family is the lounge or living room. It stands to reason why this room can become untidy quickly as it is a high-traffic area. From left-behind toys to forgotten snacks and spilt juices. Here are some great tips when spring cleaning your lounge.
- Start from the top of the room and work down to the floor. Cleaning this way guarantees any dust will fall to the floor. The floor being the last to be cleaned will mean cleaning any dust that fell too.
- Don’t forget to wipe around all the skirting boards and doors. Not forgetting the light switches and plugs too. These spots are often neglected but can become very dirty.
- Be brutal, go through everything and don’t be afraid to sell, donate or throw what you don’t need.
- Wash any soft furnishings you can. From curtains to sofa cushions, you need to make sure you wash these as they are used so often and become dirty quickly. Be sure to check labels for cleaning instructions.
- Clean all tv remotes and handheld devices as they become a perfect place for germs to gather.
Spring Cleaning Your Kitchen
Due to the nature of this room, it’s understandable how it becomes the dirtiest room of all. Especially if you’re a parent picking up after messy children in the kitchen. Perhaps you love baking and cooking with your littles? Either way, it’s safe to say the kitchen could always use a nice Spring clean. Here are your 5 top tips for cleaning the kitchen.
- Don’t forget to clean behind appliances where you can. It may be a pain in the butt however it is essential. Lots of food and items are usually there so it’s worthwhile getting it cleaned.
- Use baking soda to clean aluminium sinks and vinegar if there are any stubborn stains. It will clean it up lovely and shine it too. You can also use this on ceramic sinks too just don’t forget to rinse it off well.
- Clean light switches and plugs. We all know how dirty they become and although you should be doing it regularly throughout the house. If you don’t now is the time as this is where you prepare food.
- Clean the kickboards when washing your floor or cupboard fronts. Again, kickboards can become an unnoticed and neglected part of the cleaning regime that we can fix during our Spring clean. Located at the base of your kitchen cupboards it is important to get into all the corners.
- Always give your cupboards and drawers a clean and reorganise. It sounds like such an awful job, doesn’t it? However, if you make sure to do it once a year at least you’ll notice a big improvement. Get rid of any items you know you don’t need, use or want by selling or donating etc. It makes finding stuff you actually use easier and your cupboards become more space efficient.
Bathrooms and Toilets
Due to the fact we ourselves clean here it is important to keep this room clean. There is nothing worse then walking into a dirty bathroom. Use these top tips for a super Spring clean for your bathroom.
- Make sure to clean the pipes and the back of the toilet too. It is important to clean everywhere around your toilet too not just the seat and the bowl. Lots of germs can lurk unseen so get them gone with your Spring clean.
- Use a washing-up wand to wash your shower and bath. Such as the Dish-Matic brand for example. Simply pop a cleaner in it. Making sure it has a slightly thick consistency of, say, Zaflora. Away you go making scrubbing baths and tiles a doddle.
- Save old toothbrushes to scrub all the bathroom and toilet nooks and crannies. They will reach any place a decent cloth or sponge can’t. Perfect for a room that can harbour so much bacteria. Just make sure to soak the toothbrush in a cleaning solution that will kill all the germs before using it again.
- Plants are great at soaking up condensation and water. If you’re suffering from surface mould in humid rooms, such as a bathroom, try a plant to help absorb the extra water in the air. This in turn will save you from having to clean as much.
- Sort through cabinets or drawers and check the dates of items whilst cleaning. This will save you from having items that may not be safe to use anymore. Be sure if you’re getting rid of medication you don’t need to return them to any pharmacy for safe disposal.
Keeping Your Bedrooms Fresh and Clean
We spend up to eight hours a day and sometimes more in these rooms. Its stands to reason why they can get a bit mucky. Here are some great ways to get it immaculate again and smelling great too.
- Use scented washing beads in your drawers to keep clothes extra fresh. Simply pop some into a small bag or even a pot with a lid. Just make sure to have some holes in the tub to allow the scent to do its thing. You can also use this tip in an airing cupboard.
- Spring cleaning isn’t always what you expect and although this next one seems obvious I’ll say it anyway. Be sure to clean your bedding because this is a topic of hot debate around the U.K. How often do you change your bedsheets?
- Sort through toys and games when young children aren’t there or can’t see. You will never hear the end of it if you don’t. It gives you the opportunity to throw away any broken toys and donate any toys they’ve outgrown.
- Mini laundry baskets are also great ideas. Especially for teenagers that may be less than tidy. A small bin-sized laundry basket is big enough for an outfit or two and it’s to be emptied into the machine when full.
- Donate any clothes you haven’t worn and items you no longer need to places that need them.
Don’t Forget Spring Cleaning of Outside Spaces
Outside spaces are the first thing people see when coming to your home. It’s important to keep them clean and fresh and welcoming.
- Sweep all paths and entryways clean and any sweep cobwebs away.
- Give patio areas a quick scrub with washing-up liquid followed by clean water. You can use cleaning fluid or essential oils if you want it scented.
- Don’t cut grass or flowers until later in Spring as there is wildlife that really needs it right now for food.
- Clean any ornaments or decorations that need it. They get very dirty from rain and mud etc.
- You could invest in a pressure washer for a real deep spring clean. You can then clean your whole outside area.
Top Tips For Spring Cleaning Areas You Wouldn’t Think Of
There are lots of little spots in your home that you probably haven’t even thought to clean. It’s easily done but here’s a small list of spots you may have neglected and how to rectify that.
- Use a hair dryer to blow down the back of radiators to keep them free of dust and debris.
- Make sure to clean your kitchen bin. They can become very pungent so a good Spring clean is essential. Add some mint leaves to your bin to keep it smelling fresh.
- Clean all remotes and handheld devices as these are a huge harbourer of germs. Easily forgotten and it’s something you should do regularly really.
- Don’t forget to clean the inside of your washing machine. This usually involves putting it on a 90-wash. Do check your manufacturing guide for full instructions.
- When hoovering be sure to move any items you can. You’ll be surprised at how much dust and crap can build up even when covered by furniture.
Please find below some lists that can aid your spring cleaning. They have been categorised per room and they include our top tips from above. All you need to do is click it and screenshot. You’re house will be gleaming in no time
Do you Love a good Spring clean? What is your top cleaning tip you’d like to share? Let us know in the comments below and thanks for stopping by. I hope these tips helps your Spring clean go smoothly.
Lots of Love,