Nothing feels quite as satisfying as coming home to a house that sparkles. Since cleaning your house from top to bottom can be overwhelming — not to mention, tiring and time-consuming — take it room by room or appliance by appliance with these spring cleaning tips.
Consider this to be your spring cleaning checklist: there's tips for a whole home makeover or to tackle your home's dirtiest spots (the refrigerator, shower curtain, to name a few) when you have some extra time on your hands.
If you're selling your property, thinking of selling or just need some inspiration we think these Spring Cleaning tips/ hacks will really help improve your home for yourself and potential buyers.
Doormats: Trap more dirt with two mats
Have one inside & one outside. Shake them out and vacuum both sides, this gets rid of any trapped dirst /dust.
Windows: wait for an overcast day & start on the shady side of the house first
Direct sunlight can lead to streaks, pull up blinds & use window cleaner and microfiber cloth & then pull the blinds down & dust with your usual dusting cloth.
Cleaning your microwave
Fill a large microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of water and a chopped-up lemon, lime, or orange or several tablespoons of vinegar and stick it inside. Turn the appliance on high for several minutes or until the solution boils and the window is steamy, then let it cool for 5 minutes before opening the door. Remove and wipe the inside and outside with a sponge.
Junk Drawer, everyone has one (or multiple in some case haha)
Once you empty out your drawer, suck out dust and crumbs with your vacuum's nozzle. Toss or relocate any items you no longer need or that don't belong there. Everything else goes back, but this time in an organised manner. Use drawer dividers to section off for different odds & ends e.g batteries, string etc. A nonslip liner will help keep everything in place.
Stick plastic or vinyl shower curtains along with a few bath towels on the gentle cycle with your favourite detergent. Let it hang dry before showering. To keep the curtain cleaner longer, spritz it a few times each month with a bleach-containing all-purpose cleaner. Then just let the shower rinse it off (before you hop in, of course).
Use white vinegar to beat shower head buildup
Looking for more natural ways to clean your bathroom? Vinegar can dissolve the mineral deposits that accumulate in showerheads over time, causing reduced pressure and water flow. Fill a plastic bag with white vinegar, secure it over the showerhead with a rubber band and leave it overnight to get rid of buildup. Just be sure to run the shower before you hop in, or you risk smelling like vinegar all day.
To freshen drains (not unclog them) and help keep them free-flowing, mix 1/2 cup baking soda with 1/4 cup table salt. Pour the mixture down the drain, followed by 1 cup heated vinegar. It will foam and bubble. Let it stand for 15 minutes tops. Follow by running hot tap water for at least 15 to 30 seconds. This is especially helpful for seldom-used drains, like in guest bathrooms.
We have a whole blog on decluttering tips, make sure to throw out things you don't need, use or want. Less is more when it comes to selling. Obviously it needs to be homely but potential buyers don't want to see clutter it will prevent them seeing the full potential and being able to imagine themselves living there.
We have an entire blog on de-cluttering your home & where to start click here>>>