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Focus on Spring – Spring Cleaning Hacks

With the grey and cold of winter (hopefully) over, we can look forward to spring followed by a glorious summer… that might be pushing it a bit but there is no denying that with the warmth and lush growth of spring comes our determination to give our homes a deep clean and a re-vamp.

Spring Cleaning

As well as decorating and other DIY tasks, a deep clean is something many of us do after the drudgery of winter. We’ve found some of the best spring cleaning hacks to save you time without compromising on the finish.

#1 Zone it

Spring cleaning the whole house in one go is a big ask so zone areas to make the task more manageable. If you really like to plan, prioritise these areas starting with the ones that you estimate will take the most amount of time.

For when you have a ‘spare’ 10 minutes, have a list of smaller spring cleaning jobs that need completing, like the next one…

#2 Lint rollers at the ready!

If there is one must-have cleaning tool it is the ubiquitous lint roller. Inexpensive, this large sticky roll on a stick is perfect for getting pet hair off everything but it is also the perfect spring-cleaning tool for getting the dust off lampshades.

#3 Set goals

The best plans are the ones that have a goal at the end of it. But the problem with a project like spring cleaning is that it can feel never-ending. When you deep clean the bathroom, for example, visualise your goal – only 10 items on the shelf and not the clutter of half-empty bottles and packets that are there now etc.

#4 Prioritise

It’s worth making this point again, especially when you hear that this is what professional cleaners do when confronting a large cleaning task. As well as zoning the house into manageable chunks, prioritise them too. For example, the lounge is a tough space to deep clean if everyone is home and wanting to watch their favourite programme…

#5 De-clutter first, clean second

If you have a walk-in wardrobe full of clothes you don’t wear and things you’ve forgotten about, it makes sense to de-clutter it before giving the whole thing a good vacuum and clean. The same is true of kitchen cupboards, the fitted bathroom cabinets and, it has to be said, in the garage and garden shed too. Have a good sort through cupboards and so on, sending no longer needed items for recycling and then clean.

And finally, two essential ingredients for a successful spring clean are…

White vinegar and baking soda.

Combine these two ingredients for a natural but strong cleaning solution. The bubbling solution is fantastic for lifting dirt, grease and general dust from surfaces without harming them (always do a patch test first). For a hint of delicate scent and increased cleaning power, add a few drops of fresh lemon juice.

What spring cleaning tips do you have?

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