With Spring (slowly) approaching, it's about time we made a start on the annual Spring clean! Here's your top to bottom guide to giving your house a good spring clean including the products we love plus some DIY cleaning tips.
We decided to start with the oven - apparently Britain’s most hated cleaning job, and looking at the blackened gunk at the bottom of ours, I could see why! Oven Pride does a lot to help the situation though, and happily once applied (carefully, with gloves and a cloth) it can pretty much be left to work its magic until the next morning.
Rubber gloves at the ready, loose crumbs swept aside, I went to the kitchen worktops with the Clean 'N Fresh antibacterial spray and a bizzybee cloth. I even delved under the microwave and emptied the crumb tray on the toaster. Ahh. Instant calm.
For the kitchen sink, add a dose of Clean 'N Fresh bleach for the drain before wiping the sink area with antibacterial spray. Give grubby cupboards a swipe with Erase Away magic erasers to get rid of tell-tale fingerprints. I noticed there were more prints on the biscuit cupboard than any others, but I’m sure this was meaningless…
Then it was time for a reorganise – be gone, lumpy jars of spices circa 2008! Be sure to clear out your fridge and freezer too! When cleaning your fridge, turn it off and throw away any old food and take the rest of the food out for the time being so that you can fully clean any shelves, drawers and surfaces in the fridge. For a natural cleaning product, try combining two cups of hot water with one cup of white wine vinegar and add 10 drops of your favourite smelling essential oil in a spray bottle. Use this to wipe down all areas of the fridge.
Before moving onto the next room, it was time to give the floors a good clean. Start by brushing away all of the crumbs, dust and bits of dirt or food that have dropped on the floor an sweep them into the bin. Then, grab a mop and bucket and start to mop the kitchen floors. Once you've done this, leave the slippy kitchen floors to dry whilst you move onto the rest of the house.
Gloves a-go-go for bathroom time, I swooshed the bath, sink and plug holes with Limelite spray to rid them of limescale, before anti-bacing the surfaces and bleaching the loo.
The first important thing to do is vacuum the floors. Once the floors are clear, move some furniture and get down the backs of any sofas, chairs, TV or shelves.
There’s nothing quite as draining as a wardrobe clear out, but the sense of satisfaction afterwards is hard to beat. Don't be too harsh on yourself as sometimes, it’s nice to hang on to the odd ‘just in case…’ outfit. Pop the clothes in a bag ready to go to the charity shop.
A final session with my bizzybee cloth around the house, and I was finished! Who knows how many calories you could have burned?