Rays of sunshine are finally piercing the gloom as spring starts to make its long-awaited appearance.
And that can mean only one thing: it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get cleaning.
The annual ritual ensures that our homes don’t get stuck with the winter blues, and freshening up rooms gives them a visual lift.
“Cleaning a home from top to bottom can seem like an enormous task and it’s all too easy to keep putting it off,” says Lindsey Taylor, an expert from Vileda. “Try to clean methodically, never doing more than one room at a time, and starting with the bedrooms.
“Once they’re sorted, you can move on to the harder cleaning tasks like the kitchen and bathroom. Always clean from top to bottom to ensure dirt doesn’t come down on an already clean area.”
“Make a list of the areas you want to target and tackle them one at a time, if necessary just add one area a week to your normal cleaning routine to make the whole job less onerous,” says Lindsey.
Create four piles – items to keep, items which have sentimental value, items you could do without and items you’re unsure about. Keep the last one for a month and, if you can’t remember why you’re holding on to them, they can go!
Easy short cuts
Target five chores and use Lindsey’s tips.
1. Oven: “Make the job easy by mixing some bicarbonate of soda into a thick paste. Smear this inside your oven, including the door, and leave for a few hours or overnight. Then simply wipe away with a damp sponge cloth.”
2. Drawers: Use an essential oil such as lavender or lemon and mix with water in a ratio of 1:5. Gently wipe the inside of the drawers to give them a fresh smell and dry any excess liquid.
3. Shower doors: Dip a sponge cloth in white wine vinegar. The vinegar cuts through any soap scum.
4. Tiles: “Tackle mildew or staining of tile grout by brushing the tile joints with a bicarbonate of soda and water paste to remove stains. Then with a heavy duty scourer, such as Vileda Non-Scratch Scourer, and a mild cleaning solution scrub down tiles.”
5. Bath: Fill the tub with a few inches of hot water, which will heat the bathroom and improve the effectiveness of alkaline cleaning solutions.