TO DECLUTTER & FRESHEN THE WHOLE HOUSE…
1 Did you know setting yourself a timer and giving yourself a time limit to clean each room actually makes you clean faster?
2 Use vodka to quick-clean your mattress. Most cleaning experts suggest cleaning your mattress every season. Vodka is a great odourless disinfectant which evaporates fast, so make a spritzer using water and vodka then spray on the mattress and pillows when changing the sheets.
3 Clean venetian blinds by closing them, putting a sock on your hand and dusting each one. Alternatively, try tongs wrapped in cleaning cloths and secured with rubber bands.
4 Use white vinegar to remove musty smells from old furniture and drawers before putting your new season’s clothes in them. Martha Stewart recommends filling plastic containers with white vinegar, sealing and punching holes in the lids, then putting one inside each drawer or cabinet overnight to absorb odours.
5 Clean rugs with a shower squeegee instead of a vacuum. If you’ve got pets with long hair, often vacuuming will only weave fur fibres further into a rug. A rubber-edged squeegee glides along smoothly, creating static electricity which draws hair and fur from the carpet.
6 Use your favourite fragrant soaps to perfume clothes by leaving the paper on them and slipping them into your underwear drawer.
7 Mop with your feet. Choose a thick pair of absorbent socks, spritz with either water and white vinegar or floor cleaner and glide across your floorboards. Spritz again and head around one more time to pick up the dust. It’s a workout too!
8 Use masking tape as a duster to spring clean those difficult spots where a duster doesn’t quite cut it. Think lampshades, speakers and the inside of drawers.
9 Use shaving cream to remove stubborn stains from upholstery. Apply a small amount to a damp cloth, dab onto the spot and let it sit for 30 minutes, then clean with a damp cloth.
10 Get rid of crayon marks on walls by using toothpaste. While cleaning sprays can discolour walls, white, non-gel toothpaste that contains baking soda acts as an abrasive to rub away the wax without leaving a stain.