Tricks and tips for a good spring clean
You know spring has arrived when you spot lambs in paddocks and daffodils being sold on every street corner. That means it’s time to start your spring cleaning.
There is a right and a wrong way to do it and here are our top tips for getting the job done in the main areas of your house.
The epicentre of the home is often the grubbiest.
You need to be ruthless when it comes to spring cleaning. Go through your pantry and throw out anything that has exceeded its expiry date – like baking goods, herbs and gravy mixes.
No one likes doing it at the best of times, but bite the bullet and clean your oven too – your next meal will thank you for it.
Clean every surface of your kitchen, including the back of that hard-to-get-to corner cupboard.
And if your microwave is a bit stinky, slice a lemon into pieces and cook them on high for a few minutes. The release of the natural lemon acid and aroma will keep your microwave smelling delicious for ages.
This is never an easy part of the house to keep clean. Take time to give it a complete overhaul, including drawers and cupboards that have accumulated more beauty and cleaning products than you will ever use in a lifetime.
Always dispose of medical waste responsibly, especially if it has expired.
We suggest asking a chemist if there’s a correct way to get rid of unwanted or expired medical products before just chucking it in the bin.
Make your bed before you start cleaning. You’ll be amazed at how much better you feel about life when you have a bed that’s ready to jump into at the end of a long day.
Be brutal with your wardrobe if you’re struggling to squeeze any more clothes in. Let’s be honest – the dress you haven’t worn in the last 12 months is unlikely to get an outing over the next year either.
Make three piles of clothes – one to sell, one to give away, one to biff.
Sell the first pile, drop the second load off at your nearest op shop or clothing bin, and send the third straight to the trash.
Also consider having your mattress cleaned; it’s like a spring clean for your bed!
Areas like the lounge and family room could be at either ends of the cleanliness spectrum. They’re either clean and well-organised because visitors see them frequently, or they’re a total tip.
A good place to start spring cleaning is your bookcase. Take everything out and start again, organising books horizontally and vertically to spice up the pattern.
Intersperse your books with ornaments, photo frames and keepsakes you want to have on show.
Pull all the cushions off your couches and vacuum thoroughly underneath. Spray your cushions with a sweet-smelling cleaner that doesn’t need to be washed off.
And make sure you dust before you vacuum – you don’t want to ruin your hard work.
The kitchen is often the most challenging part of an annual spring clean.