Fraser Coast Chronicle - - WEEKEND - WORDS: TRACEY HORDERN

For years I have been a fan of Shan­non Lush and Jen­nifer Flem­ing of the Spot­less se­ries of books fame. Re­cently on a road trip, I heard Shan­non Lush in­ter­viewed and she is still com­ing up with magic so­lu­tions and loads of lovely nerdy tips on how to clean just about any­thing.

The Spot­less phe­nom­e­non is re­spon­si­ble for in­tro­duc­ing bi-carb soda and white vine­gar, plus a range of com­mon clean­ing reme­dies to mil­lions of Aus­tralian house­holds. So what are some ba­sic guide­lines and time frames to main­tain­ing a sparkling clean house? Here are some tips I’ve gleaned from their nu­mer­ous books and radio shows.

CLEAN­ING BA­SICS FOR THE HOME Change your sheets every week and don’t for­get to clean your mat­tress. To do this, you sprin­kle some bi-carb soda on the mat­tress, let it set­tle and then vac­uum it. Clean your mat­tress pro­tec­tors, pil­lows and doonas every six months, but once a month, place them in a sunny po­si­tion in your back­yard or on a deck – there’s noth­ing quite like sun­shine to freshen bed­ding.

Bath­rooms, the space we would hope is clean­est, is of­ten the least clean be­cause the con­stant hu­mid­ity fos­ters mould. Clean your shower and bath weekly, plus toi­lets and sink ar­eas, and don’t for­get to clean tooth­brush hold­ers, which can be an over­looked site for nas­ties to gather.

Dust­ing and floors ide­ally should be done weekly as well, with win­dows monthly and up­hol­stery and car­pet clean­ing ide­ally pro­fes­sion­ally cleaned every 12 months. Phew! It’s not easy, but it’s worth it. How­ever you dec­o­rate your home, noth­ing beats a lushly cleaned home for style.

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