As the UK basks in its first extended warm weather this year, the sunlight might have revealed some dark and dirty corners that perhaps haven’t been properly cleaned yet. There’s nothing like warm weather to encourage a good, thorough spring-clean, with the windows thrown open to encourage fresh air to circulate for the first time this year.
Spring cleaning is all about getting in to those neglected corners, so here are five tips to make it easier to get your appliances sparkling.
How Clean is Your Hoover?
More often than not, a vacuum cleaner that has lost suction is just a dirty vacuum cleaner in need of TLC. If you have children, or pets, your vacuum probably puts up with quite a lot, and over time it can become clogged and dirty which affects its ability to clean.
While spring cleaning, it’s a good idea to remove all of the filters from your vacuum cleaner and thoroughly wash them in clean water. You might be surprised how much muck is stored within the filter.
Check your instruction manual before washing filters to check how frequently you need to replace them.
Citric Acid is Your Friend
n our quest to be more eco friendly, many of us have turned away from harsh kitchen cleaners. During your spring clean, avoid reahing for the bleach and turn to that trusty old favourite: the lemon.
Lemon juice contains citric acid, a surprisingly potent cleaner that’s great for removing limescale. If you’ve been putting off thoroughly cleaning the kettle, now’s the time. You can also clean the microwave by microwaving lemon juice and peel for a couple of minutes to soften cooked-on food.
Watch Out for Sell-By Dates
Through the year, we tend to shove foods to the back of cupboards without really checking what we’ve already got stashed away. This can lead to a lot of out of date or wasted food, while also increasing the risk of old food packets exploding or spilling their contents. Emptying the cupboards and wiping them clean is essential during a spring clean.
Start as you mean to go on by writing the use-by date on the front of each packet with a Sharpie before putting it back in the cupboard. You’ll quickly be able to recognise foods that need to be used quickly, as well as avoiding a situation where neglected foods are left to fester unchecked.
Here Come the Summer Outfits
One of the main reasons we all struggle to keep our drawers tidy is because we shove folded clothes into them and allow items to languish at the back. Burying your best outfits leads to frustration, as well as increasing the likelihood that items will attract dust and moths over time.
Use the Marie Kondo trick of rolling your clothes and stacking them vertically during a spring clean, with the fold facing up. It’s like a filing system, helping you to locate your favourite outfits quickly without having to disturb the rest of the
Save Space With Bleach Tabs
Thin bleach is a really handy cleaning product, and sometimes, if you’ve got a smelly drain, nothing else will do. But storing heavy bottles of bleach is a pain, as well as being potentially risky for young children.
Instead of buying bleach, invest in inexpensive bleach tablets: you can buy a small pack for £2 from most supermarkets. Not only are they easier to store at head-height, away from kids, but they make up very inexpensive batches of bleach almost instantly, and without the need to have half-used bottles around the house.
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