Spring is the perfect time to clear out the old dirt and welcome the longer lighter days with open arms. During autumn and winter it is easy to ignore some of the areas of your home that perhaps needs a little bit more attention, but as spring arrives we suggest you and your flatmates get together for a huge spring clean of your place. Why not even get some friends over and turn it into a spring cleaning party?
Here’s a list of things we think you should include in your spring cleaning and how you make the most out of it.
Fridge & Freezer
Throughout the year most of us don’t really bother with cleaning the fridge and the freezer although we probably should. Your spring cleaning is the ultimate time to give your food storage the TLC it deserves. Make sure you start to clear out your freezer a few days before to avoid wasting any food. Then on the day of the clean, turn your freezer off an let the ice blocks that’s built up over the years slowly melt away. You’d need a bucket or something similar to gather the water that will start to sipper out and as soon as the ice have melted enough you can start breaking big blocks of ice of using a wooden or plastic knife/spatula/etc. The fridge on the other hand usually just needs a good clean. Empty it of your groceries, remove all the shelves and boxes and wash them, either by hand or in the dishwasher and scrub the inside of your fridge. Tadaaa! Your fridge and freezer will be as new!
While you’re in the kitchen you might as well given the oven a good go. Does your oven smell burnt when you turn it on? Then you probably should have cleaned it a long time ago but even so, now is the time to get it clean! First, chip off loose pieces from the bottom, then spritz burnt-on food with ammonia. Sprinkle baking soda and a few drops of white vinegar on the bottom, let it bubble up, then whisk away the grime with a sponge.
The washing machine
Don’t wash your clothes in a smelly machine, keep it fresh with distilled white vinegar and baking soda. Run the machine with hot water, then add the cleaning agents, and let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Afterwards, restart your machine, let the water drain, and wipe it dry.
During spring cleaning is the perfect time to pay attention to what’s under your bedding- your mattress. Use your vacuum’s crevice tool to clean the surface and sides, then spot-clean stains with upholstery cleaners. Sanitize with a spritz of disinfectant spray and you’re all set.
Yep we know windows can be a drag but here’s a little secret to make the process a little easier and quicker- perfect if your renting and are not really too bothered but would like to be able to look outside your window to check the weather if nothing else. Focus on the exterior as this is where the most dirt builds up, and don’t sweat the detail work. For best results, choose a wind-free, overcast day and prepare yourself with a plastic whisk broom (natural bristles tend to shed), Bucket filled with a few drops of dish soap for every gallon of warm water, an old sheet and few microfiber cloths and you’ll soon be over and done with it!
Bathroom and kitchen tiles
Stains between tile space can make a room look dirtier than it really is so quickly fix this by mixing up ¾ cup of household chlorine bleach with 4 l water. Wear rubber gloves and eye protection, use a stiff brush to apply to one small area at the time (be careful not to splash the mix onto other surrounding areas) let it sit for a few minutes then scrub and rinse.
Clear out your closet
During your spring cleaning it is a good idea to have a look at your closet and get rid of unused clothes and accessories. Organizing your closet is the first step to organizing the rest of your home (and to make room for that new dress you saw the other day). After a good clear-out your closet will look appealing, and your everyday routine will be easier.
Look over the drains
Freshen up your drains to help keeping them in a great working condition. Simply mix ½ cup baking soda with ¼ cup of table salt. Pour the mixture down the drain followed by 1 cup heated vinegar- don’t worry it is supposed to foam and bubble! Let it stand for 15 minutes and then let the hot water run for 15-30 seconds. Voila, no need for the plumber for another couple of months.
Of course there’s a whole bunch of things you can do during your spring cleaning session but these are the ones we feel are the most necessary! After looking after these parts of your flat or house we promise that it’ll feel like you just gave your home a great face lift!