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Spring cleaning tips and tricks

Mop and Bucket.

Now that spring is here, there is nothing better than a nice spring clean to keep your house feeling fresh all year round. If you’re struggling on where to start, we can help! We’ve put together a few tips and tricks to help you get your house sparkling in no time.

Mirrors

If you’ve ever tried to clean a mirror with a cloth and/or wipe before you will know how tiring and frustrating it can be. The trick is to use newspaper; it’s great for creating a smear free mirror with the added bonus of recycling.

Lamp shades

Using a hoover or vacuum just doesn’t seem to move that dust of those lampshades. Invest in a lint roller, the sticky sheets roll over the shades easily picking up any unwanted dust and fluff.

Toilet smells

If your toilet air freshener is not doing the trick and you need a quick fix to freshen your bathroom up. Try lighting a match and letting it burn for a few seconds to remove any toilet smells.

Drawers

Sometimes the weight of clothes or spilt toiletries within drawers tend to make them sticky and tough to open. Simply rub a bar of soap across the runners to make them glide smoothly.

Pet hair

We do love our furry friends and their company however, when their hair is left everywhere it can become infuriating. To pick up pet hair, put on a wet rubber dishwashing glove and wipe your hand over surfaces. The hair will stick right to it – it’s magic.

Microwave ovens

Cleaning a microwave oven doesn’t have to be tedious. Add four tablespoons of lemon juice to one cup of water in a microwave-safe bowl. Boil for five minutes in the microwave, allowing the steam to condense on the inside walls of the oven. Then wipe them with a soft cloth.

Storage containers

Whether it’s your lunchbox, leftovers or your favourite cake tin, storage containers hold all sorts of foods and therefore will begin to stain and smell. When they start to smell wash them with hot water and two tablespoons of baking soda. This will eliminate bad odours and leave them smelling brand new.

Tabletops

To avoid staining on your tabletops simple buff your marble services with car polish leaving a thin, invisible film. This will reduce staining and any chips and nicks.

Sinks

To clean a stainless-steel sink, put the stopper in the sink with two denture-cleaning tablets and half fill with water; leave for several hours or overnight and the next day it should be sparkling. Then use the water to clean the draining board.

Marker pen marks

If you have young creative children or grandchildren and their creative inspiration has spread onto surfaces within your home, don’t panic! Simply spray on hairspray to the hard surface where the marker pen appears, and wait for five minutes before wiping it off.

Irons

As we wave goodbye to winter, we also say goodbye to the sweatshirts and jumpers which means the light shirts and tops are back. To make sure you don’t get any unwanted stains on your clothes, make sure you clean your iron using this simple trick. Sprinkle salt onto your ironing board and iron back and forth. This will leave your iron sparkling new.

Toilets

A can of cola is not only great for drinking, the phosphoric acid from a can of cola removes rust rings and other mineral deposit within your toilet bowl. To remove that dirty water ring build up from your toilet bowl you can also use baking soda and vinegar.

Shower curtains and tiles

Shower curtains tend to build up bacteria and dirt quickly and quietly. To combat mould and mildew on tiles and shower curtains use a paste made up of lemon juice and baking powder. Once the paste has been applied, leave for 2 hours before rinsing off with warm water.

 

*The opinions and recommendations in this article are those of the contributor.

Always read the label on all cleaning products to avoid marking and staining to surfaces and upholstery. 

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