With Spring just around the corner, it’s time to pull out the hairy food from under the sofa, throw away the empty shampoo bottles that have been progressively turning into a pile on the bathroom side, polish & dust your unrecognizable TV stand and take down the mouldy cups from your bedroom.
Surely people can’t live like that?! I hear you say… Oh yes, they can, and they’re probably reading this right now.
- Acknowledge that you need to clean and don’t hide
- Put your headphones in & blast some motivating music
- If you can’t see the floor, pick everything up
- Unsure whether the chicken that went out of date 2 months ago is still ok to eat? THROW IT OUT
- Vacuum everything. Even the cat.
STEP TWO – THE HACKS:
I can’t be the only one who has left the microwave to go pretty grim & smelly now and again. It’s one of those things you always mean to do, but it gets thrown back to the end of the list. I see you nodding.
And of course if you’re leaving food stains to sit for a rather long period of time, it takes some elbow grease and determination to scrub it away. The best hack for that is vinegar – yes, you read that right!
Microwave a bowl of water and vinegar in a microwave safe bowl on high for 2 minutes. The steam will help break up stubborn stains and you can wipe it clean easily. Job done!
Again, this is another forgotten about appliance in the kitchen when it comes to cleaning. Washing machines are a breeding ground for germs & bacteria, especially as many of us are running low temperature or economy washes.
Fun fact: One in 4 items of laundry washed at 40°C contains traces of bacteria linked to faeces.
…I bet you wanna clean that ol’ washing machine of yours now, don’t you? Keep reading..
You will need:
- 2 cups of white vinegar
- 1/3 cup of baking soda
- any old cleaning cloth
- an old toothbrush
The gaskets at the front of the machine (rubbery bits) are notorious for growing mould & mildew. Firstly, spray the vinegar into the folds of the gasket, sprinkle some baking soda over the top and give it a scrub with the old toothbrush, then wipe it over with your cloth. Once you’ve done that, give the door a good wipe down too.
Secondly, pour your 1/3 cup of baking soda into the drum, pour two cups of white vinegar into the detergent dispenser and turn it onto a hot wash, not only does this clean it, but also gets rid of any smells to.
Tips – make sure you always leave your washing machine open; thus prevents mould build up, never leave wet clothes in the drum for long periods of time (us mums are guilty of this – “put it on another spin” I always say! x10) and lastly, make sure you regularly give it a wipe down between washes.
Time to summon the oven
I’m pretty sure the oven is one of the most forgotten things in your average household, almost every person I have come across say that the oven is the worst cleaning job. I have to disagree, I find cleaning the oven therapeutic.. is that weird?
So, how to get that greasy, forgotten oven of yours looking squeaky clean in time for spring? You will need…
- baking powder
Probably around half a cup of each, combine them all together in an oven safe bowl , mix into a paste & dab it over the grimmest part of the oven, keep some paste left over & stick it in the oven for 40 minutes on 100 and when the time is up.. use a sponge to clean!
I love myself a clean & tidy bathroom, but with two kids in tow, it doesn’t stay clean and tidy for very long. Spring is the best excuse to thoroughly clean the behind-the-scenes neglected bits, that need a bit of TLC.
Shower head: fill a sandwich bag with vinegar, then carefully secure the bag over the shower head so it’s fully submerged, use a hair tie or elastic band. Leave to soak overnight.
Tiles: 5 cups of water, 1/2 cup of baking soda, 1/3 cup of lemon juice & 1/4 cup of vinegar.. put it all into a spray bottle & spray onto tiles, let it sit for 5-10 minutes and scrub!
And last but not least.. De-clutter! There is nothing more satisfying than having a good clear out of unwanted junk that has been laying around for months and Spring is definitely the time to start.
Donate clothes to charity (you can order charity bags online!), get the kids to join in by sorting through their unwanted toys & get the kitchen cupboards organised!
Spring is definitely my favourite month – what’s yours?