SPRING has arrived, so it’s time to dust off the winter cobwebs and restore your home to a sparkling state.
REFRESH YOUR MATTRESS WITH LAVENDER OIL
Sprinkle baking soda on your mattress and let it sit for an hour before vacuuming.
The bicarb absorbs unpleasant odors. Adding a few drops of essential oil – lavender is a good option because it aids in sleep – will also keep the mattresses smelling fresh.
For heavily soiled areas, use a general carpet cleaning solution and follow label directions.
Use tennis balls to fluff up linens
For machine washable duvets and pillows, put them in the washing machine on a gentle cycle with a mild detergent and use an extra rinse and spin cycle to remove excess water.
When tumble drying, a low temperature and slow spin is best. Remember to readjust the filling every ten minutes until dry.
Putting three clean tennis balls in the dryer with them will keep them fluffy.
Try dishwasher tabs in your washing machine
WASHING MACHINES are full of moisture, so mildew and mold stains can easily form.
Take out the drawer and let it soak in hot soapy water. Spritz some mold spray in and around the rubber seal, leave for 15 minutes and watch the magic happen.
A quick wipe afterwards and you’ll see a big difference.
For a particularly thorough cleaning, have your washing machine washed hot with two dishwasher tabs in the drum.
USE SODA BICARBONATE TO KEEP CURTAINS FRESH
CURTAINS are dust collectors, but are often forgotten when cleaning.
Most are machine washable, with a mild detergent on the gentle cycle.
Hang them over the railing or on a radiator to dry before spraying them with a mixture of 1 cup distilled water, 1 tablespoon baking soda, and a few drops of lemon oil to keep them smelling fresher longer.
LINE KITCHEN DRAWERS WITH DRYER LEAVES
USE a dustpan and brush to remove crumbs from high spots and clean from top to bottom.
For lower cabinets, use the vacuum to remove crumbs before wiping down with a disinfectant spray.
Cutlery can be emptied into a bowl of hot, soapy water and soaked.
When you’re done, line the drawers with tumble dryer sheets to save on cleaning next time. They pick up dust and crumbs and can be thrown away when dirty.
REMOVE SOFA STAINS WITH TALK AND DISHWASHER
FIRST, use a lint roller to go all over the sofa to remove hair and dust before vacuuming.
Next, mix a tablespoon each of dish soap and talcum powder, then sprinkle onto the stain and leave for five minutes to work its magic.
For heavier soiling, use a general carpet cleaning solution or household degreaser that is safe for fabrics – check the label.
USE THE SCRAPER TO REMOVE CARPET DIRT
SPOT CLEANING Spots with a store-bought carpet cleaner are the quickest way to remove stains, while lint rollers pick up extra dust you can’t see.
A squeegee is great as the rubber grips the carpet and removes dirt.
Make your own carpet freshener by combining baking soda with a few drops of your favorite essential oil.
The Bicarb deodorizes and the oils make your carpets smell lovely.
Sprinkle, leave on for as long as you like, then vacuum off.
CLEAN CURTAINS WITH OLD SOCKS
IF you have an old pair of fluffy socks or gloves, put them on and run your hands over your blinds.
Your fingers can reach the tough places that normal dusters can’t.
An alternative is to wrap a microfiber cloth around kitchen tongs with a few rubber bands to hold it in place.
Swipe along each section of the blind.
REMOVE HEAVY STAINS WITH A PAINT ROLLER
FILL a bowl with hot water and your chosen detergent – dish soap will do.
Dip your old paint roller (make sure it’s clean, of course) and away you go.
For stubborn stains like crayons, magic erasers you can buy at the grocery store should do the trick.
USE FOIL TO THOROUGHLY CLEAN YOUR OVEN
REMOVE the oven racks and soak them in the bathroom with a cup of detergent – preferably overnight.
Preheat the oven for ten minutes as the heat will soften deep-seated fat.
Spray on oven cleaner, close the door and leave for 15 minutes, then wipe off with a cloth.
For stubborn food stains, try a heavy-duty sponge and abrasive paste.
For stovetops, spray on oven cleaner, place cling film on top and leave to work for an hour. Peel off the cling film and wipe off.
RADIATOR WITH HAIR DRYER
RADIATORS are more economical when they’re clean, and using a hair dryer on the cool setting is a super quick way to get rid of dust from behind.
To remove rusty stains, dip an old toothbrush in a cleaning paste like The Pink Stuff, which sells for around £1, and scrub gently.
STEAM DUST SKIRTING
Moisture dusting is a growing trend and a great way to rid your baseboards of dust.
Dampen a foam sponge and run it over the top of the baseboards and you’ll be amazed at how much you pick up with just one swipe.
Repeat for a more thorough cleaning.
SOAK CARPETS IN BATH
Turn carpets over and vacuum backing BEFORE deep cleaning.
Next, fill your bath with hot water, put some washpads in it and let it soak for a few hours – you’ll be shocked to see how much dirt comes off.
Get a small scrubbing brush and scrub stains while it’s wet, repeating the process until the stains are gone. Use a shower head to rinse.
Hang smaller rugs over the doors to dry and place a towel on the floor to catch any drips.
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