How to spring clean your home: Mrs D’s expert guide
It’s that time of the year…spring! Flowers are blossoming, and the sun is (hopefully) making a return. It might be the last thing you’d like to do on your day off, but there's no better feeling than having a squeaky-clean house to mark the new season. It’s time to spring forward, so we’ve partnered with cleaning expert, Mrs D, to provide you with the ultimate guide to spring cleaning.
- 85% of Brits believe the tradition of spring cleaning is 'on the way out’
- 51% of Brits admit they worry about the cleanliness of their property
- Spring cleaning can help reducing the flare up of seasonal allergies
You’re not alone in dreading the spring clean, so we’ve made it easier for you with some clever hacks from Cleaning expert, Mrs D, to help make your home spick and span.
We know that spring cleaning can be time consuming, and certain tasks can be easily forgotten. So, before you get started, here’s our simple checklist to make you don’t miss any important spots in your home…
- Electric appliances: refrigerator, freezer, oven, washing machine and dryer
- Living room: sofas, curtains, drapes and throws
- Bedrooms: bedding, blankets and don’t forget mattresses!
- Bathrooms: toilets, sinks and showers
Mrs D’s top tips for…
- ... fresh smelling bins: wouldn’t it be amazing to have fresh smelling bins? Well, according to Mrs D, achieving this is much simpler than we could’ve imagined. All you need to do is grab 2 or 3 cotton balls, shake a few drops of your favourite essential oils onto the cotton and then drop into the bin. Mrs D recommends using eucalyptus oil as it both smells beautiful and is a natural disinfectant.
- … a clean mattress: One of the most important places you should be cleaning is your mattress and it’s so easy to do. Mix together bicarbonate of soda and eucalyptus oil. Use a sieve to sprinkle over your mattress. Leave for an hour, before vacuuming it away. Bicarbonate of soda will deodorise your mattress, and eucalyptus oil will help disinfect your mattress...together they make a great mattress cleaner. Mrs D also recommends this should be done once a month.
- … smear free windows & mirrors: let’s be honest, we’ve all struggled with cleaning windows! You think you’re cleaning but it ends up dirtier than when you started. Mrs D has the perfect fix for this, simply put down your normal window and glass cleaner and try deionised water. Deionised water is pure water that has had the minerals, dirt & salts removed, and because of that it leaves no residue behind. It will give you a smear free shine every time. It’s also chemical free as well as cheaper than window or glass cleaner, costing around £1.50 for 2.5L.
- … pen mark free furniture: Occasionally accidents happen and you end up with pen marks or felt tip pen marks on your fabric sofa. Don't panic if this happens! According to Mrs D, all you need is hand sanitiser and an old soft bristle toothbrush. Dab the ink mark with a little hand sanitiser and gently rub away with a toothbrush, don’t scrub as you’ll irritate the fibres. Repeat the process until the ink has vanished. Open your windows, especially when showering and cooking.
- ... removing limescale: Limescale build up is a common problem in most bathrooms along with soap scum. Mrs D says the easiest way to clean and remove it is to fill a spray bottle with 2 tablespoons of white vinegar and 1 tablespoon of washing up liquid, then fill the rest of the bottle with lukewarm water. The acidic vinegar breaks down the limescale making it much easier to remove, and the washing up liquid will dissolve and soap residue. Spray over the limescale and let it sit for a few minutes before using a non-scratch sponge. Rinse with warm water and dry with a glass cloth.
- … polishing plant leaves: Give your plants that sparkle, this spring with a little bit of mayonnaise. Dab a little mayonnaise onto a clean dry microfiber cloth and gentle rub over the leaves for an ultimate shine. This works great on real and artificial plants too… if Mrs D says so, then we’re happy to try it.
- … removing scuff marks: When you spot a scuff mark on your walls, don’t worry, you don’t need to start painting over it. Simply grab a clean damp sponge and dab into some bicarbonate of soda. Gently rub over the mark and like magic it will disappear. Please note that this can only be done on painted walls and not wallpaper. Mrs D’s top tip: Don’t forget to always do a small patch test first in a hidden area.
- … removing rust: Chrome bathroom towel rails are a lovely feature in a bathroom, but you may notice that rust will start to appear. The most effective way to remove the rust is with cream of tartar. In a small bowl, mix cream of tartar with a little water to form a paste. Using a clean dry microfibre cloth, dab into the paste and rub over the rust. Once the rust has been removed, buff with a clean cloth and there you go, Mrs D assures us, you’ll see how shiny the surface will look.
- … removing dust: With the beautiful weather now on its way (we hope) and the sun shining into your homes, you may notice a build-up of dust on things like your lampshades. Mrs D advises that whatever you do, you definitely shouldn't run a wet cloth over them as this can lead to water marks staining the lampshade. All you need is a pair of clean rubber gloves to gently wipe over the lampshade. The dust will easily come away and stick to the gloves. Alternatively, if you don't have any rubber gloves, use a sticky lint roller. Just roll it up and down over your lampshade and all the dust will stick to the sticky tape, without leaving any marks on your lampshades
- … cleaning your vacuum: It’s important to make sure we look after our cleaning tools that do the hard cleaning for us. When cleaning your vacuum, don’t reach for the scissors to cut hair from your vacuum roller. There’s a high chance you will damage the bristles. Mrs D’s top tip: Instead of scissors, use a stitch picker instead! They’re cheap to buy (usually less than £1) and they’re much safer to use. A stitch picker will glide easier through the trapped hair around your vacuum bristle brush without damaging the roller head.
Why should you give your home a spring clean?
Not only is spring cleaning a great way to boost your home’s atmosphere and aesthetic, it has so many positive benefits for both your mental and physical health which Mrs D emphasises:
- Wellbeing: It’s really true that a clean home = a clean mind. Most people find that spring cleaning makes them feel more positive in their day to day lives, which can improve moods too.
- Physical health: Many allergens hibernate over the winter months and once spring arrives, it’s time for them to start creeping back out again, so a spring clean can help keep on top of those allergens and reduce the flare up of seasonal allergies.
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