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Spring Cleaning Tips by Experts: Freshen Up Your Home

Are you ready to breathe new life into your living space and give it a refreshing makeover? Well, it’s that time of year again, and the primary keyword is “spring cleaning.” After a long, wet, and chilly winter, spring is here to reinvigorate your home and your spirit. We’ve gathered expert advice on how to make this year’s spring clean a breeze. From crafting the perfect spring cleaning checklist to becoming a true spring cleaner, this guide has you covered.

Crafting Your Spring Cleaning Checklist

As the birds start chirping and flowers bloom, you might feel the urge to freshen up your home. 

The first step is to create your personalised spring cleaning checklist

Begin by assessing each room, and making note of what needs attention. Don’t forget to involve the whole family, even the little ones, in this process. Assign tasks based on age and ability, and perhaps turn cleaning into a fun family challenge. Including everyone makes the task more manageable and enjoyable.

Here are the key areas you should focus on:

Decluttering: Rid your space of unnecessary items. Donate or discard things that no longer serve a purpose.

Dusting and Wiping: Pay close attention to those often neglected areas, including light fixtures, ceiling fans, and blinds. Spring cleaning tips by experts recommend using microfiber cloths and natural cleaning agents.

Floor Cleaning: From sweeping and mopping floors to steam cleaning carpets, ensure your floors are spotless.

Kitchen Appliances: Cleaning your kitchen appliances is a breeze if you follow the right steps.

Bathroom Revival: Don’t forget your bathroom; a deep clean here can make a significant difference.

 

Battling the Kitchen Grime

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The kitchen is often the heart of the home but can also be a hotbed for grime. Let’s tackle this space like a true spring cleaner. 

Start spring cleaning by delving into the microwave, which may have developed a less-than-appetising odour over the year. Try a simple solution of water, white vinegar, and lemon juice to freshen it up. 

Meanwhile, your trusty washing machine might be harbouring musty smells. Run an empty cycle with apple cider vinegar to keep your clothes smelling clean.

But the real kitchen challenge is the oven. Mix baking soda with water, creating a paste, and smear it inside the oven. Leave it overnight, then scrub away the grime with a vinegar and water mixture. 

For the cooktop, use a mixture of baking soda and lemon to get rid of those stubborn stains. Your rangehood filters are important to a clean kitchen, so soak them in a combination of hot water, detergent, and baking soda. Follow up by running them through the dishwasher.

 

Spring Cleaning: Dishwasher and Vacuum Maintenance

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Now, let’s turn our attention to your dishwasher. To ensure it’s a real spring cleaner, place white vinegar in the top rack or pour it into the drain. Run a short cycle to loosen trapped food particles and eliminate odours. 

Don’t forget to remove the filters while spring cleaning and give them a good soak, followed by a rinse and a touch of baking soda down the drain.

Your trusty vacuum cleaner also needs some love. Regular maintenance is key to its performance. Clean the filters at least once every three months. Gently tap them to remove loose dust, and then use a dry brush to clear any remaining particles. Ensure this is done outdoors, so the dust doesn’t re-enter your home. 

For a thorough clean, rinse the filters under cold running water and let them dry in direct sunlight. While you’re at it, rinse out the vacuum’s dust container, ensuring it’s completely dry before reassembly.

 

Before we wrap up, if you’re eager to uncover the 5 Forgotten Spring Cleaning Tips, read on or tune in to the Radio Podcast featuring Bonnie Black

Transcript

Ilia:

Well, to us, family is always number one, Brisbane’s 96.5, time to catch up with our organising queen, Five Forgotten Tips about Spring Cleaning. Bonnie, how are you?

Bonnie:

Hello, Ilia. How are you?

Ilia:

Yeah, very good. I’m just thinking, was there really Five Forgotten Tips, was there?

Bonnie:

Well, when we do our spring clean, I found that there are five areas of the house in particular that we don’t actually think about for our spring clean and how important they are to be cleaned properly.

Ilia:

All right, what are we talking about here?

Bonnie:

Well, the first one is the beds. So, a lot of people will wash the linen and maybe change a pillow or two. But people don’t actually realise that a lot of allergies, including your children’s runny noses, actually comes from the dust mites and the dust mite droppings in your pillow. Something like up to 80% of your pillow weight is actually from dust mite droppings and the dust mites themselves.

So, when it’s spring cleaning time for your bed, yes, you must wash the linen and that includes any protectors for your mattresses or your pillows. But change your pillows if you can and also vacuum your mattress and your pillows on both sides because vacuuming actually picks up a lot of those dust mites and those dust mite droppings. So, if you’re finding that your children have runny noses, vacuuming their pillows once a month is a really important step.

Ilia:

Okay. What else do you have?

Bonnie:

Okay, so it’s time to change the toothbrushes. So, your toothbrush should actually be changed every three months, recommended by the dentist. But the other brush that we forget about sometimes is your toilet brush. I mean, they’re about two dollars to buy a new toilet brush, but yet they just sit there for 5, 10, maybe 15 years, and we just don’t change them until they get pretty funky looking. Your toothbrush should at least be sterilised every spring. Then, the third one is rubbish bins. This is not just about emptying the bins, but this is actually about cleaning the bins.

So, whether it’s your bins inside your house or your council garbage bins, you need to actually give them a big washout with disinfectant, leave them to air dry and then make sure you’re putting a bin liner back in all your indoor bins. Bin liners make it a lot easier when it’s time to empty the bins and it stops any yucky tissues or anything falling out onto the floor if you’ve got a bag that you can just lift up and tie and take out to the bin.

Ilia:

All right, what are the other two tips you’ve got?

Bonnie:

Okay, so the number four is our fans and our protruding light fittings. If you didn’t clean your fans after summer was over, when we obviously use our fans the most, you need to give your fan blades a nice good clean with some warm, soapy water. Then you need to obviously make sure that the electricity is turned off if you’re cleaning any light fittings and that your children are nowhere near the light or the fan switches while you are giving them a clean. 

And then, the last one is your bookshelves. Our bookshelves, especially if we have open-air shelves, can get so full of dust, which creates a lot of allergies, which you don’t really know about until you get in there and start cleaning the bookcase. You can see along the spines and the tops of all the books just how much dust and even sometimes mould can be sitting on top of your books. So, give your bookcase a good clean because once they’re clean, you’re going to have less allergies in the home and there’s less likely that you’re going to attract silverfish and mould.

Ilia:

Nothing worse than those silverfish.

Bonnie:

No, they eat everything. They are. They’re so feral looking.

Ilia:

That’s a good word.

Bonnie:

They are. They’re alien-like. 

Ilia:

Well, five of those forgotten spring cleaning tips are very handy in time for spring. Bonnie, thanks for joining us. 

Bonnie:

Thank you for having me.

Conclusion

Spring cleaning is an opportunity to give your home the refresh it deserves. Craft a personalised spring cleaning checklist that involves the entire family, turning this chore into a fun, rewarding experience. Embrace your inner spring cleaner as you conquer the kitchen grime, from the microwave to the oven, cooktop, and rangehood filters. Don’t forget your dishwasher and vacuum cleaner – they play essential roles in maintaining a clean home. With these expert tips, your spring cleaning will be a breeze, and your home will feel fresher than ever. 

So, what are the benefits of spring cleaning? Not only will your home look and smell better, but it will also create a healthier and more comfortable living environment. So, roll up your sleeves, put on some comfy clothes, and let the cleaning begin!

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