Spring cleaning made easy

Even though we didn’t have much of a winter here in sunny Queensland, Spring has now definitely sprung. It’s the time when we fling open our windows to let the sunshine in and the breeze through. It’s also the time when most people like to spruce up their homes.

Cleaning isn’t everyone’s favourite pastime, but it is definitely a necessary evil.

Whether you are getting ready for Spring Sale time or just freshening up your home, we’ve put together some great tips to make the job of spring cleaning a little easier.

Getting started

One of the hardest parts of Spring cleaning can be starting. Here are some things that might help get you motivated:

  • Write a list – It might sound simple but crossing off those jobs as you do them will give you a great sense of satisfaction.
  • Put on some music – Up beat tunes always boosts the spirit and help the time pass.
  • Treat it as a work out – Kill two birds with one stone! Incidental exercise is a great way to work out and did you know you can burn about 120 calories just vacuuming for 30 minutes?
  • Set a timer – This one is great if you are time poor or simply lacking motivation. Set a timer for 10-20 minutes and do one task. You’ll be ticking things off that list before you know it!

Awkward areas

Spring cleaning is usually about zeroing in on those areas that don’t get our attention when we do the general housework. Here are some great cleaning hacks from around the internet for those tricky spots:

Blinds can be a nightmare to keep clean, particularly venetians. Rather than battling with rags or special blind dusters, using a sock to clean the slats is a great hack from Keep Home Simple.  Put the sock on your hand like a glove to easily clean both sides of the slat. You can use a mixture of vinegar and water if you need some extra oomph than just dusting.

Cleaning fans is never a fun job, with dust often going everywhere. Check out this awesome idea using a pillow case! Simply put the open pillow case over the blade and wipe the dust off. The dust falls into the pillow case which can then go in the wash. Genius!

Interior walls can take a battering, especially in homes where there are little people! Stay at Home Mum has some great tips on how to clean walls and get rid of certain types of stains.

The bedbugs certainly won’t bite after you’ve given your mattress a good clean using this baking soda method. And it will help you get a good night sleep too!

Many cleaning gurus around the interwebs attest to this magic mixture for cleaning windows: A bucket with hot water, a teaspoon of dish soap, and one cup of white vinegar. Used with a double sided squeegee, it is apparently the answer to a streak-free clean.

Ditch the chemicals

There are so many purpose made cleaning products on the market but they can cost a fortune. Save some money and the planet with these natural alternatives:

  • Did you know hard water stains can be easily removed with either vinegar or lemon? Simply rub on and leave for a while before wiping off. Use for shiny taps, faucets and sinks.
  • This method can also be used for cleaning greasy marks and fingerprints off of stainless steel appliances such as fridges, dishwashers and cooktops.
  • Lemon is also great for cleaning your microwave. Cut lemon in half and squeeze juice into 1/2 cup of water. Add lemon halves and put in microwave on High for 3 minutes. Let stand for 5 minutes then wipe clean. To remove any stubborn spots dip your cloth in the lemon water mix before wiping.
  • For a clean fridge mix two parts hot water and one part vinegar to a glass spray bottle, then add a few drops of lemon essential oil.

With some smart thinking and some handy tricks, your spring clean will be done in no time and you will be able to indulge in the more enjoyable aspects of the season!

If you are Spring cleaning to ready your house for sale, you might also benefit from our FREE DOWNLOAD, How to be sales ready in the Hills District: An 8-step checklist.