A job a day keeps the spring clean away

A job a day keeps the spring clean away

Life’s too short to spend time doing a big spring clean. But if you do one deep-clean job at a time, you’ll have a clean house and a clearer diary.

We all love a clean home, but not many of us love the idea of dedicating a whole day – or even days – to doing a big spring clean.

But chances are you can spare a few minutes or even an hour here and there, so you can get those spring clean jobs done without interrupting your plans.

Take a look at our list and see what job you can tick off in the time you have, and your house will be spick and span from floor to ceiling before you know it…

Four jobs you can do in 15 minutes

1. Clean your hoover filters

Your hoover won’t work its best if the filters are caked with dust, so help your cleaning along by rinsing the hoover filters under the tap before leaving them to dry overnight.

2. Wash your cushion covers

Remove any washable cushion covers and run them through your washing machine. Wash them inside out and make sure any zips or buttons are done up to avoid snagging. Pop in an Ariel 3in1 Pod and they’ll come out cleaner, brighter and looking like new.

3. Tackle limescale

The chalky residue left behind by hard water can ruin the sparkle of your stainless steel. But Viakal makes short work of dissolving tough limescale, and also leaves behind a water-repellent layer to prevent further build up. Simply spray and wipe your taps, showerhead and kitchen sink, or leave it on overnight for tougher spots.

4. Clean your machines

Your washing machine and dishwasher are great at cleaning your clothes and dishes – but they need a clean themselves too every now and then to make sure they work at their best.

For your dishwasher, simply pop a Fairy Platinum Dishwasher Capsule into your empty dishwasher and run it on an empty cycle. This will cut through any grease and grime left behind by your dirty dishes.

For your washing machine, remove the dispenser and clean it with hot water and an old toothbrush. Then pour a cup of white wine vinegar into the drum of your machine and run it on a hot cycle before leaving the door open to allow the drum to air dry.

Four jobs you can do in 30 minutes

1. Dust the nooks and crannies

Grab a feather duster and microfibre cloth and battle those dusty corners, ledges, light fittings, and lampshades. And don’t forget the tops of cupboards, skirting boards and blinds. Also give curtains a good shake and vacuum them with an attachment.

2. Erase marks off walls and skirting boards

From dirty fingerprints to scuff marks, when you pay closer attention to your walls and skirting boards, you’ll notice a whole host of imperfections. But these can be removed with ease. Simply grab a Flash Magic Eraser, dampen it and wipe over the marks. It will remove them without damaging the paintwork underneath.

3. Clean your shelves and surfaces

Move through each room and remove any clutter from surfaces and shelves and give everything a good clean – getting right into the corners.

When replacing what you’ve removed, polish the ornaments and use the chance to throw away anything you no longer need or want, and tidy away anything you can so your room looks cleaner thanks to being clutter free.

4. Clean the fridge and microwave

Empty out the fridge and remove the shelves. Give the interior a good clean using Flash Anti-Bacterial Spray, and wash the shelves with a squirt of Fairy Liquid.

While you’re doing this, zap a jug of water with a few tablespoons of white vinegar and a slice of lemon in your microwave on high. Let it heat for around three minutes until the water is boiling and the glass is steamy. Make sure you leave it long enough to cool, then open the door and wipe the interior down with a sponge. This should remove any dried-on gunk, leaving you with a microwave that looks like new.

Four jobs you can do in one hour

1. Hoover under the furniture

Enlist your husband’s help on this one (and with any of the other tasks, in fact!). Get him to lift the sofas and armchairs and shuffle cabinets forward so you or he can reach underneath and round the back. For anything particularly heavy, like the bed, use the vacuum attachments to get under or around them.

2. Clean the windows

You’ll probably have a window cleaner who sorts the outside of your windows, but the insides can get covered in fingerprints and marks too.

The key is to clean them on a cloudy day, so the water doesn’t dry too quickly and leave streaks. Wash them with a sponge dunked in warm water with a squirt of Fairy Liquid, moving from top to bottom. Use a squeegee to remove excess water, moving in an ‘S’ shape, then a damp chamois cloth to clear up any remaining water. Finish off by buffing the glass with screwed-up newspaper to leave it gleaming.

3. Clear out your kitchen cupboards

We’re all guilty of having a tin of tomatoes with a sell-by date of 2015 buried away in the kitchen. So take the chance to empty out your cupboards and throw away anything out of date. Clean the shelves with some Flash All-Purpose Cleaning Spray and as you put everything back, take the time to ensure lids are on, packets are closed and everything is in its best home.

4. Clean the oven

It’s a tough job but someone’s got to do it (perhaps another one for the husband?). Firstly, remove all the shelving and trays, and clean them in hot water with a squirt of Fairy Platinum Liquid, which removes even the toughest grease and grime.

Then mix baking soda with a few tablespoons of water until you form a paste. Wearing gloves, spread the paste on the inside of the oven and door, avoiding the heating elements. Leave it to work its magic overnight, then wipe off with a damp cloth. Use a little white wine vinegar and a spatula to help remove any particularly stubborn spots. Done!

How do you get your spring clean done and dusted? Let us know your tips in the comments section below.

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