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Spring Cleaning

As the weather improves and the days are longer and lighter, we start to notice those annoying marks, stray cobwebs and areas of clutter and mess. Whilst these don't seem a problem during the winter, the spring sunshine seems to highlight the areas we'd rather not see in our homes.


With our handy list of spring cleaning tips and hacks, you'll have your house whipped into shape in no time at all.



Bathroom


To make your bathroom smell fresh and clean all the time, place a few drops of essential oil on the inside of your toilet roll.


Get rid of mould on tiles using a paste made from baking soda (2 parts), distilled white vinegar (1 part) plus 1 part water. Mix to a thick paste, and apply. Wait 10 minutes and wipe off.


If you'd rather not use toilet bleach, you can clean the loo using a mix of baking soda and vinegar which will remove hard-water marks, and rust stains. Pouring Coca Cola down the toilet is also believed to work well to remove rust rings.


Often neglected, the shower head should be a priority if you want a luxurious shower experience. Simply fill a sandwich bag with baking soda and vinegar and tie it around the showerhead using an elastic band, leaving overnight to soak. In the morning, gently scrub with an old toothbrush to remove scale and debris.


Storage


Organise your clothes drawers by folding and stacking clothes vertically and not horizontally. This makes it really easy to see all your t-shirts in one go and will even minimise creasing.


Vacuum seal your non-seasonal clothes.

There's no point in cramming your heavy coats into the wardrobe during the middle of summer, nor having to dig through flimsy dresses in January.


Finding matching bed sets can be annoying when you are missing one pillow cover. Stop this from happening by keeping your matching set folded inside a single pillowcase.



Kitchen


Make your bin smell good as new by thoroughly washing the inside with an anti-bacterial solution and drying it thoroughly. A sprinkle of baking soda can help to absorb any moisture. You can also place newspaper in the base of the bin before adding your binliner, so that any stray damp bits that escape the bin liner will be caught on the paper. Finally, you can add a few drops of tea tree oil to the paper which will create a clean fragrance.


Clean your oven - this needs to be done overnight. Simply sprinkle baking soda over the bottom of the oven, then spray or pour vinegar over it. The next morning you can just wipe it clean.


Steam clean the microwave the easy way by adding lemon juice or white vinegar to a bowl of water and heating it on full power for about five minutes. You will then be able to wipe it down easily and will be left with a shiny, clean microwave, with no scrubbing required.


If you have annoying water stains on your taps and sink then you can halve a lemon and use it to scrub the steel. This has the added bonus of making your kitchen smell lovely.


To create a wonderful scent of baking in the kitchen, put a cup of vanilla extract in the oven for an hour. This one is a fabulous tip for making your home inviting when you are showing it to prospective purchasers too.



Declutter


Rearrange your furniture – you will find that you will clear away clutter and dirt as part of the process. Plus, your room will look new and different too.


Create a donations box and place it somewhere handy. You can then drop things into it when you discover items that you don't use or don't wear any more. You can then donate the contents to your favourite charity.



Digital Declutter


Many of us have been working from home more than normal and with the lockdown easing, now is a great time to have a digital clear out.


Clean up your desktop - moving files from your desktop into their own folder to instantly clear-up the screen. Seeing a tidy screen when you turn the computer on will instantly make you feel more in control of your day. You can then review the folder little by little over the coming days and tidy the files into the correct locations.


Clean your keyboard. They are often neglected and do tend to harbour germs and all sorts of nasty bits and pieces. The easiest way to deep clean your keyboard is with soap, water and a cotton bud, which will get in between keys without a problem. If you can't get the cotton bud in there, then you can also use the sticky parts of Post-It notes to fish the nasty bits out from underneath the keys.


Unsubscribe from and delete unwanted emails. Emails can build up in the inbox without even getting opened. Search 'unsubscribe' in your emails which will bring up anything that has an unsubscribe link… you can then unsubscribe to any you no longer need.


To remove the emails that are already cluttering up the inbox, sort the inbox on “From” and select the emails from the sender you don’t want to hear from. Press delete. Sorted.