After a cold, wet and extremely windy winter, spring is finally in the air. With the longer days and warmer temperatures on the way plenty of us will be deciding to get some spring cleaning done to freshen up our homes. With that in mind we have put together a collection of helpful spring cleaning tips that will bring you great results around the home and make cleaning that little bit easier.
Using homemade vinegar formulas to create your own cleaning product can save you the money you would spend on a commercial bottle. Natural formulas are versatile enough to be used for cleaning bathtubs, toilet bowls, ceramic tiles, ovens and even heavy duty grout. Before you make your own buy spray bottles or reuse old empty ones. To create your own all purpose cleaner mix:
½ cup household ammonia
½ cup white vinegar
¼ cup baking soda
½ gallon of water
Keeping your iron clean can help you avoid leaving tough stains on the clothes you’re trying to make more presentable. To clean your iron, simply put it on a low heat and place a new tumble dryer sheet on your ironing board on top of an item of clothing. Rub the iron with the dryer sheet and you’ll find any dirt will loosen up and you’ll be able to wipe it clean using a clean cloth.
Whilst you clean your kitchen don’t forget to take care of the everyday tasks like keeping chopping boards clean. If you use one on a regular basis, you’ll want to keep it clear of food-borne bacteria. For those who use wooden boards sprinkling coarse salt over the board and rubbing it with a slice of lemon will keep your board fresh, clean and free from bacteria.
Giving your oven a good clean can be a daunting prospect. If you’re going to take it on you’ll find that cleaning a warm oven is easier than cleaning a cold one. We’re not saying you should start scrubbing away when it’s piping hot though! Put your oven on very low heat for 10 to 15 minutes. Then turn it off, spray a non-abrasive cleaner over the inside and let it sit for 20 minutes. Then scrub with a nylon brush or pad and rinse off the dirt with a sponge.
Shower mould can be unsightly and tough to get rid of so try this simple trick to keep your shower and your grout mould free. All you’ll need is some bleach and some cotton buds. Soak the cotton in bleach overnight and place the cotton over the mouldy areas. Let the cotton buds sit for a while and the bleach will do its work, ensuring mould doesn’t destroy grouting get into your walls. Always wear gloves and take sensible precautions when you handle any bleach.
It’s a good time of year to get your house in order with the longer days and warmer temperatures allowing you to air out your home after a good clean. If you do use any of our tips make sure to wear the right protective gear when you use potentially harmful substances like bleach. Don’t overdo it and make sure to keep cleaning products out of children’s reach!
Disclosure: Thanks to Domestic Innovations for sharing these helpful spring cleaning tips in this sponsored post.