My Top Spring Cleaning Tips + Products to Make It All Easier
Spring is here and when the sun starts shining, you suddenly see all the dust! We are in the process of spring cleaning our house ready for our new arrival next month when we’ll be even busier than usual.
- Move Everything
To really get all the dust you need to move large pieces of furniture and clean behind and under them. This can take quite some time and it’s best to be at least two people so that you can lift together.
- Do a Deep Clean of your Bed
Wash all the sheets as usual, but also wash any mattress protectors/toppers, duvets and pillows. If your washing machine is too small to hold your duvet, you can take it to a launderette. Vacuum clean your mattress and flip it too. If there’s space under your bed make sure to vacuum there too.
- Clear out as you Clean
Keep bags available to organise things while you’re cleaning. One bag for the charity shop, one for the tip, one for rubbish, one for recycling, etc. The less stuff you have, the easier your house is to clean and keep tidy. This works for all areas of the house whether you’re cleaning the kitchen cupboards, your wardrobe, the bathroom or your bookshelves.
- Wash all the Windows on a Sunny Day
Wash all the windows in one go when you have a sunny, warm day. Use washing up liquid and water or a designated window cleaner and a soft cloth to wash the windows, then use a squeegee to get rid of water and dry with a clean cloth. Scrunched up newspaper is great for getting rid of any lines.
- Keep on Top of Things Daily and Weekly
To not make spring cleaning too big an event, try to keep on top of things throughout the week by tackling small jobs daily or weekly.
Things like taking out rubbish, wiping down worktops, tables, floors, cleaning the shower, bath, sink, mirrors, toilets, vacuuming the carpets and clearing away clutter as you go. One rule that you can give yourself is that if something takes less than two minutes to do, just do it straight away.
It may sound like a lot but there are many ways to make these everyday jobs easy and quick.
- Keep bathroom cleaning products in the bathroom and kitchen cleaning products in the kitchen so that they’re always available in the correct room when you need them.
- Do a quick tidy up at night before going to bed. Tidy up the living room and dust/polish the sofa table and clear the dishes in the kitchen and wipe down the surfaces and the sink with antibacterial spray. Whoever uses the shower/bath last each night can quickly spray it with a cleaning spray and rinse it off to keep it nice and clean.
- Keep antibacterial wipes handy for quick clean ups. I love using these for our kitchen table and my toddler’s highchair and the floor underneath as she loves to play with Play Doh and it always goes everywhere. Using a wipe to clean it all up makes it really easy and quick. You can keep a pack upstairs and a pack downstairs.
- Floor wipes are really handy for tiled floors and laminate floors. They’re larger and thicker and a brilliant for tackling dust and dirt.
- Keep microfiber cleaning cloths upstairs and downstairs. They come in different colours so you can colour coordinate them for different jobs. Blue for the sink and bath, green for the living room, pink for mirrors etc. so that you don’t need to wash them after each use. Of course, they should be washed regularly. Microfiber is a very hygienic material that washes very well and dries quickly. They can be used dry, dampened with water or with cleaning products.
- Clean when you make a mess. If you spill something or make a mess of the cooker when cooking, just clean it up straight away. It’s always easier to get rid of mess when it’s fresh than when it’s all crusty and dry…
- Put things away after using them to keep on top of clutter. This habit is really easy to get into and once your house is tidy you’ll want to keep it looking nice.
- If you have kids or pets, vacuum your living room/play room daily to keep your carpet looking nice.
- Use marigold gloves to protect your hands when you clean. Always use separate gloves for the bathroom and kitchen and wash/dry them between uses. Also use a washing up detergent that is kind to your hands if you don’t wear them when doing dishes.
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If you can get help with cleaning, do so. A few hours of cleaning help a week or the occasional carpet cleaning service, like emeraldcarpetcleaning.ie offers, can lighten the load and help you stay on top of things.
This post is in collaboration with Aldi. All words, thoughts and opinions are my own. Contains an advertorial link.