Spring clean your house in a day

September 2019

Yes, it's that time of year again. Don't know where to start? Here’s a handy to-do list which includes all the spots you've likely neglected for the past year – and how to tackle them like a pro. Knuckle down and you could even get it done in a day.

Wash your windows inside & out

Instead of just wiping down the inside, make sure you go outside to remove spots and smudges. Pro tip? Wash them on a cloudy day so the sun doesn’t dry the suds before you're done wiping.

Wet-clean your wooden floors

You only need to wet-clean your wooden floors a few times a year, because mopping them once a week could ruin them. Whew! Use a good quality wood cleaner, and then just spot-clean as needed.

Tackle your tiles

Mix baking soda and water for a homemade cleaner that’ll have your bathroom tiles sparkling: pour 1/2 cup baking soda into 2 litres water and mix well. Then apply the liquid with a sponge. You’ll find it even de-grimes grout!

Freshen up your fridge

It’s gotta be done. Pull out all of your fridge's interior shelves and wash them with warm soapy water. Then wipe down the inside surfaces with a sponge before putting shelves back in their place. Remember to clear out any dust, grime or lost items behind it too – a lot can build up over a year.

Wash your washing machine

Washing machines need washing too. Run the machine with hot water, then add distilled white vinegar and baking soda to disinfect it, then let it sit for 30 to 60 minutes. Afterwards, restart your machine, let the water drain, and wipe it dry.

Scrub up your oven

Giving your oven a deep clean is easier than it sounds. First, spritz burnt-on food with bleach. Sprinkle baking soda and a few drops of white vinegar on the bottom, let it bubble up, then whisk away the grime with a sponge.

Keep your paint looking crisp

Walls looking a little tired? Dip a sponge into water mixed with a little dishwashing liquid and give them a good wipe down, giving dirty spots an extra rub. Then rinse down afterwards with plain water.