It’s spring-cleaning time! It’s that time of the year where you pull out your cleaning list and prepare yourself for a weekend of scrubbing, vacuuming, polishing and reorganizing to make way for the much anticipated, Spring season.
To help you, we have put together our top 10 spring-cleaning tips to help get you through the long day!
1. Start with a list
Organization is the key! Print out a list of all of the rooms, walls, windows, shelves, carpets, cupboards, furnishings and floors that you want to cover in your big clean. As you go through your list, tick off what you have done. This helps to keep you organized and it also gives you a goal to work towards. If you don’t already have a list, you can make your own or find one online.
2. Turn on some tunes
Nothing is more effective at boosting your mood than music. You will be surprised at how fun your spring clean can be if you pump your 80s disco playlist whilst doing the clean.
3. Go Eco-Friendly
There are plenty of ways to ensure you’re being eco-friendly when cleaning your home. We recommend to clean all glass and windows with old newspapers, dust with old clothing, polish with fresh lemon, use old towels to clean surfaces, eliminate odors with coffee or lemons, use an old toothbrush to detail cracks and crevices, use cleaning products that are all-natural/eco-friendly, recycle and lastly, before throwing out old clothes, bags and accessories, consider donating them to your local charity or thrift store.
4. Save water
If you have any leaky taps in your house, this is the time to get them fixed. You would be shocked to know how many gallons of water you can save just from fixing a tap. Also make sure to use water sparingly whilst cleaning and don’t leave the taps running.
5. DIY cleaners
Pinterest is a gold mine of DIY natural cleaning agents. Before going out and spending your hard earned dollars on cleaning products, try to make your own. For example, mix 1 2/3 cups of baking soda + ½ cup of vegetable oil–based soap + 2 tablespoons of white vinegar + ½ cup of water, for a strong and effective tub and tile cleaner for the bathroom. Also for a great floor sanitizer, add ½ cup of borax + 2 gallons of hot water.
6. Make the switch
Now is a great time to swap traditional light bulbs for eco-friendly ones. Eco-friendly light bulbs are great as they are more energy-efficient. In making this small change, you are helping to save energy, reduce carbon emissions, pollution and waste.
7. Get a cleaning buddy
Recruit your partner, roommates, kids or even your friends to help with the big clean (…and of course offer to help them in return). It’s always easier and more fun having someone to help out. It also gives you a second opinion on moving furniture, what to toss/keep and of course, someone to dance to 80s disco music with!
Before throwing out old jars and containers, consider how you could re-use them in a fun and creative way. For example, use old jars as to collect coins in the laundry, use them as pot plants or even as quirky drinking glasses for the kitchen! You could even consider using old tupperware containers to help re-organize your hair accessories, buttons or even herbs and spices in the kitchen.
9. Don’t forget to dust
Don’t forget to dust hard-to-reach places like light fittings and ceiling fans. For those with dust allergies, these spots are the most common collectors of dust and could be aggravating your allergies.
10. Question it
If you haven’t worn, used or looked at it in 12 months, I’d assume you probably wouldn’t notice if it was gone. Take this opportunity to recycle old clothes that you don’t wear and get rid of any clutter and junk taking up closet space. This is another good reason to have a cleaning buddy with you, to get rid of the ‘hoarder’ in you!
If you have any further helpful cleaning tips, we’d love to hear from you! Tweet us at @Eco18dotcom!