7 things you can do to freshen up your home

Posted: 19 June 2016 by Higgins Homes

The annual spring clean – for some people it’s a joy but for most of us it’s a time consuming chore. Whether you enjoy helping your home transition from one season to another or not, spring cleaning doesn’t have to take up a huge amount of your precious time. It is possible to spring clean your home in just a week with these simple tips.


1. Start with your windows

While many people start with their interior furnishings during a spring clean, washing down windows will make a huge difference to the way that your home feels. Wash down both the inside and the outside of the glass and choose a cloudy day so the cleaner won’t be dried instantly into streaks on the glass by the sun.


2. Banish sink bacteria

What many of us don’t realise is that there is more bacteria in a dirty sink than on a toilet seat! Use a shop bought disinfectant on your sink or clean with soap and water and then spray with a mist of vinegar. Finish (after the vinegar is dry) with hydrogen peroxide.


3. Shine up glass doors

Glass doors in the bathroom can be dull and drab if they don’t shine. Treat yours with a teaspoon of lemon oil to bring back the beauty and make sure that the water just rolls off. You can also use car products that are designed to keep water of a windshield to do the same job.


4. Clear out the drawers

Whether you’re a hoarder, you hate to fold or your drawers have become a chaotic mess in which you can’t find anything, this is the perfect time to clear out and clear up. Go through all the drawers in the house and make sure you’re not simply keeping things that don’t mean anything and which you never touch. Use drawer liners to protect the drawers and their contents and re-organise so that you know what’s in a drawer before you open it.


5. Super vacuum

Regular vacuuming may be quick and rushed but when you do your spring clean give yourself twice the time to get into corners, under beds and behind furniture to reach every speck of dust.


6. Tackle your tiles

We use tiles mainly in kitchens and bathrooms, usually covering such large surface areas that they can ruin a room if they are poorly kept. Give your tiles their shine back with a neutral PH cleaner or a scrub with a mix of baking soda and water.


7. Give your washing machine new life

If the washing machine is dirty then it’s not going to produce clean clothes. During your spring clean, make your washing machine like new with a mix of 500ml distilled white vinegar, 60ml of water and 13 tablespoons baking soda.


First, mix the baking soda with the water in a measuring jug. Then, pour this into the detergent container of your washing machine and add the vinegar into the drum.


Set the washing machine to a normal load and turn the water temperature up to the highest setting. The baking soda and vinegar is a great natural solution to dealing with the mineral deposits and mould that can build up over time. Once that’s finished, use a clean scrubber and fresh water to remove any remaining mould or residue from around the opening of the washing machine.

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