It might be a cliché, but it doesn’t make it any less true – spring is the perfect time for a clean.
Whilst this may send shivers down some spines, cleaning doesn’t have to be hard work. Here are our nine top cleaning hacks to give yourself a fresh home this season.
1. Clean your microwave with lemon and water
Want to clean your microwave without using chemicals, sprays and wipes? Simply fill a bowl with around 125ml of water, cut a lemon in half, squeeze the juice into the water and then pop the halves of lemon in too. Put the bowl in the microwave on full power until the water boils. Leave to stand in the microwave for five minutes with the door shut, then wipe down the inside. It’s really cheap and easy to do!
2. Removing pet hair with a squeegee
If you’ve got a pet, you’ll know just how tricky it can be to clean up after them, especially when it comes to hair – there is only so much a vacuum can do! This video demonstrates how an everyday squeegee can lift hair from carpets and couches with ease.
3. Cleaning canvas trainers with toothpaste
Canvas trainers like Vans and Converse are classics for the spring and summer. They can be a pain to clean though, so rather than risking them shrinking in the washing machine, non-gel-based toothpaste does the trick! Here’s how.
4. Get rid of grime on a showerhead with a plastic bag and vinegar
The showerhead can be especially tricky to clean, but this trick makes it easier than ever. Simply fill a plastic bag with half water and half white vinegar. Tie it around the showerhead, making sure the holes are submerged, using an elastic band to secure it, then leave it for up to an hour. Remove the bag, wipe the showerhead with a cloth and run the hot water for a minute or so to clear any remaining muck.
5. Get rid of greasy fingerprints and stains with chalk
Cooking with the little ones is fantastic fun and a great way to spend time with them. Sometimes though, no matter how well they wash their hands, they can inevitably leave greasy fingerprints on painted walls that can be tricky to get rid of. However, this video from Melissa Maker at Clean My Space shows you how you can using chalk. Yes. Really.
6. Remove red wine stains with bicarbonate of soda and water
We’ve all been there. It’s Friday evening, we’ve had a relaxing evening on the couch with a glass of red wine and then nightmare, it gets spilt. Usually on a white or cream carpet. We wish we would have known about this hack that makes removing the wine a doddle.
7. Eliminate water stains with a lemon
It’s our friend the lemon again. This time you can use it to get rid of hard-to-remove water stains from taps and other silver coloured fittings. Just cut a lemon in half, rub the inside half on the stained area, leave for a minute and wipe clean. Simple.
8. Clean your blinds with a sock
Blinds are a great alternative to curtains and transform the windows and doors they cover. Whilst they are easier to clean than curtains, they can still be a bit tricky. However, this simple hack using an old sock, water and vinegar makes it easier than ever to have them looking at their best.
9. Shoe polish is a great leather cleaner
If you’ve got leather furniture, you’ll know how expensive cleaning products can be. Leather shoe polish is the affordable alternative that can clean leather sofas and chairs. Start by making sure you’ve got the right colour of polish for your furniture, then with a clean cloth give the surface a wipe down to get rid of any debris.
Once clear, put a small amount of polish on a cloth and work it in to the surface of the furniture. Once the cloth is dry, reapply polish to it. Do this until you’ve removed the marks or stains, then wipe it down using circular motions.