At a time when cleanliness and hygiene is at an all time high, Spring cleaning is the perfect opportunity to reset our humble abodes (and minds!), especially after such a long lockdown.
Cleaning has been proven to be a great way to relieve stress and have a positive impact on mental health and ideal this spring. This includes it helping people to gain a sense of control over their environment; which has been rather challenging to do recently.
Many people avoid spring cleaning simply because they don’t know where to begin, so to help, below we have seven tips to guide you into a fresh new season:
1. Say goodbye to limescale in just 10 minutes
Did you know that limescale build up starts from the very first time you use your appliance? With Brits spending more time at home than ever, appliance usage is at an all time high. One way to restore household items is with the frequent use of descalers. Products like Oust All Purpose Descaler help to restore and refresh household appliances like kettles, iron and showerheads to their best in just 10 minutes – removing up to 100% of limescale!
Not only will banishing limescale make your appliances last longer, but it will ensure maximum efficiency too. Super easy to use, just pop it in or on the appliance and let it do the hard work for you, while you continue with the rest of your spring cleaning, and return to find some pretty incredible results.
2. MOT your toilet with a step-by-step regime
It goes without saying the toilet can be one of the dirtiest parts of the house and is prone to attracting an immense build-up of bacteria. Make sure your toilet remains sparkling and germ-free with a three-step ‘Regime Clean’ approach when spring cleaning. This includes daily use of a rim block such as Bloo’s Power Active which will ensure a hygienically clean and fresh toilet in all 240 of its flushes!
Your second tactic would be a weekly use of toilet cleaning gel to tackle any limescale build up in your basin. Lastly, why not finish off with Queen of Clean Mrs Hinch’s “must-have” bathroom product this year – Bloo Foam Aroma. The scented product fizzes up in your loo bowl, not only encouraging the freshest fragrance but leaving your loo gleaming with every use.
3. Re-dye instead of re-buy clothes and furnishings
Tik Tokers have been going crazy over upcycling videos this lockdown, with users transforming everything from faded black jeans, stained baby clothes and even their bedsheets. Instead of reaching for the bin liners this year, why not give Dylon’s Machine Dye Pods a go. The dyes can be used by restoring the item’s original colour or giving your old clothing a new lease of life. Not only is this a simple money-saving hack, but it’s the perfect chance for you and the family to get creative while upgrading your home and wardrobe.
4. Spruce up your garden
With BBQ season in touching distance, it’s the perfect time to prepare your garden for a warmer climate by washing away any grime and dirt that has accumulated over the year. Germs not only live inside your home but can be found all around your house; on paths, patios, driveways and even in your drains.
So, while we banish bacteria inside the home it’s just as important to tackle germs outside with the use of products such as Jeyes Fluid Outdoor Cleaner & Disinfectant. At the top of your list should be cleaning your favourite gardening tools, disinfecting tables, plant pots and making sure the BBQ is in tiptop condition, ready for the first sign of 2021 sun.
5. Wash and store your seasonal wardrobe
Use Colour Catcher to help speed up the process of washing your winter wardrobe so that you can store them away. The laundry sheet allows you to put all colours in one load, which saves both time and money, by trapping any loose dyes released during washing. It also keeps your clothes brighter for longer and makes the dreaded ‘red sock in a pile of white laundry’ a thing of the past!
6. Clean and sanitise your fridge
The fridge is one of the most important areas to focus on when cleaning your kitchen. Housing both raw and cooked foods, it’s essential that this appliance is kept clean and hygienic to reduce the risk of food poisoning.
It’s also vital that you use gentle surface wipes as opposed to any harsh chemicals to avoid these coming into contact with your food or drink. Additionally, to maintain an odour-free fridge all year round, try adding a fridge deodoriser! Croc Odor is fragrance free and is specifically designed to help neutralise and absorb odours, preventing cross contamination of food flavours whilst protecting the taste of food.
7. Kill up to 99.9% of bacteria all around the home
There are many uses for bleach beyond the bathroom. Parazone Bleach Plus can be added to your cleaning routine to ensure your house remains germ-free, killing up to 99.9% of bacteria with each use. As we move through our homes we carry all sorts of germs from the outside world on the soles of our shoes. These germs can also live on surfaces for extended periods of time, so make sure that you mop your floor with disinfectant at least once a week.
Mix a small amount of bleach with your regular floor cleaner to not only tackle tough stains but to sanitize your home at the same time. When it comes to all other surfaces, try diluting 200ml bleach with 5 litres of water, and use a damp cloth to wipe down.