Winter is over and Spring is well and truly here! If you’re not too busy fighting off hay fever, you might want to take some time to dust off your shelves and prepare your home for the new season. Here are a few handy tips and tricks to spruce up your home without spending a heap!
Prepare your cleaning tools
. Clearly, there's no point sweeping your floors with a filthy broom or wiping down your windows with greasy cloths. You need fresh tools. If you don’t have any lying about, you can always sanitise the ones you have. Microwaving your sponge (that’s right) by soaking it with water and chucking it in for two minutes will zap bacteria out, disinfecting it.
Vinegar is your best friend
. Yep, it’s not only used to flavour chips. Vinegar is an incredibly useful ingredient around the house. It is great for sanitising old cleaning implements, like mops. Simply soak a mop in a bucket of water mixed with a cup of vinegar for fifteen minutes, rinse off and you’re good to go. It’s also handy when it comes to cleaning the grime off kitchen and bathroom faucets.
. Now that some prep has been done, choosing the right tools is important. Microfiber cloths are easily accessible and cheap, and they’re perfect for wipe-downs of numerous surfaces. For houses with lots of blinds, simply wrap a couple around a pair of tongs for easy reach between vanes. They’re also good for up to 300 machine washes, which makes them an eco-friendly alternative to paper towels.
Baking soda and water
. When it comes to cleaning the inside of your fridge, avoid store-bought cleaners and soaps. They might leave chemical residues that will be absorbed by your food. Instead, combine two tablespoons of baking soda with about a litre of water and soak with a sponge.
. Last , but not least, do your very best to keep your home neat and well maintained! Doing away with unnecessary clutter means fewer nooks and crannies for dust and dirt to collect. That is ultimately the best trick you could have.