AS THE days start to get longer, there’s one thing on everyone’s mind: when to tackle spring cleaning.
But it doesn’t have to be a daunting task as cleanliness queen Lynsey Crombie is on hand with plenty of tips to make the chores more tedious.
Here she reveals the do’s and don’ts of spring cleaning, from the mistakes people always make to the one thing you don’t need to clean…
MAKE A PLAN
Speaking to Fabulous Digital, Lynsey says: “The most important thing to do is come up with an action plan.
Take a pen and divide the whole house into sections – figure out how much time you have and make this plan.
Think of your house a bit like a cake, you can divide it into sections and do one section at a time.
But when it comes to big spring cleaning, I would always advise you to work from the top of the house and come down.
This way you take with you the clutter you find, the trash you find. And when you clean, the dust falls like snow, so start as high as you can in every room and at the highest point on your property.
DON’T BUY EXPENSIVE PRODUCTS
If you have cupboards full of cleaning supplies, do an inventory check and use what you have before buying new ones.
To be honest, you can’t beat cleaning with old fashioned hot soapy water – it cleans most things around the house, especially if you have one with antibacterial properties.
I also make my own glass and tile cleaner which is so simple, a spray bottle three quarters full of water with 20 mils of white vinegar, then I put essential oils in it.
In the bathroom I opt for eucalyptus or tea tree because they always smell very fresh.
This, combined with a drop of washing up liquid, will fight limescale, fight soap scum, make your surfaces shine and keep them smelling nice and fresh.
I also like to cleanse with a juicy lemon – just cut the lemon in half and dip it in baking soda or plain table salt, which makes a great cleanser and exfoliator.
It will clean most surfaces and is really good for hard water buildup and limescale.
And it will only cost you a fraction of what you will find in the supermarket.
If you must buy products, go for multipurpose and disinfectant products that you know will do more than one job, such as the floor and the toilet seat.
You don’t need to go out and buy a lot of specialty products unless you have a very expensive wooden piece of furniture, but most of us don’t have big fancy things in our house.
BEWARE OF TIKTOK HACKS
I’ve seen all kinds of cleaning hacks on TikTok, and while most are trendy, some are very dangerous.
I’ve seen people wash with bleach – there’s a place for bleach and it’s in the toilet.
I’m sick of people trying the TikTok trend of mixing bleach in the toilet – not only is it damaging the planet, it’s also dangerous for your lungs
I think most hacks are a bit trendy, I’m sticking with mine.
DISTRIBUTION OF YOUR JOBS
If you look at the history of spring cleaning, the reason there was one was because women had more time and could spend two days on it.
We don’t have that anymore, so it’s about integrating it around you.
People put too much pressure on themselves and try to do too much in a short time, but you can do your cleaning in batches.
Put ten tracks together and build a really motivating playlist and say to yourself once those ten tracks are done I’m quitting my cleaning because that’s all I have to do today.
And then do another one for another day when you have half an hour free.
USE A MINIMUM OF PRODUCT
This is another mistake people always make, you really don’t need to use a lot of product!
Take a mirror for example, people will coat it in glass cleaner, but they used too much and caused a lot of stains and ended up making the job 50 times worse than it was originally.
So use a minimum amount of product.
REMEMBER THESE AREAS
Don’t forget to remove your furniture and clean under the couch, as dust settles and there will be pet hair underneath, which can be terrible for allergies.
In the kitchen you have filters in the hood, when you take them out they are really sticky and they suck in all those cooking smells and over time that can smell.
It is important that every two months they are simply soaked in warm soapy water.
Your walls are another area that tends to get overlooked. It sounds extreme, but you’d be surprised how much dust they cling to.
Try dusting with a dry cloth or vacuuming with a nozzle to remove any dust.
AND THE ONLY AREA YOU DO NOT NEED TO CLEAN
You really don’t need to worry about cleaning your kitchen sink, it’s self-cleaning!
Stop shining your kitchen sink and use that energy elsewhere.