1000 ways to make your spring clean a dream

    28 Sep 2015

    Labour weekend is almost here and with it the hope that warmer weather is on its way. We are so ready to say goodbye to the rain and the cold – who wants to hang laundry out in the sunshine for a change? It’s one of the small pleasures in life: clean washing, empty house, hot cup of coffee and the sunshine warming your back as you quietly take a moment to day dream…

    The urge to Spring clean seems to come along with the brighter mornings, so if you haven’t managed to fit it in yet, now could be the time to get started. We asked our community for their best spring cleaning ideas and had 1000 ideas come flying back! Given that you may want to get on to the job before summer starts, we’ve pulled together some of the top tips to help get you in the mood...

    Be prepared. Make sure you’ve got everything you need, before you get started – this includes cleaning equipment such as gloves, scrubbers and cleaning products. Never underestimate the value of a quality vacuum cleaner – a lighter and more maneuverable vacuum is more efficient and gets the job done in half the time.

    Tackle the big jobs first. Start with the jobs that have been playing on your mind for a while. Maybe it’s the out-of-control kitchen pantry or your clutter-filled office or play room. Whatever it is, break it down into smaller chunks and get it done – this will make cleaning less daunting and may just inspire you to tackle the rest of the house.

    Cut the clutter. Cleaning can be overwhelming when the job looks huge. It can feel like there’s stuff absolutely everywhere, especially in bigger families. Whether or not you’re a neat freak, clutter just makes the place look smaller and messier. Try getting a big bin or box and put all loose items inside. Then you can clean in an empty space and sort out which stuff to put back afterwards – with a bit of luck some of it can stay in the box and be given away or recycled.

    Do it as you go along. If you see a cup, take it to the sink; if you spill something, clean it up immediately. Put mats down for your toddlers when they eat to avoid having to mop the floor; try cleaning the bathroom while you’re watching your kids in the bath. Multitask wherever you can to help keep on top of the mess.

    Do it right first time. To get rid of grime more effectively, spray a cleaner and leave it on the surface for up to sixty seconds. Getting the job done thoroughly first time is way more efficient than having to go back and redo later.

    Don’t leave it until the last minute. Don’t put cleaning off or leave it till the evening. Motivate yourself to get it out of the way by promising yourself a reward afterwards. Earmark some relaxing time; get a hot cuppa, read your book and put your feet up.

    Make the job easier. If a particular job is taking longer than it should, save yourself the trouble and move on to something else. Leaving clothing stains and dishes to soak makes them easier to clean.

    Ask for a helping hand. Get the children involved. Make it fun and encourage them to work with you to pack up their toys or help folding the washing.

    Make a plan. Have a set day for cleaning and stick to your routine. Reserve different jobs for different days to spread out the load and mix it up.

    Have fun. Put on some loud music and get in the cleaning zone! Did you know that two hours of cleaning burns around 400 calories? Find the trigger that motivates you and use it!

    Use good, planet-friendly products. Using natural cleaning products means you pat yourself on the back for cleaning your house and protecting the environment all at the same time! Gentler products smell great as you clean and don't damage your skin the way harsh chemicals do. All Earthwise products are free from phosphate, ammonia, nitrate and chlorine.

    If all that’s not enough to get you going, we’ll leave you with a consoling thought: kids that grow up in a completely germ-free environment develop weaker immune systems, so don’t feel too bad if you house isn’t as clean as you think it should be!

    Here’s a quick-fire run-down of our favourite cleaning tricks:

    Dampen a cloth and put it over a broom to remove the dust of wooden floors

    Use olive oil to clean timber furniture

    Use a sheet or rag wrapped around a clean painting roller, secured with elastic bands, to chase dust away from awkward, high-reach places like the top of cupboards or fans.

    Vacuum after you’ve done everything else, to avoid depositing more dust on your clean floors

    Use the brush attachment on your vacuum to quickly dust furniture, windowsills and skirting boards

    Put a scented oil like lavender or tea tree in your vacuum cleaner to make your house smell extra fresh and clean

    Put odd socks to good use as dusting gloves, just slip one over your hand and wipe. The kids will love this one too!

    Read our recent lost socks blog