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Spring cleaning tips…

April 14th 2015
By: Melanie Hollidge

Spring is in the air, and there’s no better time to clear away the winter cobwebs and give your home a good spring clean. The best approach seems to be to start with one room and then gradually work your way around your home, starting with organising the contents and then cleaning.
 
If you haven’t used an item for more than a year then consider getting rid of it. De-clutter; if you have masses of stuff you don’t want to get rid of then look at your space and work out whether you can add any extra storage, such as under beds, or an extra shelf unit and so forth.
 
If you have a family, you will understand the importance of having a relaxing bedroom, adding storage boxes to your cupboards is a great way of clearing away clutter. Get your family involved with cleaning and storing items away.
 
It’s really important to make sure that you vacuum your mattress every couple of months this help to stop the build up of bed mites which left unchecked could cause allergies. Wash quilts and pillows regularly too, but wait until you have some warm weather, here are some of the Good Housekeeping washing tips:
 
Natural filled pillows – avoid taking these to the dry cleaners, as the toxic smell will rest in the feathers, air regularly and wash in your standard washing machine, these will take a few days to dry (hanging them on the line is the best way), make sure they are completely dry before putting them back on your bed.
 
Foam pillows – Sponge in warm soapy water, and dry out of direct sunlight, wash these annually.
 
Polyester/hollow fibre pillows – wash these on a wool wash, with around half the amount of detergent than you would normally use and then tumble dry.
 
Rather than using harsh chemical cleaners, try using white vinegar, lemon and bicarbonate of soda.
 
Sprinkle carpets and rugs with bicarbonate soda, leave for one hour and then vacuum, this will eliminate any bad odors.
 
To clean windows, mix 1:1 water, vinegar, spray, clean with one cloth, wipe dry with a dry cloth.
 
Mix 1:1 water and vinegar, and add a juice from one lemon to help sterilise your home, such as work tops, toilets and so forth.
 
To clean off harder stains on baths, grout and so forth you can make a paste from your bicarbonate of soda with a bit of water and clean using an old tooth brush.
 
Using these environmentally friendly products are not only cheaper, but they are better for you and your family and the environment.
 
Source: Good Housekeeping.