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As the weather begins to warm up it’s an opportune time to freshen up your home after having the house closed up over the winter months. Here are our top spring cleaning tips and tricks.

Finesse your fridge

While you may already wipe your fridge’s shelves out regularly, now is a great time to pop out the door shelves and crisper compartments and give them a wash in warm soapy water to help clean up any spillage and remove bacteria.

Roll out the rugs

To clean indoor rugs vacuum on both sides – vacuuming the back will help to push trapped dirt out.

Freshen up the microwave

Place a chopped-up lemon or a few tablespoons of vinegar and 1 cup of water in a microwave-safe jug. Microwave on high for several minutes or until the water boils and the window is steamy. Let it sit to cool for 15 minutes before opening the door. Remove the jug and wipe inside and out with a sponge.

Stainless steel cleaning

If you have any stainless steel appliances, mix up a solution of 1 teaspoon of dish detergent and 1 litre of water and rub onto any marks using a microfibre cloth, going with the grain. Rinse with clean hot water and dry immediately with a clean cloth.

Clean out the oven

Cleaning the oven is one of those tasks that can often be avoided or placed in the ‘too hard’ basket.  An easy and environmentally friendly oven cleaning solution is to make a paste of 3 tablespoons of baking soda mixed with 1.5 tablespoons of water. Apply the paste, let sit for 20 minutes and then wipe clean.

Look up

Sometimes our fans and lights can be overlooked during regular cleans. Grab an extendable duster and give your ceiling fans and lights a good dust.

Mattresses

Freshen up your mattresses by giving them a firm vacuum using the upholstery or crevice tools. After vacuuming clean with a damp cloth and blot dry. Give it a spray with some disinfectant spray and then give it another vacuum.

Clean out your closet

Spring is a great time to clean out your closet and get your warm weather clothes out of hiding. Declutter your wardrobe by removing items you know you’ll no longer wear. You may want to sell or donate them and freshen up your style with some new basics that go with your existing wardrobe.

Want to take it further? Check out our downsizing and decluttering tips or add these DIY cleaning products to your home cleaning regime.

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