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Cleaning with White Wine Vinegar

If you have been following me for a while you will know by now that one of my favourite cleaning products is White Wine Vinegar.  The uses for White Wine Vinegar are endless so I thought that I would share a few of my top tips with you.

Window and Glass cleaning

I keep a spray bottle filled with half vinegar, half water then wipe clean windows and mirrors with a lint free cloth

Lime scale and hard water build up

Limescale and headwater can be a real pain to get off and many of the cleaning products on the market just don’t seem to work very well.  Soak shower heads in a bag of White Wine Vinegar and spray neat onto shower doors, draining boards and taps.

Carpet Stains

We all spill drinks or find marks on our carpet from time to time. White Wine Vinegar can really help at removing those unwanted stains.  Simply mix together water and White Wine Vinegar and add to a spray bottle.  Spray the marked area and leave for a good 5 minutes and then blot the stain using a white cloth or paper towel. I always advise blotting with white as this way you can actually see if the stain is being removed.  Repeat the process if necessary and then rinse away using a wet cloth a little washing up liquid.

Descaling the Kettle

Ido this monthly and this trick has never let me down. Simply fill the kettle with half water and half White Wine Vinegar and leave to sit for 30 minutes.  Once the time is up boil the kettle, empty and rinse thoroughly. This will keep limescale at bay and elimaates the need of using harsh chemicals. You can also try this trick on your coffee machine too!

Prevent Mildew in water areas

If you have any mildrew in the bathroom or on your shower curtain then spray with neat White Wine Vinegar  

Remove odors from kitchen sink

Used with bicarbonate of Soda White Wine Vinegar can get rid of those nasty sink odours and keep your sink drain free of slim and gunk.  This is something you should factor into your monthly cleaning schedule .

Clean and deodorize microwave

Using a microwave-safe bowl, fill with 1/2 cup of vinegar and 1 cup water.  Place in the microwave put on a high heat for 5 minutes. Let it sit in microwave while it cools.  You can then easily wipe down inside of microwave and  lingering odors should disappear.  For more microwave cleaning ideas click here

Cleaning the fridge

Mix a gallon of warm water and 2 cups of White Wine Vinegar to wipe down inside of refrigerator, including shelves, walls, and packaging.  Your refrigerator will be clean and smelling clean without harming any food with harsh chemicals.

Freshen up laundry

Add a capful of White Wine Vinegar into the machine if you feel your laundry is looking a little dull. Your colours will come out bolder and your whites whiter.

Grass stains

Make a mixture of 80ml white vinegar and 160ml water. Apply the solution to the stain and blot with a clean cloth. Repeat this process until you’ve removed as much green as possible, and then wash as usual.

Cleaning your washing machine

Simply add two capfuls into the detergent compartment and then run a hot cycle to freshen up your machine.  For more washing machine cleaning ideas CLICK HERE

Wash fruit and veg

Vinegar may help remove bacteria and pesticide residues from fruits and vegetables. Mix three parts water to one part white vinegar, and dispense in a spray bottle. Then rinse with water.

Sometimes it good to implement chemical free cleaning into your routine especially if you are like me and clean excessively.  Lemons also make a great home cleaning alternative and I have also put together some fab tips for cleaning with lemons

As always thank you for reading
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxox

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Cleaning with Vodka

I love to make my own cleaning products using what I already have in the kitchen cupboards. bicarbonate of soda, salt, lemon and white wine vinegar are a few of my favorites along with a drop of essential oils but did you also know that Vodka makes a powerful disinfectant and makes a great degreaser? Plus you can use Vodka to make a great deodoriser too.

One of my favourite uses for Vodka is to tackle stains and loads of you have had great success with this across my social media channels. But I have listed below a few more ideas on how to use Vodka in your home not as a delicious cocktail martini but as a cleaning product instead.

Vodka Cleaning Tips 

Make your own line spray

Add vodka, water and your favourite essential oil to a spray bottle and then use to refreshen upholstery and fabrics within your home.  It’s always worth testing a small patch first but you should be absolutely fine.  Also don’t worry as you won’t get a horrible alcohol smell as the smell will evaporate quickly.

Room Diffuser

Using the same method as above you make a simple diffuser using an old one that has run out.

Soap scum and water marks

Use Vodka only in a spray bottle for shower doors, tiles, draining boards and taps. Allows leave for around 10 to 15 minutes before you rinse it off to allow the vodka to get to work.

Greasy cooking trays and pans

Add a few drops of vodka to greasy oven trays or pots and the vodka will cut right through the grease to make scrubbing a whole lot easier.

Sticky Labels

I always find it so frustrating when a sticky label won’t fully come off a new pair of shoes or the children have gone mad with a packet of stickers and stuck them all over their bedroom door.  Neat vodka on a cloth and a simple wipe will easily remove those left on marks.

Garden weeds

Mix vodka and water and a quick spray will kill those unwanted weeds.

Help keep your vases of flowers for longer

I always do this my Nan told me to be this years ago.  Add a drop vodka into your vase of flowers to help keep them for longer or to perk up wilting flowers.

Glass cleaning 

Neat vodka in a spray bottle will bring your glass up really shiny.

Chrome and Jewellery

Vodka works well when combined with a microfiber cloth and will shine up chrome and jewellery.

Stains

One of my favorite uses for vodka and this is why you should keep a small bottle in your laundry cupboard. Add neat vodka onto your stains, its brilliant at removing blood, grass, sick, and felt pens stains from clothing

I hope you have found this cleaning tips with Vodka useful. I have also put together some great tips on using Hair Spray in the home too

As always thank you for reading
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxox

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Keeping on top of the cleaning when you own a dog

As you can imagine, bringing an indoor pet into my family has not been the easiest of tasks for me. You have probably already read my blog post Can a clean freak like me cope with a dog?

I have been documenting my journey across my social media channels and I have really appreciated all the help and advice I have been offered whilst I was going back and forth about getting a pet.

I am a person who loves routine, with a pristine home, so this really wasn’t an easy decision for me.

Friends had told me about the constant battle with pet hairs all over their sofas and dog saliva on doors.

Some vacuums don’t have strong enough suction to deal with pet hairs or they get clogged up in the filters and cause all kinds of problems.

But I was determined to do this for my family, they were desperate for a puppy and I knew how much joy it would bring to our home.

One of my daughters is an asthma sufferer, so we had to choose our puppy very carefully. We couldn’t risk having a house full of dog hair. After a lot of research, we knew that we needed to find a hypoallergenic dog. These dogs shed very little because they have hair shafts with longer life spans.

We felt the breed Cockapoo would suit us the most as they come highly-recommended to live with children and, by chance, a local lady had five puppies for sale and Hetty just melted our hearts.

I honestly do believe that things happen for a reason.

I didn’t really want to increase my cleaning massively by owning a dog because I think we can safely say, I do enough already. So, before she came home I had to plan ideas that would make my life easier.

Hetty doesn’t moult, so pet hair really isn’t a huge problem for us but as humans we produce dead skin and hair so it’s only normal that a puppy would do too.

To prevent dog hair ending up on my furniture and floor, I brush Hetty daily and then I instantly vacuum the space we have been brushing using my amazing Vorwerk Kobold VK200 Ultimate Homecare System. I really couldn’t cope without this amazing vacuum cleaner as I’m sure you’ve seen on my social media!

With Hetty now here, I use the PB440 Electric Upholstery Brush attachment so much because it gets into hard-to-reach areas with a deep-clean across my sofas, carpets, rugs and upholstery to pull out dead skin and hairs.

The PB440 is an amazing attachment because it has a function switch for vacuuming surfaces or vacuuming crevices with a safety guard to protect your furnishings.

It also loosens allergic particles, such as mite excrement and fine dust, and reduces the risk of asthma and sneezing attacks so it’s a really handy piece with a new furry friend running around the house!

The PB440 is perfect for pet owners, it’s part of the VK200 system that’s built to get rid of 99.99% allergens and it really does clear every last bit of hair.

Whilst the PB440 is not suitable for leather, vinyl, duvets and quilts, it’s perfect for sofas, stairs and curtains so you get a great clean across a range of services and delicate fabrics.

Even if you do have a hypoallergenic dog like us, I would still recommend getting a VK200 because it’s built to tackle pet hairs, dirt particles and reduce allergens.

To also help my cleaning regime, when Hetty goes out into the garden, I give her a good clean when she comes back in to get rid of any muck that can potentially come into my home.

Dogs can pick up so much muck when they are out and about, it’s inevitable that the dirt will come into your home.

I’ve also covered all of my sofas with throws to keep Hetty’s smell and hair off my nice, new furniture. Her bed is washed regularly too.

My life with Hetty really has been made so much easier to keep my home clean with Vorwerk’s Kobold system, I can’t stress that enough. And Hetty is an amazing part of our family now too.

I’d recommend you to arrange a FREE DEMONSTRATION of the Kobold system, especially if you’re pet owners, so you can see the difference it can make – it’s well worth it.

As always thank you for reading and there is more about my journey with Hetty Can a clean freak like me cope with a dog?

Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo

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Dishwasher cleaning

Your dishwasher cleans your plates and dishes so if your dishwasher isn’t clean your plates and dishes certainly aren’t going to be clean.  Lots of people forget about cleaning the dishwasher and washing machine but these items really need to be looked after.

I have covered washing machine care before so todays it’s the turn of the dishwasher.

Cleaning the dishwasher is something I aim to do fortnightly.  I have shown this on my instastoriesbefore so  a lot of you will already know my process.

Before using my dishwasher I always ensure the dishwasher is fully filled and then I  set it on an overnight setting using the ecological wash option.

To clean here is what I do using all natural products.

Empty the filter of your dishwasher (mine simply twists and pulls). You can find how to do this in your instruction manual or on your washer manufactures website.

Wipe down all your seals and around the door with a solution of 50% white vinegar, 20% neat lemon juice and 30% water. I put the solution in a spray bottle as it can be used for other household cleaning jobs. I use Lemon juice as this leaves a fresh clean smell and lemons are also great for breaking down dirt and grim.

Place a cup of white vinegar mixed with lemon juice in the top of your dishwasher and run it on a hot cycle this will help break down any grease and gunk.

Once cycle has completed sprinkle the bottom of your dishwasher with bicarbonate of soda, bicarbonate of soda is great at eliminating any nasty smells.

You do not have to rinse this from your dishwasher just leave until the next time you use.

I hope you have enjoyed this post, this really is a simple cleaning method that takes no time at all.  I love cleaning with natural products especially lemons. Take a look at other ideas I have for cleaning with lemons.

Buying white wine vinegar and neat lemon juice in supermarkets can be expensive or not always easy to find so I have found some cheaper options for you.

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As Always thank you for reading
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxo

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Cleaning your home with Lemons

I love having a bowl full of lemons in my house, not only do they help brighten up my kitchen but they can be really handy and help out with the cleaning. 
I have put together some handy home hacks for you to clean your home the natural way. Making changes like this and using less toxins is so good for you and the environment.  Lemons not only smell gorgeous but can really help improve shine.  It’s really surprising how well they can clean your home.

Wooden Chopping Board

You can clean your wooden cutting board with half a lemon and a little coarse salt. All you have to do is cut a lemon in half and sprinkle the salt over the chopping board. Then with the lemon facing downwards simply scour the surface of the chopping board, squeezing slightly to release the lemon juice as you go. Let sit for about 15 minutes to give the lemon and salt some time to work, Then scrap away any lemon bits and rinse with warm water and a clean sponge or cloth.

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Limescale

Lemon is great at tackling limescale. For limescale that is on your taps, very simply cut your lemon in half and run the lemon all over the tap where the limescale is present. Leave the lemon on the tap for a while so that it can get to work and then rinse away. You may need to repeat this process.

For your kettle just pop a few used lemon halves into the kettle, fill with water and boil. Leave overnight, and boil again in the morning before emptying. Give it a quick rinse to remove any bits.

Microwave

Put a few lemon half’s in a bowl of clean cold water in the microwave and then put the microwave on full power for 5 minutes.  The lemon will release the grease which will make it really easy to wipe of with a cloth.

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Rust

To remove rust mix lemon with salt and make a paste, apply this paste to the rust and scrub. Leave for a few minutes and rinse with warm water.

Hard water marks

Hard water marks can be a real pain but simply rubbing the mark with a half a lemon they can be easily removed.

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Fridge Odours 

Soak a clean sponge in lemon juice, put it on a saucer or in an open tub and leave in the fridge. By the morning your fridge will smell lovely and zesty fresh.

Dishwasher

Pour lemon juice into the sealed tablet section and then run on a rinse cycle.

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A few more ideas I have for cleaning with lemons are:

Polish chrome
Keep insects out of the kitchen in the summer by squirting a drop where insects can come in.
Tackle laundry stains, soak stained items in a mixture of lemon juice and bicarbonate of soda for 30 minutes before washing.
Remover perspiration stains, rub under the arm of clothes with a mixture of lemon juice and white wine vinegar.

 For more cleaning tips and advice take a look here

As always thank you for taking the time to read
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxox

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Washing Machine care

It’s so important to keep your washing machine nice and clean as detergent alone isn’t enough to keep your clothes smelling nice and fresh.

Washing machines gain horrible smells from the build up of odours caused by the dirt they remove from your clothes and the hard water. Dirt sticks to the drum and builds up hence the reason we need to keep our machines nice and clean.

Tips to keep your washing machine clean

When your machine is not is use try to leave the tray open slightly just so this gets some air and dries out.  This little tray is on and off being wet and never really gets the chance to dry out. Once a week take your tray out and soak it in warm soapy water and then dry it well before you pop it back in.  Also clean the space it comes from putting your arm right in and giving it a good clean and dry.

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When your machine has finished a cycle try to take your clothes out immediately don’t leave them in for too long as this can cause damp smells.

If you use your machine a lot a once a week give it a good deep clean is good.  Just run the machine on an empty wash along with a washing machine cleaner, a do-lap of white wine vinegar or a cap full of bleach. Follow the instructions of the brought washing machine cleaner but for the bleach or white wine vinegar option put this into the detergent tray or straight into the drum.

This will help keep your machine smelling nice and fresh.

Then wipe inside the machine all around the drum with a nice clean soapy cloth.

Also weekly try to give the rubber seal a good wipe, you can use your detergent for this or mix some bicarbonate of soda with some white wine vinegar into a paste and use a small brush to get right into the rubber.  The rubber seal picks up all sorts of dirt from your clothes and will also pick up minerals and hard water.

The filter at the bottom of the machine will need to be emptied regularly, try to do this at least once a month. Plus if you can access the back of your machine easily check the water supply pipe for any build up of dirt.

My recommended brought washing machine cleaner is the Dr Beckmann there products never fail to let me down. I have found a really good offer for you too just CLICK HERE

I also recommend you buy your white wine vinegar in a bigger bottle online to save you money. I have picked a great 5l bottle for you too. Just CLICK HERE

There are so many ways you can use natural cleaning products around the home like white wine vinegar and bicarbonate of soda, I have put together some great ideas which will help you save money and clean naturally HERE

As always thank you for reading my post
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxox

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The many uses of Bicarbonate of soda in the home

As you can see from my Instagram posts I use a lot of Bicarbonate of soda in my daily cleaning.  This idea came from my great Nan who always had pots of it around the kitchen and I have memories of watching her sprinkle it all over the house.

Its a natural chemical free way of cleaning so with this you know you are being good to the environment and your home. Keeping toxins at bay.

Mattress 

Bicarbonate of soda will eliminate nasty smells so a monthly sprinkle on the mattress will keep you nice and fresh.  Lightly sprinkle over the mattress and leave for approx one hour.  Then using the mattress attachment from you vacuum, vacuum up the bicarbonate of soda.

Carpets and Rugs

Again like the mattress this will help eliminate any smells, lightly sprinkle onto the carpet area, you can use sieve if you like and spread evenly.  Leave to sit for approx 1 hour and then vacuum up. Make sure you vacuum in a few different directions so as you don’t leave any in the carpet pile.

Kitchen sink

Cut a lemon in half and sprinkle Bicarbonate of soda onto the lemon half so as you cover the whole half and then give the lemon a tiny squeeze. A fizz will appear now gently run the lemon half all over the sink and then rinse with boiling water.  This will give your sink a fabulous shine and smell.

Tupperware

Spread an even layer over stained Tupperware and leave overnight with boiled water and watch this disappear.

Whitening agent

Add a spoonful into your wash with your whites and watch your whites comes back to life. This works particular well with white trainers and converse.

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Fridge

Add a small bowl of Bicarbonate of Soda and leave this in the fridge to keep nasty smells away.

Plug Holes

Pour 200 ml of bicarbonate of soda down the plug holes every week along with boiling water to keep your sink and systems fresh.

BBQ Grills 

Sprinkle Bicarbonate of soda onto BBQ Grill and this will help loosen the grim and enable less scrubbing.

Grout

With a toothbrush or a sonic Scrubber mix Bicarbonate of soda with a little Lemon and use to clean the grout in between tiles.

Mugs

Bicarbonate of soda works great on tea stained mugs.  Sprinkle into the bottom, leave for 15 minutes and then rinse with warm water.

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How to clean your Microwave

The Microwave is one of those kitchen appliances many of us put off cleaning.  Its one of those items that is out of sight out of mind and as long as the outside of the appliance is clean the inside can wait.

Inside the microwave there can be food splatters and food spillages and often a nasty unclean smell.

The microwave can also be an awkward appliances to clean that you need to get the plate out and get your arm right in to reach the sides and the ceiling of the appliance.  Food can often be stuck so after a little wiping many people will just give up.

But there is such a simple easy effective way to clean the microwave and here is how.

1 – Fill a microwave safe bowl with warm water and grab a lemon from the fruit bowl and cut this into 4 quarters.

2 – Pop the lemons in to the bowl of warm water and put the bowl into the microwave.

3 – Set the microwave to 5 minutes and start.

4 – The water should boil.

5 – Once the 5 minutes cycle has finished leave as it is for another 5 minutes and let the steam from the bowl along with the lemon do its job of dissolving the grease, spilled food and grim.

6 – Remove the bowl and dispose of the water and lemons. Take out the plate if you have one and wash this is warm soapy water and then with a clean damp cloth wipe the inside of the microwave and see the dirt and grim come away really easily.

7 – If you have some really tough old food stain add a little white wine vinegar to a cloth and then rub and this should then come away easily.

8 – Dry the plate and pop this back and you will have a very fresh clean smelling microwave the looks like new.

I hope this simple tip has helped you.

Thank you for reading.
Queen of Clean xoxoxo

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Queen of Clean step by step Spring Clean


Spring is well and truly here, making it the perfect time to pull on your marigold gloves and get organising and cleaning your home.  Time to load up your car and do a skip run getting rid of any unwanted items and rubbish that has accumulated over the past year.

So where do we start?  Well firstly you can look at ordering my Spring Cleaning Checklist. Then I have put together a guide of what I do a little more often than once a year but this will help those of you that need some structure and a helping hand.  Don’t feel that you have to do all of this in one day, you can take your time and do one job at a time.  Choose a nice day put your favourite music on open your windows and enjoy this, don’t see it as a chore, see it as a positive exercise that will make you feel good and burn calories at the same time.

Kitchen

Lets start with the cupboards, remove all items and check the sell by dates if anything is past then please chuck it away. Clean the cupboards inside and out with a multi purpose cleaning products and if you have high gloss front cupboard doors give these a really good buff and if you have wooden doors use a bit of furniture polish to get them nice and shiny.

Make sure you also get a ladder out and do the tops of the cupboards, dust really settles here and with cooking fats and greases it can also be rather sticky.  Give then a really good clean and don’t forget the top of the extractor fan too!

Now lets move onto the fridge, empty this out and again look at the sell by dates.  Take out any of the shelves that are removable and trays. Soak this is warm soapy water and whilst these are soaking clean the rest of the fridge. If you have any sticky patches pop some Bicarbonate of Soda on these and leave for a while to soak in, this will pull the stain up and remove any nasty fridge smells. If you strong enough or if you can get a helper pull the fridge out whilst its empty and give the floor and the sides a good clean.  Dirt will really build under the fridge and you may even find odd bits of food that could start to smell unpleasant.  Also don’t forget the clean the top.  If you have items stored on the top of the fridge remove this and also clean before.

Use this deep clean to put your Dishwasher and washing machine on a deep clean cycle with the correct product.  Check your dishwashers filter and clean as sometimes food can build up in this area.  With the washing machine take out the tray and soak in warm water, if there is any mold or mildew add a cap-full of bleach to this.  Once the tray is out wash around where the tray goes.  When it comes to the drum add some bicarbonate of soda and lemon juice onto a tooth-brush or a sonic scrubber and scrub in between the rubber.  Make sure you also wipes the outside of the appliances if you can move it get it out and clean the floor and the sides.

Wash down any chairs and pay attention to the legs and the feet then do the same with the table. It not just the top we need to be worried about. Food spills and splashes so will be present on table and chair legs.

Empty the fruit bowl and soak, these can be forgotten but remember you keep your fresh fruit in these bowls, when fruit starts to go off it gets sticky and leaks and this will go into your bowl.

When it comes to your oven to keep it clean you should give it a good wipe down after every single use, but we sometimes forget or don’t have the time.  Take all the shelf out and use a good oven cleaning product. Spray this very liberally into the oven and using a scourer scrub pad.  Pay particular attention to the glass door.  Leave the product to soak if it’s quite bad for a few hours and then come back to it when any grim should be easier to remove. A tip for ovens if you prefer not to use a product is to sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda and vinegar and then scrub away this will really fizz and lift the built up dirt.

For my oven I am a fan of Teepol Oven Cleaner it really does work and great value.

Bathroom

If you give your bathroom a good clean a couple of times a week these rooms should be realistically easy.

Gather up all the towels, bath mats and flannels and get these in the wash, if they are looking worn or discoloured then replace.  Now these days we can pick items up like this really cheap, so it’s not a big expense to know that they are all fluffy and looking good.

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Change tooth brushes. Its important these are changes every 3 months if not more if you can. Keep brushes somewhere a good distance from your toilet, and put the lid down before you pull the chain because fine particles of toilet water spray out each time you flush.

Go through your medicine cabinet and check dates. Do the same with toiletries, If you have not used them or if are unwanted gifts then now is the time to get rid of these. No need to hoard.

Use a plunger on the bath and the sinks to ensure drains aren’t getting blocked.

Pick a good generic bathroom cleaner that you know will work on all materials in your bathroom from the tiles to the ceramic sink and a good limescale remover .Then go for it. Scrub away  using a good hard cloth. Invest in a Sonic Scrubber  to get around the taps and in small gaps and use a limescale cleaner on the taps and in the shower area.  Buff with a soft dry cloth to leave a nice shine and gleaming look.

Finally don’t forget to clean on the top of any cupboards and inside any cupboards before you put your items back in.

Windows (all rooms)

Knock of any dust and cobwebs with a duster brush before you start the cleaning. If you’re doing the outside you may have leaves and possible insects to deal with.

Then use hot soapy water rather than just a product to do the frames inside and out. I just pop a squeeze of washing up liquid into a bowl of warm water. I will then go over the window glass with a fresh bowl of soapy water, dry off and then use a window cleaning product to finish.  I always clean the windows on a cloudy day  so the sun doesn’t dry the product before I have a chance to dry them. I never want smear  marks. With drying TOP TIP always wipe dry horizontally.

Having clean windows can make such a difference to your home and cleaning the windows is a task many will put off but with the right cleaning tools you can get crystal clean windows in no time at all.

Carpet cleaning (all rooms)

Invest in a Carpet Cleaner, hire someone of hire your own and get your carpets smelling and looking fresh again. It’s important to look after your carpets and by cleaning them a few times a year you are helping to prolong their life in your home.

When using a Carpet Cleaner move what furniture you can and try to make maximum use of it, open the windows and let your carpet dry naturally to leave your home smelling fresh.

I have the Vax carpet cleaner and I am lucky enough to own the Vorwerk where I can also use the dry cleaning device.

Click the link here to see a great selection of affordable cleaners.

Freshen up the walls. (all rooms)

I always clean my walls but many of us don’t.  It’s a really easy job to do and it will make your house smell so good. Pay particular care to the hallway with this one as when people enter the house they tend to touch the walls more upon balancing when taking off their shoes.

I simple get a bowl of warm water add a squeeze of washing up liquid and a cap-full of washing detergent and then with a cloth I simply wipe all over the walls.  Don’t rub to hard as you don’t want to ruin any decorating it’s just a light rub.

No need to dry as they will dry quick with the windows open.

You will be surprised at how the water turns brown quickly, dust settles on walls and we need to tackle it every so often.

Stubborn stains then a magic eraser or a tennis ball and that will be all need. Lightly damp and gently rub onto the wall to remove unwanted stains and marks

Lounge/Sitting Room

One of the easiest rooms to clean in the home. Mine has very little in it and not much clutter at all.

I would start with the sofa, give them a really good vacuum, take the cushions all off and get the base of the sofa and spray with a Febreeze or a antibacterial spray. If you have cushion take of the covers and pop in the washing machine, add some Unstoppables to this wash so they come out smelling. Read my review of the unstoppables

Pull the sofa out from its position and wash the wall behind it and the floor underneath it, if this hasn’t been done in a while you will have a build up of dust.

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If you have a book/DVD shelving system or case. Take all the items off and look through anything that you no longer require pop aside for charity and then give the unit a good clean with a damp cloth, polish alone is not enough on dust build up and then once you have dried off use a furniture polish to give it a shine and a fresh smell.

Magazine/paper racks if you have them look through and dispose of any old outdated reader material and use this opportunity to start a fresh with your magazine reading. If you collect or keep magazines. Pop these in a magazine storage boxes in date order.

If you have rug clean you can soak up any bad smells by sprinkling Bicarbonate of Soda over it and leaving to soak for a while then with a hard brush and warm water scrub the rug, to bring the pile back to life.  Alternatively if you have a carpet cleaner use this to freshen it up. Or go back to the good old-fashioned methods and hang the rug outside in the fresh air and beat with a big stick. I have done this a few times and the amount of dirt that falls out is amazing.  I Hoover my rug at least twice a day but it still had bits fall out of it.  So maybe the old-fashioned ways do work best!

If you have any old candles, fake flowers or  broken ornaments now is the time to say goodbye to these items. Purchase a few new bits and pieces like this to make your lounge feel fresh and new.

Bedrooms

Change all bedding and turn the mattress. Spray the mattress with a Dettol Spray to kill germs and lightly steam.  Leave the window open for a few hours so it gets a very good airing and dries well.

Move cabinets and dressing tables and thoroughly hoover. Clean all the skirting and windows.

Use a disinfectant spray on furniture and then dry with a buffing cloth and polish or use a glass cleaner.

Empty out draws and then clean the inside of them before putting back the items you need.

If its a child’s bedroom, clean the toys, you can put some plastic toys in the dishwasher and for those you can’t disinfect.

Pop soft toys into the washing machine as dust sticks to these.

Take downs the curtains and wash or if dry clean over run the hoover over them and spray with a Dettol Spray.

Cupboards – Downstairs

under-stairs cupboard, the airing cupboard and shoes and coats cupboards.  Cupboards are great for storage and allow us to put away items that we don’t really have anywhere to put them. Out of sight out of mind is the general attitude a lot of us will have.  But to keep an organised home we can’t do this.  Every item in our house must have a place.  If you are a cupboard hoarder this needs to STOP!

Start by removing everything from the cupboard and sort into piles as you are doing so, (ie) Coats, shoes, paperwork, arts and crafts, games, kids toys, ironing boards and so on.

Look at the items you do not need or haven’t touched in the last 6 months and either give them to charity, have a car boot or start to use.

Keep cleaning items such as hoovers and ironing boards to one side make this the cleaning side of your cupboard. invest in storage hooks and hang up anything that you can this will save space.  If you don’t have shelves add them and then dedicate a shelf to a particular area. So you could put children’s arts and craft items on one shelf, old books on another shelf, family paperwork on a shelf and so on.  Having a place for everything is key.

Add a rail for outside coats, pop scarfs gloves and hats in a storage box so they are all neat and not just chucked in.

Keep shoes paired together, use a peg to peg them and line them up neatly or have a storage container  per person so the other family members know where to put their shoes when they come in.

Whilst the cupboard is empty you have a chance to get in their with the hoover and get up all the bits that have accumulated.  Also wash down the walls and the door.  Hang an air freshner to keep it smelling good.

You will find that having an organised cupboard will really help you and will keep your home in a much better order.

Upstairs Cupboard

If you are lucky enough to have an upstairs cupboard this will be perfect for bedding, towels, laundry etc.

Keep towels in a an order. Have guest towels, towels for the children, towels that match particular bathroom all in an order. Fold them well so they sit straight in the cupboard. Don’t just chuck them in. Keep smaller towels in a pile and then sheets and larger in a pile. Face flannels keep in a storage box.

Keep your toilet roll in a cupboard, neatly in a box or tub. Keep cleaning products for the upstairs in this cupboard this will save you from going up and down and will ensure that if you see a sudden issue that you need to clean straight away you will have products right there to hand.

Bedding should be stored sets together, this includes bottom sheets, sheets, pillow cases and cushion covers. Don’t store pillow cases within the duvet covers as they get creased and do not air well.

I also use the cupboard for spare bathroom toiletries, this way your bathroom isn’t clogged up with unwanted products and you always know you have spares when you run out.

Organise your wardrobes and drawers in the bedrooms

Wardrobes are another place in the house where you can hide items away. But like with the cupboards this needs to STOP. Take everything out of the wardrobes and have a good look at the clothes you have. Then ask yourself these questions.  Are you wearing it? When did you last wear it?  Do you like it?  Does it still fit? Is it in Fashion?  If you have answered NO to two or more of these questions then its time for that piece of clothing to GO!

Organise a fashion swap shop with friends, have a car boot sale, sell on EBAY or offer to charity. Someone else will get benefit from your unwanted items so don’t just let them hang there  its time to get them out and make room for new pieces that you actually will and want to wear.

Home Office/Work space

Take everything off your desk and sort through paperwork and clutter. Organise into labelled trays and folders and keep these neatly in a cabinet or on a shelf. If it’s not needed then throw away don’t hang onto unwanted bits and pieces as it soon mounts up.

Clean your computer keyboard. Turn upside down and shake out any crumbs and use an ear bud to clean the keys and get into the small gaps.

Wipe down the computer monitor with a multi purpose spray and a damp cloth.

Disinfect the telephone and your computer mouse.

Wipe down or vacuum your chair.

Wipes any wires where dust can potentially build u

For all rooms

Disinfect all door handles and knobs, use a spray and a damp cloth. Also do all light switches and any cabinet handles.

Test batteries in smoke alarms , door bells etc.

Replace any light bulbs that aren’t working.

Outside the Home

Patio furniture cleaning

Plastic Furniture and Wrought Iron Furniture

Wipe with a clean cloth dampened with a mixture of water and a mild dish washing detergent Rinse by hosing down and leave to dry naturally in the sun.

Wicker and Teak Furniture

Use a soft scrub brush dampened with water and a mild oil-based soap, such as Murphy Oil Soap. Rinse by hosing down. For maintenance, hose down every few weeks to prevent dirt buildup in crevices.

Aluminium Furniture

Wipe with a clean cloth dampened with a mixture of water and a mild dish washing detergent. To remove scuff marks, use a soft cloth dampened with water and a small amount of Soft Scrub. (Abrasive cleaners and brushes will scratch.) Rinse by hosing down.

The Garage Door

Before you start the cleaning get yourself a brush and knock of any cobwebs dry leaves etc.

Then get yourself a nice bucket of soapy warm water, you can use washing up liquid for this and with a sponge wet the door liberally. You will need a ladder for this job to get right to the top but please be-careful not to fall, ideally get someone to hold it for you. Once you have got the door nice and soapy and wet. Grab a pressure washer and thoroughly rinse this will help to remove any stubborn dirt and build up of cobwebs etc.

Wheelie Bins

My bin day is a Friday and to be honest I do use a wheelie bin cleaning service although I am not impressed!  It’s not a great job but it ensures the inside has had a burst of product and water.  But I do clean the lid as much as I can, if it’s a nice sunny day I get out there and give it a quick wipe.

But look at the dirt I get off in less than a week! Its disgusting.

For a spring clean though it’s a matter of just getting the jet wash out and giving it a really good blast but before doing so spray it in a good strong cleaning product to get rid of those ghastly horrible bin smells.

Front Door

First impressions count.

As with the garage knock of any cobwebs, leave and debris that has been caught on the door.  Again use a nice bucket of soapy warm water and cover paying attention to the frame, letter box and window and then rinse clean with a power washer.  With the door as I like mine to look shinning with no streak marks I will buff dry with an old towel.  It’s so important that the entrance of your home is nice and clean as this is Peoples first impression of you.

If you have any flower pots tidy these up to make your front porch more inviting and a create a perfect first impression for your guests.

Organise the garage

Choose a dry day and get everything out that is movable. Sweep the floor and give it a good wash using a jet wash if you have one.

Sort through the items before you put them back in decide what you do and don’t need.

Try to keep items in section.  Bikes, pet care, decorating bits, gardening equipment and so on. This way everything has a designated area.

I have produced a Spring Cleaning Checklist that will help you stay on top. CLICK HERE to get your copy.

Thank you for taking the time to read
Happy Spring Cleanin
Lynsey Queen of Clean xoxoxox

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