My top spring cleaning tips…
>> Floors – Spray mops are your best friend. I have a fabulous spray mop from OXO and it’s the best damn spray mop I’ve ever owned. The spray power is amazing and it even has a slide out scrubber for tougher stains. You can fill it with diluted Zoflora, regular floor cleaner like Flash or if you fancy something more natural then I have been using this eco friendly floor cleaner by KINN.
>> Laundry – We’ve all stuck the washing machine on in a sleep deprivation daze and forgotten about it until bed time and just thought “fuck it” and left it until the morning (several days later) to find it smelling worse than when it went in or let the laundry basket piles so high the dirty bibs and leaky nappy stains start to stink. Come on, we’ve all been there haven’t we?
1/2 cup of white vinegar to 1tbsp bicarbonate of soda in the wash along with your regular detergent will eliminate 3 day stagnant clothing.
It’s also cloth nappy friendly!
>> Ironing – When it comes to ironing, I use the JML Phoenix Copper Pro which is the best iron I have ever tried. Seriously. It has a continuous steam setting which makes it amazing at getting stubborn creases out. A trick I’ve found to make your clothes smell amazing is to put a little bit of fabric softener into a spray bottle mixed with water approx 1 part softener to 5 parts water (I’m really bad an just put it in the iron but I’m pretty sure that generally frowned upon but YOLO) and spray directly onto the clothes and iron over.
>> Tiles – My ultimate pet hate is grubby grouting and mouldy sealant. I can’t, I just can’t. Nothing ruins a bath like a nice bit of mould staring right at you. The best way to deal with this is to keep on top of the cleaning. I use my JML Hurricane Spin Scrubber for the bathroom and kitchen tiles and spray bleach on the grouting whenever it’s looking a bit discoloured. If your grouting is very heavily discoloured then a foaming bleach spray like the Flash Bleach Spray is great for clinging onto the surface long enough to whiten it again. For sealant, soak some cotton wool balls in straight bleach and dot them on top of the mould and leave for as long as you can (at least half an hour). This method can work well on quite new stains but replacing it is quite often the only way to get rid of very heavy mould. You can also buy grouting pens which can help brighten up your lack lustre tiles!
>> Highchair Trays – If you’ve ever weaned a baby then you will know that tomatoes and white plastic do not love each other AT ALL. No amount of scrubbing helps and the dishwasher just spreads the stain to everything else too. To get grubby highchair trays white again I crumble a couple of sterilising tablets over the tray and pour in a pint of water. I tend to leave overnight because it’s just easier than fitting it in between meals but the stain will be about in about half an hour. No scrubbing required. I also do this just to give it a good germ blitz in addition to just spraying it with anti bac because we all know how disgustingly grubby these things can get.
>> Bath Toys – Another hack using sterilising tablets! Whack all the bath toys in the sink, squish the squishy ones so any suckable holes suck in the sterilising fluid and kills anything lurking on the inside. Leave for however long it says, or forget about it and leave them over night, squirt out the water and leave them to drip dry. I do this every couple of weeks (more like every couple of months) to keep away any nasty mould and other disgustingness.
>> Mucky trainers – Bung them in the washing machine on the coolest, shortest cycle. I put Eloises Sketchers in at 30 degrees for 15 minutes and they came out sparkling. Well, as sparkling as a used pair of trainers can get but they always come out smelling fantastic. Ariel is my fave at the moment, it gets the smell out of anything. I chucked in some Zoflora for added cleaning power!
> Sinks – Another Zoflora one! I bloody love this stuff! Fill up your sink with hot water and add a cap full in. It will sterilise your sink and make your kitchen smell amazing at the same time! I do this every night I remember and fill the bowl up a bit too and put it on top on the water to sterilise that too. Double whammy = winning. My Scrub Daddy is also a complete babe when it comes to cleaning my sink and draining board! It’s lovely and hard used with cold water, meaning it’ll get those dried on bits of shit off easily and in warm water it’s much more flexible and softer.
A scrub Daddy is a sponge for those wondering. Not some sort of cleaner dad with an temperature controlled boner.
> Furniture – For some great tips on cleaning your upholstery, leather, and wood as well as other household décor check out Furniture.com’s Tips & Trends blog for this great article on maintaining your furniture’s beauty.
My must have Cleaning Products…
Zoflora Very Berry – best scent ever, it’s limited edition so grab it while you can!
Method Wild Rhubarb Anti Bac Spray – Ultimate fave cleaning product! It smells like sweets!
Scrub Daddy – Best multi use sponge ever! Plus it’s a cute little smily face! It can be washed in the dishwasher too!
OXO Spray Mop – My fave spray mop to date! It’s so easy to use and gets my floors sparkling and germ free!
Cleaning tips from other bloggers…
When cleaning stainless steel products go over it at the end with baby oil to buff it up and take out any smudges. The baby oil also helps loosen the grease for next time so it’ll be easier to clean in future – @The Breastest News
Use gorgeous smelling products like Method or Zoflora. It makes cleaning so much more fun and I’m more inclined to clean knowing everywhere will smell amazing –@Twinderelmo
White Vinegar to clean your shower head and taps. Put it in a a bag, for example a food bag, and tie it around, leave it on here for a few hours then run the shower/tap for a more powerful flow –@My Girls and Me
If you have a move around of your furniture for the new season and you end up with furniture marks in the carpet (so annoying!) – leave an ice cube in each dent, let it melt and then gently massage the carpet fibres. Hey presto, no more marks! – @The Money Whisperer
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