Spring Cleaning Tips & Hacks

With the brightness of Spring appearing, the flowers blossoming and baby animals being born comes the overwhelming urge to get your shit together and gut your house.
If you live under a rock then you may not have seen my wonderful friend Ar and her #OperationDeclutter. Basically she gave a lot of us the kick up the arse we needed by documenting herself getting her shit together and decluttering the utter fuck out of her house. I thought I had decluttered quite a bit before moving, apparently I was wrong.
I will admit that I’m a bit of a clean freak, I have OCD which plays a big part in this which is a bit of a nightmare with 2 kids that roughly resemble a tiny tornado. That mixed with sleep deprivation and a chronic illness makes cleaning one hell of a ballache so I’m all about the doing little bits here and there to avoid being left with mahoosive jobs to do at the end of the week. I recently cleaned my oven after leaving it for a good 6 or so months, probably more and the sheer task of that left me sofa bound feeling like I was dying for a good couple of days. Not a fair trade for scrubbing the oven until it sparkled.
That aside I do generally enjoy cleaning for the most part. Well, the after part. I love taking before and after photos to really be able to see the difference because I find without these it can be quite hard to see that your efforts have changed anything at all (especially with kids destroying it within seconds).
So here are some some of my tips, hacks and general cleaning guides to help you get your spring cleaning mojo on.

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.

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 – Laura @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 – Beth @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 – Becca @My Girls and Me 

Set a timer for 10 minutes and see how much you can get done. Encourage children to get involved by playing a fast-paced piece of music. Use sugar soap to remove stubborn grime before disinfecting. If you like fragrances, grab some Zoflora or even hoover up some scent pearls into your vacuum. Sainbury’s own brand pink version smell fab! – Sophie @Sophie and Lily

Keep cleaning wipes in the bathroom so you can give it a wipe down during the kids bath time! – Georgina @Georgina Clarke

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! – Emma @The Money Whisperer

Music! To make cleaning so much more fun turn up your favourite music as loud as you can and make it into a cleaning party/workout so it’s not so dull! – Victoria @Lylia Rose

Printables –

Click here to print my Ultimate Spring Clean Checklist!

Click here to print my Stain Remover Guide!

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33 Comments

  1. April 27, 2018 / 3:19 pm

    Brilliant post! Some awesome tips too! Zoflora is one of my favs too! 🙂

    becca

  2. April 27, 2018 / 3:35 pm

    Great tips. I think I need a spray mop, mostly so my floor smells of zoflora!!

    • April 27, 2018 / 4:38 pm

      Do it! Mine always leaves my house smelling amazing!! x

  3. April 27, 2018 / 8:18 pm

    Snap we have the same iron! I’m obsessed. But I’m making my way through my house at the moment, tackles downstairs need to make my way through the bedrooms.

  4. April 27, 2018 / 8:27 pm

    Love this! So many great tips and products to try. xx

  5. April 27, 2018 / 8:49 pm

    These are fabulous tips and hacks for spring cleaning. I totally love your tip on mixing 1/2 cup of white vinegar to 1tbsp bicarbonate of soda in the wash along with the regular detergent. My machine is smelling worse for wear and I am guessing due to the muddy clothes from last week, so going to try this tip. Thanks for sharing.

    • April 28, 2018 / 11:59 am

      Thank you! That hack works a treat! x

  6. April 30, 2018 / 8:34 am

    I’ve only just found out what Zoflora even is and I’m obsessed! These are such great tips G! Have pinned these so I can come back easily 😀 xx

    • April 30, 2018 / 9:06 am

      Zoflora is THE best! I discovered it a couple of years ago and I’ve been hooked since! xx

  7. May 6, 2018 / 8:34 am

    Omg best post everrrrr, I thought I had my cleaning game in smash down to a T until I read this post. The white vinegar and bicarbonate soda In with the washing is like music to my ears! Thanks girl x

    • May 6, 2018 / 9:49 am

      You’re welcome beaut! It works amazingly! xx

  8. May 7, 2018 / 7:49 pm

    I love spring cleaning and this post is going to help so much!

  9. Rachel
    May 7, 2018 / 7:55 pm

    Some great tips, especially the bath toys!

  10. May 7, 2018 / 8:19 pm

    Wow! This is so useful! I’m feeling slightly more motivated to do some real cleaning

  11. May 7, 2018 / 8:40 pm

    Fab post! High chair trays are such a nightmare – the straps too!!! They don’t come off to go in the washing machine and the fabric seems to just soak it all up I need to find a better way of cleaning those still and yes to zoflora!!! My fave

    • May 7, 2018 / 8:47 pm

      Zoflora is the holy grail of cleaning products! x

  12. May 8, 2018 / 2:20 pm

    Brilliant spring cleaning hacks. Love the tip about the sterilising tablets on highchair trays, I have known the annoying staining of tomato based sauces on the white trays, will have to remember it if we have another baby.

    • May 8, 2018 / 5:24 pm

      Thank you! That one is a good’un for sure! x

  13. May 8, 2018 / 3:47 pm

    This is such a good list!! And I’ve definitely been caught out with leaving clothes in the machine, though the nice weather has helped dropped the pile right down!!

    • May 8, 2018 / 5:25 pm

      My basket is empty for the first time in months! I love a good bit of sun! x

  14. May 8, 2018 / 9:36 pm

    I can’t believe I’d never thought of sterilising the high chair tray, this is genius. Spaghetti bolognaise was always the stainer for us on it.

    • May 9, 2018 / 10:20 am

      Spag bol is the worst for stains! It works a treat! x

  15. May 8, 2018 / 9:38 pm

    Had to screen copy some of these ideas. Especially washing machine one I’m also so bad about forgetting to put it on or put it on then forget I have ‍♀️
    High chairs my next thing to hit so bloody hard to clean

  16. Georgina
    May 9, 2018 / 8:11 am

    I need that spray mop so bad! The stain guide will be so handy. Going to pin that one for later!

    • May 9, 2018 / 10:24 am

      It’s amazing! I love it so much which is quite sad really but it’s bloody brilliant that thing is! x

  17. May 13, 2018 / 7:55 am

    I love the feel of a great Spring clean. Zoflora is fab and that Wild Rhubard – I think I need to get some of that. Nothing beats a good scent.

    • May 13, 2018 / 12:45 pm

      The Method spray is next level amazing! x

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