How to spring clean your home, according to a top cleaning expert

Anya Meyerowitz
·5-min read
Photo credit: Thomas Barwick
Photo credit: Thomas Barwick

The season of blossom brings many things with it: longer days, balmier evenings and the promise of summer dresses and a return to light jackets. However, for many of us, it also brings with it the dreaded spring clean.

After a long winter, spring cleaning your home breaths new life into your rooms and is a tradition that not only promotes wellness by keeping your environment clean and organised, but also helps carry the fresh-start-feeling brought on by a new year well into the summer.

However, for many of us it feels like a daunting process, and not knowing where to start can often put us off getting going at all.

So, this year, we've called in the experts. Queen of Clean, Lynsey Crombie, is often seen dishing out cleaning tips on TV and, has developed the concept of the 15 minute clean (which she has now written up into a book by the same name, available here). So, if anyone is going to be able to help us out with spring cleaning this year, it's her.

'Spring cleaning can feel really overwhelming for some people especially if working full time and managing a family,' Lynsey says. 'So it's best to break your spring cleaning down, do not feel pressurised to do it all in one go. Write yourself a plan of action and involve the rest of the household.'

She suggests 'creating a fun playlist': 'This will will keep you moving and have the windows open to keep you fully motivated. For the time that you have allowed yourself for your spring clean turn off any distractions, for example, pop your phone on aeroplane mode so you are not distracted by a text message or call. If you’re not expecting a delivery do not answer the door.'

Here, Lynsey shares her top tips for spring cleaning your home thoroughly — the elbow grease is down to you:

Bathroom

  • Plug holes – pour down a helping of bicarbonate of soda and follow with 20ml of white vinegar to flush out any gunk from your plug holes and to banish any nasty odours. After 15 minutes flush with boiling water. The chemical reaction between the two products will cause a really strong fizz that breaks down any blockages and the gunk.

  • Shower head – Something we rarely think about cleaning, but sometimes when showering you may notice that the water isn’t as powerful as normal. This can be due to limescale build up or hard water deposits. If your shower head comes off pop it in a bucket with hot water and white vinegar and leave to soak a few hours, if it does not come off drench a tea towel in the vinegar and water and then wrap this around the head and leave to soak.

Photo credit: Getty Images
Photo credit: Getty Images
  • Grout – Tile grout can often discolour so use a cream cleaner and work in with a toothbrush to bring back to life. The best cream cleaner is by CIF.

  • Mould patches – If you have mould patches on your shower curtain or around your bath, spray with neat white vinegar and leave to soak for 15 mins then rinse.

  • Toilet marks – If your toilet pan has brown marks caused by limescale or hard water treat these using some citric acid, pour down the toilet, put the lid down and leave as long as you can. Ideally overnight.

  • Bathroom pull-light cords – These can often become discoloured so either clean with bleach or a white toothpaste.

Lounge

  • Pull out furniture and clean behind, vacuum and steam-clean sofas.

  • Refresh and give your lounge a spring/summer feel by changing up cushions and throws to more summery colours — this can really make you room feel fresh and clean.

  • Switch up any candles for more summery scents.

  • Dust any light fitting and light bulbs using a recycled make up or paint brush

  • Use a lint roller to dust lampshades.

  • If you have a rug that is looking a little worse for wear, flip it over and vacuum on the reverse side. This will bring the pile back to life and give it a fresher look

Photo credit: FollowTheFlow
Photo credit: FollowTheFlow

Kitchen

  • Spring is a good time to clean your oven, if your oven has not been cleaned for a while use a strong oven cleaner like Oven Pride and take all the shelves out and give it a really good scrub.

  • Clean your dishwasher using white vinegar, add a cup-full to the top shelf and put on full power. It is important that we clean the things that clean for us. Focus on the seal area too, use a recycled toothbrush to get in the tight spaces.

  • Get up high and clean the tops of your cupboards, warm soapy water with a drop of white vinegar is a great degreaser and will help tackle any sticky patches.

Photo credit: John Keeble
Photo credit: John Keeble
  • Take food out of cupboards and wipe them over using warm soapy water, check sell by dates and donate anything you aren’t going to use to your local food bank

  • If your tap has limescale on the end, cut a lemon in half and add this onto the end of your tap, leave for 30 minutes and the limescale will vanish.

  • Clean up stained chopping boards using salt and half a lemon, sprinkle the salt onto the board and then rub the lemon all over for a sparkling clean fresh finish

  • Soak extractor fan grills in warm soapy water with added white vinegar to take away any stickiness.

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