Mortified. Completely. Mortified. It’s like we had forgotten how to clean! Spring is almost here, and my home is gross. I’ve had my eyes tested and new prescription glasses…. When I walked in my home, I couldn’t believe the state of the place.
We are both working hard and have little time, so we need to learn how to clean faster but still correctly. That’s half the battle, right?
How To Clean Like A Pro:
You don’t even have time to scratch your arse, so how in the fudge are you supposed to make any time for your family or clean your house?! Apparently, you’re meant to do that a lot more than once a fortnight! Did you know about this?!
If only there were something to make it a little easier…
I’m kidding, there totally is!
Before The Genius Cleaning Hacks:
I wanted to share this decluttering guide with you. Queue you rolling your eyes, I get it. But I also get what it’s like to just be DONE with living with clutter. If you don’t know what to declutter first, this guide is for you. Using the The Painless Four-Pass Method of Decluttering so you can declutter in A DAY!
The Very Best Tools For Spring Cleaning via Clean Mama
If you haven’t already, you should start stocking up on these products!
On my shopping list:
The Essential Spring Cleaning Checklist From Oprah!
“It’s Heeeeeeeeeee-eeereeeeee” My impression of Oprah’s singing announcement voice.
How marvellous is this spring cleaning checklist WITH timers? You could do all of your cleaning in a day!
The Secret Weapon to ACTUALLY Deep Clean Your Toilet via Lil Luna
Can you tell what the secret is yet? It’s flipping DUCT tape! Use the super adhesive to remove all the gunk from the jets that spritz water into your toilet. Genius.
Clean Your Windows In A Jiffy via Organization Junkie
We have massive windows in our house. I love natural light, which is why we bought the house with huge windows. Poopers the cat loves creating nose art all along the windows, and it’s a nightmare to clean off. This post is perfection! Exactly what I needed!
Clean Your Walls And Renew Your Home This Spring via A Mothers Shadow
Dusting your walls isn’t something that you always remember or see! It’s not until stains appear that you realise you should have been dusting all along.
If you want to learn how to remove dirt and grime, scroll down for another wall washing hack!
Remove Plastic From Plastic Cutting Boards Without Bleach
Being able to remove gunk and stains from plastic cutting boards WITHOUT using bleach, is a miracle. For the sake of the planet we need to stop using bleach so natural solutions are the way forward for all of us!
Make DIY Febreze Without Fabric Softener!
Jen from Cincy Shopper got crafty with a little baking soda and Febreze unstoppables. As soon as I run out, I’m trying this recipe next. In a bid to save on plastic I’m going to be making my cleaning supplies from now on, so you might see a few more recipes around here!
How to keep your fridge smelling fresh
Sometimes, we all need tips for getting and keeping the funky smells from our fridge.
How To Remove Dirt From Your Computer
Done with the keyboard? Let’s move on to the outside of your laptop. Every notice how dirty it is? Use a Magic Eraser to wipe the grime away! This tip is from One Good Thing by Jillee.
How To Shine Silverware The EASIEST Way Possible! From a side of sweet
Kelly from A Side Of Sweet also brought new life into her silver! Over time silver gets tarnished and loses its shine. But it doesn’t have to stay that way! Use a Magic Eraser to get your silver sparkling!
Make Fridge Handles Look Like New From iheartorganizing
Do you neglect your fridge handles? Me too…They can get pretty disgusting pretty quickly. Jen from I Heart Organizing has a great tutorial on how to wipe away all that nasty grime and dirt with a Magic Eraser!
The Almost Effortless Trick To Keep Your Bathroom Smelling Fresh!
Did you know you can keep your bathroom smelling fresh by adding a few splashes of Pine-Sol to the bottom of your toilet brush holder? It will give your bathroom a pleasant smell as well as conveniently disinfecting your toilet brush.
How to Whiten Pillows with Borax From one good thing by Jillee
Have your pillows seen better days? You can brighten them with a few cups of Borax, bleach, powdered laundry detergent & dish detergent!
The Painless Way To Wash Walls
To my shame, I forgot about needing to dust walls. After a couple of years of forgetfulness, I got myself a brand new pair of prescription glass and….
I found my little duster and got to it! This tip recommends that you use an all purpose cleaner for painted walls instead of just standard dusting.
How to Clean The Toilet Cistern
By adding two denture tablets to the toilet at night, the fizzing will help to dislodge any gunk or stains.
How to Clean Copper Hardware
shows you how to clean copper hardware with salt and vinegar. But if your hardware isn’t copper, or if you want to just scrub off grime, a toothbrush and some dish soap will work just fine.
A Grout Cleaner Recipe That Works!
Is it weird that I’m actually excited about a grout cleaner? It drives me insane! Sitting with my trousers around my ankles and just staring at the grout. I’ve soaked overnight, I’ve scrubbed and got tired and bored almost immediately…
Now, I’m using this recipe.
Frozen Vinegar and Lemon Slices for Garbage Disposals
Garbage disposals, like dishwashers, can get a rather distinctive smell. Which is why I this hack of making frozen vinegar and lemon cubes is genius!
Dishwashing Detergent Tabs
If you want a quick and simple way to clean your dishes with no toxic ingredients, then this is a great recipe! All it requires is baking soda, borax, Epsom salt, vinegar, lemon essential oil, and an ice tray.
A Genius Way To Clean Horizontal Blinds via One Crazy House
Microfibre cloths are a miracle creation, and I love the genius who thought about this cleaning method! Get yourself some cloths and tongs and get the dusting started.
Spring Clean Your Dryer Vent, seriously! It’s a Fire Hazard! Via Frugally Blonde
We don’t have a dryer, but anytime I’m visiting my parents, I clean out that dryer like a mother fluffer. Every time. I’m terrified of that fire hazard. Did you know you can create fire lighters by putting some of that vent fluff into an empty toilet roll tube?
A Super Simple Way To Clean Your Bathroom Extractor Fan via Practically Functional
Our bathroom fan was the most embarrassing. Luckily, we have a handheld vacuum like this one which makes it so much easier to do.
Make Your Oven Glass Sparkle Sans Chemicals via Polished Habitat
If you don’t like using too many chemicals when you’re cleaning your house, you might want to try this method of cleaning glass oven doors.
This One Is All About The Chemicals! Clean Your Stove Tops via This Grandma Is Fun
If you don’t mind chemicals and you have space to clean outside and leave outside, then you might want to use this trick with ammonia and sealable bags.
For an ammonia free hack to clean them, check out: Spring Cleaning Hacks For Your Kitchen!
How To Clean Your Bathroom In 5 Minutes A Day via Glue Sticks & Gum Drops
I try to dust when I’m sitting on the lid of my toilet and brushing my teeth (with this fantastic toothbrush that buzzes at 2 minutes to tell you that you’re done). There is a wee shelf beside my toilet, a little basket to store lady products and a bin; that’s my dusting routine for that small corner.
Now I’m going to pick up some habits from Donella (Glue Sticks & Gum Drops) and make sure my bathroom is super sparkly.
How To Clean Calcium Deposits From Your Taps/Faucets via TwoTwentyOne
I’ve lived in hard water areas ALL my life, and this is one of my bugbears. My parents have an American fridge with water dispenser and those little limescale deposits pool in the small dip that collects drips. It infuriates me.
I’m going to buy 15 bottles of this stuff! Because the vinegar and bicarbonate did not work on those fridge wells and I wasn’t impressed with how it worked on my taps and shower head.
Spring Clean Your Refrigerator via Housewife How To’s
Trust me; your fridge will thank you. My fridge will thank me when we get round to it. After you do a deep clean of your fridge, add it to your weekly cleaning routine. In the long run, you will save so much time because deep cleans won’t need to be done so often! Boom!
Do You Dust Your Bulbs Like This? Via The Krazy Coupon Lady
Using rubbing alcohol and a microfiber cloth to clean your bulbs will remove the layer of light grey grime and allow more light to shine through! How good is that? Give it a quick rub with a tumble dryer sheet for that fabulous anti-static coating, and you can dust the bulbs less often too.
Back-Saving Way To Clean Base Boards/Skirting Boards via House Tipster
The microfiber cloths are making another appearance. Of course, they are. They’re magical.
Get your hands on a broom, a super thick elastic band and some pledge. Don’t forget the microfiber cloth! And get dusting without putting your back out.
For another genius back saving idea, check out this post: 20 Mind-Blowing Cleaning Hacks That Will Save SO MUCH Time!
The Secret Tip To Clean Your Vacuum Filters – No Muss No Fuss, via A Girl and Her Needle
This was one of those hacks that made me “ooh” out loud and tell my husband. Because it’s a nightmare. An eyebrow was raised, so there’s a chance we will give it a go. I’ll let you know what happens!
How To Clean Window Tracks Like a BOSS via The Intentional Mom
This is one of those things I haven’t done since we moved into this house 18 months ago. I’m ashamed. That means it’s top of the spring cleaning checklist I’ve sorted out in my bullet journal.
If you want to learn how to start a bullet journal, check out this post!
How To Clean Glass Cooker Top via Happy Mama Tales
This is the type of hob (what we call it in the UK) that we have and the burnt rings annoy me. It takes a bit of elbow grease to remove. I’m going to invest in some hydrogen peroxide for my spring cleaning supply kit!
How To Clean Burnt Pans via All Home Ideas
This recipe is an old favourite! I never allow myself to run out of the ingredients in this recipe. You will never not find white vinegar and bicarbonate of soda in my cupboards. And something that’s good for scrubbing.
How To Clean Your Coffee Maker, The Right Way via The Frugal Girls
Luckily there’s always vinegar in this house! It’s a very simple tutorial, I tried it, and it stunk the entire house out, not just the kitchen. Also had to run the water through a couple of times. I ended up giving up on that coffee maker and moved on to one of these machines.
It worked a little, but I wasn’t that impressed.
Join the 28 Day Spring Cleaning Challenge via Simple Green
Holy smokes, this 28-day spring cleaning challenge covers everything you need to do to make your home sparkle this spring!
I will finish up my spring cleaning checklist, gather supplies and work out a schedule with Mr Heart Handmade. Even though it’s snowing outside, I’m excited about spring.
Have you re-learned how to clean your house? These recipes and hacks are all there to help you reduce how much you need to clean.
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