Spring cleaning can be an laborious task, especially if chores have mounted up
There are some simple, yet effective hacks, guaranteed to make the job easy
These include making good use of the dishwasher and keeping a lint roller handy
The days are getting brighter which means it’s the perfect time to lavish a little extra love on your home.
And while there’s nothing more satisfying than a sparkling clean and well-organised space, the list of chores can seem endless.
If you’re like most and have little time, those with a knack for cleaning have revealed a few of their best spring cleaning hacks, including the little known-trick of using a can of Coke to clean the cistern.
1. Make good use of the dishwasher
Loading up the dishwasher is one of the easiest ways to clean a few extra items without the need for more elbow grease.
According to Popsugar, the dishwasher can be used to clean a raft of other household goods including refrigerator shelves, light switch plates and even the shower-head, if it is a removable type.
The publication also lists hair brushes, pet toys and sponges. Children’s toys can also benefit from being run through a wash cycle.
2. Use a lint roller for dusting
Dusting can be one of those tasks that leaves as much mess as it takes away.
So, to make the job easier, especially when dealing with tricky surfaces such as lamp shades or fabric surfaces, use a lint roller.
Lint rollers are also great for cleaning inside drawers, and in particular kitchen drawers, which are a magnet for dust and crumbs.
If the roller itself is proving to tricky to use, simply peel off a sheet of paper and press into hard-to-reach corners.
3. Quickly deodorise a mattress with bi-carb soda
There’s nothing better than taking your mattress out into the sun to air after months of cold and wet weather.
And while fresh air is optimal, there’s another way to do this, and there’s no heavy lifting involved.
Simply sprinkle baking soda all over your mattress and leave for an hour (leave for longer if you have more time).
Then vacuum up the excess bi-carb soda to reveal a freshly deodorised mattress.
4. Iron out carpet stains
Removing stains from carpet can be a time consuming, not to mention expensive, exercise.
One trick is to use a cloth or flannel soaked in water which has then been placed over the top of a stain before running an iron over this section of carpet.
It understood the hack works by allowing heat and steam from the cloth and iron to release trapped dirt from the fibres of carpets.
A test patch is recommended first.
5. Freshen up the microwave with vinegar
Constantly reheating food can leave the microwave in desperate need of freshening up.
A simple and effective way to ‘steam’ your microwave is to place cut lemons, cider vinegar and water in a microwaveable bowl before placing the bowl on full power in your microwave for several minutes.
Leave the bowl to steam inside your microwave for up to ten minutes to remove any odours before wiping away stains.
6. Furniture polish for stainless steel surfaces
If you have stainless steel appliances, and like these to look extra shiny, there’s an easy way to do this, and it doesn’t take hours.
According to some cleaning experts, furniture polish does the trick, and in no time at all.
Those who’ve tried the hack recommend using Pledge and a microfibre cloth for best results.