Spring cleaning often conjures up the images of scrubbing on your hands and knees, every cupboard and drawer emptied to clean those hard-to-reach places and finally, cleaning all those spots that you have been avoiding since last spring clean (yes – ceiling fans, I am looking at you!).
With our spring cleaning starter list, we have broken the bigger chores into a bitesize list, so it doesn’t feel so daunting, and you can enjoy having a clean, no-tox, nature-infused healthy home, as well as the great feeling of ticking each chore off your list.
Fridge and Freezer Door Seals (15 mins)
- These easily get mouldy and are not somewhere we clean often. Spray Simply No Mould into the creases of the door seals.
- You can even use some paper towel to distribute the Simply No Mould evenly, then close the door and wait for 5 - 10 minutes (it takes a while because of the cold).
- Finally, use dampened paper towel to wipe the dead mould away, and discard straight into the rubbish bin.
- For serious mould, apply a second time.
Cutlery and Utensil drawers (15 mins)
- Empty your drawers of all cutlery and utensils.
- Empty any debris straight into the rubbish bin, or vacuum if easier.
- Drawer inserts can be washed in the sink with Lemon Myrtle dishwashing detergent. Remove stains, dirt and remaining debris from inside the drawer by spraying – bottom and sides - with Australian Lime Spray & Wipe. Leave for a minute or two then wipe clean with a damp cloth.
- Finally, use a clean damp cloth to wipe marks off cutlery and utensils as you put them away.
Oven (60 mins)
- Remove all trays, wire racks and panels you can and leave to soak in your laundry sink in a solution of very hot water and Lemon Myrtle Dishwasher Powder.
- Meanwhile warm the oven to around 50 deg C (don’t burn yourself) and put on gloves.
- Dip a damp sponge into bicarb and liberally dab the bicarb on to the sides and bottom of your oven.
- Take a sponge dipped in vinegar and press onto the bicarb. Whilst it’s fizzing, scrub with a white scourer or dishwashing brush.
- Repeat several times and finally rinse with a clean damp cloth or paper towels.
- Return the items that are soaking and scrub with a white scourer or dishwashing brush.
- Rinse, then sprinkle with bicarb and spray with vinegar. Scrub again whilst fizzing, and finally wash with Lemon Myrtle or Mandarin Dishwash Liquid.
Beds & Mattress (60 mins)
- Start by vacuuming your mattress, and then, take it outside into the sunshine. If inside, face to an open sunny window.
- Spray your mattress evenly and lightly with HealthyClean Bathroom.
- Leave in the sun to dry and air for as long as possible.
- Vacuum inside the bedframe where the mattress rests.
- Spray hard surfaces with Simply No Mould or Lime Spray & Wipe and leave for 5 minutes.
- Wipe clean with a damp cloth and allow to dry, before replacing the mattress.
Window screens and frames (depends on window size and how many windows you have!)
- If window frames have mould, use Simply No Mould. Otherwise use Lemon Myrtle Window Cleaner for glass, and Lime Spray & Wipe on screens.
- Spray window frames section by section, leave for 30 seconds or so and wipe clean with a damp cloth. Rinse your cloth frequently.
- Take screens off windows where possible and take outside.
- Give a quick brush to remove excess dust and insect debris.
- Spray thoroughly with Lime Spray & Wipe and use a white scourer lightly, to distribute the spray and loosen dirt.
- Leave a few minutes then rinse clean with a hose.
- For screens left in place, use steps 4 and 5 above and wipe after with a good quality, damp microfibre cloth.
Dishwasher and washing machines (60 mins)
- Remove spray arms, and the filters from the bottom of the dishwasher, and dispenser drawer from the washing machine and soak in a hot-water solution of Fragrance Free Laundry Stain Soaker, for 30 mins or more.
- Scrub with a dishwashing brush, rinse clean and replace.
- Throw in a cup of citric acid powder (found in the baking section of the supermarket) and run an empty, short, hot cycle to clean out pipework and plumbing.
- Spray doors and door seals with Lime Spray & Wipe, leave for a few minutes then wipe clean with a damp cloth.
Blades on ceiling fans (5 mins per fan)
- Climb onto something safe that allows you to reach, taking with you a clean, damp microfibre cloth and Lime Spray & Wipe.
- Spray the leading dusty/dirty edge of each blade in turn, with the spray & wipe. Hold your cloth underneath to catch drips as you spray.
- When you’re back to the start, wipe firmly along each blade edge, using a clean bit of cloth each time.
- Rinse your cloth clean and give a final wipe over if needed.
- And whilst you’re up there, switch your fan setting to “summer” so your fan rotates with blades drawing cool air up through the summer months.