10 spring cleaning tips
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1. Clean cupboard tops
The tops of kitchen cupboards get greasy as well as dusty. Trim down sheets of newspaper to size, and lay them along the tops. Then simply change them when you want to clean.
2. Banish bin smells
A small amount of fresh cat litter in the bottom of your kitchen bin helps soak up any stinky leaks from bin bags.
3. Do smart dusting
A microfiber cloth will pick up more dust from surfaces than a normal rag.
4. Wash your duvets<p>Single duvets should fit most washing machines, but a double requires a 7kg capacity drum and a king size up to 9kg. Follow wash label instructions, and for an even wash fold the duvet in half, lengthways, then feed it into your machine in a corkscrew-style turning motion.</p> <
5. Use cold water
Hot water is more likely to 'set' the stain than cold, so if you have a stain on something unwashable, like your sofa or cushion covers, use cold water to gently remove the marks.
6. Fridge check up
If you can move your fridge/freezer safely, once a year or so use your vacuum cleaner to clear dust off the cooler element on the back of the appliance to improve performance.
7. Buff your lightbulbs
Bulbs and lightshades often attract dust and can benefit from a careful dusting to give an instantly brighter shine. Do this carefully and not while lights are switched on or hot from use.
8. Dry after cleaning
After your cleaning products have worked wonders on the bathroom taps and shower heads, dry them off for an amazing extra shine.
9. Turn your mattresses
Ideally every two weeks for beds in nightly use. When you turn the mattress, don't forget to flip it end to end too, to even out wear and tear.
10. Sort your storage
The key to keeping on top of clutter is ensuring that everything has its own place. Check out our 7 smart storage solutions for ideas on achieving this.