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Spring is here – so get your house shipshape and sparkling clean!


f you’ve decided to tackle the spring cleaning yourself then here’s our helpful checklist for making sure you don’t forget the little nooks and crannies...

1. In the gutter If the weather’s up to it, start outside. Your gutters need clearing at least once a year to prevent your home getting water-damaged.

2. When I’m cleaning windows You don’t need fancy window cleaning products, although you can use them. Get a spray bottle and fill it with vinegar, spray it all over the window on both sides and wipe off with a clean cloth.

3. Get cooking Empty your kitchen cupboards and chuck out any old food and spices. Clean thoroughly before putting everything back. Next, give the walls a good wipe-down. If they’re particularly greasy sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on to a damp cloth and wipe. Replace filter papers from extractor hoods, and clean the hood with bicarbonate of soda or washing up liquid to leave it sparkling clean.

4. Appliances Descale the kettle. Try vinegar, or boil a lemon in your kettle before leaving it overnight. Shake your toaster upside down and dislodge any stuck

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crumbs with an old toothbrush. Defrost the freezer if it needs it, and clean the seals and trays.

5. Declutter Piles of paper, drawers and cupboards – and that includes bathroom cabinets, cupboards, wardrobes and drawers. Take everything out, sort through it and be ruthless. As a general rule, if you haven’t used it for a year, you probably don’t need it. Recycle what you can, file the important things and have plenty of bin liners at the ready!

6. It’s a floor thing Vacuum sofas regularly, and wash all sofa cushions you can. Beat rugs and carpets, then sprinkle them with bicarbonate of soda and leave for 15mins before vacuuming up.

7. Fresh bedtime Some duvets can be machine-washed, but do check. Larger winter duvets will probably need to be laundered or dry-cleaned. Vacuum the mattress, use an upholstery cleaner or similar to remove any stains. Sprinkle with bicarbonate of soda and leave for 2hrs before vacuuming. Airing it is the best way to get rid of any bacteria.

8. Lick of paint A lick of inexpensive white paint works wonders. Just make sure you do the necessary prep. n

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