Start the Year Fresh with a Clean House

Put a thorough spring clean on your agenda and get your house feeling fresh

If you don't know where to start, take a look at these cleaning tips to help tackle a top-to-toe clean like a pro.

Do the hardest parts first

For many of us, cleaning isn't our favourite job in the house. One way to deal with it is simply to tackle it head on and start with the biggest and most difficult jobs first. Ticking it off your to-do list will be a great feeling, and things will feel much easier from there.

Roll up your sleeves and clean out the oven, scrub the fridge and clean the windows. Smaller jobs like dusting and wiping down surfaces can be spread out over the week whenever you have time, but these large jobs can be tackled in one fell swoop for an instant clean feeling.

Use eco-friendly products

Some commercial cleaning products are packed full of chemicals and additives that can be harmful to both your health and the environment. Where possible, reduce the need to buy chemical products and reach for those already sitting in your kitchen.

Everyday products such as baking soda, vinegar, lemon and cornstarch can be used in place of chemical-laden commercial products, and for a fraction of the cost. Vinegar and warm water makes for an effective window and mirror cleaner, wiped down with a piece of newspaper, while a paste of baking soda and water makes for a great stove or sink scourer.

Make a list and check it twice

No spring clean is complete without a careful plan detailing exactly what you want to do. Set yourself goals and check off things you've already done.

Lists are also great if you're dividing the clean between several people. Assign different jobs to each person and get them to mark off what's complete, ensuring there are no double ups.

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Posted by Roslyn128Report
How about the notion of always having a clean house? I usually wipe down surfaces everyday, not just once a year. Since when was houeework considered an interesting topic for discussuon? We all have to do it, we all know how to do it; the less said about it the better. Please, more interesting topics. Thanks :-)
Posted by melbaverReport
Why does Lifestyle keep publishing these fluff pieces that add nothing to the topic at hand. New Year isn't the perfect time to get into the housecleaning.....memo to writer....SPRING is, that's why it's called spring cleaning, Summer in Oz is way too hot to really get interested in the hot, sweaty, smelly jobs, that a full clean entails.

Newspaper is full of printers ink, which, last time I looked, is full of stinky smelly 'orrible chemicals!!!!
Posted by jasannReport
I too cannot get the newspaper working, my favourite window/glass cleaner is an enjo glove that I bought years ago, you wash it in the washing machine when it is dirty, and the only cost was the initial cost, it has certainly paid it's way, I use in the house and in the car, the car windows turn out perfect with no smears, and only cold water!!! I am not an enjo agent!!!!! just a housewife/homemaker.
Posted by Christine1119Report
Newspaper DOES NOT WORK, when cleaning windows today, as in yester year as the "printer ink" used today is different and therefore the newsprint leaves smudges everywhere on the glass. Check your ideas prior to publication. Thankyou