Nature-friendly holiday clean

Are you hosting the in-laws these holidays? Or do you fancy returning from your end of year break to a sparkling new home? Below are some tips on how to get your home looking great during the festive season.

The kitchen

Declutter draws - Remove all the items from any drawers and cupboards and wipe them out thoroughly with an eco-friendly solution of the juice of three lemons, three teaspoons of bicarbonate soda, one drop of dishwashing detergent and a drop of oil such as eucalyptus or lavender. Mix it all together and add to one litre of water.

Overhaul the oven - You don’t need to don a biohazard suit to get the oven spick and span - try using bicarb mixed with water. Scrape off as much grime as possible then make a paste and spread it over the walls, top and bottom of a cold oven and leave overnight. The next day use a cloth with hot water to wipe it all down and finish with a final wipe using paper towels. Spread a layer of bicarb on the oven glass and spray with white vinegar until it fizzes. Finish using a soft scouring pad to clean off the grease and wipe clean.

The bathroom

Get grout glistening - Reseal any grout lines by scrubbing the tiles and grout with an abrasive pad then use a hard toothbrush to scrub the grout lines in a circular motion. Rinse the area with clean water and wipe with paper towels. Let the area dry completely before spreading the grout and tiles with a sealer. Allow to cure then remove any residual sealer with a dry towel. Repeat if necessary to achieve waterproof grout lines.

Detox the toilet - Pull on some gloves and thoroughly scrub the toilet inside and out using one cup of vinegar mixed with a quarter of a cup of bicarb soda. Don’t forget to remove the seat and clean around seat bolts. Wipe with a clean cloth soaked in warm water.

The bedroom

Banish bed bugs - Move your bed. Get help if it’s very heavy or awkward and put away anything stored under the bed. Sweep and mop or vacuum the entire floor before putting the bed back in place. If it’s a sunny day, take your mattress outside and let it sit in the sun, turning over after a few hours. The ultraviolet rays will kill any bacteria making your mattress more hygienic.

Window wonder - Throw open the windows and let fresh air fill up your bedroom. Wash curtains according to the fabric or clean blinds with a damp cloth. Wipe the window sills inside and out then clean the windows with a solution of two teaspoons of white vinegar mixed with one litre of water in a spray bottle. Sparkle up the glass using a clean cotton cloth when the sun is not shining directly on the windows.

The living room

Couch cleanse - It might be worth calling in the professionals if your couch has seen a few spills over winter. If it just needs a bit of a tidy then vacuum all surfaces and wash any cushion covers, blankets or throws! Spot clean small stains with a mix of quarter of a cup of eco-friendly dishwashing detergent and one cup of warm water blended to a foam. Apply with a soft brush gently working it into the fabric then use a clean, dry cloth to dab dry.

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