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Taking the time to clean your house can improve your mental and physical health, while also adding organisation to your home. After all, a poorly cleaned home can lead to stress, anxiety and even bugs and rodents, while the practice of cleaning keeps you active and helps produce endorphins which naturally reduce stress levels and boost your overall mood.

But what is spring cleaning? And how is it different from normal cleaning routines? The term 'spring cleaning' simply refers to the practice of thoroughly cleaning your home during the springtime. It is synonymous with ridding your home of the old while making it clean and fresh for the new year. Typically, spring cleaning stands for the thorough cleaning of your entire house - room by room and top to bottom.

Spring cleaning your entire home can be an immense job, especially when it comes to your kitchen. With many appliances, countertops and cupboards to clean and sort through, it can be difficult to know where to start.

Read on for thorough spring cleaning tips and a spring cleaning checklist that is sure to leave your home sparkling clean and beautifully organised.   

How to Spring Clean Your Kitchen and Home

Before you start cleaning, you will want to ensure that you have the right equipment, cleaning supplies and know which rooms you are going to tackle first. You will also want to consider how to streamline the cleaning process, so you can clean your home as effectively as possible. A clear cleaning plan can make your spring cleaning much more productive.

Spring Cleaning Checklist

Not only do you want to clean your home thoroughly, but you will want to clean efficiently too. Many cleaning professionals and services will have a cleaning plan and checklist for maximum efficiency. Here are a few cleaning tools you may need to thoroughly clean your home.

  • Bags and boxes for clutter
  • Bin bags that can be placed in the recycling bin or general waste
  • Rubber gloves
  • A long-handled duster
  • Radiator duster
  • Microfibre cloths
  • Dustpan and brush set
  • Broom and/or vacuum
  • Squeegee
  • Wooden block oil (for wooden blocks, chopping boards and wooden surfaces)
  • Floor cleaner
  • Oven cleaner (if your oven is not self-cleaning)

Clean High Up Places and Surfaces First

While it may be tempting to hoover or mop the floor, your efforts will become in vain once you clean the tops of doors, countertops and cupboards and the dust falls to the floor. Save extra time and effort by cleaning higher up surfaces first.

Use a long-handled wool duster and a stable step stool to reach the tops of doors, doorway arches, and cabinets (if they do not reach the ceiling). Once you have done this, clean the surfaces lower down until you are only left with the floor, which has now collected all the dust and dirt that's been knocked down.

TIP: As well as microfibre dusters, we also have a radiator brush, which is specifically designed to help you remove dust from behind radiators and also between radiator surfaces. Due to its thin and lengthy shape, the radiator brush is also excellent for dusting hard to reach areas.

Wipe Down and Clean Your Countertops

Kitchen worktops go through a lot and need regular care and attention to ensure that they continue looking brand new. How you care for and clean your countertops depends on the material it is created from, though. Here are a few of the best ways to clean kitchen worktops and keep them in pristine condition.

Wooden Worktops

Wooden worktops can usually be wiped down with hot, soapy water and a cloth. For stubborn stains, apply a mixture of bleach and water, but be wary that a bleach solution made too strong, can take the colour out of the wood.

Laminate Worktops

Typically constructed from a quality composite wood particle board and wrapped in a decorative overlay, laminate worktops require different care and attention than wooden worktops. Use a sponge and either warm, soapy water or an antibacterial kitchen spray to clean your laminate worktops. You can avoid streaks developing from a soapy residue by mixing a weak solution of warm water and white vinegar and using a clean rag to wipe the surface.

Laminate worktops are quite sensitive to water, so be delicate when wiping down the surface. Once cleaned, make sure to dry the surface, ensuring that there is no moisture left on the worktop.

Granite Worktops

Granite requires a little extra care than marble and quartz. Clean your granite worktops with warm, soapy water and dry with a microfibre cloth. However, you'll also want to regularly dust and apply a granite cleaner to keep the surface looking shiny.

Avoid applying acidic cleaning products and bleach to your granite worktops, and be wary of lemon juice as this can cause damage.

Quartz Worktops

Quartz is a popular and beautiful material used for kitchen worktops, renowned for its durability and modern appearance. Easily clean your quartz worktops with a sponge, soapy water and washing up liquid.

Dry your quartz countertops with a microfibre cloth. You could also spray a light layer of glass cleaner to prevent streaks from appearing.

Marble Worktops

To clean your marble worktops, simply use a small, microfibre cloth that's damp from warm water and washing up liquid. Wipe the surface with the cloth and dry with a dry cloth since marble is prone to water spots.

Avoid using acidic liquids and acid-based products, as acid easily damages marble.

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While the best and most effective way to remove tea and coffee stains is to wipe up the mess immediately, sometimes stains occur without us realising. If you have discovered a tea and coffee stain on a wooden worktop or table, create a paste made from water and baking soda. Let the paste sit and soak into the stain for a few minutes before gently rubbing with a sponge and wiping clean with a cloth.

Remove Tea and Coffee Stains

Spring cleaning is the perfect time to deep clean small and large kitchen appliances. Keeping your small and large kitchen appliances clean is important because appliances such as a coffee maker or toaster could be harbouring dangerous bacteria. Furthermore, keeping your kitchen appliances clean helps maintain them, reducing the likelihood of costly maintenance repairs or needing to replace the appliance altogether. 

Coffee Makers

No matter how you brew your coffee, keeping your coffee maker clean will not only benefit your health and wellbeing but will also contribute to better-tasting coffee. Regular cleaning and maintenance of your coffee maker helps prevent bacteria growth, as coffee makers combine moisture and warmth when brewing, which is the ideal breeding ground for bacteria and mould.

Before deep cleaning your coffee maker, read the care and maintenance tips and guidelines the manufacturer has provided you. We also have a handy, in-depth guide that explains how to clean and maintain your coffee machine or maker, including tips for moka pots, cafetieres and coffee pod machines.

Food Processors

While food processors make a messy job of the food you wish to process, cleaning your food processor can be surprisingly simple. After every use, rinse out the food processor with plain water. Once you've done this, half fill the processor with a solution of warm water and two drops of washing up liquid and gently slosh the solution, so it reaches and cleans every inch of the food processor. Pour out the solution over the lid into the sink.

Disassemble the food processor's blade and rinse thoroughly under hot water. Make sure they are completely dry (and dry by hand to avoid rust from developing) before piecing your food processor back together. Finally, unplug the machine and wipe down the base with a clean cloth that's slightly damp with clean water and allow for the processor to air dry.

Waffle Makers

Waffle and sandwich makers are quite simple to care for and clean. For our stovetop waffle and sandwich makers, simply wash in hot, soapy water by hand, rinse off the suds, and dry before storing.

For electronic waffle makers, you'll want to allow your waffle maker time to cool before cleaning the grill. Mix one cup of warm water with a drop of washing up liquid. Dampen the cloth with the mixture and wipe the cooking surface and exterior surfaces too. By cleaning the waffle maker after each use, you can avoid a build up of grease from developing. However, if your waffle maker requires a more in-depth clean, you a soft toothbrush that's been dipped in the cleaning solution, so you can reach into the crevices.

TIP:  Avoid using abrasive sponges, as this can scratch and harm the non-stick cooking surface.

Waffles and Sandwich Makers

Microwaves

Splatters are common when microwaving certain foods, which is why you should wipe the inside of your microwave after each use if there's visible splattering. Leaving food splatters can cause them to stick to the inside of your microwave, causing unsightly stains but also increasing the risk of food contamination and bacterial growth.

One great spring cleaning tip that will help you remove stubborn, dried on food stains is to use a soft cloth that is dipped into a mixture of distilled white vinegar and warm water. You can always remove the glass turntable and place it in the dishwasher if the manufacturer says it is dishwasher safe.

Toasters

Regular cleaning is crucial when it comes to your toaster, loose crumbs stuck at the bottom of the toaster can cause fires. After every use, unplug your toaster and shake it above the sink or kitchen bin with the trap doors open to remove any loose crumbs.

For a deeper, more intense clean, unplug your toaster and use a slightly damp, soft cloth to wipe down the interior and exterior (minus the heating elements) to reduce the build up of grease. Always allow your toaster to air dry before using.

Toasters

Kettles 

Kettles can become scaly due to the natural minerals that are found in water and left behind once the water's been boiled. This build up can impact your kettle's efficiency. Remember, check the instructions and guidelines to see if the manufacturer has specific cleaning instructions.

Regular cleaning is essential to preserving your kettle's effectiveness, and luckily, cleaning your kettle can be quite simple. Create a mixture of equal parts water and distilled white vinegar that fills your kettle halfway. Allow your kettle to boil and wait for it to cool (this can take around 15 to 20 minutes). Pour out the mixture and rinse the kettle. If there are signs of leftover scales, give the kettle a quick wipe with a sponge.

Kettles

Ovens

While the thought of cleaning your oven may seem like a huge task, spring cleaning is the perfect time to deep clean one of your most-used kitchen appliances. For those of you who do not own a self-cleaning oven, here???s how to clean an oven effortlessly.

Fill your sink with hot water and baking soda and place your oven shelves into the solution. Leave the oven shelves to soak before using a sponge to wipe away baked-on food before leaving the shelves to dry.

Your oven door can easily become dirty and harbour bacteria from food splatters. Create a paste of baking soda and water and spread it onto the oven's door, leaving it for 15-20 minutes. With a slightly damp microfibre cloth, wipe away the paste.

Keeping your oven clean can reduce the amount of effort needed to keep it clean. Use an oven liner to prevent food spillage from dropping onto the bottom of your oven. Not only do oven cleaners act as a barrier for food, but some are dishwasher safe for easy cleaning.

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Clean and Wipe Down Appliances

Deep Clean the Kitchen Sink

Your kitchen sink is used multiple times a day, from rinsing dishes and pots and pans to being used to water houseplants or filling up a glass of water. Your sink can, therefore, become grimy from food scraps that may cause your kitchen sink's drain to become blocked and produce a strange smell.

How to Clean a Stainless Steel Sink

Extra care is required when cleaning a stainless steel sink as acidic foods, abrasive sponges and bleach can alter a stainless steel sink's finish. Daily upkeep means stopping acidic food from sitting in the sink for long periods of time and ensuring that they are removed or washed down the sink's drain as soon as possible. Furthermore, you should use baking soda to clean instead of bleach-based sprays.

How to Clean a Porcelain Kitchen Sink

Porcelain kitchen sinks are prone to rust and stains, which leave your porcelain sink's pearly finish looking duller than usual. The best way to treat the rust on your porcelain sink is to sprinkle salt on half a lemon and use it to scrub your sink directly until the rust has disappeared. Rinse your sink with warm, soapy water and dry with a microfibre cloth.

How to Clean a White Kitchen Sink

Although the colour white is beautiful and has a pearly finish, it is also prone to showing rust, food splatters and coffee stains. However, you can easily remove food stains and rust with the help of baking soda and hydrogen peroxide.

Firstly, use a wet cloth to slightly dampen your kitchen sink, then sprinkle baking soda onto the basin. Add a couple of small drops of hydrogen peroxide over the baking soda and use a sponge to scrub the stained patches. Rinse the mixture down the drain once finished.

How to Unclog a Kitchen Sink Drain

A clogged sink drain not only diminishes the drain's efficiency but can also produce a smell due to stuck food. Luckily, clearing a sink's drain can be incredibly easy.

Baking soda and white vinegar is your best friend when unclogging your kitchen sink. Place one part baking soda down the drain and then pour two parts white vinegar. Wait 15 minutes to allow a reaction to take place before washing the mixture away with boiling water.

TIP: Help prevent your kitchen sink's drain from clogging by placing a sink strainer on top of the plughole. This contraption catches leftover food when rinsing dinner plates before it has a chance to go down the drain and cause blockages. You may also wish to use a dish drainer, so you can keep your kitchen worktops clean and dry.

Dish Drainers and Cleaning Cloths

How to Clean Your Flooring

By cleaning from top to bottom and leaving the flooring last, you reduce the likelihood of knocking dust and dirt back onto a clean floor. There are several different ways to clean your house's flooring. Hoovering is best for carpets, while a broom is great for sweeping up dust.

Laminate Flooring

Vacuuming, dusting or wiping down laminate flooring with a damp mop are all great ways to remove stains and marks while also removing grime build up. Avoid over-wetting your flooring or using soap-based detergent as this can leave a dull film.

You can remove stubborn stains by using a diluted solution of water and vinegar. Avoid using abrasive scrubbers and sponges, as this can leave scratches on your laminate flooring.

TIP: Avoid applying wax polish on your flooring, as this can make your floor slippery and cause accidents.

Stone

Clean your stone flooring with a mild detergent or stone soap. You may also use washing up liquid and warm water. Use a clean, soft cloth for best results. Avoid using too much cleaner or soap as this can leave a film behind and create unappealing streaks on the stone.

TIP: While you may consider stone to be a hardwearing material, stains can still appear if you leave them for too long. If you accidentally spill on your stone floor, blot the stains immediately. You may also wish to protect your floor with non-slip matts or area rugs.

Ceramic Tiles

Ceramic tiles require minimal maintenance. Simply sweep and wash with a mild detergent solution and rinse with clean water. Much like laminate flooring, avoid using wax polish as this can cause them to become slippery and a hazard.

Vinyl

Simply sweep with a soft brush or use a hoover to remove dust from vinyl flooring, or use a damp mop with mild detergent to remove stains. If applying detergent, rinse the flooring before leaving it to dry.

Carpet

If you have carpet in your home, then you know the worry of staining it with dropped food and wine or dirty shoes. The best way to protect your carpet is to ask visitors to remove their shoes at the front door, but accidents do happen.

When a stain occurs, always remove the excess as soon as possible. Do this with a spoon or knife and avoid putting too much pressure onto the stain as you want to prevent the stain from being rubbed in further. Blotting is your friend when it comes to removing stains.

Locate a carpet stain remover and apply it to the remaining stain by following the manufacturer's instructions. Always be mindful when touching the stain and you want to avoid applying too much water as this can cause further damage to your carpet. Again, check the manufacturer's instructions when deciding how long to let the carpet stain remover soak.

Certain carpet stain removers will suggest hoovering the stain before using a clean, white cloth to blot dry the area. You can also use paper towels, as these can be greatly absorbent.

How to Clean Skirting Boards

Skirting boards can become marked and scuffed. The easiest way to remove these marks is by filling a bucket up with warm water and adding fabric softener. Dip your cloth into the bucket and wring until it is slightly damp before scrubbing the skirting board.

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Spring cleaning is much more than deep cleaning your home. It also means the removal of clutter and having the time to donate clothes and furniture to charity shops and reorganising your home.

Declutter can be difficult for some, especially those who find sentimental value in a lot of items. The best way to declutter is to make note of certain items and see if you use them. For instance, if you have numerous pairs of shoes, some of which you don't wear and haven't worn for years, why not give them to charity?

When it comes to removing clutter from the kitchen, start from one end of the kitchen. Remove any tins and items of food that have expired (some of which may have been forgotten about and pushed to the back of your cupboards) and check all your kitchen utensils. If your kitchen utensils are looking a bit worn, consider replacing them. The same goes for napkins and tea towels.

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Organise Your Cupboards 

Once you've decluttered, you may find you have more room to work with, making this the perfect opportunity to reorganise your kitchen cupboards. You may also want to invest in food storage containers such as airtight storage dishes and storage jars, which are great for keeping grains, cereals and coffee fresh. 

One of the most efficient ways to organise your kitchen is to assign zones. For instance, if you have substantial amounts of canned or long-lasting food, then why not store these food types in one cupboard? Whereas if you are a baker, then you may want to dedicate one cupboard to baking ingredients and equipment.

Cutlery storage trays are fantastic at separating and protecting your cutlery, while our pan protectors can help you neatly stack your pots and pans while reducing the likelihood of damaging non-stick coatings. All these small additions can make your kitchen cupboards and drawers much more efficient and easier to navigate.

Not only does proper food storage help keep your kitchen free from clutter, but it also improves the hygiene of your kitchen and home, reducing the likelihood of cross contamination. For tips on food storage, check out our ultimate guide to food storage.

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Create a Cleaning Plan (and Stick to it)

Although spring cleaning is a great excuse for you to deep clean your home, you will want to create a cleaning plan, so you can keep your home feeling fresh and tidy. The best way to keep on top of your house's cleanliness is to dedicate an hour each day to cleaning a certain room of your house while also noting down weekly tasks. For instance, you may dedicate every Monday to cleaning your bedroom while saving larger tasks like hoovering your whole home to a Saturday morning.

When it comes to keeping your kitchen clean and tidy, you will want to clean as you go. This means rinsing your sink and removing food scraps from the drain, sweeping the kitchen floor and washing dishes once a day. Bigger tasks like cleaning small kitchen appliances can be done once a week or every other week, depending on how much you use them.

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