Spring is here, which means itâ€™s time to take stock of the dust, grime and clutter you accumulates at home during the colder months. Start the season right and get stuck into some spring cleaning.
Professional organiser Lissanne Oliver says the warmer weather is an obvious time to tackle major cleaning projects.Â â€śYouâ€™re not hunkered down any more,â€ť she says. â€śYou can open all the windows. You might want to venture farther into the shed or garage.â€ť
Oliver recommends starting with storage areas such as the garage or spare room, where clutter might have gathered over the winter months, or longer.
â€śStuff there is old. Itâ€™s really gone to die. And that stuff is much easier to make decisions about what has value.â€ť
Michael Girowal, founder of professional cleaning company Green Clean Australia, suggests tackling one task at a time.
Fluorescent light globes can’t be thrown out with normal rubbish. Image: iStock
â€śDonâ€™t let spring cleaning overwhelm you,â€ť he says. â€śUse a checklist to keep yourself on track.â€ť
Spring is a great time to launder or air out or clean any textiles and soft items, such as clothes, carpets, curtains and bedding.
â€śMake sure you launder items, like winter coats and bedding, before you store them. Or moths and critters can get in there,â€ť says Oliver.
Clean your mattress by vacuuming the surface and any crevices with a brush attachment. To get rid of any odours, sprinkle bicarbonate of soda on top and let it sit for a day before vacuuming again. And donâ€™t forget to flip the mattress over so youâ€™re using a new side for a new season.
Girowal says bicarb can soak up odours elsewhere in the home, such as the bottom of your garbage or nappy bin.
He also likes to dust from high spaces to low places using a dusting brush on the vacuum.
A checklist will organise your clean. Image: iStock
â€śIt will save lots of time and get things cleaner than ever before,â€ť he says. â€śUse a HEPA filter and youâ€™ll remove 99.9 per cent of dust and allergens.â€ť
Oliver says she prefers to avoid buying several household cleaners for various tasks. Save on product packaging and money by using simple and affordable cleaning agents, such as water, vinegar, dish soap, bicarbonate of soda and cloudy ammonia.
â€śYou can make a surface spray or floor cleaner which is 50 per cent dishwashing liquid and 50 per cent vinegar,â€ť she says. â€śIt cleans everything.â€ť
If youâ€™re craving a break from cleaning the house, run errands you have been putting off all winter. Look around the house for anything that needs repairing, such as that old heater or rickety chair.
Donâ€™t forget to rid your home of potentially harmful problem waste that canâ€™t be thrown out with the rubbish, such as paint, gas bottles, fluorescentÂ globes, batteries and motor oil.
Disposing of harmful chemicals properly will keep your family safe. Image: iStock
For environmental and safety reasons, these items need special attention, says Kathy Giunta, the NSW Environment Protection Agencyâ€™s director of waste and resource recovery.
â€śOften people store these kinds of materials because they are unsure how to correctly dispose of them, but know they shouldnâ€™t go in the kerbside bin,â€ť she says. â€śIf these materials are dropped off at a CleanOut event or a community recycling centre, with special treatment, they can be recycled.â€ť
â€śPeople who use these services are making their homes safer by removing these materials away from family, children and pets and helping our environment by recycling.â€ť
Giunta says spring is one of the busiest times of year for the services.Â â€śThis is when we can see that people are doing a lot of renovating, or they are really getting into their spring cleaning. So itâ€™s absolutely the time to get involved.â€ť