10 spring cleaning tips & tricks

RUBBER GLOVES: They aren't just for cleaning windows and the toilet - they work wonders on removing pet hair from the furniture.
RUBBER GLOVES: They aren't just for cleaning windows and the toilet - they work wonders on removing pet hair from the furniture.

So you've decided to give your house a spring-clean. You've stocked up on all the cleaning products you will need, rolled up your sleeves and ... found that you really, really don't want to clean, or scrub, or dust or in fact, do anything.  We get it. So we have looked around the internet for tricks and hacks to make the job a little bit easier for you. Don't forget that the reward - shiny, sparkly, brag-worthy house - will make all your hard work worth it.

1. Deodorise your microwave with fruit

So you cooked something stinky in the microwave - maybe it even exploded - and the smell is lingering in a sinister fashion. According to The Huffington Post one of the easiest ways to get rid of microwave smells is to cut a lemon in half, sprinkle it with salt and scrub the inside of the microwave with it. 

2. Use a hairdryer to get rid of water rings

You know those pesky water rings left on your coffee table when people (guilty) don't use a coaster under their cups? This clever hack from homemademamas is here to save you. All you need to do is blast the ring with a hairdryer on high and watch it fade away.

3. Clean your bathtub, naturally

Trust Martha Stewart to have the answers when it comes to cleaning the tub without eye-watering chemicals. According to Martha, the best way to do it is to mix one teaspoon of liquid soap with a few drops of antibacterial essential oils such as tea tree, peppermint or rosemary. Heavenly. 

4. Make your appliances shiny again with cream of tartar

Toaster looking a little smeary? Get it shining again by mixing one tablespoon cream or tartar with a few drops of water to make a paste. Apply with a sponge and scrub before wiping clean with paper towel. Thanks areal-housewife.com.

5. Swap scrubbing your shower head with an overnight baggie

We've already waxed lyrical about the power of vinegar when it comes to being versatile around the house, so we love this idea. Instead of scrubbing your shower head, fill a sandwich bag with vinegar and tie it on to your shower head overnight. Voila, a de-clogged and shiny shower head.

6. Try these simple organisation hacks

We love these simple but clever organisation ideas over at Distractify, especially the one about storing family toothbrushes in a utensil divider.

7. Keep your stove top pristine with car wax

So you've scrubbed your stove top and now your want to keep it that way. Try waxing it. A little car wax will prevent future spills from sticking. 

8. Freshen up your linen cupboard with baking soda

Not convinced by those little bags of lavender that your grandmother leaves in her linen cupboard? Try leaving a box of baking soda open in your linen cupboard to keep your linen fresh instead.

9. Get your vases bloom-ready with rice

Showcase your beautiful spring blooms in freshly cleaned vases. If you can't get to the bottom of the vase, mix a tablespoon of rice with a lot of soapy water and shake well, and then rinse until clean.

10. Get rid of pet hair with rubber gloves

This is an easy one. Simply don a pair of gloves and rub your hands over furniture and carpet to pick up all the hair that your (beloved) furry family member has kindly deposited. You can then submerge your gloved hands in water to get the hair off the gloves and scoop it up in one big go. 

Annie Stevens is the editor of homeheaven, a neighbourhood of knowledge bringing the chat over the garden fence into the digital age.