The temperature has dropped and the winds have risen; it’s winter time.
Spring cleaning has long been forgotten in my home and so instead of waiting another 6 months until I have the excuse of getting everyone to do some home cleaning I’ve put together a decluttering and cleaning checklist so that we’re fully prepared for the autumn (or fall for some) and winter months.
I’ve recently been introduced to Forever products, amongst which is the all-purpose Aloe MPD 2x Ultra detergent and cleaner. I’ve never seen anything like the stuff and to be honest I wasn’t sure how to use it until my mum told me I only need to mix together a lid-full to a bottle of water to get the most out of it. I now use it on everything, and I’m not joking when I say that, I use it on worktops, cupboards, drawers when dusting too as well as floors and even my clothes. Yup, I did say clothes because you can even use a few drops on fabric to get grease stains off.
If you’re interested in buying Forever natural products from my mum, her name is Inna Isaev and you can find/buy via Facebook by clicking here.
Anyway, this one product means it’s all I need to get my winter cleaning checklist checked-off and here it is:
- Deep clean the kitchen. I personally do love a sparkling clean kitchen so I like to clean as I go. This makes it so much easier to deep clean the area when I need to. It means that when I cover the oven surface with leave-in grime busting chemicals that I don’t need to scrub as hard in order to get that ‘good as new’ finish. I do recommend tough sponges for this though and be careful using wire ones as this might scratch off your surface.
- Heating Radiators. Lots of dust can get trapped behind radiators and they’re tough places to get to in order to clean but also important. I have a DIY way of doing this but I’m sure there’s something on the market to help you clean it in the safest possible way. I recommend firstly turning off the heating when you’re doing this and secondly I use a long stick or brush but covering the end with a dusting cloth and just poking it through the back to get all the dust and dirt (or rubbers and dog toys) out from behind the radiators.
- Draft Excluders. These are great for keeping warmth in your home so bring those down from the attic/loft and make sure to give them a good wipe-down with a damp cloth or chuck the cover in the washing machine before using it because you never know the dust it carried over from last year.
- High Tog Duvet or bedspread. Although it’s less of a cleaning tip and more of a winter checklist item it’s imperative if you want to sleep comfortably during the cold season.
- Declutter. When it comes to the end of the year you’ve no doubt collected plenty of items you no longer use or need or wear… am I right? Putting these things aside to give to charity or throw away is a great way to make more space (for far more better and useful things!) and to be able to get to every corner in order to give it a good clean before the start of the next year. Gumtree is like eBay, both of which are great platforms if you’d like to resell some times too.
- Dusting door frames and wall art. This task is often overlooked but can be a quick and satisfying one to do when cleaning your home for the holidays. I like using dusting wipes for this, simply do the job and throw away but if you’re conscious of the environment (I am consciously trying to keep green going forward!) then just use a cloth and an antibacterial spray to do the job.
- Vacuum behind electrical appliances. Personally I very rarely the energy to do this because some items like the washing machine, dish washer, fridge freezer are big and heavy to move but it’s obviously the right thing to do because throughout the whole year dust and dirt accumulate behind them. Ask someone strong to move those for you and give those never-seen areas a good hoover.
- Door mats front and back. The most footfall seen in your home? It’s the doormats. Give them some love with a shake outside to get rid of the stones or mud and then hoover them to make sure they are in perfect working order in time for family and guests’ arrival.
- Clean the lamps. Be it ceiling lights or table lamps, they all need a good clean. Make sure they’re turned off, especially if you’re using a damp cloth but go over all the wiring and surfaces as much as possible. Tip: don’t forget to buy new light bulbs as you never know when you might need them!
- Window cleaning. I love doing this because it means I get ever more natural light into my home. Flooding the place with light means more vitamin D, which we all need. It’s so hard to come by during the colder months that see plenty of shorter days so it’s worth doing. I’m old-school with this task and use a window spray with newspaper – I only warn to be careful with some newspapers as they can leave ink marks on your window frames.
- Update cushions and throws. Not only is it pleasant to update your decor for the season with new/different cushions and throws but giving the others a spin in the washing machine would mean they’re clean and ready for when you use them next time.
- Junk drawers. I don’t know about you but we have plenty of these. Most, hold old receipts, old screws and measuring tapes as well as a stack of takeaway menus. This is my annual chance to finally sort these out. Obviously these are to be reused again in the following year for more junk…
- Dog-proof, paw-proof floors. I have a massive white German Shepherd dog that looks (walks and wags too) like a wolf. His very big muddy foot paws leave very big muddy foot prints so I have a handy mop that sprays floor cleaner in front of the device. I’m sure there are plenty of mops out there and clever devices that’ll help you get this done quickly but I’d say the floor is the most used and therefore the most neglected part of the home, especially in the wet weather so don’t forget to give it some love.
Happy Holidays everybody and have a fabulous (and very clean and tidy) winter! x