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clean_greenWhether you’re renting or own your own home, these spring cleaning tips will help get your home tidy and organised.

Wardrobes: Do you have a wardrobe full of clothes and yet nothing to wear? Empty your wardrobe and create 3 piles: keep, donate and garage sale.

Pantry: Empty your pantry and dispose of anything past it’s use by date. Wipe down shelves and doors. Keep an open packet of baking soda in your pantry to reduce moisture. Storing things like flour and rice in tupperwear containers will increase their shelf life and reduce required storage space.

Oven: Sprinkle a damp sponge with baking soda, wipe down the inside of the oven door, including the glass, then do the same with the exterior.

Fridge: Using a soft sponge, wipe down all surfaces with a solution of 2 cups water and 2 tbs bicarbonate soda (pay particular attention to door seals). Rinse then dry with a clean tea towel. For the exterior, wipe down and spot clean paying attention to dirt-attracting door handles. Tip: use a steam mop to remove fingerprints from stainless steel appliances without streaking.

Microwave: Fill a microwave-safe bowl with water, add a little lemon juice then zap on high for three minutes. This leaves a deodorised scent and magically loosens grime so it’s easily removed with a cloth afterwards.

Vacuuming: Your vacuum can be used for more than just keeping floors clean. It is a great tool to remove cobwebs from ceilings and cornices and dirt from skirting boards plus sliding door and window runners.