household

Cleaning timber, metal, and plastic blinds

Plantation shutters and blinds are great for privacy, and also great for letting light into a room. The only problem is they are difficult to clean as they act as a massive dust net. The recipe below is a simple solution that will make cleaning these types of window furnishings a little easier and a whole lot faster. Don't bother with brushes or the vacuum cleaner, all you need is a pair of old socks and some basic Gyre and Gymble products. 

Recipe

  • Vinegar spray 80:20 mixed with water, or Gyre and Gymble glass cleaner 
  • Hot water
  • Bucket
  • Pair of old socks 
  • Essential oil 

Fill a bucket with water, making it as hot as you are able to put your hands into, and add a few drops of your favourite essential oil. Fill a spray bottle with the vinegar mix or use the Gyre and Gymble ready made glass cleaner, and then spray all over the shutters or blinds. Leave for a few seconds then put a sock onto each hand. Dip both hands in the water (ensuring that it is not too hot) and run them along each surface of the shutters. You can finish with a clean dry pair of socks to rub dry. 

This job really only needs to be done a couple of time a year, but this depends on where you live and if you have any smokers in the home.