We all love the satisfying feeling of a good Spring clean – don’t we?
It’s a tradition that allows us to freshen up our homes and move into the busy seasons of spring and summer. It’s when we throw open our windows and the days get longer.
You may be doing your annual Spring clean, or you may have moved into a new home and wish to make the space your own. Either way it’s certainly a way to ensure you are living in a health home environment.
Here are a few tips to help you on your way to a chemical free spring clean!
Job 1: Fresh air
Open all the doors and windows and let in the fresh air.
Gather the things you will need:
- Gyre and Gymble Gentle Scouring Powder
- Gyre and Gymble Scented Vinegar
- Gyre and Gymble Multi Surface Spray
- Gyre and Gymble Toilet Bombs
- Gyre and Gymble Toilet Drops
- Gyre and Gymble Essential Oils
- Herb shaker
- Lots of cleaning cloths
- Dustpan and brush
- Old toothbrush - for little hard to reach places
- Hair- dryer
- Lots of cups of tea and energy
- Dust mask
- Cotton balls
- Lots of refreshing drinks - and bags of energy!
Now it’s time to get to work.
Job 2: Declutter
Get rid of the clutter and put things away, this will make the job so much easier and faster. Even if this means putting things in baskets or boxes temporarily. If a bench is clear of photos, books and all the other things we have around our home it will be easier to clean. These can all go back into place when you are at the dusting stage.
Job 3: Carpets, fabric chairs, sofas, and mattresses
Time to deodorise: Take bed linen off beds and wash as normal. If you have hayfever do not hang the sheets on the line outside to dry. If you do, they will collect all the spring pollen floating around outside so tumble dry if you can. While the mattress is exposed sprinkle Gentle Scouring Powder mixed with a few drops of Essential Oil over the surface. Use a herb shaker for this job or a spoon. Do the same to all carpets and remove all cushions from lounge chairs and cover in a light dusting of powder.
If you do this first and vacuum at the end of your spring clean it will give the Gentle Scouring Powder and oils time to work their magic.
Job 4: Bathroom preparation
Place 2 toilet bombs into each toilet bowl and leave to bubble and clean until you are ready to work on the bathrooms. Spray any limescale build-up with Scented Vinegar. The vinegar will soften the limescale making it easy to clean away.
Job 5: Dusting, door handles and light switches
Clean radiators first as this will make a mess. Get your hair-dryer and blow out all the accumulated dust and cobwebs from the winter months. If you have a dust allergy wear a mask for this job. If you have some large lavender bags place these with fresh dry lavender on top of the radiators.
Then working from the top floor down, dust each room using a damp cloth and a dusting spray. The dusting spray will help stop the dust from getting airborne and then landing somewhere else. Don't forget the tops of fans, backs of wardrobes and other places you cannot see.
Clean all door handles and light switches with a quick spray of Scented Vinegar and a clean damp cloth.
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Job 6: The bathroom
Clean all glass and metal with Scented Vinegar and all tiles, sinks, baths and toilets with Multi Surface Spray.
Your Toilet Bombs would have worked their magic in the toilet bowl so scrub the toilet as normal. Add scented vinegar if there are any stains on the ceramic.
If the bath or sink have any built-up of soap scum or watermarks these can easily be removed with a little Gentle Scouring Powder and a damp cloth.
When the bathroom is clean, a lovely touch is to drop a little Lemon Essential Oil on to each tap and polish with a cotton ball. This will leave the taps sparkling like new and smelling fresh. Pop a couple of toilet drops in the toilet water and place fresh towels on the towel rack.
If you have just moved into a home it is a good idea to give the sink, bath and shower drain a good clean. Place a Toilet Bomb on the drain and then slowly pour over a kettle full of boiling water. It’s a good idea to do this every couple of months in all sinks and drains as a preventative measure.
Job 7: The kitchen
Take everything out of the fridge and clean all shelves and drawers using Scented Vinegar. Check use by dates on food. Remember to add a clean dry tea towel at the bottom of the fruit and vegetable crisper drawer. To finish and ensure your fridge smells great when it is opened put a few drops of vanilla essence on a damp clean cloth and wipe over the inside of the fridge door. You can also use Lemon Essential Oil if you prefer a citrus aroma.
Remove all the oven trays and racks and follow directions in our blog It is time to clean the oven racks and trays
Clean the kitchen worktops with Multi Surface Spray, if you have granite worktops then use Scented Vinegar to get them nice and shiny. Clean the sink using Multi Surface Cleaner and Scented Vinegar to remove limescale and mould. Clean the drain using a Toilet Bomb and a kettle of boiling water. Polish taps with Lemon Essential Oil.
If you are feeling like this job has not been done for a while you could also empty all cupboards and clean shelves.
Don't forget the bins. Empty then fill the bin with boiling water and a couple of drops of Eucalyptus Oil. Leave a few moments and then pour out. Spray inside and out with Scented Vinegar and wipe clean with kitchen roll.
Finally wipe all cupboard doors with a damp cloth.
Job 8: Vacuum from top to bottom
Time to vacuum the mattresses, lounge chairs and floors working from the top of the house to the bottom. The deodorising powder will have done its job and can be removed. Don't forget to move the chairs and vacuum underneath too.
Job 9: Hard floor surfaces
Vacuum all non-carpet floors and mop with warm water and a few drops of your favourite Essential Oil. Ensure the mop is damp, not soaking wet. If you need to spot spray marks do this with Multi Surface Spray first.
If you have wooden floors ordinary black tea is great to clean timber floors just add some essential oils for a lovely aroma and leave the tea to cool before use.
Note: if your timber floors are light in colour the tea could leave a slightly darker patina. Test first to ensure you are happy with this.
Job 10: Windows
When windows are opened for the first time after winter you may find a little backline along the window sill. This black mould can be removed easily with our Scented Vinegar. To ensure mould spores don’t come back put 2 to 3 drops of scotch pine onto a damp cloth and wipe where the mould used to be. Scotch pine is a great mould killer. Do the same anywhere mould is growing.
All glass can be cleaned with Scented Vinegar. This will leave your windows and mirrors streak-free and shining.
Job 10: Rest and relaxation
Walk around your home and soak up the satisfaction of a clean, healthy, chemical free home. Breathe and relax – you deserve a long hot bath with some Epsom salts and a good book. Enjoy!
The deep clean
Deep cleaning your home, whether it is done by you or a professional cleaner, will keep your home healthy. There is no need to use chemicals to clean your home and there is some very good scientific evidence that using harsh-chemicals can be detrimental to the health of everyone in your home. News: NHS advice on household cleaners and cancer
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