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NOW CLOSED Currys want to know Mumsnetters' top spring cleaning tips. Post your best here and be in with a chance of winning a £100 Currys PC World gift card

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AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Mon 04-Mar-13 11:02:35

Spring's almost here apparently and many of us feel the urge to clear away the winter cobwebs and give the house a proper deep clean (or even just flick a duster round).

With this in mind Currys would like to find out Mumsnetters' top tips for spring cleaning. This could be motivation, how to find the time, what the benefits are, or tips relating to the products (or services of others) that you use at this time of year.

Currys say "We have a great line of products that we think make Spring Cleaning a breeze - we'd love to know your top tips, and what makes it easy for you?"

So what are your top spring cleaning tips?

Currys will be choosing their favourite 10 tips added on this thread to feature on the Currys pages on Mumsnet and possibly elsewhere. This page will also feature competitions over the next few weeks so make sure to check it out and enter!

Everyone who adds their tips to this thread will be entered into a prize draw with the chance of winning a £100 Currys PC World gift card.

Thanks and good luck,

MNHQ

noisytoys Mon 04-Mar-13 11:11:23

De clutter like mad. Less stuff owned is less to clean grin

PigeonStreet Mon 04-Mar-13 11:29:53

Throw open the windows, it always makes the house smell fresher. Start at the tops of rooms and work down. Vacuum dust off tile grout before cleaning tiles to keep the grout white.

Indith Mon 04-Mar-13 11:42:45

Spring what now?

fouranddone Mon 04-Mar-13 11:44:10

If there's bright sunshine in the room then close the blinds quick........... The dust just disappears!wink

Indith Mon 04-Mar-13 11:44:41

Start with the bathroom. There shouldn't be too much clutter in there so it is quite an easy room to clean properly. I always find I have more motivation once I've started. If I try to start in the living room then I get frustrated, start in teh bathroom then in half an hour I'm feeling much better about it with a shiny clean room.

Indith Mon 04-Mar-13 11:46:03

Or for an easy option, sell the kids. Less mess to clear up. You might need to sell the husband too. Package him up with the children as a bundle with babysitter included, you'll get more for them that way.

MrsMarigold Mon 04-Mar-13 11:46:24

To get rid of those cloudy white marks glasses get from the dishwasher soak them in warm white vinegar or scrub with toothpaste.

Also to clean those old fashioned radiators tape a duster (or cut up bit of old babygro) to a ruler, spray with surface cleaner and poke it down the back and in between the radiator columns.

MissRee Mon 04-Mar-13 11:54:12

If you can't find motivation to do it all in one go, pick one or two things a day and do those. Seeing the finished result will spur you on and give you motivation to do more!

GaryBuseysTeeth Mon 04-Mar-13 12:09:15

We have a 1 year rule.
Anything not used for a year (be it a jacket, dvd or bread machine) goes to the Charity Shop or tip.

Stops the clutter building too much & means I had a reason to throw away the hiking boots DH last wore when he was 14 & doing his Duke of Edinburgh award hmm

ThePskettiIncident Mon 04-Mar-13 12:13:50

Wait for a day of good weather so you can air the house and dump everything outside, as well as dry every you've washed in the sunshine.

Methodically work from top to bottom in the house.

Bloody love spring cleaning!

ouryve Mon 04-Mar-13 12:26:57

Don't try to declutter toys with the kids around. They'll always find a reason to keep that broken £1 toy that's been sat in a corner, untouched, since Christmas.

ShatnersBassoon Mon 04-Mar-13 12:45:12

Don't start cleaning until you have everything you might need to hand. Cloths, cleaning products, bin bags, hoover etc all on the same floor as you. If you have to be going up and down the stairs, you'll get tired and distracted far quicker. Agree about doing the big spring clean when there's nobody there to stop you chucking the junk out as well.

My Vax carpet cleaner is my favourite thing at the moment. It's a brilliant way to spend an afternoon, boggling at the amount of filth in the carpets you'd been ignoring all winter.

Spirael Mon 04-Mar-13 12:46:18

Arm the toddler with a feather duster and inform them that the game is to tickle everything in the room. Then give them the small hand-held hoover and tell them to catch all the dust on the floor.

After that, give them a microfibre cloth and tell them to find the sparkles in the bathroom by rubbing the magic cloth on all the surfaces. Then they get to play the sock-matching game.

Supervise all this from the sofa.

Patchouli Mon 04-Mar-13 12:47:59

Invite the inlaws down
(a visit from them makes me pull my finger out).

LentilAsAnything Mon 04-Mar-13 12:48:57

Live like a minimalist. Done.

FannyFifer Mon 04-Mar-13 12:51:31

My simple motto for a tidy organised home is, "if in doubt, throw it out".

BornToFolk Mon 04-Mar-13 13:38:52

Start with the loft (or other storage area). Chuck out/recycle/charity shop anything you no longer need - be ruthless! Then go through the rest of the house and move anything that you don't need immediately to the loft. Be ruthless again, don't store anything you aren't fairly certain you'll use again, or want to keep for sentimental reasons.
It's much easier to clean up when there's less junk hanging around.

I prefer to do little and often, rather than blitz it all in one go. So, vacuum well-used areas daily, sweep the kitchen floor daily, fling a duster around if you have a spare 2 mins.

pixi2 Mon 04-Mar-13 13:40:38

Ditto, unless its a years old favourite toy, throw it if its broken or has missing pieces.

Clean one room really well everyday and keep on top of general chores. For example, today I have hoovered everywhere and the sitting room is getting a through clean. Yesterday it was the kitchen, tomorrow the hallway, stairs and landing, then the following 3 days will be bedrooms, then the dining room. The bathroom gets bits done whilst the dc are having baths. One room a day=easy. Oh, unless you are my DH and then clutter just gets carried from one room to another.

pixi2 Mon 04-Mar-13 14:01:38

Those cheap toothbrushes in supermarkets (4 for 20p) are perfect for cleaning around the kitchen sink, taps etc.

trikken Mon 04-Mar-13 14:03:35

Stick the cd player on so I can dance whilst cleaning so making it fun and exercise at the same time.

borrowing my mums steam cleaner makes me want to clean everything as its so addictive.

misscph1973 Mon 04-Mar-13 14:08:52

Soda crystals are your friend for grease in the kitchen and bathroom. You can get a liquid soda crystals spray in Robert Dyas type shops. Just spray on, leave a few minutes, and wipe off. Excellent for the cooker and around it!

Vinegar takes frying smell. Mix vinegar in with washing up liquid (1/2 cup for a big bowl) and wipe down. Keep a small dish of vinegar near the cooker, it soaks up the smells.

Kveta Mon 04-Mar-13 14:11:00

lower your standards.

this can be done year on year, until you never have to clean again.

BinarySolo Mon 04-Mar-13 14:13:45

Save old toothbrushes and bath puffs as they are great for cleaning taps, baths and sinks.
Use baby oil on the sink/soap holder to stop those annoying soap bits sticking.
Use a damp cloth rather than duster and polish for chemical free cleaning.
I also vacuum walls and ceilings to remove cobwebs blush

loubielou31 Mon 04-Mar-13 14:19:56

Decluttering is top of my list. We just have too much stuff and most of it doesn't get used from one year to the next. I really really really must do something about it all this year.
Hot soapy water and microfibre cloths will clean almost anything.
It is also amazing what you can wash in the dishwasher or in a tied pillow case in the washing machine.
Pay someone else to clean the oven.

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