Enviro-friendly Tips & Tricks for your Spring Clean!

Enviro-friendly Tips & Tricks for your Spring Clean!

Spring cleaning is important, particularly if you suffer from allergies, but it should not be dreaded.

We have provided you with some quick tips to ensure this year’s cleaning haul is not only easier to tackle but has less of an impact on our environment.

  • De-clutter: Start by decluttering your home of any rubbish or waste before you start your cleaning phase. Make time to organize wardrobes, offices spaces, bathroom cabinets and junk drawers etc. This will not only cleanse your home of unwanted and un-used goods that take up space, but also your mind!
  • Make yourself a checklist: Complete a walk around of your home to assess which areas need work. Focus on areas which are not part of your routine cleans. It doesn’t matter where you start or finish, as long as you have a checklist to follow to keep on track.
  • Many hands make light work: Get the family involved! Put on your favourite playlist, create a competition or a challenge with the kids and have fun with it!
  • Prepare your cleaning products and devices: Make sure you have everything you will need at the ready, from disinfectants to steam mops and everything in between. Try to remember to think green when selecting your cleaning products, not only for the environment, but for our health! There are a growing number of links between cleaning products and health issues. There is a list of natural products which have proven to be just as effective and will clean your air, floor and furniture without any nasty chemicals:
  • Eucalyptus - can be used on floors, surfaces and as a disinfectant
  • Rosemary - can be used as an antiseptic or antibacterial
  • Lavender - not only smells great, but is also a natural bacterial
  • Wild Orange - fights grease
  • Tea Tree – helps fight germs, bacteria and viruses

*If you suffer from allergies, be sure to read any chemical cleaners before use.

  • Start from the top and work your way down to the bottom: Remembering the top of ceiling fans, cornices etc, followed by your furniture. This will allow dust and cobwebs to settle on the floor which can then be vacuumed and mopped.
  • Use a HEPA Vacuum if possible: Using a vacuum with HEPA filtration will remove dirt and dust and also remove allergens and impurities from your air. Not only does it remove more dirt and dust than a regular vacuum, but it catches unwanted particles from pets and other household items. 
  • Remember to clean the air in your home: To ensure healthy Spring air is clear of allergens, indoor chemicals or odours, set up an air purifier. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies or is blocked up during allergy season, adding an air purifier to his/her bedroom will also help.
  • Wipe down cabinetry, inside and out: The inside of kitchen and bathroom cabinets tend to build up with dirt and grime quite easily. Remember to use gentle cleaners on stainless steel appliances and throw out any unused or expired items.
  • Don’t forget your walls and windows: Especially around doors and light switches in high traffic areas of your home. Often, places like these can be covered in fingerprints. Use a damp towel to wipe dust from skirting boards. 
  • Redecorate and refresh! Lastly, change or replace sheets, tablecloths, tea towels, pillows etc. where needed. You can create a clean, fresh and light Spring feel with minimal styling changes and lighter/brighter colours and scents. Welcome the beauty of Spring into your home!

If you would like any further home or real estate advice or are looking to find a recommended local cleaner or trade, please contact our office for assistance on 9707 5300. We are also available 24/7 at peakerealestate.com.au. 

Spring cleaning is important, particularly if you suffer from allergies, but it should not be dreaded.

We have provided you with some quick tips to ensure this year’s cleaning haul is not only easier to tackle but has less of an impact on our environment.

  • De-clutter: Start by decluttering your home of any rubbish or waste before you start your cleaning phase. Make time to organize wardrobes, offices spaces, bathroom cabinets and junk drawers etc. This will not only cleanse your home of unwanted and un-used goods that take up space, but also your mind!
  • Make yourself a checklist: Complete a walk around of your home to assess which areas need work. Focus on areas which are not part of your routine cleans. It doesn’t matter where you start or finish, as long as you have a checklist to follow to keep on track.
  • Many hands make light work: Get the family involved! Put on your favourite playlist, create a competition or a challenge with the kids and have fun with it!
  • Prepare your cleaning products and devices: Make sure you have everything you will need at the ready, from disinfectants to steam mops and everything in between. Try to remember to think green when selecting your cleaning products, not only for the environment, but for our health! There are a growing number of links between cleaning products and health issues. There is a list of natural products which have proven to be just as effective and will clean your air, floor and furniture without any nasty chemicals:
  • Eucalyptus - can be used on floors, surfaces and as a disinfectant
  • Rosemary - can be used as an antiseptic or antibacterial
  • Lavender - not only smells great, but is also a natural bacterial
  • Wild Orange - fights grease
  • Tea Tree – helps fight germs, bacteria and viruses

*If you suffer from allergies, be sure to read any chemical cleaners before use.

  • Start from the top and work your way down to the bottom: Remembering the top of ceiling fans, cornices etc, followed by your furniture. This will allow dust and cobwebs to settle on the floor which can then be vacuumed and mopped.
  • Use a HEPA Vacuum if possible: Using a vacuum with HEPA filtration will remove dirt and dust and also remove allergens and impurities from your air. Not only does it remove more dirt and dust than a regular vacuum, but it catches unwanted particles from pets and other household items. 
  • Remember to clean the air in your home: To ensure healthy Spring air is clear of allergens, indoor chemicals or odours, set up an air purifier. If anyone in your home suffers from allergies or is blocked up during allergy season, adding an air purifier to his/her bedroom will also help.
  • Wipe down cabinetry, inside and out: The inside of kitchen and bathroom cabinets tend to build up with dirt and grime quite easily. Remember to use gentle cleaners on stainless steel appliances and throw out any unused or expired items.
  • Don’t forget your walls and windows: Especially around doors and light switches in high traffic areas of your home. Often, places like these can be covered in fingerprints. Use a damp towel to wipe dust from skirting boards. 
  • Redecorate and refresh! Lastly, change or replace sheets, tablecloths, tea towels, pillows etc. where needed. You can create a clean, fresh and light Spring feel with minimal styling changes and lighter/brighter colours and scents. Welcome the beauty of Spring into your home!

If you would like any further home or real estate advice or are looking to find a recommended local cleaner or trade, please contact our office for assistance on 9707 5300. We are also available 24/7 at peakerealestate.com.au. 

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