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Spring cleaning tips to keep your kitchen clean & tidy

By Xuefei Shi

Here are a few tips to help you get your home looking clean and tidy. You’re sure to benefit from a good spring cleaning!

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, removing any cooking spills from the door handle.

Fridge: Empty your fridge and dispose of anything past it’s use by date. Working top to bottom, use an all-purpose eco product to spray and wipe away any spots and spills from the shelves, the front of glass compartments and the door handles. For the exterior, wipe down, paying attention to dirt-attracting door handles.

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.

Dishwasher: Empty the filter and remove any build up from the edges and bottom with a cloth. Put in a cleaning product and do a run on empty.

Sink sparkle and bin blast: You’ll have been using your sink to rinse so leave it till last. Squirt or spray with a multi-purpose cleaner, wipe clean, rinse with a blast of hot water then dry with paper towels. Finally, empty the rubbish bin, wiping the exterior, and replace the liner.

Dont forget to: remove mould and mildew around the house.

Air-conditioners: Air-conditioners and heating ducts can also harbour mould. If any moisture appears near a vent, or if there’s a mouldy smell, hire a specialist. And during warm, dry summer days, give your house, and particularly your basement, a good airing.

Bathroom: In the bathroom, there are some quick daily duties to combat mildew build-up. Make sure all surfaces are free of dirt, grease and body oil, and spread towels so they can dry completely.   To clean stained tiles or grout in the bathroom, use a mixture of a half cup hydrogen peroxide to one cup water. Simply spray it onto a surface, allow to dry, then wipe with a damp cloth.

Clothes: If you have found mould on your clothes, throw them in the washing machine, and add white vinegar to the rinse cycle. Vinegar also works fantastically well if you have any mildew on a hard, non-porous surface, such as porcelain or ceramic tiles.

Remember, the biggest mistake is just wiping the mould away. Finding and stopping the water source is the only way to prevent future problems or if you’re not confident, bring in a mould specialist.  If the bathroom or kitchen wall is sound but the mould stains still won’t go away, it’s time for the big guns – re-grouting. It involves scraping out the caulk and stained grout, the applying an antimicrobial treatment before re-grouting. But be prepared – this is definitely a job for a professional.

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