Nothing feels quite as satisfying as cleaning your home from top to bottom, however it can be a little overwhelming!
Follow our top 30 tips to break it down into sections and you'll be sure that your house is totally clean...
1. Your Doormats
Trap more dirt by using two mats, one outside the door and one inside. To refresh, hose off and air-dry mats. Vacuum indoor ones on both sides — going over the back will push trapped dirt out onto the floor where it will be easier to pick up.
2. Your Windows
Wait for an overcast day and start on the shady side of the house, as direct sun can lead to streaks. Lift blinds or shades and wash windows with glass cleaner and a microfiber cloth. Then lower the blinds and vinyl shades and dust off and then finish by vacuuming fabric shades and drapes.
3. Your Kitchen Sink
Got kitchen stink you just can't kick? Try running a couple of lemon rind slivers through your waste disposal and follow with cold water to dispel the smell. Alternatively try putting some bleach around the plug holes and leave overnight.
4. Your Microwave
Enough with the sauce stains — this trick will make cleaning them up much easier. Place large microwave-safe bowl with 1 cup of water and a chopped-up lemon, lime, or orange or several tablespoons of vinegar inside. Turn the appliance on high for several minutes or until the solution boils and the window is steamy, then let it sit to cool for 15 minutes before opening the door. Remove and wipe out the inside and outside with a sponge.
5. Your Shopping Bags
Reusable grocery bags cut down on wasteful plastic, but they can get grimy with time. Run your reusable bags through the washing machine regularly to remove any lingering food bacteria, turning them inside out before you toss them in. Pay attention to the bag's fabric when selecting a dryer setting.
6. Your Worktops
Dig out the granite polish to restore shine and help repel stains on your kitchen surfaces. For daily wipe-downs, use an antibacterial sanistiser. The mild formulas cut grease and remove surface stains without the damaging effects of vinegar or ammonia, and they won’t leave behind a dull film..
7. Your Chopping Boards
If you think that nasty mark is permanent, you're wrong. Run the cut side of a lemon over the board to remove food stains and smells. Want an extra cleaning oomph? Sprinkle it with salt or baking soda first.
8. Your Fridge
You probably wipe down your fridge's interior shelving on the regular already, but don't forget about the rest. Pop out the door shelves and bins, and wash in warm, soapy water to get rid of food bacteria and spillage.
9. Your Pots and Pans
Soften burned-on residue by adding water and dish liquid to your cookware and letting it simmer on the stove. Use Brillo pads to remove any remaining stuck-on bits. Ketchup (yes, really!) helps dissolve tarnish on copper pots and other copper cooking accessories. Just massage the red sauce over the surface and add a pinch of salt to your polish if you come across exceptionally stubborn spots.
10. Your Oven
When purchasing products to clean your oven, you have two options. If you don't mind working with strong chemicals, you can buy a commercial oven cleaning product like Oven Pride.
Oven grease is stubborn and tricky to remove, so chemicals like ethylene glycol, methylene chloride, sodium and potassium hydroxide, and petroleum distillates will do the job.
If you take this route, make sure you follow the instructions. Oven cleaners are corrosive and can damage your skin and eyes. The instructions will normally tell you to wear protective gloves and eyewear and to ventilate the room.
If this sounds a little scary, you can use the humble baking soda, white wine vinegar and lemon juice method.
Mix them together in equal parts until the liquid makes a paste. Layer it onto stubborn areas in the oven and let it sit for a few hours before you attempt to scrub away the grime.
You will also need sturdy tools, so make sure you've got scrubbing brushes or scouring sponges handy. An old toothbrush is perfect for reaching the little crevices you would miss with a bigger tool.
11. Your Kitchen Cabinets
Sticky kitchen grime is a mix of dust and grease that builds up over time. For tough sticky grease a solution of white vinegar and hot water is an inexpensive and natural solution that produces amazing results. Mix up a solution of 250ml of vinegar to 500ml of hot water. Soak a clean cloth in the solution, then wring out most of the moisture and wipe down your greasy cabinets.
12. Your Stainless Steel
To make this surface sparkle again mix a solution of 1 teaspoon dish detergent and 950ml hot tap water. Using a microfiber cloth, rub the detergent solution onto the marks in small sections, going with the grain. Rinse with clean hot water only, and dry immediately with a clean cloth.
13. Your Junk Drawer
Start small and pick your stash spot. Empty it out and suck up dust with your vacuum cleaners nozzle. Throw away or relocate any items you no longer need or that don't belong there. Everything else goes back, but this time in an organised manner. Repurpose pretty plates, tuppaware and bowls to store items, such as stamps, paperclips, trinkets and other odds and ends. A nonslip liner will keep them in place.
14. Your Shower Curtain
Yes, you can wash a plastic or vinyl curtain in your washing machine. Do it on the gentle cycle with detergent and add a couple of bath towels for extra cleaning power. Then hang it to dry. To keep the curtain cleaner longer, spritz it a few times each month with a bleach-containing all-purpose cleaner. Then just let the shower rinse it off (before you hop in).
15. Your Makeup
Getting rid of expired makeup, skincare, and hair products is a quick way to declutter. Not all products have an expiry date, but many say how many months the product will last after opening. To stay on top of their expiration date, use a thin-tipped permanent marker to write on the date you opened it.
16. Your Makeup Brushes
To de-gunk your favorite foundation brush, squeeze a few drops of shampoo or dish liquid into your palm and rub the bristle tips into the soap, then gently work the suds through them. To rinse, hold the brush (bristles down) under warm running water. Gently shake over the sink to remove excess water, and lay the brush down on a paper towel to finish drying.
17. Your Furniture
Pull furniture away from walls and vacuum behind and under it, plus do the woodwork and air vents while you're back there. Then switch the upholstery tool on your vacuum cleaner to go over both sides of cushions and underneath them. The crevice tool can help de-gunk along the trim and stitching
18. Your Curtains
Put your dryer to work and toss drapes, curtains, and even throw pillows in the dryer for 15 minutes on the "air-only" cycle, then re-hang immediately to avoid wrinkles.
19. Your Bookshelves
After all of those cosy winter reading sessions, your library (and likely your kid's too!) is in need of a cleanup. Take a few minutes to organise your coffee table books, bedside novels, or favourite magazines. You can alphabetise, co-ordinate by colour, or sort by size. And don't forget to dust!
20. Your Ceilings
Spring cleaning season is all about focusing on the spots you forget about the rest of the year. Grab an extendable duster and attack ceiling fans, hanging and recessed lights, moldings and more.
21. Your Kids' Toys
Don't overlook the convenience of your dishwasher. It can take on more than just plates, including your children's (and pet's) plastic toys. Just choose the crystal or quick cycle and skip the heated dry. For stuffed animals, check the care tag first and then gather in a mesh bag or pillowcase and throw in the washer on a gentle cycle. A quick once-over with a lint roller can help too.
22. Your Bedding
It's time to tackle bulky items you typically avoid, like pillows and mattress protectors. You only need to clean these items two or three times a year, so they should be at the top of your list during spring cleaning season. But make sure you check the manufacturer's label before putting them into the washing machine.
23. Your Mattress
Spring cleaning is the perfect time to pay attention to the thing under the sheets. Press firmly with your vacuum's upholstery and crevice tools to clean the top and sides. After cleaning, rinse with a damp cloth, bolt dry, and sanitise with a disinfectant spray. Steam from a garment steamer or iron will also kill dust mites near the surface. Vacuum afterwards.
24. Your Closet
Go through clothes and shoes from the season that’s just ended — and remove anything stained, in need of repair, or worn out. Make a second pass through spring and summer clothes as you take them out of storage. Try on anything you’re unsure about before giving it closet space.
25. Your Washing Machine
Before you start to notice an odour in your appliance, disinfect it by running the special washer cleaning cycle with bleach or using a washing machine cleaner.
26. Your Phone
Bad news: Your cell phone probably harbours more germs than your toilet seat. That's why you should give it a once over with an alcohol wipe to kill germs, as well as other electronics, like your TV remote and computer mouse.
27. Your Handbag
Take everything out, throw trash, and organize items by category. Sort smaller items, like lipsticks, into little pouches or purse organizers, before you put them back inside. And wipe it down the exterior with a disinfectant wipe while you're at it.
28. Your Vacuum
Yes, you have to clean your cleaners. Replace the bag, clean the dust cup, and replace or wash the filters. Snip threads snarled in the brush with scissors or a seam ripper.
29. Your Patio Furniture
With warmer weather on the horizon, it's time to get your outdoor furniture ready for lounging. To do this, add a squirt of washing up liquid to a bowl of warm water, then wipe down tables and chairs. Finish it all off with a spray of water from the garden hose.
30. Your Gym Bag
Your gym bag can be a breeding ground for bacteria - think about all of those wet, sweaty clothes that get thrown in there - not to mention your trainers! If you have a multi-favric bag, mix equal parts of warm water and white vinegar, then add a small amount of washing up liquid. Use a soft sponge to wipe the bag down, both inside and out.