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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

hytheliz Wed 27-Mar-13 20:42:05

You don't need any posh potions....white vinegar works on EVERYTHING! It's amazing at descaling the kettle and removing all the scale on the shower door!

gazzalw Thu 14-Mar-13 10:50:26

grin!

AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Thu 14-Mar-13 10:06:00

Take a look at the Currys pages to see if your top tip made it into the final 10!

AlexMumsnet (MNHQ) Tue 12-Mar-13 12:18:16

Thanks everyone for taking part, The winner is bebejones! Congratulations - Keep an eye on your inbox. smile

Wheresthecoffee Tue 12-Mar-13 10:09:06

Work through one room at a time

StellaMarie Mon 11-Mar-13 17:44:01

I have to set myself a time limit otherwise I get too distracted from any jobs. So I blitz a room in the allotted timeframe, I find that I am so motivated to get the room done that it is easier this way. I only do a max. of 3 rooms in a day.

My main nagging point/handy hint to the family is not to dump things all over the house - at least put them in the right room, this makes the cleaning process much easier!

TheDeadlyDonkey Mon 11-Mar-13 15:03:31

Pay someone else to do it. Enjoy having a clean house and knowing that you're helping the economy too.

mungotracy Mon 11-Mar-13 12:39:29

as a woman and clearly being an entirely different species......(I hate these questions smile My best tip is to have my hubby do it for me smile

always start from the back of the house and work your way through from there, no point starting at the front by the time you get half way through you will be dragging allsorts through what you have already done x

MrsPlugThePlumber Mon 11-Mar-13 10:36:29

I bought some groovy patterned dusters etc to motivate me. It even worked! a bit

sillylily Sun 10-Mar-13 21:59:34

Dust while you're on the phone - if my mum's in a talkative mood I can get the banisters and moulded bits of doors and kitchen units done during one call.

WowOoo Sun 10-Mar-13 19:33:46

I too prefer to do a spring clean when it's actually spring and warm enough to open windows.

Put some music on if that helps.

Everything in it's place. If it doesn't have a place, find one!

Once surfaces are clear, dust with damp e cloth and then vacuum.

William Morris said if something is not beautiful or useful it shouldn't be in a house (something like that!). I use this to help me to judge whether to chuck something or not.

Pandora57 Sun 10-Mar-13 19:11:55

When you've cleaned the tops of kitchen cupboards, place a layer of newspaper or wrapping paper there, which you simply replace the following year - no more cleaning. If you store seldom used items there, wrap in clingfilm first. It's not noticeable and when you come to use it, you whip off the clingfilm and have a clean pan/ teapot etc to use.

MrsHoarder Sun 10-Mar-13 05:39:02

Throw open the windows and put all fabrics through the wash to dry in the sunshine.

sashh Sun 10-Mar-13 05:37:28

Phone merry maids and get them to do a spring clean.

Crazybit Sat 09-Mar-13 22:11:58

Don't sit down after breakfast/dropping the kid's at school. Stick some music on, get the windows open and follow the list that you wrote the night before.

Crazybit Sat 09-Mar-13 22:05:40

Delegate! To the children, your partner, your Mum and if all else fails, a professional. wink

GetKnitted Sat 09-Mar-13 21:14:40

top tip... don't wait for spring smile

Gulee Sat 09-Mar-13 16:22:39

I prefer to do my spring cleaning on a nice sunny day, while the windows are open.
I start off with washing the curtains. Bring the duvet and pillows, carpets out and leave them there for couple of hours or longer to have a natural antibacterial effect.
Separate my children's clothes which became smaller and the toys not suitable for them any more and give them to charity or sell.
I move the not very heavy furnitures to have a thorough hoovering (I use my Filter queen majestic); wipe all over, walls, top of the furnitures.
Clean the windows with some vinegar mixed water as I have allergy from other chemical sprays and it really works.

sc00ter Sat 09-Mar-13 12:32:04

I have always been a BIG FAN of White Distilled Vinegar for cleaning almost anything.
I use it almost everywhere and its really cheap to buy too. (pennies in most supermarkets)

I use it in my kettle to remove limescale - just fill your kettle with water and add about 1/2 cup of distilled vinegar.
Let it stand overnight, then rinse well -I usually fill it about 3/4 times with clean water the next morning before you use it.
And it's a lot cheaper than a descale product.

Scissors - Wipe over the blades of your scissors when they become sticky/dirty with a cloth that has been dipped in neat vinegar, then you just wipe dry with another cloth.

I also wipe down tiles in the kitchen/bathroom with it, glassware to bring a great shine. Mirrors ....love vinegar.

The only thing my kids hate is the smell, so I have to rinse everything really well.`

mummylonglegsme Fri 08-Mar-13 21:03:55

I use babywipes to clean the stainless steel cooker, it gets rid of greasy smears instantly... they also work on my toddlers bottom just as well :-)

napkin Fri 08-Mar-13 16:32:50

I use Dettol wipes to clean the toilet. A cloth rinsed in hot water to polish and dry with kitchen roll. Fill my sink with hot water and soda crystals - gets rid of scum.

MTBMummy Fri 08-Mar-13 16:07:44

Start the week before Christmas, get your kids to decide which toys they want to pass to children who aren't as lucky as them so they can make way for new toys, get your DP in the loft and empty out everything, go through it and throw away/recycle/donate anything that's not been used for 2 years.

Then when spring comes, go through all your winter clothes and anything that was not worn, goes to charity shops and everything else gets ironed and vacuum packed away.

Hang out all your duvets and pillows and let your kids beat them with a tennis racket, cricket bat, anything - gets all the dead skin out.

aftereight Fri 08-Mar-13 13:58:47

Clean the windows, makes everywhere look cleaner & brighter!

Coming rather late to this thread - I LOVE tictacsir's house birthday idea. Ours is in September so I have time to prepare a lovely autumnal themed party smile

As for my own tip... If you have loads of CDs or DVDs, buy storage folders like this. It stops young DCs removing CDs and throwing them all over the floor, creating mess, and frees up the most amazing amount of shelf space you can then fill with more crap

folders

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