1. Wipe down your cabinets and cupboards. Fetch a bowl of soapy water and tackle any stuck-on stains.
2. Vacuum your drawers. Crumbs have a way of settling in every nook and cranny, along with dust and dirt.
3. Clean your oven. This can be really time-consuming, especially if you don’t have a self-cleaning model. But it's so important to get rid of any stuck-on bits before your oven starts working overtime during the colder months. If left, these bits will begin to burn, smoking out your kitchen and adding unnecessary colour to your food.
4. Mop your floor. A quick once-over will make it look good as new.
5. Soak your pots. Get rid of calcium build-up in your kettle and pots by soaking them with white vinegar. Let stand at least 10 minutes, and watch the calcium wash away with a good rinse.
You’ll need a wet and dry J-cloth or rag, dish soap and water.
1. Dampen your cloth. Wring it out so there to offload excess water.
2. Add a drop of dish soap. You don’t want to use too much! The cloth shouldn’t be dripping with suds.
3. Wipe the appliance in the direction of the grain. Move the cloth horizontally along the appliance in one long streak before moving on to the next section underneath, careful to not miss any spots.
4. Rinse and wipe again. Once all the suds are rinsed from your cloth, wring it out and wipe the soap off the appliance in the same direction you cleaned it.
5. Use your dry cloth to buff the appliance’s surface. Again, make sure you are moving the cloth in the direction of the grain. This step really makes the stainless steel shine.
The living room
1. Get organized. Collect stray items in a basket and store in a low-traffic area.
2. Dust. Wipe eye-level surfaces with a microfibre cloth. Use a duster to reach hard-to-reach places, like the tops of bookshelves or window frames.
3. Open windows. This instantly deodorizes and freshens up your house.
4. Straighten up. Fluff pillows and fold throw blankets. If your throws are machine-washable, put them in the wash. The same goes for pillow covers.
5. Clean the floors. Vacuum and then scrub floors, paying close attention to the floorboards and easy-to-miss corners.
1. Forget the glass cleaner. To break down any built-up film on really dirty windows, give them a good scrub with a sponge and a simple mixture of water and dish soap.
2. Go natural(ish). While vinegar and water provides a natural alternative to harsh chemicals, many people find that it can leave streak marks. Mix together 2 cups of water, 1/4 cup of vinegar and 1/2 tsp of dishwashing detergent.
3. Make an ‘S’ pattern. The best way to wash windows is to start at the top and work your way downwards. Wipe off any excess water with a squeegee or a microfibre cloth.
4. Wait for an overcast day. Direct sunlight can sometimes dry windows too quickly, which results in streaks on the glass.