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Top spots you know you should clean, but don't

With spring now fully apon us, it's time to bust out your rubber gloves and give your home a good spring clean.

But what about those places that most people forget?  Too hard, tucked away... but still gathering dust bunnies all the same.  Time to put them on your cleaning bucket list!

1. Top of the fridge

It's no-man's land up there, a spot few ever venture (except maybe to stretch on tippy toes and shove random things on top). That makes the top of the fridge a prime spot for hardcore grime.

That greasy black film up there is usually a combination of oily grune from the stove top and caked-on dust.

Solution?:  A step ladder (to reach), a plastic garbage bag (to hoist all debris into) and an icecream container half filled with soapy water and a capful of Bosisto's Eucalyptus Oil.
Alternatively, this grime busting Multi-Purpose Spray based on natural eucalyptus oil will do the job nicely, too.

2. Wheelie bins

No explaination required.  How long since you cleaned yours?

Solution?  Try Bosisto's 3-step wheelie bin solution to banish those "wheelie, wheelie" stubborn odours.

3. Toothbrush holder

Such a little thing, such a big harbourer of germs.  Especially if yours is near a toilet.

Solution?  The dishwasher!   If it's particularly mouldy soak first in vinegar.   Or go wild and throw it out, shout yourselves a new one.  It's spring!

4. Curtains

Have you ever washed your curtains?  You might be surprised exactly how much dust, dirt and grime accumulates on them - and how different their original colour might be!  It's a big job for sure but will give your whole home an instant lift, and get rid of all that unhygenic stuff you don't want - dust mites, pollen and nasty clinging odours from pets and cooking. 

Solution? You can hand wash curtains in the bath, and this is best if you are worried about your curtains shrinking, they're made of delicate material, or have a plastic backing.  However, it's a huge job, especially when it comes to squeezing out excess moisture.  Most curtains can go into a washing machine on a gentle cycle - if yours isn't big enough, try your local laundromat. 

Use a gentle laundry detergent such as Bosisto's Laundry Liquid, which also helps remove allergens.  Don't be tempted to put curtains in the dryer as they can crease (and shrink) - choose a sunny day for your curtain wash and lay curtains out to dry flat if possible.  Jody from Stay at Home Mum has some great extra curtain-washing tips, here.  

5. Window tracks

Possibly one of the most neglected areas of the house, because frankly, they're fiddly and disgusting to clean (dead flies anyone?!).  Despite manufactuer's claims it's difficult to find a vacuum that's small and powerful enough to reach in there.

Solution?  First, sprinkle baking soda on the worst parts (usually the corners) then cover the baking soda with a bit of white vinegar.  Come back a few minutes later with an old toothbrush and a wad of paper towel, and scrub the gunk away, wiping it onto the paper towel as you go.   Voila... good as new.

6. Your mattress

Mattresses need to be aired and cleaned regularly to keep dust mites and odours at bay.  They also get on the nose from sweat and other bodily fluids (eww).  Give yours a once-over this spring for a better (and more hygenic) sleep.

Solution:?  For small spills that are still wet, cover the area with baby powder and place a  few towels on top.  Leave for as long as possible then sponge the area with a damp cloth soaked in white vinegar.   If spots and stains are dried, spot clean by using an upholstery shampoo or simply warm soapy water (a few drops of eucalyptus oil is a lovely addition).  Wipe the area with a damp - NOT soaking wet - sponge and allow the area to dry thoroughly.  If it's warm outside dry the mattress outside in the sun. 

For regular maintenance, every time you change the sheets get into the habit of using an antibacterial essential oil spray, like Bosisto's Eucalyptus Spray or, if dust mites are an issue for your family, Bosisto's Dust Mite Spray.  You'll love the fresh difference.