t’s officially spring, which means daffodils, longer days, and time to give your home its annual thorough clean, from top to bottom.
The tradition of cleaning in spring in particular stems from many moons ago, when it was necessary to rid the home of winter’s detritus: soot from coal fires, hay from beds and other medieval world problems.
Though we’re miles better at cleaning on the regular these days, a spring reset offers a chance to dig deep, roll up our sleeves and give our homes the sort of deep clean that leaves them gleaming.
This means facing clearing out the useful-drawer and finally getting around to binning clutter from shelves. Shift out-season clothes from your wardrobe and dresser, and give unwanted items to charity, or sell them online for a bit of extra pocket money. Get under beds, sofas and the top of cupboards to evict the families of dust bunnies no doubt hiding there. It’s time to go full throttle in the battle for supreme household tidiness.
Henkel, who makes Jeyes and Bloo cleaners as well as DYLON Colour Catcher has devised a helpful cleaning chart so you’re not overwhelming your to-do list with too many jobs at once. You can start the 30 day calendar whenever you’re ready, but why not assign some tasks to the rest of your household to speed up the process?
Cleanfluencers have tons of How-Tos to tackle tricky jobs as well as clever hacks to save time, especially helpful for the worst of jobs, like clearing shower drains and scrubbing the loo. And any of them will tell you, for an effective clean, you need the right kit – that means cleaning products as well as appliances like steamers, mops and vacuums.
You might have some in an under sink cupboard, but if you haven’t, we’ve got the ultimate checklist of everything you need for the mother of all spring cleans.
See everything from anti-bacterial sprays to electric mops in our list, and have them delivered to your door in just a few clicks.
Briefing complete; mission spring clean is GO.
Best cleaning products for every room in the house
Domestos Power Foam Arctic Fresh
Put down the hazmat suit to clean the toilet, you won’t be hard at work scrubbing the porcelain for long thanks to Domestos. The brand has launched two new Power Foams in a trigger spray bottle, designed to vanquish bacteria in the hardest-to-reach areas, including the awkward underside of the rim.
Once the loo is sparkling, you can use it everywhere else in the bathroom, from getting rid of scummy bits around the bath to limescale on bathroom taps. For total disinfection, spray and leave for half an hour before cleaning off. Choose from Arctic Fresh and Citrus Blast.
Method Tub & Tile Spray – Eucalyptus Mint 828ml
It’s not just inside the bath or shower you need to clean: grime can build up on tiles too. Blast through the dirt with Method’s Tub & Tile Spray which helps you restore the gleam with minimal effort. The non-toxic plant-based cleaner carries the refreshing scent of eucalyptus and works best by spritzing onto the offending surface at a distance, waiting a few seconds and then scrubbing down with a sponge or scourer.
Mr Muscle Drain Unblocker, Sink & Drain Cleaner
Stubborn blockages promise to disappear under the unforgiving presence of Mr Muscle’s drain unblocker. The formula is designed to be used all in one go to clear your pipes of built-up dirt and grime and standing water. Simply pour, wait five minutes and flush through with hot water. The big guns to call in if the job is too big for a snake drain.
Flash Clean & Care Wooden Floors Mandarin & Cedar Wood Liquid
Run your vacuum over your laminate flooring to pick up debris as and when necessary, but going over it with a damp mop can pick up tough stains and leave your floors fresher and free of harmful bacteria. (Only do so occasionally however, as over-wetting them could cause the layers in the laminate to buckle.)
A solution like Flash Clean & Care Wooden Floors Mandarin & Cedar Wood Liquid is perfect for sanitising and disinfecting; simply dilute with water and immerse your mop, before sweeping over floors that have already been cleared of dust.
Elbow Grease Glass Cleaner with Vinegar for Windows and Mirrors, 500ml
Sunlight streaming in through clean windows is the best. Get those panes sparkling with Elbow Grease’s hard working spray which uses vinegar to powerfully clean glass. Just apply to your windows, mirror and shower divide and use a cloth to polish off for clean, clear and streak-free results every time.
Oven Pride Complete Oven Cleaning Kit
If your oven is covered in grease and grime, you need to either call in the big guns (professional cleaners – effective but costly) or try Oven Pride Deep Cleaner. This kit includes 500ml of the formula, as well as a pair of rubber gloves and a bag for the oven racks.
All you need to do is leave the formula to soak, ideally overnight, and it will melt through the gunk ready to be wiped off in the morning. Be warned though; it holds some seriously strong chemicals, so take care to protect your skin during application and keep children and pets away while the formula works its magic.
Dr. Beckmanns washing machine cleaner
We promised no corner left unturned, and that includes the washing machine. Keep it working effectively and your clothes smelling fresh by using this single treatment from specialist Dr. Beckmanns. It promises to get rid of 99.99 per cent of bacteria, viruses and fungi, leaving a fresh lemon fragrance and nothing else.
Build up and residue is gone, leaving your machine looking and smelling like new.
Jeyes Barbecue and Oven Cleaner
Summer BBQs lose their appeal when you remember your dusty grill has been trapped all winter long in the shed. While it may be tempting to start afresh by buying a new BBQ, save the environment by reviving the old one with a good clean; it needn’t be as painful as you imagine.
Jeyes Fluid BBQ Cleaner Spray effectively cuts through burnt-on food and grease on BBQ equipment as well as chimeneas and cooking utensils, without leaving odours or stains. Loosen hard grease off your grill with heat and steam first, before spritzing the cleaner on. Give it a few minutes to sink in, then wipe away – nothing to it.
HG Oven, Grill & Barbecue Cleaner Spray (500ml)
A great all-round cleaner to keep in your cleaning cupboard, this HG product won’t only get your barbecue looking spotless but it can be used inside the home to make your oven gleam too. The degreasing formula gets to work on stubborn burnt on grime from the first spritz.
Just apply to the desired area, wait and wipe clean – no hard graft required. You may need to repeat the process for really dirty areas, but your patience will pay off. One Amazon reviewer said: “I have been trying to clean the disgusting oven left by previous tenants, after trying every oven cleaner you could think of I found this one and it’s finally clean. I could cry. I’m so happy.”
ECOS Furniture Polish & Cleaner
Return wooden sideboards, chairs and tables to their lustrous, glowing glory with this eco and cruelty-free cleaner from ECOS (Earth Friendly Products). Perfect for use on natural and unfinished woods – as well as formica, particle board and vinyl surfaces – the non-polluting formula is completely biodegradable and made with sustainable ingredients. It’s gentle enough for everyday use and is a great non-toxic option to use around infants and pets.
1001 Carpet Fresh Exotic Flowers & Pink Grapefruit
A Mrs Hinch favourite, this fast-drying carpet, rug and upholstery freshener will revive home textiles in minutes. Simply spray a light and even coating of foam (a precise) 38cm from the carpet – and that’s it!
It’s ideal for neutralising unpleasant pet, cooking and tobacco odours from the home and there’s no need to mop or vacuum afterwards either. Leave your windows and doors open if you’re covering large pieces of carpet or rugs though, to ensure there’s adequate ventilation.
The Lab Co Cashmere & wool wash 500ml
UK-born label The Lab Co uses a highly concentrated formula to effectively remove stains and odours from your clothing with specialised products for your favourite garments, including this cashmere & wool wash as well as denim care and sports and swimwear. There are also mists to refresh your pieces with no wash necessary (saving energy, water and much kinder on the planet). The formulations are natural plant-derived and the ingredients are biodegradable. The scents are beautiful with ylang ylang, Cuban grapefruit, cinnamon or cedarwood. Good for the longevity of your wares, and good for the planet – win-win.
Best appliances and gadgets to make cleaning easier
Dyson V15 Detect
Battery life: 60 minutes and 3.5 hours to charge
Attachments: Three – Digital Motorbar, Combination tool and Crevice tool
Unique features: LCD screen detailing types of dirt lifted, three cleaning modes and a clip-in battery where another can be purchased at an additional cost.
Capacity: 0.76 litres
Weight: 3.1 kg
This is the most powerful, top of the range and latest vacuum from Dyson complete with smart features like the ability to detect and remove microscopic dust particles. In a split second while you’re completing your clean up, it measures the size of the dust and adapts the suction needed for a deep clean at the press of a button. The LCD screen shows what’s been scooped up in real time – it’s equal parts incredibly satisfying and horrifying.
When shopping for this particular model, you will notice that there are many variations within the V15 category. All of the models have 60 minutes of run time, a motor that spins spins up to 125,000rpm and 14 scrolled cyclones.
Attachments include the anti-tangle and trademarked Digital Motorbar brush bar that works on carpet and hard floor alike. The cleaner head has nylon and anti-static carbon fibres for more effective pick-up.
Dyson V15 Detect + (pictured, £469.99) – exclusively available at Dyson, this model has all the features as above but also includes a low reach adaptor so you bend the device under low furniture.
Dyson V15 Detect Plus (£549.99) – not to be confused with the Detect + above, this vacuum is also only available at Dyson.co.uk and adds more attachments including the illuminated cleaner head to shine a light on the dirt, the Up-top to create the optimal angle for high areas that are hard to reach, a specialised brush for removing hair and the Light Pipe Crevice Tool with LEDs to tackle hard-to-see places. There’s also a floor dock.
Dyson V15 Detect Absolute (£629.99) – unclear what is different about this model to the above.
Dyson V15 Detect Extra (£659.99) – swaps the adaptors for high and low cleaning for the Scratch-free dusting brush.
VAX Spotwash Home Duo Spot Cleaner
The VAX SpotWash Duo is a convenient and effective spot cleaner which makes it easy to tackle everyday spills and stains, as well as being perfect for refreshing smaller areas. Spot cleaners are brilliant for cleaning carpets, sofas, hard floors and even pet bedding super quickly.
We loved the way you could whip out the VAX Spot Clean quickly and tackle any spills straight away and the fact that it is lightweight and compact all while removing tough stains from all your surfaces.
Also brilliant for those with babies or toddlers as it makes getting rid of baby food stains a breeze.
Shark S6001UK Klik N’ Flip Steam Mop
The humble mop and bucket has had an update in recent years and now there are futuristic models to get the job done more effectively than ever before. Our favourite is Shark’s Klik n’ Flip, which uses blasts of steam and double-sided machine-washable pads to thoroughly clean smooth, hard flooring with a run time of 15 minutes. If anything will get you excited about mopping, this model will.
Kärcher SC 3 Upright EasyFix Steam Cleaner
With three floor settings to choose from including a carpet glider, the Kärcher SC 3 EasyFix Steam Cleaner heats up in just 30 seconds and kills 99.9 percent of bacteria using nothing but tap water.
It’s especially good on hard floors: think the kitchen to dissolve the hardened pasta sauce tribute to Jackson Pollock and the bathroom to get rid of mould.
The only downside is the five meter cleaning radius which means you might need to occasionally unplug it if you’re cleaning an especially large space. If you despise lugging around dirty buckets of water, this best-selling device is a sound home investment.
SonicScrubber Household Electrical Cleaning Brush
Save yourself the elbow grease and clean your bathtub, shower, sink and toilet in less than half the usual time with this electrical cleaning brush.
The AA battery-powered SonicScrubber blasts through difficult-to-reach and difficult-to clean areas laughably easily, leaving you with a clean space in up to 57 per cent less time. It comes with a set of brush heads to use on everything from tile grout, the underside of taps as well as toilet bowls and baths.
Use with cleaning sprays and products for results you won’t be able to stop talking about. Just don’t mix it up with your toothbrush.
Alternatively you can buy this set of cleaning brushes that attach to a drill for £14.99 at Amazon.
MR.SIGA Multi-Purpose Squeegee
You’re more likely to use this for cleaning your car’s windscreen, but a Squeegee is excellent for clearing water droplets off your shower’s glass divide, helping it stay looking clean between proper cleans. Store it in your shower and get into the habit of wiping water off after your daily rinse.
Universal Pipe Dredging Sink Cleaning Brush
The daily business of getting yourself squeaky clean has a dark side, and it can be found in your plugholes.
Build up causes slow drainage, so before it reaches a point where you’re standing in ankle deep water, get ahead of the grime game with help from this tool. The stainless steel device is covered in hard wearing nylon bristles that will lift sludge from beneath your sink, bath and shower plug holes, ready for the bin.
We can’t deny the ickiness but it’s better than standing in scummy water.
OXO Good Grips Microfibre Hand Duster
Dust in particular can have a real impact on your health so it is important to regularly remove it from all of the nook and crannies of your home. This hand duster from OXO will allow you to do those with a flexible fluffy head to target those hard-to-reach areas with just a light touch.
Scrub Daddy Cleaning Sponge
No, not Pedro Pascal with a feather duster (the mind boggles), but one of the best scrubbing products around. This playful sponge will not only put a smile on your face – a big ask when eyeballs deep in a spring clean – but when it’s soaked in cold water, it remains firm for tough jobs without scratching the surfaces. Stick it in hot water to softens it for light sponging jobs.
Wilko Triangular BBQ Brush
A triple threat to BBQ grease packed into one smart triangular design, this brush features a scraper, brass wire brush and a strong scouring pad to bring your BBQ back up to new, whatever sort of stains and grime you’re faced with. You could pair it with one of the cleaning products in our list below to make the job easier, but for tackling light stains and grease, this tool has the armoury to effectively get them out on its own.
e-cloth General Purpose Cloths
Bring rainbow hues to your cleaning supplies with this multi-packed of coloured cloths. They are made up of millions of tiny fibres with an impressive cleaning effect to the point where no chemicals or products are required.
Marigold Unisex Marigold gloves
These cleaning gloves should be in everyone’s cleaning supplies. Strong and long-lasting with triple layers and a comfortable cotton lining, consider them your armor against bacteria, dust, mould and other nasties.
Minky M-Cloth Dual Sided Anti-Bacterial Cleaning Pad
Another heroic household cleaning item championed by Mrs Hinch, this Minky cloth temporarily sold out when she recommended it on her Instagram page. Minky make a plethora of products, from dryer balls to lint rollers and scouring pads, but the Hinch favourite is this one, the Minky M-Cloth Dual Sided Anti-Bacterial Cleaning Pad. It’s a multi-use piece of cleaning kit, ideal for use on ovens, countertops, bathroom surfaces and more, and it’s machine-washable so you can reuse to your heart’s content.
Miele BOOST CX1
Best for: high power in a small size
Bagged or bagless: bagless
Capacity: 2.9 litre
Cord length: 6.5 m
Dimensions: 40 x 28 x 40 cm
Weight: 7.8 kg
Miele presents this neat little vacuum with a very compact design (it’s a footprint is smaller than an open magazine) – so much so that the wheels look enormous against its tiny body.
While this makes the base a little unstable and fairly easy to turn over if you’re in a hurry, it is heavy for its size, which we put down its powerful motor. Miele’s Boost uses vortex technology to provide a very high flow rate through the machine of more than 100 km/h.
A simple dial allows you to control suction for different flooring, a feature shared by all Miele cleaners. It has a cleaning head that stays tight to the floor to avoid waste of suction and although it is great at removing stubborn grime from carpets, it’s not as effective on hard floors where you might need to use the crevice tool to mop up those extra bits of dirt.
All nasties get propelling into twin chambers with a combined capacity of three litres; small particles go into a container with a fine dust filter, and coarser pieces go into a transparent container. This doesn’t mean emptying twice because with the simple click of a button, the door to the dust container opens and both sections’ contents tumble out cleanly, so hold it over an open bin.
This machine does indeed offer very powerful cleaning and of course, its compact size means that it’s good for thorough cleaning in smaller homes. It’s easy to manoeuvre and can be stored in a small cupboard. TrackDrive wheels helps it move around smoothly and the shape of the vacuum is also supposed to prevent knocks and bangs to your furniture and door frames. It will stand quite neatly on each step as you go up the staircase, though again the weight does hinder this a little and you have to lift it up every few steps to avoid pulling it up by the hose.
Tools include a crevice and upholstery nozzle, plus a dusting brush that has synthetic brushes to help lift dust without damaging blinds, windowsills and hard to reach areas.
Frames for the filters are made from recycled plastic, so there’s less waste when you need to replace them and you can also add a HEPA filter if you have allergy sufferers at home. Tools can be stored in the machine – which seems incredible for such a small unit. All told, if you want serious power in a teeny tiny vacuum, Miele has you covered.