Let’s face it, so-called spring-cleaning rarely puts a spring in your step. But with these 7 fab tips, cleaning up just got much more fun!


1. Hair care

Sure, you’ve trained your cat not to jump on the kitchen surfaces, but somehow, when your back’s turned, a few stray hairs miraculously appear. Well, here’s a super-easy way to clear away your moggy’s fur.


2. Suck it up!

Dropped the butterfly from your earring under the sofa again? Easily done, and just as easily retrieved, thanks to this brill spring-cleaning tip. Simply put a pop sock over the vacuum hose to locate tiny things without sucking them up.


3. Safe storage…

This quick, easy, spring-cleaning tip is a space-saver and a brilliant safety measure to ensure your children don’t play with any stray plastic bags.


4. What a stink!

Still can’t get rid of that bleachy smell? Boil a saucepan of water, add some vanilla extract and cinnamon, and your home will soon smell like a delicious bakery!


5. Close scrape…

Who knows how socks go astray after your wash! Not to worry, those odd ones can now help prevent chairs scratching your wooden floors.


6. Sparkling silver

Top spring-cleaning tip alert! Use whitening toothpaste to remove tarnish from silver without removing all the beautiful sheen.


7. Musical mug

Cleaning does anything but put a spring in your step. But what if you could bop along to your fave tunes anywhere in the house, even if you don’t have surround sound…


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