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Take the 7 day Cleaning Challenge!
Although it can be hectic and draining, the summer holidays are perfect for enjoying some quality time with the family; the last thing any of us want to be doing is running around the house trying to keep everything spic and span whilst your kids have fun without you.
It can be a really busy couple of months, especially without a structured routine in place. To help, we’ve put together a 7 day
Cleaning Challenge. Whether you complete the challenge within one week or over a couple of weeks, after 7 days of bite-sized deep cleaning tasks, you’ll be ready to get back into your usual cleaning routine.
Throughout this 7 day challenge, we’ll sometimes go by room and other times by task – whichever is the most productive.
To start with we’ll be focusing on clearing the clutter. And when we say clearing, we don’t just mean moving it to another place, we mean you either find a home for it or you say goodbye!
Go around each room putting everything away in a sensible place. If you use it often, make sure it’s accessible or you’ll never put it away again. If you hardly use it, tuck it away somewhere safe. If “hardly” actually means never – give it to charity.
This task might take a while but it’s vital to get on with the rest of the cleaning. If you’re looking for something to do with the family, challenge them to find the most clutter they can in exchange for a reward.
Next we’re going to focus on the toughest room of all – the bathroom. Let’s get it out of the way early whilst you’re still full of motivation – it can only get better from here!
Your first task in the bathroom is to tackle your shower/bath. Make sure you have a microfiber cloth and your chosen disinfectant spray, then use a squeegee to wipe away any shower screen scum. For glistening streak-free results, try the Windomatic Power Window Vacuum on your shower screen and windows.
Now onto the toilet…Firstly wipe down any dust around the basin with a cloth, and then spray your toilet with your chosen toilet spray or natural cleaning solution and give it a really good scrub. A top tip for those with little boys who may go a little ‘astray’ shall we say, would be to grab an old toothbrush to really get into all those little crevisis.
Today we want you to tackle your fridge and cupboards. Throw away anything you don’t need, and quickly wipe down all the walls/shelves with hot soapy water. For stubborn stains, mix a small amount of baking soda with a little water to produce a thick paste. Apply the paste to the stain, go about your business for an hour, then come back to wipe away the paste with a damp sponge or cloth.
When it comes to making dinner, challenge yourself ‘Ready, Steady, Cook’ style using all of the ingredients you need to get rid of.
On the fourth day, it’s time to give the kitchen a deep clean. If you’ve got little ones at home, set them up with a picnic in the garden or games inside so you can get to work.
Now back to the task in hand, clear everything off the surfaces and starting from the highest point, spray kitchen cleaner and leave to settle for a couple of minutes before wiping down with a microfiber cloth.
Give the stove and microwave a good clean and your oven. You may need to use a specialised oven cleaner depending how long you’ve left it!
Today we want you to dust down all the surfaces throughout your house. A quick and efficient way of doing this is to pop on your favourite music, and give yourself until the end of the album to quickly whizz around the house with your duster and polish. This is also a great chore to delegate out to all the family.
Remember to use a dry microfibre cloth for dusting any wooden surfaces and don’t forget to get inside any cupboards and underneath any objects – just because you can’t see it, it doesn’t mean you don’t have to clean it!
Warning…today will feel like more of a workout than cleaning but at least you can enjoy a nice guilt-free treat tonight!
We want you to focus on your floors. Start with any hard floors first, sweeping up any dust and dirt with our 3Action Broom so you don’t miss a single crumb.
Next choose your mop. For laminate floors try the 1-2 Spray Mop, for vinyl the Steam Mop or for wood the ActiveMax Wooden Floor Mop. If you’re after a good all-rounder the EasyWring & Clean Turbo Mop is perfect. For a full guide on which mop to use, take a look here.
Whilst your hard floors are drying, use the time to vacuum all of the other rooms. If the kids are getting restless why not turn it into a competition – who can collect the most dirt?!
For something a little more lightweight (ideal for the younger ones), try the Vileda Easy Sweep.
This is probably the easiest of all days – laundry day. A top tip here would be to wrangle your kids up and create a ‘Who can bring me their sheets the fastest’ challenge, with a weekly reward for the winner.
First thing in the morning, pop all your sheets in respective washes with your clothes from the washing basket! Hang them all up to dry and you can get on with your day knowing fresh laundry awaits! Don’t think you’ll have enough drying space? You clearly don’t have a Vileda Premium 2 in 1 Indoor Dryer with 18m of drying space!
Congratulations, you made it to day 7!
After a week of busy days, we understand how non-cleaning related tasks can start to build up and let’s face it, you want to enjoy your weekend! So all we ask of you today is that you have a quick look around and touch up anything that doesn’t look clean.
Once that’s done, today is your chance to catch up on anything whether it’s popping to the shops, meeting your friends for a coffee, clearing out your wardrobe or doing your big shop, use this day as a chill out day, so you’re prepared and fresh for next week’s antics.