You can be comfortable and live well during wintertime, be it on your veranda or inside your home. Simply organise yourself and get your home and patio ready for the season. To prepare for this, spring cleaning is essential. Follow our tips!

A sanitised bathroom and kitchen for a cosy winter

During the cold season, bacteria and forms of indoor pollution are topical. The first rule is, of course, aeration for at least 10 minutes a day. Then, the two watchwords: clean and sanitise. You may prefer using natural products which have proven their effectiveness.

The bathroom

Black soap is perfect for a bathroom which strives to lose its moisture in winter and whereby mould sets in. Black soap, diluted or used pure (while protecting your hands) can be very economical and efficient. It only takes a tablespoon of soap dissolved in a bucket of lukewarm water to clean a medium-sized room.

For stains on the tub, consider grapefruit. Yes! Half a grapefruit soaked in salt and that’s it. Rub!

Regarding shower curtains, one trick is to use distilled white vinegar when they are new. Rinse them with clean water afterwards to eliminate bacteria. This shall allow you to keep them clean longer.

The kitchen

One trustworthy ingredient when it comes to cleaning and degreasing the kitchen is white vinegar. It can replace industrial detergents and other chemicals. Although polyvalent, it will be used here as a disinfectant and an anti-lime. Soak a clean cloth or microfiber cloth in it.

Use your mop too! Soak a damp mop in a bucket containing 4 litres of water and 0.20 litres of white vinegar for 15 minutes. Rinse and let dry..

For mouldy walls and backsplash, mix a teaspoon of hydrogen peroxide with 235 ml of water and rub the affected area with a sponge. Let sit for 10 minutes and then rub again with a damp cloth.

On carpets, such as in front of the sink, pour baking soda on the stains and leave to act for half an hour. Then vacuum.

Tips for the patio

First things first: choose what should be left outside and what should be sheltered inside. For instance, in terms of furniture and plants, consider protecting those which can withstand cold and humidity. For other pieces of furniture, store them in your garden shed or the garage. Place the plants in a fresh and bright spot in the house.

Regarding patio furniture, cleaning is essential to make the most of it. Remove moss and lichen with natural products such as baking soda, citric acid, the cooking water from the potatoes and the essential oil of basil.

There you go… on your marks for a perfectly healthy home and patio.

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