August 13, 2020


Spring cleaning time is here and it’s the BEST time for deep cleaning your house.

Spring cleaning clears out winter clutter and lingering germs, and gives your family a much needed mood boost. So get stuck into these quick spring cleaning jobs this weekend, you’ll feel so much better for it!

Here’s our list of the jobs we think instantly make a difference …

1. Wash and Sun Dry Reusable Shopping Bags 

Reusable shopping bags are a big plus for the environment but dirty ones harbour all sorts of nasties.

Our cleaning tips: throw canvas bags in the washing machine, run through a hot wash cycle, and hang out in the sun to dry. Washing and line drying in the sun kills bacteria and makes them look brand new.

2. Clean the Tile Floors & Grout in Your Bathroom

Nothing freshens up the bathroom like beautiful clean grout and sparkling clean floors! Not sure how to tackle your grout stains? Read this how-to article for some great grout cleaning tips. The best way to clean tile floors is to sweep or vacuum loose debris, attack any ground in dirt or mould with an Oates Corner Scrub Brush (Read Reviews here) then grab an Oates Tilt-a-Matic Squeeze Mop or an Oates Triple Action Flat Mop (read reviews from MoM Members who rated this mop 4.75 stars out of 5) and clean the floor with a mix of water and mild detergent.

Really ground in grime and soap scum will easily lift with toothpaste and an Oates Grout Brush.

3. Clean All your Stainless Steel Oates Cloths easily get rid of smudge marks on your stainless steel, with no chemicals involved. First use a damp Oates cloth to wipe over smudges, then use a dry Stainless Steel Oates cloth to polish. Easy! Look for the Stainless Steel wiping cloth and regular Microfiber cloth as part of the Oates 4pk Microfibre Cloth Cleaning Kit

4. Clean Your Fridge

Speaking of fridges, don’t forget to clean the inside too! Clear out food and chuck any that’s past the use-by-date. Wipe shelves and drawers with a mix of 2 tablespoons of baking soda and hot water with a damp Oates Microfibre Cloth. Baking soda cleans and deodorises, and doesn’t leave a scent food can absorb. Rinse fridge with a damp Oates cloth, then dry with a clean Oates cloth. Restock food items neatly.

5. Clean your Makeup Bag 

Spring cleaning your makeup bag is good for your health! Old makeup can cause eye and skin infections. Go through your bag and throw out old makeup, wash brushes, wash the bag and replenish.

6. Clean your Oven and Microwave

Winter cooking left your oven looking worse for wear? Don’t rush out and buy harsh chemical cleaners. Our easy oven cleaning tips: mix up some baking soda and water, apply to oven and leave for 20 minutes. Wipe clean. See how well it works here. White vinegar and water is all you need to get your microwave looking spotless.

7. Polish your Kitchen Sink

Give your kitchen sink some TLC after winter to freshen and deodorise. Use vinegar and baking soda on the plugs and sinkhole, polish all seals, taps etc. then get a new dish drainer.

More kitchen sink cleaning tips: for smelly sinks mix ½ cup of baking soda with ¼ cup of salt. Mix and pour it down the sink. Heat a cup of white vinegar in the microwave and pour over mixture. Let stand for 15 minutes. Flush with hot tap water.

8. Clean All Your Cutting Boards

Wooden cutting boards provide a habitat for bacteria to grow. It’s especially important to wash them thoroughly after preparing raw food to stop bacteria spreading to other food. Follow our cutting board cleaning tips to sanitise and sterilise your preparation boards.

9. Clean the Windows Inside and Out

Clean, sparkling windows allow the spring sunshine into your home. The best way to clean windows without streaking is to spray with ½ vinegar and ½ water. First wipe down the window with an Oates microfibre cloth which comes as part of the Oates 4pk Microfibre Cloth Cleaning Kit to remove dust and grime. Then spray with the solution. Use an Oates Soft Grip Window Squeegee or microfibre cloth to enjoy a streak free clean.

Don’t forget your mirrors too! The Oates Microfibre Cloth is also perfect for this!

Do you have any tips and tricks for spring cleaning your home? SHARE with us in the comments below!

  • Just cleaned the fridge, amazing how much crud builds up in there


  • A timely reminder, though never considered spring cleaning grout and often forget the makeup bag. Window blinds are not listed, and a big chore in our house. Oates has good products.


  • Washing the bags is a great idea. I cleaned my grout recently, it’s amazing how dirty it gets and you don’t realise until you clean it.


  • I recently cleaned all the windows only to have them now covered in ash from the bushfires nearby – first world problems though. I hope those near the fires are all okay.


  • I like to go through my wardrobe regularly and if there’s something I haven’t worn for a long time I consider giving it away to charity. Also, if I buy a new clothing item I make sure I throw one of my old clothing items out


  • Washing the shopping bags! Thats fantastic.

    I like to wash the windows and it always makes a difference.
    Maybe its just the sense of accomplishment it gives me lol


  • Wow! never thought of washing shopping bags


  • Oh man, totally trying the windows thing


  • Great idea to wash reusable shopping bags! They get so much use and sometimes fresh produce goes in them so important to be clean


  • Great tips here especially for cleaning the windows!


  • Thank you I would of never thought of cleaning my Reuseable Shopping Bags going to clean them asap


  • So many things to clean all the time :(


  • My windows really need cleaning.


  • Great tips, I will definitely be cleaning my windows soon, comming up to Xmas. I like to use a mixture of morning fresh and domestos though not vinegar and water. ????????


  • I love the tips about grouts and shower floors cant wait to try it


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