10 Autumn Cleaning Cheats


Autumn is the new spring when it comes to cleaning. (Apparently.) Read our ten cheats to getting the job done smart!

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From L to R: Sohum Classic White Eco Candle, Cotton FlowerAmericanflat Central Park NYC Print Art, Corban & Blair Howard Gwynne Yellow Leaves Scattered Print in Slim Box Frame, and Palm Beach Collection Limited Edition Standard Candle, Flower Drum Posy, available online at Zanui.

The leaves are turning and we’re turning over a new leaf. We’re getting about with the duster and making things look fancy. But at this time of the year with the last of the lovely weather lingering, cleaning is the kind of thing we’re happy to be done with quicker than soon.

So we’ve compiled 10 cleaning cheats that take less than 10 minutes (okay a couple take a little longer – but they’re worth it!) and they deliver in scores.

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Hoxton Art House Autumn Hunt Canvas Print, available online at Zanui.

The autumn spruce-up is the lesser-known cousin of spring-cleaning. The experts advise giving your house a serious scrubbing twice (TWICE!) a year. As it gets colder and we’re shutting up our homes, a lack of ventilation can lead to some unhealthy germinations.

For the strong of stomach, we’ve included an expert’s quote about this unhealthy situation at the bottom of this post. For the rest of you, arm yourselves with your spray guns. Germs. This. Is. War.

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From L to R: Aura by Tracie Ellis Parquet Collection, available online at Zanui, and the tools of the trade (image sourced: apartmenttherapy.com).

Green clean your grout

Mix one part vinegar with one part water in a spray bottle. Spray your grout. Leave 5 mins. Attack with your toothbrush. (Not the one you use – obv!) Rinse.

Create a paste with baking soda and water. Use your toothbrush to cover your grout with this. Spray it with your vinegar water solution. Watch it foam. Work away at it with your toothbrush if the stains are tough. See you later, soap scum.

Success not forth-coming? Resort to hydrogen peroxide. Spray. Let it sit 3 minutes. Scrub. Repeat. Still no love? Mix baking soda with hydrogen peroxide. Sorted.

Courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com.

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Interstil Riva Oak furniture collection, available online at Zanui.

Revive scratched timber furniture

Combine ¼ cup vinegar and ¾ cup olive oil and give it a mix up. Dip in your sponge and set to work on your scratched up dining, coffee and side tables. Scratches be gone! Simple yet effective.


Image and tip courtesy of domesticblisssquared.com.

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From L to R: Brink & Campman Kodari Patchwork Wool Rug and Alisa & Lysandra for United Artworks For A Song Framed Print, available online at Zanui.

Feed your carpet soda

Sprinkle some baking soda over your carpets… Leave it for 10 minutes. Return with your vacuum and hoover any nasty odours to high heaven!

Courtesy of bhg.com.

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Noritake Chamonix 56-Piece Cutlery Set, available online at Zanui.

Sort out your silverware with vinegar

Polishing your silverware with vinegar is the ultimate shortcut. Leave them to soak and then wipe clean. P’raps this is not news to you. Did you know that it works equally well on your glassware? Soak your tea towel in white vinegar and polish your glassware fit for a glossy magazine dinner party shoot.

Courtesy of thriftyandchic.com.

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Images sourced: homemakinghacks.com.

Filthy fridge be gone

Glad wrap it! Okay – with this one you do need to put in a bit of elbow grease first. You’ll need to give the fridge a good clean then carefully cover each shelf with glad wrap. Peel it off when it looks less than fresh! And repeat. Quick and painless.

Courtesy of homemakinghacks.com.

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j.elliot HOME collection featuring the Golden Empress Cushion, available online at Zanui.

See clearly! Sparkling windows!

Pick a time of day when the sun’s not shining directly on your window (this dries out your cleaning products + creates streaks). Place a towel at the bottom of your window to catch the drips.

Mix one part hot water with one part white vinegar in a bucket. Wet but don’t drench the window with your sponge. Wet your squeegee and move top to bottom in one smooth movement. A dry squeegee will skip and create a less effective look!

Do NOT use newspaper! Nowadays ink has a latex base that creates streaks.

Courtesy of marthastewart.com.

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From L to R: Aura by Tracie Check Collection and Sohum Collection including Classic White Eco Candle, Limequat, available online at Zanui.

Wipe away water stains with a lemon wedge

If your kitchen and bathroom chrome fixtures are water-stained, a lemon sliced in half makes for a very effective scrubbing brush! It removes tough water stains quickly.

Courtesy of lifehacker.com.

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From L to R: Palm Beach Collection, available online at Zanui, and cloves (image sourced: the-spice-man.com).

Got a mould problem but not keen on Exitmould highs?

Cloves your answer. Well, clove oil is. Mix one quarter of a teaspoon of clove oil in a litre of water and spray on your trouble spots. Leave it on overnight. Then clean it away with a baking soda and white vinegar mix.

Courtesy of apartmenttherapy.com.

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A sparkling sink (image sourced: thewowdecor.com) and Corban & Blair Howard Gwynne Orange Leaves 2 Print in Slim Box Frame, available online at Zanui.

Bring back your sink’s sparkle

Clean your stainless steel with your fave anti-bacterial cleaner. Then add a few drops of essential oil to a soft cloth and buff around the sink to prevent water build-up and keep the mould at bay! Lavender, tea tree, lemongrass, eucalyptus… Mmmmm. Lovely.

Courtesy of motherearthliving.com.

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Ecoya collection, featuring Ecoya Limited Edition Madison Jar Candle, Cherry Blossom & Tuberose, available online at Zanui.

Invest in some scented candles

Add citrus or floral scents to your home with aromatic candles for fresh and natural perfume. You’re all out? Add cinnamon sticks and cloves to a saucepan of water, boil and infuse your home with sweet spices.

Courtesy of our good old common sense.

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Ecoya collection, featuring Limited Edition Madison Jar Candle, Double Vanilla & Cedarwood, available online at Zanui.

Congrats! You’re halfway there. You’re armed with the knowledge. Now comes the fun bit – the doing… 😀

Oh, and we haven’t forgotten. That queasy quote. Brace yourselves for what this expert calls the perfect storm – the combo of closed windows + shedding. *shudders*

“Our focus should be on autumn cleaning, not spring cleaning,’ says Dr Lisa Ackerley, environmental health expert. “Skin flakes, dust, dirt, food crumbs and anything that has come in the house from pets and shoes gets trapped in the carpet and other soft furnishings. With that in mind, thorough vacuuming is essential to minimise health risks.”

As quoted in home.bt.com. All the voms.

Kay is a feature, blog and copywriter. She collects empty jam jars, academic degrees and tawdry dreams in the hopes of turning them into something useful someday. Her work has been published in ACP magazines, ABC fiction, Overland, Brittle Star, Seizure, trade publications and online forums. Her creative writing has won several awards.