It’s autumn! Follow these 4 natural cleaning tips to prepare for winter
As the weather starts to cool, you’ll want to take advantage of the last of the warm days and prepare your home for the winter ahead.
Clean your heat pump
You can pay someone to do this for you, or do it yourself. A clean heat pump works much more effectively, keeping you warmer and saving you power. Find the instructions and follow the manufacturer’s instructions, but in general, there are two main things you can do. Clear away any cobwebs and debris from around the outdoor unit, and you can even give it a hose down if it’s dusty. For the indoor unit, wash the filters, buy new ones if required, and use your vacuum attachments to gently give the entire unit a good dusting.
Clean bedding to remove musty smells
A few times a year, it’s a good idea to give all your bedding a wash or thorough airing. Read the labels, but most duvets and pillows can be washed on a gentle cycle in your washing machine. Take advantage of the warm weather to dry them outside in the sun and you’ll have healthy, fresh smelling bedding. You can even add a few drops of your favourite essential oil to the wash- lavender to help you sleep, or lemongrass to help your bedding smell fresh for longer.
Remove mould from bathrooms
When winter hits, it can feel very counter-productive to open bathroom windows to dry out your home. This still must be done to maintain a clean, healthy bathroom, but you can prepare for winter. Kill existing mould and mildew before it has a chance to establish itself. Bleach may remove the surface mould, but it doesn’t kill the entire plant, with its roots deep in your walls. Use our bathroom surface cleaner, which uses vinegar and lemon essential oil. It kills the entire plant including the roots so it doesn’t reappear again.
Clean your makeup brushes
Unless you’re one of those super amazing makeup people who seem to have their lives together, you probably haven’t washed your makeup brushes in forever. You need to. They’ll have all sorts of dust and dirt in them from your face (and could be a reason you are suffering breakouts). Warning: this is really gross.
Create a solution of a little dish soap and water, and you can even add a dash of white vinegar in there as it helps to disinfect. Wash your brushes thoroughly – this may take a number of loads of water- and then air dry in the sun. Try not to get the base of the bristles too wet as it may damage the glue.