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When was the last time you rolled up your sleeves and cleaned the larger household items on your chore list? Like the oven or your mattress?

They often don’t make it onto the weekly cleaning schedule, but large furniture and white good appliances are often large investments. Ensuring they are well maintained is essential in making sure you get proper use out of them and don’t find yourself needing to replace them earlier than planned, disrupting the household budget.

We’ve prepared some tips for giving your mattress, oven, couch and fridge a little love.

Extending the life of your mattress

  • You spend a third of your life sleeping, so maintaining your mattress should be a priority!

    Whether you own a memory foam, innerspring or gel mattress, there are simple steps you can do to increase the life of your mattress.

    Note: It is always best to read the specific cleaning instructions for your mattress and to spot test cleaning products to ensure the mattress doesn’t react.

    • Use a mattress cover or mattress pad as a final line of defence against spills and dirt
    • Rotate your mattress at the start of the new season so that body weight is distributed equally over time
    • Clean your mattress regularly using a vacuum and a sprinkle of bicarb soda
    • Clean your bedding once a week to prevent body oils soaking into the mattress
If done regularly, the oven can be cleaned in minutes

Revitalise your oven

  • Cleaning your oven is often seen as a tedious task, but if done regularly can be finished in less than five minutes with these quick and easy steps:

    1. Make sure the oven is cold and take out all your racks and shelves.
    2. Sprinkle bicarb soda across the oven and then spray with white vinegar.
    3. As soon as the bicarb begins to fizz, rub it using a micro fibre cloth to cut through the muck.
    4. Wipe the oven clean with a damp sponge.
    5. Repeat the steps for your racks and shelves if required.

    Alternatively, visit the supermarket or local hardware store for oven cleaning products.

A leather-covered couch is the most sensitive kind of couch to clean

Give your couch a clean

  • For many families, the lounge room is the heart of the home. With so much activity, lounges and couches often become dirty. Different types of couches can vary in cleaning approaches; read below for some tips.

    Note: It is always best to read your couch’s specific cleaning instructions and to spot test cleaning products to ensure the lounge doesn’t react.


    • A leather-covered couch is the most sensitive kind of couch to clean. It’s essential you don’t use harsh chemicals and instead use only warm water and mild soap to clean the lounge. Make sure you don’t let the leather get overly wet and there’s no need to rinse the cloth afterwards; buff the couch dry with a soft cloth.


    • Wool, cotton or other natural fabrics are very durable against stains and wrinkling. The best recommendation for this type of couch is a vigorous vacuum of all the ins and outs of creases and a warm steam cleaner to address any stains.


    • Couches made from synthetic materials should be cleaned every few weeks to extend the couch life. Dust and pet hair easily attach to this type of fabric and may need to be removed by sprinkling bicarb soda and lifted using a vacuum cleaner. Spot clean as required using a sponge and fabric stain remover.
A deep clean of the fridge should be done seasonally

Deep clean the fridge

  • Refreshing your fridge is something that should be done around once a week, cleaning out all old food items and give it a quick wipe down. A deep clean on the other hand should be done seasonally; here’s a simple method:

    • To begin, remove all food and drink from the fridge and place to the side. Then remove any leftovers that need to be thrown out.
    • Remove all the surface trays and salad drawers and place them in the dish sink to soak.
    • Wash the trays by hand, with some dishwashing liquid and a sponge and allow them to dry in the rack. A good tip – you can use a toothpick to remove any food remains in small, hard to reach spaces.
    • Use a micro fibre cloth and some warm water to wipe down the insides of the fridge, pay attention to the back on the fridge where mould can hide in the cracks.
    • Remember to place the shelves and separators back into the fridge.
    • Lastly, do a quick wipe down with a tea towel/ paper towel, and you can transfer your items back to the fridge.

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