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5 household jobs to tackle while we're on lockdown

Good Housekeeping UK logo Good Housekeeping UK 25/03/2020 Emilie Martin

a person standing in front of a window: Household jobs to tackle while you're on lockdown, with advice from the GHI to help you. © Westend61 - Getty Images Household jobs to tackle while you're on lockdown, with advice from the GHI to help you. Now that we’re all spending a lot more time at home, you may well have started to notice jobs that need doing around the house which you’ve been overlooking or simply haven't got round to in a while.

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Whether you’ve found yourself with time on your hands, or you need a distraction from the news, here are five household jobs to take on while you’re confined to quarters, with expert advice from the GHI to help you.

Adult housewife cleaning refrigerator inside and smiling © Getty Adult housewife cleaning refrigerator inside and smiling 1. Clean the fridge

Now that we have to keep our visits the supermarket to the minimum, it’s less likely you’ll be regularly topping up the fridge with smaller grocery shops. Next time you’ve run down your supplies and the shelves are looking bare, clean the fridge before your next big shop.

Pack any remaining food in a cool bag packed with freezer blocks, while you remove the salad crisper trays – if you can – and shelves. Clean these with warm water and washing-up liquid (let glass shelves reach room temperature first), rinse and allow to dry naturally. Use a solution and cold water or an antibacterial spray to wipe down the interior.

5 jobs around the house to do when you're on lockdown © PeopleImages - Getty Images 5 jobs around the house to do when you're on lockdown 2. Wash cushions, cushion covers and spare room pillows

While none of us are entertaining guests, wash pillows and cushions to guard against dust mites. Remove pillow protectors and washable cushion covers and wash these according to the care instructions. For feather or down-filled machine washable cushion pads and pillows, use a non-bio detergent and tumble dry, as natural fillings are more likely to rot if left damp for too long. If your washing machine is big enough, launder mattress protectors and duvets while you’re at it.

Woman's hands holding knitted clothes. Close up. Concept of cozy home. © Getty Woman's hands holding knitted clothes. Close up. Concept of cozy home. 3. Turn out the wardrobe

House moths and clothes moths like nothing better than hanging out in dark, undisturbed places. Make them feel less welcome by vacuuming moth hotspots like the bottom of wardrobes and underneath seldom-moved furniture. Take the opportunity to take clothes out of your wardrobe, sort them and air them, too.

Middle aged black man cleaning his car outside the garage in the driveway. Mature african man cleaning automobile with sponge at car wash. Casual guy washing car with sponge and foam. © Getty Middle aged black man cleaning his car outside the garage in the driveway. Mature african man cleaning automobile with sponge at car wash. Casual guy washing car with sponge and foam. 4. Clean the inside of the car

If you can park your car in the garage or on the driveway (and maintain a safe 2m distance from your neighbours!), now’s a good time to give the inside of the car a valet. Clear out rubbish and clutter, then vacuum the upholstery, carpets and floor mats before spot cleaning stained seats by blotting with a clean white cloth dipped in a solution of 1tbsp washing-up liquid with two cups of warm water.

© Getty 5. Spruce up lamps and lightfitings

As the saying goes, ‘out of sight is out of mind’ but the average home as quite a few of these and they seldom get cleaned so now's the perfect time. Lampshades perch above our line of sight are particularly easy to overlook. For easy-fit pendant shades, take them down and brush them with a soft bristled brush. For glass or metal lampshades, lightly spray a coarse microfibre cloth with water and use this to wipe away dust and dirt, then buff to a shine with a fine one.

GHI TIP if you have an old pair of tights, cut one foot off at the knee then wear this as a glove to simply sweep dust off shades.

Stay at home to stop coronavirus spreading - here is what you can and can't do. If you think you have the virus, don't go to the GP or hospital, stay indoors and get advice online. Only call NHS 111 if you cannot cope with your symptoms at home; your condition gets worse; or your symptoms do not get better after seven days. In parts of Wales where 111 isn't available, call NHS Direct on 0845 46 47. In Scotland, anyone with symptoms is advised to self-isolate for seven days. In Northern Ireland, call your GP.

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