It’s late December, the end of the holiday season. The last parties attended, gifts given and received, new memories made for better or worse. The remains of the year are left behind with the new one just around the corner. One way to make the best of this time is the Japanese tradition of Oosouji.
Oosouji, literally translated, means “big cleaning”. The practice is similar to spring cleaning, with a strong emphasis on timing. It’s a great way to start not only the new year, but anytime that you feel a need to reset, clearing the slate and making space for more good vibes.
Here are some tips for tackling the tougher jobs which usually go undone throughout the year and once conquered make for a productive and satisfying Oosouji:
- Wet dusting
In a small bucket, add ¼ cup of All-in-1 Concentrate to 3 Litres of warm water. Give the cloth a good soak and wring it out thoroughly.
Remove all items from the sideboard/shelf/table that you intend to wipe over. Once you’re surface is dust free, dry it with a clean tea towel and place all the items back, wiping each piece over as you go. Repeat this same step for all of your surfaces including, the dining table, entertainment unit, bookshelves and sideboards. Move clockwise through the space, cleaning from top to bottom and left to right.
- Shower and Bath
Soap scum builds up over time and can become a pretty daunting task when you don’t keep on top of it, not to mention most bathroom cleaners contain a multitude of toxic chemicals that leave your head spinning.
Instead, make up a batch of creamy cleanser with ½ cup of bicarb soda, 2 tablespoons of All-in-1 Concentrate and 4 tablespoons of water. This product makes light work of stains on grout and surface mould without the need for ammonia or other harsh ingredients.
Wet down the shower/bath and squeeze a generous amount of the creamy cleanser all over the surface. Using a scrubbing brush or old toothbrush, direct the cleaner into the grout, brushing from top to bottom left to right. Once you’re satisfied that all the grime is lifted, rinse the bay down with hot water and a cloth. You may need to wipe over the tiles a few times to make sure that no residue is left behind.
To keep on top of any soap scum and mould re-occurring, spray the grout with a mixture of 200ml Concentrate with 300ml water every second day straight after a shower.
Oven cleaner is nasty stuff, there are no two ways about it, and it should be avoided at all costs!
Firstly, remove all racks and pans from the oven. With your bathroom spray, wet down all of the walls, floor and door of the oven and let it sit for 10-15mins. On a soft brush or scourer, apply a generous amount of creamy cleanser and in a circular motion scrub all of the surfaces, being sure to get all the nooks and crannies (you may need to use an old toothbrush for harder to get areas). Follow up with a damp cloth to remove the excess soap and grime. Rinse your cloth and repeat until all the grease has been wiped away. Follow up by shining the window and all Stainless steel surfaces of the oven inside and out with our window cleaner. Voila!
- Mirrors and windows
Take a clean cloth for wiping and another for drying, to all shiny surfaces including mirrors, glass windows and doors, shower screens, framed photos, the oven door, and any Stainless steel surfaces. Our window cleaner will leave an extremely satisfying streak-free finish, try it!
Take breaks. Deep cleaning, decluttering, and organizing can be tiring, both physically and mentally. It’s perfectly fine to stop for a few minutes, hours, or even a day. Just make sure it does get done eventually!
When you finish a task, take a few minutes to admire your hard work and clean space. Oosouji isn’t just about bringing order to your environment, but to your mind as well. Let it inspire you as you face the new year with both home and mind uncluttered.