After a long, hot summer, autumn has finally arrived. And as the seasons change, so do our lifestyles. Gradually declining temperatures and shorter days signify our transition into autumn, which probably means less barbecues in the garden and more cosy nights in. At Euca, our favourite way to welcome any new season is sorting out our home from top to bottom so that we’re properly prepared for the coming months. Here is our ultimate checklist for getting your home ready for pumpkin spice season.
1. Check your doors and windows
Make sure there are no leaks or drafts coming from the openings of your house, such as doors and windows. This is an issue best fixed before things start getting chilly. If you spot something, get it looked at as soon as possible so you won’t have anything spoiling the cosy vibes that autumn calls for.
2. Clean the windows
The summer heat can cause a build-up of dust and other debris on your glass surfaces. For a crystal-clear, streak-free finish, you cannot beat Euca Glass All Surface Cleaner & Spot Stain Remover. Not only will it make your windows gleam, but it also kills 99.9% of germs.
It’s always good to have a clear-out every few months. And what better time to do so than at the beginning of a new season? Enjoy a truly fresh start this autumn by decluttering your wardrobes, cupboards and garages, donating to charity and recycling wherever possible. Clear home = clear mind.
4. Make potpourri
Autumn is all about curating a warm and earthy atmosphere. One of the best ways to do this is with potpourri. Sure, you could buy some pre-made, but making your own potpourri is surprisingly simple and inexpensive. It’s also a fun activity to get yourself into the autumnal spirit. All you need is some fruit like apples and oranges and some of your favourite spices. We love cinnamon, cloves and nutmeg for a luxuriously toasty aroma.
5. Clean the oven
Cleaning the oven isn’t everybody’s favourite chore. But odds are you’ll be using it a lot more as the weather gets colder and you begin to crave warming, hearty meals. Take the dread out of tackling the oven with Euca Multi, a powerful multipurpose cleaner that does most of the hard work for you. Euca Multi, nee Tuff, cuts through grease and grime with ease, making it the ideal oven cleaning solution. Its high-performance, concentrated formula is environmentally friendly and does not contain any nasty chemicals. Finish the job with Euca Stainless Steel Cleaner and Polish, a unique, non-caustic , multipurpose cream-based cleaner polish that is ideal for ovens. This high-performance cleaner revives glass and metal surfaces while removing baked-on grease and grime.
6. Trim the lawn
Take advantage of the good weather while you can and give your garden a good tending to. Cut the grass, and trim any shrubs and bushes to neaten them up. When your mower is in need of a clean, reach for your bottle of ultra-versatile Euca Multi.
7. Cosy it up
Transform every couch to a snug with comfy cushions, comforters, blankets and throws. Choose burnt autumnal colours to warm up your living space and set the autumnal mood. If yours need some freshening up after months of sitting in storage, use Euca Soft Wash. This gentle formula is ideal for delicates, woollens, pillows and any other items that require extra care. Like all Euca products, Soft Wash is made with natural ingredients that are tough on stains and kind to the environment. The caring, natural soap formula makes it perfect for hand washing and soaking but can be used in your machine as well. It has no added perfume, leaving just the natural fabric smell after washing. It is also sodium and phosphate free, and is low allergenic so it won’t irritate sensitive skin. This detergent is ideal in warm or cold water and it is safe for septic systems as well as for grey water usage on your garden.
8. Light some candles
Nothing creates ambience quite like candles. Autumn is all about nature, and there is something very calming about the flicker of natural light. Treat yourself to a few scented candles to light at your bedside, by the bath or while curled up on the sofa watching a movie. Choose warm scents like vanilla, cinnamon, sandalwood or apple cider.
If you really want to indulge the senses, run yourself a hot bubble bath with Luxury Bath Bubbles, made from a delicate blend of botanical extracts and natural oils. This gentle plant-based formula gently cleanses, conditions and nourishes your skin without drying it out. It’s also free from sulphates, parabens, palm oil, synthetic fragrances and artificial colours. A bath infused with Euca’s Therapeutic Vegan Emulsifying Bath Oil is the ultimate pampering experience. It is carefully formulated to gently relax you, creating a soothing sense of calmness. As well as being a relaxant, Euca Bath Oil is also enriched with skin-loving ingredients like almond oil, glycerine, castor oil and natural castile soap. Let its nourishing formula soak into your skin, leaving it feeling silky smooth and smelling divine.
9. Give your walls a touch up
Since we tend to spend more time indoors during the cooler months, it may be worth giving your interiors a mini-makeover. If your walls are cracked, stained or just a little lacklustre, why not treat them to a fresh lick of paint? This can really enhance your living space – you might even get a little creative and add some stencils or wallpaper. Sometimes, however, walls simply need a clean to bring them back to life. It’s Euca Multi to the rescue again, which is also a fantastic paint cleaner. It does not shine flat surfaces and will leave your walls looking fresh and polished.
10. Clean the garage
You’re likely to gradually load up your garage with garden furniture, sun loungers and perhaps even the barbecue as the sunshine begins to fade. But before you put this summertime paraphernalia into storage, make sure that the garage itself is clean and tidy. Use Euca Sprinkle Powder Floor Degreaser Cleaner to safely clean garage floors without the use of harsh chemicals. Its non-caustic formula eliminates grease and grime with minimum effort – no elbow grease required.
11. Check on your car
During the summertime, we’re more likely to travel on foot or perhaps on our bikes. But in cold, rainy weather, taking the car is a little more practical. Make sure yours is ready for road this autumn by doing some basic checks, including your:
- wiper blades
- tyre tread and balance.
Once everything seems to be in order, give your car that coveted fresh-from-the-dealership look at home with Euca Show Time. Dirt slides off with this multi-purpose cleaning liquid, which is also enhanced with a rust inhibitor and a water-soluble wax with fluoro chemicals for a protective coating that helps to prevent future damage. Euca Show Time can be used to treat areas of your vehicle’s exterior, including windows and alloys. Simply dilute the mix (recommended 1-part Show Time to 10 parts water) and spray onto the dry, dirty surface using a hand held trigger spray, a pressure washer or a good old fashioned bucket and sponge. Let the solution rest to do its work, and wash off with a hose or a pressure washer. Voilà! A restored, shiny set of wheels.
Don’t be sad that summer is over – be glad that it happened. Every season has something unique to offer, so you might as well make the most of this autumn. Goodbye mosquitos and sweaty train commutes, hello hot chocolate and fluffy PJs. Who could argue with that?
If you’re interested in any of the products mentioned above, visit www.eucaonline.com.au. Euca is a proudly 100% Australian brand that specialises in cleaning, laundry and personal care products. We use all-natural, eco-friendly ingredients that deliver an exceptional clean without the use of any harsh chemicals. Visit us today and take the first step towards a more sustainable you.