If you’ve been too busy to deep-clean your house for months, now is the time to take up pending home-cleaning projects. It’s a good idea to utilise your time while you are staying indoors because cleaning your home can be quite therapeutic.
Has your mirror turned foggy or your white pillow covers turned yellow? Daily office work and household chores might have forced you to overlook these before. However, the time is right to start cleaning them.
1) Mixer and Grinder
Has your dependable mixer and grinder accumulated grime? Add a mixture of water and dishwashing gel to the container and turn on your mixer. This will clean the insides of your mixer without you having to touch the sharp blades. You can use Vim dishwashing liquid to make the soapy solution. It is easily available in the market.
Since you are staying home these days, you might want to bake for your family or even try to make a homemade pizza. But when did you last clean your microwave? Use water and a dishwashing liquid to clean it, and ensure that you let it dry thoroughly before you use it again.
3) Kitchen Shelves
We wash our utensils every day, but hardly get time to wipe down the shelves in our kitchen. As a result, oil and grime accumulate in these high-touch surfaces. All these surfaces can be cleaned with a regular household detergent and water.
After cleaning, you can disinfect them for better hygiene. Leading national and international health organisations recommend the use of Sodium Hypochlorite at 0.5% (equivalent 5000ppm) to disinfect frequently touched surfaces. You can use products such as Domex Floor Cleaner, which have greater than 0.5% concentration of Sodium Hypochlorite as an active ingredient, to disinfect surfaces in your home. Use as directed on the pack, and always test on a small hidden area and rinse to check for compatibility first.
4) Spice Containers
Have the spice containers in our kitchen turned oily and sticky? Empty all the contents and clean the containers with a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid. Wipe them dry before you fill them up with spices again.
5) Water Bottles
If you have not washed your water bottles recently, they may start smelling funny. Make a mixture of water and dishwashing liquid and pour it into the bottles. Let this stay for a few hours or even overnight. Next, clean them thoroughly with running water.
Although you love the lamps at home, you’ve hardly had time to clean the lampshades. Why not take this task up now to give your home a bright look? You can wipe metal lampshades with an old cloth, and hand-wash them if they are made of cloth.
7) Window Curtains
Bring down your window curtains and put them in your washing machine. Ensure that no hooks are attached to them. Dry the curtains in the shade, as direct sunlight could cause discolouration.
8) White Pillowcases
White pillowcases look like fluffy clouds on your bed. However, with time, they tend to turn yellow. You can now wash them to remove the stains. You could use a bleach-based (sodium hypochlorite) product like Rin Ala for sheets and clothes to make them white again. Rin Ala is a sodium hypochlorite bleach and is recommended for use on white clothes only. Do not use it on coloured clothes.
Have the mirrors in your home turned foggy? Your wardrobe and dressing mirrors accumulate dust and make-up particles and get dirty. Use an old newspaper or lint-free cloth to wipe the mirrors and watch them sparkle again!
10) Shower Curtains
Shower curtains help keep the rest of your bathroom dry, but end up accumulating foam and lather. Wash them with detergent and water and see them shine anew!
Cleaning your house can be a good idea when you are spending a lot of time indoors. Use our cleaning tips to keep your home free of dust and germs. You’ll be safeguarding your family’s health as well.