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Sunday, 15 November 2015

Keep Your Home Clean With These 11 Useful Cleaning Tips

Home cleaning remain to be a tedious set of chores that everyone wants to avoid. The thought of tidying up your kitchen after cooking dinner, or making sure the living room always looks visitor-ready, seems impossible to accomplish on a daily basis. The worries are all in the head. Keeping your home clean and tidy is possible as long as you're consistent with your cleaning habits. You just have to take it one step at a time, and encourage everyone living in your house to clean as they go.

Here are 11 useful cleaning tips that will make home cleaning a breeze for your Singapore home. What will be featured below, are specific tips on how to clean specific areas of your home that usually accumulate all the dirt, dust, mold and grime when left uncleaned for several days.

1. Do not leave used plates, utensils, cups and other kitchenware on top of counters and in the sink.
It seems like an impossible task, but it's more of a will issue than the mere difficulty of doing it. After drinking a glass of water, what do you normally do? If you leave the empty glass until it's time to do the dishes, then that has got to change. It may be a bit easier to manage if you're living alone, but if you're a family of 5, then that can be a bit overwhelming to go home to. So it is as simple as letting everyone in the house stick to the rule of immediately washing the cup, glass, or plate after using it. With this, you never have to worry about accumulated dishes from the morning up until dinner time. Do the same when you're cooking, and ensure that you gradually clean up after yourself in the kitchen. 

2. Sanitize and clean your kitchen sink.
Now that you've established the house rule of keeping your sinks and counters dishes-free all the time, then the only thing that you have to worry about is how to keep your kitchen sink clean and germ-free. For stainless steel sinks, maintain it by using baking soda, vinegar and match it with a really good scrub. Avoid steel wool as it will scratch the surface. You can also keep a paper towel dispenser near it to make everyone wipe off whatever residue or liquid is in there.

3. Do not let the garbage disposal overflow.
Always take the trash out at a specific time in the day. Whether it's full or not, you need to take it out to avoid rats, and other insects to devour what's in it. To avoid the nasty smell, you can also place lemon or orange peels inside the bin or near the area.

4. Make the bed immediately after waking up.
Your bed is the main attraction of your bedroom. An unmade bed somehow makes everything in the room looks messy. Making your bed in the morning also gives you a sense of accomplishment. If you have kids in the house, make this a must-do for them as well. It also gives you a great jump start to keep everything in the bedroom neat and in order.

5. Do not tolerate clutter in the living room.
Clutter is what makes a home disorganized. It's normally the little things that make your head ache when you get home. You see a magazine, some sheets of paper, an empty coffee cup, a toy, or a pair of shoe by the front door. There are those who like their homes to look more lived-in rather than being outrageously neat. But you don't have to compromise your couch as a storage area for toys that will hurt your butt, when you accidentally sit on it. There's the difference. A couch is for sitting, and there should be nothing on there but throw pillows for your comfort.

6. A vacuum cleaner is a must-have.
Dust is an allergen. Investing in a good vacuum cleaner allows you to take care of the majority of the cleaning tasks needed for your entire home. Remember that sweeping the floor is not enough. Dust does not thrive on the floors alone. It will stay on your curtains, shelves, your couch, your pillows, and everywhere else. With a good vacuum cleaner, you don't have to clean the house everyday.

7. Clean the fridge at least once a week.
Take all the expired products and spoiled food out of there. If there are any spills, ensure that you wipe them off as soon as it happens. After cleaning, it would also be best to line the crispers and the shelves with a thin rubber or plastic mat for easy cleaning.

8. Wipe the windows at least once in every 2 weeks.
Dust settles in the corners of the sills and the window ledge. Wiping that off with a damp cloth will really save you the trouble of dealing with disgusting black mud-like dust that sticks on them when left uncleaned for a long time.

9. Before going to bed, ensure that everyone in the house does their part in picking up items in the rooms that don't belong there.
If you're living alone, maintaining a home, especially in Singapore should be quick and easy. With 3-5 people living in one space, this can be very challenging. You can then have everyone sweep up all of the items in the rooms of the house, and place them back where they should be. Waking up the next day should be a bit easier, knowing that you don't have to clean up yesterday's mess.

10. After every shower, clean the drain.
It can be very annoying to find stray hair on the bathroom floor or on the drain. It can be as simple as taking out whatever is in the drain or bathroom floor with a toilet paper. If everyone else in the house does this, you don't ever have to worry about this annoying cleaning problem.

11. Clean the bathroom everyday.
We're not talking about rigorous cleaning. One of the main reasons why extensive cleaning is needed in bathrooms is because they don't get cleaned regularly Wiping off the bathroom sink after use, flushing the toilet and making sure clutter is not tolerated in the bathroom as well will make your life easier.

It is not about how large your space is or how many people live in your home. It's about consistency, and making sure everyone takes responsibility in cleaning up after their own selves. If you follow these 11 tips, you can say goodbye to extensive cleaning after every week ends.