Spring Cleaning Hacks

9 tips for a sparkling home

 

Whether you’re looking to impress your relatives for the Lunar New Year or just want to freshen up your home, these nine spring cleaning tips will forever change your cleaning routine.

 

Streamline your cleaning with the Pomodoro technique

Set your timer for 25 minutes and focus on cleaning until the timer goes off. Take a five minutes break after each 25 minutes cleaning session, and give yourself a longer break after four sessions.

To make cleaning less painful, play your favourite songs in the background so you can rock out and sing along while dusting and ironing.

 

Banish clutter

A cluttered home brings more stress than joy. Donate your cast-off clothes and pre-loved furniture to charities like Salvation Army and Pass It On. Want to keep it but can’t afford the storage space at home? Store your non-essentials and oddly-sized items you’ll likely never use here (we’re looking at you, surfboard) at commercial storage spaces like Work+Store, which not only provides you with packing boxes but also picks your items up for free when you’re ready to send them to storage.

 

Get streak-free windows with dish detergent

The most common mistake in cleaning windows is using too much solution. For crystal-clear windows, make your own cleaning solution by mixing one teaspoon of your favorite dish detergent with four tablespoons of lemon, and adding them to a bucket of warm water.

 

Clean water stains with citrus

Having trouble getting rid of water stains from your stainless-steel appliances? Cut a lemon in half and scrub the surface with the lemon halves. The citric acid in lemon is guaranteed to cut through all the hard water stains on your sinks and showers.

 

Rid your carpet of hair with a window squeegee

Vacuuming a carpet is no easy feat. Unless you’re angling for a good arm workout, keep your carpet hairless and dust-free with a window squeegee. Move your squeegee back and forth across the carpet until all the hairs bundle into a ball.

 

Keep your silver jewellery shiny with banana peel
Eat your banana and clean with it too. Banana peels surprisingly work wonders for silverware — simply rub the inner lining of a banana peel on your cutlery to polish up.

 

Make a baking soda bath for silverware

In a disposable aluminum tray or a glass dish, combine 1 tablespoon of sea salt with a tablespoon of baking soda. Slowly add half a cup of white vinegar to the tray before adding 1 cup of boiling water. Place silverware in the mixture one at a time and let soak at least 30 seconds. Remove with a pair of tongs and wipe clean with a rag to buff out any remaining spots.

 

Deodorise your refrigerator the natural way

With Chinese New Year coming up, you know you’ll be storing lots of goodies in the fridge. Keep foul odours at bay by placing baking soda in an open container, and leaving it in the fridge for at least 24 hours.

 

Slab some mayonnaise to erase water marks on wooden furniture

Did your guests forget to use a coaster again? Rid water stains on wooden furniture with handy mayonnaise. Simply wrap a rag around your finger, put a teaspoon of mayonnaise on your wrapped finger, and gently massage the mayonnaise into the ring. Stubborn stains may take more than one try, but leave the mayonnaise on for about 15-30 minutes and the ring should be gone.

 

Remove toilet stains with Coca-Cola

Pour all that unhealthy coke down the toilet… to get it sparkling clean for the guests. All you need to do is pour about 500ml down a grubby toilet and let sit for 30 minutes before flushing. The acidity will do the hard work so you don’t have to get your hands dirty.