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Clear Up Your Home With These Post-CNY Cleaning Hacks

You have a regular cleaning routine and your home is usually clean and tidy, but having family and friends over for the festive season can mean food crumbs, water rings, and fingerprint smudges in more places. Try these easy tricks to get your home looking and smelling good again.

  1. Wash your cutting boards the regular way, then use salt and lemons to refresh them. They will look and smell better without having any additional chemicals.
  2. Got a burned pan? It happens. Fill it with water, add two cups of vinegar, and let it boil. After you have taken it off the heat, sprinkle your pan with baking soda and use a sponge to rub the stubborn stains off.
  3. Food smells can linger long after the party is over, especially on your fabric sofa and rugs. Get rid of the odours by sprinkling baking soda over the surface. Let it sit for 15 minutes then vacuum it up.
  4. Open the windows and ventilate the room. Use an air purifier to help eliminate dust mites, bacteria, and allergens. 
  5. Unclog the drains. Forget the popular trick of vinegar and baking soda. The bubbling looks great but a mixture of detergent and warm water is actually much more effective at eliminating the buildup of oil and grime.
  6. After running a high-powered vacuum through the room, use sticky tape to pick up any leftover hairs. Those stuck in the carpet are usually the most stubborn ones! 
  7. To get crumbs out of tight corners, ball up some sticky tape by leaving most of the sticky side facing out. Use it to catch all the tiny pieces that a brush or cloth may miss.

This was adapted from an article published in the December 2017 issue of SquareRooms and re-published on singaporeschild.com.sg with permission.