Tis the season for cleaning
Prospero Ano y Felicidad.
Ho Ho Ho! this is your Santa from the northern pole. It's that time of the year again, and I am getting ready with a bag full of joy and surprises. Are you all ready to end the year on a happy note with me? I am sure you'll are preparing your outfits, makeup, party decorations, etc. Well, I am also on a spree to clean my one-horse open sleigh. See you on the 24th eve!"
Well, this was a short message Santa asked us to give you all. December- a month of happiness, celebrations, manifestations, and making new resolutions for the upcoming year. While Santa is preparing his sleigh and sack, let's discuss your festive cleaning checklist. Along with you, your home should also get decked up like a queen to welcome our dearest Santa.
What supplies do you need to clean a house?
Essential supplies you need to clean the house are:
- Scrub brushes
- Toilet brushes
- Multi-purpose duster
- Microfibre cleaning clothes
- Vacuum cleaner
- Spray bottle
- Broom and dustpan
- Gentle cleaning solutions
What are the 3 basic things you'll need in cleaning?
Cleaning your house can be time-consuming if you do it once in a blue moon. Regular cleaning helps you maintain the shine and keeps germs and bacteria at bay. If you are cleaning your house regularly, it is not necessary to be comprehensive. Instead, you can use basic tools to wipe out dirt and grime.
Here are 3 basic tools you will need for daily cleaning:
Broom: The first and foremost tool to ensure a germ-free household is a broom for dusting. A broom can sweep away dust particles from every nook and corner. Regular dusting is necessary to avoid bacteria build-up, especially for people susceptible to dust allergies.
Scrub brush: The next step of daily cleaning is scrubbing the stains, especially in the kitchen and bathroom. After dusting, pour some mild cleanser on your scrub pad and gently rub the dirty stains. You can also use homemade solutions with vinegar and lemon juice. Avoiding bleach and other chemicals is the best thing you can do for your home. Instead, you can use plant-based cleaners like TheBetterHome's cleaning essentials. These cleaners contain a bioactive enzyme that breaks the chemical bond of dirt particles and wipes it away without leaving any side effects.
Spray bottle: Last but not least, in daily cleaning, disinfecting your home is the most crucial part. Especially after covid-19, experts suggest sanitizing the most used corners, surfaces, and objects in your home. After scrubbing and rinsing with water, spray some sanitizer or any disinfectants on commonly used surfaces like toilet, sink, sofas, and kitchen slab, and wipe out with a soft microfibre cloth.
What cleaning needs to be done daily?
- Kitchen floors
- Kitchen slabs
- Toilet surfaces
- Bathroom tiles
- Computer keyboard
- Bathroom counters
- Phone screen
Cleaning hacks for winter:
Winter; a season that brings a bundle of joy. Thanks to the short days and chilly nights, this time of the year, we get to host indoor parties and spend more time with our loved ones. But, along with that comes the pressure of excessive cleaning and wrapping up the mess after the party. So here are some winter-special cleaning hacks to ease the hotchpotch:
Sanitize your toothbrush holder:
With all the fun and celebrations comes the risk of germ and bacteria build-up in your house. We generally change our toothbrushes every 3 months or after we recover from some illness. But did you ever think about the toothbrush holder? It's not just the bristles; your toothbrush holder's surface can also grow mold and mildew. Sanitize your toothbrush holder once a week to ensure good oral hygiene.
Clean your dishwasher with vinegar:
You can use some distilled vinegar to clean the dishwasher. After 2-3 cycles, pour some distilled vinegar and spin it to remove dirt and odour. Also, this hack can be your saviour if you are washing glass utensils.
Clean ovens with baking soda:
Worried about the stubborn stains of winter casseroles? Here's a short and simple hack to the rescue. Mix equal parts of baking soda and water and apply the paste on the stains. Let it sit for an hour, and scrub gently with a sponge.
Newspaper to dry shoes:
This hack is applicable if you live in hilly regions where it snows or rains in the winter. Snowy boots can create some drama in the laundry room because it's too hard to wash and dry. Placing a newspaper in your shoe soles can help them dry faster because it will soak all the water.
Vinegar for cleaning microwave:
Apple pies, plum, grilled chicken or potatoes; winter is the time for a delicious feast. But cooking the feast or baking the scrumptious desserts takes a toll on your microwave. To clean the oily stain, you must mix equal parts water and vinegar in a spray bottle. Sprinkle the mixture on the stain and let it sit for 2 minutes. Then, wipe the taints with a microfibre cloth.