Scour and scrub all you may, but if you’re doing it wrong, you might leave your house even dirtier than before.
It may not be necessary to wash your washing machine (yes, even they get dirty) back home, but the tropical Singapore weather makes it especially easy for mold and mildew to get funky in the washer drum. Run an empty cycle at the highest level and hottest setting and add 2-4 cups of white cleaning vinegar to the wash cycle. After the cycle, wipe down the drum with a damp microfiber cloth, and leave it open to dry. Clean the detergent dispensers with a toothbrush, too.
NEXT: Removing dust with a wet wipe →
Coffee table getting dusty? Easy peasy – simple swipe a wet wipe over it, right? Wrong. The moisture – which takes especially long to dry up in Singapore’s humid weather – will simply attract even more dust. Always finish off by wiping the surfaces dry; or, try anti-static wipes.
NEXT: Over-packing your wardrobe →
While your home might be smaller than what you’re used to back home (and your serial hoarding tendencies are also half to blame), it’s not a good idea to pack too much into your wardrobes, as a musty smell develops easily. Hang an air freshener in a corner of your wardrobe that enjoys the best ventilation. Want a DIY solution? Mix a packet of bi-carb soda with a packet of loose leaf tea and place them in your wardrobe to get rid of icky smells.
NEXT: Storing wet cleaning tools →
Oh hey, breeding ground for bacteria! We’re sure you get the gist by now: Avoid leaving things moist. It could be your toilet brush, your mop, or anything you’ve just used to clean. Leave them out to drip-dry in an area with good ventilation before storing them.
NEXT: Cleaning your windows when it’s sunny out →
Other than the obvious reason that there are better ways to bask in the sunlight, of course. The heat, which is especially strong in the ruthless hours of the afternoon, can cause your cleaner to dry before you can finish cleaning, leaving a streaky mess. Clean your windows when the weather is gentler, or, at least, when the sun isn’t shining straight at your window.
NEXT: Using too much cleaning solution →
It’s a common misconception that the more you use, the cleaner it gets. But sometimes, less is more – using more than the recommended amount gives you too much foam, which prevents dirt from being removed effectively. Also, why take away from the longevity of your cleaning solutions?
NEXT: Combining your cleaners →
Mixing two different cleaners gives you just enough to mop your living room clean. Good idea? Nope. Some mixes can be very dangerous – for instance, acids found in many bathroom products, when mixed with bleach, produces chlorine gas that could potentially be fatal. It’s no terrain you should be venturing anywhere close to.
NEXT: Not washing your washing machine →
By Pinky Chng, June 2017
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