Singapore’s a hot and humid country – and that comes with all sorts of problems.
Try this simple, cheap and stylish way to spruce up your home and reduce humidity. When placed in open, ventilated rooms, certain plants like the orchid, Boston fern and peace lily will absorb moisture in the air.
Spray a solution of equal parts water and white vinegar on the areas where ants are present – this mixture will kill and deter these little pests. If the smell of white vinegar is too strong for you, opt for an equally effective alternative: apple cider vinegar.
Though incandescent bulbs are cheaper than other bulbs on the market, they give off the most heat. Switch to LED ones – not only are they more energy efficient, but they last longer and are environmentally friendly, too!
Water on wood surfaces can cause mould to grow, giving your home a musty smell. Address the dampness as soon as possible. Also, try using charcoal briquettes as dehumidifiers – they’re cheap and eco-friendly. Just put them in a plastic container capped with a lid with small holes.
Air those mattresses at least once a month! This will allow body moisture to evaporate and prevent mould from breeding, as well as make them last longer.
Pretty much every kind of grime can be trapped in the fibres of carpets and rugs. If left uncleaned for a long time, these floor coverings can develop a stench, and harbour bacteria. Make sure to wash, clean and repair all sorts of carpets as needed.
Add aromatic oils (citronella, eucalyptus or lemongrass) to water in a simple burner. Why? They’ll chase the mosquitoes away, while making your house smell great!
Drawing the curtains might help keep the sun out, but it actually contributes to the greenhouse effect right in your home. By increasing the volume of natural light, you can lower the humidity in the house plus reduce the growth of mould and mildew.
Some text adapted from Home & Decor Singapore + National Environment Agency’s “Dengue Prevention at Home”/ Additional reporting: Sara Lyle Bow + Melodi Ghui / Photos: 123RF.com, The Finder Issue 299
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