10 spring-cleaning hacks that'll save you time

We have simple strategies that will see your home looking spick and span in no time!

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A clean and fresh-smelling home
is just what you need to help your mind relax after a long day in the office, but making sure your home is in squeaky clean when you’re short on time is challenging.

Whether Chinese New Year is just around the corner or it’s that time of the year to do your annual home spruce up, follow these cleaning hints to save precious time:

1. Reorganise before you start cleaning Start by clearing out any obvious clutter before you begin washing ― this way, you won’t end up just placing things in another spot or creating an even greater mess. Sort through your items and decide if something is you want to keep, donate or discard. If junior’s old enough to do this without supervision, you should put them in charge, especially if your packing their rooms.

2. Always clean in a top-down direction Knowing how to clean your room helps you avoid cleaning the same surface twice. Always begin by dusting items on the top-most shelf, then working your way down ― the floor should the last surface you clean.

Always begin by dusting items on the top-most shelf, then working your way down ― the floor should the last surface you clean.

3. Use the right cleaning tools We all know that cloths or sponges are indispensable parts of your cleaning arsenal but these aren’t suitable for cleaning small and tight areas. Use a toothbrush, instead. Similarly, if you’re trying to clean something that’s placed really high, don’t stand on tiptoe — grab a stepladder. It isn’t just tiring and inefficient to strain to reach these areas, you may hurt yourself.


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4. Give your tools a quick clean before moving to the next room The broom and sponge are not just dust traps, these absorb bacteria, so be mindful when you use them. To shake out any loose dirt and dust, run the bristles along a firm edge such as a ledge. Next, use your vacuum cleaner to remove anything that’s trapped deep inside the broom. For sponges, after soaking them in water, pop these into the microwave for a minute or two on a high power to remove bacteria and even viruses.

5. Put on an apron and keep frequently used cleaning supplies in it Save yourself from making multiple trips to the storeroom ― place your gloves, cloth and detergent in your apron’s pockets. Using a coverall also protects your clothes from unsightly stains.

6. Clean only one room every weekend Spring cleaning seems like a mammoth task, especially if you plan to do everything at one go. However, if you tackle one room every weekend, this lets you devote all your attention to cleaning that area thoroughly before moving on to the next.

After soaking them [sponges] in water, pop these into the microwave for a minute or two on a high power to remove bacteria and even viruses.

7. Go easy on the soap While you may think that more soap is needed to clean a surface effectively, you might also end up spending more time scrubbing off any soapy residue. This is especially true if you use strong cleaning solutions like bleach. In fact, apart from the toilet and kitchen, it’s sufficient to use standard strength products.

8. Quit scrubbing your toilet bowls To remove stains at the bottom of your toilet bowl, use denture tablets, not strong cleaning liquids. Drop in two tablets, then let it dissolve for the next 20 minutes. Follow by using a toilet brush to give the bottom a quick scrub before you flush the cistern.

9. Recycle your old T-shirts Use these to remove excess dust and dirt before discarding them. So, you won’t just save on buying additional washcloths, you’ll be cutting down on wastage.

10. Get an extension cord Plug your vacuum cleaner into an extension plug to avoid having to dash back and forth to disconnect the appliance from the socket, then re-connecting it, just to clean another area in the room.

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