1. Wipe down surfaces with a microfibre cloth
Simply use a microfibre cloth with water to wipe down kitchen countertops and surfaces, recommends Laura Trotta, founder of Australia’s Home Detox Boot Camp. A good quality microfibre cloth can last up to two years if cleaned regularly to get rid of the bacteria build-up, preferably by hand and drying it in the sun.
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2. Use gentler oven cleaners
The gloves required for some oven cleaners is an indication of their toxicity, but they’re not the only option. Laura recommends an all-purpose cleaner for big jobs. “I put a capful inside a ramekin (or any oven-safe vessel) in the oven at 180 C for 40 minutes until it starts to evaporate. It creates a fine mist on the oven walls and lifts off grime easily, without leaving streaks.”
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4. Deep clean the toilet
To get rid of soap scum in the bathroom, use bicarb of soda sprinkled on a wet microfibre cloth and wipe over the affected area. If your toilet needs a really deep clean because the bowl is discoloured, Laura suggests adding three-quarters of a cup of citric acid to the toilet and leaving overnight. This will also help get rid of bacteria such as E. coli. “Give it a scrub the next morning – that brings it up better than anything,” she says.
Get: Bicarbonate of Soda, $1.15, from Redmart.
5. Get rid of mould and mildew with white vinegar
Mould and mildew is one of the most common problems in homes across Singapore, thanks to our high humidity environment, and can be found in places from your toothbrush holder to air-conditioning unit.
Besides damaging furniture, mould spores can trigger allergies and skin irritation, as well as cause a multitude of conditions such as insomnia, recurring colds and flu and sinusitis. Getting rid of mould in your home depends on finding and treating the sources of moisture. Healthy home expert Nicole Bijilsma suggests using a solution of 80 per cent white vinegar to 20 per cent water to clean non-porous surfaces.
READ MORE: Easy, Natural And Fast Ways To Keep Your Bathroom Fresh
Get: HEINZ Vinegar Distilled White, $2.60 (473 ml), from Cold Storage.
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6. Ventilate your house and bedroom regularly
Pull your sheets back every day and air pillows in the sun as often as possible. Dr Mark Donohoe believes you need the right equipment if you have carpet in your bedroom.
“Ordinary vacuum cleaners may just send dust into the air, which is the worst for people with asthma,” he says. “Use one with a HEPA filter and vibrating power head.”
Get: SilentStar Vacuum Cleaner with Bag, $399, from Philips.
Designed in such a way that all the air taken in is passed through the washable HEPA 13 filter (99.95% filtration) before it is exhausted, the SilentStar vacuum series delivers powerful cleaning with minimal noise.
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