If you have been avoiding spring-cleaning since the start of the year, you are not alone. For most of us, the thought of taking down the curtains, sweeping under the bed, pulling up the sofa or even steaming our carpets and cleaning section of the refrigerator just make us go ballistic. To help on improving hygiene, we want to recommend the top 3 things to be cleaned at least once a week.
Clean your computer now
Many Singaporeans eat at their desk, making computer keyboards a hotbed for bacteria. One study found that keyboards harbour five times the bacteria found on a toilet seat, but 10% of people never clean them. Set aside time every Friday to give your desk a once-over with disinfectant spray. Pay attention to the mouse, too, and use a cotton swab dipped in alcohol to clean between keys.
Unless the only thing you do in the microwave is reheat your morning coffee, you know how gnarly the appliance can get, inside and out. Splattered tomato sauce, crusty cheese, and lingering odours are just some of the offenses. We recommend wiping down the microwave oven once a week, then doing a deep cleaning twice a month. Try this handy concoction: Mix half a cup of water with half a cup of white vinegar in a heat-safe dish. Microwave it on high until the window steams up, then wipe the interior with a sponge. Easy.
How often do you clean your bath towels? If your answer is every one to two weeks, science suggests that’s not enough. Researchers have found that washing your towel after only three uses removes millions of dead skin cells (yes, you read that right). Wash hand towels every three days to avoid that musty smell.
Indoor Air quality
Your weekly cleaning will help in reducing bacteria and allergens at home. To further reduce dust, viruses and pollutants in the air, we recommend the use of an air purifier to improve the indoor air quality.