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Home Clean up after the New Year Celebrations

Posted by Royal Sundaram on 03 Jan 2012

Once the New Year celebrations are over, most of our houses will be in a big mess after all the partying. Well, the brighter side is that this is often the best time to do what you have been longing to do for some time, to get the house reorganized while you clean up.

Here are a few tips you can keep in mind when cleaning up your home.


  • Cleaning the Kitchen:
    • Identify things that clutter your kitchen especially ones that you do not use daily or not at all. Remember cleaning a cluttered room is cumbersome and storing something that you have not used for over a year is inexcusable.
    • Make a paste of baking soda and salt to remove coffee stains in cups.
    • Use baking soda to clean kitchen surfaces.
    • Vinegar is a natural disinfectant that can be used on all surfaces except marble.
    • Classify the items that need to be stored and label the storage containers.
    • Separate the vessels used for regular and special cooking and ensure that vessels are put away in appropriate and labeled cases.
    • Use lemon juice to clean and shine brass and copper vessels.
    • Place a box of baking powder in the refrigerator to prevent odors.
    • Pour one cup of baking soda, followed by one cup of white vinegar down the sink drain, wait for an hour and flush with warm water. To avoid buildup in drains you could also keep doing this once a month.
  • Cleaning the Bathroom:
    • Open out the windows before you start working with household cleaners.
    • Be extra cautious while cleaning the mirrors; water sprayed on the mirror will seep behind the mirror and damage it.
    • Dust the vents and heaters and wash the shower curtains.
    • Take care not to splash water on the doors.
    • The bathtub, sink and countertops can be washed with vinegar to remove stains.
    • Scum buildup can be reduced by using liquid soaps as compared to bar soaps. The talc in bar soaps is the main cause of scum buildup.
    • Fill one-fourth of a bottle with baking powder and if possible add a few drops of scented oil to it. Make a few holes on the lid and close the bottle. Use the bottle as a homemade air freshener.
  • Cleaning the Living Room:
    • Cover your valuable furniture with dust sheets before you start clean up.
    • Remove soft furnishings and carpets from the room.
    • Clean bookshelves with camphor mixed water to protect books from termites.
    • A clean cloth soaked in white vinegar can be used to clean fingerprints and water spots on door handles.
    • Position a step ladder under the fan, use a dry cloth/paper towel and remove the dirt on each blade. You can then wet a cloth/paper towel with an all purpose cleaning liquid and wipe until clean.
    • Remove stains from walls by using a blow dryer and dish soap. For instance, hot air blown on crayon stains, melts the wax, and can be wiped clean using dish soap and a cloth.
  • Cleaning the Bedroom:
    • Launder the curtains.
    • Vacuum clean the mattresses.
    • Allow sunlight to enter the room to remove moisture and to have good ventilation.
    • Separate the winter clothes and store it in a well-ventilated area.
    • Use a blow dryer to remove dust from lampshades and delicate curtains.
  • Cleaning Medicine Cabinets:
    • Dispose medications after checking the expiry dates. Expired medications are ineffective and sometimes dangerous.
    • Clear all nearly empty bottles and those that are not properly sealed.

Now that your house is sparkling, pat yourself on your back because you have not only cleaned but also gained some health benefits. By dusting, wiping, cleaning and discarding, you have burned calories too.

From your side you have taken care of your house. Now, let Royal Sundaram Home Insurance do the rest in protecting your sweet home.

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