A good night’s sleep is so important for us. It determines how you will wake up the next morning and can affect your mood for the rest of the day! More importantly, your body is supposed to recover and recuperate during your sleep, yet an unclean or neglected mattress could be the very thing making you fall sick. Here are 4 simple things you can do to take care of your mattress:
- Rotate the mattress so that the part where your head rests is now at the foot of the bed. This reduces the chance of creating permanent depressions which affects the longevity of your mattress. Do this every 3-4 months.
- Flip your mattress (unless you use a pillow-top mattress) once every 3-4 months
- Use a mattress protector. This helps to maintain the condition of the actual mattress more effectively and the protector is easily washed or can be replaced.
- Clean the mattress by leaving baking soda on the mattress-top for about ten minutes before vacuuming it up. This helps to remove odours and bed bugs that may be living in the mattress.
It’s as simple as that! Make sure you clean your sheets regularly and you’ll feel like you’re sleeping on a bed fit for the king!
Never seem to know what to use to get rid of different types of stains? Here’s a compiled list of stains you may encounter and how to get rid of them!
Barbeque sauce: Cool water + vinegar + dishwashing soap
Blood: Salt+ Cool water
Charcoal: Cool water + dishwashing soap
Coffee: Vinegar + baking soda + vinegar again + wash
Crayon: Sprinkle with baking soda + rub with dry cloth
Grease: Salt + wash
Ketchup: Vinegar + dishwashing soap + wash
Make up: Makeup remover + dishwashing soap
Nail polish: Nail polish remover
Oil: Baby powder + dishwashing soap
Pen ink: Apply hairspray and let sit for a few minutes + rinse with warm water
Red wine: White wine
Rust: Vinegar or lemon juice
Feeling a little lacklustre these days? Maybe some of the dullness from your furniture is rubbing of on you.
Here’s a fool-proof list of ideas on how to keep different surfaces shiny!
Mirrors – Rubbing alcohol (surgical spirit) and coffee filters
Add a little dab of rubbing alcohol on a stack of a few coffee filters. The rubbing alcohol cleans thoroughly and evaporates perfectly, and the coffee filters tidy up the debris without leaving anything behind. Do a final wipe down with a microfibre cloth!
Tarnished Silver – Baking soda and hot water
Line a sink or bowl with aluminium foil (shiny side facing up) and place all tarnished silver pieces inside. Add a cup of baking soda over the items and fill the bowl up with HOT water. Leave to sit until water cools down. Take everything out and wipe away residue.
Tarnished Brass – Lemon juice and baking soda
Make a paste using lemon juice and baking soda. Wipe the brass with the paste using a soft cloth.
Wood furniture – (120ml) Olive oil and (60ml) lemon juice
Mix olive oil and lemon juice to make your own wood furniture polish.Use a small amount each time when applying. Store in the fridge between uses.
Marble – Soap and water
Never use acidic cleaners (lemon juice, vinegar) on marble because they will cause etching marks on the surface. Instead, soap and water is sufficient. If stains seep into the surface, create a paste from baking soda, dish soap and water and apply directly. Cover it in plastic wrap and leave it moist for a day
Stainless steel is popular in kitchens and bathrooms because of its non-corrosive property that makes it look shiny with a clean finish. That is, when it is well-maintained. The 3 most popular problems that arise with stainless steel appliances are hard-water stains, scratches and a lacklustre shine. If you’re having trouble treating your stainless steel sink, refrigerator, kettle, dishwasher, oven … etc etc , try out these trusty cleaning tricks!
- Hard Water Stains
Can’t wash off the stubborn hard water stains that leave splotches on your sink and tap faucets? Try this natural remedy that will help keep your bathrooms and kitchens squeaky clean. It’s cheap and contains no toxic chemicals
Step 1: Cut a lemon into half
Step 2: Give the sink/faucets a good rub down with the lemon
Step 3: Let sit for a few minutes
Step 4: Rinse off with warm water
Step 1: Create a paste using baking soda and water
Step 2: Rub gently on scratches and rinse with warm water
Step 1: Do a wipe down of the stainless steel (fridge, sink, oven, microwave…etc.) with a wet rag. Vinegar can be used to get rid of tough grime.
Step 2: Make sure the surface is clean as baby oil won’t really be doing the cleaning
Step 3: Put some baby oil on a dry, soft cloth. Wipe in the direction of the grain (to avoid more scratches on the stainless steel). Flip the cloth over and with as little pressure as possible, wipe the excess down.
Don’t let any kitchen appliance dull your sparkle!
It’s that time of the week again. How am I going to finish doing the dishes, mopping the floors, cleaning the toilets, dusting the furniture and washing the laundry….
What if all we needed was an extra pair of paws? Select your helper:
- Laundry Dog
Provides top quality services for both top-loading and front-loading washing machines. Disclaimer: Not sure if able to separate whites from colours due to colour blindness. But still a great help.
2. Dishwashing Dog
Dirty plates and utensils guaranteed a thorough and generous wipe down with this great dishwasher. Not a trace of food will remain. Disclaimer: Noise rating may fluctuate – expect short spurts of barking sounds.
3. Vacuuming Dog
Cordless and able to target areas under low furniture/awkward corners. Most importantly, easily rechargeable with treats.
4. Mop Dog
Larger than other mop heads found in the market, with quality comparable to using premium microfibre mops. Expect a spotless, squeaky clean home over a game of “fetch”.
5. Dust-busting Dog
Our french maid comes dressed in a black with white trim one-piece uniform. Ooh La La, not another speck of dust will ever be seen.
6. Speed-Cleaning Dog
Most popular choice. Best for families that regularly engage in 10-minutes-before-guests-arrive mass clean-ups. Fully trained and certified in an elite shuttle run college – now a qualified master at tidying up under 5 minutes.
Warning: All helpers require adequate attention when off-duty and will not be held responsible for causing undying emotional attachment with family.