Cleaning Tips to Beat Winter Woes
Winter has definitely made its presence known, with plummeting temperatures and plenty of gloomy rain. As well as changing out autumn wardrobes for winter coats and boots, it’s a good time to examine some of your cleaning and tidying habits for this coldest season of the year. Here’s a few of our tips to keep things spick and span and healthy this winter.
Let there be light!
Follow your nose
Keep tabs on what’s lurking in the fridge – if something doesn’t smell quite right, it’s probably time to get rid of it. Don’t forget, though, that this
is the perfect time of year for slow cooked stews and soups – so if there’s something coming up to its use by date, maybe it’s worth making up a batch
of something hearty and nourishing. You can always freeze extra portions!
Can you handle it?
When you’re sorting out the toilet, don’t forget to disinfect the door handle as well as all the obvious surfaces. Think about it – it’s being handled by anyone in the house, and while they’ll have washed their hands after doing their business, they’ll have also touched it when they entered the room – bringing with them all kinds of germs from the outside world.
Stay away from sponges – be surface safe!
Sponges seem like an easy solution when cleaning, but the porous nature of sponges mean that they are notorious for harbouring bacteria. Use a quality
cleaning spray with a cloth that will be washed after use, or paper towels – just make sure to pick some that are made from recycled materials and
are kind to the environment.
Respiratory illnesses run rife in New Zealand, especially in winter. Keep tabs on mould and mildew spots – places like window frames are especially prone
to problems – and maintain good standards of cleanliness. And try to ensure that air moisture is kept to a minimum, by opening windows when the weather
permits or running the dehumidifier.
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