How to hack your HOUSE WORK
New Zealand Woman's Weekly|January 24, 2022
Cut down your cleaning time with these tips and tricks, time-saving tools and store-bought solutions

Kitchen

Your kitchen is the hub of your homeand needs to be kept to the highest hygiene standards for your health and that of your family. Doing the washing up every night and wiping down benchtops after each use are essential, but you also need to keep your appliances clean.

FRIDGE

Food fresh

As a rule of thumb, you should check your fridge weekly for any food that is going off, as this is the best way to guard against mould and mildew.

Spills

You should also wipe up spills when they happen. Every three months, give your fridge a deep clean, removing all food and taking the opportunity to check the use-by dates on condiments and seldom-used items.

Spray

Remove all trays and shelves, and give them a clean, along with the interior. Warm, soapy water is all you need, but you can also use a food-safe anti-bacterial spray.

MICROWAVE

Lemon fresh

To clean a microwave, pour 1 cup water into a microwave-safe bowl, squeeze in the juice of 1 lemon, then add lemon halves. Microwave for 3-5 minutes or until water is boiling and steam condenses. Let sit for 5 minutes, take out bowl and turntable, and wipe out interior gunk. The steam and citric acid also kill mould and bacteria.

Bathroom

The place where you get clean can quickly become one of the dirtiest places in your home! But keeping it grime-free doesn’t have to be a full-time job if you put in a bit of work to make maintaining a hygienic space easier.

Mouldy bits

The biggest thing to guard against in your bathroom is mould and mildew, which can be a bit of a challenge considering it’s a wet area that also experiences humidity. Having an exhaust fan is key and it needs to run for half an hour after a shower. But that won’t do any good if the fan is clogged. So vacuum the filter regularly or use an air spray, such as those used to clean keyboards, to blast away dust.

White lines

Why does your clean bathroom still look grubby? It’s probably the grout. For best results, you need a cleaning product formulated to clean and restore it, and a proper grout brush. You can find both of these at hardware stores and supermarkets. Then you go to work with a grout pen to whiten it. A bit of elbow grease is needed, but the long-term rewards are well worth it – fresh-looking tiles without the time or expense of regrouting.

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