Cleaning your house may not necessarily be the most enjoyable part of living in it, but it’s an unavoidable part of maintaining a home. However, the good news is that you can easily outsource these chores to a part time cleaner or hire cleaning services in Singapore.
But for those who prefer to take a hands-on approach when cleaning their home, we’ve put together a guide detailing the steps of the home cleaning process, and how often you should really clean your home.
This way, you can be more organised when tackling chores and have a cleaner, happier home.
How Often Should I Clean My Home?
|Household chore||How often you should do it|
|Empty the bins||Every other day|
|Replace your towels||Twice a week|
|Mop the floor||Every week|
|Vacuum the floor||Every week|
|Clean your kitchen sink||Every week|
|Replace kitchen sponge||Twice a month|
|Change your bedsheets and pillowcases||Once a month|
|Clean the toilets and bathrooms||Once a month|
|Clean your fridge||Every three months|
|Wash curtains||Every three months|
|Clean windows||Every six months|
1. Empty the Bins
In Singapore’s climate, food scraps have a strong potential to attract pests. It’s therefore important to empty your bin every other day, if not every day.
It would be a good idea to ensure there’s a firmly-fastened lid over it at all times (but we know how some households have a preference for open bins). If you cook often, you might want to have a smaller bin to collect and dispose of wet waste, especially meat, every day.
2. Replace Your Towels
Taking showers once or even twice a day is essential in Singapore’s hot and humid climate. Germs accumulate on your towels every time you use them, so change yours at least twice a week, or after every three uses.
3. Mop the Floor
In Singapore, where most of us don’t wear shoes at home, sticky floors with debris are a no-no. To keep your floors sparkling, it’s advisable to mop high-traffic areas at least once a week. If you vacuum and mop on the same day, vacuum before mopping.
Stay away from harsh floor cleaning products that can damage your flooring. You can, if you wish, make your own non-toxic floor cleaner with ingredients like vinegar, baking soda, and lemon juice.
4. Vacuum the Floor
Dust can collect in your home at an alarming rate, especially if you have a bigger house or pets. Neglecting to vacuum can result in poor air quality, and lead to and trigger respiratory issues.
Ideally, vacuuming should be done twice a week, particularly in areas where household members spend the most time (e.g. bedrooms, living room). If you have carpets, they absolutely need to be vacuumed at least weekly as they absorb dust. To save time and effort, get a powerful, cordless vacuum that doesn’t need to be plugged in every time you use it.
5. Clean the Kitchen Sink
Kitchen sinks can suffer from a build-up of micro-organisms from raw meat. It’s therefore important to clean yours at least once a week. You can use dish soap and water to do the job. If you’re dealing with a large amount of grease, you can first scrub the sink with a cut of lemon, sprinkled with salt.
6. Replace Kitchen Sponge
If you cook regularly, you might’ve noticed your sponges get dirty, greasy, and smelly very quickly. Bacteria and grime build on sponges, so change them every two weeks or even sooner once you find them unsanitary for scrubbing dishes.
Alternatively, you can turn to washable dishcloths or sponges that you can clean whenever they get too dirty. For washable dishcloths, you can pop them into a washing machine for a more thorough clean.
7. Change Your Bedsheets and Pillowcases
Germs accumulate on your bedsheets every time you sleep on them. In Singapore’s climate, it’s also likely you’re perspiring on your sheets every night, even if your air-con is turned on.
Change your bedsheets at least every month to keep your bed fresh.
8. Clean the Toilet and Bathrooms
Toilet and bathroom cleaning is essential not just for a pleasant smell and the aesthetics of your bathroom, but also to get rid of potentially dangerous bacteria (e.g. E. coli).
Hence, you should clean your toilets and bathrooms at least once a week, or more often if there are more than two people using a single bathroom. Your tasks shouldn’t only be limited to wiping the toilet bowl and seat: scrub other areas in the toilet (e.g. floor, sink) too.
9. Clean Your Fridge
No matter how clean you try to keep it, the fridge will become grimy after a while as sauce spills, grease, and odour leave their marks. Every three to four months, clean out your fridge by removing all drawers and shelves and washing them in hot, soapy water.
Wipe off the walls and doors of the fridge with soap and water. Don’t forget to put your frozen food and items that must be kept cold into a cooler first.
10. Wash Curtains
Curtains absorb dust and, left unattended, can worsen the air quality in your home and lead to respiratory problems. They should therefore be cleaned at least every three to six months, depending on how dusty your area is, and how sensitive your household is to air quality.
11. Clean Windows
Cleaning your windows regularly not only allows more light to enter your home but also prevents damage. You should clean your windows every six to 12 months. You may want to clean them more often if you live in an area with high levels of dust and pollution.
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Aside from general cleaning, you can also look into periodically deep cleaning your home. Keeping a clean home is important for maintaining your general health and safety, preventing the spread of diseases (please go away, COVID-19), keeping your home pest-free, and improving your emotional well-being.
But in between holding a full-time job, pursuing hobbies, hanging out with friends, and maybe even raising a family, cleaning can take a back seat. Living a full life means you may be too busy to clean your home religiously. But the good news is you can always hire someone to help you.
If you’re looking for a cleaning company in Singapore, use Sendhelper to find cleaning and deep-cleaning services.
Sendhelper is a professional home services brand provider that can aid you in managing your home. Aside from providing home cleaning services, you can also book a reliable provider to aid you in everyday tasks or chores through the Sendhelper app.
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