cleaning

How I mop the floor

What I use to mop the floor

I have taken over the task of mopping the floor of my home for a few years. It is not a task that I particularly enjoy doing. However the satisfaction and comfort of having a clean floor for my family overrides my initial adversion towards mopping thhe floor. Eventually after a few weeks of mopping, [...]

Dish wash soap effective for floor rags and hand towels

Do you find that using soap powder is ineffective when it comes to washing floor rags and hand towels? You may be tempted to switch to more expensive liquid detergent in order to clean better. I have recently discovered that we can clean just as effectively using the humble dish wash liquid soap as with [...]

As a stay at home mom, you must have a lot of free time

Many working people mistakenly thought that a homemaker, caregiver or a home based person have a lot of free time. A friend of mine who gave up her career in order to raise her boys the best of her ability shared with me that it is annoying when she repeatedly got asked this question: “So [...]

Should you outsource your laundry or do it yourself

Clothes drying under the windy sun

Each day, I see folks carrying a pile of clothings to the dobby located not far from my house. They would bring about a weeks’ worth of clothes to be washed by the dobby and come over to collect it later. Sometimes, I would see my neighbors carrying a huge basket of clothes to another [...]

Home so much cleaner when pets not allowed in the house

During end of April this year, we made a decision not to allow our pet dogs in the insides our home (eg living room, bedroom and kitchen). It was the first time in my life where I do this as I have lived with pets my entire life. What triggered the decision I grew up [...]

The therapeutic effect of cleaning and gardening

gardening as therapy

Yesterday in the late afternoon I spent about 2 hours pulling out weeds in the my garden. The weather was cloudy, hence it was not hot and the occasional wind is soothing. I ended up with 3 solid huge black bags of weeds that I pulled out with my own hands. Cleaning and pulling out [...]

Should you vacuum or dust first and the truth about portable vacuum cleaners

Vacuum cleaner

There are 2 school of thoughts: 1. Some people prefer to dust and then vacuum because dusting will cause dust to settle in lower surfaces which can be vacuumed off 2. Some people prefer to vacuum first then dust because it seemed that vacuuming may result in dust being distributed back to the air. For [...]

Baking Soda and Vinegar NOT effective for clearing blocked pipes/drains

Last year, I had to clear the blockage of 2 areas in my home- one was a waterway from my bathroom and another was a pipe flowing from my verandah to the drain. For my bathroom, it was obvious the drainage was blocked as water would overflow back into my bathroom. It is quite yucky [...]