After a challenging year that involved plenty of social distancing, we’re excited to finally spend some well-deserved quality time with our loved ones and bid farewell to 2020 together. However, that doesn’t mean we won’t be taking pandemic precautions while doing so – COVID-19 is still very real, and we need to ensure that our homes (and habits) remain hygienic, especially while interacting with our nearest and dearest.

Here are four easy cleaning hacks that could come in handy this festive season.

Clean smarter, not harder

Cleaning windows, vacuuming the couch, scrubbing the oven, and dusting picture frames and trinkets are jobs that don’t have to be done every time you clean. Adding one of these small extras to your weekly cleaning schedule means that they won’t add up to become a monster task that you have to do all at once at the end of the month.

Another fun way to clean smarter is by setting a timer (try 15 minutes or 30 minutes, depending on how much time you have) and getting through as much tidying as you can before the time is up. This is a great way to get the kids involved too – they’ll see it as a competitive game rather than a boring chore.

Don’t cry over spilled juice

Is it even an end-of-year party if someone doesn’t spill something on the floor? Whether it’s one of the kids with their sticky fruit juice or your trigger-happy bestie with Champagne, cleaning up an accidental spill is as easy as pie, with flour (see what we did there?).

Instead of instinctively reaching for those paper towels, grab a handful of all-purpose flour and sprinkle it over the spill. The flour’s glutenin will instantly absorb the moisture and stop the spill from spreading, making the mess much easier to clean up.  

Use the power of steam

Steam cleaning your microwave beats scrubbing away at built-up food with harsh chemicals for what feels like ages. Cut a lemon in half and place the halves into a microwaveable bowl of water, then heat the bowl for three minutes in the microwave. Leave the bowl to stand for a further five minutes to allow the steam and lemon to work their de-greasing magic.

After you remove the bowl, give your microwave a quick wipe down with a cloth, and voilà!

Improve your home’s air quality

A safe, hygienic home starts with fresh, clean air, and investing in an air conditioner with built-in air-enhancing features is a long-term investment in your family’s health and well-being.

With an antibacterial air filter as its first line of defence, the LG ArtCool captures and eliminates dust and bacteria microparticles. Next, a powerful plasma ioniser purifies not only the air that passes through the air conditioner but the surrounding surfaces too, resulting in over 99% of adhering bacteria being sterilised within one hour of use. In addition to the ionisers, LG’s ArtCool have a comprehensive auto cleaning function which prevents the forming of bacteria and mold on the heat exchanger and thus provides a more pleasant and comfortable environment for the user. All without you lifting a finger!

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