CNY 2020 is right around the corner! But before you can start chowing down on pineapple tarts or collecting red packets, you’ll need to do some Chinese New Year cleaning. Da sao chu, or the home cleaning tradition, begins days before CNY and is believed to sweep away the bad luck of the previous year. Hoping to welcome Chinese New Year 2020 with better fortune? Today’s your day. We’ve got a list of easy CNY preparation home hacks, so read on.
Wondering how to get rid of stubborn sauce or hard water stains? You’re not alone. Before splurging on expensive over-the-counter cleaners, try using something that you likely already have in the kitchen: a lemon.
Not only can this fruit remove rust from stubborn stains in the kitchen, but it also doubles as a natural fragrance. Think about that fresh, natural citrus scent that lingers long after you’re done cleaning.
Look inside your microwave. Spot any food stains?
Most of us use the microwave daily but when it comes to cleaning it, this is one appliance that is often overlooked.
If you’re frying up some dumplings, you’ll be left with a layer of grease stains. You can scrub all you want, but they won’t go away easily.
There's a reason that decluttering is the single most important task when staging your home: it makes a huge difference to the atmosphere of the place. Clearing out all that junk should be your topmost priority for the New Year.
In the words of Marie Kondo, “Keep only those things that speak to your heart. Then take the plunge and discard all the rest.”
These pesky little buggers don't quite deserve such a cute name: dust bunnies are a household nuisance and not easy to get rid of.
Cleaning glass, especially that of windows and sliding balcony doors, is definitely a once-a-year affair that you can’t miss. Try making this homemade glass cleaner as an eco-friendly and less toxic solution compared to store-bought alternatives.
Ah, those dreaded white water rings. Make your coffee table look like new with just a few household items and a quick wipe.
After you’ve shined the wooden table with olive oil, leave the bottle out for the leather couch.
Aluminium foil isn’t just for the kitchen; it’s for the bathroom too. It’s only natural for the pipes under your bathroom sink to disintegrate with time. If these aren’t taken care of soon enough, you’ll be faced with leaky pipes and you won’t be able to avoid a hefty plumbing bill. Try our easy method to avoid letting the rust on your pipes spread.
We’ve all heard of bath bombs, but how many of you have tried a toilet bomb? Yes, these really do exist. And they're quick and easy to make at home.
This is the quickest way to deodorise and clean your toilet bowl of any light stains without scrubbing. Just note that with harder stains, you might need to scrub after the toilet bomb dissolves.
We’re always throwing in dirty clothes into the washing machine. But what good is a washing machine if it’s dirty to begin with? With all the new clothes you’ll be wearing for your family visits, it’s the best time to give your washing machine a good cleaning.
Now that you’re armed with our favourite Chinese New Year home cleaning hacks, it’s time to roll up your sleeves and get to work. Happy CNY 2020, everyone!
Pooja is a Singaporean writer and property owner who has been following local real estate trends closely for the last 5 years. In her spare time, she enjoys hiking, dragon boating, and cooking vegan-friendly meals.