10 Diwali Cleaning Tips to Sparkle your Home!
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Brightly lit up corners of all streets, guilt-free sweet binges and festive vibes all around – what’s not loved about Diwali? Most awaited festival of India – Diwali is just around but along with it, also comes the stress of house cleaning to make it Diwali Ready.
Cleanliness is as important as décor as it keeps your health better! According to Hindu mythology, Goddess Lakshmi only enters the home which is properly cleaned and lighted. So, get ready and clean your house to welcome the goddess of wealth and prosperity into your house and for your family.
Start Diwali Home Cleaning as Early as Possible
Diwali cleaning is not for only Diwali festival, but house cleaning is also must after the monsoon. This is equally challenging for a working housewife and particularly maids or help not available. Cleaning the entire house means lot of work. It is not just about cleaning some parts of the house. But cleaning the entire the house, right from the living room to bedroom and pooja temple to wardrobe. Proper planning and dividing your work properly will make it easier to clean house. While bathroom and store can be cleaned in a half day, a kitchen may need more time. Bedroom and living area can be cleaned in one day each and after that final finishing needs to be done for overall cleaning some other day.
Diwali Cleaning Tips
Gharpedia is here to advise you on where to start and how to end without straining health. To make your Diwali cleaning task easy, we have given some easy tips. Let’s take a look.
01. De-clutter Your Space is the First Step to Diwali Cleaning! Don’t Forget!
The very first step is to remove the clutter and unwanted items from the entire home. The moment you start screening the objects, you can find that there are various items which you do not use in your house but still, they are just there since years. You must get rid of those items. You can either donate or just throw them away in the trash. Go to all rooms of your house and start screening the items. Removing clutter is a major part of house cleaning.
02. Wardrobe Cleaning for Diwali
Every house has a wardrobe. So, first remove the dust from the wardrobe then wipe with clean dry or wet clothes. Then change the paper or cloth if you lay it on shelves of a wardrobe. Fold all of the clothes properly and arrange them in good order. If you have old clothes and if you do not want to use them in future, you can simply donate it to needy people.
Similar way you can clean the boxes of the bed. Remember that you should not use detergent or any other cleaners to clean boxes and wardrobe.
03. Loft Cleaning for Diwali
Usually, every house has a loft above the lintel level. Remove the dust from the loft. Wipe it with a clean cloth. Clean all the objects which are put on the loft and dispose of what you do not need. Place useful items carefully.
04. Furniture Cleaning for Diwali
The first step for furniture cleaning is removing the dust from the furniture by duster cloth. Make the mixture of a weak solution of dishwashing soap. Dip a soft cloth in the solution and then wipe the entire piece. Remember not to use a wet cloth. Use a damp cloth. You can use mineral spirit, or paint thinners like turpentine to clean wooden furniture. A vacuum cleaner will be very useful for furniture cleaning. Also, clean the bookshelves to save your furniture from termites.
05. Diwali Kitchen Cleaning
Culinary delights make the kitchen very greasy and oily. So break the kitchen cleaning work into a smaller and easily manageable task of cleaning the areas efficiently. Start by cleaning the kitchen cabinets and drawers. Clean the extra kitchenware, dishes and bowls which are not used in routine. Wipe the drawer and cabinet with clean clothes, warm water or any other cleaners. Similarly, you can clean the Kitchen platform, exhaust fan, floors, etc. with just warm water and detergent.
If there are open stone shelves, clean them with baking soda and lemon. Baking soda with lemon will help to remove greasy and oily stains from these shelves.
06. Home Appliances Cleaning for Diwali & Make it Fresh!
Home appliances such as television, music player, fridge, washing machine, etc. can be cleaned by using cleaners like Collin. Cleaning these appliances is easy if you clean in a right way. First, remove dust with duster cloth form the appliances. Then wipe these appliances using clean and dry cloth. Then clean the appliances by cleaners and scrub using a smooth cotton cloth to avoid scratch.
If you find strong or greasy stains on microwaves or fridge, remove them easily by baking soda with lemon or vinegar.
It is ideal to clean your ceiling fan blades without getting the dust and grime all over your floors and furniture. Don’t forget to clean your light bulbs, as it also increases the illumination which ultimately saves the energy, and hence your light bill.
07. Diwali Floor Cleaning
Clean the floors effectively with floor cleaners or detergent. You can also use vacuum cleaners, sweepers, brooms and fibre clothes to clean the floors.
08. Diwali Bathroom Cleaning Tip! Take a Note!
The first things in bathroom cleaning is removing unnecessary items. Then clean the bathroom shelves with liquid cleaner or detergent.
Make the solution of equal parts of water and white vinegar and use it for cleaning the soap dish and faucets. To clean showerhead, fill a plastic bag with white vinegar. Attach the bag over the showerhead with a rubber band. Put it for one hour, then remove the bag of vinegar and turn on the shower to flush away the vinegar and sediment. Polish with a soft cloth.
For cleaning the bathroom floors, you can use the bathroom cleaners which are available in the market. To remove mildew on tile grout, spray the white vinegar on tile grout and let it sit for ten minutes. Rub than with an old toothbrush and rinse with water.
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09. Diwali Cleaning for Window Sills, Curtains & Book Shelves
Last but not least, don’t forget to wash your curtains and bedsheets. In a rural area, many people dry-up their bed mattresses in sunlight. Do remember to clean your window sill and channels.
10. House Exterior – The Most Important Part of Diwali Cleaning!
The house interiors now may look brand spanking new but if the exterior looks ugly and shoddy, the first impression will be bad. If your exterior walls need repairing, don’t ignore them. Also, if you are thinking of painting your exterior wall, do it without hesitation if you have a budget to get it done.
Once you are done with Diwali cleaning, it’s time to decorate your home. You can use Diyas and lights for decor of the house as it removes darkness from your house, signalling happiness and prosperity. You can also put fresh flowers as it gives positive vibes to your home. Further, you can also draw Rangoli on the floors. There are many materials and ideas for Rangoli to make your Diwali special.
Diwali home cleaning can be a stressful chore. Use these above-mentioned cleaning tips to give your home a thorough cleanse and bring it in the festive spirit! A famous saying – “Diwali is like a treasure hunt. You find lost money and forgotten memories.”
And last, if we have missed out any tips, do drop it in below comment box! Gharpedia wishes you a Safe and Happy Diwali!
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