Compared to steamboat feasts, cosy family reunions or late-night mahjong sessions, spring cleaning may be a less anticipated part of the Lunar New Year season. Yet, no matter how much we dread or stress up over it, spring cleaning is an essential and symbolic practice that signifies the cleansing of bad luck before the new year.
So, what if we told you that getting the house spick and span can actually be really easy and fun? Read on to find out how cleaning your home can be a breeze with nifty gadgets and cool cleaning tools. Plus, check out DIY cleaning hacks that make use of natural ingredients. And, be sure to finish up on your cleaning before the First Day of the New Year (大年初一) so you don’t break any taboos!
Ready to roll up your sleeves?
Before Lunar New Year
1. Go Hands-free
Forget the back-breaking task of vacuuming underneath your sofa – the Philips SmartPro Compact Robot vacuum cleaner does all the work for you at the mere click of a remote control. Designed like a spaceship straight out a sci-fi flick, watch this sleek robot cleaner glide through narrow spaces to pick up dust and never miss a spot.
What’s more, it can even clean the house while you’re out at work or if you’ve got your hands full with other household chores. Schedule your cleaning session 24 hours in advance and come home to spotless floors! It even knows when it’s running low on battery and will automatically dock at the charging pod so you don’t have to worry about charging it.
Get the Philips SmartPro Compact Robot vacuum cleaner, $599, at Courts and enjoy these freebies from 2 Jan to 4 Mar 2018:
- Spend $188 on Philips Small Appliances – Free (1) collectible cushion (Worth up to $39.90)
- Spend $388 on Philips Small Appliances – Free (1) $80 shopping voucher (Worth $80)
- Spend $888 on Philips Small Appliances – Free (1) spring cleaning voucher (Worth $150)
Still reeling from the STAR WARS™ action last Christmas? Your galactic adventure doesn’t have to end yet – this Lunar New Year, go on a mission to conquer all dirt and dust with the Darth Vader™ POWERbot! By simply using a remote control or the Samsung Connect app2 on your smartphone, your POWERbot robotic cleaner will do all the hard work for you!
Possessing 20 times* the suction power and a slim 3.8 inches in height, your POWERbot will easily and effectively clean spaces that are hard to reach. Watch it whiz about smoothly throughout your home, with its Visionary Mapping™ intelligence that allows it to map out and remember the contours of each room, while its FullView Sensor™ 2.0 helps it detect and avoid obstacles such as chairs and tables – leaving every nook and cranny spick and span. Talk about a Force to be reckoned with!
Get the Samsung POWERbot Star Wars™ Edition – Darth Vader, $1049, from Harvey Norman.
*20 times stronger compared to Samsung’s conventional models in the VR9000 series.
2. Go Stain-free
Excited about your festive frock but dreading the hassle of washing your reds in a separate load? The LG TWINWash® is just what you need this season and beyond. Simply chuck your reds into the LG TWINWash® Mini and the rest of your clothes into the main washer so you don’t have to worry about staining them. With the convenience of washing two loads simultaneously, you’ve got no excuse not to wear auspicious colours during the Lunar New Year!
Get the LG TWINWash® + LG TWINWash® Mini, $2,594 at Best Denki.
3. Go Eco-friendly
Using steam technology, this steam cleaner cuts through stubborn grease and grime, killing germs with just water and a microfiber pad. Simply fill up the tank and your cleaner is heated and ready to go in 15 seconds. This model also comes with a detachable Steambuster™ multi-purpose portable steam cleaner and a Swivel Steering feature that helps the mop head easily manoeuvre around furniture.
Black and Decker 10-in-1 Steam-Mop™, $249.90, available at Metro.
If you still prefer to mop the old-school way, this Method Squirt+Mop Hard F.Cleaner will be your ideal cleaning companion. Besides its yummy lemon-ginger scent, this no-wax formula is non-toxic and biodegradable. It also makes cleaning a lot easier – simply squirt the solution onto the floor and clean the floor with a cloth or mop in long strokes. You don’t even have to dilute the solution, rinse the floor afterward or fret about waxy build-up or toxic residue. It’s that easy!
Be sure to check out Method’s other household items, produced from eco-friendly ingredients and materials at an affordable price range.
Method Squirt+Mop Hard F.Cleaner, $6.50 available at FairPrice.
4. Go Au Naturel
Affordable and easy to find, baking soda may look like your average culinary ingredient but it’s actually a super cleaning agent. As a mild alkali, it is able to cause dirt and grease to easily dissolve in water and neutralize odours, eliminating unpleasant smells. The best part? Its natural, non-toxic properties give it a one-up over other household cleaners.
If your carpet or rug is starting to feel sticky or grimey, simply sprinkle some baking soda over them to freshen them up. Leave the baking soda in overnight and vacuum afterwards. Or make your own bathroom scrub with baking soda, liquid detergent and vinegar.
As baking soda’s trusty partner-in-crime that helps to clean kitchen sinks and garbage disposals, vinegar also makes a rather nifty cleaning agent on its own as its acidity can effectively dissolve soap scum and erase stubborn stains. You could also give your mirrors and windows that extra shine with vinegar diluted in water. Simply dab some vinegar solution onto a cloth and give your mirrors and windows a good scrub. However, be careful not to use it on granite and marble countertops as its acidity could corrode these surfaces.
During Lunar New Year
If you’ve got the spring cleaning down pat, continue to usher in an auspicious new year with these do’s and don’ts at home to guard your luck!
Do: Take out the trash before the New Year. Just like how spring cleaning before the new year purges bad luck, taking out the trash also symbolises getting rid of ill luck from the previous year.
Don’t: Break a plate. It is inauspicious to break home cutlery as this could signify a loss of fortune or a strain in family relationships. So, be sure to be extra careful around the house!
Don’t: Sweep the floor on the First Day. While keeping the home dust-free is essential before the new year, refrain from sweeping or cleaning the home on the first day of the Lunar New Year as this signifies sweeping away your fortune.
Don’t: Wash the clothes on the first two days of Lunar New Year.
Really excited about your brand new LG TWINWash™? Wait till the third day before you break in your new toy. Washing clothes on the first two days is said to be inauspicious as they clash with Water God’s birthday.
So, go on and snap up these gadgets, or even concoct your own cleaning solutions to get the home spotless for Lunar New Year! Here’s wishing you and your family a prosperous New Year!