6 Ways to Keep Your House Clean When You Go On Holiday

LIFESTYLE  |  December 19, 2016
  • 1. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink
    1 / 6 1. Don’t leave dirty dishes in the sink

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    Food gets crusty and becomes harder to scrub off if left on dirty dishes for too long. Worse still, the smell of leftover food attracts ants and flies. The unfinished food can eventually decompose and start growing mould as well. 

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  • 2. Clean out the trash
    2 / 6 2. Clean out the trash

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    Unless you’re keen to let your trash rot and fester, make it a point to throw everything out before leaving on your holiday. Heat is an incubator for bacteria that’s found in the trash, so make sure you remove all plastic bags from the bins and keep them free of moisture and waste. Psst, don’t forget to empty out the bathroom trash as well, or you’ll return to stinky, putrid surroundings. 

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  • 3. Check your fridge
    3 / 6 3. Check your fridge

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    The fridge poses a greater threat than the waste bin but is often overlooked by most people before they leave for their holidays. Mould spores from decomposed food can build up and affect fresh food, so be sure to do a quick check and throw any food that could potentially rot during your leave. Be sure to finish any food that will expire during your vacation as well – you don’t want it to start rotting while you’re away!

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  • 4. Disinfect your drains
    4 / 6 4. Disinfect your drains

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    To avoid nasty insect infestations, disinfect your drains with natural products. Start by running hot water through the drains for about 15 seconds. Once the drain is heated, pour a teaspoon of baking soda in and continue to run hot water for a further 15 seconds. This should kill off most of the odour. Another option is to pour a cup of vinegar or lemon juice down the drain and let it set for 30 minutes before flushing it down with hot water.

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  • 5. Do your sheets and laundry
    5 / 6 5. Do your sheets and laundry

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    Clear your laundry basket before travelling, especially if you’ll be away for long. The longer your clothes stay unwashed, the more resistant their odours will become. Bacteria thrives when it is exposed to three things: organic material, warmth and moisture. This makes your dirty clothes the perfect breeding ground for bacteria, so wash out dirty clothes, bed sheets and towels before you leave. You’ll also be thankful for fresh, clean sheets and clothes when you return.

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  • 6. Unplug electrical appliances
    6 / 6 6. Unplug electrical appliances

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    Most appliances generally consume some electricity when left plugged in, and some can consume a lot of energy even on standby mode. The cumulative effect of leaving them on and plugged in whilst away will add up. Hence, unplug your computers and TVs, along with DVD players and kitchen appliances before you leave. You’ll save yourself some money and be more eco-friendly in the process.

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