Cleanup 101
Amreen Rahman

A cleaning check list to help ward off mystery stains, rancid odours and more

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As excited as we are about our grand family and friends get-togethers, there’s always the less exciting task of cleaning up. This week we get some insider tips on how to unburden you from your post-celebration load by giving you a few easy ways to remove all traces of butchery and bring back the charm of your good ol’ home.


You’ll be using a lot of these to carry the meat from one floor to the next, it’s inevitable that they will start to take on the rancid odour of dried blood. Compile all your buckets/plastic bowls in the kitchen and thoroughly wash them once with regular dish washing liquid, scrubbing any leftover stains. The smell is most likely to persist, so use a paste of lemon juice and baking soda and leave it on for an hour or two. Then scrub it off again and rinse.


Use half a cup of white vinegar with two cups of hot water and one teaspoon of cleaning liquid. The vinegar has strong germ killing properties and will help disinfect the floors. Mix all the ingredients in a spray bottle and spray on surfaces that have stains, allowing it to stay for 10 minutes before wiping it off with a cloth. However, be careful not to use this mix on marble or granite floors, as the acidity of the vinegar may eat away at the floor. Use warm water and PH neutral cleaner for marble, ceramic and stone floors.


Use the same floor liquid cleaner mentioned earlier to wipe the floors clean. For countertops, squeeze the juice of half a lemon and scrub over stains. Let the juice stay on until the stain disappears, then rinse with water. You can also disinfect your cutting board using the same technique.


As the hub of your kitchen, your fridge will need to be squeaky clean and empty before you begin packing and storing your raw meat. To help clean your fridge, take some time in hand and start by defrosting it. Remove all shelves and then use a warm cloth to wipe away crystallised stains. Place baking soda and a bit of coffee on a tray and use it to work through the intricate spaces. Finally, wipe it down with a clean warm cloth. Repeat the same process for the shelves. The coffee scent may stay for a while, but that will fade away with any other bad odour plaguing your fridge.

Odour control

Once you have cleaned up your home, throw open the windows and make room for some cross ventilation. To make a natural air freshener, boil lemon or orange peels in water. You may also boil cinnamon sticks, leave a bowl of white vinegar in the rooms or put a few drops of vanilla essence on light bulbs.

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