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Five top tips for spring-cleaning

Five top tips for spring-cleaning
News from The Southland Times:

Spring is here! So it’s time for a timely reminder about some ways that you can clear clutter and lighten up your life ready for summer, without creating waste or pouring pollution down the drain.

Spring-cleaning is also a great way to get more organised, which results in better productivity, less stress, and better use of your resources.

Here are our top five tips for clearing out and cleaning up, without firing everything into a rubbish bin or skip.

Identify any unwanted items around your home that may have value to someone else and put them aside to advertise, ie on Trade Me or in the classifieds.

Hold a garage sale and re-home all your old sports gear, furniture, clothing, shoes and soft toys in one go.

Donate any unsaleable items that you can no longer use, or take them to a secondhand or reuse shop.

Reorganise the things at home that you really need, or use regularly, so they’re easy to find. That way, you won’t be tempted to go out and buy something new when you’ve already got a perfectly good one hiding in a forgotten cupboard.

Remember, we wear 20 per cent of our clothes 80 per cent of the time, so don’t be afraid to have a good clear out of clothes and donate what you really don’t need.

To reduce packaging waste and pollution, spring-clean with chemical-free alternatives, such as micro-f…………… continues on The Southland Times

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From chopping boards to pots and pans, Dr Chemical shares his top tips to keep your kitchenware spotless and hygienic.

A question I am often asked is how best to clean cooking utensils – knives, chopping boards, pots and pans, etc.

You’ve created your culinary masterpiece but what to do about the mess afterwards?

Try these tips to ensure your cookware is hygienically cleaned.


The cutlery is easy – the stainless steel that modern cutlery is made out of is nonporous, and so is a poor substrate for bacterial growth.

A quick rinse in hot water and detergent or a cycle through the dishwasher and the job’s done.


Chopping boards are not quite so straightforward. The issue here, of course, is bacterial growth.

Whether they are made out of wood or plastic, they possess a degree of porosity, with crevices in which moisture can lodge and bacteria can grow. And this is the best time of the year for it (or the worst, depending on how you look at it), with all the damp weather around.

There are several ways of disinfecting hard surfaces – bleach, laundry disinfectants and so on – but the easiest is the way it’s done…………… continues on The West Australian

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