The hid­den se­crets of spring- clean­ing

The 7 places we bet you didn’t spring clean — but should have!

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t’s spring- clean­ing sea­son, and you’re prob­a­bly look­ing for­ward to get­ting your house all spruced up and shiny! How­ever, there are many spots in the av­er­age home that ur­gently need a clean­ing, but re­main hid­den from us at first glance.

Luck­ily, Helpling, the on­line plat­form for book­ing clean­ers in UAE, listed these hid­den places and re­veals the seven most fre­quent ar­eas at home that go over­looked by us. Make sure that, this time, they won’t be for­got­ten! Oven hoods ab­sorb odours and are also a mag­net for fat. If we don’t re­move the stained fat on it, it will get clogged and make the clean­ing ef­fort a lot more dif­fi­cult ( not to men­tion, a dan­ger­ous fire haz­ard). You can clean it in the dish­washer: place the fil­ters hor­i­zon­tally in the top com­part­ment and run it empty to get rid of food residue in the fil­ters.

If you have to clean the hood man­u­ally: place the fil­ters in the sink, filled with a dou­ble dose of wash­ing liq­uid. Leave to soak, then scrub with a brush and then clean again. Don’t for­get the in­side of the cooker hood: get rid of the fat and dry with a cloth. Use 100 per cent cot­ton tow­els to dry it, as they will be lint- free. Two- thirds of all food poi­son­ing orig­i­nate from the fridge or the freezer’s walls, when most bac­te­ria only ‘ hi­ber­nate’ but don’t die at low tem­per­a­tures. There­fore, sort all your food in in­su­lated bags when stock­ing your freezer, as a pre­cau­tion­ary mea­sure.

To clean it: turn it off, re­move the bot­tom shelf, place some tow­els in­side to soak up the wa­ter, close the door and let it de­frost overnight. You can then ster­ilise the freezer with a cloth soaked in a vine­gar- based cleaner to get at the dor­mant bac­te­ria.

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