8 CNY Spring Cleaning Tips For Your Home To Get It Guest-Worthy With Little Effort

6 February 2024 | BY

If you’re feeling overwhelmed or just ain’t got time to spare, check out these spring cleaning tips to get your home guest-worthy with little effort.

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Spring cleaning one’s home before Chinese New Year is a long-standing tradition that supposedly sweeps out any bad luck and ushers in a good new year. Whether this has any truth to it or is just a superstition, we can’t deny the benefits of spring cleaning once in a while.

With Chinese New Year fast approaching, there’s loads to do and not to mention, tonnes to clean as well. If you’re feeling overwhelmed or just ain’t got time to spare, check out these spring cleaning tips to get your home guest-worthy with little effort.

1. Get a robot to vacuum for you

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Robot vacuums are the rage these days with their smart functions and easy-to-operate settings. Their compact size also means they can clean the nooks and crannies most of us often struggle to reach. At the same time, having a robot vacuum can make your home seem a little more high-tech and it’s sure to impress guests. 

By getting one of these smart helpers to sweep, mop and vacuum your home, you can save the hassle of manual cleaning and focus on other CNY preparations instead. The best part is that they cost as little as $40 on websites like Amazon so it’s worth giving them a try.

2. Clear out grout using toilet bowl cleaners and a toothbrush

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Scrubbing grime off tile grouts is a time-consuming and laborious process, particularly if you’re not using the right tools or cleaners. Enter the toilet bowl cleaner and toothbrush TikTok hack making waves on the internet – a method that’ll make grout-cleaning much easier and only requires any old toothbrush and toilet bowl cleaner you have on hand.

Start by pouring the cleaner all over the dirtied sections of the grout and let it sit for at least five minutes. Then, use the toothbrush to gently scrub out the grime before wiping the floor with a rag, and tada – squeaky clean grout. Looks like TikTok videos aren’t just time-fillers and can come in pretty handy after all.

3. Buff your leather couch with coconut oil

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If your leather couch or faux leather couch is looking a little worn out and you can’t afford to get a new one, perhaps you can try using coconut oil to give it a new lease of life.

Simply dip a clean cloth in the coconut oil and use it to wipe off any dirt or stains on your leather sofa. Afterwards, wait a few minutes before cleaning any excess coconut oil off with a fresh cloth, and you’ll have restored the shine of your leather couch.

Not only is this method wallet-friendly, it’s also convenient if you already have some coconut oil in your kitchen. 

Not to worry if your sofa is made of fabric, you can swap out the coconut oil for a DIY fabric upholstery cleaning solution instead. You’ll just need to mix ¼ cup of vinegar, ¾ warm water and 1 tablespoon of dish soap in a spray bottle and you’re good to go.

4. Use lemon water to make your windows sparkling clean

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It’s easy to ignore the accumulation of dirt and dust in some areas but for dirty windows, it’s nearly impossible to hide the fact that it’s not been cleaned from guests or worse – your parents. They won’t be able to look out the window without coming across streaks of murky grime and stains on an otherwise clear glass.

If you’re pressed for time and money, the solution to this problem comes in the form of a homemade lemon-water cleaning solution. Mix equal amounts of lemon juice and water in a spray bottle and spray the liquid directly on windows. Wipe it dry using a cloth or old newspaper if you wanna be a little more eco-friendly. 

The lemon’s acidic base gets rid of window grime and can also be used on other smooth surfaces made of glass, plastic, or ceramic. This makes it a cheap and effective way to spruce up your home.

5. Remove rust from metal furniture with Coca-Cola and aluminium foil

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Coca-Cola is not just one of the soft drinks you serve to guests during CNY, it’s more than that. It’s a great cleaning solution as well because it is able to tear down rust on metal furniture – think stuff like wardrobe rods, bed frames and chair legs.

Rather than buying brand-new replacement furniture, all you have to do is dip some aluminium foil in Coca-Cola and start scrubbing away at the rusty bits. The rust should come off easily, saving you the extra costs that would’ve come with new item purchases. Plus, it’s more environmentally friendly too.

6. Use a pillowcase to get the dust off your ceiling fan

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Letting dust bunnies accumulate on your ceiling fan spells bad news for those with dust allergies. If you don’t clean it and switch on the fan during your CNY gathering, dust on the blades will be thrown into the air and you’re guaranteed a sneeze-fest from allergy-prone guests.

A nifty trick to clear the dust off is to use an old pillowcase. Encase a fan blade the same way you would a pillow, kiap it with your hands at the end and pull it backwards. This will trap the dust and ensure it falls into the pillowcase. Repeat this method with the other blades before you use a rag to get rid of the remaining dust. 

To up your cleaning game further, spritz some DIY dust-repellent spray that you can make by mixing liquid fabric softener with water in the 1:4 ratio – on the fan blades to prevent future dust build-up. This way, you’ll reduce the amount of spring cleaning you’ll have to do in the future.

7. Use vodka to clean carpet stains

This next spring cleaning tip involves some vodka and no, it’s not to drink your problems away. Rather, we’re going to use this spirit to remove carpet stains.

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Carpet cleaning can get pretty ‘
spenny, with professional carpet cleaning costing up to as much as over $1,000. So, if you’ve got some vodka lying around at home, it’s time to put it to use as a cheaper cleaning solution alternative. 

Pour some vodka onto a rag and dab it over the stained area, leaving the wet cloth on top of the stain for a couple of minutes to loosen it. Afterwards, let the area air dry. Rinse the rag and repeat if the stain doesn’t go away. Once done, the carpet should look as good as new, and your wallet will thank you for it.

8. Use white vinegar to clean smooth surfaces

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Vinegar is a popular natural cleaning remedy and its claim to fame lies in its antibacterial and deodorising properties alongside its affordable price. It is no surprise that it makes a great all-purpose cleaner, working wonders on smooth surfaces from windows to countertops and grimy household appliances. 

To make the solution, mix equal parts of vinegar and water in a spray bottle. Then, simply spray it onto the dirtied surface and wipe it away with a towel. 

In the bathroom, on top of mirrors and other fixtures, this vinegar-water mixture is remarkably effective at shining up a showerhead caked with grime. You can even use it to clean the insides of washing machines as well.

P.S. Not only is this solution harmless, it also doesn’t leave any residue on surfaces that can contaminate your hands either.

CNY spring cleaning tips

Cleaning your home may seem like a straightforward task, but there’s no denying the amount of time and labour that goes into it. Save some time by preparing your cleaning kits in advance and try out these tips this CNY. Not only will they make your home guest-worthy, but they’ll prevent your house from being with grime, buildup, and dust piles too.

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