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Raise your hand if you do not dread that dark area under the kitchen sink, and you have my admiration. When I had just begun to work years ago, I once rented a 25-year old home. What was I thinking? Affordable rent. Every night was a nightmare. The minute I would switch on the light, all I could see on the floor were generations of roaches that came from under the sink. Maybe because: 1) the kitchen was dark 2) the pipes leading to the gutter underneath were ill-fitted 3) it was hard to access for cleaning, and 4) the…

A sparkling, shining bathroom is the mirror of a well-run home. It’s been a little over two years since we moved into the new home; the signs of wear and tear, ageing are beginning to show. The dirt accumulating along the grout lines, the stubborn build up of hard water stains or the faint water marks on the faucets narrate a story. They are what remains of the several evening soirees, casual tete-a-tetes over tea with the neighbors, and a house teeming with kids poring over board games in the summer.  Yes, while memories are made, immovable objects do take…

Roaches. Those creepy little things that give you goosebumps anytime you spot them. I wonder why they were created in the first place. Nothing makes me squirm as much as these dirty little things. They are not only creepy to look at, but quite unhygienic and hazardous health wise to have in a home. The tricky question is how do you exterminate roaches? The answer is : Pest Control. How often have you switched on the kitchen lights in the middle of the night to find the creepy little dirty insects moving about freely? Do you tip-toe into your bathroom…

A little caveat before I begin this post: it’s not the feel-good type that you are used to seeing on this page. It’s one of those get-down-and-dirty posts, but something we can’t live without. If you’re game, continue reading and I promise there are great pictures in the end :) What is the one thing that causes you the most agony in maintaining your home? For me, it’s cleaning bathroom and kitchen tiles. Outsourcing this area of home cleaning has never given me good results, and I don’t feel good telling someone to clean the bathrooms. PRODUCTS I USE: 1.…

Gross alert: there’s a lot of stomach-churning description in this post. So, in jest, please be warned that this is not for the faint-hearted. this post talks about how to remove hard water scales and shine your bathrooms with one awesome product. Bonus: No elbow grease. Strands of hair. Ewwww…. Lime scale build up. Not a pretty sight. Discolored tiles: disgusting! Dirty foot marks. Gross and wet. Slimy! Not a tough one to guess what part of the house you will be cleaning today. Today, as we clean one of the nastiest parts of the house, I realize this is also one I…

A big part of Diwali festivities is the copper, silver and brassware that comes out on display. In many homes, this has been passed down generations. For me, they hold a special significance as these were given by my parents during our wedding. For years, I kept them tucked away in a loft. Now they are on display adorning corners and console tables in the house; in many ways, it’s a remainder for me from where we come and a reminiscent of the past. Things you’ll need: Tamarind or lemon or vinegar. I use tamarind. Salt A chrome polish of…

The routine of cleaning bathooms is more mechanical and methodical than the remaining parts of the house, and one that you need to do regularly. There are 4 bathrooms in the house that I take turns through the week to ensure they are clean. Only two of them are used extensively on a daily basis. The biggest enemy in your bathroom is that one factor which is used the most: water. If you let water sit, it will lead to limescale buildup and dirt accumulating in the grout. Ensure the bathroom is dry after every use. My tricks to keep…

The favorite feature of my current home: floor-to-ceiling windows and  wall-to-wall glass windows. This  ~ translates to a flood of natural light. But, that also means tough deep cleaning once in a while. it’s quite a task to keep the shine on large glass windows. They looked the best the day professionals from MyBlueBottle cleaned the windows. Within weeks, dust and grime formed a layer on the tracks and the shine became muddy. I took it upon myself to periodically clean all the windows to keep the shine on until the next time they are deep cleaned.. What you’ll need…

Some of the most dustiest places in a home are above our heads – places that are out of normal sight and reach. Ready to look upward? All the surfaces over your heads will get a shine! If you can spare a little over 30 minutes, it will be wonderful. What you’ll need: collect your supplies I’m getting a little inventive with this one after having tried a number of cleaning methods to see what fits best: A bucket to hold your cleaning essentials. 2 to 3 old pillow covers. Colin or any other surface cleaner. Microfiber cloth. Ladder. A…

How did the past two days of cleaning go? Were you able to take out 30 minutes from the day to go through the sorting and purging? Today, we deal with the last of the closets in the house – the guest bed room. This is where I usually stash the bed linen, long coats, jackets, extra towels, and the other racks are often empty for guests when they come. With winter a few weeks away, that is if we have one this year in Bangalore, it’s a good time to air the blankets and comforters in the October sun…