Home is our safe haven. It’s where we return to unwind after a long day, or to relax on weekends with a cup of hot tea and a good read. And there’s nothing better than a home that is kept sparkling clean! Not only does it feel good, but a tidy home also keeps the germs at bay. Read on to find out how you can keep the germs at bay with some household cleaning products in Singapore!
Ingredients to look out for in your household cleaning products
Wondering if the current household cleaning products you’re using are effective against germs and viruses? According to the National Environment Agency (NEA), your cleaning products are effective against most germs if they contain the following ingredients.
General household cleaning products
1. Dettol Disinfectant Spray
If you had to guess where are the dirtiest places in your home, chances are the bathroom and kitchen would be the first places to come to mind. Besides keeping the floor clean, we often overlook places like countertops, doorknobs and handles.
The Dettol Disinfectant Spray (available on Jovin’s Shop) provides a convenient solution to germ protection. Not only can you use it to kill 99.9% of germs on the areas mentioned above, you can also spray it directly onto your sofas and mattresses for sterilisation. This disinfectant spray prevents the spread of harmful bacterias and viruses as well as the growth of mould and mildew. Bonus: It comes in refreshing fragrances to curb odour generated by germs!
2. Clorox Disinfecting Wipes
In cases when a disinfectant spray may not be suitable or efficient enough — for example, on the electrical switch or larger surfaces — the Clorox Disinfecting Wipes (available on healthmart.sg) is a great alternative. It kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria, including those that cause flu viruses. These disinfecting wipes are also safe for use on finished hardwood, sealed granite and stainless steel surfaces.
Don’t forget to bring these disinfecting wipes with you when you’re out and about! They come in handy for parents with young children as you can now sterilise their baby toys and baby gears frequently while on-the-go!
3. Magiclean Floor Lavender
Go the extra mile when you’re mopping the floor with the Magiclean Floor Lavender Detergent (available on Kao Official Store). With antibacterial properties, this floor detergent can help to kill nasty germs. It’s also effective against stubborn stains and grease and can be used on ceramic, porcelain, marble, wood and many other surfaces. The detergent dries quickly with no watermark so your floor remains sparkly new with a hint of lavender fragrance!
4. Mr Muscle 5-in-1 Multipurpose Cleaner
Prefer an all-in-one cleaning solution for your home? The Mr Muscle 5-in-1 Multipurpose Cleaner (available on S-Mart by Shopee) is your best bet! As one of the best household cleaning products to eliminate germs and bacteria, this multipurpose cleaner is effective at removing dirt and stains on hard, non-porous surfaces.
For regular cleaning, dilute one cap of multipurpose cleaner in a bucket of water. For deep cleaning, pour the cleaner straight onto a cloth and wipe the surface. To use this detergent as a disinfectant, apply the concentrated solution to your item of concern and let it stay for about five minutes before wiping off.
Household cleaning products for the bathroom
5. Mr Muscle Foaming Bleach Gel
We don’t want to paint an icky picture, but there’s no denying the bathroom is a breeding ground for germs. It’s estimated that your toilet bowl itself has about three million bacteria per square inch — eww! E.coli, Bacteroidaceae and salmonella are some of the common germs found in the toilet. To get rid of them, use a household cleaning product that’s as powerful as the Mr Muscle Toilet Cleaner Foaming Bleach Gel (available on Skymart).
It’s formulated with a mix of toilet cleaning detergent and strong bleach. Simply squeeze a moderate amount onto the inner walls of your toilet bowl and let the toilet cleaner foam up! The solution rapidly kills up to 99.9% of germs and whitens toilet stains with its HCI active formula. As it foams up, the bubbles help to loosen up dirt and grime so you can easily scrub them away with a toilet brush. It also leaves behind a lavender and citrus fragrance to freshen up your toilet!
6. Magiclean Stain & Mould Remover
Noticing dark stains growing between your toilet tiles? Yup, you’ve got a mouldy situation there! Caused by the bacterias that thrive in hot and humid environments, mould not only makes your bathroom look old and dirty but can also increase the risk of health problems. It may trigger allergies, asthma or even affect your immune system over the long run.
Combat this mouldy problem with household cleaning products such as the Magiclean Stain & Mould Remover (available on Kao Official Store)! Spray it on the affected areas, focusing on the nooks and crannies of your bathroom. Then, watch as the dense foam penetrates deeply into stains and mould to rid them from their roots! The best part? There’s absolutely no scrubbing needed, just rinse it off! Plus, it also kills germs effectively in the process.
Household cleaning products for the kitchen
7. Magiclean Kitchen Bleach
The toilet may have a bad rep when it comes to germs, but the truth is that the kitchen has the most germs compared to other rooms in the house! These harmful bacterias can lurk anywhere — on kitchen utensils, dish sponges and your favourite cookware.
Stop germs in their tracks with the Magiclean Kitchen Bleach (available on Kao Official Store)! It boasts a safe formula that’s great for daily disinfection on utensils and is capable of eliminating tough stains from your tableware. To disinfect, simply mix 20ml of bleach in two litres of water. Then, soak your cutleries, rags and chopping boards in the mixture for about 30 minutes before rinsing with water. You’ll notice that your cooking tools smell much better after a soak because this kitchen bleach helps to deodorise them too!
8. Magiclean Sink & Pipe Cleaner
When you’re disinfecting your kitchen, don’t forget about the drain in your sink! The drain is an excellent hideaway for bacteria. The Magiclean Sink & Pipe Cleaner (available Kao Official Store) is one of the best household cleaning products to tackle this. A few spritzes are all it takes to kill most of the bacteria in the drain. Moreover, the foam helps to melt away dirt and slimy stains in just five minutes, perfect for unclogging and sanitising the pipes at the same time!
9. Sunlight Lemon & Mint Antibacterial Dishwashing Liquid
You need to keep up with the sanitary levels even in your day to day tasks, such as dishwashing. Swap out your regular dish soap with the Sunlight Lemon & Mint Anti-Bacterial Dishwashing Liquid (available on jmsgroceries.sg). This dishwashing liquid is formulated to be gentle on your hands but tough on germs and dirt. In addition, it contains natural mineral salt to keep your utensils clean and shiny!
Household cleaning products for the laundry
10. Attack Perfume Floral Liquid Laundry Detergent
Washing your laundry in temperatures below 60 degrees Celsius may allow bacteria to thrive and survive. It can even be passed on to other garments during the wash and is something you’d absolutely want to avoid!
The Attack Perfume Floral Liquid Laundry Detergent (available on S-Mart by Shopee) is one of the best household cleaning products to use when washing your laundry. It is two times more concentrated than regular powder detergent so you need not worry about the messy food stains your little monkey has on his baby rompers! On top of that, this laundry detergent is highly sought after for its advanced anti-bacterial formula that’s capable of penetrating deep into the fabric fibres for a thorough clean. It can be used for indoor drying and is suitable for both the top and front load washing machines.
11. Febreeze Anti-Bacterial Fabric Refresher Spray
Let’s be realistic, many of us don’t have time to wash our laundry every single day. In fact, there are times where we wear the same piece of clothing we’ve worn the day before. The truth is that these pieces probably don’t smell as fresh as before and germs may have accumulated on them overnight. Freshen things up with the Febreeze Anti-Bacterial Fabric Refresher Spray (available on P&G Official Store) which not only kills most germs lingering on your outfit, but also eliminates odour. Psst, you can even use it on the couch, curtains and your dog’s bed!
Protect your family, keep the germs away
No matter the situation, it’s always good practice to keep your environment clean and germ-free! Besides practising proper housekeeping with anti-bacterial household cleaning products, don’t forget to disinfect your phones — the one thing many of us are glued to around the clock! On top of that, remember to maintain a healthy diet and consume food to boost your immunity system so your body can fight off the nasty germs and viruses!
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