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      Leifheit Cleaning Guide

      Air Purifiers — Luxury or Necessity For Singapore Households?

      Air Purifiers — Luxury or Necessity For Singapore Households?

      Just like food and water, the air we breath is essential to our survival.

      Singaporeans take pride in the food & drinks we consume, bur how often do we think about the air we breathe? What we breathe in is just as important, if not more important, as the food & drinks we put into our body.

      In Singapore today, there are undoubtedly more pollutants in the air now as compared to decades ago due to an increase in economic activity, vehicles on the roads, population size, and the seasonal haze.

      Even though we put emphasis on being a clean & green society, Singapore is still subject to air pollution, falling short of its target air quality levels as recent as of 2020.

      So how exactly does an air purifier work? An air purifier consists of multiple types of filters and a fan that sucks in the air that is purified and then circulated.

      As the unclean air is sucked in and passed through the filter, the unwanted pollutants and particles are captured, and the clean air is then pushed out into the indoor space.

      There is more than meets the eye with the air we breath at home. Some particles, such as dust, pet fur and mould, are visible to us.

      But there are a lot more harmful minute particles that we cannot see with the naked eye, such as bacteria, germs, volatile organic compounds (VOCs), and pollen, that we unknowingly breathe in and are harmful to our respiratory system.

      These particles can affect our health adversely, especially for people with respiratory conditions, as they might worsen asthma or lung conditions such as emphysema or chronic obstructive pulmonary disease.

      Even if you do not suffer from these conditions, these particles could trigger allergies and sinuses, and also degrade your respiratory system over time.

      As such, air purifiers are the modern solution to deal with indoor air pollution. Here are a few reasons why you should have an air purifier at home:

       

      1. Prevent Allergies

      Those who are prone to allergies would know that they are triggered by even the slightest exposure to dust, pollen or other impurities in the air.

      Allergic reactions can also be triggered by airborne chemicals from cleaning product, flooring and furniture as well. Just the slightest trigger of an allergy can potentially ruin your entire day!

      Hence, an air purifier protects you from the constant barrage of allergies at home, and ensures that your home is truly a safe haven to relax and unwind.

       

      2. Manage Asthma & Other Respiratory Conditions

      Asthma and other respiratory conditions tend to be aggravated by minute particles and microbes in the air.

      These have the potential trigger asthma attacks and lead to further complications, making installing air purifiers essential for those living with asthmatic conditions.

      This is because an air purifier, especially ones that contain an activated carbon filter, removes these harmful particles from the air, thus allowing those who suffer from asthmatic related complications to manage their conditions better. 

       

      3. Reduce Exposure To Smoke, Traffic & Industrial Emissions, and Haze

      Credits: Elena Leong via Flickr

      Exposure to emissions from secondhand cigarette smoke, heavy traffic, industrial buildings and haze can lead to sore throat, cough, and throat infection in the short term, as they contain particles irritate the lungs and nasal passageways.

      Prolonged exposure could even lead to diseases ranging from bronchitis to tumours.

      It’s impossible for us to control the amount of air pollution that is present outdoors in Singapore, but you can take charge at making the air at home optimal, safe and comfortable for you and your loved ones with an air purifier.

       

      4. To Get Rid of Bad Smelling Odours

      Bad smelling odours at home can come from a variety of sources, ranging from stale bedsheets, mildew in your bathroom, cooking in your kitchen, or even from your neighbour’s house or the neighbourhood.

      There’s not much you can do about your neighbours, but an air purifier in your home will be able to filter the air in your home and get rid of nauseating odours, allowing you to maximise your comfort level at home.

       

      5. To Prevent Pet Allergies

      If you own pets at home, then you should be familiar fur shedding, dander, and even dead skin cells — all of which could potentially trigger allergic reactions.

      While you may not be allergic to certain pets, it does not mean that their shedding won’t cause any problems.

      These particles could slowly build up within the lungs of family members of households with pets, which might develop into major issues later on.

      With an air purifier at home, you’ll be able to filter out these harmful particles to ensure your family’s long-term safety, while enjoying the companionship of your beloved pets.

       

      Luxury or Necessity? 

      While an air purifier will not magically cure your respiratory illnesses, it will definitely create a cleaner and healthier environment at home with clean air to breathe and live with.

      If that is a priority for you, then an air purifier shouldn’t be viewed as just a luxury item. It is necessary to have one not just in times of the seasonal haze in Singapore, but to improve your everyday health and mood as well.

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      Our NEW Leifheit Soehnle Series Airfresh Clean 300 Air Purifier is built with an advanced 4-level filtering system (pre-filter, EPA filter, activated carbon filter, UVC light) that effectively cleans your air by removing 99.2% of all particles greater than 3.0 µm from the air.

      Allergy-friendly (ECARF approved), flexible 3 power levels, adjustable timer function, removable filter, and night mode. 

      Purchase now at our exclusive launch price at 38% OFF. Learn more: https://leifheit.sg/products/leifheit-soehnle-airfresh-clean-300-s68094

       

      5 Things You Can Still Do While Staying Home More

      5 Things You Can Still Do While Staying Home More

      I’m sure we have already all heard the news from our Prime Minister regarding the government’s new “circuit breaker” measures to curb the spread of locally transmitted cases of COVID-19.

      Many are, no doubt understandably saddened, while some might welcome it with open us as it means more opportunity to stay home.

      But no matter what you might be feeling, we all know that it’s going to be a tough time for sure.

      Not being able to go out and do the things we like, be in physical contact with our friends and loved ones, and having to make changes to our daily routines is going to dampen our spirits.

      But times like these are when we can build mental resilience, shape our adaptability to dealing with tough circumstances, and to do the things that we’ve been meaning to do at home but haven’t found the time to do so.

      Here are 5 things that you can do around the home for a more productive stay-home period, as well as to lift up your mood during this challenging times.

      1) Wipe Down Your Windows Thoroughly


      Our home windows are an often neglected part of our home. We see it, see through it, but we often don’t realise what’s on it.

      Now that you’re staying home more, do take a closer look at your windows.

      You might notice straightaway that there’s a lot of dirt, watermarks and even mold that has been accumulating on your windows for weeks, or even months.

      This particles diminish the air quality in your home and make the air in your house stagnant. Long-term exposure to such particles can even lead to issues with your lungs and other medical issues in the future.

      Do take this opportunity to give your windows a good cleaning and wiping down for a better stay-home experience!

      2) Clean Your Toilets


      We use our home toilets so often that sometimes we don’t realise how much grime and stains it has been accumulating.

      After all, it’s the place where we scrub dirt and grime off our bodies. The warm moisture in your bathroom also makes it the perfect place for germ growth.

      With more stay-home time on your hands, it’s the perfect time to give your whole toilet a good scrub down. Focus on areas such as the drains, faucets, toilet seats & bowls, toilet floors and your shower divider.

      Not only does cleaning your toilets give you a cleaner home, it’s sure to lift the mood in your home during this period of extended social distancing as well.

      3) Dust Off Hard-To-Reach Spots


      Now that you’ve more time at home, it’s time to find those out-of-sight and hard-to-reach spots that you wouldn’t have noticed when you were hustling about your normal routine.

      Areas such as your ceiling lights and fans, cabinet tops, underneath your furniture, are silently collecting dust and dirt while you have been out of home carrying out your day-to-day routines.

      It goes without saying that the accumulated dust will trigger dust allergies and sinus, especially if you’re going to be staying at home more often.

      So, take the effort and get your cleaning equipment out to dust off these areas and make your stay-home experience a more pleasant one.

      4) Pick Up A New Culinary Skill


      Now that you’ve got more spare time from being at home more often, why not pick a new skill?

      And what better skill to pick up in the comfort of your own home than a new culinary skill!

      With recipes, instructional videos and communities available online, picking up a new culinary skill is a perfect stay-in activity to do.

      With supermarkets, wet markets, and grocery delivery services still open and running, you’d have the ingredients you need to support your new hobby.

      Plus, if you need any specialised kitchen utensils, we’ve got them available here ready to deliver to your doorstep.

      5) Spend More Time With Your Family


      Last but definitely not least — with more time at home, it’s the perfect time to spend more time with your family.

      From simply sitting together at the same table for meals, to doing elaborate stay home activities such as watching movies together or even playing Animal Crossing together, the time spent together with your family would strengthen your bonds with one another.

      Not only would it give you something to fill your time with, but with each other’s love, support and bond, you’d find the strength to go through this period together as a family.

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      Practising social responsibility is crucial in slowing the spread of COVID-19. Do stay home as often as you can, practise personal hygiene such as washing your hands for at least 20-seconds, covering your nose and mouth when you sneeze or cough, and do not touch your face before cleaning your hands.

      Take care & stay safe everybody!

      4 Reasons Why You Should Stop Trying To Make Your Own Hand Sanitisers

      hand sanitiser

      With the spread of COVID-19 in Singapore, there has been a heightened awareness on practising good personal hygiene & precautionary measures, such as wearing face masks & using hand sanitisers.

      As such, you’d have seen web articles, social media posts, and even courses on how to make your own DIY hand sanitisers using a mixture of essential oils, rubbing alcohol and other ingredients.

      However, these recipes are often from uncredible and unverified sources, and contain inaccuracies that might end up doing more harm than good, even though they may seem well-intentioned.

      So before you embark on your DIY hand sanitiser project, here are a few points that would make you rethink your decision.

      1. Just Because It Contains Alcohol, It Doesn’t Mean It’s Effective

      Many have the misconception that as long as the solution contains alcohol, it will kill the virus when applied.

      However, that’s not the case. There’s a minimum percentage of alcohol content that is needed before a hand sanitiser can effectively kill the virus in your hands.

      A hand sanitiser has to contain at least 60% alcohol before it can break the cell wall of the virus and effectively kill them off.

      That means alcohol solutions that are usually used for making DIY hand sanitisers, such as vodka, are ineffective as they contain below 60% alcohol.

      2. Using Essential Oils Might Do More Harm Than Good

      According to Dr Natasha Bagdasarian (Division of Infectious Diseases, National University Hospital) essential oils, a common ingredient found in DIY hand sanitiser recipes, do not provide reliable protection from viruses.

      This is because essential oils are not preservatives, a key component required to kill contaminants, such as bacteria, germs, and viruses.

      Even if you insist on using essential oils, they need to be made together with solubilisers. If not, the oils will not be dispersed evenly throughout the liquid, making them completely ineffective.

      Moreover, if this un-dispersed concentration of essential oils are applied to the skin without any dermal limits, it might lead to adverse reactions on the skin, such as rashes and bumps.

      3. Ingredients to Make Hand Sanitisers Are Not Off-The-Shelf Items

      While it is not totally impossible to make hand sanitisers yourself, one needs to have the right formula first, such as this one published by the World Health Organisation (WHO).

      However, it should be noted that the ingredients (such as hydrogen peroxide & glycerol) are more likely to be found in a laboratory, rather than off-the-shelf at supermarkets.

      Hence, it might be impossible for a member of the public to get their hands on the appropriate items to make a legit hand sanitiser.

      4. Washing Hands With Soap Still The Best Practice

      Hand Washing

      If you are unable to get your hands on a bottle of hand sanitiser because they ran out of stock at almost every storefront, it’s barely the end for you.

      Besides, over-relying on hand sanitisers are not good for your skin in the long term, as it could result in dryness and cracking of the skin.

      It fact, it is more effective to wash your hands thoroughly with soap and water. While hand sanitisers are convenient, they cannot replace proper hand washing.

      According to the Centre for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) in the US, washing hands with soap and water is the only method that can remove all types of germs on your hands effectively.

      So do remember to wash your hands for at least 20 seconds (or the time it takes to sing “Happy Birthday” twice) regularly, and more importantly, before you touch your face with your hands.

      How To Divide Household Chores With Your Partner For A Happier Relationship

      Couple doing housework & chores

      Let’s face it: most of life at home with your significant other revolves around chores.

      Whether you’re a young couple who just got their BTO flat or a mature married couple with children, doing housework is an integral part of living together.

      Be it cleaning your home, doing the dishes, taking out the trash, or doing the laundry, household chores are a staple activity for every couple.

      And there’s nothing more frustrating than coming home from a long day at work only to realise that your house is in a mess because your partner has neglected their chores.

      In fact, research has shown that, after faithfulness and sex, sharing household chores is the most important cornerstone for a successful marriage (The Atlantic).

      Thus, it is important to work out how to share your household chores with your partner to reduce conflict in the home, and to strengthen your relationship as a couple.

      Here are some tips on how you can share your chores with your partner for a healthier and happier relationship.

      1. FAIL TO PLAN, PLAN TO FAIL — BE AS SPECIFIC AS POSSIBLE

      Couple Planning Housework

      Sharing chores with your partner isn’t just about saying “each one do half-half” — in fact, such arbitrary 50/50 splits are recipes for disaster.

      Figure out and note down WHAT needs to be done, WHO should carry out the task, and WHEN they should be done (how regular, which day & what time).

      Addressing the WHAT: Discuss which chores are high & low priority, and lay out in detail the expectations of the chores to be done.

      Addressing the WHO: Assign chores to maximise the strengths of each other, and to work around each other’s weaknesses. We all have our own quirks & preferences, so there’s no singular rule for this.

      Addressing the WHEN: Discuss each other’s schedules to figure out when best to fit chores in. It’s best to develop a flexible plan — sticking to a rigid plan is not ideal as it does not account for unexpected changes to one’s schedule.

      Once you’ve got a well-discussed and thought-out plan, it’s time to execute it! Expect some bumps along the way — note what is going well with the plan and what isn’t going so well.

      Then, revisit the initial plan with these notes and make adjustments from there. It is a process of continuous refinement, so don’t expect to get it right on the first try!

      It might seem like micromanaging, but having a specific & detailed plan ensures that all that needs to be done are accounted for, which in turn reduces the chances of disappointments from undone chores.

      2. ACKNOWLEDGE EACH OTHER'S EFFORTS

      Couple doing housework & chores

      A little acknowledgement to your partner’s efforts go a long way. It might seem like common-sense, but yet couples don’t do it enough at times!

      For starters, check in on each other regularly. Show your gratitude and appreciation to your partner’s efforts in doing the chores, even if it’s a simple “thank you”.

      Also, constantly communicate with your partner to find out how they’re finding the plan, if they’re able to cope, the difficulties they are facing, and what they feel could be done better.

      Acknowledging your partner’s efforts with open communication and appreciation is a sure way of motivating each other, and also strengthens your relationship.

      3. DO NOT NITPICK ON HOW YOUR PARTNER DOES THEIR CHORES

      Kitchen Dish Washing

      One of the easiest ways to derail your chore plan (and your relationship) is to nitpick on how your partner perform their chores, or to criticise how they choose to accomplish them.

      This creates unnecessary tension in the home, shows your distrust in your partner, and also disregards their upbringing, which could potentially ruin your relationship.

      Instead, it is important to learn about each others’ histories and their upbringing to understand how they were taught to do a certain chore.

      We also have to keep in mind that there’s no one sure way of performing a chore. As long as the chore is done and the expectations are met, that’s good enough.

      4. WORK AS A TEAM, NOT AS INDIVIDUALS

      Couple In Kitchen Dish Washing

      This doesn't mean that you should only do your chores at the same time as your partner.

      Working as a theme means having honest & open dialogue, and engaging in constant 2-way communication  a recurring theme throughout this article.

      Spend less time arguing and spend more time working together. Instead of just focusing on doing your part of the chores, be mindful of your partner’s efforts and the bigger picture of the chore plan as well.

      You’ll soon notice that your home is not only cleaner and more organised, but also healthier and happier.
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      Third parties are always not welcomed in a relationship, but let Leifheit be the intermediary to provide you with the tools you need to make light work of household chores.

      From cleaning tools, laundry items to kitchen accessories, Leifheit's got all you need to make life at home easier.

      9 Things We Use Everyday That Are Germ-Ridden — And How To Clean Them

      9 Things We Use Everyday That Are Germ-Ridden — And How To Clean Them

      While we are now more conscious about washing and sanitising our hands to avoid contracting any communicable diseases, what many of us don’t realise is that some everyday things are filled with germs & bacteria — even more so than a toilet seat.

      Here are some surprising things that could make you sick, and more importantly, how to clean them:

      1) MOBILE PHONES

      Mobile phones are a germ magnet, especially considering how often we use them now. As our fingers and thumbs are scrolling & typing away, the germs & bacteria gets transferred from our hands onto our phones & accumulates there.

      How to clean: simply wipe down thoroughly with an alcohol wipe every few days.

      2) COMPUTER KEYBOARD

      This statistic might surprise you — your computer keyboard could contain FIVE times more germs than your toilet seat. Those minute & inaccessible spaces are often overlooked, but they collect & retain a ton of dirt & bacteria.

      How to clean: Turn your keyboard upside down & shake it to remove loose debris. Then, use a vacuum cleaner suck up the smaller dirt particles. Lastly, use cotton swabs dipped in rubbing alcohol to sanitise the gaps in the keyboard.

      3) REMOTE CONTROLS

      Similarly to mobile phones, your remote controls are germ magnets too. They’ve been through a lot — they collect dust while idling on your couch, get sat on, and get touched by unwashed hands.

      How to clean: While doing your regular cleaning routine at home, don’t neglect them. Simply wipe them down with an alcohol wipe to sanitise them.

      4) BAGS

      When we put our bags on the floors and seats of offices, schools, restaurants, public transport, etc — the bacteria, dirt and germs accumulated from everything else that have touched them gets passed on to them.

      In fact, an average handbag contains 3 times more dirt than an office toilet seat.

      How to clean: For cloth bags, wash them thoroughly at least once a month. For plastic and leather bags, use alcohol swaps or disinfectant wipes once every 2 weeks.

      5) HANDLES

      Be it faucet handles, door handles or handles in public transportation, they all contain the bacteria of countless people who touched them before you did — some of whom did not wash their hands. Bacteria such as e.coli can spread to you when you touch this handles.

      How to clean: For handles in your own home or office, wipe them down regularly with disinfectant wipes. If you touch a handle in public places, do not touch your face until you’ve washed your hands thoroughly with soap.

      6) RESTAURANT MENUS

      This might come as a surprise to some, but restaurant menus are shockingly laden with germs & bacteria. They get touched by the hands of many customers, left in an environment where food is stored & cooked, and do not get wiped down unlike tables and chairs.

      How to clean: Cleaning restaurant menus might be out of your jurisdiction, but you can minimise hand contact with the menu, and sanitise your hands before eating with a hand sanitiser.

      7) KITCHEN SPONGE

      Even though they are doused with dish detergents often, the pores of a kitchen sponge contains bacteria such as salmonella & e.coli, both of which could give you a bad stomach upset.

      How to clean: Soak in a bucket of disinfectant & boiling water every week. Or, it’s easier to just replace your sponge every other week.

      8) PETROL PUMPS

      While it’s widely known that public surfaces such as elevator lift buttons & ATM keypads are breeding grounds for germs & bacteria, not many know that petrol pumps are hotbeds too.

      They’re touched by many car drivers who reach out straight to the pumps after their hands have been on their steering wheels — which isn’t exactly very sanitary in the first place.

      How to clean: Similarly to restaurant menus, cleaning the pumps might be out of your control. Keep a hand sanitiser in your car & apply them after you’ve filled up your tank. If you run out, you can always buy it at the petrol kiosk.

      9) CARPETS

      Carpets collect the dead skin cells which we shed, which bacteria such as e.coli & salmonella feed off. Apart from that, they contain many other nasty things such as dirt, food particles, liquids, etc, making it the ultimate hotbed for bacteria and germs.

      How to clean: Vacuum your carpets once a week. If you have a steam mop, use it to wash the carpet & kill any bacteria living deep in its fibres. If not, hire a professional carpet cleaner to deep clean it at least once a year.

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