According to the National Health Service (NHS), UK, there are three main ways by which germs can spread by clothes and towels: when you share clothes with another person, when you mix soiled clothes of varying degree while washing (cross-contamination), and when you handle them with your bare hands.
Germs come from our own body. An anonymous therapist once said: “When you feel lonely, remember there are millions of bacteria, viruses, and other germs living in your body; you mean the WORLD to them.” Jokes apart, most of these germs are harmless, but some of them are guilty of causing infections. If you have a skin problem or wound, keep your clothes extra clean. Let us tell you why.
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Contrary to popular belief, part time maids in Singapore are actually much cheaper to hire compared to full time maids. Add to that issues of privacy, trust, and liabilities, it becomes a no brainer that hiring part time helpers is a better choice.
To begin with, let us break down the costs involved in hiring full time helpers. When hiring a helper, there are several one-time expenditures which include but are not limited to
One-time costs of hiring full time helper
Now, we look at the recurring expenses that you will have to incur for the duration of a full time helper’s employment with you.
Monthly / Recurring costs of hiring full time helper
So, it turns out that hiring a full time helper will set you back by roughly $22,775 per annum.
Now let’s compare this to the cost of hiring a part time helper in Singapore. Even with the best part time maid provider like Sendhelper, it costs only $22/hour to hire a part time cleaner on a recurring basis. With additional discount, while paying by credits, the hourly rate for cleaning and cooking roughly comes down to $20/hour.
What will it cost you per year to hire a part time maid to meet your needs?
Depending on the size of your home and your specific requirements for home cleaning along with ironing of clothes, the number of hours needed may vary. The following table will give you a good indication of your expenses based on cost of $20/hour.
On average, for a standard 2 bedroom + living room apartment, 3 to 3.5 hours of cleaning is sufficient even after including some ironing of clothes. Now, say you want home cooked meals too, so adding another 1.5 to 2 hours, a sum total of 5 hours of work should be sufficient for an average home with a household size of 3-4 people.
With cleaning and cooking done every alternate day of the week, using a part time helper will only cost you $1,200 per month or $14,400 per annum. This translates to cost savings of $8,375 per year when compared to full time helper cost of $22,775 per annum!
Apart from the extra cost of hiring full time helpers, there is also the hidden cost of renting or living in a larger apartment so as to provide lodgings for the full time helper. Further, if privacy is an issue for you, then it can be a major turn off as well. The flexibility and zero liability that comes with part time maids is in stark contrast to high potential for disputes and risk of liabilities that come with full time helpers.
On platforms like Sendhelper, you can always hire part time cleaners and cooks in Singapore at short notice. All service providers on Sendhelper are vetted, verified, checked for criminal records and are legally eligible to work in Singapore. Not only that, there is a healthy diversity in terms of backgrounds, age, gender, race and language abilities that suit your preferences. The helpers are also insured up to $1 million dollars of coverage, so you don’t need to worry about any potential disputes as well.
The icing on the cake is the flexibility that a part time helper from a platform like Sendhelper offers. This gives you the option to change helpers anytime vs. a full time helper who is fixed for a period of 1 to 2 years. Further, when a full time helper is on annual vacation, you have no one else to take care of their duties. However, helpers on Sendhelper are available 365 days a year. In case, you are going to be on a holiday, as a Sendhelper user you have the option to pause your service for as long as you want. Over and above that, using a platform like Sendhelper has added benefits of bigger discounts on laundry / dry cleaning, handyman, BBQ help, aircon servicing, among others.
About 5,200 dengue cases have been reported this year in Singapore. This is just in half a year. In comparison, for the whole of 2018, there were only 3,300 cases reported. That’s a staggering 209% increase!
Another dengue epidemic in 2019?
Channel News Asia (CNA) has reported that Singapore experiences dengue epidemic every 5 to 7 years. The last epidemic was in 2013 when more than 20,000 cases of dengue were reported. According to an expert in a CNA report, this year we may have reached the end of that cycle with indications ripe for another epidemic.
There has been a staggering increase in such indicators. NEA’s website says that weekly reported dengue cases have quadrupled in the last 3 months alone. NEA had also confirmed a 25% monthly increase in Aedes aegypti population in April 2019. Aedes aegypti is the mosquito which predominantly transmits the dengue virus in Singapore, as understood from the NEA report.
In terms of number of cases on a weekly basis, roughly average of 400 cases have been reported per week for the last 4 weeks in Singapore. This coincides with doubling of active dengue clusters in the past one month to a total of 112 (as on 17th June, 2019). These include 31 high risk areas. Prominent amongst these are Woodlands, Thomson, Chai Chee, and Geylang. You can check the map of all dengue clusters here on NEA’s website to see if your neighborhood is part of an active cluster or close to one.
So, what can we do to keep ourselves safe?
Do not worry, you are in Singapore.
Rest assured Singapore is one of the best equipped, in terms of medical access, quality of doctors, technology and infrastructure, to deal with such tropical diseases. NEA is also working closely with various agencies including Inter Agency Dengue Task Force (IADTF) and Town Councils with help of volunteers and community members to bring the problem under control. Singapore’s agencies and Ministry of Health have been one of the most effective public organizations when it comes to dealing with tropical diseases and epidemics.
Remove stagnant water.
We can also play our own part in prevention of the spread of the virus. Removing stagnant water from surroundings is key to this initiative. Inverting pails, flower pots & plates and changing water in vases can prevent mosquitoes from getting the ideal breeding ground. If there are gutters including roof gutters, clearing those and placing the right insecticides is recommended.
Make sure of that even while on vacations.
Given it is vacation time, you may be going away on holidays. Be sure to cover all toilet bowls and floor traps before you leave for your break. Ensure that all water storage containers are emptied. If your vacation is going to be a long one, ask a relative or friend to check your place weekly for stagnant water.
Get pest control work done.
The best way to eradicate or prevent mosquito infestation is to use professional pest control services focused on treating mosquitoes. You will find Singapore’s best and affordable pest control specialists on Sendhelper app. Pest control services and treatments on www.sendhelper.com are not only limited to mosquitoes, but also cover other pests such as cockroaches, ants, rodents, flies, termites and bed bugs among others.
You can also get special packages of your desired frequency for eg. monthly, quarterly and bi-monthly and target group of pests. Simply download Sendhelper app and put in a pest control request for your preferred date and time. Sendhelper’s pest control partners will take care of the rest.
Be aware of symptoms and seek early treatment.
Dengue symptoms are sudden onset of fever (for 2-7 days), headache & pain behind eye, muscle & joint pains, rashes, nausea, nose or gum bleeding and easy bruising of skin. If you display these symptoms, please seek medical attention urgently. You should also protect yourself and others by applying mosquito repellants to avoid being bitten.
Since the early days of mankind, ice and snow were used for centuries for refrigeration and chilling. We moved from collecting ice and keeping it for use in summer time in the late 17th Century when mechanical ice making commenced.
The early civilizations created their own methods of cooling depending on their geographic location and available materials. The ancient Egyptians used wet reeds on windows which was perfect for its dry and arid climate. The Romans had aqueducts in their walls while the Persians used cisterns and built wind towers for cooling.
The Chinese during the time of Han Dynasty around the 2nd Century invented the rotary fan which was at that time powered by prisoners. By the 8th Century, around the time of Tang Dynasty, this had evolved to cooling halls with water-powered fan wheels and jets of water from fountains.
Remember Benjamin Franklin?
In 1758, Franklin along with a British chemistry professor named John Hadley of Cambridge University were the first to successfully establish that evaporation of volatile liquids could be used to lower temperatures. In 1820, Michael Faraday, the British inventor best known for his discoveries in electromagnetics, made a breakthrough in advent of compressor technology. He discovered that if ammonia was compressed, liquified and then allowed to evaporate, air surrounding the area of evaporation could be cooled. This paved way for various compression refrigeration systems which were used to cool air and make ice until the early 1900s when electrical air conditioning arrived.
Electrical air conditioning
Have you seen Carrier brand of air conditioning units in the market or in TV ads?
Well, the first modern electrical air conditioning unit was invented by Willis Carrier in 1902. It was built to actually regulate temperature and humidity in a lithographing process at a factory where Willis Carrier was employed. Carriers invention not only controlled the temperature, but also controlled the humidity by passing air over cold coils which were filled with cold water.
Very soon Carrier’s technology was used in all types of workplaces to improve productivity and its rising demand led to the formation of The Carrier Air Conditioning Company of America. It wasn’t long before residential and automobile use cases for air conditioning became common.
The last of the most significant inventions in the history of air conditioning came in 1945 when Robert Sherman invented the portable, in-window unit which carried out all the functions related to cooling, humidity and filtering.
With multiple functions being carried out by modern aircon units, the AC units in our homes today are highly complex. This gives rise to the need for regular AC servicing arises. Aircon maintenance is an easy task if done with the right service provider and at the right intervals. Available on iOS App Store and Android Play Store, Sendhelper is a platform which allows you to book necessary aircon maintenance services in Singapore at an affordable price and at your own convenience.
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The year just started! This often goes hand in hand with spring cleaning. Cleaning has spillover benefits into different parts of our lives. This 2019, consider the long-term impact and intrinsic motivators to cleaning your house. Here are some tips to help you persist through the process of cleaning.
Clearly define your needs and priorities
Some contend that the state of our house is the reflection of our inner beings. Research has found that physical clutter adds to your stress. However, this need not be the case. When people clear their homes, they often jump straight into throwing things out based on what they feel. This works if what you’re cleaning happens to be in small amounts. However, quite a few of us are guilty of accumulating piles to the extent of hoarding and cluttering our homes.
Set the parameters straight
Define guidelines for yourself on how you should categorise your belongings first. Your priorities and goals should direct what you want in both your life and your homes. Many tend to give up on cleaning after feeling overwhelmed by the clutter. These questions, however, can mitigate these sources of anxiety when it comes to cleaning:
What are quantifiable goals you would like to set for yourself and your family?
What are your top 10 list of priorities as an individual and a family?
How can your house be structured to meet these priorities and needs at all times?
What are things in your house which don’t support these goals?
These may sound like very obvious questions. However, many of us have piles of items stored for years in our homes which may never be used at all. It is important to be able to define our needs and wants. This is not exclusive to just the aesthetics of our homes. It also improves our overall well-being too.
You don’t need most of it
The truth is, we probably don’t need most of the items we have. Remember the outfits bought during sale but never worn? Or the lamp bought a while back because it was fancy? These are just a few examples of many things we don’t need. Faced with the stress from work or school, spending money has become means of therapy. Unfortunately, this adds to the stress in the long term. It makes it difficult for cleaning tools to move around the house. This may make us feel that cleaning is a challenging process when it doesn’t have to be!
Another issue with clearing our old items is the nostalgia attached to it. Items which remind us of relationships which we once shared leaves us in a state of standstill. Decluttering can at times help us move on too.
Engage help to clear the clutter
Cluttered spaces are often hosting spaces for pests such as cockroaches and termites. The accumulated moisture in corners are also conducive for mould to fester in. You may want to hire professional cleaning services to help you clear this. This is because professional expertise in these matters would present a higher chance of your home being restored to its original state!
There are also several cleaning services which are available in Singapore to help you with clearing old items and with issues of pests and mould. With a variety of cleaning services ranging from specialised deep cleaning to regular home cleaning and part-time helpers who help you with simple cleaning tasks, Sendhelper caters to your budget and cleaning needs. Available on iOS App Store and Google Play Store, you can book whichever cleaning service you need right now and have your home cleaned as quickly as the next day!
After a long day at work or school, coming home to lounge on the sofa feels like absolute bliss. However, not cleaning the sofa properly turns it from a place of comfort to a breeding ground for bacteria and other germs. Here are some tips to care for the sofa at home appropriately!
1. Locate the sofa away from the window
Sunlight can react with photo-sensitive pigments in sofas. This results in a change of colour over time, which isn’t always reversible. Furthermore, there may be incidences of rain affecting the sofa if the window is not closed properly. These stains cannot be cleaned easily. As such, it is advisable to place the sofa from a distance away from the window.
2. Read the label
Understand the characteristics of the fabric before cleaning. The codes shown on labels indicate how different fabric should be cleaned. The following are the breakdown for codes on fabric labels:
W – This indicates water can be used to clean the fabric.
WS – A dry cleaning detergent or mild detergent and steam vacuum can be used
X – No water, vacuum only
S – Clean with dry cleaner detergent
3. Clean the sofa consistently
Consistency is key in maintaining upholstery in good shape. If the vacuum at home has an upholstery function, vacuum the sofa weekly along with other cleaning chores. Remember to vacuum the corners and lift up the seating (if possible) to clean the base of the sofa. If the couch at home is made of leather, consider wiping it with a damp cloth regularly.
Make cleaning the sofa a weekly activity at the very least. Not cleaning sofas consistently makes it difficult to clean after a long time. Consequently, the accumulated dirt will affect our health.
4. Treat stains immediately
If something spills on the sofa, clean it immediately lest the stain sets. Additionally, check the sofa once daily for stains which have gone unnoticed through the day. Here are points to note when cleaning the stains:
Wipe spills with a paper towel or dry cloth as soon as the spill happens. Do not make rubbing motions. Instead, blot the liquid out.
If the stain cannot be removed with a dry cloth, use a water-based cleaner to remove the stain. However, do a patch test of the cleaner in an inconspicuous corner of the sofa to see if the cleaner works with the fabric. Doing so prevents complication of the stain.
However, do not try to clean oil-based stains as this might cause a bigger stain. Oil-based stains are more complex to remove and would require deep cleaning services to remove.
Baking soda is not the solution to all stains. There are many stain removing tips on the internet which suggests baking soda for removing stains. However, the effectiveness of baking soda is dependent on what kind of stain it is and how long has the stain been set in the upholstery for. If these factors are not clear, it is better to consult a professional to help with the cleaning of your upholstery.
Cleaning and caring for our sofas are not easy tasks. However, there are professional cleaning services available in Singapore which can help you clean your sofas. Available on iOS App Store and Android Play Store, Sendhelper is a platform which allows you to book professional home cleaning, deep cleaning, sofa cleaning, mattress cleaning and other such services in Singapore at an affordable price and at your own convenience.
“New Year resolutions do work!”, is a statement most would not agree with. Many usually stumble 2 weeks into trying to achieve their new resolutions. However, what happened in the past should not define what is to come! It is possible for us to achieve our resolutions and goals. Here are some tips for you to help you achieve the goals you set for yourself in the year of 2019!
People often give up on goals when they feel that what they have set for themselves are unachievable. This is likely caused by vague phrasing of resolutions. Examples of such resolutions are:
“I would like to be fitter”
“I would like to sleep earlier”
Envision goal setting as if we are novices knowing nothing about building planes but are tasked to build one. The vagueness of these goals is a stumbling block in itself. It is like expecting a newbie to build a plane with missing instructions. The lack of clarity in direction of goals will and has caused many to stumble.
Quantify your goals
Craft your resolutions better by quantifying them. Here’s how the earlier examples can be phrased
“I would like to be fitter –lose 4kg by 6months”
“Instead of sleeping
at 2am, I would like to sleep by 10pm
The latter statements also express the same intentions in a more specific manner. However, actions that could be taken for latter statements are more tangible than the former statements.
Be present, don’t multi-task
Don’t be busy, be present. Being present heightens our awareness to our surroundings and ourselves. Doing so helps us to be conscientious in attaining our goals. Additionally, we use our time better and thus feel less burnt out.
We also become more sensitive to small details otherwise unnoticed on a daily basis. Being aware of how our bodies react to different stimuli might help us to improve our health incrementally. We might not see the dust at home. However, sinus flare ups are signals to us that our aircon needs to undergo maintenance.
Sleep better to
regulate your emotions better throughout this journey
The adult body requires 7-9 hours of sleep daily. This is a consensus agreed upon across different research boards. Sleeping enough, at the right time, prevents disruptions to our moods and hormones. Furthermore, when our circadian systems are in sync with their natural rhythms, our bodies are less susceptible to illnesses. This decreases the number of obstacles we face in improving ourselves. Keeping dirt and allergens at bay helps us to get enough sleep. If our schedules are packed, there are cleaning services and laundry services to ensure that our homes and clothes are cleaned.
Achieving your goals
is a process, not an end point
Many people feel great weight on their shoulders when they speak of their goals. Don’t feel overwhelmed – achieving our goals is a process. Our minds and bodies require time to adapt during the process. Sleeping enough helps us to regulate negative energy. Being kind to ourselves when we err helps us persevere along the way. Whatever your goal may be in the year of 2019, Sendhelper wishes you all the best for the new year!
We don’t usually invite everyone into our homes. Much thought goes into curating guests we bring into our houses. However, the urban myth of Santa Claus entering our humble abodes secretly sits fairly well with us. Why? This is likely due to the myths we’re used to hearing since we were children!
How Santa Claus came to exist
The myth of Santa Claus and Saint Nicholas is pretty well known. It was said that Saint Nicholas was an affluent Bishop who once visited a home. He placed gold in the same house secretly. This went on for a few times before the recipient of his goodwill caught him in the act. This myth of Sinterklaas travelled with Dutch settlers to USA. Over the years, Sinterklaas became known as the Santa Claus we are familiar with today!
Santa Claus was not a product of a successful marketing ad
What you know today is vastly different from the Santa of the past. Santa was considered to be quite a creepy, gaunt man before 1823. The poem, ‘The Night before Christmas’, published in 1823, changed public impressions of Santa. In Moore’s poem, much like Saint Nicholas, Santa was said to give away presents while travelling to different homes in reindeer sleighs. Since then, Santa became the affable chap we clean our homes to welcome today!
What we know today is vastly different from the Santa of the past. Santa was considered to be quite a creepy, gaunt man before 1823. The poem, ‘The Night before Christmas’, published in 1823, changed public impressions of Santa. In Clement C. Moore’s poem, much like Saint Nicholas, Santa was said to give away presents while travelling to different homes in reindeer sleighs. Since then, Santa became the affable chap to welcome whom we clean our homes for before Christmas!
From 1931 to 1964, Santa Claus dressed in red and white was seen stopping to read a letter and enjoy a bottle of coke in the ads. These classic ads you know of remain popular even till today.
Due to the huge popularity of these ads, an urban myth that Coca-Cola created Santa’s image sprouted. This urban myth is untrue. Prior to these ads, Santa wore different colours. He was also seen wearing red and white even before Coke was invented.
Santa’s favourite reindeer was a product of successful marketing
Another Christmas myth you probably heard of would be Rudolph. Santa’s ninth reindeer Rudolph was the product of a successful marketing campaign. Montgomery Ward is an American retail enterprise which still operates today. In order to attract consumers to the Montgomery Ward department in 1939, Robert L. May wrote a poem about Rudolph. As seen in the marketing collateral above, red booklets containing the poem was distributed to children who visited Montgomery Ward. This was all part of a marketing effort to attract children and their parents to visit Montgomery Ward. And Rudolph did ‘go down in history’! Even till today you still hear ‘Rudolph the red nosed reindeer’ every Christmas.
Gift giving on Christmas
Today, you might purchase Christmas gifts as early as the Black Friday and Cyber Monday sales! Consumers today also spend less on food for Christmas, opting to divert their expenditure towards their children. The convenience of online marketplaces means that as a consumer, you are more likely to purchase Christmas presents online than in physical stores.
Dead weight loss of traditional Christmas gift giving
While the main idea behind gift giving is lovely, giving gifts may not necessarily convey our intended messages. Economist Joel Waldfogel’s research on gift giving showed that a gap exists between the money spent on a present and the value ascribed to it by the recipient. This means our gift recipients may not have valued the physical gift we gave them as much as we hoped they would. Waldfogel feels that to minimise wastage of resource allocation, we can change the forms in which gifts are given. Forms of gift giving which he suggested included giving gift cards or donating to charity in your gift recipients’ names.
Changes in trends of Christmas gift giving How Christmas might change in the future
Interestingly, current trends for gift giving are headed towards investing in shared experiences of holiday getaways or short-term hobby classes. In essence, this trend is in line with Waldfogel’s suggestions. It is not hard to see how this trend came about –consumers are more environmentally conscious and inclined towards unique experiences than their predecessors are. Paper & plastic wraps and gifts which aren’t utilised do not fall in line with millennial aspirations to be more environmentally conscious.
How Christmas might change in the future
It will be interesting to see how Christmas celebrations will change in the future. Factors of such include: increasing income disparity across developed nations and aging European population. You may also see changes in cuisine served during Christmas. This is because people react to changing financial budgets and dietary needs as times change. Certainly, the types of gifts given will also change accordingly to the change in dynamics of the population. Additionally, new viral material might also lead to changes in Christmas traditions as you once knew.
It will be interesting to see how Christmas celebrations will change in the future. Factors of such include: increasing income disparity across developed nations and the aging of European population. We may also see changes in cuisine served during Christmas. This is due to the changing financial budgets and dietary needs as times change. Certainly, the types of gifts given will also change accordingly to the change in dynamics of the population. Additionally, new viral material on social media might also lead to changes in Christmas traditions as we once knew.
Regardless, Christmas is a time for us and our loved ones to enjoy. Keeping our homes clean is definitely one of the biggest priorities for the holidays. Sendhelper is a platform on which you can book all cleaning services you need within the palm of your hand. Catered to your budget and preferred timings, you can book cleaning services on our app now!