Diwali – the festival of lights that brings joy to everyone, irrespective of age. Sweets, decorations, house parties, crackers, lighting of diyas, delectable dishes & a fabulous time with family & friends…and the list during this festive season of Diwali goes on.

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Diwali – the festival of lights that brings joy to everyone, irrespective of age. Sweets, decorations, house parties, crackers, lighting of diyas, delectable dishes & a fabulous time with family & friends…and the list during this festive season of Diwali goes on.

As much as this is the most awaited time of the year, it is also that time of the year when we end up cleaning our homes the most. A thorough cleaning of the house is essential as an auspicious ritual in all Indian households during Diwali, to welcome Goddess Lakshmi. This could be a tedious job, but a little prepping goes a long way in ensuring you have less of a cleaning chore post Diwali.

So, how do you prepare your home making it stain, dust, cracker & accident-proof?  Read on…

* Pet Safety: Pets might find it difficult during Diwali, what with all the crackers, noise and pollution. As a safety measure, keep your pets away from crackers. Vets report increase in anxiety disorders, such as stress colitis, at this time. Snub-nosed breeds like Pugs, Boxers or Mastiffs find it tough to breathe because of the pollution from firecrackers. Dogs with sensitive skin may develop an allergy. So take caution in every which way. Also, keep pets away from lights & always keep them indoors during Diwali. Purchase ear muffs to protect them from loud noises.

* Comfy Couch Care: Use inexpensive & thick sofa covers to reduce dust, grim, & stains caused during a house party, lighting of diyas or bursting crackers. This ensures a good protection to expensive furniture.

* Cooking: Turn off or turn down the heat and never leave the stove unattended. Keep tea towels, clothes and electrical leads away from the burning stove.

* Be prepared: Statistics show that there is an increased fire risk of accidents during Diwali. So be prepared. Always keep a first aid kit, ice cubes in the freezer & a bucket of water in close proximity. In case of fire or burns, use this for immediate rescue or relief from pain.

* Practice Fire Safety: Always keep a fire extinguisher in close proximity of the place where you are bursting crackers. Keep buckets of water & sand in handy too.

* Pollution-Proof Your Home: Install efficient windows & doors, like UPVC windows & doors that have good sealing properties which keep toxic pollutants away.

* Proper Disposing of crackers: Once the cracker has been completely burnt, remember to dispose of it safely. Put them in a bucket of water or extinguish them by putting sand around them.

* Clothes and Shoes: To avoid your clothes catching fire during lighting of diyas or bursting crackers, wear cotton clothes. You mustn’t wear synthetic clothes since they easily catch fire. Ensure to wear fully covered shoes in order to prevent any injury to your fee.

* Supervise and instruct children: The most important tip is to ensure that children play safe with crackers & ONLY under adult supervision. You must instruct your kids about the usage of firecrackers and proper ways of disposing them.

* Smoke Alarms: Please ensure that you have a working smoke alarm installed on every floor of your home. If there is a fire, a smoke alarm will immediately warn you, giving you and everyone in your home time to escape to safety.

* Light Diyas with Caution: While diyas may be eco-friendlier lighting options compared to lights which consume a lot of power, they must be used carefully. Keep diyas away from loose cloths like curtains or table covers. Always keep an eye on them and extinguish them before sleeping. Keep them surrounded by a non-flammable substance such as dough to create a barrier for children or pets.

Other Precautions at Home:

  • Do not forget to put your vehicles in a garage.
  • Burst crackers in open spaces like playgrounds & fields.
  • Store crackers away from sources of fire or ignition & keep them away from the reach of children.
  • Never ignite aerial fireworks (like rockets) if there is any overhead. obstruction present like trees and wires.
  • Staircase and refuge area should be kept free to escape while in emergency.
  • NEVER overload an electric socket, just in order to have a brighter Diwali.

Quick Cleaning Tips:

Cleaning spilled lamp oil & candle oil: Absorb as much of the oil as possible and for this a Kitty litter works perfectly fine! And, baking soda or sawdust will do the trick too. Spread a layer over the spilt oil covering it completely on the fabric. Give it about 30 minutes to soak up the oil. Scoop up as much of the kitty litter or sawdust as you can, and then, vacuum what is left. Alternatively you can use paper towels to blot as much of the spill as possible. Then, use a cleaner designed to cut grease, like dish washing detergent. Mix the dish detergent with warm water (1/4 tsp. detergent to 1 cup water) to clean it. If it is a hard surface like concrete, tile or wooden flooring, then use enough to break up the oily surface, then wipe it with a damp cloth.

Removing oil stains from Asphalt driveway:

This could be a true menace stain from all the oil diyas you may have lit on your driveway. So, here are some quick fix tricks that can help.

  • Baking soda/Dish Soap or Powdered laundry detergent: Use a generous amount of this on the oil stain & scrub with a hard brush. Wait for a few minutes and then rinse off.

Hope you enjoyed reading this post. Have a safe and stain-free Diwali!

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