Working-from-home is now a daily reality for the foreseeable future.
To help you make work and home life a little more pleasant and palatable, we went to our favourite Japanese retailer Daiso (yes, we love you too, Don Don Donki) to compile a list of what we felt were the most useful items you could get for the price.
With 24 outlets located across the island and an extensive range of toiletries, kitchenware and household items selling for just $2, you’re sure to find other items worthy of adding to your own list.
For those of us who are too comfortable at home to venture out, Daiso also has an online store. However, the online selection is limited compared to the in-store selection. You may still have to go in-store to find most of the products listed here.
#1 Daiso Dehumidifier
One of Daiso’s bestsellers, their Dehumidifiers are great options for refreshing up musty spaces, such as storerooms, shoe cabinets and even wardrobes. They work by absorbing moisture from the surrounding air, so do remember to change them out regularly. As Singapore air is very humid, they work best in a smaller enclosed area where the moisture within the space can be absorbed. The charcoal version is especially good for places that need a little extra deodorising effect (like shoe cabinets) while the normal version is great for places that tend to collect moisture (like the cabinet in the bathroom). Use the floral one for an additional fragrance boost in addition to the moisture. For extra value, get the 800ml size because they all cost $2 regardless of size.
#2 Design Hooks
Hooks are always useful and even better when they look stylish and enhance your room’s aesthetics. These design hooks will easily fit into a Muji-inspired look or Japandi style decor. Use one by your workspace to hang your snazzy gaming headset, another in the kitchen to hang up your often-used kitchen scissors. Hanging things on the wall always look more organised than piling them up on a table or floor. All you need is a loop or hole to start being hanging things up for a more organised space.
#3 Planner And Stationery Materials
For lovers of stationery, bullet journals and planners, Daiso is a heaven for all the accessories to get you started. Get yourself pumped up and motivated with memo stickers and page flags for your planner. Check things off your to-do list and be cheered up by the colourful stickers. Productivity can sometimes need extra motivation and if colourful stationery does the trick, Daiso is a great place to get them without breaking the bank.
#4 Art Supplies
To keep yourself and your children entertained, painting can be an easy way to express your creativity and decorate your home at the same time. Indulge your children’s desire for the wildest colours with markers, crayons or even glass paint. Daiso also sells palettes, brushes and mini canvases so you can start creating your masterpieces after one trip to their store. For crafty adults, Daiso also sells more craft and DIY materials including acrylic and metallic paints that you can use to jazz up your projects. At $2, you can afford to spend on the wildest neon colours and not cry when your project doesn’t turn out quite the way you want it to be.
#5 Washing Machine Cleaner
Most people don’t think about cleaning their washing machine. However, sometimes even the machine cleaning our clothes also need some cleaning. If your washing machine is a little musty or clothes are not coming out smelling fresh despite the amount of laundry detergent you put in, it may be time to clean your washing machine. Thankfully, this is an easy task with a washing machine cleaner, no scrubbing required. Just put in the powder and follow the instructions on the packet.
#6 Daiso Mold And Mildew Remover
Moulds and mildews are a common sight in wet areas such as corners of a sink in the kitchen or toilet, as well as gaps between tiles in the toilet. Typically, scrubbing with a brush or washing off with water will not work optimally.
However, with Daiso mold and mildew remover, all you need to spray the remover on the surface, scrub the surface and watch the stain go away. The remover comes in 300ml packaging that comes with a spray nozzle, helping to minimise skin contact.
#7 Daiso Cleaner For Drainpipes Powder
Nobody likes the experience of clogged drainpipes or choked floor traps. Not only do they affect the draining of wastewater, the thought of having to deal with unpleasant, foul smell is certainly not welcoming.
Prepackaged in 8 sachets in every box, the Daiso cleaner for drainpipes powder is formulated to help you with dealing with pipe clogging and choked floor traps. Recommended for use on PVC pipes only, all you need to do is to pour the powder down the floor trap and leave it for a few minutes before flushing off with water.
#8 Daiso Hair Filter For Floor Traps
If you are looking for a convenient way to remove those strands of hair from the floor trap, you should get yourself a pack Daiso’s hair filter for floor traps. With 20 sheets in each pack, each filter sheet has a diameter of 15 centimeters, and should sufficiently cover the full area of the floor trap.
Instead of having to pick the hair by the strands, all you need to do is to pick up the filter, fold it into half, and then disposing into the bin. Certainly a faster and effortless way to clean your toilet, especially if you are expecting guests for a round of gathering at your home.
#9 Daiso Flushable Toilet Cleaner
Did you know that you will find about an average of 50 bacteria per square inch on a toilet seat? Given the heightened state of awareness on hygiene during this COVID-19 pandemic, it is no surprise that many people will take extra precaution to guard themselves against infection by disinfecting every surface, including toilet bowls.
If you are a stickler for hygiene, or if you are hosting your friends for that long-awaited gathering, you should get a pack of these Daiso flushable toiler cleaner for them whenever they use your home’s toilet seat. Comes in a pack of 35 sheets, these sheets can be used to wipe not just the surface of the toilet seat, but also floor, tiles and wall.
#10 Daiso House Dust Remover Spray
Many people would have experienced sneezing away or suffering from a bout of runny nose or itchy eyes after dusting. After all, the process of dusting to clean the surface can stir up dust particles, making them easier to inhale. In worse cases, it can trigger asthma and allergies.
For those who want an easier way to rid their homes of dust can get the Daiso house dust remover spray. All that is required is to turn the nozzle and spray on surface and leaving it to dry before shaking the dust or vacuuming it away, making those pesky dusting chores easy.
However, this spray is not to be used on materials that react to water, such as leather, wooden furniture, or electronics.
#11 Daiso Lint Roller
If you have pets at home, you will certainly understand the hassle of cleaning up and dealing with pet hair and fur. Look no further with this lint roller from Daiso, which makes removing your pet’s hair a breeze.
Also, the use of lint roller can reduce the amount of airborne pet hair in your home, while keeping your clothes and furniture looking tidy in between deep-cleans.
#12 Daiso Drop-In Toilet Cleaner
Cleaning toilet bowls are no longer a hassle or a chore, thanks to Daiso’s drop-in toilet cleaner. Comes pre-packed in three tablets, the tablets help to sanitise and deodorize the toilet bowl, while preventing stains on the bowl.
To use, simply drop a table into the tank, with every flush cleaning the internals of the toilet bowl.
This article was first published on 23 July 2020 and updated with new recommendations.
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