Everyone is guilty of making cleaning mistakes. Some of these mistakes may seem simple or even silly, but they not only add hours to our cleaning time, but they also render our cleaning effort ineffective.
You definitely want to make sure that you are making the most of your cleaning time.
It’s important to learn from our mistakes that is why I will present to you some common bad cleaning habits that you should break.
1. Going straight for harsh products.
The lazy inner voice in us will fool us into thinking that harsher cleaning products equal more effective cleaning products. But many commercial cleaning products are damaging to the environment and your health.
You don't actually need to use such powerful products to make it an effective cleaning job.
Most cleaning situations can be addressed using natural DIY cleaning solutions that are safe and environmentally friendly.
2. Using too much product
Too much cleaning product is a common mistake. You'd be surprised how many people over-apply cleaning product. Imagine washing a load of clothes and realising you put in too much detergent, so you need to wash the clothes again to remove the excess detergent. Same is true even with wood floors: we wax them to death hoping to get them to shine. But the fact is, the more wax buildup is on the timber, the duller the floor becomes. Which brings us to our next topic…
3. Ignoring product directions
Not reading the label on the products we use is a surefire way to make a cleaning fail. The manufacturers will have recommendations on how to use the product, how much you need, and where it should be used. Application methods can vary so reading the label is always important. So if it says a capful of detergent for a load of clothes, don’t be throw in two or three, thinking it will be twice as effective. Just follow the instructions! It's the same with cleaning tools: follow the manufacturer’s instructions to prevent electrocution, injury or worse.
4. Dirty cleaning tools
This seems like a no-brainer, but we've all been guilty of it. It is just logical not to wipe a stove top with an already soiled cloth, right? This practice will not only be ineffective, but you also risk cross-contamination by spreading germs and bacteria. Clean your cleaning tools after using them, to get rid of dirt, germs, and bacteria and be ready for the next cleaning job. Make sure that you clean them properly, however.
5. Relying on bleach
Let’s face it, bleach has been a household staple long before many of us were born. But it turns out, bleach isn't as good a cleaner as we once thought. Not only that, but bleach is intensely harsh, and can cause damage around the house. These reasons should be motivation enough to skip the bleach next time you begin your spring clean.
Bleach is also not recommended for use on mould - all it does it take the colour out of the bleach, not treat the problem itself.
Instead, check out our DIY Green Spring Cleaning Solutions, that are guaranteed to get the job done without harshing on your environmental buzz.
6. Not closing the shower curtain
The bathroom is the most unpleasant area of your home for cleaning. Save yourself from additional agony by closing the shower curtains after having a shower. When shower curtains are open, water and moisture get trapped in the folds, and over time, will develop mould and mildew, which can then spread in the bathroom. If you have a non-slip shower mat, hang it up to dry.
7. Letting the dishes pile up
Mentally, it’s tougher to wash a huge pile of dishes and it can turn into a job that takes ages. Food grime only hardens over time, so the dishes will be harder to clean the longer they sit there. Hand wash dishes as soon as you can and avoid the pileup. A few minutes here and there is a lot easier than a stack of messy dishes.
8. Not preparing your cleaning tools and products
Before you even begin to clean, take out the tools and products you need and put them somewhere close as you clean. This will save you time and energy from running back and forth the storage just to get the things you need one at a time.
9. Hoarding unnecessary stuff
Raise your hand, I know you’re guilty of this also. Whether it be old souvenirs from a wedding you attended years ago or old issues of magazines you have lying around, these things can add up quickly and take up considerable space in our homes. You can start with the fridge and dispose of expired food items, old cooking utensils from your kitchen to heavily outdated clothes in the wardrobe. Go through the entire house and be firm in disposing items you don’t use or have any need of anymore.
10. Using too much paper towel
Paper towels are very handy in the kitchen, but using too many becomes ridiculous as it adds quite a chunk on your household budget. Instead, use a kitchen cloth where you can, and use old towels or rags to clean floor spills.
These are just some common bad cleaning habits that we've all committed at least once in our lives. Let’s learn from our mistakes so we can clean the house more efficiently!
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