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12 Cleaning Bad Habits You Need to Break!

Everyone has made cleaning mistakes. Even while some of these mistakes may appear to be little or even ridiculous, they not only add hours to our cleaning time but also render our cleaning efforts inefficient.

If you’re in Morrisville, North Carolina, or neighboring areas, you can break these habits, and nothing can stop you. You need to prevent yourself from making these little bad cleaning habits. Let’s get started!

Using Too Much Cleaning Product

A standard error is using too much cleaning product. It’s surprising how many individuals use too many cleaning products. Consider washing a load of clothes and discovering that you used too much detergent, requiring a second wash to eliminate the excess detergent. This applies to practically every aspect of life—laundry, floors, counters, and even shampooing your hair! More product isn’t going to make things any cleaner. It worsens by leaving soap residue behind, which gets sticky and attracts more dirt, making it much more difficult to rinse. Use less product than you usually would, and don’t be afraid to read the instructions on the label.

Moldy Bath Mats & Shower Curtains

You’re given an engraved invitation to mold and mildew if you step out of the shower and leave your curtain open or your non-slip mat on the tub floor. Mold and mildew will love to set up business in the curtain folds and beneath all those suction cups on the mat. It’s simple—all you have to do is pick up the mat and fully open the curtain after you’re through, as well as turn on your overhead exhaust fan.

Cleaning With Dirty Tools

Here are two important reasons why we should clean our cleaning tools:

• The bacteria on them can create a variety of health issues.

• If cleaning tools are unclean, cleaning efficiency drops significantly.

Although this may seem to be a no-brainer, we’ve all done it. Isn’t it obvious that you shouldn’t wipe a dirty stovetop with a soiled cloth? This method will not only be useless, but it will also put you at risk of spreading germs and bacteria, resulting in cross-contamination. After each cleaning job, clean your cleaning tools to remove dirt, germs, and bacteria and prepare them for the next one. The cleaner the cleaning tools, the better the results!

Cleaning With Disinfectant Wipes

Disinfectant wipes were manufactured with a specific goal: to disinfect. They don’t remove any dirt or grime. Cleaning tools should be used to clean and remove soil, and if disinfection is required, a wipe should be used to finish the job.

Damp Towel & Cloth Piles

How do you keep your towels and cleaning cloths from stinking? If you put those items in your hamper while they are still wet, mold and mildew will begin to form because there is no way for the moisture to escape, so it just starts to multiply and feed off all of the dirty schmutz already stuck on the towel. So, all you should do is ensure that any towels or clothes are completely dry before tossing them into the dirty laundry hamper. You’ll never have to worry about your laundry smelling.

Using Bleach as a Cleaning Product

Let’s face it; bleach has been a mainstay in many households since before many of us were born. However, bleach isn’t as effective cleaning as we always believed. Furthermore, bleach is a very abrasive chemical and might cause harm in the home. These arguments should be enough to convince you to avoid the bleach the next time you do cleaning.

Bleach is also not suggested for use on mold because it only removes the color from the bleach and does not treat the condition.

Instead, look at some DIY cleaning solutions to get the job done without harming the environment.

Dirty Dishes

Washing a large pile of dishes is more difficult mentally, and it can become a time-consuming task. Food dirt hardens with time, so the dishes will be more challenging to clean the longer they sit there. Please do your best to avoid a pile-up of dishes by washing them by hand as soon as possible. If you spend a few minutes now and then, you won’t have to deal with a mountain of dirty dishes, and you won’t be burdened with guilt.

Letting Clutter Multiply

Consider magazines. It’s all too easy to let a stacked pile up due to stories you want to read again, recipes you want to try, purchases you want to make… let’s be honest. You’re unlikely to open those old magazines again. So, when a new issue arrives, it’s time to give up the old one.

Cluttered Surfaces

Many of us see empty countertops or tables as a place to put our belongings. Stop thinking of these locations as storage areas! Curate your tabletops and countertops with a few objects chosen for function (think: kitchen stand mixer or coffeemaker) or aesthetic (a nice bowl or picture frame on a console). If you must store something in the open, do it in a visually appealing and well-organized manner, such as a tray for oils and kinds of vinegar or a caddy for spices.

Paper Towel Madness

Paper towels are very helpful in the kitchen, but using too many of them becomes ridiculous because it adds a significant amount to your household budget. Instead, use a kitchen cloth where possible and old towels or rags to clean up spills on the floor.

Not Making the Bed After Waking Up

No one likes to make the bed after waking up. But it is a thing that you need to do. When you keep an unmade bed, the bedroom doesn’t look clean even if there is no dirt.

Cleaning Everything All at Once

Having a designated cleaning day is excellent, but keep in mind that some things require more frequent cleaning. When you wait to clean your house all at once, surfaces that should be cleaned more frequently, such as doorknobs, keyboards, cabinet handles, and other often touched surfaces, become dirty. As a result, we recommend creating a cleaning schedule. Choose a day or days of the week to clean the “hot spots,” and then spread the remainder of your cleaning out over time.

These are just a few examples of everyday bad cleaning habits that we’ve all fallen into at some point in our lives. Let us learn from our mistakes to clean the house more efficiently and do a better job of cleaning the house next time!

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