You may think that cleaning your home regularly is all that it takes to keep it free from bacteria and germs. Well, that is not the case. You can wipe, polish and sweep your house as often as you want to, but if you do it the wrong way, it will take you nowhere.
Not cleaning your cleaning tools and appliances
That is one of the most common cleaning crimes that people commit. Rinsing or soaking your sponge with water may make it less greasy and smelly, but it will not stop the bacteria on it from breeding. Therefore, make sure you sanitize it every few days by putting it in the dishwasher or by heating it in the microwave for a couple of minutes when wet. Keeping cleaning appliances like dishwashers and vacuum cleaners is also important, as it will enable them to work better and it will also prolong their life cycle. Also, don’t forget to regularly empty the rubbish collector of your vacuum machine because, sooner or later, things will get smelly.
Applying polish directly on surfaces
That can make the surfaces in your home look greasy. Also, this bad habit can result in built-up polish which will automatically turn furniture into a dust-magnet. If you are using a more aggressive type of product, it may even bleach and damage the surfaces of wooden furniture pieces. Therefore, remember to apply the sanitizer on the rag. This method is not only more effective, but it is also more budget-friendly as it will also reduce the amount of cleaning supply you use. What a win-win situation, right!
Overlooking the dirtiest parts of your home
Handles, knobs, remote controls, light switches… these are just some of the most used objects and parts of a house. Yet, they are often neglected during the cleaning process despite being among the dirtiest areas of the home. But why are so many of us forgetting to wipe them? Probably because they rarely look dirty. They don’t collect dust like your bookshelves because they are a heavy-traffic zone. Still, that does not mean you should not include them in the cleaning routine.
Rushing to the finish line
No one enjoys spending hours mopping, dusting and washing things around the house (especially the bathroom). We all try to reach to that finish line as quickly as possible. Nevertheless, that can lead to some big cleaning crimes like wiping in a rush. Many cleaning products, especially those for toilets, kitchens and bathrooms, need a few minutes to do their job. Only then can they eliminate bacteria and germs. Therefore, leave the cleaner on the tiles of your bathroom for a while before you wipe and wash it. Don’t worry – that will not slow you down. While you wait, you can go and vacuum the bedroom, for instance.
Other ways to improve your home cleaning methods and strategy include:
- Using rubber gloves
- Avoiding to apply cleaner on electronics
- Washing your grocery bags
- Throwing the garbage every day
- Not using a feather duster