We all try keeping our homes clean and tidy, but it is never easy! Sometimes taking “shortcuts” to make the cleaning easier is actually making more work for us in the long run; and we may accidentally do things that are less than helpful.
It's time to break free from these bad habits so you can have a cleaner home. To help you, we have listed some of the bad cleaning habits that you need to change in order to have a cleaner home.
Setting aside tiles and surfaces
The problem with most people is that they become lazy with their daily or weekly cleaning. As a result, we tend to overlook things, which leave certain areas and corners dirty for long periods of time. Tiles and other surfaces can develop mold, mildew, dirt and dark spots. This can be easily prevented by scrubbing them with baking soda and vinegar at least once a week.
Not Cleaning Glass Windows
These areas are also commonly being overlooked and it takes a long time for us to clean them, resulting to a struggle just to remove hard stains. The solution is simple. Invest in a good squeegee to avoid marks on your glass windows, or simply spray with a mixture of one part distilled vinegar to one-part hot water, then buff with a microfiber clot. Your windows will shine like never before.
Washing Pillows and Stuffed Items
Most of us think that these items can be easily cleaned through washing and sun drying. But truth of the matter is putting them in the washing machine may tear their insides apart or may make them mushy. Most of our stuffed household items, such as pillows and stuffed toys are not made to be washed. Instead, a damp, soapy cloth is more than enough to clean them. This way we preserve their form and shape.
Washing your Non-stick Pans in the Dishwasher
Putting your non-stick pans in the dishwasher can definitely ruin the coating over time. Instead, hand wash your pan using a bit of dish soap, warm water and a gentle scrubber. This will extend the lifespan of your beloved non-stick pans.
Cleaning Bathroom with just one Disinfectant Wipe
It’s true that these disinfectant wipes cost an arm and a leg. They are great for a quick wipe down of your sink. But did you know that it hardly contains enough disinfecting power to clean the entire bathroom? By the time you clean other surfaces, handles and the seat cover, the disinfectant is already weak, hence you are just spreading bacteria from one place to another.
If you are budget conscious, you can make a natural DIY disinfectant by mixing half cup of alcohol, vinegar, ¾ cup of water and 50 drops of essential oil. Spray on the intended surfaces and wipe down with a cleaning cloth.
Sometimes, it is the smallest of things which makes the biggest change. By starting with these simple suggetions, we make our cleaning more effective and we make a better home environment for ourselves and for our families. We will quickly develop better, and more sustainable cleaning habits.