Mistakes you might be making
We all make mistakes, even when we think we have everything under control, and that includes cleaning our house. There are common mistakes we all make because we’re tired, stressed, on autopilot, or simply used to doing the same thing. Here are areas you can improve on when it comes to cleaning your space:
1. Over-loading the dishwasher
Yes! This is a thing, I know, for some of us that can be a shocker. Stacking your plates into a dishwasher can be a bit like adult Tetris but when you put too many utensils, bowls, cups, mugs, and plates into a small space, all covered in food, the chances the dishes are getting properly cleaned are slim. The soap and water in your dishwasher need enough space in between the dishes to clean off the food on your plates but that cannot happen if they are piled on top of one another.
2. Neglecting the commonly used areas
I don’t mean wiping down the counter or bookshelf that you never touch, I mean the faucets, doorknobs, handles, and more. Those areas are ones that you touch regularly and that means they have the most germs. Don’t forget the smaller areas, wipe them down, and avoid bacterial growth in even the smallest places.
3. Ignoring the coffee pot
Yes, this is a thing, you need to clean the pot. Guess what? Hot moist and secluded places are heaven for some bacteria and different types of mold. It is important to wash your coffee pot daily to avoid any health concerns.
4. Reusing the same rag during one cleaning cycle
I know sometimes we can get carried away when we’re wiping down our entire apartment or house, but it is important to always remember to switch out the rag! Do not use the same rag you used in your bathroom on your kitchen counter or the kitchen counter rag on your bedroom surfaces! This action spreads more germs, cleaning becomes less effective, your surfaces may look clean but are dirtier than before.
5. Feather dusters have to go
You saw right, the feather duster is not dusting, it is spreading the dust. Use a cloth that has microfibers that will pick dust-up and remove it from your home not just spread it onto different surfaces.
6. Storing a wet toilet brush
Storing a wet toilet brush in a dark moist area and providing food is a perfect breeding ground for bacteria! This is what their dreams are made of and your grossest nightmares. Hang the toilet brush to drip dry over the toilet before putting it in its designated spot.
7. Using too much fabric softener
Yes, my friends, this is a thing and if you’re doing it, you’re not getting the results you want. It is important to use these products to soften your sheets and enhance your sleeping experience; however, too much softener will have the opposite effect on your sheets, causing them to become stiff, greasy, and just uncomfortable all around. Pour in the recommending amount because in this case, less is more.
8. Dirty Sponges
One of the best inventions of all time should not be used without sanitation! Yes, you need to clean the things you clean with, including sponges. These quiet hero’s need to be periodically replaced as well because they do accumulate bacteria that are resistant to soaps! This means you’re spreading germs onto plates and cups that do not die easily. Throw them in the microwave for a few seconds or run them through the dishwasher to ensure your sponge is ready to fight your germy battles.
9. Not cleaning your garbage disposal
You need to regularly clean your garbage disposal and never let food simply sit in there. Not only will that produce horrendous smells, but you will also have a place for pests and rodents to get their meals, on top of harmful bacterial growth. Grinding citrus peels is a great way to clean the blades and remove foul odors.
10. The remote is dirty
It is weird to think about, but it is true. Your remote is covered in germs because it is touched by everyone who stays, lives, and visits your home. It is one of the most forgotten items that need to be properly cleaned. Wipe down your remotes weekly to avoid spreading germs.