Keeping the house tidy and neat at all times can be a tasking job. Most women always want to finish cleaning early, hence they make one too many mistakes when cleaning. A LOT of cleaning mistakes and I still see people making the same mistakes I did, so I am here to help you. I have looked far and wide and come up with the top 7 cleaning mistakes that many of us make. Here we go…
1) Spraying Product Directly on a Surface
It’s completely understandable why someone would do this; you are trying to clean something so spray it then wipe away the solution. However, this is not always the most effective or safest way to clean, especially electronics.
When you are cleaning with a product just spray a small amount onto a cloth then wipe the surface that needs cleaning and use a dry cloth to wipe away any excess liquid. For many surfaces, like stainless steel, glass and wood it is always best practice to use this method. It will use less cleaning soap, still get the job done, and ultimately save you time and money.
2) Not Cleaning Your Sponge
Stop and think for a minute about the things that your sponge has cleaned just this week. Now think back to the last time you cleaned that sponge. It must have been a while. Many of us forget that just like everything else in our home, our sponges need a good cleaning too or else they turn into a breeding ground for bacteria and then spread their stink and germs onto whatever you clean with it. Ensure you wash your sponge everyday after each usage with hot water. Just make sure you do this at least once a week if not more often and replace your sponge regularly.
3) Putting the Toilet Brush Back Right Away
Just like your sponge your toilet brush picks up some not so pleasant germs on the way. So be nice to the brush that’s doing your dirty work and free it from becoming a playground for bacteria by giving it a good rinse in the clean toilet water and then leaving it to dry for at least 5 minutes before putting it away.
4) Cleaning too Quickly
Truth be told, we all want to get our cleaning over and done with so we can go do other things, but when you rush through your cleaning you are creating more work for yourself in the long run and this equates to more time spent cleaning. When we rush, we miss spots, do things incorrectly and likely just move dirt around. So take your time. And if you are short on time pick one thing and do it really well then come back and do the same in another area and continue this cycle until all the cleaning is done.
5) Not Reading Directions
We’ve all been cleaning for a long time and we think we know how products work, but I bet if you read the labels of some of your everyday cleaners you’d be surprised to find that you are not using them as directed. A lot of time, money and research went into developing the products we clean with and in that process the developers found the best way to use said product and put those directions right there for you to use. Some cleaners need more time to work, some only work on certain surfaces, some will harm certain surfaces and so on and so forth. So to get the most out of your cleaners (and your money) and not ruin anything. Take a few minutes and read the directions!
6) Washing Louvers and Windows on a Sunny Day
Now you may think this is counterintuitive since you want to be outside to clean your exterior windows and what better day to do it on then a nice sunny one? Well the problem is that the sun heats up the windows rather quickly and you in turn get streaky windows, as the water and soap dries before you can properly squeeze them. So wait for a day that overcast and then on the next sunny day you can admire your beautiful work.
7.) Using cleaners on electronics
Doing this can damage the electronic, electrocute yourself or even start a fire. So please refer to rule #1 and do not spray anything onto any electronics. You can use a very little bit of water on a cloth or better yet just use a duster.
With these tips, hopefully you can now clean safely, happily and more effectively.