5 Cleaning Mistakes You're Probably Making
Cleaning is one of the major tasks we do on our home. But let's face it, it's not our favorite task on our home but of course we should make our home clean so that we can have a healthier environment. To be able to do that, you have to know the five cleaning mistakes that you probably making.
Mistake 1: Putting Off Cleaning Jobs
Do you clean up the food that just hit on the floor right away or leave it for a couple of days? Remember that insects such as ants and/ or cockroaches are looking for your leftovers. Those insects can spread bacteria on your home or office because they crawl on different surfaces. Sometimes, food (like jam) that is not clean up right away will spend you time to clean it for about 20 to 30 minutes instead of 15 to 20 seconds. The same principle applies to almost any cleaning job. A few minutes spent on cleaning and decluttering a room each day makes "heavy" cleaning much easier.
Mistake 2: Starting at the Wrong Spot in a Room
If you start cleaning at the wrong spot in a room, you need to back track and repeat steps to make sure that everything is organized and clean.
The first thing to do is declutter by picking up things that don't belong in the room. When ready to clean, start at the top of a room and work your way down. This allows dust and cobwebs to fall on the floor and by doing that, you don't have to worry that you might repeat cleaning.
Mistake 3: Using the Wrong Cleaning Products
Using wrong equipment or products on cleaning may not be as effective if you used proper equipment or products in cleaning. On worst case scenario, those inappropriate equipment or products may damage the things that you are cleaning (example: clothes, plastic materials, tiles) permanently or it might harm you and your family as well.
So before cleaning, make sure to read and check the equipment or product description and how to use it. Using proper equipment and products may also lessen the time of cleaning and saves you a lot of money because you know that it will be safe and effective. If you are trying to reduce the amount of chemicals used in your home, natural or green cleaning products can be quite effective if used correctly.
Mistake 4: Using Dirty Cleaning Tools
Tools and equipment might be source of dirt and bacteria if not cleaned after use. Did you know that the dirtiest part of your home is kitchen? Study shows that there are 362 different kinds of bacteria lurking in the crevices of sponges collected from ordinary homes. A washing machine that has not been cleaned can redeposit body soild and leave laundry smelling terrible. And, that dirty vacuum can be puffing out dust with every use.
So be sure to clean your cleaning tools and equipment before and after using or you may check the label to make sure how often do you need to clean the tools and equipment you used in cleaning.
Mistake 5: Not Teaching Kids to Help with Household Chores
The perfect time to get kids involved in household chores is when they are toddlers. Toddlers want to do everything Mom and Dad are doing. So, start with simple things they can help with like folding towels and putting them away or bringing their dirty clothes to the laundry room. As they age, you can add more challenging chores like actually doing the laundry. Create a chore chart and teach kids the same principle you should follow–that doing a couple of small cleaning tasks every day makes the overall job much easier.
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