10 Cleaning Mistakes You're (Probably) Making
We all want the cleanest home possible, achieved in the least amount of time possible when it comes to cleaning. But certain everyday cleaning habits could be side-tracking us on our way to a cleaner home.
Most professional people have the worklists that they apply mainly in the changing seasons. It seems like an unimportant job that does not require much preparation.
You don't need a manual but there are certain aspects of cleaning that many people overlook that are important and affect our health and well-being.
1 Not using the necessary protection elements
It may seem that we are exaggerating, but if we use chemicals that harm our health, we should not take them lightly. Not protecting ourselves is a fundamental mistake that we are fortunately making less and less every day.
Most household cleaning products contain chemicals that are harmful to our family and pets. Some people experience immediate reactions and discomfort in the eyes and nostrils. The vapors from these products are very toxic and can give us responses in seconds.
Products such as bleach may take longer to react, but their continued use can affect us.
It is crucial not to mix products believing that we increase their cleaning power; for example, the mixture of ammonia and bleach is very harmful. The combination gives rise to a chemical reaction that generates a gas called chloramine (Nh2ci), which is highly toxic. And that's not all, since if it comes into contact with mucous membranes, it decomposes to produce hydrochloric acid, which is highly corrosive and toxic. Consequently, it irritates mucous membranes and skin burns.
Fact: Dust is made of dead skin cells. About 75% of the dust around us is made up of dead skin cells. You can't blame it all on your pets
2 We use too abundant product
The amount of product we use to clean floors, surfaces or furniture is much more important than we think. We tend to believe that the more product we use, the better we are cleaning.This is not true: it is essential to be careful when pouring product on surfaces, to exaggerate with the use of the floor cleaner. Because in the end, we may be dirtying more than cleaning. Look at the label of the product because it is probable that you have indications.
3 Not cleaning/changing the cloths regularly
Sometimes we spend months and months cleaning the surfaces of the kitchen or any other area of the house with the same cloth or rag. And that is not at all advisable. We give you two tips in this regard: the first one is to clean them regularly, after each use with hot water and once a week in the washing machine. And the second is to throw them away and replace them with new ones every two or three months at the most. You will avoid the spread of dirt, germs, bacteria, bad smells...
4 Spraying directly on surfaces
Let's face it: most of us spray the cleaner directly onto the dirty surface. But that's not the right way to do things, although it's not one of those blunders either. The right way to avoid damaging coatings - especially steel, glass, and wood - is to spray a small amount onto a sponge or soft microfiber cloth. This way, we will do less damage to the surface we are cleaning, did you know that?
5 Not cleaning the brush and container regularly
Often, after each use, we tend to put the toilet brush directly in its container, in its reservoir, without washing it. Instead, it would be a good idea to clean it with clean water and a disinfectant product and then let it dry for at least 5 minutes before storing it. In this way we avoid creating an ideal environment for the proliferation of germs. It is also important to empty the brush tank and wash it every week, adding disinfectant.
Fact: Hard water affects more than 85% of U.S. households.
You'll notice it in glass, bath screens, sinks, showers or bathtubs.
6 Clean to fast
Cleaning too fast means cleaning superficially and with little attention to deeper hygiene. This is useful for day-to-day cleaning to remove the most prominent dirt and dust. But the reality is that at least once a week we should do a little more thorough cleaning: under the sofas, vacuuming the carpets, mopping the floors, cleaning the windows. Quick cleaning is fine, but not the only way to do it.
7 Do not clean switches and door knobs
The thing you touch most in the house and where bacteria live the most. If you want to prevent them from accumulating or spreading, clean them! You can resort to using swabs or a toothbrush that you use specifically for this task.
8 Don't clean the cleaner
After cleaning the dishes manually, we usually put the scouring pad away after wringing it out without disinfecting it first, which is a mistake because we must remove all bacteria and food debris that may have been trapped in the scouring pad.
It is also common to air dry furniture, countertops or floors after cleaning with a liquid cleaner. But this can leave marks or stains when the product dries. It is better to wipe the furniture with microfiber cloths and a dry mop.
10 Use dirty tolls
If we don't clean our tools, we will spread the dirt from the previous cleaning. Before you start, gather all your cleaning tools and note which ones are out of date, almost empty, dirty, broken, or unfit for the task. For example, if you have a microfiber mop, you should have washable machine replacements. Disposable replacements contaminate and are very expensive in the long run.