While we are all searching for the shortest and easiest cleaning hacks, some of them just end up making more work for us in the long-haul. Without knowing it, you may have adopted several of these cleaning habits. Habits that may actually inhibit your ability to clean effectively.
With Spring just beginning, it’s the perfect time to declutter and throw out some of these bad habits. At Spekless we know that changing your routine can sometimes become overwhelming and stressful. So in order to successfully break bad cleaning habits, consider changing two things at a time, gradually over a period of several weeks. This way you’re not doing it all at once. And you’ll be able to transition into your new habits easily and effortlessly.
Here are seven cleaning habits that you need to break right now:
Using too much product
Often times we think that the more product we use, the more effective it will be. But that’s not true. Using too much cleaner can actually do more harm to a surface than good. Make sure you’re following the instructions to prevent surface damage.
Thinking one disinfect wipe will clean the entire room
Yes, disposable disinfectant wipes are easy, convenient, and effective. No, they are not effective enough to clean an entire room with just one. For the best results, the wipe should have enough moisture to keep the surface your wiping down wet for at least four minutes. During these four minutes is when the disinfecting and sanitation take place. If you notice the wipe starting to lose its moisture, it’s time to get a new one.
Letting dishes pile up in the sink
Sometimes it feels like dishes are a never-ending chore and it’s easier to let them pile up. But sinks are a breeding frenzy for bacteria. If you don’t feel like washing dishes at the moment, allow them to soak in hot water and dish soap. This will make it easier when it comes time to clean them and it will help prevent the growth of unwanted bacteria.
Wearing shoes in the house
Wearing shoes around the house in a really bad habit to adopt. Removing your shoes at the door will save you time on vacuuming. And it will keep unwanted germs and bacteria out of your living area.
Leaving leftovers in the fridge too long
Laziness is often associated with leaving leftovers in the fridge for too long. If you’re not going to eat it, do yourself a favor and toss it. This prevents mold and bacteria from growing in your refrigerator.
Not making your bed in the morning
Get in the habit of making your bed every morning. Doing this will help promote a more organized appearance in your home as well as motivate you throughout the day.
Forgetting to clean out the vacuum