ARE you an obsessive cleaner around the house? Could you possibly be over-cleaning or not cleaning properly? Below are half a dozen cleaning habits you’d be better off breaking as soon as possible.
- STOP ignoring directions.
It’s amazing how many times people by this brand or that brand of various cleaning materials and take them back to the shop complaining they don’t work. Invariably, when asked if they’ve read the instruction label on the bottle or packet, the answer is no! It’s in the manufacturer’s best interest to ensure the product works for you. It’s in your best interest to follow its advice.
- STOP heading straight for harsh cleaning products.
Most jobs require nothing more than gentle, pH-neutral cleaners, which are not only safer for you and your family; they’re easier on your home’s furnishings, fixtures, and finishes. When you must break out the big guns, know that a little goes a long way. When you use bleach, things don’t need to smell of it to be clean.
- STOP using too much cleaning product.
More doesn’t directly translate to better. Use only the amount of cleaning product required to do the job, otherwise you just waste time wiping up the excess. You’re also wasting the product and therefore money in the process.
- STOP washing your cabinets each time you clean
Cleaning them too often can wear the finish down and cause them to swell, as moisture penetrates the surface. Spot cleaning does the trick, plus it’s faster and easier.
- STOP dusting last
Always dust before tackling the floors. Start at the top of the room, and work your way down and around. That way, your final vacuum or mop will take care of any remaining debris you’ve knocked to the ground.
- STOP trying to multitask
Doing two things at once may make you feel like you’re getting more done, but you’re only prolonging the cleaning process. If you focus on cleaning only and don’t try to organise, take a phone call, or watch TV, too, you can get the job done in half the time. Then you’re free to put your full attention toward the things you’d rather be doing.