I hate to break the news to you, but you could actually be making your home dirtier while cleaning. Even I made some of these mistakes in the past.
But I put together a list of the most common ways people are actually making their homes dirtier when cleaning up.
1. Using the Same Rag for the Whole House
Even though you are using a cleaning spray or solution, when you are using the same exact rag throughout the house, the dirt and germs are being spread. This means if you wash the bathroom and then the kitchen, the bathroom germs are now in the kitchen.
To fix this it is best to use a paper towel around the house. You are going to want to use a new wad of it at every place you clean. If you do not want to use a paper towel, you can use a microfiber cloth that is designed specifically for one area of the home. Microfiber cloths are easy to wash as well.
2. Using Feather Dusters
You see an advertisement that states these trap and lock dust right in its tracks. That is a lie, they do not. Feather dusters are known for spreading dust from surface to surface or even just pushing it off the surface onto the ground. They do not remove dust; they simply push it.
If you do not want this to happen you can use a microfiber cloth or even a paper towel with a cleaning solution. The cleaning solution that should be used depends on the surface you are dusting.
3. Not Cleaning the Vacuum
The filter of a vacuum hasn’t been changed or cleaned in a long time or even ever. This means that the vacuum is unable to pick up as it should. This means that there is more dirt in your carpet and the dirt is being blown into the air by the vent.
You should change your vacuum bags or the canisters right after each use or at least when they become full. You should always wipe down the vacuum attachments such as the host and vent with a damp cloth or damp paper towel. A microfiber cloth is recommended. Just make sure the vacuum is unplugged before you do this.
4. Throwing Any Kitchen Item in the Dishwasher
If you use items such as cheese graters, garlic presses, or any smaller tools and throw them in the dishwasher, it isn’t going to be able to clean it away. These tools have small crannies and nooks that aren’t able to be washed properly. When this is done, the food is not washed away properly and it can cause mold to form and get into the food the next time you use the small item.
To avoid this problem, you should wash these small items by hand with hot water and dish soap. You should ensure that you are paying attention to the small holes and nooks in the item.
5. Placing the Toilet Brush in the Holder Right Away
The brush that is put back into the holder right after cleaning is going to trap moisture and the germs from the toilet. This is going to be trapped into the container and brush where the germs are able to multiply quickly. Plus, when the brush is used the next time to clean your toilet, it is actually just rubbing the gross bacteria back onto the toilet.
You should always allow the brush to be completely dry before you put it back into its canister or holder. This will prevent any germs from growing and multiplying as quickly. You should also replace your toilet brush every once in a while, to help keep germs to a minimum.
And one mistake I see all the time, using chemical air fresheners to try and make your home smell better.
Doing this gives you a home that just has a fake chemically smell for a few days.