Everybody loves a clean home. You’ve got all the right tools but how you use them gives you the best result. Though you have the best intentions some cleaning blunders or defective appliances can actually end up doing more harm than good. Here are some common cleaning blunders you need aware yourself so that you can protect your investment in your home.
Overloading the dishwasher
Dishwasher makes your cleaning dishes so much easier but overloading the dishwasher will make your appliance falter to a considerable amount. Overloading the machine means, there is a very little space in between the dishes and that means spray of water and soap will not be able to reach every space of the utensils and dishes – meaning they won’t get clean.
Tossing any kitchen utensils in the dishwasher
Smaller kitchen tools like a garlic press, zester or cheese grater have small nooks and crannies that a dishwasher isn’t always able to blast. When food is left in these tools, it can become moldy and get into food the next time it is used.
Skip the dishwasher and wash by hand with dish soap and hot water, paying particular attention to corners and small holes.
Cleaning windows on a sunny day
Seems like warm sunny day is pleasant for this task, but you will only be left with streaky windows. Glass cleaners evaporate too quickly before you can finish cleaning – leaving streaks on window panes.
Instead the ideal time for cleaning windows would be on a cloudy day or in the early mornings. Spray the window cleaner and let it sit for a minute, then work the solution around the windows using squeegee. And don’t forget to dust the windows before washing or your window sills will have muddy mess with window cleaner drips and dust. Yuck!
Washing a cutting board with dish soap
While dish soap and hot water remove visible food residue from a cutting board, the cuts in wood and plastic cutting boards trap microscopic food particles. Hot sprays of dishwasher can melt plastic cutting board while wooden cutting board can warp and crack in the dishwasher. Instead soak them in hydrogen peroxide or a bleach solution and rinse with water and let it dry completely. This will also prevent cross contamination.
Being indiscriminate with natural cleaners
Compared to chemical cleaners, vinegar, baking soda, lemon juices are mild and multipurpose cleaners but they are necessarily good for every surface. While they are less toxic but they are still acidic and these are specifically good for those beautiful stone countertops. Make sure you research which ingredients is good for what.
Using your bare hand to clean
Just because you are using kitchen cabinet ingredients or commercial natural cleaners, doesn’t mean they won’t be harsh on your hands. Avoid chalky rubber or latex gloves. Instead, choose gloves with a lined cotton interior.
Storing your toilet brush wet
If a toilet brush is put right back into its holder right after use, the moisture and germs form the toilet get trapped in the container and the brush, where they breed and multiply. These germs are then rubbed back into your toilet the next time the brush is used. Instead of just dropping your wet brush into the holder, set it across the seat so it can drip-dry over the bowl.
Not reading instructions
We think we know all there is to know about cleaning and cleaning solution. Just read the label and instructions and you may find that sometimes you are doing it the wrong. You may discover that your washing machine does its best work when employing liquid instead of powdered detergent. Those cleaners’ manufacturers have put a lot of effort and research into how to best use the said product to get the best result so follow those directions.
Thinking more is better
We have a thought: a little fabric softener can get your fabric so soft what’s wrong if you put in a little extra. The only result would be harsh towel. Most of the times you do not need very much product to get the job done. You will also create more work for yourself if you saturate what you are cleaning with a product because you are the one who is going to have to remove it all. Add a little at a time and you will be surprised how well things work with just a bit.
Arming yourself with the knowledge of these few cleaning mistakes you are making a great progress in your cleaning schedule and keep your home clean and tidy.