You may have tried various ways to clean your home, from your kitchen to the bathroom and other places. You may not know that some of those methods may be mistakes, as they could do more damage than good in the long run.
Cleaning Mistakes You are Likely Guilty Of
This is the same as cleaning your home before you hire a cleaner – something you don’t need to do to get the job done right. Pre-rinsing may trick the dishwasher into detecting the dishes as already clean, so they won’t be washed. It also negates the water efficiency of your dishwasher. You should scrape leftover food and throw it out, then load the dishes as they are. Overloading the machine may cause water circulation issues, so they may not be cleaned well.
Not Cleaning Your Vacuum
There is no point in trying to clean your floor using a dirty vacuum. To keep it working right, remove any fluff, hair and string from the brush rollers after each use, then check the hoses for blockages. Empty the dust canisters, wash the filters and replace the bag of bagged models when it’s a third of the way full to keep it from bursting.
Not Wiping Down Your Oven
Unless you have a self-cleaning, pyrolytic oven, you will have to deal with cleaning your oven with strong chemicals and hard work. Not necessarily, as you can wipe down your oven after each use, reducing the residue from building up and making the oven smell bad and smoking. You will thank yourself later on.
Not Washing Your Washing Machine
Though it may seem like an obvious thing, a lot of people tend to forget to maintain their washing machine. Remembering that will prolong its life and give you better results during laundry. Over multiple cycles, detergent residue or crud can build up inside the machine, potentially causing it to leave flaky deposits on your clothes or even break the machine down. Running the machine on a hot, empty cycle with a bit of detergent, avoiding fabric softeners, and wiping down the door seals with a soft, damp cloth is enough. Make sure you leave the door open between cycles, so it will allow the inside of the machine to “breathe” and stop the buildup of mould and foul odours.
Using Hot Water to Clean Stains
Hot water can be a problem for stain removal, especially if the stain is protein-based, such as blood. It will help set the stain instead of lifting it. Use cold water always and use stain removal products with proven results.
Not Replacing Sponges Regularly
Among your everyday household items that need replacement, kitchen sponges tend to be the most vulnerable. They are often wet and warm with bits of food inside, which makes them the ideal breeding ground for bacterial growth. You will spread bacteria around your kitchen when you use old sponges. Replace them regularly, use a paper towel to wipe surfaces or put the sponges in a washing bag and place them in the washing machine for a deeper clean. Never leave your sponges in the sink; rinse them and hang them out to dry when you’re done.
Not Cleaning Your Chopping Boards Sufficiently
Warm water and dishwashing liquid will not be enough to keep the chopping board clean, especially if you use them for meat and poultry. Plastic chopping boards are easier to clean and may be placed in the dishwasher during a hot cycle, while wooden chopping boards need more cleaning, such as being washed with a hydrogen peroxide solution.
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