Almost every homeowner is guilty of having at least one bad cleaning habit. Such certain habits include applying more product than you need, or skipping tasks that may involve slightly more effort such as decluttering, or cleaning the HVAC filters. Of course, there's nothing more convenient than coming up with a hack to make the job easier. These measures, however, can do more harm than good. In many cases, it can actually be easier, more effective, as well as more inexpensive to do without unnecessary habits. Changing the way you go about cleaning your house allows for a more efficient process and better results.
1. Applying Too Much Product
Using too much cleaning product is a common mistake. You don’t need to empty almost half the bottle of dish soap in order to wash the dishes. Many people also make the mistake of overly pouring laundry detergent for just one batch of clothes. This is both unnecessary and counterproductive — you will most likely have to rewash your clothes to get rid of the excess detergent. The same goes for using too much wax for hardwood floors — doing so will not make them shinier. As a matter of fact, the more wax you use, the duller your floor becomes. It is a good idea to follow the instructions mentioned by the product. Using double or triple the suggested amount doesn't make it any more effective.
2. Using Filthy Cleaning Tools
Do you ever wipe a surface over and over again wondering why it’s not quite clean yet? The culprit might very well be that overused piece of cloth you’re wiping with. By using the same old rag, you’re basically spreading the germs from one surface to another. This is obviously detrimental to your cleaning efforts. Consider washing your cleaning tools after use, or throwing them away if they’re disposable. When you’re done vacuuming, for instance, make sure to empty the vacuum bag.