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Are You Guilty of These Bad Cleaning Habits?

You can achieve a clean home without cutting corners

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There are days when we’d rather stay in bed than deal with a pile of laundry or a stack of dirty dishes in the kitchen. We’re guilty of the Mañana habit or the act of delaying tasks until we finally have the time or willpower to actually get something done. More often than not, we rely on shortcuts just to get things out of our way—especially when it comes to cleaning and household chores.


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How many times have you waited until the hamper is full before doing the laundry? Are you the type who finishes a whole sachet of dishwashing liquid just to get grease off dirty pans? These are bad cleaning habits that you need to break stat! Power through chores efficiently by avoiding these cleaning no-nos: 

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1. Using too much cleaning product

Many of us believe that by adding an extra scoop of powdered detergent or a drop of dishwashing liquid can result in cleaner clothes and squeaky clean plates, respectively. Using too much of a product equates to exerting more effort in rinsing it off. If the product is not rinsed away properly, the residue may cause problems like allergies, contamination, and bacteria sticking to your clothes and dinnerware.

2. Wearing outdoor shoes inside the house


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We can’t stress it enough—bringing your shoes inside the house means welcoming germs and disease-causing bacteria into your home as well. Place an organizer by the door where you and the rest of the family can keep shoes. If it’s raining outside and dealing with mud is inevitable, having a tray for wet shoes is a must. Take this as an opportunity to dress up your entryway! Invest in a cute yet sturdy footstool that you can pair with a shoe shelf or cabinet.

READ: This Video Will Convince You Not To Wear Shoes Inside the House

3. Leaving dirty dishes and pans in the sink

Leaving the sink unkempt and filled with dirty dishes is an open invitation for pests to invade your space. Delaying washing dirty dishes and pots may also cause crumbs and grease to harden—making it more difficult to scrub these off. Clean as you go, wash the dishes immediately, and admire the beauty of a spotless kitchen.

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4. Storing all your cleaning products in one area


Finding what you need shouldn't take longer than the actual cleaning. Save yourself from stress by grouping the products you need per area and storing it nearby. Keep your bathroom cleaning products in a plastic bin you can store under the sink. Dusting essentials and the items you use when cleaning furniture can be stored in one basket that can fit inside a drawer near the living area. Your laundry must-haves accessible must be neatly stored in the laundry area.

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5. Not reading instructions carefully

Just because a bottle looks familiar or it has a huge logo showing “multipurpose cleaner” doesn’t mean that it will work like magic in an instant. There are cleaners that take time to work—it’s important that you read the instructions carefully before using it to ensure favorable results.


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6. Disregarding unfinished tasks

We’re all guilty of taking breaks in between chores, but it’s a huge no-no to leave unfinished tasks as is. If you’re scheduled to iron clothes today, accomplish it first before grabbing your phone to scroll through your Instagram feed. If you only have 30 minutes to spare, use it wisely by getting rid of visual clutter or organizing your closet.

7. Prolonging the inevitable

It’s hard to break the habit of waiting until the chores are overwhelming before tackling each. Would you rather deal with dishes, laundry, and cleaning in one go than properly scheduling your tasks and finishing each efficiently per day? Try to finish one task a day and encourage each family member to accomplish one a day, too. You’ll be surprised at how much you’ll get done in a week, making your monthly general cleaning a breeze.

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Source: The Spruce

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