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9 Cleaning Mistakes You May Not Know You’ve Been Doing

It's important to learn from our mistakes, even when it comes to cleaning the home

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We all try to keep our home clean at all times, but it can’t be avoided that there are some things that aren’t given enough attention, either because we don’t know how to clean them or because we forget to. Here are some mistakes you may not know you’ve been doing, and how to make them right.


Not washing your chopping board properly

If you cook at home every day, there’s a good chance that you use your chopping boards every day as well. To ensure that the food you’re preparing is safe to eat, it’s important to clean your chopping boards regularly. With the help of common household items like vinegar or baking soda, this chore won’t be too difficult to do.

Not cleaning your fixtures, handles, and knobs

Your fixtures, doorknobs, and cabinet handles are some of the parts of your home that are touched most often, so this means that they also breed a lot of bacteria and germs. Take the time to wipe them with disinfectant or to wash them with soapy water every once in a while.

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Not dusting properly

Dusting the home is of incredibly high importance, especially if you or someone you live with has allergies. But just dusting may not always be enough—if you don’t do it properly, you may just end up spreading dust all over other parts of your home, or expelling it back into the air. Deal with the dust using microfiber cloth, or a vacuum with high suction power and a good filter.

Neglecting your trash can

Ever noticed how your trash cans give off nasty odors? This may mean that you haven’t been cleaning them enough. To keep the foul odor at bay, you can either spray it with disinfectant then scrub it afterward, or you can sprinkle some baking soda on the bottom of it before you replace the bag inside.


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Not cleaning your cleaners

You may assume that the tools you use for cleaning don’t need to be cleaned, but this isn’t true—in fact, if you don’t regularly sanitize them, they will only accumulate more dirt and become less helpful, plus you’ll have to spend more on new tools.

READ: Did You Know That Cleaning Products Have Expiration Dates Too?

Using too much fabric softener

Yes, fabric softener is very helpful in doing laundry, but as much as you want your clothes and sheets to be as soft as possible, make sure not to use more than the prescribed amount, because this will actually make the fabric stiff, or even greasy. Likewise, don’t pour fabric softener directly on your clothes, so that they don’t get permanently stained and riddled with waxy spots that trap dirt.

READ: 5 Things You Shouldn't Do With Fabric Softener


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Not cleaning your remote controls

TV watching is something we all love to do at home, especially when we’re with our loved ones. One downside to this, though, is that multiple hands touch the remote controls, making them prime breeding grounds for all kinds of germs. Rid yourself of another worry by cleaning your remote controls with a disinfectant wipe weekly.

Washing your cleaning solution off too fast

When cleaning your tub, tiles, toilet, or other parts of your home that require using cleaning solutions, remember to let the cleaner sit for at least a few minutes before wiping or washing them away. This will allow the solutions to really work their magic and get rid of those stains, and lessen the amount of scrubbing you need to do.

Cleaning your windows on sunny days

If you have any streaked or dirty glass windows at home and want to clean them up, save it for a cloudy day. Don’t do this chore when it’s sunny out, because the heat will cause your cleaning solution to dry too quickly, and end up leaving more streaks on your windows.

READ: This is How To Properly Clean Your Windows

Source: Elle Décor

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