Raise your hand if the thought of pulling out your vacuum gives you hives. We get it: It’s daunting to think about all of the chores required to maintain a home. One way to make those tasks feel less intimidating? Make sure you’re not making these mistakes that might make your cleaning process even more challenging:
1.You make your own cleaner.
We know they’re all over Pinterest, but DIY versions often don’t offer the same scientifically-proven formulas that the store-bought kind do. Which means it might not do as good of a job (so you’ll have to re-clean things) and it could cost you more money in the long run.
2.You use a feather duster.
Sadly, even though you’re taking the time to dust, this tool only spreads filth from one surface to another (womp, womp). A microfiber cloth is your best bet because it grabs and holds onto particles.
3.You wash windows when it’s sunny.
Sure, it might be more pleasant for you, but the heat from the sun will cause your cleaner to dry before you can wipe it up, leaving streaks and causing extra work for you to fix the marks. Instead, save this chore for a cloudy day or nighttime.
4.You wear your shoes in the house.
Leaving your shoes at the door is one of the smartest things you can do to cut down on the amount of dust and grime that gets into your home — which means way less cleaning.
5.You forget to clean your vacuum.
If you don’t do this step, you could end up pushing dirt around on your floors instead of sucking it up (yikes!). If your cleaner has a bag, replace it once it’s one-third full. Or, if it’s bagless, empty the canister after every use.
6.don’t let tile cleaner soak in.
Before wiping the grout between your tiles, let cleaner sit for a few minutes. This will let the formula soak in, which will soften and dissolve scum and stains and result in easier scrubbing for you.
7.You underestimate your bathroom fan.
The easiest way to cut down on bathroom cleaning time? Flip on the switch to your exhaust fan before you shower and keep it running for 15 to 20 minutes afterwards. This will remove moisture and cut down on the mildew you’ll have to clean later.
8.You spray surfaces with cleaner.
When you spray furniture directly, it creates build-up that’s tough to remove and attracts (wait for it) even more dust that you’ll have to revisit again. To avoid sticky surfaces, spray your cloth with cleaner, then rub the cloth on your furniture.
9.You don’t keep up with chores.
Sometimes during a busy week, you might not get to items on your to-do list (been there!). The only downside? When you do grab your broom, mop or other cleaning tool, your task might be more challenging, due to more accumulated dirt and other nastiness. Bummer, we know, but it will help in the long run.