Everyone is guilty of making cleaning mistakes. Some of these mistakes may seem simple or even silly, but they not only add hours to our cleaning time, but they also render our cleaning effort lacking and ineffective. It’s important to learn from our mistakes that is why I will present to you some common bad cleaning habits that you should break.

  1. Going straight to harsh products.

The lazy inner voice in us will fool us into thinking that harsher cleaning products will cut our cleaning time dramatically so we obey. The thing is that most cleaning scenarios can be addressed using natural DIY cleaning solutions that are safe. Or go with milder products that are environmentally friendly.

  1. Using too much product

Too much cleaning product is a common mistake. Imagine having to wash a load of clothes and you put in too much detergent, so you need to wash the clothes more not only to remove the dirt but also the excess detergent.

  1. Ignoring product directions

Not reading the label on the products we use is a surefire way to make a cleaning fail. The manufacturers will have recommendations on how to use the product, how much you need, and where it should be used. So, if it says a cup of detergent for a load of clothes, don’t be an over smart and just follow the instructions. Do the same with cleaning tools, follow the manufacturer’s instructions to prevent electrocution, injury or worse.

  1. Dirty cleaning tools

This seems like a no-brainer that we have all been guilty of. It is just logical not to wipe a stove top with an already soiled cloth, right? This practice will not only be ineffective, but you also risk cross-contamination by spreading germs and bacteria. Clean your tools after using to rid it of dirt, germs, and bacteria and ready for the next cleaning job.

  1. Relying on bleach too much

Let’s face it, bleach has been a household staple long before many of us were born. But advancements in technology has branded bleach as not very effective at cleaning. Add the harsh chemicals in bleach that can cause damage to the house and you have a very good argument to skip bleach on your next spring cleaning. Look to the internet for natural cleaning solutions that you can make on your own. You save money while saving the environment.

  1. Not closing the shower curtain

The bathroom is the most unpleasant area of your home for cleaning. Save yourself from additional agony by closing the shower curtains after a bath. When shower curtains are open, water and moisture get trapped in the folds and over time, will develop mold and mildew, which can then spread in the bathroom. If you have a non-slip shower mat, hang it on to dry.

  1. Letting the dishes pile up

Mentally, it’s tougher to wash a huge pile of dishes, but it can also prove to be more difficult physically. Hand washes dishes as soon as you can and avoid the pileup. A few seconds here and there is a lot easier than a stack of messy dishes.

  1. Not preparing your cleaning tools and products

Before you even begin to clean, take out the tools and products you need and put them somewhere close as you clean. This will save you time and energy from running back and forth the storage just to get the things you need one at a time.

  1. Hoarding unnecessary stuff

Raise your hand, I know you’re guilty of this also. Whether it be old souvenirs from a wedding you attended years ago or old issues of magazines you have lying around, these things can add up quickly and take up considerable space in our homes. You can start with the fridge and dispose of expired food items, old cooking utensils from your kitchen to heavily outdated clothes in the wardrobe. Go through the entire house and be firm in disposing items you don’t use or have any need of anymore.

  1. Using too much paper towels

Paper towels are very handy in the kitchen, but using too much becomes ridiculous as it adds quite a chunk of your household budget. So, if you have old white shirts you don’t use anymore, repurpose them and cut them into tiny towels which you can reuse over and over again. Not only do you save money but you’ll also be more environmentally friendly.

These are just some common bad cleaning habits we’ve committed at least once in our lives. Let’s just learn from our mistakes so we can clean the house more efficiently.