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The 10 mistakes we all make while cleaning

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Clean your house effectively by eliminating these bad methods from your habits. Little more: you will save time.

Cleaning is mandatory to maintain a healthy living space. Once or several times a week, you have to think about dusting , cleaning the shower, washing the toilets (remember to make your toilet tablets yourself ), put away the fridge or even change the sheets. Gestures  that improve the quality of daily life and prevent disease.

However, some actions we take are counterproductive.

1. Not cleaning often enough

Cleaning can be a real chore. We therefore tend to postpone the deadline until we no longer have a choice. Problem, a house that is not cleaned sees dirt accumulate and become encrusted , which makes cleaning more difficult and the task longer to complete on arrival. The ideal is to clean its interior regularly in order to avoid clumps of dirt, limescale, dust and others which could prove to be bad for your health in the long term. As a bonus, cleaning often is an incredible time saver since it avoids having to do a lot of spring cleaning .

2. Using the wrong products

It is important to choose and use the product that is used for the purpose you want to make of it. Dishwashing liquid for washing plates , detergent for floors, scouring cream for the bathroom, etc. In short, avoid using products outside their area of ​​expertise, at the risk of damaging your surfaces. Read the instructions on the back of the household product carefully if you have any doubts. A ceramic sink spray will probably damage your stainless steel kitchen sink. So be careful when using them. Also remember to look at the label before buying so as not to use harmful or even toxic products, which are as dangerous for the planet as for your health. You can always make them yourself. In any case, some mistakes with household products can be very dangerous ! A ceramic sink spray will probably damage your stainless steel kitchen sink or stainless steel angles.

3. Do not follow the order

There is an order to do household chores. For example, you wouldn’t think of mopping before the broom. It would make your wash completely obsolete. It is ultimately a question of logic. We clean the elements in height (worktop, furniture, shelves, etc.) before tackling the ground. This one is likely to pick up dirt from dusting and other cleaning actions (crumbs, product residue), so it should be the last to be thoroughly washed to complete all your cleanliness efforts.

4. Spray the products directly on the surfaces

We are probably a lot of people doing it. Out of laziness or to save time, we spray the cleaning products directly onto the surfaces. And for good reason, on the instructions on the back of the products, we are told that we can. Provided you respect a certain distance between the sprayer and the furniture. However, this method can leave indelicate marks on your superb wooden furniture or even damage it. To avoid disappointment, put the product directly on the cloth that you will use to clean the surface. In this way, you will avoid marking your furniture for life.

5. Not cleaning or changing your cloths

Rags, brooms and sponges are our utensils to carry out our cleaning. Do we change them often enough? What’s the point of cleaning your house if we do it with dirty rags? Using the same tools to clean its entire interior without ever washing or changing them is letting bacteria proliferate and transport them unconsciously from one room to another. Remember to use a different cloth per room or not use and wash it well in the machine after use. Ditto for the mops, the brush broom, or the bucket that you filled with water to do the floors. The vacuum cleaner bag must also be emptied each time for optimal cleaning.

6. Not airing

Do not lock dust and chemical fumes in the house. When you clean your interior remember to ventilate by opening the window . First to renew the air, but also to get out the smells of the products you have used and smells in general. It is strongly recommended to go through this step during large cleanings. If you are unable to open a window, check that your ventilation system is in working order to ensure air circulation in your space.

7. Incorrectly dose your products

We tend to go blind when we use household products. It is an error . In order to clean effectively, do not put too much product to avoid residues. If you put too much detergent in your washing machine, it may not be able to eliminate everything and there will remain unsightly traces on your clothes. Same story for your floors and surfaces which may be sticky or slippery if you have poured too much product. The wrong dose also poses an ecological problem. Excess soap or a sprayed product, for example, can seep into the pipes or regularly escape into the air. Finally, you will finish your product far too quickly if you put twice too much. It is therefore recommended to use enough of it to save money on household products .

8. Not decalcifying often enough

Is there anything worse than lime deposits on the fittings? Spending hours struggling with the green side of the sponge to dislodge white clumps is a monster chore. To avoid this, regularly clean your taps and stainless steel surfaces to limit the appearance of limescale. Use a commercial spray or pour white vinegar on your surfaces to dislodge deposits. Citric acid also works wonders on tartar. Rinse thoroughly with clear water immediately after treatment and wipe with a dry cloth to prevent traces from settling immediately afterwards. It would be a shame.

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