7 Lies We Tell Ourselves About Cleaning Our House
There’s a difference between occasionally turning a blind eye to the dirty spots in our home, and fooling ourselves into believing we can get away with these common lapses all the time. It’s time to own up and start doing things the right way!
1. “When I wash dishes by hand, my sink gets clean too.”
No, your kitchen sink does not get clean as you wash dishes by hand. In fact, it is very much the opposite. As you scrub those dishes (including that cutting board you used to sliced raw meat) grime and bacteria stick to your sink’s walls.
In order to keep your sink clean, you must put in some effort give it your undivided attention. Start by cleaning it with your favorite cleanser. From there, consider sanitizing it as needed by filling the sink with warm water and adding a tablespoon of bleach. Dip a sponge and wipe down the handles and faucet, then let the water sit for at least five minutes. Drain, rinse and let it air dry.
2. “I don’t need to empty my vacuum’s bag or cup until it’s completely full.”
Although this makes complete sense, you really should consider dumping the dust once the bag or cup is about three-quarters full. Waiting longer will result in weaker suction.
3. “I forgot to close the detergent chamber on my dishwasher. No big deal.”
This actually might be a bigger deal than you think. By letting the detergent spill out of its chamber, you’re also allowing it to drip down to the bottom of the dishwasher and go right down the drain when the water starts spraying. That means your dishes, although hot and wet, will not be clean. In short, take the extra couple seconds to lock the detergent chamber’s lid before hitting that “start” button!
4. “Wearing shoes in the house doesn’t track in that much dirt…”
The truth? Wearing shoes in the house is one of the biggest contributors to household dirt and bacteria. By using dirt-gripping doormats and making a habit of leaving your shoes at the door, you can cut down on dust and grime significantly. This means way less cleaning!
5. “My bath loofah drips dry, so it’s fine.”
Unfortunately, these handy shower accessories, with their many crevices, create the perfect damp, warm breeding ground for bacteria. In the future, replace your bath sponges at least once a month.
6. “I just use regular detergent on my hand-wash-only clothes.”
Delicate garments that require hand washing also require a gentler cleanser than regular detergent. In fact, the enzymes found in a typical stain-fighting laundry soap have the ability to eat away at fibers like wool and silk.
7. “Changing my bed sheets every week is unnecessary.”
One word: Sweat. As gross as it sounds, we sweat as we sleep. Oils from our bodies build up on bed linens, which can cause skin breakouts. These oils also attract dust mites, which are known to aggravate allergies. For a bed that is truly clean, change and wash them at least every other week. Besides, who doesn’t like the feeling of cool, crisp, fresh sheets?