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Cleaning Mistakes Most People Make
If you are like most people, you don’t relish cleaning. But you also might be making things harder and less efficient than they need to be. Real Simple magazine lists eight things you might be doing wrong:
Loading the dishwasher. You need to put forks into the dishwasher with the tines pointing upward so that they don’t get bent. But with spoons and knives, alternate the way you put them in so that the water can flow freely across all the surfaces.
Washing windows. Don’t wash windows on a sunny day, because the sun will dry up the glass cleaner more quickly, causing streaks. The best time to wash windows is late afternoon or evening, or on a cloudy day. And try using a window squeegee instead of a cloth.
Using spray cleaners. Unless you have a real mess on your hands, don’t spray cleaners – including both furniture polish and other cleaners – directly onto the surface you are cleaning. Instead, spray onto a cloth. That helps prevent buildup or spatter, and it also means you will use less cleaner – which will save you money.
Wearing gloves. You should not undertake even the smallest cleaning project with your bare hands. Cleaning solutions are notoriously hard on your skin, so protect your hands with gloves with a cotton liner.
Cleaning spills on carpet. Don’t scrub the surface to get up spills like wine or pet stains. The carpet might look clean, but unless you go deeper, the stain will reappear. Instead, sop up as much of the stain as possible with a dry towel. Then liberally douse the area with club soda or water, and blot again with a different dry towel, stepping on the towel to get as much of the liquid as possible. Repeat this until there is no color on the towel. If the stain comes back, you might need to use carpet cleaning solution.
Using a toilet brush. As you can imagine, there are germs on the toilet brush after you clean your toilet. If you put the wet brush back in the holder, those germs will multiply. Instead, leave the brush suspended over the toilet until it is dry, and then put it back.
Cleaning a sponge. A damp sponge is a great place for bacteria to grow. To disinfect a sponge, you can put it in the top rack when you run the dishwasher, put a wet sponge in the microwave for two minutes or use a sponge sanitizer. Disinfect sponges at least a few times a week – more often during seasons when you are cooking a lot, such as around the holidays.
Vacuuming pet fur. Use a hose or other attachment to vacuum up pet hair directly from a wood or tile floor. If you just use the vacuum, you will blow around as much of it as you suck up. And before you even bring out the vacuum, remove as much of the hair as possible with a broom or a dry mop.