Happy New Year Clean My Space Nation!
Rather than talking about New Year’s Resolutions, I figured I would talk about some common bad cleaning habits—I been guilty of some of them myself!—and I’ll show you how to break them.
- Using too much cleaning product. This goes for almost all realms—laundry, floors, countertops, darnit, even when you’re shampooing your hair! More product doesn’t make anything cleaner. In fact, it makes it dirtier, because it leaves behind soap residue, which becomes sticky and attracts more dirt, and is way harder to rinse. Use less product than you’re inclined, and don’t be afraid to actually *read* the instructions on the bottle.
- Letting your bath mats and shower curtains grow moldy. If you step out of the shower and leave your curtain open, or leave your non-slip mat on the tub floor, you’re sending an engraved invitation to mold and mildew, which will love to set up shop in the curtain folds and under all those suction cups on the mat. It’s easy-peasy—just pick up that mat and open the curtain all the way when you’re done, and run your overhead exhaust fan, too.
- Cleaning with dirty tools. Come on, that’s just nasty. You’ll never get a floor clean using a dirty, stinky mop. Check out this video for how to get your cleaning tools clean.
- “Cleaning” with disinfectant wipes. Hey, newsflash: Disinfectant wipes were designed with a very specific purpose in mind: Disinfecting. They don’t remove dirt or grime at all. Use cleaning tools to clean and remove soil, and then if you need to disinfect, go ahead and use a wipe to finish up.
- Letting damp towels and cleaning cloths pile up. If you want to not join the ranks of followers who complain to me about stinky bath towels that you can never get fresh-smelling again, just cut this habit out. Don’t put anything in the hamper that’s not bone-dry, and you’ll never get that musty stink.
- Using bleach as a cleaning product. See number 4. Bleach is not a cleaning product! It has two uses: whitening and disinfecting. You don’t remove dirt and soil with bleach. So switch to a real cleaning product, and save that bleach for your whites (if at all!).
- Letting dirty dishes pile up in the sink. I hear from so many people that it’s hard to keep on top of the dishes, and as a result, the kitchen always looks messy. There’s just one solution: Wash them as you use them! Put them away and start fresh at every meal, and you’ll be greeted by a clean sink and counter, not a pile of guilt.
- Letting clutter multiply. Take magazines. It’s easy to let a stack pile up, because of stories you want to go back to, recipes you want to try, purchases you want to make… let’s be honest. Chances are you’ll never flip those old magazines open again. So when a new issue comes in, it’s time to put the old one out.
- Letting all surfaces clutter up. So many of us see empty countertops or tables as a place to rest our stuff. Stop thinking of these places as storage holding stations! Deliberately curate your tabletops and countertops, with a few items chosen for utility (think: stand mixer or coffeemaker in the kitchen) or beauty (a nice bowl or picture frame on a console). If you do need to store something out in the open, that’s fine, but find a visually-pleasing and under-control way to do so, like a tray for oils and vinegars or a caddy for spices.
- Going through paper towels like crazy. Hey, using a few rolls per week really adds up! That means a lot of money spent by you, and a ton of paper that needs to be manufactured and disposed of. It’s downright wasteful. When you can, go with cloth—get some nice cloth napkins, get some cleaning cloths, and wipe up inoffensive spills with real dishtowels.
Comment Question: What bad habit do you need to break?
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