Stop These 8 Habits If You Want to Keep a Clean Home

Stop These 8 Habits If You Want to Keep a Clean Home

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Ever wonder why, despite your regular deep cleaning, your house still seems like a mess?

You may not be aware of it but you may have habits that make your cleaning tasks much harder.

If you want to enjoy a pristine home, it’s about time you get started in identifying and breaking these bad habits for good. So, which ones are they?

Below are 8 habits you should stop doing to make home cleaning as “painless” as possible:

  1. Dusting last

Save your efforts by dusting before you vacuum. You should clean every room in your house from top to bottom so that the dust lands on the floor then swept or vacuumed away right after.

If it has been quite some time since you dusted, make sure to use a clean duster.

When the one you’re using is already solid grey, you’re no longer catching dust but scattering it around with a dirty duster instead.

  1. Not storing cleaning tools and products strategically

Do you spend most of your cleaning time finding cleaning tools and products?

This is a bad habit you can easily change. Gather your cleaning supplies together and store them near the area where you can easily access them.

For example:

  • Place bathroom cleaners in a small plastic container and stash them on a shelf or under a sink.
  • Create two baskets of supplies if you have a bathroom upstairs and downstairs.
  • Keep furniture and dusting cleaning supplies together for a quick clean-up.
  • Store all laundry products safely in the laundry room.
  1. Wearing dirty shoes inside the house

By simply taking the time to remove your shoes every time you go inside your home makes a huge difference. This can eliminate dust build-up and save you from several hours of dusting and vacuuming. Moreover, it keeps bacteria and germs out of your living areas.

You can help every family member stop this bad habit, by doing the following:

  • Provide a chair or bench near the door for easy shoe removal.
  • Keep a shoe tray close to your door for wet or muddy shoes.
  • Have slippers for each family member for use indoors.
  1. Leaving the bed unmade

Even if your bedroom is clean and neat, leaving your bed unmade will make it look messy. Make it a routine to make your bed every morning to help start your day by being organized.

You can simplify this task by choosing bedding that you can easily spread neatly. A bed with simple pillow shams and comforter is much easier to make than a fancier one.

  1. Allowing dirty dishes to pile up in the sink

How long does it take to put those dirty dishes in the dishwasher rather than in the sink?

Leaving dirty dishes in the sink is the best opportunity for bacteria to breed, and offers a perfect source of food for hungry pests. Teach everyone in your home to wash dishes immediately or put them in the dishwasher after every use.

Make sure that you don’t wash down leftover foods into the drain when using the sink or you may end up needing to fix a blocked sewer.

  1. Permitting clutter to accumulate

Newspapers, kids’ toys, and magazines have a tendency to pile up.

Don’t let this happen by designating a storage area for clutter. Once a week, make it a habit to sort through clutter and put it in the appropriate storage container, or toss it in the trash bin.

Regularly organize or get rid of clutter before it becomes too much to handle.

  1. Cleaning with dirty tools

Don’t expect clean results when you’re using dirty cleaning tools.

For instance, if your washer has a foul odor from bacteria build-up and detergent residue, your clothes will definitely stink. And if your vacuum filter is filled with dust, it will not do a good job at dusting.

Make it a habit to thoroughly clean tools after each use and replace disposable components periodically for efficient cleaning results.

  1. Using too much of cleaning products

Using a lot of cleaning products doesn’t mean it will work better and faster.

Too much cleaning solution or laundry detergent can cause more harm than good. When not rinsed away properly, the cleaning product residue will become a dirt magnet that traps soil and dust.

Always read the directions on cleaning products and only use the recommended amount. You will just be wasting money and time on using too much of products and water to rinse it away.

The cleaning process itself is already a tedious task.

Don’t make the task of cleaning your home much harder by stopping the bad habits mentioned above. This way, you can make more good use of each day instead of spending all your spare time cleaning up.



Rania Bellos launched Dust Busters Cleaning Services with the help and support of her husband after spending 15 years working in the banking and finance industry in France, Lebanon and the UAE. She welcomes the daily challenges and exciting opportunities provided by the highly competitive residential and commercial cleaning services market.



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