Cleaning up each and every room in your home is no walk in the park. It takes time, a whole lot of energy and the right tools and techniques. However, sometimes homeowners make cleaning harder for themselves by either allowing things to pile up, or simply going about cleaning the wrong way.
There are many common areas in our home that get dirty and require special attention, yet they are overlooked. How we clean these areas is also important. Bad cleaning habits need to be replaced by good ones to ensure that your home has a healthier, cleaner environment. Read on to find out more.
Cleaning in the Kitchen
One of the most common areas of the kitchen that requires daily cleaning is the stovetop. Food stains, oils, and hardened food gunk really make your gas stove look unsightly. What’s worse, it attracts cockroaches and becomes a breeding ground for bacteria. So, bad habit #1 is keeping your stovetop dirty overnight. Instead, you should wait till your stove and grates cool down after cooking and douse any spills or stains with a mixture of liquid soap and water. Allow this solution to sit for 10 minutes before wiping your stove clean with a damp cloth or sponge.
Cleaning the Bathroom
Every tool you use while cleaning your bathroom – right from the scrubbers and squeegee to the toilet and tile brushes – need to be cleaned and dried thereafter. Storing them when wet or leaving them in your bathroom (a damp and humid place) won’t help in drying them. Hence, it’s important to rinse out all your bathroom cleaning aids thoroughly and then taking them outside to air dry. If it’s a bright day, let them dry out in the sun as the sunlight helps to kill bacteria. As soon as they’re dry, store them away for their next use.
Cleaning in the Living Room
How often do you clean your remotes, video game consoles, and telephone? These components are either overlooked or merely wiped with a feather duster. This accounts for yet another bad cleaning habit. Cleaning between buttons and wiping the item down properly is important because these handheld objects are crawling with bacteria. You can do this by dipping a cotton swab in any disinfectant (pinch it to remove excess liquid) and clean thoroughly. For the rest of the unit, dampen a cloth using the same disinfectant and wipe it down.
Cleaning in the Bedroom
We all clean out our closet from time to time, but how many of you take the time to actually clean your closet? The habit of pulling out all your clothes, sorting through them, folding them up and putting them back in the closet is common, but it’s a bad one. At least once a year, it’s important to clean your cupboard thoroughly to rid it of dust, mildew or any dirt in the corners. Do this by emptying the closet out completely, and wiping it down using a clean cloth and mild disinfectant. Don’t overlook corners, ceilings and the underside of shelves as this is where dust tends to settle the most.