7 Mistakes People Make While Cleaning Home


Cleaning your home and still finding some dirt in some areas is no fun. It feels like you’ve wasted time and effort in performing the cleaning. You may even start regretting that you’ve made the decision to spend time doing the cleaning.

When you start having this occurrence repeatedly, that’s when you know it’s time to make a change. That’s when you know it’s time to figure out the problem.

Here are 7 mistakes you’re likely making while cleaning your home:

  1. Using a dirty washing machine

The washing machine drum, its lid, and the detergent dispenser usually harbor skin cells, dust mites and clothe stains. Hence, when you wash your clothes when the washing machine is in this dirty state, you will be washing your clothes in dirty water which will make your clothes stink.

Solution: ensure you clean your washing machine thoroughly before using it to wash your clothes.

  1. Not cleaning from the top

To prevent dust and crumbs from falling shelves, counters and tables, make sure you clean the furniture before you start vacuuming the floor, mopping or sweeping. Otherwise, you may have to re-clean the floor.

Solution: always start your cleaning from the top. The windows first, then, the others. The floor should be the last place you will clean.

  1. Using the same rag to clean different surfaces in the house

A rag retains dirt from one surface and spreads it to the other surface when you use it for all your house cleaning jobs and it won’t matter when you’ve cleaned it with a cleaning solution. Thus, using this rag can spread germs from the living room coffee table to your kitchen counters or any other place where you use the rag.

Solution: you should assign a microfiber cloth to each place of your house or use a separate paper towel to clean each surface.

  1. Omitting the skin

Since food particles tend to cling to sinks since they provide a moist environment, these sinks can quickly become a home to germs and bacteria. When you leave food or stagnant water in the garbage disposal, drains or sink, the germs and bacteria grow quicker.

Solution: get rid of the germs from your drain and garbage disposal using baking soda while you must ensure that you wipe down your sink each time you use it.

  1. Putting your toilet brush back into its holder right after use

Moisture and germs from the toilet get trapped in the brush and the container each time you place the toilet brush back into its holder immediately. After breeding and multiplying, these germs become entangled in your toilet brush when next you use your brush.

Solution: before you return your brush to its holder, scrub it then, allow it to dry completely.

  1. Using the dishwasher to clean your small kitchen tools

It is impossible for your dishwasher to thoroughly clean the nooks and crannies of your small kitchen tools such as cheese grater, zester or garlic press.

Therefore, you may find “food molds” in your small kitchen tools the next time you want to use it.

Solution: rather than use the dishwasher to clean these tools, use a combination of your hands, hot water, and dish soap, then, pay special attention to those nooks and crannies.

  1. Using a dirty vacuum

Your vacuum cleaner may find it difficult to pick up all the dirt and dust when its filter has not been cleaned or changed for some time. Since this vacuum will have a decreased suction, the dusty vent will blow dirt on the carpet and into the air.

Solution: once your vacuum bags or canisters become full, empty them or change them immediately. Use a moist paper towel or a damp microfiber cleaning cloth to wipe the vent, the hose, and the vacuum attachments. Especially for the robot vacuum for carpet.


You just discovered 7 mistakes you’re likely making while cleaning your home and what to do about them. And now there’s just one thing left for you to do: act.

The sooner you act; the sooner you can start having a very clean home.

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