A clean home is the dream of every homeowner, but we make the littlest mistakes. So, while we buy the newest cleaning tools and cleaners, dirt is lurking in every unusual place. So, if you think your home is spotless, think again.
How many of you think your kitchen is the cleanest room in the house? Well, if you thought so, you are WRONG. A study revealed that the kitchen might look clean, but it is the home’s dirtiest room. The report went further to stamp down on the humble cleaning sponge as the number of pathogen breeding objects in the kitchen.
Yeah, if you are wondering as we are, that is gross. Cleaning your home is a spontaneous habit because dirt or dirtiness is harmful. Besides, a clean home is a cozy atmosphere and a healthy place. Simple chores like cleaning the knobs, windows, and doors or even how you place the tissue paper can reduce germs in the home.
So, while some are unintentional mistakes, others are serious blunders that could infect and cause illnesses. To get started, we have compiled ten household cleaning or hygiene habits that we do wrongly. These simple mistakes look merger but are dangerous to our health and make our home unsafe.
What’s on the doorknobs/handles?
What is your choice for a door handle – wood, plastic, glass, or metal? Second question, how often do you clean your doorknobs? We mean all the handles around the home – doors and cabinets.
Today, door knobs come in different varieties and shapes. Some are very attractive, and others are simply “wow.”” The wrong handle can be a breeding ground for germs to spread inside your home as good as they look. So, choose the most hygienic each time.
Which is the safest? If you thought stainless steel or plastic, then wrong again. These two popular knob materials are breeding ground for pathogens. However, brass is safe because of its anti-pathogen and self-cleaning properties. This brass property is called the oligodynamic effect, which is its ability to self-sanitize, kill, and mitigate the spread of germs.
So, the next time you decide to buy door knobs, remember they are the most touched object in the home. Hence choose a self-cleansing material like brass.
Cleaning the Windows
When is the right weather to clean the windows, and how should it be done? Cleaning the windows is a tedious job, especially after the winter or just before spring. While the ideal weather to wash your windows can be argued, there are ways to ensure it is done right.
A dirty window is a sorry sight, and experts seem to think you should wash them under a gloomy or cloudy day. The explanation is straightforward.
Washing your windows during the hot, dry season is not a bad idea. However, the water evaporates quickly, leaving white smears, making them look ugly. If you are cleaning the windows yourself, do the following.
- Use a dry piece of cloth to wipe off the dust and dirt.
- Spray the cleaning liquid and use a soft sponge to wipe in a circular pattern
- Use a clean wet microfiber cloth to wipe down and repeat after a thorough wash and clean of the material.
Cleaning the Windows – frames and sills
Since we are talking windows, the panes are not the only surface that needs cleaning. If you clean the panes alone, the window will still look dirty if the frame and sills are not cleaned. Before cleaning the glass part, use an old toothbrush to pry dry dirt off and vacuum. Using soap and a soft sponge (warm water), preferably wash the sill and frame thoroughly.
Once the frames and sills are cleaned, then go ahead and wash the panes. If you do the glass portion first, dirt and debris from the sill and frame with getting on it will have to clean again.
Placing toilet paper roll “under” instead of “over”
We are talking about tissue paper placement in the restroom. There are two ways to hang the tissue roll – under or over which one are you?
Most public office and hospitality industry hang the paper over while most homes tend to do the exact opposite. We could stay here and argue about which way is right but let the science do the talking. The restroom is a haven for pathogens, and they are easily transferred from one surface to another. When the roll is placed under, the end is touching the wall – which is gross. Anyone using it will have their hands touching the wall, which spreads germs. Secondly, except the holder is far away from the wall, there is a chance that the paper will touch the surface carrying with it all the germs.
If it is placed over, the end is facing the user and away from the wall. It is easier to unroll and cut without touching the wall or the rest of the tissue paper. So, the right way is over as it limits less human contact and the spread of germs from the restroom to the outside.
Taking off your shoes inside your home
If your shoes are muddy, dusty, or carry debris, please leave them outside the door. In many cultures around the world or even some religions, shoes are not allowed inside the home.
If you are going out, you wear your shoes at the front door and take it off before entering the home. Walking around with your shoes inside your home has two effects: stepping on the floor creates more wear and tear, and germs multiply freely. Your shoes are everywhere, and bacteria survive longer on them than anywhere else. Furthermore, shoes can pick up chemicals and other toxins that are very dangerous to your health.
Unless you clean your floors daily, then we suggest that you start removing those shoes at the front door.
If you live alone and can afford to clean your floor at least three times a week, then the choice is yours. However, for family homes with little kids, please take off your shoes to limit the spread of pathogens and infection among the children. Do you know that the Japanese have different shoes for the restroom? That is pretty cool. Regardless of how much you love your shoes, please take them off at the front door.
Dusting after you vacuum Cleaner
For some of us, it is only logical to dust before we vacuum, and for the rest, they dust after they vacuum. The reason is that it adds the final spark in the home, but this is wrong.
Dust particles are randomly flying around in the home. While no cleaning tactics can eliminate the dust, dusting after vacuuming is not the right way to cleaning your home.
Moreover, if you save the dusting for later, you would have wasted your time and effort cleaning your home. To carry out this simple task effectively, do the following.
Use a wet microfilm cloth to wipe the dust away from all surfaces (this will limit the number of dust particles in the air or return to the surface. According to cleaning experts, always dust before vacuuming, and you can decide to wipe the surface clean afterward but do not dust again.
Moving the vacuum brush in one direction
There is a right way to vacuum. They tell us there is an appropriate manner proven to suck up more dust and keep your home smelling and feeling fresh.
First off, vacuuming is therapeutic and should be done slowly and steadily. This not only calms your nerves but removes the most dirt, dust, and particles from the surface. To vacuum, move the vacuum head forward, then return in the same direction to the starting point. When you make the first move, you pick up some dirt, but the carpet fiber is flat.
When you return it in the same direction, you fluff up the fiber, and the vacuum sucks up the particles hidden in between.
Randomly moving the vacuum cleaner in all directions might pick up visible dirt but will not suck up the dust particles and other smaller dirt hidden in the carpet. For effective cleaning, repeat each row twice, and then move to the next session.
Leaving your curtains open on a sunny day
Well, this is a tricky one. Like the sun, natural light kills harmful bacteria, reduces the smell of dampness, and gives an uplifting and relieving feeling in the home. Furthermore, it is a good source of vitamins B and D.
However, if your window is directly overlooking your furniture, artwork, carpet, or other household items with colors, it is terrible. This is because constant sunlight will cause them to lose their colors and shine. So, if you are worried about your furniture and other objects, shield them from the sun or allow early morning or evening sunlight in and avoid the harsh noonday sun.
The hot afternoon UV rays may be uplifting, but they are also dangerous for you and your furniture. If you love the sun and how it makes your home feel, put a blind instead of curtains, this will allow just the right amount of light in without damaging the vibrancy of your living space.
Placing your doormat in the wrong position
Now, this is a straight forward clear-cut answer – natural light. Have you not noticed how dust particles seem to tango with the sunlight, then you should know it is best to clean dust with natural light.
Natural light is brighter and allows you to see the dust’s extent on the surface and how best to clean it. It kind of plays tricks with your sight under artificial light, and you tend to mix a spot. So always clean during the day when the sun is up, or you might end up repeating the chore in the morning.
So which household chore have you been doing wrongly? If you have done any, now you know the right way to get it done. Cleaning is not the easiest chore around, but it will leave you home looking fresh, hygienic, and germs-free if completed correctly.
Removing dust under artificial lightning
Dust particles are easier seen in natural light, and you’ve probably noticed this while looking at the beam of light with dust particles “dancing” in it. This is why, while removing the dust in your apartment, it’s better to do it when the sun is up so that you can clearly see the dirty areas and clean them precisely.
Artificial light will not provide you with a clear picture of the dirty surfaces and you may need to do the dusting again after you see the results the next morning.