I love having a clean house! There, I said it out loud. But one of the biggest struggles that most busy professionals have is finding the time to get everything cleaned. Every time I sit down, I see something that I might have missed in cleaning the house. No matter how hard you try, those Upper Valley House Cleaning tasks never seem to get done.
Chances are you have been there too! Whether you are a perfectionist at house cleaning or just a busy mom or dad trying to keep up. There are things you might be doing that are bad for your families health. Here are 6 Upper Valley House Cleaning mistakes you might be making in your home.
1 Cleaning Chemicals
There are many chemical based cleaners on the market today. One rule that you should always follow is “never mix cleaners.” For example: mixing vinegar, ammonia, rubbing alcohol with bleach can create a very dangerous chemical reaction that results in fumes that are harmful if inhaled. If you get it on your skin, it can cause severe skin irritations and eye irritations.
Before you buy any new cleaners off the grocery store shelf, read the back labels for what is in them and how to properly use them. A great guide to check out online is EWG’s guide to more than 2,500 cleaning products. Find that here.
There are some great do it yourself cleaning solutions you can create at home that is safe for your family. Get some white vinegar and combine it with lemon juice. Another great organic cleaner is Thieves. These are excellent alternatives without all of the harsh chemicals.
2 Let it soak in
If you are like most people cleaning today, then you are in a hurry to get things done. One common mistake made is not letting the cleaning solution soak in to do its job effectively. Most chemical based cleaners recommend at least 60 seconds soak time to kill germs and cut away at dirt and grime. It doesn’t seem like much, but spraying and immediately wiping the surface is not as effective as waiting the 60 seconds for the cleaner to perform at its best.
Spray the area and move on to the next spot and spray. By the time you get the second spot sprayed, you can now go back and wipe up your cleaning solution from the first surface. Remember you need that magical 60 seconds, so resist the urge to spray and wipe immediately.
3 All Purpose
Have you seen some of the cleaners today that tote the phrase “all purpose” on the side of the bottle? Unfortunately, there is no true “all purpose” cleaner on the market today. Yes, there are some cleaners that work on multiple surfaces, but none are perfect for everything.
Evaluate how many types of surfaces you are going to need to clean on a regular basis. The cleaner you use on your floor may not be the recommended cleaner for your granite countertops. Dusting cleaners like endust should not be used on hardwood floors. They create a slipping hazard because endust is a polish and cleaner.
What if you have a hardwood floor that is laminate click together? These types of floors specify that you do not use an acid based cleaner like vinegar. It removes the protective coating on the surface of the flooring.
Yes, you are going to have several different types of cleaners in your home, but you can reduce it down to 3-4 cleaners that are safe for you and your children and pets. Read our article on plant based cleaners here.
4 Cleaning everything at once
Always attack cleaning your home in a systematic method. Cleaning your home without a plan results in wasted time and energy. Don’t worry about it being perfectly cleaned. What is important is your home getting cleaned on a regular basis. Instead get on a cleaning schedule. If you don’t have a cleaning schedule and are not sure where to start in creating one. Download our free weekly cleaning checklist. It is editable so you can tailor it to your home.
5 Don’t Ignore the mildew
Nobody really wakes up in the morning and decides to ignore the mildew or black mold growing in your home. It is surprising how quickly mildew and mold can form though in your home. According to the CDC, kitchens and bathrooms are the two most common places in the home that mold and mildew appear. This makes sense because they are the two spots in your home with the highest humidity level. Most bathrooms and kitchens develop mold or mildew because there is a lack of ventilation in that space.
Things to do to prevent mold and mildew:
- Check the seals on your windows
- Check the caulking around your shower, tub
- Check the seal at the base of your toilet
- Install a ceiling fan/light combo to remove excessive moisture
6 Fabric softeners
Do you use fabric softeners with your laundry? Yes, fabric softeners in the dryer help to make them feel soft, but it also coats them with chemicals like Chloroform, A-Terpineol, Benzyl Alcohol, Benzl Acetate, Ethanol, Pentane and more. Do you really want all of those chemicals on your clothing?
Dry a different method like dryer balls. Instant essentials have a great natural product made from 100% wool. These dryer balls help to soften your clothing and make clothes dry quicker. Check them out here.
Are you a busy professional or a stay at home mom with several kids at home? It can be very challenging in keeping up with cleaning the home and managing all of the other responsibilities in the home. That is one of the specialties that we have at Goodrich Cleaning. We provide Upper Valley House Cleaning Services to customers throughout the Upper Valley region. Give us a call to see how we can help you on a weekly or bi-weekly basis.