We are all searching for ways of making cleaning faster and easier. Believe it or not, sometimes using “shortcuts” actually makes it more complicated in the long run. You and your family might even have developed some bad habits that interfere with your ability to do work more efficiently (you may even damage your home!)

It’s time to start correcting these habits so you can get to a cleaner home faster. Here’s an excellent way to start: Choose one or two lousy cleaning habits to change each week. You will soon have a cleaner home and more free time for things you like!

Too much paper accumulated in your home

Don't let paperwork clutter your home.

Even with online billing and banking nowadays, there is still a mountain of paper in our homes. Magazines, newspapers, school newspapers and projects continue to accumulate. Don’t let that happen.

Designate a location near the entrance for all mail, periodicals and paper forms. Sort and throw them at least once a week.

Just make files on essential paper documents such as receipts. Take digital photos, and read your favourite articles online instead of buying magazines.

Using too many cleaning products

You think that if a bit of detergent works, then more of it will work better and faster. But this is not the case. Using too much detergent can do more damage than help. The residue becomes a magnet for dirt if the overabundance of cleaning products is not rinsed. So, you should peruse the instructions and always use the recommended amount or even a little less. You waste time and money on the extra product and water to rinse it off.

Cleaning with dirty tools

How can you expect clean results when using dirty cleaning tools? Your clothes will smell if your washing machine has accumulated bacteria in detergent residues. If the bag or filter in the vacuum cleaner is full of dust, it will no longer do a good job of sucking. A dirty mop or sponge pushes out more dirt and bacteria.

Take the time to thoroughly clean the appliances after each use by emptying them or washing them in hot water and adding disinfectant. Replace periodically with new tools.

Use disinfectant wipes to clean the entire bathroom

Disposable disinfectant wipes are great for quickly wiping the sink in the bathroom. But this little wipe hardly contains enough disinfectant to clean an entire bathroom. When you get to the toilet seat and handles, the disinfectant properties are gone, and you’re spreading bacteria from one surface to another.

The wipes must be sufficiently moistened and wet with disinfectant to be effective so that the surface remains wet for about four minutes. For thorough cleaning, use several clean wipes and enough disinfectant.

Leaving dirty dishes in the sink

Do not leave the dirty dishes in the kitchen sink

What time will it take to place a grimy glass in the dishwasher rather than in the sink? Leaving dirty dishes in the sink is ideal for microorganisms to duplicate and nourish hungry insects.

Teach everybody in the family to either place the dishes in the dishwasher or wash them immediately.

Wearing outdoor shoes in the house

It takes only a couple of seconds to take off your shoes each time to come back from the outside. It will save you long stretches of vacuuming. Also, the microorganisms and microbes will stay outside your home.

Make this habit easier for everyone by providing a bench or chair for easier shoe removal. Keep a box for wet or muddy shoes nearby.

Improper storage of cleaning products

Do you spend half of your cleaning time trying to find the right cleaners and tools around? That is a bad habit that is easy to change.

Collect the necessary cleaners for each housing area and store them near it. You can place bathroom cleaners in a small plastic basket and put them on a shelf or under the sink. Use two baskets of consumables if you have bathrooms upstairs and downstairs.

Store furniture dusting products and tools together for quick access. And, of course, store all laundry products safely in the laundry room.

Accumulation of food in the refrigerator

If your family hates leftovers, why bother putting them in the fridge? If you will not use the food immediately, throw it away. Improperly putting away food advances the development of microscopic organisms and makes cleaning the refrigerator much harder.

Leaving the bed unmade

Whether the remainder of the room is perfect and spotless, an unmade bed makes it seem chaotic. Caring for your bed every morning is a habit that will encourage organising the rest of the room (and maybe the whole house).
Simplify the task by choosing bed linen that is easy to spread. A bed with ordinary blankets and pillowcases is much easier to fix than a bed with pretentious pillows.

Not reading the instructions

Have you ever had to perform a task again, such as cleaning soap scum from tiles, because the cleaner did not work? You may have yet to read the instructions.

Most detergents work slowly, and it takes some time for the ingredients to do their job to be easily cleaned or rinsed. Spend 30 seconds reading the instructions to avoid 30 minutes of extra rubbing.

Using surface irritants

Just as using too much detergent can be a bad habit, using too harsh detergent on the surfaces to be cleaned is also wrong. You can cause more harm than good if the cleaner damages the coatings or poses a danger to your pets and family.

A good example is chlorine bleach. Although it is a good disinfectant, it is not a suitable detergent, and fumes can be toxic. Utilise the gentlest cleaning items expected to accomplish results.

Dusting after cleaning

Save some effort by cleaning the dust before vacuuming. You must clean all rooms from top to bottom so that you can vacuum the dust afterwards.
Remember how a disinfectant cloth can’t effectively clean an entire bathroom? The same goes for duster cloths. Take a clean cloth when the one you use turns deep grey because you no longer catch dust. You push it with dirty dust.

Failure to complete tasks

Try to complete a task once you have started it. If you take out the ironing board, continue for a break on social media until you have finished ironing.
If you have only 15 minutes to clean, start arranging and placing the items correctly. Then, if you deviate, you can come back later to do a deeper cleaning.

Postponing the cleaning work until it becomes impossible

Delaying cleaning and waiting until the task becomes impossible is one of the most difficult bad habits you must stop. Most of us can’t meet this challenge and avoid it for as long as possible.

But cleaning the whole house will be easy if you and your family clean daily, loading and unloading the dishwasher, loading the laundry, and vacuuming one or two rooms.