8 Common House Cleaning Mistakes and How to Avoid Them

Cleaning can be a tedious task, but it‘s essential to maintaining a healthy and organized home. However, many people make common cleaning mistakes that can make the job more difficult and time-consuming than it has to be. Cleaning smart means being efficient and effective in your cleaning methods.  In this article, we’ll discuss some of the most common house cleaning mistakes and provide tips on how to avoid them. 

1). Cleaning in the wrong order 

Many start by cleaning the floors and then move on to other tasks such as dusting, vacuuming, or wiping down surfaces. However, this can cause dirt and debris to be redistributed throughout the space, making it harder to clean. Start by cleaning the ceiling and walls, then move on to other tasks such as dusting, vacuuming, and wiping down surfaces.

2). Not removing clutter before cleaning

A cluttered space can make cleaning more difficult and time-consuming. Clutter can make it hard to see what needs to be cleaned and difficult to reach certain areas, leading to missed spots. To avoid this mistake, take the time to declutter your space before cleaning it.

3). Using the wrong cleaner for the job

Different surfaces and materials require different types of cleaners. For example, an abrasive cleaner on wood can scratch the finish, while an acidic cleaner on marble can etch and dull the surface. Always read cleaning product labels to ensure the cleaner is safe for what you’re using it for.

4). Not disinfecting germy surfaces

Cleaning refers to removing dirt and grime while disinfecting kills germs and bacteria that can make people sick. Disinfecting is critical in germy areas like kitchens and bathrooms. When using a disinfectant, always follow the instructions on the label for recommended dwell time (the amount of time the product needs to remain on the surface to be effective).

5). Not storing cleaning supplies in one place

Keeping all your cleaning supplies in one place makes it easier to find what items you need when you need them. It also makes it easier to know what cleaning supplies you have on hand to avoid unnecessary purchases of duplicate items.  

6). Not cleaning high-touch areas often

High-touch areas such as doorknobs, light switches, and remotes can harbor germs and bacteria. To avoid this mistake, clean these areas regularly and thoroughly, especially during cold and flu season or when the risk of infection is high.

7). Not cleaning or replacing cleaning tools regularly

Sponges, mop heads, and brushes can become a breeding ground for bacteria and other microorganisms if not cleaned or replaced regularly – contaminating the surfaces and objects you are trying to clean. Also, dirty or worn cleaning tools may be less effective, leading to a buildup of dirt and grime.

8). Forgetting to dust high surfaces

Your home’s high surfaces (i.e., light fixtures, open beams, ceiling fans, the tops of doors, door frames, etc.) can accumulate heavy dust over time. Excessive dust can make the area look dirty, contribute to indoor air pollution, and trigger allergic reactions in some people. 


Avoid common house cleaning mistakes and make the job easier for yourself by cleaning in the correct order, removing clutter first, storing supplies in one convenient location, using the right products (and the recommended amount), disinfecting germy areas, cleaning high-touch surfaces often, high dusting, and regularly cleaning and replacing tools (i.e., mops, sponges, etc.). 

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