For a lucky few, cleaning is a pleasurable activity - however, for many of us, it's a necessary but unenjoyable chore
However, there are five common cleaning mistakes that people are making, and it means we're making things unnecessarily difficult for ourselves. Thankfully, chemist Dr Tim Bond is on hand to bring them to our attention...
1. Vacuum first
Many of us start by vacuuming - it's a quick and easy way to make our homes feel cleaner and fresher. However, it should actually be the last thing we do - by the time we've tidied, cleared everything away and then dusted, you will have sent dust particles all over the floor.
2. No chemical cleaners
Many of us have household chemical cleaning products hiding beneath the kitchen sink and spritz for worktops, tables and furniture. However, these can all prove irritating to the skin, and can irritate both allergies and breathing problems.
Instead, why not turn to a clever cleaning option? It doesn't rely on toxic chemical cleaners - all you need is water and e-cloth products that can remove up to 99 per cent of bacteria with a wipe.
3. The room by room approach
If you target each room individually, it will only add to the time you spend cleaning, and psychologically, makes it feel like a never ending task. The end result? You will either get fed-up with the cleaning or simply start skipping some of the more important parts. So, how do you counter this? Well, instead of dusting a single room, do it all around the house. Don't vacuum a single room, do it to all of your rooms - you get the idea. This approach also means you will be finished quicker and you don't have to worry about endless cleaning.
4. The bin bacteria wars
Where do we throw our rubbish? What gets overlooked when you're cleaning? It's the humble bin! Whether it's the bathroom, the kitchen or the living room bin, you should make sure you clean and rinse them on a regular basis - in fact, you should be wiping down the kitchen bin every day. A solution of white wine vinegar can be mixed with water - then rinse out and wipe down with a high quality cloth.
5. Dirty dishcloths
Have you ever wiped down the worktop and left the dishcloth on the side of your sink, only to then wipe the worktop with it again at a later date? Well, dishcloths harbour millions of bacteria, with six times as much bacteria as a toilet handle - grim. In fact, a recent study found six out of 10 cloths contain E.coli bacteria, which can cause stomach upsets and is also fatal for more vulnerable people. Just make sure you have rinsed your dishcloth straight away, or else, wash them on a high temperature in your washing machine.
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