When you devote time every day to keeping your home clean, it can be surprising learning that little habits in your everyday routine could actually be making it messier! The good news is we’re here to help! These little changes don’t require extra work, it’s just a matter of switching up your habits.
Not Leaving the Washing Machine Door Open
If your habit is to shut the washing machine door the second you finish a load of laundry, you may want to reconsider. While the closed door might make the laundry room look neater, it traps moisture inside the machine which could cause mildew. Even if your freshly-laundered towels have that funky towel smell, this habit could be to blame. The fix is easy! Just remember to leave the door slightly ajar. Of course, if you have small children or curious pets, you might want to continue closing the door for safety reasons.
Using Paper Towels Instead of a Microfiber Cloth
If your first instinct is to reach for a roll of paper towels when you clean the bathroom mirror or the kitchen windows, you may want to swap them out for a microfiber cloth. Paper towels not only can cause streaks, but they can leave tell-tale trails of lint on mirror or glass surfaces. Plus, using a reusable cloth is friendlier for the environment! A microfiber cloth and the All Purpose Cleaner are a match made in eco-friendly heaven.
Assuming Your Kitchen Sponges are Clean
In recent years, studies have shown that microwaving kitchen sponges to disinfect them isn’t as effective as people thought! If you’re microwaving your sponges and then using them to wipe down your kitchen counters, you could unknowingly be smearing bacteria around. Instead, commit to replacing your kitchen sponge regularly (ideally once a week) to ensure that this cleaning tool is actually clean. Or, switch to a cloth that you can easily toss in with your laundry and clean with the Laundry Soda! Less waste, but still a sparklingly clean kitchen.
Forgetting to De-Germ Your Cell Phone
If you’re spending all your time disinfecting your counters and cutting boards, but then setting your germy cell phone down on every surface in your kitchen, you could be undoing your best efforts! Studies have shown that a cell phone could be carrying more germs than a toilet seat. Yuck! To make sure you’re not spreading these germs around the house, disinfect your phone regularly. We like using a gentle cloth and the All Purpose Cleaner!