Cleaning & Organizing
9 Things in Your Home You’re Cleaning Too Much
If you're someone who hates housework (and aren't we all?), your chore list is about to get a lot shorter. These are the places in your home where, when it comes to cleaning, less is more.
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First things first: Never, ever put your cast-iron pan in the dishwasher or let it soak! Here’s how to clean it properly. Before you put it away, be sure to dry it completely.
OK, those sweaty gym leggings and underwear should obviously be tossed right in the laundry bin. But those jeans you wore one day for two hours? Keep them out to wear again (and even again). Washing and drying your laundry too often makes them wear and fade much faster.
Speaking of laundry, here’s the secret technique for how to keep your towels extra soft and fluffy.
While most fabrics around the house (like sheets and towels) need to be washed regularly, your curtains only really need to be washed once a year since we don’t come in contact with them often. Before you toss them in the washer, make sure they’re machine washable—some are dry-clean only.
Spraying gobs of polish and cleaner onto your wood tables and chairs can cause unwanted buildup (and wasted product) and even damage the finish. Do a full cleaning once a month with the product of your choice and each week, just lightly dust the furniture with a cloth.
You should be cleaning your tile floors, backsplashes and shower walls every week. But scrubbing hard to reach grout can be a monthly task. Just don’t forget to do it: Neglecting your grout can cause mildew and mold which can even spread to the surrounding tiles.
Vacuum weekly but be wary of overusing carpet cleaners and sprays. Dousing your carpet too often can damage the fibers and actually attract more dirt. Get your carpet professionally cleaned at least once a year and only use products at home to remove stains and spots as necessary.
Put down the sponge! You don’t need to sanitize your fridge every single week. Getting rid of old food (like those moldy leftovers, yuck) and quickly wiping up any crumbs or spills is a good habit to get into. You can save the full scrub-down for a monthly task.
Save your hands and knees: Running a vacuum or duster along the baseboards of your home once every three months (that’s just four times a year!) is typically enough to keep your floorboards clean and remove dirt and other buildup.