It isn’t always easy to find time to clean around the house, but when I do have time, I like to be efficient as well as eco-friendly, so I did some research and discovered some cleaning mistakes that many people (including myself) probably make without even realizing it, and what we can do to avoid them.
Changing Sheets Once a Month
One of the great joys in life is lying in a bed covered in warm, freshly cleaned sheets.
However, bed sheets can get dirty quickly and often. Things like saliva and sweat, as well as the natural oils our skin secretes, all contribute to bacteria growth on our beds. In addition, if you happen to eat or drink in bed or let your pets sleep with you, you are likely contaminating your sheets while inviting things like dust mites and insects to join you.
Many experts recommend changing bed sheets weekly, but there are some people who change their sheets only once a month (or longer)!
It’s highly advised that you change your sheets every week and wash them in hot water (around 120° –140° F) to kill lingering bacteria and dust mites.
Leaving Food in the Fridge
It can be unpleasant to think about, but your fridge may be a hotbed of bacteria. All of the sticky juices and substances that are stuck in your fridge could actually be getting into the fresh food you just bought.
Studies have shown that roughly one-third of consumers don’t clean their fridge before filling it with more groceries, which could make your fresh foods go bad more quickly.
Your fresh foods don’t need to actually touch moldy food for the mold to spread. When the mold spores dry, they become airborne in order to reach the nearest and best conditions for them to thrive.
According to FoodSafety.gov, leftovers should not be stored in the fridge for more than four days to prevent food-borne illnesses. After four days, you and your family could be at risk of consuming contaminated food that could cause food poisoning.
If the thought of cleaning your fridge is daunting, try cleaning one shelf at a time, so it doesn’t seem as overwhelming. To help you clean safely and naturally, try using a damp microfiber cloth on the moldy, gooey or sticky surfaces in your fridge, and keep your foods fresh and safe for your family!
Not Dusting Around the House
It can be easy to overlook since it’s hard to spot everywhere, but the collection of dust and dust mites around your home could be harming your family’s health.
You might not realize it, but dust in the air and on the surfaces in your house could cause health issues such as allergies and asthma. Those issues can often become worse if dust is just wiped or brushed off into the air, instead of being carefully and thoroughly removed.
Some people resort to commercial dusting sprays to help remove dust, but many of those sprays contain toxic ingredients that can be harmful to you and your family’s health.
To help keep your home dust-free and free of dangerous chemicals, try using tools that will actually grab the dust, instead of just moving it around. For instance, try using a damp microfiber cloth to remove dust and allergens, and consider vacuuming around your home regularly to help keep it cleaner, for longer.
Can you think of any other cleaning mistakes people tend to make? I’d love to hear about them in the comment section below!
Wise Geek: Bed Sheets Facts
Huffington Post: Dust Mites in Your Bed? Allergens in Your Home? We Have Solutions!
The Wall Street Journal: Why Won’t Anyone Clean Me?
Making Healthy Choices: Dusting Tips