· By Tara Tyrrell
Cleaning Mistakes You’re Probably Making
Cleaning is something you either love or hate - there's very little in between - but if you want to learn how to clean faster, easier, or more effectively for yourself, you’re in the right place. Here’s our handy guide to the cleaning mistakes you're probably making - and how our products might be able to help you.
Clean Your Vacuum Before You Replace It
One of the things that often gets overlooked when you have a vacuum cleaner is that you also have to clean the cleaner itself. As much as it cleans for you - you also have to maintain it. Make sure you check your hoses from time to time and empty the dust filter at least once per month. If you think your vacuum might need replacing, give it a good clean, then try again.
Not Checking Your Clothes for Spots After a Wash
It is a nice thought that your washing machine takes care of everything, but it's not the case. Sometimes, even if you've set it correctly to clean stains, there might be spots leftover. Check your clothes thoroughly before putting them in the dryer. Use a product like The Pink Stuff's Miracle Oxi Remover Spray and a microfiber cloth to scrub those stubborn stains away.
Bleaching Mould Doesn't Kill It!
You might be a stickler for using bleach to clean everything in your home, including mould! Unfortunately, though, bleach will discolour the fungus, giving the appearance of being eliminated - when it's still actually there—lurking beneath the clean surface. For most effective mould removal, make sure you use a dedicated mould-removal product, like Astonish's Specialist Extra Strength Mould & Mildew Stain Blaster.
Pre-Rinsing Your Plates
It's almost habitual for anyone who's washed their own dishes for years to start with a pre-rinse to get as much food debris off the plates as possible, but that doesn't bode well for your dishwasher. Generally, plates and other rinsed items get a less-thorough clean from your dishwasher than if you left them as they were - minus large food items. If you're cleaning cups in your dishwasher, you may want to try Astonish's Cup Cleaner for best results.
Scrub Those Chopping Boards Extra Well
One mistake that many people make is not cleaning their chopping boards sufficiently. Especially if you're cooking raw meat like chicken or beef, it's imperative that you thoroughly scrub your chopping board - as harmful bacteria can live within the cuts, made by your knives. Use a Scrub Daddy, in combination with PowerPaste and then elbow grease, to really get rid of any leftover bacteria on your chopping boards. If they're not made of wood, it doesn't hurt to run them through the dishwasher.
Cleaning is seemingly a never-ending chore, or perhaps it's a job for you. Regardless, you need to clean thoroughly, so you don't have to do it again. Hopefully, our list was helpful, and you can bear it in mind next time you're cleaning something. If you want any of the products mentions, you'll find them right here with CleanHQ.