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What NOT to do to Clean Your House – Part 1

One thing we would recommend against is letting an anteater clean your carpets.

One thing we would recommend against is letting an anteater clean your carpets.

This is part 1 of a 2-part series. Check back next week for part 2.

Housekeeping bloggers often share tips and hints for cleaning house. But seldom do they tell you what NOT to do. This series by My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency is an exception, as we will share the things you should avoid doing if you want to have a clean house. This week, we’ll cover everything from windows to kitchen sponges. Check back again next week, when we wrap up our series by focusing on even more cleaning habits you should avoid.

Windows—don’t use a blue commercial cleaners and a paper towel unless you like looking through smudges and streaks. For tips about the right way to wash windows, check out a short instructional video by the housecleaning professionals at My Cleaning Lady Referral Agency.

Rust Stains
All-purpose cleaners aren’t the right choice to remove rust stains from sinks, tubs and toilets, even if you’re willing to use a lot of elbow grease. Instead, use a stain remover made specifically for the purpose, like Super Iron Out (which costs about $10 for a 5-lb. jug). Effective rust removers contain a chemical called hydrochloric acid. Resist the urge to use product that contain bleach, since these will serve to set the stain instead of removing it.

Pet Hair

Don’t use a vacuum or broom to remove pet hair from furniture. You’ll end up getting frustrated because these tools just push animal hair around instead of removing it. Opt instead for a tape roller or a simple roll of duct tape. The high-powered adhesive properties in duct tape make it perfect for a makeshift pet hair remover. What’s more, tape is far faster than vacuuming. Use this method to remove hair from the inside of your car, as well.

Fabric Stains

Don’t rub straight liquid or powdered detergent directly on a stain. Since they are made to be diluted and used to wash several items at once in the context of your washing machine, these products may actually set the stain instead of removing it. Instead, use stain pens. And for best results, treat spills immediately. Several varieties are available and are designed to remove small stains from upholstery, grout, caulk, porcelain and clothing. Press the tip into the stain to release the solution, rub the tip across the stain to remove it. These are great options because they are inexpensive, portable and fast-acting.


Though opinions vary greatly, we advise against the use of feather dusters. Why? They lift the dust only to reposition it in another area of the house unless you use a heavy-duty commercial variety and observe careful, regular cleaning of the duster. Instead, we recommend a much easier solution…microfiber cloths and furniture polish.

Countertops and Sinks

Have you ever volunteered to help clear the dishes at someone else’s home only to be confronted by a sponge or kitchen rag that practically stands up by itself? One of our pet peeves is the use of filthy, microbial-filled old sponges for kitchen “cleaning.” Please run your sponges in the dishwasher or throw towels into the wash on a very regular basis. Otherwise, when you think you are cleaning your sink or dishes, you are really just covering them with old germs.

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