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What NOT to do to Clean Your House Part 2 of a 2-Part Series


What Not to Do Pt 2We began a series last week about a topic seldom covered by housekeeping bloggers. While they routinely share tips and hints for cleaning house, they seldom 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. Beginning last week and wrapping up with this post, we’ll cover everything from windows to kitchen sponges. After reading this post, check last week’s offering about housecleaning habits you should avoid. These suggestions have to do with the order of things—which matters!


Instead of using the excuse of needing to buy organizational supplies to leave your house in a mess and run out to the store, clean first. Then, it will be time to organize. Finally, once everything is clean and tidy, you can strategize about storage solutions so you can go to the mega mart to buy anything and everything you need to finish the job. If you leave your cleaning post to shop, you won’t know what you need. And leaving will likely take you off track in much the same way that a moose loses track of things if you give him a muffin…

Vacuum Last

Leave the vacuum in the closet until everything has been dusted or you’ll be wasting your time.  If you remove the dust after you clean the carpet, small particles may fall on the ground, cluttering your newly vacuumed rug. Dust first and then vacuum for best results.


Crumbs before Cleaning

For the same reasons you should vacuum after dusting, you should also clean your sink at the end of your kitchen-cleaning. After all; why scrub out the sink if you plan to wipe down the counters and stovetop and even empty the crumb-catcher on the toaster? If you do all of these other tasks first, you will find that your sink stays clean at least a little bit longer than if you clean it first.


Keep Germs at Bay

Unless you can afford to buy a new sponge for each and every germ in your house, you’ll likely want to pay attention to this next hint, which has to do with how to use one sponge to clean your entire bathroom…without infecting your toothbrush from germs found on the toilet. Basically, you will start with the cleanest area and move to the messiest. Then, toss the sponge into the trash instead of trying to rehabilitate it. Better safe than sorry:


  1. Using plenty of cleaner and a fresh sponge, wipe down the sink, countertop and faucet.
  2. Clean the shower doors and floors.
  3. Scrub the outside of the toilet from the tank to the base of the bowl.
  4. Then, finally…move onto to the bowl.
  5. Resist the urge to wash the sponge or reuse it. Once it’s touched the toilet, it is toast.
  6. Dry everything individually with fresh, clean paper towels.


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