Here are some don’ts on cleaning your home, according to shelter pop.com.
Boy, was I surprised to find out that you,
Don’t clean with Air Conditioning on. It’s summer and it’s hot out. We’re much better about ice-cold winds than we are about humidity. But as hard as it is, turning your air conditioner on while you clean means you’ll have to keep the windows shut to keep the heat out. This means that all the dust and chemicals that are floating around in the air stay in the supposedly “clean” room, and you’ll be breathing in it. Instead, bear the summer heat and crack open the windows when cleaning. Natural air is the way to go. – OK, I am all for fresh air, but when I am cleaning without the a/c I sweat more, and did you ever try wiping glass clean in humidity. The results is streaks galore. So this will be a hard one for me to do.
Don’t use Heavy-Duty Scrubber Sponges. It makes sense when you think about it, but heavy-duty scrubber sponges can easily scratch surfaces, which then allows for stains to form. (This is especially true for dishware, but also for metal pots and pans.) If you’re confronted with serious caked-on messes, let the dirty dish, pot or pan soak in soapy water for an hour. Then, use the smooth side of a sponge to wash the dish. – I have to agree. Here comes the but, but I have little patience to wait an hour or more to get pots and pans clean and out of the way.
Don’t Trap Fumes in Microwaves. While there are fancy cleaners just for the microwave, the best way to ensure your microwave is clean and odor-free is to use lemon and water. Wipe down the inside (including the roof!) with a damp cloth. Scrub as needed and make sure that all the food bits and stains are cleaned off. Then, wet a piece of paper towel and place it on the center plate. Turn on the microwave for 30-45 seconds. This will steam clean the vents. Then slice a lemon in half and put one half in the oven with the door slightly ajar to get rid of lingering smells. – I put a glass of water with vinegar and microwave it for a minute or so. This helps form moisture and then I would wipe the microwave clean. I like the lemon idea, that’s because I like the fresh smell of lemon.
Don’t clean Windows During a Heatwave. Most of us are used to cleaning during the day, but if there’s one thing you shouldn’t tidy up in sunlight it’s your windows. Window cleaners evaporate extremely fast in intense sunlight, which is where those annoying streaks come from. – Now I know what is responsible for those unsightly streaks, Mr. Sun. I sometimes use newspaper to help prevent steaks on the windows.
PS -Who would clean windows during a heatwave?
Don’t attack Textile Stains. Whether it’s from dirt or a cocktail, don’t try to sop up a stain on a textile by repeatedly pressing a paper towel against the mess. This will just push the stain further into the fibers. Instead, blot from behind. Turn the textile over, place it on top of a few paper towels, and blot the backside of the stain using the cleaner of your choice. – Reverse, reverse. Good idea. I always blotted from the front. Now I know blot from behind.