Housewives are accustomed to using a certain set of techniques in everyday life, without even thinking that they can be harmful both for the apartment and for the health of its inhabitants. Here are the most common tidying mistakes and why they should be fixed as soon as possible.
Everyone knows that dishes need to be washed after a meal, wrinkled shirts need to be ironed, and linen needs to be removed from the machine immediately after washing. However, there are other, no less important points of cleaning, which are either ignored in the process of putting things in order, or done incorrectly, although the hostesses act from the best intentions. Let’s talk about this in more detail.
Habit 1: Wash your cutting board with regular dish soap
On the modern market, there is a huge amount of household chemicals that perfectly cope with visible pollution. However, there is one caveat – detergents tend to settle in cracks and scratches that are formed on cutting boards during operation. As a result, a large amount of old foam with bacteria accumulates in the kitchen device, which cannot be completely removed during the washing process. Then harmful microorganisms are transferred to other foods that we regime on the board. To keep yourself safe, you need to regularly disinfect the device with hydrogen peroxide or in the microwave.
Habit 2: Sweeping the floor with a dry broom
In most cases, a broom is the easiest and fastest way to clean the floor of dust, debris and tidy it up. However, few people think that such express cleaning does not eliminate even a small fraction of pollution. On the contrary, it aggravates the situation. A large cloud of dust rises into the air, settling on furniture, houseplants, food and in our respiratory organs. Better to do wet cleaning or take a vacuum cleaner instead of a broom – the result will be much better.
Habit 3: Buy plastic instead of a wooden cutting board
Many housewives believe that plastic boards are more hygienic than wooden ones. In fact, the opposite is true. Hardwood products are durable, do not blunt knives, do not absorb dyes and moisture, and are environmentally friendly. American black walnut, Brazilian cherry, olive are excellent chopping board materials. Walnut boards are antibacterial, as this wood species contains natural repellents and phytoncides. As for plastic products, scratches quickly appear in them, from which it is almost impossible to “remove” germs and bacteria.
Please note: You cannot use one cutting board to cut all products. It is unhygienic even if it has an antibacterial coating. There is no need to talk about practicality either: rinsing the product after each process takes time and complicates the cooking process. Ideally, every housewife in the kitchen should have four boards: for meat, for fish, for bread, for vegetables and fruits.
Habit 4: Putting coffee grounds and other waste into the sink
Few people realize that the main reason for sink blockages is that housewives pour prohibited waste into it. For example, one of the main enemies of pipes is coffee grounds. Its peculiar consistency is to blame for everything – due to it, the thick sticks to the fatty spots on the walls of the pipes and a “plug” gradually grows there. Also, do not drain the water left over from pasta cooking into the sink. It is sticky and sticky, so it can cause the same “jams” as coffee grounds.
To this list, you can add flour, which has the ability to absorb moisture and increase in size, forming flour lumps, medicines that saturate the water with a shock amount of chemicals, egg shells, household chemicals, used oil, etc.
Habit 5: Never Close Your Curtains
This issue is especially acute for people who live in apartments on the sunny side. The reason is very simple: constant exposure to sunlight will cause furniture and parquet floors to fade, losing their original appearance. Ultraviolet light is capable of making even expensive and high-quality things completely unusable in a matter of months. Therefore, you should not constantly keep windows open – be sure to use curtains or blinds to protect against the penetration of sunlight.
Habit 6: Making the bed right after waking up
British scientists have conducted a study in which they found that the habit of making the bed immediately after waking up can lead to allergies or asthma. The fact is that dust mites live in any bed, which feed on dead cells of human skin. They are not too dangerous, but they also cannot be called absolutely harmless. Their “activity” often provokes serious allergic reactions: rhinitis, conjunctivitis, bronchial asthma, etc.
In order for mites to reproduce and develop, they need good conditions – humidity should be above 55%, and temperature should be around 25 ° C. The body, which is wrapped in a blanket and periodically sweats, creates ideal conditions for mites to emerge and live. Making the bed right after sleeping will help the ticks continue to work as they create a wonderful environment. To avoid such consequences, after waking up, you need to throw back the blanket and open the windows so that the room is ventilated.
Habit 7: Storing towels and linens in the bathroom
It is very convenient when towels in the bathroom are placed on a shelf or on a hanger, as they are always at hand. However, it should be borne in mind that a warm and humid environment almost always reigns in the bathroom, ideal for the reproduction of various microorganisms. Therefore, experts in organizing storage and putting things in order recommend that after taking a bath / shower, be sure to dry the towel and, after drying, put them in a closet. With regular use, you need to change textiles every three days.
It is also worth noting that the bathroom is not a suitable place to store bed linen. Constant humidity and temperature drops are simply incompatible with it. At the very least, it will be unpleasant for you to sleep on such underwear, as the fabric will be damp and absorb the smell of dampness, and as a maximum, mold may appear on the underwear.
Habit 8: Keeping the toilet brush dry
If you return the brush to the base immediately after washing the toilet, the germs that you just collected will be automatically transferred there. The result will be a “cycle” of harmful microorganisms. To avoid this outcome, always disinfect the brush after cleaning the toilet. As for the glass of the stand, a powerful antiseptic, for example, bleach, must always be present there.
Habit 9: Flush tea leaves down the toilet
The tea contains tannin – a yellow-brown powder. How does this threaten your plumbing? If you regularly flush tea leaves down the toilet, the substance will settle on its walls, staining it in an ugly yellowish color. It will be incredibly difficult to clean the toilet after that – the original whiteness is unlikely to return.
Habit 10: Spraying cleaning products directly onto surfaces
During dust removal, most housewives make the same mistake – they spray detergents onto the surface. It would seem that there is nothing wrong with that. But in practice, everything is completely different: polish, like a glass cleaner, forms a thin film on furniture, windows and other surfaces, to which dust and dirt adhere even faster. That is why, in order to simplify and speed up cleaning, the spray must be applied to a sponge or microfiber cloth, and only then remove the dust.