Yes, cleaning is a necessary evil. Yes, in many respects there are no right or wrong answers. BUT there are a few things that you may be doing that are not serving you. YIKES! I said it, you might be cleaning wrong. DUN DUN DUN DUN.
Your Appliance are USED to Clean, but they are NOT clean
Here is the thing my friends are washing machine and dish washers have water running through them daily right? There is some soap, so in theory they are clean, right? Wrong. Your washing machine and dish washer need to have a cleaning routine as too! Without this routine, they may not be efficiently cleaning your clothes/dishes and they may not last as long.
Never fear there are super simple solutions. For the washing machine, you can run a bleach load, run a vinegar load, or use an actual washing machine cleaner. Build this into your cleaning routine. See your appliance manual or look online to see the best option for your machine.
For the dish washer, simply put a cup of white vinegar on the top rack and run the dish washer.
Clean top to bottom
Now, this seems obvious, but in action sometimes it does not go this way. We start with a quick vacuum of the floor, then we remember that we haven’t wiped off the counter, and oh look at that cabinet. In this scenario, I have cleaned bottom to top. The problem is that now I pretty much have to start over. The stuff I rubbed off on the cabinet is now on the counter and the stuff I cleaned off the counter landed on the floor. Clean with a strategy and move top to bottom.
Clean clockwise or counterclockwise
We often get overwhelmed by cleaning. We start in one room, find something wrong in another and bounce all over. We have spent a lot of energy cleaning, but have no attainable results. Again, clean with a strategy move clockwise or counterclockwise around the house. If you find something that belongs to another room, place it in a pile or in a basket. It can move with you, until you reach its destination.
Clean your Vacuum
Yes, the vacuum gets super gross. If it is not maintained, it does not clean well. Read the manual or look it up online. It will tell you how often and what parts to clean. Note that you may need to clean yours more often than suggested. For instance, our vacuums says 3 months, however, I clean ours about once per week. A lot of hair!
Intentional Living Tip:
Examine what you are doing when you are cleaning. Is there room for improvement? Do you need a better strategy? Do you need to add anything to your cleaning schedule?