You could be making simple mistakes when cleaning

Whether or not you enjoy cleaning, follow these tips to ensure you don't cause unnecessary damage.

You’d think cleaning wouldn’t require much thinking, but there are some traps to avoid.

Using too much laundry detergent

Too much laundry liquid/powder can cause smells to become trapped in fabric – it’s a common cause of armpit odour build-up and mildewed towels. A heavy hand with the washing powder can also shorten the life of your washing machine, because it creates extra suds. The suds build up between the outer drum wall and the inner drum of the washer, creating a suction issue and can cause the motor to burn out.

Using the wrong laundry detergent

Always use the detergent designed for the type of washing machine you own. Front-loading machines generally use much less water but have a more mechanical action than top-load machines. Detergents made for front-loaders have an anti-foam ingredient. If you use a top loading formula, you’ll cause suds to build up and shorten the life of your machine.

Cloths for surfaces

Use different cloths for different rooms in your home. This is essential because bacteria from the bathroom and kitchen can infect surfaces in other rooms.

Avoid dusters

Dusters (and brooms) fling dust into the air, only temporarily removing it from surfaces. Always use a microfiber cloth, as these are designed to trap dust.

Clean your cleaners

Clean your dishwasher and washing machine regularly. The inside of a dishwasher should be cleaned monthly, as it is a perfect place for fungus and black yeast to grow. Pour vinegar into a dishwasher-safe cup and place it on the top rack of the empty dishwasher and run it for a full cycle at a hot temperature. To clean your washing machine, run a very hot cycle using a cup of vinegar. Make sure you also clean out the rubber seal around the door and clean the filter.

Here are some other tips for cleaning with vinegar.