Most Common Home Cleaning Mistakes


Home cleaning seems simple enough, right? Just use a cleaning solution along with a cloth, and wipe away. However, in order to properly clean your home, there are a lot of nuances that you need to keep in mind. There are things that require your utmost attention if you want to clean your house the right way.

Here, we at Homeplus outline the 5 most common cleaning mistakes that people make. While hiring a good cleaning service ensures that all the mistakes are avoided, those looking to do a basic but thorough clean of their home will benefit quite a bit by the following tips.

Use Proper Tools

Many people do not realize how important it is to have the right equipment when cleaning your home. A feather duster may seem like a good idea, but it does nothing more than moving the dust from one place to the next.

As such, make sure you have a microfiber cloth at hand. It is perfect for wiping dust off surfaces. Also, paying once for a premium-quality vacuum cleaner is much better than saving a few bucks and purchasing one that cannot clean your home properly.

It is also important to clean your tools properly. By this, we do not mean just cleaning and drying them once you are finished. You should also clean your tools in between. For example, after you are done cleaning the kitchen, its best to wipe off that bacteria that is lingering on your brush and then move on to the next part of your house.

Use The Right Solution

Just like it is important to use the right tools, it is also important to use the correct cleaning solution. The best solution is the one that can effectively dissolve both dirt and oils. On top of that, it should also not leave a residue once you are done cleaning.

There is also not a ‘one size fits all’ when it comes to solutions. For example, Isopropyl Alcohol is great for cleaning computers, but it may not be ideal for other things.

You must also remember to follow instructions when using solutions. For example, it is best to first dilute Isopropyl Alcohol, apply it on with a soft cloth, and then wipe it off. Otherwise, it can damage the plastic it was meant to clean.

Lastly, as is the case with a vacuum cleaner, you should never cheap out on a cleaning solution. A clean and bacteria-free home is much more important than saving money.

Clean in an Orderly Fashion

Haphazardly moving through your house is never a good idea. You should always try to move from room to room, making sure that the dust and bacteria from one place do not end up infecting the rest.

The best way to do this is by starting in the room that is the furthest from your front door, and slowly moving towards the entrance. This is also what we at Homeplus do so as to make sure that there is no problem with any dirt, dust, or bacteria staying within the confines of your home.

Also, it is best to clean from top to bottom. For example, a good idea is to always dust before you start to vacuum. This is because you will have dust particles all over your floor that will need to be wiped away.

Be Careful with Your Dishwater

Next up, we have a more subtle part of house cleaning. It is important that you do not load up your dishwasher to the max. What this does is that it makes it impossible for your dishwasher to essentially reach all of the utensils.

The worst part about this is that you will probably not notice this has happened. The dishes will look clean enough, but they will not actually be clean.

Another important point here is that you must not clean certain appliances with the dishwasher. For example, your garlic presser will probably not be cleaned with the dishwasher in a proper manner. There will be hard to reach areas where pieces of garlic are stuck, and you will need to hand wash it anyway.

Lastly, do not forget to clean your dishwasher.

Clean Windows on an Overcast Day

This is something that many people simply don’t realize. If you clean a window when the sun is out, the window will dry before you are done cleaning.

This will leave residue on the window and may even cause streaking. While you may be able to remove all bacteria from your window, your window could end up looking dirtier than before.

It is always a good idea to clean windows on a lightly cloudy day when it’s cool enough for you to properly finish the job.


There are a hundred different kinds of mistakes that you can make when cleaning. Hiring a professional service is always the best way to have a clean and bacteria-free home. However, avoiding the aforementioned mistakes should make the process much simpler for you.

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