The items in your home that you might be cleaning too often

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Over-cleaning these things might actually do more harm than good

Some things need to be cleaned regularly. And some things don’t. Some things are cleaned way too often because we think we have to clean them every day or week. And that might actually damage the item you are so desperately trying to keep clean. Find out which items in your home you might be cleaning too often.

1. Dishes

When you put dishes in your dishwasher you don’t have to rinse them. All you have to do is scrape off the larger amounts of leftover food. Cleaning your dishes before putting them in the dishwasher is actually counter productive. Because both your dishwasher and the dishwashing liquid or detergent are focused on the particles of food on your dishes. If you remove all of those particles, your dishwasher won’t work as well and the detergent won’t be as effective. So, next time when you load the dishwasher, don’t rinse. This will save you money and time!

2. Clothing

Some people think that clothes get dirty when you wear them once. And, of course, sometimes clothes are too dirty to wear again. But usually, you can wear your clothes multiple times before having to wash them. Anything other than socks, sports wear, underwear or other clothes that are worn close to your body, doesn’t have to be washed after wearing it once. If you wash your clothes every time you wear them, you might actually shorten the lifespan of your clothes. So, over-washing your clothes might seem clean, but it is definitely not beneficial for your garments.

3. Bed comforters and quilts

This might be good news for people with heavy comforters on their beds: you don’t have to wash these every week. Four times a year would be plenty in this case. Unless you let your pets sleep on the bed or spend a lot of time in bed yourself. That is a good reason to wash your quilts or bedspreads more often. But if that is not the case for you, then washing them once every season is plenty.

4. Oven

Your oven doesn’t need to be cleaned every week. In fact, if you use the self-cleaning function of your oven too often, it could be harmful. When you use the self-cleaning function on your oven, harmful fumes are released, like carbon monoxide. And exposing your family to that every week just isn’t a very healthy thing to do. But it isn’t just harmful to you and your family. You could also damage the oven by cleaning it too often. As long as you clean up spills right away, you only need to clean your oven two or three times a year. That will save you so much time!

5. Pantry

Another thing you’re probably cleaning too often, is your pantry. It might seem like you need to keep the places that have food stored in them, clean. But your pantry is full of foods that aren’t raw and won’t perish as quickly. So, even though you might have to clean your fridge every week, your pantry can go without cleaning for a while. In fact, you only have to clean your pantry twice a year.

You will save so much time by skipping these items in your cleaning routine!

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