We all want to have immaculately clean homes—it’s a given. And of course, what’s not to love about spotless and impeccably clean rooms? Bitterly though, we can’t keep our house realistically clean every single day.
Most of us have pressing schedules and priorities. Our constantly busy weeks keep us from doing our chores and cleaning tasks on a regular basis. And although there are tasks we can certainly skip from time to time—postponing it even further until monthly general cleanings—there are some things we shouldn’t habitually skip. So the wisest thing to do is to identify cleaning essential parts that shouldn’t be skipped routinely. And then prioritize these tasks, before doing any other chores. When you know which tasks you usually skip that shouldn’t, it will help you better plan your course of action.
In this article, we’ll discuss the common household cleaning essentials that we usually skip and what to do about it, as well as some cleaning tips to try.
Your kitchen is probably one of the most important areas in your home. However, we often skip cleaning it.
● Not wiping down kitchen countertops and stove-top.
We are all guilty of this, and maybe because we think that cleaning spills, crumbs, and stains won’t make a huge impact overall. But the truth is, it can make a big difference. Wiping down countertop (and stove-top) can make your whole kitchen a bit tidier and cleaner.
More importantly, this cleaning part is crucial so as not to attract pests and insects. Also, if you keep postponing this, it’ll make spills and stains harder to remove.
● Skipping the dishes.
Accept it, the dishes will never stop piling up. Thus, the more you keep delaying doing it, the more overwhelming it will seem. This will also attract pests and insects, not to mention—it can produce a stinky smell.
● Not taking out the kitchen trash.
This will also result in attracting insects, pests, and producing an unpleasant smell. This can also cause bacteria to thrive in your kitchen.
While it’s acceptable not to deep-clean your bathroom regularly, there are certain bathroom cleaning routines you should never skip.
● Wiping down the shower walls and scrubbing the bathroom floor.
Regularly cleaning the shower walls and bathroom floor will prevent a buildup of mold, mildew and soap scum. Neglecting to do so won’t only make your bathroom slippery but it can cause harm to your health in the long run. Note that when you do this daily, it will only take you a minute.
● Not cleaning the shower curtain and air drying it.
Curtains can help mildew linger, which is not good. So to prevent this, wash it regularly and air dry it between showers.
Aside from making sure to keep trash away, one of the most neglected parts of bedroom cleaning is making the bed. When you skip making your bed, your whole bedroom will look like a big mess. A perfectly made bed helps you feel in control and ready to start the day. It also looks nice and clean.
Other Home Cleaning Essential Parts that we always skip
● Pest control.
It is necessary to regularly conduct pest control to keep pests and insects from nesting in your home. If your space is already infested, it is best to start looking for a pest control company. It’s important not to skip this part because pests and insects can spread tough viruses and bacteria, which can jeopardize your health.
● Vacuuming common areas.
Hard surfaces, carpets, and rugs should always stay clean to prevent airborne diseases, allergens, and asthma triggers. Also, cleaning food crumbs on the floor must be done immediately to prevent attracting pests. You can, however, do this every other day and prioritize the common areas first to save time.
● Picking up dirty laundry and putting them in the hamper.
Doing the laundry once a week is perfectly okay, but skipping picking up dirty laundry every day is not okay. Not only that it’ll make your clothes dirtier but it also makes your room messier to look at.
Pro hacks for quick home cleaning
Understandably, with the very limited time and energy left to us daily, it’s hard to incorporate household cleaning regularly. The good news is, tips like pairing these cleaning chores may help:
- Try taking a quick look and see what you can easily clean (and throw like leftovers) in the fridge before taking out the trash.
- While doing the dishes, you can also include washing your soap dish and toothbrush holder.
- When doing the laundry, try to include washing your shower curtains and rags.
- Swiftly clean your mattress before changing your bedsheets.
- Do a quick dusting—starting from top to lower surfaces—before vacuuming.