When it comes to making your own cleaners, there are a few don’ts that you just have to keep in mind! Some things shouldn’t be combined, some products have very specific uses, and some habits just make cleaning harder.
Here are 10 cleaning DON’Ts to always remember:
1. DON’T mix ammonia with bleach.
The combination of these two cleaners could be lethal, so be very careful when mixing any cleaners that contain ammonia or bleach.
2. DON’T scrub your carpets, but blot them instead.
You could damage the carpet by scrubbing too hard, and a gentle blot will do the trick!
3. DON’T wash windows in a circular motion.
Instead, move the paper towels back and forth horizontally, and then vertically. Wiping in little circles is more likely to leave streaks. Speaking of washing windows, DON’T do it on a hot, sunny day. The heat will dry the cleaner too quickly, leaving streaks. It’s much easier to get clean windows on a cool day. :-)
4. DON’T use dish soap to wash the car.
The soap meant to wash pots and pans is a little too heavy duty for your car. Instead, buy a car wash soap, like this one.
5. DON’T use a laundry stain stick on the carpet.
Stain sticks for dirty clothes are meant to be washed out, so leaving them on carpets is no good! Check out my favorite method for cleaning stains on the carpet here.
6. DON’T hurry!
Allow your cleaners to sit and do the work for you. My method for cleaning dirty cookie sheets only works if you let the cleaner sit for a couple hours.
7. DON’T use vinegar on granite countertops.
Vinegar, lemon juice or any other acid will eat away at the granite. Instead, try this DIY granite cleaner!
8. DON’T dust with a dry rag…
9. DON’T use soap to clean cast iron.
When you cook with cast iron, you develop a “seasoning” that makes the pan naturally nonstick. Soap removes the seasoning, so you only wash with soap once, the very first time! Learn more about caring for cast iron here.
10. DON’T make cleaning a chore!
What are your cleaning don’ts?