When it comes to keeping our homes clean, there are a lot of things we could all probably stand to clean more often. Things like throw blankets, filters in our appliances, and other neglected items suffer from being out of sight and out of mind. But in today’s post, we’ll be exploring the flip side of that coin. Because as surprising as it may sound, there are also things around the house that you could be cleaning too often!
Can things really be too clean? The answer to that question is more complicated than you’d think. Technically, the cleanliness itself isn’t the issue—it’s the act of cleaning than can cause harm. Washing, wiping, scrubbing, and spraying can all shorten the lifespan of your stuff if you’re accidentally overdoing it. And we all want our stuff to last as long as possible, right?
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That’s why today I’m sharing 7 things that people commonly clean too much or too often. I’ll explain why it’s harmful, and let you know how often you should be cleaning each item so they can have a good, long life!
7 Things You Might Clean Too Often
1. Bathroom Mirror
Bathroom mirrors are subjected to a lot of humidity, both from the steam of baths and showers, and frequent cleanings. If your mirror is exposed to too much humidity, it could get behind the mirror and damage the backing. So it’s wise to clean your bathroom mirror on an as-needed basis to avoid doing moisture damage!
If you use foamy carpet cleaners frequently to spot clean spills and stains, you may be doing more harm than good. The problem is that it’s really hard to rinse all of the soap and suds out of your carpet! That can leave behind soapy residue that ends up attracting more dirt over time.
Instead, use less aggressive carpet cleaning products only as needed. And make sure to blot the area thoroughly with a clean, wet cloth to remove the cleaner residue! For simple carpet cleaning tips, read the post below.
3. Wood Furniture
It’s important to use special wood cleaners to keep your furniture looking nice. However, using those cleaners too often could leave behind an oily buildup that attracts dust and dirt. Instead, use special wood cleaners just once or twice a month. Between cleanings, just wipe your wood furniture down with a damp microfiber cloth.
With as tricky as it is to find the perfect pair of jeans, it only makes sense to help them to last as long as possible. The best way to do that is by washing them infrequently. Some say once a month is fine, but makers of raw denim recommend waiting up to six months between washes!
To keep your jeans fresh in between washes, you can stick them in your freezer overnight to kill bacteria. You can also make a simple “freshening” spray with 1/4 cup of rubbing alcohol, 1/4 cup of water, and 3 drops of lavender essential oil. Shake the ingredients up in a small spray bottle, and spritz your jeans every few wears to keep them smelling fresh.
Bras are another clothing item that wear out quickly when washed frequently. Instead, wear a bra 3-4 times before washing it to help extend the life of your bra. And when you do wash it, always zip it into a mesh laundry bag first, and wash on the gentlest possible cycle. And don’t forget—hang dry only!
6. Your Hair
Shampooing hair doesn’t just remove the excess oil from your hair and scalp, it removes all the oil! Your hair and scalp produce oils for a reason, and stripping them out by shampooing every day can really take a toll on your hair.
The only people who may need to shampoo their hair every day are those with very fine hair, or those who exercise a lot. Everyone else is better off washing their hair just 2-3 times per week. (And those with very thick or very curly hair should shampoo even less than that!)
7. Your Car
Keeping the outside of your car clean is important, but it’s easy to overdo it. Every time you wash your car, you wash away some of the waxy outer layer that is meant to protect your car’s paint job. And once that layer is gone, you risk damaging the paint job further with every wash. (This often results in “spiderwebbing,” or small, web-like cracks in the paint.)
Instead, scale back to washing your car once or twice a month. And make sure to get your car waxed (either at home or by a professional) at least once a year to keep your paint job well protected.
What’s your best tip for making something last as long as possible?