Almost everyone knows that leaving clothes in the washing machine is not a good idea and that it’s better to wash dirty dishes right away. However, sometimes even the most experienced of housekeepers can be making similar mistakes while cleaning their apartments and removing their messes. The thing is that they could be using well-known tips that might look correct, but what they’re doing can even be dangerous.

We at Enlighten made a big list of household chore habits that can negate any effort to keep your home clean and that can even harm your health and the health of your family.

Sweeping the floor

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For many of us, sweeping the floor is a quick method you use to clean the floors of the house. But actually, working with a broom can hardly be called effective. This type of cleaning doesn’t remove even the 1/10 of all the dirt in your home. Particles of dust rise into the air and settle on your furniture, while other small abrasive particles get into the coating of the floor, which makes it look dusty. That’s why it’s better to not sweep the floor, but to vacuum it instead. It will make the cleaning process more thorough and your apartment will stay clean for a longer period of time.

Using a plastic cutting board instead of a wooden one

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There is a myth that plastic cutting boards are more hygienic than wooden ones and it is not completely true. Despite the fact that wood is porous and really absorbs bacteria well, it is also a destructive and aggressive environment for it. At the same time, plastic cutting boards are safe until the moment you see the first scratches on them. Synthetic material serves as an excellent breeding ground for bacteria, and even thorough disinfection won’t be able to eradicate it completely.

Washing a cutting board with dishwashing liquid

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Dishwashing detergent effectively removes food residue from cutting boards. But the scratches and cuts on these boards also contain microscopic food debris that are invisible to the eye — and after absorbing the soapy solution, they will then be transferred to any other food that will be chopped on this board. It’s better to disinfect cutting boards with the help of hydrogen peroxide.

Putting coffee grounds and water after boiling pasta/rice in the sink

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Coffee grounds poured into the sink often cause sewer blockages. This is all because of the special consistency of the grounds, which stick to the fatty deposits in the pipes and form a kind of clog in there. The same thing happens to the water that is left over after boiling pasta or rice. The sticky liquid quickly settles on the inner walls of the pipes, but dissolves rather slowly, which ups the risk of clogging your drain.

Making your bed right after waking up

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This piece of news might excite those who find that making their bed in the morning is a real torture. The thing is that any bed has dust mites living on it. Dust mites are microscopic organisms that feed on the dead cells of human skin. Warmth and moisture are an ideal environment for them. When making the bed right after getting up, a person creates the perfect atmosphere for them. Later, this can cause serious allergic reactions, including bronchial asthma, allergic rhinitis, and conjunctivitis. That’s why it’s better to keep the bed open for a while in order to let it become dry.

Constantly keeping the curtains open

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People whose apartment is located on the sunny side should pay special attention to this point. If you want your furniture and parquet flooring to stay attractive for as long as possible, make sure to close your curtains or blinds during the hot times of the day. Due to the abundance of UV rays, furniture and wood floors can quickly tarnish and become discolored.

Keeping terry towels in the bathroom