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Ditch These Cleaning Habits in 2024 For a Spotless Home

New year, new cleaning habits. These are the 5 cleaning habits to ditch in 2024 for an irresistibly clean home.

January 11, 2024 at 10:07 PM PST

There’s no time better than a new year to reassess our cleaning routines. It’s a common misconception that all cleaning habits are inherently good. Truth be told, some routines may be doing more harm than good to our homes and well-being. This year, why not make a resolution to not just clean but to clean with intention? Whether you’re easing into a regular cleaning schedule or looking to revamp your existing routine, understanding which habits to leave behind can make a huge difference.

Here are five cleaning habits that you should ditch in 2024:

Overusing Chemical Cleaners

Gone are the days when a strong chemical scent equated to cleanliness. In 2024, it’s time to break up with harsh chemicals. Overuse of chemical cleaners can be harmful to both your health and the environment. Instead, embrace eco-friendly and natural cleaning solutions. Vinegar, baking soda, and essential oils are gentle on your home surfaces and kinder to the planet.

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Letting Clutter Accumulate

This year, increase the frequency of decluttering. In addition to being an eyesore, clutter makes cleaning more complicated and time-consuming. Adopt a minimalist approach to simplify cleaning tasks and bring a sense of calm and order to your living spaces.

Neglecting the ‘Hidden’ Areas

We all have those out-of-sight areas we conveniently forget during our cleaning sprees. However, ignoring them allows dust and grime to build up over time. Make 2024 the year you pay attention to these neglected spots—like under the bed, behind appliances, and on top of high shelves. Regularly cleaning these areas can significantly improve your home’s overall cleanliness and air quality.

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Photo Credit: Tima Miroshnichenko

Sticking to the Same Old Routine

If your cleaning routine has not changed in years, it’s time for an update. Sticking to the same old methods can lead to damaging your surfaces and appliances. Embrace innovation in cleaning, which can save you time and effort.

Overlooking Preventative Measures

Stop treating cleaning as a reactive measure. Incorporate preventative habits, like wiping down surfaces after use or removing shoes at the door, to greatly reduce the amount of cleaning required. Address messes before they get out of hand to make maintaining a clean home a breeze.



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