Most of us pick up cleaning habits as we grow up and never change them as adults. Unfortunately your well-meaning cleaning approach may be doing you, your time and your home more harm than good.
Here's some habits to nix and some good ones to replace them with.
You use average deodorizers on pet smells
I haven't found a store-bought deodorizer that holds a candle to a simple mixture you can whip up at home for removing pet smells.
To make smell-be-gone spray, mix 16 ounces (about 500 ml) of warm water with 10 drops of peppermint essential oil or two tablespoons of peppermint extract in a spray bottle. This will get rid of any animal pee smell. Here are more ways to get rid of pet urine odor.
You self-clean and chill
The self-cleaning option on your oven only self-cleans to a point. There's still more to do after the oven cools down.
Wipe any soot off of the interior with a damp cloth and leave the door open for a few hours so it can air out.
You're using the wrong sponge
A sponge is a sponge, right? Not so fast. Actually, your choice of sponge can make a big difference in how well you clean your dishes. Some can even damage certain items.