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    13 Common Cleaning Mistakes That Can Do More Harm Than Good


    Cleaning may seem pretty straightforward, but there are actually a lot of ways you might be damaging your house — and your health — without even knowing it.

    Here are a few common cleaning mistakes you might be making, along with an explanation of what you should be doing instead:

    Unless otherwise indicated, all information is sourced from Home Comforts: The Art and Science of Keeping House by Cheryl Mendelson, which you should totally check out if you have any other questions or concerns.

    1. You're mopping your wood floors.

    2. You're using dryer sheets in every load.

    3. You're using an acid to clean your marble countertops.

    4. You're mixing bleach with other cleaning products.

    5. You're tossing your bras in the dryer with the rest of your clothing.

    6. You're dusting with a feather duster.

    7. You're washing your windows on a sunny day.

    8. You're scrubbing stains out of carpet or upholstery as hard as you possibly can.

    9. You're putting your makeup brushes back in their cup to dry after washing.

    10. You're not cleaning out the lint screen in your dryer after every cycle.

    11. You're using harsh cleaners on your stainless steel.

    12. You're not letting your pans cool before washing them.

    13. You're using a sponge to clean your home.