Does your home seem to get dirty almost instantly? It's so frustrating to spend hours getting your house looking spotless only for it to be messy again the following day.
Who is to blame for the seemingly unexplainable dirt that covers your home - The Dirt Fairies? We think not.
In fact, the answer is much more simple. There are eight, common everyday habits that bring dirt into your home, create a build-up of grime and cause unecessary mess.
Do you and your family have some of these bad habits? Read the list below to find out!
1. You don't remove or brush your shoes
First on our list of dirty habits is not removing your shoes when you enter your home. Not only should shoes be removed, but brushed before doing so. This means, if you later take your shoes up to your closet, no dirt will fall from them on the way.
In order to equip your house for the number of feet that come in and out each day, we recommend the following:
- Good quality, large doormats on the inside of all outside doors.
- A shoe rack/shoe cabinet to store shoes in (this means you won't have to take them through the house to your wardrobe).
- Regularly vacuum the doormats to ensure the dirt doesn't transfer onto carpets.
2. You open the windows in windy weather
Whilst we appreciate the importance of fresh air in the home, there's a time and a place for that. If your house is in a more rural area, or surrounded by shrubbery and tall trees, you want to avoid having the windows open when it's windy.
It's amazing how much debris falls from the trees outside, and if you leave your windows open, you could find sticky, sappy things coming into your home - needless to say, they're a nightmare to get up.
Save opening your windows for calm-weather days. If it's seriously stuffy inside and you simply must have some air on a windy day, put your windows on vent.
3. You never wipe down kitchen surfaces
Number three on our list is a big one. Whilst wiping down surfaces after preparing and eating might seem like something simple, it's amazing at home many people forgo it.
Just because you do a main clean once a week, it doesn't mean you should neglect the house completely in the meantime. Food and spillages left on counters can not only cause ants and a build-up of bacteria, but it will solidify and be much harder to clean later on.
Get everyone in the household into the habit of wiping down kitchen surfaces, the hob and the microwave after use and you'll be amazed what a difference it makes.
TOP TIP: there's no point wiping down a dirty surface with a dirty cloth! Soak your dishcloths in a diluted bleach solution every couple of days to keep them clean.
Check out our 15 kitchen cleaning tips to get your home even cleaner
4. You don't clean food out periodically
Whilst we're in the kitchen, let's head on over to the fridge. Now, it's time for a bit of honesty - when was the last time you cleaned out your fridge?
The truth is, busy lives mean we spend more time stocking up our fridges without taking stock of what we actually already have inside. We have no idea about the lettuce we bought last week that's sat, suffocating in its own mouldy juices in the bottom drawer, and neither do we remember the 5 potatoes we bought at the weekend, so we buy more, and the cycle continues.
This build-up of food can lead to quite the stink and quite the mess which is timely (and unpleasant) to clean up.
There's an easy way to avoid this - clean your fridge out periodically.
If you take stock of what you have in the fridge before you head to the shops, it'll prevent those disgusting, mouldy messes. This is also a good time to chuck out anything that's past its best - mouldy food causes other food around it to deteriorate more quickly.
5. You don't have/use a toilet brush & toilet cleaner
We know it can be hard to get everyone in the house using a toilet brush and cleaner, but there's no such thing as a Poop Fairy.
Make life as easy as possible for everyone by ensuring there's always a clean toilet brush by the side of the toilet, and also some toilet cleaner. Regularly remind everyone that this is the Number-Two Protocol - you could even put up a sign if necessary!
This will not only make the toilet a much more pleasant place to be, but save you so much time cleaning filthy messes.
6. You don't put your clothes away (neatly)
Sick of spending the weekend tidying closets? Busy weeks mean it's often tempting to shove everything in the wardrobe and tell yourself you'll 'deal with it later.'
Out of sight may be out of mind - for a while, at least - but a full wardrobe tidyup can take ages.
Luckily, there's an easy way around this.
Make a small change to your everyday habits, by putting your clothes away neatly and folded in their correct place. It will mean no more big wardrobe tidies are necessary, and will save you so much time in the long run.
Plus, tidy room, tidy mind!
7. You don't vacuum enough
Everyone has their own preference when it comes to cleaning. Some people prefer to do a little every day, whilst others opt for one big clean a week.
Whatever works for you, there's one thing all of us should be doing every couple of days - vacuuming. The problem with dirt build-up, is that it starts small but spreads very quickly. Drop a few crumbs on the floor, or bring a few leaves in on your shoes, and your socks will soon pick these up and transfer them to other rooms - before you know it, there's a trail of muck around your home.
A light-weight, easy-to-use vacuum, ideal for targetting small areas and getting the job done FAST. We recommend a wireless vacuum for ease - it makes this job less of a chore, and you can be done in just a couple of minutes.
It might seem like an investment now, but we promise it'll pay off in the long run. Plus, these wireless vacuums are so much fun that you might even find the kids wanting to get involved.
8. You don't swill the sink after use
Last on our list is not swilling the sink down after use. This job takes just 15 seconds, but seriously slashes cleaning time.
Hard build-ups of food, toothpaste and soap can be tricky to remove - all substances a quick swill of the sink after use will remove.
Get into the habit or swilling your kitchen and bathroom sinks with water after use to keep them looking clean for longer.
For a super clean sink, check out 7 more ways to keep the sink sparkling!
What daily habits do you do to keep your home cleaner for longer? Let us know in the comments below!