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25 Things You Should Never Say When Doing Housework

Everyone loves a clean house, but getting there can be a battle. Whether it's time for a deep fall clean, a spring refresh or your weekly chores, here are 25 things you should never say while doing housework.

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I’m sure it’s safe.

If you’re using a new product while doing housework, make sure it’s safe for the surface. Some products can do damage to wood, while others may not be safe for sinks and tubs. These cleaning products cause more harm than good.

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You can wash everything on hot.

When it’s time do laundry, water temperature is key. While it’s good to wash items such as sheets and towels with hot water, high temperatures can ruin or shrink some types of clothing. Here are 13 laundry tips for washing your clothes.

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You can fit more in the dishwasher.

Loading the dishwasher doesn’t have to be a competition. While you may be tempted to try to use all available space, overloading the dishwasher can result in not only dishes that don’t get cleaned, but damaged plates and glasses. Did you know you can wash these 10 things in the dishwasher?

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I don’t have to wash the sheets this week.

One in 20 people wash their sheets just every four weeks, according to a YouGov poll. Experts suggest you wash your sheets at least once every two weeks, or once a week if you have night sweats. Try these 13 laundry tips for hard-to-wash items.

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This new product will work better.

When it comes to doing housework, just because the product says it’s “new and improved” doesn’t mean it’s better. It’s often best to stick with tried-and-true cleaning products, especially if you are sensitive to cleaning chemicals. These are 14 of the most germ-ridden spots in your bedroom.

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It doesn’t matter how the utensils go in the dishwasher.

Tip: It does matter. If you place a bunch of spoons in the same direction, they can end up sticking to one another and likely won’t get clean. Place some utensils up and some down to make for a more thorough wash. These are the 45 kitchen mistakes you need to stop making now.

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You can spray it directly on the surface.

While store-bought cleaning products are safe and can be sprayed directly on surfaces, this method should be reserved for when the cleaning area is extremely dirty as products can leave residue behind. Instead, spray the product on a cloth and then wipe down the surface. Learn how to make homemade cleaner with simple ingredients.

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I’m sure it’s safe for the dryer.

High heat isn’t for everything. Delicate items such as bras, swim suits and tights shouldn’t be put in the dryer at all. Some rugs and mats can also break down if dried on high heat. Here are nine ways to dry clothes without a dryer.

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Any day is a great day for washing windows.

Truth: The best time to wash windows is late in the afternoon or early evening when there’s less sunlight. That’s because direct sun can dry glass cleaner quickly which can result in streaks. Overcast days are best. Take it from the pros: These are the best window cleaning tips.

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Gloves just get in the way.

Even if you’ve used the cleaning products for housework before, you can develop sensitivities over time. Even natural products can quickly dry out your skin, so grab a pair of latex or rubber gloves before you start scrubbing. This is the best way to dry the inside of latex cleaning gloves.

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You don’t need an attachment for that.

If you have pets, you know how much fur they can leave behind. If you’re vacuuming the floors and furniture without an attachment designed specifically for pet hair, you’re likely just pushing their fur all over the room. If you don’t have an attachment for pet hair, try using the wand attachment to help cut down on fur flyaways. These are the 14 cleaning tips every pet owner should know.

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Scrubbing will get rid of carpet stains.

No, scrubbing alone won’t get rid of stains. Instead, as soon as you notice a spill, use a white towel (colored towel might transfer dye) to soak up as much as possible. Then use club soda to blot the stain and again use a white towel to soak up the moisture. Repeat this method until the stain isn’t noticeable. If you can still see it, then try a stain remover. Try these tips for getting tough stains out of carpet.

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The sponge is clean.

The sponge probably isn’t clean. Just rinsing a sponge isn’t enough since bacteria can easily hide in the crevices. When you’re done doing your housework, toss the sponge into the top rack of the dishwasher to get a more thorough clean. Here is the ultimate kitchen cleaning checklist.

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A dry rag is best for dusting.

If you use a dry rag for dusting, you’ll end up just moving dust and dirt around. Try a microfiber cloth, because it will grab dust and is safe for all surfaces. Try these cleaning tips to remove household dust.

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The toilet brush doesn’t need cleaning.

When you’re done cleaning the toilet, it’s best to let the toilet brush dry instead of stashing it back in the holder. The best way to do this is to place the brush end over the toilet bowl to let it drip-dry for about 15 minutes. Then stash it in the holder. These are the seven ways you’re cleaning your bathroom wrong.

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You can mix cleaning products together.

It may seem like a good idea to mix two cleaning products together for a more thorough clean, but more isn’t always better. Not only can combining products be harmful to some surfaces, but mixing chemicals can be dangerous to your health. These are the 100 essential cleaning hacks you need to try.

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Water alone is enough.

While water is essential when it comes to housework, too much water isn’t always a good thing. When cleaning fabrics and upholstery, too much water can cause mold and mildew. If you’re cleaning metal objects, be aware that water can cause rusting. And never douse wood floors with water. This is the best way to remove rust from metal.

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You should vacuum first.

The vacuum first, dust second debate rages on, but we’re in the dust first and then vacuum camp. Here’s how we see it: Wipe the dusty surfaces and if some of the dust lands on the floor you can vacuum it all up. Follow these simple tips to unclogging your vacuum.

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Dish soap is OK for cutting boards.

If you have wooden cutting boards, you probably need more than just soap and water. Avoid cross-contamination by using a bleach solution to clean your cutting boards. Learn how to use lemon when doing housework.

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One rag works for every task.

If you use the same rag everywhere, you’re probably spreading germs where you don’t want them. Use a new towel and rag every day, especially in dirtier areas such as kitchen sinks and countertops. These are the 22 germiest things in your home.

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Vacuums don’t need cleaning.

If you neglect your vacuum, you’ll end up just pushing dirt around the house. Empty out your vacuum canister or replace the vacuum bag regularly. These are the 13 things you should never, ever vacuum.

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Polishing furniture should be done regularly.

While you should polish your wood furniture once or twice a year to help protect the finish, polishing doesn’t need to be done each time you dust. Just use a microfiber cloth to wipe down furniture once a week. Here are 14 cleaning myths you’ve believed for way too long.

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The bathroom exhaust fan cleans itself.

If you’ve never cleaned out your bathroom’s exhaust fan, you may be in for a surprise. The fan doesn’t only get dusty, if it’s not cleaned regularly, it may not work correctly in preventing mold and mildew. You can install an exhaust fan yourself.

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The toilet is the dirtiest part of the house.

The truth is that some of the dirtiest parts of your home are spots that are touched the most. Think door knobs and faucet handles. Make sure to clean these spots daily when disinfectant. These are the germiest spots in your bathroom.

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Skip it.

One of the worst things to say while doing housework is that it doesn’t need to be done. While you can skip some tasks on occasion, not cleaning regularly will result in dirt buildup and make cleaning much more difficult in the long run. Here’s the definitive guide on how often you should clean everything in your home.

Rachel Brougham
Writer and editor with a background in news writing, editorial and column writing and content marketing.