13 Bad Cleaning Habits that are Responsible for Your Messy Home

Have you ever experienced a messy home even when you clean almost every other day? We all have been there.

Keeping a house clean all the time can be a tough job. It is completely okay to have a day off. But it can be an issue when you keep your house uncleaned for a long time.

One of my friends was talking with me earlier and she shared her cleaning experience with me. In summary, she can’t keep her house clean and organized even if she tries hard.

Well, there are some bad cleaning habits that seem responsible for a messy house. You might not even know what you are doing wrong.

If you have experienced something similar to this, I am here to help you. I will share 13 bad cleaning habits with you that you must stop doing right now.

13 Bad Cleaning Habits that are Responsible for Your Messy Home

1. Not making the bed every morning

I cannot emphasize more about making your bed every morning. You must make your bed every morning after you wake up.

It is never a good idea to keep an unmade bed. It will take only 5 minutes to make your bed. Do it continuously for a week and you will get a habit of it.

The first thing that I do the first thing after waking up is to make my bed.

2. Forgetting about the air filters

Do you know that a dirty air filter increases your electricity bill? If you do not clean the air filter on a regular basis, the air conditioner will need to use more electricity to run and adjust the desired temperature.

Make sure you clean the air filters at least once a month. It will make your air conditioner cleaner and keep the bill low.

3. Buying too many cleaning appliances

Well, it is not a good idea to purchase too many cleaning appliances. The more appliances you have, the more care they will need.

Use basic cleaning tools and appliances like a broom, vacuum cleaner, a mop, etc. There is no need to fill your house with different cleaning appliances when a vacuum cleaner and a mop is enough.

4. Taking all the cleaning responsibility to yourself

You must admit that you alone cannot keep the house clean and organized all the time. You need to take help from your family members.

Also, if you have a kid, teach him/her to do the little works by themselves. For example, make sure they fold their clothes, organize their notebooks and stationary, etc.

Taking all the responsibility in terms of cleaning is definitely not a good idea.

5. Using too many commercial cleaning products

Before using a particular product, you need to aware of the consequences and long term effects of it. We all know that using too many commercial cleaning products can be harmful to your health.

Some of these products are toxic and flammable. Instead of using these expensive and harmful cleaning products, I will suggest you to use natural ingredients to clean the house.

For example, you can use baking soda, vinegar, hydrogen peroxide, etc. to clean almost every part of your house. This option is cost-effective as well.

6. Leaving dirty dishes for the morning

We all feel tired and lazy after having dinner. But is it a good idea to keep the dirty dishes in the sink? It will simply make your kitchen look dirty and messy.

I always run the dishwasher every night before going to sleep. It helps me to get clean dishes in the morning.

When you keep the dishes uncleaned, it will increase your frustration. So the suggestion is to clean them right away or before going to sleep.

7. Not making a cleaning schedule

If you do not make a cleaning schedule, you will feel overwhelmed with all the work. It is a must to make a cleaning schedule if you want to keep your house cleaned all the time.

Divide the work and do little chores every day. Do not take too much pressure in one day. For example, keep one day of every month to clean the air filters.

Keep one day from each week to clean your bathtub and shower.

8. Not following the cleaning schedule

Making a schedule can be easy but following it can be harder. When you make a cleaning schedule, you will need to make sure you follow it.

It might seem hard at the beginning but you will get used to it. I reward myself with something if I can follow the cleaning routine for a month. It encourages me to follow the schedule.

9. Not organizing the mail and paperwork right away

Keeping the mails to organize later is never a good idea. You need to organize your mails as soon as you get them.

It is up to you how you want to keep the mails organized. For example, I have a mail organizer beside my living area. Whenever I get a mail, I keep it in the organizer if it is not urgent.

Do the same for all the paperwork. Your house will never look organized with rooms filled with paperwork all over.

10. Forgetting to clean the hidden places of your house

Even if some parts of your house are not easily visible, you need to clean them regularly. For example, you need to clean the corners of your cabinets, air filters, space behind the closet, etc.

As these spaces are overlooked while cleaning, they get dirty over a long time. Ultimately your house will not look clean and organized.

Clean these hidden places and get rid of the bad habit of overlooking them.

11. Wasting money by using excess dish soap

If you use too much dish soap to clean your dishes, it is time to stop this bad cleaning habit. I use dawn dish soap to clean the dishes.

Trust me, one single drop or two are enough. Stop wasting your money by using too much dish soap. The dishes will look the same with a single drop or 10 drops.

12. Not cleaning the refrigerator and freezer

We store our food items in the refrigerator and freezer. It is a must to keep these appliances clean and organized.

You need to keep your refrigerator clean all the time. It doesn’t mean cleaning them every single day.

I clean my refrigerator once every month. I keep one weekend for this as it takes me some time to do the task.

13. Not cleaning the cleaning tools

It does sound familiar, right? Sadly, you need to clean the cleaning tools as well. When you wash your clothes in the washing machine, you need to make sure it is clean.

That is why cleaning the machine once in a while is a great habit. Also, the sponge you use to clean dishes should be clean too.

Avoid using dirty cleaning tools to clean your house.


These are the bad cleaning habits that I have experienced and said goodbye as well. If you do these, you need to stop as well.

Your cleaning process will be a lot easier and effective by getting rid of these little bad habits. Let me know if it helped you or not.

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