Keeping your household goods properly will make them last longer and you’ll most likely be needless of hoarding supplies such as toilet paper, canned food or cleaning items if a short come occurs. Most companies tend to put limits on bulk sales to prevent hoarding goods, but this option will not put an end to such problem. Organize your house supplies and essential items, particularly sanitizing and cleaning products regarding the current pandemic, and you’ll thank yourself later for preventing anxiety followed by running out of cleaners. We have listed a good number of ways to manage your supplies and make cleaning products last longer.
1. Focus on the Highest-Trafficked Areas
Thinking of germs alone is enough to make you uneasy and want to scrub every single surface in your house. According to Mary Gagliardi, a cleaning expert and in-house specialist nased in Clorox, also known as “Dr. Laundry”, limit your cleaning to high-trafficked areas and frequently touched surfaces to save cleaning products. Surfaces such as doorknobs, countertops, fridge door, where your family members gather normally and the kitchen in general are more prone to get contaminated with germs. Focusing on these spots will prevent running out of cleaning supplies, while keeping you healthy and less exposed to chemicals. “Prioritizing the disinfection of high-touch surfaces helps reduce the chance that infection will spread,” she adds.
Cofounder of Full Circle Home, Heather Kauffman, recommends to set house rules for leaving and re-entering your home, like removing your shoes and washing your hands once you’re inside. These practices will lower the chance for germs and bacteria to enter your house.
2. Limit Your Prep Space
Cleaning up kitchen after preparing a meal is a familiar image we encounter multiple times in a single day, but keep in mind that getting surfaces greasy and stained will require you to do more cleaning. “Less space you take while preparing meals, less cleaning you’ll have to do after serving,” explains Brian Sansoni, vice president of communication for the American Cleaning Institute. The same is true for other surfaces throughout your home; utilize only a small area to reduce cleaning. Some people think diluting products is a wise trick to prevent running out, but it’s definitely not a good idea. Instead of diluting and reducing product effectivity, take minimal space and you’ll have to clean small areas each time.
3. Only Use What You Need
With the population growing at such as fast pace, it’s not a new fact that we need more sustainability to survive. This means you should never waste last bits. Kathi Lipp, a decluttering expert, advises to keep in mind how much cleaner you use every time. “Evaluate how much detergent you use and compare it to the amount you actually needed,” she says. “Check the container and see how much exactly is needed for the load you’re washing.” Chances of you using more cleaner supply than needed are really high, unfortunately.
4. Think Before You Clean
According to Georgia Dixon, cleaning expert from Grove Collective, you can do multitasking to reduce mount of supply usage. For instance, before dipping a mop in mop bucket, use a cleaning solution and dry rug to wipe handrails or windowsills. When filling the sink to do dirty dishes, don’t drain it after you’re done. Use the fresh soapy water and a cloth to wipe down your counters, stovetops, and fridge. “Microfiber cloths, rags and old T-shirts are good choices for dusting or cleaning surfaces round the house,” explains Dixon. “Unlike paper towels or wipes, fabrics are reusable and can be laundered along with your regular household laundry.” To prevent contamination, make sure to wash these fabrics after you use them and do not dip back into your cleaning solution with a dirty rag.
5. Let Cleaning Products Sit
Do not rush the cleaning process, or you won’t give the solution enough time to appear effective. “When you wipe the solution off immediately, you not only take the opportunity for it to clean the surface, but you’re also most likely to use excessive amount of cleaning supply,” says Kauffman. According to Gagliardi, most EPA-registered disinfectants or sanitizers require an appropriate “setting time.” You need to keep these basic rules in mind:
- Mopping or cleaning with a half cup of bleach requires five to six minutes of contact time before rinsing
- You should wait at least 30 seconds before wiping away most disinfecting sprays
- After wiping any surface with disinfectant wipes, you should allow the surface to dry for four minutes
6. Spray the Surface, Not the Cloth
It’s surprising how people ignore such a simple and obvious cleaning tip. How come? According to Gagliardi, solution gets absorbed to the cloth and this creates an illusion of not using enough cleaning supply. However, don’t dampen the surface with cleaning solution spray! “The key to get surfaces properly cleaned up, is using enough amount of cleaner. This will keep the space visibly wet for a specified period of time,” she says. Gagliardi also recommends using water to rinse away the disinfectant after usage to prevent buildup.
7. Utilize Reusable Products
Don’t limit yourself to store-bought supply, for you might panic after running out of commercial cleaners. Gagliardi recommends to choose a cleaner with a label that reads: “Kills 99.9% of viruses and bacteria.” This signals it’s a disinfectant, which is the only type of cleaner approved by the EPA to kill coronavirus germs on hard surfaces. You should also look on the back panel for the EPA registration number to ensure it’s passed the test. Once you’ve confirmed your bathroom cleaner meets these regulations, you can use it to clean your doorknobs or countertops too. And remember, the CDC recommends washing your hands for at least 20 seconds.
8. Use All-Purpose Products
Lipp says most of us designate specific products for various rooms. This spray cleaner for the bathroom, that one for the kitchen, and so on. But many of the solutions are meant to be multi-functional. “You may just be using it for surface cleaning, but the label tells you that it is also a degreaser, a spot cleaner for fabric, and even a carpet cleaner,” she explains. “It’s time to discover the power you already have sitting in that bottle and all the ways that ‘multi-purpose’ is really true.”