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Tired of wasting time and energy on cleaning trends that promise the world but deliver lackluster results? You’re not alone! In a world inundated with cleaning fads, it’s essential to separate fact from fiction and focus on methods that actually work. This spring, avoid these 7 cleaning trends and discover smarter, more effective alternatives.

Trend #1: Excessive Chemical Use

First on our spring-cleaning hit list: drowning your home in harsh chemicals. Let’s lighten the load and embrace eco-friendly alternatives. A study last year saw that 2 in 3 Canadians say they are very or somewhat likely to switch from traditional cleaning products to environmentally friendly products (68%), including 1 in 4 who say they are very likely to do so and 1 in 10 who have already made the switch.

Trend #2: Single-Use Cleaning Products

Next up, let’s banish single-use cleaning products in 2024. This spring, it’s all about sustainability. Opt for reusable cleaning tools like microfibre cloths or a bamboo scrub brush for an eco-friendly scrub-down. Microfibre cloths can be washed and reused without losing their effectiveness or integrity, reducing waste and saving money in the long run.

Trend #3: Ignoring High-Touch Surfaces

Often missed in our regular cleaning routine, don’t overlook those high-touch surfaces that are begging for a springtime spruce-up. Grab your multi purpose cleaning spray and target door knobs, light switches, and remotes for a germ-free home. And, remember, It’s important to never spray electronics directly. Spray microfibre cloth instead and then gently wipe down.

Trend #4: Obsession with Antibacterial Products

With the rise of infectious diseases, many people have become obsessed with antibacterial wipes and hand sanitizers. But a new study says we may be using them too much, and it could affect our health and environment. This spring, focus on good old-fashioned soap and water for handwashing, which is equally effective at removing germs without the risk of antibiotic resistance.

Trend #5: Neglecting Air Quality

Did you know that indoor air can be up to five times more polluted than outdoor air? Yet, many cleaning trends overlook the importance of indoor air quality, focusing solely on surface cleaning. Improve your indoor air quality by opening windows, regularly changing air filters (every 30 to 90 days) and incorporating houseplants. Many are known for their air-purifying abilities, like spider and snake plants. Incorporating either of these low-maintenance plants into your home can contribute to a healthier indoor environment by reducing pollutants and increasing oxygen levels

Trend #6: Skipping Regular Deep Cleans

Regular deep cleaning in your home is essential for maintaining a healthy and hygienic environment by removing built-up dirt, dust, and allergens. This helps prevent the spread of germs and bacteria, reduces the risk of illness, and prolongs the lifespan of furniture, carpets, and other household items. Additionally, deep cleaning contributes to a sense of freshness and well-being, creating a more comfortable and inviting living space for you and your family, which in some part has led to the viral TikTok #SundayReset.

Trend #7: Falling for Cleaning Gimmicks

Last but not least, in the age of social media, cleaning hacks are everywhere. While some may be legitimate time-savers, others can do more harm than good if not properly researched. Before trying a cleaning hack, take the time to research its effectiveness and safety. Consult reputable sources or ask for recommendations from friends and family.


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