Very few people enjoy doing chores, but unfortunately most of us have to deal with them at some point or another. And most of us have developed our own systems for getting things cleaned in as little time as possible. Of course, that doesn’t always mean we’re doing them the right way. As it turns out, some chores require more thought than others. Here are five chores you’re probably doing wrong.
The truth about doing laundry is that your machine probably requires less detergent than you think it does. The amount of detergent you use should be based on the size of the load. If you’re filling the cup to the top, you’re probably using way too much. In the long run, this can damage your clothes. For example, you may start to feel greasy buildup instead of soft fabric. Instead, use only as much as the bottle directs.
Once you’ve had a dishwasher, they’re hard to live without. But one of the few things you can’t put in them? Knives. Proper knife care is important because it extends the life of your knives. Tossing them in a dishwasher can dull the blade over time. Letting them sit in water can also cause rust spots and pits on the blade. Instead, make sure to wash and dry your knives by hand after using them.
Though WD-40 is a beloved cure-all touted by dads everywhere, it might not always be the best fix. WD-40 is great for cleaning many things. It will also prevent your door hinges from squeaking incessantly. However, because it is somewhat sticky, your door hinges may attract an unwanted layer of dirt and dust.
Fabric softeners and their modern cousins, the dryer sheet, are awesome for making clothes smell amazing. The downside is that fabric softener works by coating fabric fibers, which makes them feel softer to the touch. For most clothes, this isn’t a problem. But it can interfere with things like towels because that coating makes them less absorbent. When you wash your towels, skip the fabric softener.
If you’ve heard one thing about cast iron pans, it’s that soap should never touch their metal, ever. You’re of course free to treat your cast iron however you wish, but as long as a cast iron skillet is properly seasoned, that coating won’t come off with soap.