Avoid common cleaning blunders – expert shares three things you should never do

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A cleaning guru has shared three common blunders people often make when doing household chores.

Tiktoker @purdyandfigg learned from her own mistakes and now shares her wisdom so others can avoid the same pitfalls.

In a recent video, she highlighted the best methods for dusting, drying clothes, and mopping floors to ensure a spotless home.

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She began by addressing the "biggest" mistake – using a damp cloth to clean dust. Instead, she advised starting with a dry cloth before introducing any cleaning products, as a wet cloth merely "pushes the dust around".

Next, she cautioned against drying clothes in a small room. She suggested that the optimal place is outdoors where they can air dry naturally, or at least in a spacious room with good airflow.

This method results in quicker drying times and fresher-smelling clothes.

Lastly, she emphasised the importance of properly draining your mop to avoid "watermarks and musty smells" on your floors.

Her advice resonated with many TikTok users, some of whom confessed to making the same errors, while others expressed their agreement with her tips. One user commented: "The wet dusting! ! I keep seeing people recommending it but it just smears the dust all over and you have to go over and over it to get it off."

One person said, "Air/ sun-dried bed sheets are the best thing ever," while a third added, "The first one: yes, finally some validation."

However, not everyone concurred with the dusting warning, voicing their opinions in the comment section.

A viewer expressed, "Damp dusting all the way. I have a sponge thing that catches and lifts the dust then quickly buff with a class cloth."

Another person opined, "I dust with a cloth with washing up liquid then a tea towel to dry. I am asthmatic and couldn't cope with dry dusting."

Another viewer shared, " Drying clothes outside is gross. It puts dirt and pollen onto the clothes."