7 House Habits to Break in 2019

Did you know that the bad habits you practice at home could actually cost you money? If you’re guilty of any of these seven home care sins, now’s the time to make a change!

Bad Habit #1: Using the wrong cleaning products.

Why it’s bad: Harsh chemical cleaners strip the protective finish off of materials like stone, wood and tile. And soapy products can leave a hazy residue on them. If your counters and flooring are looking dull or worn, you may want to re-evaluate your cleaning routine. Consider a natural solution. Or, opt for cleaners made to suit specific materials.

Bad Habit #2: Building permanent clutter piles.

Why it’s bad: There are lots of reasons to declutter: reduce stress, improve organization, find your keys. But the real reason clutter made our list is the pest factor. When you leave a tower of cardboard boxes or “donate items” in a corner or closet, you’re creating a metropolis for pests. Gnawing rodents, allergen-packed roaches and venomous spiders will feel right at home in undisturbed piles of stuff.

Bad Habit #3: Letting debris down the drain.

Why it’s bad: These days, there are dozens of drain solutions to save you from clogged pipes. If your sinks, tubs and showers drain slowly, you have a problem with an easy fix. But if you let it go for too long, you could end up with some serious plumbing issues. It could cost $100 to $300 to hire a plumber, and rates increase for after-hours emergencies.

Save yourself the service call and prevent clogs from the start:

  • Don’t put grease or coffee grounds down the drain.

  • Get a hair catcher for your shower and/or tub.

  • Regularly clean sink stoppers.

  • Flush drains regularly with hot water or a non-corrosive drain cleaner.

  • Don’t overfeed your garbage disposal.