I like things clean. I like how a clean house feels and I love finding clean house tips. However, as much as I like a clean house, I'm the first to admit that cleaning is a never ending cycle and that cleaning can be thankless and overwhelming at times. That's why I thought it would be fun make a list of things that don't have to be cleaned, or shouldn't be cleaned often! Finally, here's a list of things you shouldn't clean!
1. CAST IRON SKILLETS / DUTCH OVENS
Cast iron skillets and Dutch Ovens shouldn't be cleaned like traditional dishes or pots and pans. They need to maintain their "seasoning". In fact, soap and water can actually damage them and make them rust. You should never, ever clean a cast iron skillet with soap and water as the soap can get into the pores of the metal and ruin it and if you let water "soak" in the pan you can make it rust. To "clean" your skillet or Dutch oven, scrub the food off with a sponge (you can use water, just don't let the water sit in the pan) and salt and wipe clean with a piece of kitchen roll. Dry completely and then re-season with vegetable oil if needed. So, if you are really being technical, you are not really "cleaning" your cast iron pans after use if you are not using soap, right?
You should vacuum your carpets regularly, but steam cleaning your carpets should only happen about once a year. Not only does steam cleaning loosen the fibres of the carpet, but also if you don't allow it to complete dry, you can introduce bacteria into your home un-necessarily.
Some people are in the "do not ever" wash denim camp, especially those that buy raw denim. In fact, we've read that some raw denim manufacturers recommend that you don't wash their jeans for 6 months. We believe that this one is a personal decision, but we do know this: If you don't wash your denim, at some point it's going to start to stink. We hope that at that point you either wash them or use a denim refresh spray.
If your walls are just scuffed, don't bother washing them, just re-paint the walls. It'll take about the same amount of time and the results will have much more of a "WOW" factor.
Your dog should only be shampooed once a month. Doing so more than that can dry out their skin and strip their coat of its natural oils. In the end, you'll make their coat look duller.
Most people shampoo their own hair more often than they need to! Different hair types have different shampooing needs, but the one thing they all have in common is that washing too frequently dries out the hair and strips the locks of natural protective oils. Find out what's best for your hair and don't wash it more than you need to! (smiling)
8. ITEMS YOU ARE GOING TO GET RID OF
If you are planning on getting rid of it, don't bother cleaning it. I mean, it's really nice to donate it clean, but we have news for you: It's not going to stay clean, and the purchaser is going to clean it again anyway. By the time it makes it into someone else's home, it'll get dirty again (it's inevitable) and so cleaning it is a waste of time, especially if you are short on it!