You can’t possibly escape the ‘cleaning’ aspect of living in your house; as long as you live in it, you’ll have to clean. This explains why countless cleaning tips and guides exist all over the internet. However, many of these tips are just myths– some are half-truths, and some are false. Here are five common cleaning myths and their corrections.
Is Bleach As Versatile As you Think?
Bleach is an effective cleaning agent; its uses aren’t limited to the kitchen. You can clean your bedroom floor tiles with bleach, just as you can use it to clean your white kitchen napkins. However, there is a myth that bleach can clean anything.
Well, that isn’t true. Bleach cannot effectively remove grease from surfaces like your counters. You have to use it with other cleaning agents to clean grease. Also, bleach can make your steel sinks rust faster and dull your marble– so it’s not for all surfaces.
Hairsprays Aren’t What They Used To Be
Aside from styling hair and keeping it in place, people use hairspray as a cleaning agent. Many people believe hairsprays are effective ink stain removers. Several years ago, the alcohol in hairspray removed ink stains from clothing. So, what about now?
Over recent years, producers no longer make hairspray with high volumes of alcohol. For this reason, most hairsprays cannot remove ink stains. Moreover, hairspray can stiffen clothing. Instead of hairsprays, we recommend using plain rubbing alcohol to remove ink stains from clothing.
Can you Polish Wood Too Often?
Polishing wood makes it look clean and new. When you polish wood, you protect it from damaging conditions like heat and sun. You’ve probably heard from your older aunt that you can’t polish wood too often. But maybe you can.
It may surprise you that polishing wood helps the wood finish, not the wood itself. So, when you polish too frequently, the polish might build up and make your wood darker and duller.
Air Fresheners and Air Purification
Even a kid knows the room smells good after spraying an air freshener. It’s a common myth that spraying air freshener is the perfect solution when there’s a bad smell in a room. But does your air freshener eradicate the lousy smell?
The fact is that using an air freshener cannot remove nasty smells; it only masks them. When somewhere smells bad, you must locate the source and treat it accordingly. Planting flowers like gardenias help purify the air.
You’re Simply Relocating It, not Eradicating It
It’s easy to believe that you’re doing a good cleaning job when you see the dust fly everywhere with feather dusters. Many think feather dusters are the best tools to remove dust. But is that true?
Feather dusters don’t clean dust because they can’t hold onto it; they spread dust. Instead of feather dusters, use microfiber dusters that hold onto dust and take it away. You could also use a wet cloth to eradicate dust from surfaces.