We are fortunate enough to instantly have answers to questions right at our fingertips. However, well written advice and tips are often posted as truths on the internet and many people take them as fact. It can be hard, especially when you’re trying to handle a cleaning routine, to find good, verified advice. Below are some of the most common cleaning myths. How many did you get right?
1. Chlorine bleach is the best product for cleaning a bathroom.
FALSE. It makes sense that you would reach for the bleach when you see a nasty stain. Realistically, chlorine bleach will do the opposite of what you want it to do. Instead of getting rid of stains, the bleach actually sets them. It is also good to note that bleach can destroy floor coverings as well.
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2. Vinegar is not an effective cleaner.
TRUE. While vinegar is a natural reducer of certain bacteria, it is not effective at removing dirt and soil.
3. Mopping just pushes dirt around.
FALSE. A mop is something that you need to invest in. Find a high-quality microfiber mop and change out the mop head when it gets dirty. A good mop picks up dirt and holds onto it, and by switching the mop head between cleanings, you avoid cross contamination.
4. Wash your clothes in cold water.
TRUE. Detergent, not water, has the biggest effect on how clean your laundry comes out, but cold water is typically better for washing clothes. Cold water preserves clothes both in quality and color better than hot water, which can also cause certain types of stains to set in the fabric. Additionally, cold water saves energy as well. For bedding and towels, however, use hot water to kill bacteria and mold.
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5. Always wash your hands with antibacterial soap.
FALSE. Studies have shown that antibacterial hand soaps do not significantly lower the number of bacteria on hands.
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6. DIY cleaning products are best.
FALSE. The problem with DIY cleaners is that they can be ineffective or toxic at best. Many people think DIY means safe and store-bought means unsafe. As with most things, this is an oversimplification. Always do your research and spot check with different cleaners when determining what you should use.