14 Cleaning Myths You’ve Believed for Way Too Long
Turns out, you’re doing it all wrong! Or maybe you know better than to believe these common home cleaning myths.
Myth: You Should Wash Everything in Cold Water
It’s true that washing laundry in cold water can save on energy bills, but sometimes hot water is better. Use hot water on bedding and towels to kill bacteria and mold. Keep the cold water for clothing.
Myth: Gutters Only Need Cleaning in the Fall
No matter what the season, clogged gutters can lead to damage since they cannot drain properly. This summer, continue to clean out all those leaves and other debris that build up in a short amount of time. Clean them once again in the fall.
Myth: Bleach is a Great Cleaner
Bleach will certainly kill bacteria and remove some stains, but it should be used as a disinfectant, not a cleaner. To get rid of dirt and residue, you’ll need a product designed specially for cleaning.
Myth: Use a Specialized Grout Cleaner
Harsh chemicals may make grout even more difficult to clean. Instead, try mixing equal parts white vinegar with water in a spray bottle. Spray the area generously and let it sit for five minutes. Then make a paste with baking soda and water and use a grout brush or toothbrush to clean the grout. Then rinse with water.
Myth: If it Smells Clean, it is Clean
Myth: The Exhuast Fan is Maintenance-Free
Myth: Use Newspaper for Spring Cleaning Windows
Myth: Natural Cleaners Aren’t as Good as Store-Bought
Many natural cleaners—such as those that use vinegar, baking soda and lemon—are just as effective as store-bought versions. If you do go the natural cleaner route, you may need to let the cleaner sit a little longer for best results.
Myth: Rain Will Wash Your Car
Not true! Rains aren’t enough to get the job done. Be sure to get both the inside and outside, along with the undercarriage to remove all that buildup of dirt and debris.
Myth: Your Dishwasher Cleans Itself
Your dishwasher works hard to clean all your dishes, and it likely needs a good cleaning as well. Start by removing all the debris from the tub and make sure it’s draining properly. Then run a cycle using a dishwasher cleaner.
Myth: You Need to Use Furniture Polish
Save the furniture polish for when you really need it because polish can attract dust and leave a residue when used too often. Instead, just use a microfiber cloth to wipe down those wood tables, shelves and chairs.
Myth: Your Ceiling Fan Doesn’t Need Cleaning
Even if you have it running nearly 24/7, it’s still a good idea to make sure that your ceiling fan is good and clean. For quick cleaning, grab an old pillow case and put it around each blade then wipe clean.