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Cleaning Myths That May Not Be Helping You Keep Your Home Safe

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  • Post last modified:March 1, 2022

People are focused on keeping their houses clean more than ever before. That’s great news, but if you’re following one of these cleaning myths, your home may not be as clean as you think it is.

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1. Vinegar

It is not a disinfectant (use hydrogen peroxide instead). Nor is vinegar safe for all surfaces. It can cause corrosion on metal, glass, some ceramics, and stones, as well as damage grout.

2. Baking Soda on Carpets

This one is popular. Baking soda will absorb odors; we all know that. But if the source of the odor is beneath the carpet or remains in the carpet, it’s only a temporary solution. Instead, clean spots immediately and have your carpets cleaned once a year.

3. Newspaper as Glass Cleanerstack of newspapers

In the past, newspaper was thicker and worked okay. Now, it will break down quickly and leave newsprint spots on your glass surfaces. Try a standard glass cleaner and microfiber cloth instead, or try this homemade glass cleaner.

4. Spraying Disinfectant Removes All Viruses and Bacteria

Human touch leaves “biofilms” on surfaces. These block the disinfectant from reaching viruses and bacteria. Clean surfaces with soap and water or an alcohol-based cleaner. That will remove both the biofilms and the virus. For extra protection, you can follow up with disinfecting spray.

5. Self-Cleaning Ovens Do It All Themselves

A self-cleaning oven uses high heat to reduce small food particles to ash. However, you still need to wipe it down afterward to remove the ash and soot.

6. Ketchup as Silver Polish

It’s the vinegar in ketchup that’s “supposedly” doing the polishing, and its concentration in ketchup is far too low to be effective. Spend the money and buy silver polish. Wright’s Silver Cream is a great product.

7. Green Cleaning Products are All Safe

A green label doesn’t mean a product is necessarily safer to use than others. For example, a cleaner can be designated green if it uses less water than other cleaners. Always read labels before using cleaning solutions.

8. Mouthwash Cleans Washing Machines

In theory, this could work, but you’d need a much more concentrated solution in much higher amounts for it to actually be effective. Instead, use elbow grease and run an empty load with bleach occasionally. 

9. Car Wax for Cleaning Cooktop Stoves

This is extremely dangerous. There’s a very real chance that applying car wax to your cooktop will start a fire. Your best bet is to wipe up spills quickly and use specialized cooktop cleaners regularly.

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10. More Detergent Means Cleaner Clothes

Yes, more detergent means more suds, but that doesn’t mean cleaner clothes. Excess suds can redeposit soil on your clothes. They also damage the machine’s pump and drain. Over time, the buildup of leftover detergent can create mold.

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11. Ice Cubes Sharpen Garbage Disposals

Believe it or not, your garbage disposal doesn’t have blades. Instead, it has teeth-like impellers that grind solids into liquids. Putting ice cubes through alone doesn’t do much. You can keep your disposal clean by pouring half a cup of baking soda, a cup of vinegar, and a pot of boiling water through it. Then add two cups of ice to the mix. On top of that, pour in a cup of salt, run cold water, and turn on the garbage disposal. The salt and ice combine to create a powerful scrub. Lastly, place the peel of one lemon in the disposal and run with cold water.

12. Cleaning Solutions Work Immediately

Most people spray and wipe almost in one motion. If that’s you, your house isn’t as clean as it appears. Cleaning solutions need time to settle in and go to work. Read the instructions on your favorite cleaning solution label to see how long. 

Will understanding these myths change how you clean? Let us know in the comments below!


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