There are a bunch of tried and tested cleaning methods that are actually not true for one reason or another. And there is always a good reason to abandon the “old ways of doing things.” What’s more, some of the cleaning tips and tricks we have learned from our parents, grandparents, and even hospitality industry professionals not only don’t work, but can actually make a mess worse. In this article, we will take a look at some of the most common cleaning tips that are actually myths. They aren’t as effective as they claim to be, so it is time to learn new, more effective cleaning techniques! Without further ado, let’s get into the most common cleaning myths:
There are some cleaning tips that are actually myths!
Newspapers give glass surfaces and windows a streak-free shine
Today’s newspapers are much thinner than they used to be in the past. This means that newspapers nowadays break down much faster and will most likely leave you with a wet, soft mess on your windows. Instead, polish your mirrors and glass with a microfiber cloth that is designed specifically for this. Or, another thing you can do is take a look at these easy methods to help clean your windows and mirrors without streaks!
Instead of a thin newspaper, use a cleaning solution and a microfiber cloth to clean your windows
This will ensure the most streak-free, clean surface
Tea bags can deodorize smelly shoes
Dry tea bags may be absorbent enough to neutralize the smell of stinky shoes, but they are far from the most effective option. Our suggestion is to, instead, put some cotton with rubbing alcohol and essential oil in your shoes. This will deodorize your shoes the best. However, if you have some used tea bags around that you don’t know what to do, you can easily reuse them. Take a look at these useful ideas for reusing tea bags!
Dry tea bags to neutralize the smell of stinky shoes are not the most effective option
Instead, put some cotton with rubbing alcohol and essential oil in your shoes
Cleaning solutions work instantly
Today’s cleaning products are marketed as instant miracle workers. The truth, however, is far from that! Most cleaners work best when you give them a little time to work and activate. So, if you want the best results possible, be patient and wait for about 5 minutes. It is a good idea to clean in sections, so you can give the solution time to work, while you are cleaning a different section.
Most cleaners work best when you give them a little time to work and activate
Sprinkling a stain with some salt will remove it
Treating a stain with salt won’t help remove it – it may actually make it worse in some cases! Salt can actually make certain stains incredibly difficult to remove. That is why it is important to always check what is the best method to remove that particular stain. This is especially important when you want to remove any stain from more delicate furniture like sofas, carpets, and beds. There are also some common stain removal mistakes that you need to avoid at all costs!
Treating a stain with salt won’t help remove it – it may actually make it worse, in some cases
Air fresheners clean the air in your home
Don’t let your nose fool you! Products that advertise their “fresh” or “clean” scent don’t necessarily remove dirt and kill germs. In fact, most of the time, these fragrances do nothing but fill the space with synthetic scents. If you are looking for a natural scent that can really help keep your home smelling fresh, try an essential oil diffuser instead – many essential oils have air-purifying properties. You might also consider investing in some houseplants to help purify the air!
Most air fresheners do nothing but fill the space with synthetic scents
If you want to keep your home smelling fresh, try an essential oil diffuser instead
These were the most common cleaning tips that are actually myths. Remember to always try different cleaning methods and techniques in order to find what works best for you and your home!
Now you know which are the most common cleaning myths!
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