SAN RAFAEL, CALIFORNIA - MARCH 02: Cleaning products are displayed on a shelf at Jackson Hardware on March 02, 2020 in San Rafael, California. As fears of the Coronavirus are spreading, people are emptying the shelves cleaning supplies, protective masks and bottled water at stores in the San Francisco Bay Area. (Photo by Justin Sullivan/Getty Images)

Turns out, you’re doing it all wrong! Or maybe you know better than to believe these common home cleaning myths.

  • If it Smells Clean, it is Clean:  Sometimes a fragrance can mask a problem. Check to see if it feels clean. If it still feels dirty or has residue, it may need more cleaning.


  • You Should Wash Everything in Cold Water:  While it’s true that washing laundry in cold water can save on energy bills, sometimes hot water is better for things like bedding and towels, to kill bacteria and mold.


  • Gutters Only Need Cleaning in the Fall:  No matter what the season, clogged gutters can lead to damage since they cannot drain properly – and debris can build up quickly. (Especially if things froze up before you got to it last fall!)


  •  Bleach is a Great Cleaner:  It will certainly kill bacteria and remove some stains, but it should be used as a disinfectant, not a cleaner. To get rid of residue, you’ll need a cleaning product. (And just as a reminder, to get rid of COVID-19, we’ll need a vaccine!)


  • Use Newspaper for Cleaning Windows:  It’s true that they won’t leave any lint on windows, but they can leave smeared ink. Instead, use a squeegee and microfiber cloth. (I have about the same chance of finding a microfiber cloth at my house as I do of finding a newspaper!)


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