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!)
If you have a cleaning myth that you’d like to debunk email firstname.lastname@example.org
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