House cleaning has been part of our lives since before we knew it. It naturally became part of our routine—whether doing small or big cleaning tasks. Aside from the fact that we’re reducing the eyesore stuff that ruins the aesthetics of our spaces, it’s also the most hygienic thing to do. Furthermore, nowadays, we clean our homes to prevent and/or reduce the spreading of the coronavirus (Covid-19), especially now that there’s a variant that’s more threatening to our health compared to the original strain.
In short, cleaning, sanitizing, and disinfecting would make a big difference to keep us away from the risks of becoming sick and unhealthy. Mentioning those three, you have probably already heard a lot of various cleaning methods to achieve the cleanliness we’re aiming for. However, since there are a variety of methods we’re read or heard of, we sometimes get confused on which to follow—and which works best—because of them may contradict one another.
In this blog, allow us to share to you some household cleaning myths that we frequently encounter. This also aims to help you understand and give you more ideas about it.
Myths About Household Cleaning
- Bleach Cleans Thoroughly ‘Everything’
Bleach is a helpful tool and companion when you’re cleaning your house. It makes white become whiter. It removes stains that regular soap and water can’t deal with. However, you should understand that there are surfaces where bleach is not advisable to use .Yes, it can clean the surface but it can also harm and break down the build-up of that surface you’re cleaning.
Bleach can also be harmful to your kids and pets as it is concentrated. It also has a strong smell that can sometimes irritate your sense of smell.
- Cleaning and Disinfecting Are The Same Thing
Cleaning and disinfecting are different from each other. While both have one goal which is to make surfaces and spaces clean, they serve different purposes.
Cleaning refers to removing dust and dirt, but it doesn’t entirely remove germs from the surfaces. But cleaning is important because it reduces the number of germs in the surrounding area.
On the other hand, disinfecting kills germs through the use of chemicals. Some common disinfectants are bleach and alcohol. For a certain period of time, you leave the disinfectant on the surface to kill germs. But take note that disinfecting does not necessarily clean dirty surfaces.
Nowadays, both are playing vital roles in our lives because of the spreading of the coronavirus. We use both methods to sanitize surfaces and areas aiming to kill germs, bacteria, and viruses.
- Bleach Works Best In Hot Water
This is a myth! Contrary to what most people believe that bleach and hot water are a perfect combination when cleaning, it is not true. Mixing bleach into hot water can turn white into yellowish tint. To avoid this from happening, don’t use bleach and hot water together.
- All Cleaners Are To Be Sprayed, Then Wipe-Off Right Away
No, this is not true. There is also a window time for a disinfectant or a cleaner to work properly. Seeing the word ‘instant’ on a label of a product often leads to the misconception that cleaners work in just a click. But in reality, it doesn’t work that way. You have to check and read the directions of the cleaning products you’re using and you’ll see that there are minutes required for it to sit well on the surface before wiping it off.
- All Green Cleaning Products Are Safe To Use
This is a common misconception. A green label does not necessarily mean that it is the safest cleaner out there. There are variables and factors to consider. Some of the green label products are not safe around your pet or your children. And the best way to ensure you are using the right products according to your needs is by reading and understanding the label and description of it. Make reading a habit!
- If The Surface/Area Smells Clean, Then It Must Be Clean
Just because the area is already smelling flowery and fresh does not necessarily mean it is. Remember that germs, bacteria, and viruses can’t be seen by our bare eyes. In reality, the safest clean is when the smell is odorless. This is why you should not be fooled by the deodorizers included in the content of the cleaners you’re using. Always remember not to rely on it but to use cleaners that are right according to what you’re cleaning.
- Homemade Cleaning Products Are Not As Effective As Commercial Cleaning Products
This is a myth! In reality, homemade cleaning products are the safer cleaning products you can use in your house. They work well too! In fact, when you’re using homemade cleaning products, you’re sure about its content and know that it’s not concentrated with chemicals.
However, always remember that it has its limit. If you’re aiming to thoroughly clean and disinfect your house, choose the right cleaning equipment and cleaning products to use. Read the label to ensure if it fits your needs. And, lastly, follow the instructions to have it work properly.
One of the main goals of cleaning is to not just clean but to reduce the risk of picking up germs, bacteria, and viruses that can harm your health. But always consider also that you have to select and choose the right cleaning products for you to use that won’t harm your health also. Chemicals are harmful so ensure that while you are cleaning you are not risking yourself from being exposed to harmful elements.
If you are homeowners in Aurora, IL, and its surrounding areas and need assistance thoroughly cleaning your home, My Marvelous Maids is ready to help. Book a cleaning appointment with us today and we will send our highly-skilled professional cleaners to your home. Our aim is to deliver the best cleaning service possible to make your home a comfortable and clean place to stay in.