Vinegar Cleans Everything

It is the secret everybody seems to know. The one that you will be repeatedly told to use when something gets messy; greasy tiles, descaling, removing dirt. And perhaps it is unfair to call its dexterity as a cleaning tool into question but know that vinegar has its limits. It is not all aces. Let’s start with what Vinegar is good for. And it is good, it can remove hard to get stains; rust, sweat, ink or mildew – it works. And for kitchen cleaning it works, for your floors and tiles – it works. But there are drawbacks to its use. Other than for light dirt, it can require a lot of elbow grease and you need more than a capful mixed with water for the best use. It needs to be at full strength to work.

Vinegar and Baking Soda

People swear upon it, perhaps because of the mega chemical reaction which sees the solutions fizzing and sizzling away. But this is another vinegar related super-secret – debunked I’m afraid. The two solutions effectively neutralize each other and during the process, the carbon dioxide escapes to leave you with – well, water and salt. And it’s a light form of it too. Yes, naturally it will make things look clean because water does that so well, but in terms of the most effective solution– it is not near to the top of the pile.

Cleaning Solutions Act Instantly

Have you ever cleaned with the ‘wipe and go’ philosophy, we all have I’d expect. But a cleaning solution needs time to work. It needs contact time or ‘kill time’ with the surface to disinfect efficiently. Ensuring the surface is wet enough to kill the microorganisms on it is essential to dramatically reducing the possibility of infection. Contact times can range from 30 seconds to 10 minutes and solutions with a longer cited contact time may need more than a single application as the surface may be dry by the time it has done its job.

Vacuum Cleaners Take Everything With Them

Another one I’m afraid. Though vacuum cleaners take a lot of rubbish, dirt and dust with them, they can also spread it around and swish it into the air. Dust mites can live in carpets and their faeces can spread to cause or bring on an onset of asthma, eczema and allergies. Washing your carpets on occasion and/or using an allergen reducing vacuum cleaner can really help to keep your carpets free from anything that can harm your health.

Green Cleaning is a Myth

Let us demythify a myth here. Green cleaning has been criticised in the past for its effectiveness and costing. But that criticism is increasingly being waved away because it works.The days of mixing of household items into a safe and useful concoction have evolved into a series of green cleaning companies that have used extensive research to bring products that can be used in the same way, while acting in a safer, more environmentally friendly way than the traditional solutions.

Washing Machines and Dishwashers Clean Themselves

It sounds true and there are probably machines out there that do, but both can adopt unwanted or musky smells after sometime and that can be transferred to your clothes or dishes. A cycle every now and then with some hot water and a cleaning product will usually sort your situation.

Bleach Doesn’t Clean

Bleach stinks, it can be harmful to breathe and is certainly harmful to touch – so why do we use it? What does it do? Well, it is a sanitizer, it makes things look cleaner, it kills bacteria brilliantly. But it won’t remove dirt. Essentially it is not a multi-purpose cleaner and there are alternatives you can use to bleach to get your kitchen or bathroom sparkling.

Cola is Good For Cleaning

It has been said that your cleaning can be made easier with a dash of coke around stained spots or limescale, such as on the ring of a toilet. The citric acid in the drink is supposed to work on the stains and scale but to counterbalance that, the sticky, sugary drink is basically food for bacteria.

Lemons Remove Hard Water Stains

We found that the citric acid in coke can ease stains, it was the stickiness that made it a no-go. So it is no surprise to find out that citric acid might help in the stain arena. More so for water stains, it is not the choice for heavy stains of any kind but for cleaning those hard water stains on windows, bathroom tiles or shower doors it can have some impact. Though it might be harder work than you expect!

If It Looks Clean And Smells Good, It’s Clean

Not entirely true. You have likely removed most of the grime when you clean with a cloth and some water or with an air freshener, or some washing up liquid but you may not have disinfected the area all too well. In essence, this concept is the opposite of the bleach scenario. Bleach kills everything, wiping something over cleans it. But to clean effectively, you need to use the right product and give it time to do its thing.

Conclusion

There are hundreds of traditional cleaning tips that run through families, or that someone told you at the pub or over lunch. Some are true and some may be less so, but the most time and cost effective environmentally friendly solution is to source products that you trust and that you know will keep your home, workplace and environment clean and tidy.

Why not take a look at our premier and eco-friendly products and see how you can redefine the art of cleaning.

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