From the article: 10 Cleaning Myths Debunked
Each generation is taught to clean by the one before it. And because of that, many methods and myths may be outdated. What cleaning myths have been passed on to you? Share Your Cleaning Myths
Air drying cloth kills bacteria?
- Is air drying a used kitchen wash cloth good enough to kill the bacteria in it?
- —Guest rowe young
- Hydrogen Peroxide removes blood stains. It will even take out old blood stains, although multiple treatments and some scrubbing is required.
- —Guest Paul
- If your carpet just got a recent stain from pop or something, and you don’t have any Resolve on hand (btw, resolve really works), use your husbands shaving cream. It may not get it all out fast, but it does get most of it out. Put the shaving cream on and let it set for about maybe 15 minutes to half an hour. Then scrub, scrubby, scrub. Worked for my mom, and sure worked for me.
- —Guest Rita
- I got hair dye on a new white linen blouse and by spraying hair spray on and washing twice with hair spray in between washings it came out!
- —Guest Linnya
Too much washing powder
- Using that little extra washing powder or freshener on your clothes may actually break down your clothes and sometimes leaves white dust from the powder on your clothes because the water is saturated from overuse of powder. Always read the labels on clothes and check the instructions on the washing products you buy so you use the right amount.
- —Guest Jake Sanchard
- MYTH-I agree with the above..NEWSPAPER....for windows. BAD IDEA if you have WHITE aluminum clad windows :( Leaves black marks on your frames..
- —Guest Cheryl Lynn
Newspapers for cleaning windows
- Newspapers used to contain something called 'lamp black ' which was apparently good for cleaning windows. Newspapers don't contain this anymore
this is not myth!
- I know we talk about myths...but this works. Newspaper to wipe mirror. Extra shine. It's due to the printed ink.
- —Guest lilylee62
Vinegar vs Ammonia
- "If ammonia and vinegar are both good, combining them is even better." I have seen many recipes for cleaners which do this. As I understand it, cleaners that have a high pH (think ammonia and baking soda) are good for grease - this is why there is ammonia in glass cleaner, as oils from our fingers are often on glass surfaces. Whereas acidic substances (think vinegar and lemon juice) do no good for grease at all - they are best for removing soap scum and mineral deposits, such as often accumulate in bathtubs and showers. The worst thing to do is combine them, as they just cancel each other out.
Newspapers for Mirrors
- Using newspapers for mirrors has never been very effective for me...and I always seem to end up with newsprint on my hands...
- —Guest Danny
Protecting with regular furniture polish
- After cleaning ashtrays, rub a little polish on the ashtray and ashes will not adhere to it.