While you might think places like public restrooms and gyms are dirty, the dirtiest place of all could be your own home.
Our homes can be teeming with bacteria, dirt, and dust. And making some common cleaning mistakes may only make it worse.
There are several home cleaning myths that might be keeping your home dirtier than you think. Read on to learn which to avoid and what to do instead.
Myth: DIY Cleaners Don’t Work
You may have heard that natural, homemade cleaners aren’t as effective as store-bought types. But this simply isn’t true.
Many natural cleaning agents are just as good, if not better, than packaged cleaners. And many cleaning products bought from the store contain irritants including VOCs that are harmful when touched or breathed in.
That isn’t to say that all DIY cleaners are always completely safe. But with enough research, you can craft your own safe and natural cleaners using items you already have in your home.
Myth: The Toilet Is the Dirtiest Place in Your Home
Even if you’re a smart homeowner, you may believe this common myth. The truth is that while most toilets aren’t exactly clean, they are not the dirtiest surface in a home.
In fact, many of the dirtiest spots aren’t even in the bathroom. The kitchen typically comes out on top for having the most harmful bacteria, including E.coli and salmonella.
That means that you might want to pay extra attention to your kitchen next time you do chores.
Myth: Disinfecting and Deodorizing Sprays Are Enough
The cleaning industry may hope to convince you that just spraying your stinky sofa is enough to clean it. But always be suspicious of products that claim to clean household items just by spraying them.
With disinfectant sprays, it’s best to spray a surface, and then wipe it with a clean cloth or paper towel to make sure the product is evenly dispersed.
For sprays intended to kill odors, you should still expect to have to clean items with soap or tough cleaners. So if, for example, your sofa smells funky, try upholstery cleaner or wash cushion covers in the washing machine instead.
Myth: If It Doesn’t Smell, It’s Clean
Chances are, there’s bacteria, mold, and other toxins lurking on your rugs, towels, and behind furniture that you’re completely unaware of. And just because you don’t smell it doesn’t mean it’s not there.
It’s easy to overlook hidden germs and grime, especially if you don’t have much time to clean every surface of your home. That’s why it’s often worth it to hire professional cleaners like Sally’s Maid Service before a stench even has a chance to form.
Busting Common Home Cleaning Myths
For a clean and safe home, you need to know what cleaning tips are true and which are false. Avoid following these home cleaning myths, and always do your research on the best cleaning practices and products for your home.
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