Feb 02 , 2021
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With disinfecting being the new normal, we are all trying to keep everything clean as much as we can in our households with our kids and pets around, but allergies can be generated by chemicals we are accustomed to cleaning with. Today, we would like to talk about some cleaning myths that we all read about over the internet and Momo will debunk them for you. Shall we get started?
- “Cleaning and disinfecting are the same.”
Although the terms are being used interchangeably, these two words are actually two different things. To clean a surface means to remove dirt from a specific area. To disinfect is a deeper form of cleaning by killing bacteria.
- “Vinegar cleans everything.”
If you search for a DIY all-around cleaner on the internet, vinegar tops the results. Contrary to popular belief, this crowd favorite should not be used to clean everything. Though vinegar acts as a champion limescale remover, grease cutter, and some hard stain scrubber, it still has its own flaw: not being an all-around cleaner for every surface. When used on granite countertops, wood, and natural stones, the acidic content in the vinegar will damage the surface forever, with no rescue.
- “When doing laundry, more detergent is always better.”
If you think that adding more detergent to your load will get rid of that stubborn dirt and stains, you’re actually doing more harm than good. In this case, less is more. Why? Adding an excessive amount of detergent can leave more soap residue on your clothes, making it difficult for your washing machine to do its job.
- “Bleach cleans everything too!”
Everyone sees bleach as the number one problem solver for all things dirty. Sorry to bring you the bad news but bleach should not be your go-to for everything. Indeed, it is a superhero in battling tough stains and bringing out the whiter shade of whites. However, bleach can only do so much as a stain remover and disinfectant. When it comes to removing dirt and grime, it’s best to get a scrub brush and elbow grease and opt for baking soda instead.
- “Feather dusters get rid of dust.”
It’s fun to swish and flick your feather duster during cleaning time, but this doesn’t really help eliminate dust. Instead, it only spreads dust around your living room! Plus, the feathers fall out with every wave, leaving your house actually dirtier.
- “Hairspray removes ink stains.”
For this one, it depends. A bottle of hairspray, used to contain a high amount of alcohol content, an ingredient that’s crucial for removing ink. Unfortunately, hairsprays today are either alcohol-free or contain much less alcohol content. So, it’s a no-no.
- “Wash laundry using cold water is better.”
There is no guideline on when to use hot and cold water when washing clothes. Commonly, cold water washing is more preferred. Although this has been what we have been swayed into believing is needed, cold water works great only for conserving energy and preserving your clothes’ color. But if you want to get rid of stains, grease, and germs, warm or hot water is the winner.
- “Polish wood very often.”
Nothing looks more irresistibly good-looking and satisfying than polished wood. If you’re guilty of polishing your wood every week, it’s time to stop now. Some wood polishes attract dust and dull wood finishes. Polishing wood protects the wood finish from the sun, heat, and other sources of damage but not the wood itself. When overdone, you can damage your precious furniture. To make wood pieces last longer, it’s better to keep them clean by wiping them with a microfiber cloth.
- “Wash your sheets every two weeks.”
Towels, pillowcases, and bed sheets have their own timelines on how often you should launder them. For sheets and pillowcases, the answer is WEEKLY. Sheets easily collect dust and dirt from people’s sweat when they sleep. People with sensitive skin should wash even more often. For best results, use hot water to kill the germs!
- “Air freshener cleans the air.”
With numerous companies selling air fresheners that come in different scents, it’s easy to fall into the belief that this product will clean the air. However, the cold truth is air fresheners are just like your favorite perfume; they make the air smell better, not necessarily cleaner. Once the scent is gone, the invincible nasty odor returns. In this case, a natural approach is a more efficient step to take: adding air-purifying plants inside your home, like African violets and gardenias.
But, there just might be an exemption for the last myth. What if there’s an air freshener that’s all natural and leaves the air pure and odorless? An air freshener that does not mask odors, but actually eliminates them? This is exactly why I created Simply Magic. Made with the idea of creating a product that’s an all-natural air freshener and all-purpose cleaner. Simply Magic comes with a light scent of plants that goes away minutes after the spray, putting an end to allergies, asthma attacks, and migraines you get from scented ones. It’s disinfectant, easy to use, and gentle on the nose.
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