It’s a jungle out there, but sometimes it’s a filthy, festering slime forest in here! You had better know how to keep your house clean if you don’t want to be dirty.
What you’re Grandmother told you might not have been the most up to date info around.
Don’t you wanna be CLEAN? Keep reading for the four top cleaning myths debunked!
1. Ammonia vs Bleach
Ammonia and bleach are two of the most common household cleaners around. These products are completely different chemicals. The only things they have in common are that they are clear and caustic!
One super important note is that you should never mix bleach and ammonia. If can produce a toxic gas that has in rare cases been known to be fatal!
Bleach has tremendous anti-microbial properties. It’s basically a low-grade poison that can kill almost anything alive. That includes creepy crawlies like mold and fungus.
Ammonia, on the other hand, is a good surface cleaner. It works great on glass and hard tables tops like Formica.
2. Ammonia and Vinegar
Another bad combo is ammonia and vinegar. This won’t produce a toxic combo, but you’ll be completely wasting your time. Ammonia and vinegar have opposite PH levels, vinegar is a strong acid while ammonia is extremely basic.
That means when you combine them, they cancel each other out. The neutral by-products do almost nothing to clean compared to either of these chemicals by themselves.
3. Cleaning Microwave with Bleach
A microwave oven is a haven for all kinds of nastiness. It’s probably not infected with a lot of living biological activity like viruses or molds.
Think about it… we’re talking about an oven! If you heat a cup of coffee in your microwave, you pretty much sanitize it.
Which is why using bleach in a microwave isn’t a great idea. It’s already sanitized, but it’s just dirty!
Use a real degreasing agent to clean the slime the in accumulating in your microwave. Bleach will only kill the already dead bacteria.
4. Antibacterial Myths Debunked
“Bacteria” sounds like a bad thing. So “anti” bacterial must be a good thing, right? Well, it depends.
When a surgeon cuts open a patient and place his hand directly into their bloodstream, being bacteria free is very important. When you are cleaning a toilet bowl, is it important?
There is absolutely no evidence whatsoever that antibacterial soaps and cleaners contribute towards health. Your kids won’t get sick less often, and your house won’t be any cleaner. You will pay a little more for a product labeled “anti-bacterial”, and you’ll have more chemicals in your home, but you won’t be healthier.
Get the Pros
Cleaning your home isn’t just something that has to be done. It’s a science. Sometimes it’s better to trust the professionals to get the job done right!
You don’t need any more myths debunked. Call the pros, because we know all the tricks. Until you’re ready for that, check out our blog for some more great cleaning tips.