If you’re like most people, you dream of making cleaning easier and somehow find someone to solve all your cleaning problems. Thanks to new innovations, today’s cleaning tools and products are far superior to those we used in the past. As a result, our lives are much easier.
Moreover, there is a plethora of tips and hacks online offering hope for effortless and more effective cleaning. Often times, they leave you wondering why you never thought of them yourself. Some are backed by science; some not so much.
Below are some cleaning hacks that simply don’t work and will only waste your money and time. Some are even dangerous. Ignore them and follow more reasonable cleaning advice. Better yet, hire Charlotte professional maid services and use that time to do something productive or enjoyable.
- Microwave sponges to sanitize them
Like many other dubious hacks, there’s a bit of science to this one. Sure, some bacteria can’t survive high temperatures. However, the duration needed for a sponge to stay in a microwave to incinerate all the bacteria in it would destroy the sponge. In fact, studies have shown that about 40% of the bacteria population (some of which are life-threatening) survive the microwaving. You’re better off buying new sponges.
- Prevent dye-bleeding by adding salt to the washer
Save the salt for your food. By the time you buy the clothes at the store, it’s too late to prevent dye-bleeding. Any measures needed to prevent it should be done during the manufacture of the garments. Thankfully, there are hacks that actually work in case all your underwear is blue.
- Remove ink using hairspray
This is an old one. It worked well when hairspray was 100% alcohol. Things have changed, though, and today’s hairsprays don’t contain as much alcohol (the agent responsible for removing the ink) as they used to. Instead, they have more emollients, oils, and conditioners. So use isopropyl alcohol instead and save the hairspray for your hairdo.
- Remove stains in the toilet tank using a magic eraser
Granted, these erasers can be effective at removing crayon marks on walls, and soap scum on bathtubs. However, they don’t do anything for the toilet tank. On the contrary, they may end up messing up the tank’s flushing system. Made out of melamine foam, these erasers need actual rubbing action to work. They’re neither soluble nor antimicrobial.
- For easy cleaning, add a coat of car wax on a cooktop
Food particles and grease can be extremely difficult to clean from cooktops, especially after weeks of high heat has made them extra crusty. Even though they’re a bit easier to wipe after adding a coat of car wax, this is actually a fire hazard. Just make sure you promptly clean the cooktop in case of a boil over using a powerful grease-removing product.
- Kill all germs with hot water
As mentioned earlier, high temperature kills some bacteria. However, it has to be extremely hot (around 212 degrees Fahrenheit) and the contaminated surface must be exposed for a reasonably long period. Seeing as most water heaters have a maximum heat setting of 120 degrees Fahrenheit, you’re fooling yourself if you think you’re killing the germs. Stick to using phenolic solutions (Lysol), pine oil or chlorine bleach after preparing raw meat in your kitchen.