6 Popular Cleaning Hacks You Should Not Use

The Internet is a great source of information, especially when you need a quick tip to handle a cleaning emergency. We have all had that moment – for example, you spill a glass of wine on your living room carpet but you have no idea what to do to right that wrong. So, you make a quick search on the web and voila – you find the perfect solution to your problem. If the cleaning hack offers disappointing results, you can again use the power of the Internet to find yourself a top-notch carpet cleaning service in London. The thing is, not all cleaning tips on the World Wide Web will help you. In fact, some of them are just so bad and so wrong that they will only make things worse for you. Some of the most popular of these misleading hacks include:

  • Cleaning everything with vinegar
  • Applying bleach whenever you are washing white clothes
  • Soaking your coloured clothes in a solution of water and salt
  • Using toothpaste to clean glasses
  • Treating carpet stains with hydrogen peroxide
  • Getting rid of nail polish stains by using nail polish

Don’t believe everything you read on the web, especially when it comes down to the above-listed pieces of advice. Let’s find out why!

Use vinegar as a universal cleaning supply

Yes, vinegar makes an excellent home cleaning product. If you put some of it in your washing machine, it will soften the fabrics of your clothes, remove stains and even clean the washing machine. You can also use it to wipe tile grout, remove gum from your carpet, fight unpleasant odours, etc. However, vinegar is not a universal solution for all of your cleaning problems. You should never use it on your furniture because it will remove the wax from it. Also, it will damage the finish of hardwood floors, it will fail to clean your dirty pans and it will remove the rubber seal from appliances such as fridges and ovens.

Wash white clothes with bleach

This hack works only for some white clothes. That is why you should always check the label of each piece of clothing before you treat it with bleach. Otherwise, you will get an unpleasant surprise.

Wash coloured clothes with a salt solution

Many cleaning bloggers advise their readers to use a solution of water and salt when they wash coloured clothes. According to them, that is somehow supposed to preserve the colours of the fabrics. Well, prepare for a disappointment because this is just a myth.

Clean your glasses with toothpaste

Never clean your glasses with toothpaste. Contrary to what the Internet says, that will not remove the scratches from your lenses. In fact, it will only result in more scratches. Ouch!

Remove carpet stains with hydrogen peroxide

Do you want to bleach your carpet? If yes, do dab it with hydrogen peroxide. If you don’t – use standard carpet cleaning detergents.

Remove nail polish with nail polish

And the prize for most absurd cleaning hack goes to… this one. Whoever came up with this tip probably believed that fighting fire with fire is a good strategy when you are trying to remove nail polish stains. It is not and it will only add another layer of nail polish to the one you wanted to clean.

About the author: Nathaniel Jamesson, a seasoned cleaning consultant, boasts over two decades of expertise in sustainable and efficient cleaning practices. Recognized for his innovative techniques, Nathaniel aids both commercial and residential spaces in achieving pristine environments, promoting health and elevating aesthetics.