When it comes to cleaning, there is so much advice available, whether it’s on the internet, TV adverts or methods passed down through the generations. How do we know the best way to do something if there are tons of ways to do it? It’s time to debunk those cleaning myths that just don’t work or in fact, produce even more work.

Myth 1 To clean windows you should use newspaper

Don’t use newspaper to clean glass. When newspaper gets damp, it tears easily and can leave ink staining on the window sill. This just produces more dirt to clean up. Microfibre cloths are the best option as they leave no streaks.

Myth 2 Vinegar is great for cleaning everything

While vinegar does cut through grime and bacteria because it’s an acid, it’s only effective at full strength. If you’re pouring a small cap of vinegar into a bucket of water for example, it’s not going to be very effective. The acidity of vinegar can also be damaging to wooden surfaces and natural stone. To make sure your workplace is always clean, shiny and hygienic, think about Gloucester Office Cleaning with http://intocleaning.co.uk/services/office-cleaning/

Myth 3 Cleaning products work instantly

Spraying and wiping straight away is not going to achieve much. In fact, a cleaner should be applied and then left to sit for a few minutes before wiping. Disinfectants should ideally sit for a good 10 minutes to be fully effective in killing bacteria.

Myth 4 Bleach can be used to clean anything

You might be surprised to learn that bleach doesn’t actually clean anything. It has no effectiveness in removing dirt but lightens stains and kills bacteria. It’s great to use as a sanitiser but not so great as a cleaning product.

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Myth 5 You should use a feather duster instead of a microfibre cloth

An expensive, real ostrich-feather duster will pick up dust but are not as effective as microfibre. They mostly spread dust around as opposed to picking it up. They also have an annoying habit of shedding feathers, giving you more work to do!

Myth 6 String mops are the best

While they do look the part, string mops have been shown to be 20% less effective at removing grime and bacteria than their microfibre counterparts. String mops are ideal for spillages, as they are highly absorbent but microfibre is better for picking up anything left behind like dirt and dust.

Myth 7 Handwashing dishes is more effective than using a dishwasher

Only if your dishwasher was very old and grubby would this one be true. The truth is that most modern models are far more effective than handwashing. You might think you’d be saving water by handwashing but some of the more recent models boast savings of gallons of water, slight reductions in energy costs and most importantly, saving approximately 200 hours in personal time. The high temperatures that dishwashers are capable of reaching also helps to kill bacteria and fully sanitise dishes.

Don’t rinse dishes before loading the dishwasher.