Bleach = Clean
For decades, people have been using bleach as their primary agent for cleaning surfaces. While bleach does possess strong disinfectant
properties, it is not all-purpose in its ability to tackle your toughest messes. Bleach will not eliminate dirt and residue, so when you
reach for the bleach, you're getting a fraction of the cleaning power you need.
Vinegar Is a Catch-All Ingredient in DIY Products
Vinegar is a classic choice for homemade, DIY cleaning solutions, and many people have grown to see this grime-fighting ingredient as a
holistic go-to. Unfortunately, vinegar can dissolve wood finishes, dull countertops, and seriously damage dishwashers or washing machines.
While you may experience short-term disinfectant success with vinegar, swap in other
non-toxic cleaning agents
to preserve the long-term function and effectiveness or your surfaces and appliances.
If It Smells Clean, It Is Clean
We tend to equate fresh-smelling rooms, upholstery, and clothing with germ-free materials. The problem, however, is that many classic
cleaning solutions use crisp and palatable scents to mask their anti-bacterial shortcomings. Relying solely on smell to gauge cleanliness
leaves your home open to undetected grime and bacterial buildup. Instead, look for products with
all-purpose decontamination complexes
to ensure you're eliminating dirt and disease-causing residue for good.
Machines That Clean...Will Clean Themselves
When it comes to dishwashers or washing machines, we'd like to think that the near-constant bath of detergent and hot water we give dishes
and clothes would effectively clean each appliance, too. Not so. Machines designed to deep clean need their share of deep cleaning. Without
added maintenance, grease, bacterial residue—and even undissolved detergent—builds up over time. The result? Unwanted odors and grime—and
less-than-clean dishes and clothes.