If you are always trying to figure out how to clean your house fast, don’t worry, you are not alone, and you have probably come across a million articles online giving you all sorts of cleaning tips that will teach you how to clean your house like a pro while also saving time.
And even though some of those tricks can actually be useful, money-saving and time effective, this doesn’t automatically mean you can trust everything you read. So, for a change, we bring you seven house cleaning hacks you should avoid.
1. Using Newspaper To Clean Windows And Mirrors
Window cleaning with the newspaper is probably the oldest hack in the book, but this was only effective when newspapers were much thicker than they are now. Nowadays newspapers are thin, which means they will deteriorate while you are using them to clean your mirror or your window, leaving behind spots on the surface you are trying to clean, as well as on your fingertips.
For window cleaning your best alternative will definitively be using a nice cleaning product and a microfiber cloth. If you are facing a stubborn stain, like toothpaste or that of makeup, try rubbing the stain with a cloth with a little bit of rubbing alcohol in it.
2. Putting A Mr. Clean Magic Eraser In Your Toilet Tank
If you are trying to figure out how to clean toilet bowl stains, we hate to be the ones to say it, but putting Mr. Clean Magic Eraser in your toilet bowl will not do the trick.
Popular knowledge will tell you this is enough to eat away those stubborn toilet bowl stains, but this is not exactly what happens. In reality, the Magic Eraser will work like sandpaper on the stains, so in order to see any actual results, you need to scrub it. A pumice stone with a handle alongside with some cleaning detergent might just get the job done.
3. Placing Bleach-Based Tablets In Your Toilet Tank
And if we are rating what are the worst cleaning hacks when it comes to toilets, bleach tablets on the toilet tank are a close second. It might seem like an inexpensive alternative to avoid scrubbing your toilet, but in the long run, it will end up damaging your toilet.
Those tablets have a caustic nature that can end up distorting the inside mechanisms of the toilet if there is prolonged exposure. This can result in water leaks and poor efficiency.
If you can’t live without the tablets place them inside the bowl instead of the tank. Using baking soda and vinegar to clean the bowl once a week can be pretty effective too.
4. Softening And Scenting Your Clothes With Dryer Sheets
Using dryer balls as a clothes softener may seem like a good idea, but trust us, it’s not. From the environmental point of view, dryer sheets are awful, since they will clog your drain and won’t decompose.
Plus your machine will make all sorts of unbearable noises, which leads us to believe it is not really worth the drama. Oh, and your clothes won’t even be that soft or smell that good, so maybe let’s rethink this one, shall we?
5. Neutralizing Odors With Artificial Air Fresheners
Artificial air fresheners are no good and we rest our case. They only remove the smell for a short period of time, since the sprays don’t work towards tackling the actual source of the smell, and on some occasions, there is the possibility this artificial and chemical spray will even cause you respiratory issues.
If you really want to get rid of a nasty smell, your solution can be diluted vodka that you can spray on couches and window hangings in order to eradicate trapped odors.
And if you want to make your house smell good for a long period of time, mix equal parts water and vinegar and then add up to 14 drops of essential oil of your choice.
6. Placing A Box Of Baking Soda In Your Fridge
Among the best-known cleaning tips, there is this one where you should put a box of baking soda inside your fridge in order to neutralize the nasty smells, but this hack has revealed to not be effective.
If all the smells in the refrigerator were caused by food, that would be a completely different story but since they are a mix between household mildew and a full bacteria-circus, baking soda will not alter the molecules, making this hack completely useless.
7. Using Hairspray On An Ink Stain
This is something our grandmothers probably did when trying to remove an ink stain, but currently, much like newspapers, hair spray has also changed, and many of the new products do not include alcohol.
Alcohol is the ingredient responsible for lifting the stain, which means this cleaning hack will serve no use. You can try and use rubbing alcohol directly on the ink stain for about 15 minutes and then run it through your washer after the alcohol has had time to sit.