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Keeping a house tidy takes a lot of effort, so there's nothing worse than doing more harm than good while cleaning it.

Many housewives rely on a set of common, but incorrect, cleaning methods, which lead them to clean the house in the wrong way.

As we diagnose some cleaning myths, Business Insider spoke with Caroline Forte, certified consumer science expert and director of the Home Care and Cleaning Products Lab and the Textiles, Paper and Plastics Lab at Britain's Good Housekeeping Institute.

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1- Bleach cleans everything



Although it's a useful substance for getting rid of tough stains and making clothes whiter, bleach or chlorine doesn't have to be your best friend used on all things and surfaces.
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"Bleach is a great stain remover and disinfectant, but it's not good for removing grease, so on its own it's not good for laundry stains, bathroom cleanliness, and surface disinfection," says Forte.

“But to clean greasy stovetops and other multipurpose cleaners, it should be part of a combination with other cleaning ingredients.”

To get rid of dirt, the best thing is to use baking soda or baking soda, which give a great cleaning result.

2-Feather duster removes dust

Feather dusters spread dust around and don't really catch it, so the correct way to remove dust is to use a damp cloth or vacuum cleaner.

3- Newspaper Shine Glass

One of the most popular cleaning myths is the belief that newsprint can clean and shine glass, but Frutti believes that while newsprint can give a blemish-free gloss, modern paper is much thinner than it used to be, which means it disintegrates much faster. Then wet paper makes more mess.

So it is recommended to use a soft fiber cloth.

4- Vinegar is an all-purpose cleaner

Like bleach, vinegar shouldn't be used for all purposes. "Vinegar is a good degreaser, so it's great for cleaning windows and coffee makers, but you should avoid using it on certain surfaces," said Forte.

She added: "Granite countertops and wooden floors can be damaged by acid vinegar, so you should avoid cleaning them with it."

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5-Hair spray removes ink stains

Another trick that was true in the past but no longer is, is to use hairspray to remove ink stains, but it is no longer so, because the hairspray was loaded with alcohol that helps remove the ink from the clothes.

But today's hairspray has less alcohol or alcohol-free to dry out hair, so we recommend using regular rubbing alcohol (either isopropyl alcohol or ethanol-based liquids) on ink stains.

6- Air freshener cleans the air

Despite the refreshing comfort after spraying the air freshener at home, we only get to freshen up the rooms instead of cleaning them.

Concerning this myth, Forte says, "Most air fresheners just cover up room odors with another fresh scent, but after it wears off, the stench can come back."

"So the best and most natural way to clean the air in your home is to buy an air purifying plant, such as a gardenia or African violet."

7- Polish the wood a lot

Although a good polishing of wood furniture gives it a great appearance, too much polishing can do more harm than good to the wood, as some polishes can dull it and attract dust, turning it dark.

Therefore, moderate use of wood polish is recommended, and to keep it clean in general, a soft fiber cloth should be used.

8- Wash the sheet every two weeks
Among the many common cleaning tips, washing the bed sheet once every two weeks, but in fact, it is recommended to clean it weekly, to get rid of the effects of sweat, oils and others.
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