There is a plethora of YouTube videos or blogs with cleaning ‘hacks’ that just don’t work. While we’ve tested some for you, some don’t even need testing to know they don’t work. Here are some of our favourites…
Baking soda and vinegar together: useless
Baking soda and vinegar are great cleaners- but not together. After the initial excitement of a big fluffy science experiment reaction, the solution left is basically salty water, chemically speaking. It will do nothing and the alkalinity of the soda neutralises the vinegar. Just use one, or the other, or a surface cleaner. Seriously.
Putting lemon in your dishwasher to help clean it: useless
Do you know how many litres of water go through your dishwasher every time you use it? Give or take, about ten litres. Even if you put ten lemons in there it’s still unlikely to achieve anything other than wasting ten perfectly good lemons. Lemons are good for gin, not dishwashers. Simply spray white vinegar inside, give it a good scrub, and run the hottest cycle you can.
Toothpaste to clean anything: expensive and there are better options
Toothpaste is an effective cleaner because it has tiny granules in it that abrade the surface. It’s cheaper and more efficient to use a cream cleaner like Jif for those sorts of surfaces- taps, sinks, and car lights.
Coke to clean your toilet: there are better alternatives
OK using Coke WILL HELP to clean your toilet. It’s about pH 2.5 and vinegar has a pH of 2.5. However, the amount of acid per can of Coke is about 0.017% compared to vinegar’s 5%. So if your toilet has rust stains or really ingrained dirt- white vinegar will do a better job. Leave it for an hour plus, or up to overnight for best effects.
Microwaving a sponge to kill bacteria: useless
Scientists found that your average kitchen sponge has about 82 billion bacteria per cubic inch, that’s why it stinks! Microwaving the sponge only kills off the weak bacteria, leaving the strong resistant bacteria lots more space to breed. Germs also need moisture, and so washing it in a dishwasher or microwave and not drying it completely is just giving bacteria a warm space to grow. The advice is- throw the sponge out. If you can’t bear to contribute more to the local landfill, run it through a hot wash in your washing machine, and dry it in the sun. UV light kills germs, whereas drying inside will not achieve this benefit.