5 spring cleaning myths debunked -- don't fall for them!
Myth #1: Any surface can be cleaned -- naturally -- with vinegar.
Fact: While vinegar works really well as a cleaning and deodorizing agent on some surfaces -- like ceramic, glass and plastic -- it can actually damage porous surfaces like stone and unsealed grout. The acid in vinegar may also dull the finish of your hardwood floors.
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Myth #2: Hair spray is the best product to use to remove ink stains.
Myth #3: Newspaper is a foolproof alternative to paper towels for window washing.
Fact: Newspaper may take lint out of the equation, but it can also leave smeared newsprint ink on the glass and frames of the windows.
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Myth #4: You should use furniture polish every time you clean wood.
Fact: Regular dusting with a lint-free microfiber cloth is best for wood surfaces. Save furniture polish for once in a blue moon, or skip it completely; it contains oils that actually attract more dust.
Myth #5: Bleach is the ultimate cleaning product.
Fact: Bleach doesn't clean so much as it disinfects. So clean surfaces with gentle cleansers first and -- if you prefer and the surface can withstand it -- disinfect afterward with bleach.