Debunking 4 common cleaning hacks

Apr 06, 2017
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Debunking 4 common cleaning hacks

by Kim

Spring’s warmer temps and longer days usually mean you can spend more time enjoying the outdoors.

But it also means it’s time for a less-fun thing indoors: spring cleaning.

The internet offers all kinds of spring cleaning hacks meant to save you time. But some are more effective than others.

For this post, we’ll focus on debunking some of the hacks related to vinegar and baking soda, two popular cleaning supplies.

Sure, both are natural, generally nontoxic and inexpensive. But they aren’t always the cure-all that some sites claim they are.

1. Removing stains from white sinks

Some sites claim that a little baking soda, coupled with dish soap, can magically remove any yellowed areas from your white sinks. Depending on the size and type of the stain, this hack can be effective. But it also depends on the material your sink’s made of. If that material is especially porous or prone to scratching, you could damage your sink. Try this one with care.

Effectiveness rating: 6 of 10

2. De-gunking your microwave

If you’ve got splatters in your microwave, you can take a four-cup microwave-safe bowl or measuring cup, add chopped lemon, lime or orange, and several tablespoons of vinegar. Crank your microwave on high until the concoction boils for a bit, then let the solution sit in the microwave for 15 minutes. This one works pretty well, unless you’ve got some seriously caked-on gunk that’s been through several reheatings. If that’s the case, elbow grease is going to be your best cleaning supply.

Effectiveness rating: 8 of 10

3. Cleaning your faucet heads 

Legend has it you can take a plastic baggie full of vinegar, dish soap and baking soda, place it over your faucet heads overnight, and poof! They’re magically clean the next day. This one depends on a lot of factors, like how much hard-water build up you have and how much you enjoy trying to tie a baggie full of liquid to your showerhead and getting it to stay put.

Effectiveness rating: 5 of 10

4. Freshening up your disposal

There are several variations for this one. Some involve baking soda and boiling water, while others say just to run a couple of lemon or lime rinds through your disposal. But they all neglect to mention that most of what causes disposals to stink is the junk that builds up on the underside of the rubber protector that keeps debris from flying out of your disposal. And for that, you need a cleaning cloth (which can be soaked in vinegar) to wipe away all that smelly stuff.

Effectiveness rating: 4 of 10

Those are the tips we found that needed to come with disclaimers. What about you? What cleaning hacks have you found to be helpful or a complete bust. Let us know in the comments.

And as always, if a clean-up job turns into a repair job, don’t hesitate to call us at 800-504-2000.

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