It’s lovely to have a clean home, with the bathroom shining, worktops hygienic and dishes all washed up and put away. However, achieving the clean home we want can feel tricky with a busy life and lots of other things to do. That’s why we’ve collected together some cleaning tips and life hacks for home, with the aim of simplifying your cleaning workload – and who doesn’t want that!
Cleaning hacks are best without bleach – here’s why
Bleach is still seen as a must have for cleaning the home, but you can save time by using other products and methods.
- Using bleach for cleaning your toilet can be a short-term gain for long-term pain. While the toilet bowl no doubt looks clean after a dose of bleach, it does not have the ability to lift soil from a surface. Bleach can dissolve fat molecules but needs a detergent to bind and remove the soil.
- Organic stains are just dirt such as drink or food which have stuck in the tiny cracks of a surface. Bleach is not necessary to keep surfaces gleaming. Allowing a detergent such as a Jif product, or even water to sit on the surface for a while and then wiping away, can release the stain.
- As bleach is freely sold in supermarkets, it is understandably assumed to be safe, but actually it can cause eye damage and skin burns. It can also burn the respiratory system if inhaled. Mixing bleach with other cleaning formulas such as acid-based toilet cleaner can make a dangerous chlorine gas. So, if you choose to use bleach, be sure to look up safety advice first.
- Is bleach needed to eliminate germs? Surprisingly, the ability of bleach to eliminate bacteria depends on a surface first being cleaned and rinsed, then bleach needs to be in contact with the surface for at least five minutes. Take away the dirt and achieve hygienically clean surfaces by using a detergent instead.