Today we’re playing mythbuster here at greenshield organic. There are a lot of cleaning myths out there, some true and some not so true, and we’re here to help you figure them all out!
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#1 - If my detergent doesn’t “suds up,” it isn’t cleaning effectively.
False! Suds do not mean clean. Despite what we were all raised to think, suds can actually hold onto dirt and oil and redeposit them back onto your clothing. For a detergent to be effective, it needs a surfactant. Surfactants essentially make water more wet. Most conventional detergents add a chemical surfactant, and this leads to all of the bubbles that you see in your washer. We use saponin as a surfactant in our organic detergents, a naturally occurring substance. Saponin doesn’t pollute groundwater and is actually good for your septic system, is biodegradable, and rinses clean from your clothing without leaving residue. Our formula is a low-suds formula that is perfect for both conventional and HE machines.
#2 - If you want it really clean, use bleach.
False! Bleach isn’t so much a cleaner as it is a disinfectant. If you’re looking to clean your spaces, use a gentle cleanser that doesn’t require ventilation and a mask!
#3 - Clean everything in cold water. It saves energy and money
False! Well, partially true. Using cold water does indeed save energy and money, but it doesn’t always clean as effectively as you need. Warm and hot water is better at killing bacteria, molds, and viruses. Cold water can’t do that, so make sure you wash anything that might be harboring germs in hot water (unless the garment care label says otherwise!).
#4 - I need to use specialty cleansers for every surface in my home.
False! Using specialty cleaners for every different surface in your home is generally wasteful. It wastes money and resources. Most surfaces in your home can be cleaned with a gentle cleanser and a soft cloth. Especially if the cleanser you choose is free of harsh and abrasive chemicals and is non-toxic. Of course, always read labels and care guides and spot check before cleaning.
#5 - Use newspaper to clean your windows.
False! Not only will it make your hands an ink-stained mess, it is likely to tear easily and could also stain your windows with ink as well. Stick to a reusable cloth or paper towels.
#6 - Remove furniture scratches with walnuts.
This one’s true! If you find your wood furniture has scuffs and scratches, take a walnut and gently rub it into the scratch. It will make the scratches fade away. This works on both light and dark furniture!
What cleaning myths do you want busted? Tell us in the comments!