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5 Biggest Cleaning Myths

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5 Biggest Cleaning Myths

 

1. Myth: If One Product is Good, Two Must Be Better.

Mixing cleaning products without at least a little basic chemistry knowledge can actually have deadly consequences. Here are a few major no-nos:

  • Vinegar and Bleach
  • Ammonia and Bleach
  • Detergents and Disinfectants that Contain Quaternary Ammonia

In short, acidic products, like vinegar, should never be mixed with alkali products, like bleach. Even combining one brand of bleach with another can be dangerous. When it doubt, stick to one product.

2. MythDIY Cleaning Products are Always Better.  5 Biggest Cleaning Myths

Now, to be clear, we’re not knockin’ on natural or DIY cleaning products. Nor are we throwing our support behind harsh, commercial cleaners. The problem, though, is that DIY cleaners can be ineffective at best, or toxic at worst. The big problem here is that many people automatically think DIY = safe, and store-bought = unsafe. As with most things, life just isn’t that simple. Do your research. Spot-check with certain cleaners to see if they’re effective.

3. Myth: Bleach (or Vinegar, or Whatever Else) is the Only Product You Really Need.  5 Biggest Cleaning Myths

There are plenty of multi-purpose cleaners out there that will do just as well on your counters as they will on your floor. But that doesn’t mean that bleach, for instance, should be used to clean dirt — it doesn’t — or vinegar should be used on your hardwood floors — it’ll dull the finish. There is no single product out there that will work for all of your needs.

4. Myth: The More Product You Use, the Better.

More is not always better! More soap on your counters will just lead to buildup. Too much detergent use is one of the most common reasons dishwashers need to be repaired. Too much carpet cleaner will only make your carpet get dirtier faster. There are directions for a reason — follow them!

5. Myth: The Amount of Detergent You Use Doesn’t Really Matter.

Washing machines and laundry detergent have gotten much more efficient in the past few decades — so why are we using the same amount of soap? It might not seem like a big deal, but using the appropriate amount of laundry detergent for your load will extend the life of your washer and your clothes.

source: care2.com

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How to Have a Real Vacation

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How to Have a Real Vacation

“I need a vacation from my vacation!” How many times have you heard someone say that, or even uttered the words yourself?

Sometimes getting away is more work than it should be, right? It’s supposed to be relaxing and refreshing and give us new energy for our family and work. Ah…tis often not the case. We’re here to help you make the most of your time off with some tips on how to have a real vacation.

(Way) Before You Go…

Because last year many travel plans had to be canceled, you may be doubly anxious to get the heck outta Dodge, but…not so fast pardner! The pandemic is still a major factor for numerous popular destinations, so it’s time to work out a couple of Plan B’s. We say: ‘Preparation is never a waste of time’ and how well the preplanning goes may well determine the quality of your time off.

  • Money is, of course, the #1 factor. Make a solid budget. You hopefully already have a cash stash for your getaway. Scale back your plans if it’s not a lot. Keep credit cards for emergencies only so you don’t create another financial stressor. Be realistic about how much things cost, and the extra expenses involved with traveling.
  • Research your desired destinations. Pricing has changed dramatically since last year and you may have to rethink where you want to, or can, go. Outside the country is still pretty restricted. Why not travel to our country…lots to see here and you’ll help bring our economy back up.
  • Car Maintenance, if you are taking a road trip, should be part of your pre-trip costs. Get the oil changed, fill the fluids, maybe have the interior detailed, rotate or buy new tires if necessary. Tell your mechanic your plans if you have an older vehicle and ask if your car is in good enough shape for the trip. Renting a car may be cheaper than risking a breakdown midway (and less stressful).
  • Try clothing on in advance. The “19” in Covid-19 could possibly stand for the extra weight gained last year. So you don’t tap out your budget on new outfits, try shopping at thrift stores and consignment shops for your travel wardrobe! New clothes for cheap! Win!
  • Make a Checklist when you’re not in a rush. Look around your house to see what might trigger a “to-do” for when you leave. Nothing is worse than walking out the door and forgetting a major task, like paying your utility bill or buying dog food for your house sitter.

During Your Trip!

Yay! You’re on your way! Whatever your plans, make sure that the “getting away” part is actually fun and relaxing. Some tips to enjoy your trip more are:

  • Don’t try to do too much. Frantically cramming in as much as possible will surely spoil all the fun. If your itinerary has something to be accomplished every day, you’re missing the point of a vacation.
  • Be flexible with your time. Spontaneity can add a lot of spark to your holiday.
  • Down. Your. Phone. If you feel the need to post nearly every moment of your time away, then you haven’t really gone “away”. Yes! Take pictures and maybe post one or two but save the bulk of your “insta” and another social media posting for when you get back.
  • RE-LAX! Sleep until you wake up. Sit and read a book (a FUN book…no self-help or politics) all day. Have midday cocktails. Find out where the locals go for fun. Eat the ice cream or yummy dessert. Try new foods.

As a final treat, and maybe the best one, for your vacation…hire Clarkston Cleaning to scrub your home while you’re gone!  When you get back, all you will have to do is unpack and do some laundry. What a great finale for your trip!

Photo Credit: Photo by Nubia Navarro (nubikini) from Pexels

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