10 Fun Cleaning Facts

For many people, cleaning is a long and arduous activity that they dread. For others, cleaning is an exciting, joyful and relaxing event they look forward to. Although fun and cleaning are not normally used in the same sentence, the fun cleaning facts below are sure to intrigue you!

1. You Need To Leave Most Cleaning Products On For Between 30-60 Seconds For Them To Work

When we have a lot of cleaning to do, it’s very easy to let time pressures get the best of us and rush the process. It is very important that when cleaning, you check the labels of all products to ensure you are using them to their maximum ability.

Many products need to activate on a surface for between 30-60 seconds. So instead of spraying and wiping, you should wait a minute in between to ensure you are reaping the full cleaning and sanitising benefits of the products to save you time and energy.

2. You Can Wash Toys In The Dishwasher

Many parents wonder how they can keep baby and toddler toys clean and germ-free. Instead of spending hours trying to scrub and dry them, you can simply place them in the dishwasher. This is a safe, effective and efficient way of cleaning toys.

A simple method of doing this is to place larger toys on the bottom shelf, smaller toys on the top shelf and setting it on a gentle setting, letting the dishwasher do all the work. Ensure you turn off any heat dry settings, so you do not open the dishwasher to melted toys!

3. You Can Clean A Sponge In The Microwave

Sponges can be one of the dirtiest items in your household. When you consider how often you use them and what you use them for it’s no wonder why. Although there are many ways to clean a sponge, a very effective way of sanitising them is to place a wet sponge in the microwave for one minute on high. This will help to kill germs, leaving your sponge safe to use and will help it to last longer.

Although this is a simple and effective tip, there are some important things to keep in mind. Firstly, ensure that the sponge is wet. Do not put a dry sponge in the microwave as it can be a fire hazard. Also, keep in mind, you cannot put a sponge in the microwave that has any metal on it. Also keep in mind, the sponge will be very hot when you take it out of the microwave, so it is a good idea to wait a few minutes for it to cool down.

4. You Can Use A Blender To Clean A Blender

Cleaning a blender after making a smoothie or milkshake can be very time-consuming. Blenders often have many different parts which need to be cleaned individually and they usually take up a lot of space in the dishwasher.

A quick, easy but somewhat unknown hack is to clean your blender, using your blender. Once you finish using it, you can fill it up with some warm water and a small amount of dish soap and blend away. Blenders can be self-cleaning in this way and all you need to do afterwards is give it a quick rinse and dry.

5. You Can Polish Silver Jewellery & Cutlery With Toothpaste

Bringing back a shine to your silver jewellery and sparkle to your cutlery can be made easy with a small dab of toothpaste. Toothpaste is mildly abrasive which is why it does such a good job of keeping your teeth pearly white and stain free. This means that it does a great job of restoring dirty and old jewellery and cutlery.

The simplest way to do it is to rub in a small amount using your finger and rinsing with some warm water. You can then use a microfiber cloth or tea towel to buff.

6. You Can Keep Your Bathroom Cleaner By Closing The Toilet Lid

Toilet lids are not just designed to keep water from splashing out but to also keep germs and other bacteria in. In a recent campaign in the UK, a leading toilet cleaner brand used a high-speed digital camera to capture the bacteria and particles propelled from a toilet flushed with the lid open.

The results were astonishing and clearly showed thousands of tiny water particles containing bacteria and viruses, splashing out onto the floor.

7. You Can Keep Your Toothbrush Clean By Storing It Correctly

Keeping your toothbrush close to the toilet is a huge mistake. When you flush the toilet, especially with the lid open as we learnt above, water particles that contain bacteria splash up and out all over your bathroom, so it is best to keep it as far away from the toilet as possible. It is also really important, that if you store your toothbrush in some kind of a holder, mount or case, remember to give it a clean every few weeks as well.

8. You Can Use Vodka To Clean Glass & Mirrors

Vodka, when lightly sprayed directly onto windows, glass-topped furniture and mirrors can provide an excellent although expensive, alternative to traditional glass and mirror cleaners. Vodka is no longer just for cocktails. It can be a great backup solution for those times when you run out of product and don’t have time to restock. Using a microfiber cloth to wipe off will leave a streak-free surface, just be sure to stay clear of trimmings, frames and stained finishes.

9. Denmark Is The Cleanest Country In The World

In 2020, Denmark was voted the cleanest country in the world. If you have visited Denmark, this would likely not surprise you. From its beautiful seaside villages to its sparse woodlands and sandy coastlines, it’s no wonder Denmark is known worldwide for being an incredibly clean country. Based on Yale University’s Environmental Performance Index, Denmark ranked amongst the highest in the world for air and water quality, as well as waste management, making it the cleanest country in the world.

10. Around 50% Of Dust Is Made Up Of Dead Skin Cells

There is more to the chemistry of household dust than meets the eye. When we think of dust, we often think of dirt, hair and pollen. But did you know that 50% of domestic dust is comprised of dead skin cells. If that doesn’t make you want to get cleaning, we don’t know what will!

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