There are aisles of pre-made cleaners that claim to perform miracles with your cleaning. Some deliver, but with consequences, where others fall short and turn out to be a waste of money. Even some DIY cleaners require some basic household chemical ingredients to be effective. Where books can be written about the pros and cons of each individual household cleaner on the market today, we at Nadia’s House Cleaning have taken a few of the most common to list some of the pros and cons regarding their use.
Common Household Cleaners
Pros of Bleach Mildew Maintenance Products: Generally, most bleach based products have the strength to cut through the mildew growth and effectively remove the microbes, a definite advantage. Bleach has the properties to disinfect, destroying the majority of germs and bacteria, ensuring the traces of mildew are gone. However, if neglected under the right conditions, mildew can still return. Mildew leaves stains, and most bleach based products have the active ingredients to effectively remove the stains as well as the soap scum buildup. Another beneficial gain to bleach based products is that they often cuts through most layers of accumulated residues and stains, sparing you some sweat and elbow grease. More often than not, these products can be applied and left to sit and when you return to wipe up the cleaner’s residues, the stains are nearly or completely removed.
Cons of Bleach Household Cleaners: But even bleach based products have their disadvantages. The intense smells can be excessively strong and harmful to even breathe. The strong and potentially toxic fumes are not recommended to be exposed around children and pets. The strength of the chemical can be especially difficult to use for those with sensitivity. When using, it is recommended that you wear protective gloves as well as a disposable mask and even goggles if your eyes are sensitive to the fumes. Bleach has the ability to dissolve color pigments, and can permanently lighten and alter color on different materials.
Pros of Cleaning with Vinegar: Vinegar has plenty of pros for its use, one is it economical. Being so cost effective, many homeowners keep it in their homes as a staple and use it concentrated, diluted, or in other DIY cleaning hacks. It is particularly in expensive and many products can be derived from vinegar. Vinegar is safe around pets and kids, usable on many different surfaces, ideally used as a substitute fabric softener. Vinegar is readily available at most department stores, and there are no chemical agents that can stain or discolor fabrics.
Disadvantages of Vinegar: There are just a few cons to using vinegar and those include the inability to cut through grease and many find the smell of vinegar unpleasant.
Liquid Laundry Detergent: Liquid laundry detergent is preferred among quite a few consumers. The benefits are plentiful that include the detergent is instantly dissolved. The formula can be used as a pre-wash treatment to help remove stains before it is cleaned through the machine’s cycle, and the mixtures blends in well with cold water, allowing people save on energy costs. Additionally, many of the liquid detergents can be added to DIY formulas for more uses. The cons include the more expensive cost compared to the alternative methods and packaging in plastic containers is not eco-friendly.
Powder Laundry Detergents: More cost effective in comparison to liquid detergents and are packaged in more eco-friendly cardboard container. The cleaning agents, known as surfactants, are more potent in powder form and it allows for a longer shelf life. The downside to the powder detergents is that there is a potential for soapy residues. More energy, and cost, is required due to most formulas requiring warm machine cycles to effectively dissolve the powder. Finally, the powder detergents can be a detriment to homes with a septic tank as the filler sodium sulphate, can cause problems.
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No matter which products you prefer to use in your home, it is important to always read the label and warnings, as many chemicals should never be mixed together for example as well to ensure the maximum results. Nadia’s House Cleaning offers many cleaning services for your convenience. Whether you are looking for assistance to maintain a clean home with a scheduled routine, need help getting your home ready for special events, or simply need professional services to help move in or move out of a home, our specialists are ready to accommodate your needs. Call us today to get started!