Top Two Green Cleaning Myths and Facts

Over the years, the number of detergents to clean kitchens and floors has increased drastically! Detergents contain pollutants that are not environmental friendly. Also, detergents are made of harmful chemicals that can be extremely dangerous to mankind and nature. This can be attributed to the need for green cleaning agents.

As suggested by its name, green cleaning agents are made of natural ingredients. These agents can resolve many environmental problems. If you are planning to migrate from chemical-based cleaning agents to natural cleaning solvents, there are few facts and myths you should understand.

Myth #1

A lot of people claim that coffee grounds can be used to unclog drainage pipes. They believe that the subtle texture of coffee grounds should be flushed down sink pipes for scrubbing it clean. This is absolutely wrong! Coffee grounds can destroy your sink pipes. The reside becomes permanent and an impassable deposit. To remove this chunk of coffee grounds, you must unscrew the entire pipe!

Fix: You must pour baking soda mixed in a cup of vinegar to remove scrub drainage and sink pipes. The moment you hear a fizz the pipe has to be rinsed with warm water.

Fact #1

Do you have many pots and pans with burn stains? Is your copper vessel wasted due to “so-called permanent” stains?

In general, burn stains are caused when fire reacts with the metal and forms copper oxide. The reaction gives pots and pans a notorious char. If you wish to clean this char, use ketchup. Ketchup contains acetic acid. The acid comes in contact with the copper oxide and removes it.

Fix: Spread a thick layer of ketchup on the stain. Let ketchup rest on the stain for 20 to 30 minutes. Now, wipe and wash the surface clean! Soon, you will see a gleaming stainless steel pot!

Myth #2

Do you believe that white vinegar can be used to clean everything? Vinegar is a great cleaning solvent. However, you cannot use it everywhere. White vinegar is a great solvent for removing bad odors from clothes. In fact, you can use vinegar to kill harmful germs in your kitchen and bathroom. But, vinegar doesn’t clean granite stone countertops. White vinegar can damage countertops made of marble and granite. Acetic acid from vinegar can leave a permanent damage behind. Acetic acid gets absorbed into the stone and weakens the seal around it!

Fix: If you are planning to clean granite countertops with white vinegar, make sure the solution is diluted!

Fact #2

Lemons have many critical roles in the kitchen! Most of the time, homeowners use lemon to remove oil stains from chimneys. Just rub half a lemon on the stain and get a brand new chimney. Citric acid from lemon dissolves and dislodges oil and fats.
Tip: Use a soft cloth dipped in lemon juice to wipe the stain. Also, wipe the chimney gently with the soft cloth. Never rub the surface hardly because you may cause permanent damage to the metallic surface.