8 household products that you use badly (mistakes to avoid!)

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Whether with natural products or chemicals, household products can sometimes lead to misuse. However, cleaning is good, but doing it correctly is much better. All these small mistakes made during cleaning can damage some surfaces after cleaning or have repercussions on our health or make our efforts in vain. So there is no secret: you have to use the right products with the right actions. And to avoid the most common mistakes, find out how you misuse certain cleaning products.

1) White vinegar, among the most misused cleaning products

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You’ve already been told about mistakes in using baking soda. However, his sidekick white vinegar is not left out. Very versatile, this eco-friendly multi-purpose cleaner is excellent for cleaning all surfaces, deodorizing and scouring. However, as natural and effective as it is, it is not compatible with porous materials that it can irreparably damage. Marble, natural stone, etc. therefore do not support it. It is also not for use with bleach. The mixture of the two releases toxic fumes which inhalation can be fatal. When in doubt, avoid playing the little chemist!

2) Laundry, often very poorly dosed

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In our article on laundry that smells bad after washing, we already had the opportunity to warn you against overdosing on laundry. We can indeed tend to put more to give a good smell to the laundry. However, in addition to irritating the skin and causing allergies, detergent and fabric softener can clog clothes and the machine. This can therefore reduce their lifespan! In addition, this overdose wastes product and therefore money. It is therefore better to follow the manufacturer’s recommendations, especially as current or homemade detergents are very powerful. No need to do too much …

3) Bleach and ammonia: watch out for these cleaning products

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They are common and well known. However, this familiarity does not make them any less dangerous ! However, this is a point that many tend to forget, neglecting for example their use in a well ventilated room. However, inhaling them can irritate your respiratory system, causing headaches or even allergies. Mixing them together produces gases which can in the best cases cause chronic respiratory problems and in worst cases be fatal. Remember in passing that bleach does not clean: it only disinfects and must therefore follow a real cleaning. It must also never be boiled or mixed with hot water. Finally, it is corrosive on metal and should therefore never be used on a sink or any stainless steel object.

4) The multi-purpose cleaner

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It is very efficient and practical as well as easy to use on most surfaces, but to rely on it alone is a big mistake. Indeed, it has its place neither on a work plan, nor on wooden furniture, nor on household appliances that it could damage. Also, always look at the label for ensure the possible uses of the product. It would be a shame to damage the stainless steel of the fridge with a product that had nothing to do with it!

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