There are many reasons that your choice of cleaning product matters. From personal safety, to cleanliness, through to environmental impact, there are a lot of reasons that matter more than the simple price of the product you are purchasing. While cost and brand trust are high factors for most people, there are other factors that should be taken into consideration. Here are the top 5
1- The wrong cleaning product can damage your property
We’re all aware of the use of soap for our personal cleaning regimes. If you’ve tried different brands you’ll be familiar with the way some dry your skin out. Some can even leave you red and irritate. Others leave a silky smooth feeling as they’re washed off. They have different scents, and some have additional features such as exfoliation and moisturiser.
It’s a similar story with your cleaning products.
While the aim of cleaning products is, well, to clean, some are just too harsh for the job. It’s why you need to be careful about which product you choose for which purpose. In some cases you may even be better off just using plain old water.
Make sure you are choosing the right cleaning product for the right surface.
2- Your choice of cleaning product will impact the effectiveness of the clean
While a simply wipe down can clear away obvious dirt, it’s plain to see what works best on marks and stains. But there is also the less obvious. The underlying layers of dirt and grime that you may not notice with a surface clean, but really sparkle when you get to that deep clean.
Nice smells are not a replacement for a truly effective clean. You want to ensure that your choice of cleaning product is removing the grime that causes bad smells, and isn’t just covering them up.
Make sure you are choosing the right cleaning product for the depth of clean you require.
3- Improper use of cleaning products can be dangerous for your health
When used improperly, cleaning products can actually be dangerous for your health. In some cases the wrong mix of products can even be lethal.
This is why it’s so important to ensure you are fully aware of what you are choosing to clean with, and how to clean safely and properly.
For instance, bleach and vinegar, if mixed together, will produce a chlorine gas that causes breathing issues, coughing, and burning, even at low levels. Likewise, bleach and ammonia, or bleach and rubbing alcohol produce toxic combinations. In fact, just don’t mix bleach with anything. Mixing two different drain cleaners together is also a bad idea. Since they are each powerful formulas on their own, there is a risk that combining them can even cause an explosion.
To be safe, always use products according to their descriptions, and don’t mix products together unless you are fully aware of the safety of doing so.
Furthermore, some products require use in well ventilated rooms. Once again, this is mostly a matter of choosing products that you can safely use in the spaces you need to clean. When you need to use products that require special attention, such as additional ventilation, follow the safety instructions.
Make sure you are choosing the right cleaning product for the environment in which you are cleaning, and can follow the required safety procedures.
4- You need different products for a surface clean than you need for disinfecting
Cleaning and disinfecting are two separate things. Cleaning gets rid of the surface dirt, grime and mess. Disinfecting takes the extra step to remove germs, bugs, and those other invisible things that have the potential to make you sick.
It is possible to choose a product that both cleans and disinfects, provided the surface does not start out visibly dirty. If you choose this type of product you need to ensure you read and follow the instructions properly. This is because a combined clean and disinfecting agent will usually require a different procedure than the one followed for cleaning, then disinfecting.
Furthermore, surfaces such as electronics, will usually require different products and procedures than more durable surfaces, to safely clean and disinfect effectively.
Make sure you are choosing the right cleaning products for the right purpose. Cleaning, disinfecting, and sanitising are not the same thing.
5- The environmental impact.
One of the factors that weighs into the choice of cleaning product is the environmental impact the product has.
While there are certain cleaning tasks that require the added punch of a chemical product, green cleaning products are becoming increasingly popular. Eco-friendly options ensure that manufacturing practices are sustainable, and that products are naturally derived, safe, non-toxic, and biodegradable. The key point being that these cleaning product options minimise the negative impact on the environment and on the health of your household.
Be aware of the environmental impact of your cleaning product choice, and consider the options available.
Be Aware of Your Cleaning Product Choices
There is more to consider than cost, brand, and smell.
You have many choices available with your cleaning options. From how well they work, to what safety procedures need to followed, through to the impact they have on the environment, each choice needs to be carefully considered for your cleaning purpose.