Whether you’re at home, in the office, or even at school, keeping things neat and clean is important. Especially nowadays, a sanitary environment is more relevant. By keeping your home or workspace clean, you can help prevent the spread of harmful microorganisms and infectious diseases.
Fortunately, you don’t need to spend a lot to do that. There’s a wide variety of cleaning supplies on the market that you can use to keep germs and viruses at bay.
Today, we talk about the benefits of cleaning supplies and how having them handy can be good for you — and your family.
1. They are flexible
To get things started, let’s familiarise ourselves with cleaning supplies. Here are some of the most common products and their uses.
Detergents: While they are made for the purpose of cleaning your clothes, some laundry detergents can be used for general cleaning chores. Detergents are made with complex soluble phosphates (aka builders) which loosen dirt and remove oily compounds. That said, they are often used as an alternative cleaner for tables, chairs, and countertops.
Dishwashing liquid: This type of cleaning product is primarily used for hand washing glasses, plates, cutlery, and cooking utensils and is made using surfactants that lower the surface tension between two liquids, between a liquid and a solid, or between a gas and a liquid. On that note, most dishwashing liquids are used to clean mirrors as well as windows.
Bleaches: Bleaches are typically made with a mixture of chlorine and hypochlorite. Its main use is to remove colour from fabric or fiber or to clean or to remove stains. However, because of its antibacterial properties, it is often used as a sanitiser to control bacteria, viruses, and algae. It can also be used to remove mildew on most surfaces.
If we look at the importance of cleaning agents, like the ones we’ve briefly covered above, we can see that these products can be flexible. They can be used not only for the purpose they are marketed for but also for other cleaning tasks.
2. They can be your first line of protection
If the recent COVID-19 pandemic has taught us anything, it’s that germs and viruses can live on certain surfaces not only for hours — but for days.
Having said that, using cleaning products to sanitise your home can act as your first line of defense against a wide variety of harmful organisms.
Add a small dose of bleach to detergents or dishwashing liquids the next time you mop the floor, wash your windows, or clean your furniture. It will not only remove dirt and grease from most surfaces but will also kill most of the bacteria sitting on them.
Mixing bleach with water can also be an effective solution to kill germs you might have carried on your shoes. Put a blend of water and bleach on a spray bottle and gently spray the mixture on the sole of your footwear. Just make sure not to add too much bleach as it can damage shoes made with light fabric.
Do this before you bring your shoes inside your home to make sure that you do not bring germs in.
3. They can keep your home smelling clean
One of the benefits of cleaning supplies is that they leave your home smelling clean. Most of today’s cleaners are made available with a wide variety of scents, from floral to fruity ones. There’s a lot from you to choose from.
However you want your home — or office — to smell, we’re sure you’ll find a scent for it.
It can also be an effective way of dulling smelly surfaces like walls or floors with mold and mildew. The earthy and musty smell of these fungal life forms is not something everybody can take. Using a cleaning agent with a strong fragrant smell can eliminate the stench of mold and mildew.
Using such products can be great if you have people at home or at work who are sensitive to foul odours. If you have kids who simply can’t take the reek, cleaning with a scented cleaning product is the best way to do it.
Whether you clean your home by yourself or with the assistance of helpers, the importance of cleaning agents is something not to be overlooked. And while homemade cleaners like solutions made from vinegar or baking soda can be an appealing alternative, nothing gets the job done as easy and as effective as the aforementioned cleaning supplies.
You can purchase some of the best cleaning supplies from brands of leading manufacturers. Ask your local store what the best products for your cleaning needs are.