Cleaning: products can damage surfaces in your home – avoid making “a huge mistake”

Cleaner Hailey Becnel, from Florida, manages the Instagram account @thecleaningchannel. She also posts her cleaning expertise on her TikTok account, The Cleaning Channel. She told Express.co.uk the big mistakes to avoid to prevent damage if your home.

She warned Britons against mixing cleaning products, even though they’ve seen advice to do so online via cleaning ‘hacks’.

Hailey said: “A huge mistake is mixing products. Never mix cleaning products without doing research. When in doubt…don’t mix.”

The expert continued, “Another common mistake is not reading how to use a product.

“Whenever you buy a cleaning product, always read the instructions before use.

“Every cleaning product on the market has a particular use for a certain area.

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What items should you not clean with these? Can they be harmful?

Hailey said: “Generally these items aren’t harmful as long as you apply them in the right situations.

“An example of the incorrect use of vinegar would be using it on granite or any natural stone.

“Acid can damage stone…so can lemons.”

Products that can damage the house

The vinegar

Vinegar is a cleaning hack suggested by many cleanfluencers. It can be great for cleaning, however, it does damage some surfaces.

Vinegar will dull stone countertops like limestone and marble.

It will also ruin the finish of a hardwood floor.

Baking soda

Baking soda is very abrasive and will damage parts of the house.

It can scratch glass or a mirror, it can brown aluminum and damage ceramic and wood finishes.

Cleaning antique silverware is also a no-no. Although baking soda removes tarnish, it will damage the delicate material.

Never mix cleaning products

bleach and vinegar

This creates chlorine gas, which can cause respiratory problems and red, watery eyes.

Bleach and ammonia

Bleach and ammonia create chloramine, which can cause chest pain and shortness of breath.

bleach and rubbing alcohol

Chloroform is well known for being used to knock people out. It was once used as a medical anesthetic, but it caused serious side effects.

Hydrogen peroxide and vinegar

This creates peracetic acid, which irritates the lungs, causes shortness of breath, and can damage the liver and kidneys.

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