Over the years, we take on board all sorts of information that is bandied about by our families, friends, acquaintances, and other sources. However, not all the info that’s out there is correct, as we know, and this is undoubtedly the case when it comes to myths related to the home.
In particular, many untruths are circulating about the appliances we all use regularly, that should be busted if we want to save money, stress less, and enjoy life more.
More Detergent Makes Clothes Cleaner
In the laundry zone of the home, a pervasive myth is that the more detergent you use to wash your clothes, the cleaner they will become. This statement isn’t correct, though, and just leads to a waste of product and money. Plus, the reality is that the items you’re trying to clean may end up in a less-than-ideal condition because some of the detergents are likely to end up staying behind as residue.
No matter how much soap you use in your machine, the amount of water is going to be the same in the cycle you choose. If you add too many suds, they might not all come out in the water. So, it’s best always to use the amount recommended on the detergent box, or even less – after all, the makers of the detergent will prod you to go through more of their product, so they sell more of it!
Also, note that using too much detergent in your machine could potentially damage it. You may need to call in the services of a washing machine repairer sooner if you go overboard with detergent. Tradespeople, such as those found on home specialist website Candu, often get called out to fix machines that have broken due to consumer disuse.
Hot Water is a Must in Washing Machines
Another common myth related to the laundry space is that to get items properly clean, you must always use hot water in the machine. This is a myth, however. Most of the washers on the market these days, as well as the laundry detergents, are specifically designed to clean goods correctly in cold water.
If you use hot water when there’s no need to, you waste the electricity required to heat the water. Technological advances in both washing machines and laundry detergents mean that cold-water washing is just as effective and all you need. Plus, when you consider the fact that most of us wash items after we’ve only used them a few times anyhow, and generally in light-wear situations at that, you can see how hot water is usually overkill.
You Need to Pre-Rinse Dishes
Out in the kitchen, you likely have a dishwasher you use multiple times each week. If so, stop thinking that you need to rinse every dish before you load it into the machine. The myth that rinsing is required has been around for years but isn’t accurate.
Today’s dishwasher detergents are made to cling to food particles and to sense how much dirt is in the water. You can scrape off big chunks of excess food in advance, but if you pre-rinse thoroughly too, the detergents have nothing to cling to and will actually function less effectively.
Dishwashers Use More Water
Many people don’t use a dishwasher because they believe it wastes too much water. However, much of the waste that’s considered here comes from unnecessary pre-rinsing. This is eliminated if you note the myth-busting details above.
Furthermore, these days even the biggest dishwashers tend only to use around three gallons of water per cycle. On the other hand, when you fill your kitchen sink to hand-wash items, you’ll likely end up using five to eight gallons at a minimum.
Using Appliances Less Makes Them Last Longer
We all want our expensive, helpful appliances to last as long as possible, so we don’t have to spend money to replace them regularly, nor face having them go kaput right when we need to use them. However, don’t be sucked in by the myth that your machines will have a longer life if you use them less.
While this seems logical at first glance, in reality, appliances are designed to be used often — many start to break down sooner if they’re left sitting there, doing nothing. For example, the seals in machines, such as dishwashers, are created to work in damp, moist conditions. They dry out and crack and decay if no one switches the appliance on for weeks at a time. Similarly, a garbage disposal needs water running through it to lubricate its moving parts and stop them from wearing prematurely.
No home is complete without appliances, and we all depend on our machines daily. Get the best use out of yours, then, by understanding what is and isn’t true about how they work best.