Think cleaning is boring? Well think again! We’ve trawled the web and the record books to dig out some of the most fascinating facts about cleaning. Our discoveries cover everything from the longest underwater clean-up, to using your Heinz ketchup as a stain remover! By the way, if there’s a cleaning fact we’ve missed out, we’d love to hear it. Let us know about it in the comments section below!
Next time you’ve got a stubborn stain or odour to deal with, consider heading to the fridge or pantry. Baking soda is already well-known in savvy cleaning circles. Looking to give your white shirts a sparkle? Adding a cup of baking soda to the rinse cycle will do just that. Baking soda is also excellent for cleaning out ovens AND it’s got natural deodorizing properties. For more baking soda uses, go here.
Lemon juice is another foodstuff that clean-conscious people should have on standby. Use it to clean everything from grout, to chopping boards, to taps to kettles. You can also put half a lemon on a saucer in your fridge. It’ll suck up bad smells, as if by magic. Likewise, vinegar is an incredible odour eater (pour it down the sink) and stain remover (carpets, toilet bowls, floors, sinks and more benefit from a splash of vinegar). Oh, both of them taste good on fish and chips, too! Which reminds us… ketchup is brilliant for shining up tarnished or corroded brass. Yep, really!
Here are some statistics we’ve researched that we think you’ll find interesting (and some, possibly a bit shocking).
1. By using improper cleaning products (think bad chemically stuff that Spotless never uses), the air quality in a closed space can be up to 500 times worse than outdoors. Yikes.
2. The average person spends 87% of their time indoors. That’s why a clean, hygienic environment is so essential!
3. Nearly 70% of people who rent a property in London call on the services of a professional cleaning company at the end of their tenancy.
4. In the US, over 184,000 tonnes of cleaning products are poured down the drain each year. That can’t be good for the environment…
5. Cleaning for two hours burns 200 calories. That means that cleaners at Spotless must be mega fit!
Want to know some incredible cleaning records? Here are our faves.
The longest underwater clean-up took place in Malaysia in 2013. In Sabah’s Tunku Abdul Rahman park, 134 volunteers worked for 168 consecutive hours to clear up 3,099 kg of rubbish from the seabed!
The fastest window cleaner in the world is Terry Burrows from the UK. He cleaned three standard 114.3 x 114.3 centimetre office windows in 9.14 seconds, at the National Window Cleaning Competition in Blackpool, on 9 October 2009. Wonder if he was singing along to George Formby while he did it…
The largest vacuum cleaner in the world made its debut in 2004 in Anaheim, California. The Dyson replica is 5.93 metres tall, and has a dust capacity of 826 litres! How we’d love to take that beauty for a joy ride!