9 Pinterest Cleaning Hacks That Will Totally Ruin Your Stuff

“They say don’t believe everything that you read on Pinterest. There are always these pesky little obstacles in life that make everything so difficult.  All these first world problems can easily ruin your day. Luckily, internet is full of handy life-saving tips that can help you.”

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They say don’t believe everything that you read. Well, let’s modernize that old adage a bit: Don’t believe everything that you read on Pinterest. Yes, that wonderland of cute crafts, yummy foods, home hacks, and more is a modern woman’s life bible, but it’s also a wild wild west of untested advice — especially when it comes to cleaning. We ran some of the most-repinned tricks by our Good Housekeeping Institute Cleaning Lab experts for a gut check. Sorry, folks, these don’t work — and, in fact, could be damaging your stuff.

1. Spray your drapes with hairspray to kill static.

So here’s the main problem with this: Hairspray is super sticky (hence, why it’s great for flyaways), so when you spray it on your curtains, it leaves your fabric tacky, not soft and free-flowing. Also, according to Carolyn Forte, director of our Cleaning Lab, it just won’t work because hairspray’s chemistry is different from traditional static spray.

2. Clean dust and pet hair off furniture with a dryer sheet.

The main issue here is using fresh dryer sheets. Unused sheets have a softener on them that’s designed to transfer to your clothes during drying — so if you rub your chair with a sheet with the cleaner still on it, that same softener could transfer to the upholstery. Worst case: an annoying stain! But, Forte says, it’s OK to dust wooden furniture with used sheets.

Read more: http://www.cosmopolitan.com/lifestyle/news/g5205/bad-pinterest-cleaning-tips/

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