5 old wives’ cleaning tales you should ignore


Sometimes those weird and wonderful cleaning hacks work, and then there are the ones that definitely don’t....Read on and watch our Viakal video to find out more


Sometimes those weird and wonderful cleaning hacks work, and then there are the ones that definitely don’t…. Read on and watch our Viakal video to find out more

Whether you still hear them in your mother’s voice, or you have no idea how they’ve made their way into your consciousness, many of us enlist at least one old wives’ tale in our lives.

They can vary wildly from common sense to the downright ridiculous, but we’ve found five believable cleaning tips that you’re better off ignoring…

1. Treat red wine stains with white wine

It’s bad enough news when you spill a glass of red wine on your carpet, but then you’ve got to go and open a bottle of your favourite white to throw on top of it – apparently.

But we can save you time and wine by saying this doesn’t work. It can dilute the colour marginally, but you’re much better off using an effective carpet stain remover.

2. Use white vinegar to get rid of limescale

White vinegar is hailed as the answer to all your cleaning problems and, while it is a decent disinfectant, cleaning products are specifically designed to do so much more.

For limescale, for example, you’re better off using Viakal on your stainless steel and tiles. Not only will it completely eliminate limescale with one spray and wipe, but it also leaves an invisible barrier that repels water and helps prevent limescale build-up, leaving it free from limescale for up to three times longer than other limescale removers.

Watch the video above for more information.

3. Polish silver with ketchup

The method behind this madness is that the acetic acid in ketchup helps eliminate the silver sulphide, which is what makes silver look tarnished. But not only does this not work, it’s rather messy, too.

Instead, try boiling a litre of water with a tablespoon of baking soda and a piece of aluminium foil. Drop the silverware in the pot for 10 seconds, or longer if very tarnished, and remove with kitchen tongs.

4. Clean the loo with fizzy cola

It has been said that if you pour a litre of fizzy cola down the toilet and leave it overnight, the bubbles and acid will break down any grime in the bowl, without the need for even a cursory loo brush scrub.

However, unlike gel cleaners which cling to the sides, the cola just sits in the bottom of the loo, so it won’t help clean your bowl properly (and doesn’t look particularly pleasant).

Plus it doesn’t save you any money, as you have to use a whole bottle of cola, whereas with a typical loo cleaner you just use a squirt or two. Better off leaving the cola in the fridge, then.

5. Polish shoes with a banana skin

The potassium and oils found in banana skin are believed to give your leather shoes a shine and help protect them from water in a similar way to wax. But, as with the ketchup, the process is so messy it’s more hassle than it’s worth, with your shoes ending up smeared and covered in stringy bits of banana.

After you’ve wiped off the residue your shoes will probably be shinier, but they will also smell of banana…

Do you have any old wives’ tales you swear by? Or any you know are nonsense?

Let us know in the comments section below.

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Janeanne 30/11/2018

I got some viakal from suppersavvy years ago and found it amazing now I couldn't live without it keeping the limecale away and my surfaces very shiny.

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Janeanne 30/11/2018

I am one of those people who use white vinegar and baking soda to clean with some of the methods do work but i wouldn't try the banana tomato sauce or white wine hacks.


Ang60 21/02/2018

People are always saying use bicarbonate of soda and vinegar for every difficult cleaning job, however, although you do get a nice fizzzzzz as Bicarb is basic and vinegar is alkaline, when you put them together you get mostly water and sodium acetate. But really, just mostly water.So yeah, a pretty fizz that makes people think they have cleaning power when in fact all they become together is water!


Rosalind 07/02/2017

I always use it for my sink. Have done for years. Haven't found anything else as good. The silver coin cleaning tip sounds good, I might give that a go


Ester 13/01/2017

I've been trying everything to get my kitchen sink sparkling, even cleaning with vegetable oil, which is a bit messy but Viakal!! It does it with no effort! Dunno why I didn't try it before, I can now live on Viakal.

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