It is considered better to wash something with hot water, and there are many reasons in favor of this. But are all of them true? There are still many hot water myths out there, which need to be dropped. Here are two of those, and a couple of facts as well.
Does Hot Water Kill Germs?
Almost everyone these days washes their hands in hot water. Ask them why and many would say it is because they want to kill off germs. While boiling water does kill germs, it simply cannot be used for washing your hands.
Even the lowest temperature needed to destroy germs – 55 degrees Celsius – is really hot by human standards. The stronger germs like the ones which cause the common cold, only die at temperatures above 90 degrees. The point is, you are not killing any germs by washing hands in bearably hot water.
Does It Cut Grease?
Yes it does. Grease and oil can be your worst enemy during a cleaning run, because they stick to containers instead of floating on water. Heat can break up the molecules. Bacon grease, for instance, melts at around 35 degrees, and dairy fat at somewhere just over that. You can use hot water to clean these. The moment the heat touches the grease, it melts and then washes away with the water.
Does It Lift Dirt?
Soap, essential oil, and other cleaners are known for lifting dirt. Some people believe hot water is a great substitute, but it is not. Cleaners have molecules that cut in and surround the dirt molecules. Hot water does not. What water can do is wash away the dirt that soap and other cleaners break up.
Is It A Good Solvent?
When you heat water, the molecules get agitated and move faster. So there is more space among them, which makes it easier to dissolve solvents in hot water. That is why hot water works better than cold when you are cleaning syrup, sugar, or salt crust. When mixed with soap, hot water transfers its heat to the soap and makes dirt removal easier.
These are some things that you should remember when doing some serious cleaning in your home. If you are looking for professional services instead, get in touch with a reliable San Jose cleaning service.