Are your Cleaning Tools Clean?

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If you have never taken the time to clean the tools you use to clean your house, then the answer to the above question is no. Most people don’t think about cleaning out the vacuum or washing the mop, but if the utensils you clean with are not clean themselves, using them can actually be more unhygienic than not cleaning at all. Keep reading for the best ways to ensure that your household tools are sanitary!

Scrub brushes: Rinse brushes thoroughly after each use to remove any particles of food or dirt. Never soak brushes to clean them, as doing so can weaken or dislodge the bristles. To prevent them from becoming moldy, allow brushes to air dry before storing them.

Sponges: Sponges can be washed in the dishwasher, but it is only effective if there is a sanitize cycle on your unit. Another common method is to microwave them, but this can be risky because it can start a fire. If this is how you want to do it, make sure the sponge is soaking wet, and microwave it for a few moments and then remove it with tongs (as it will be extremely hot). However, the best way to go about this is to soak the sponges in a bath of hot water and a tablespoon of OXY powder or an alike cleaner. Let them soak for about half an hour, rinse thoroughly, and then allow them to air dry. Sponges need to be replaced more often than other things, so get rid of them once they start to get worn down or smell bad.

Broom: Take the broom outside and knock it against a railing or wall to shake off debris. Untangle any trapped hair or large things from the broom head by hand. These two steps should probably be done once a week or every other week. Once a month, following these steps, fill a bucket with a solution of hot water and dish soap and soak the broom head in it. After several minutes, rinse it out and allow it to thoroughly air dry before using it again.

Mop: Most mops have a removable head, which makes washing them a breeze. Remove the head and clear it of any large debris. Throw it in the dishwasher alone on the hottest cycle, and hang it up to thoroughly air dry. If it does not have a removable head, it can be soaked in a bucket of hot water and dish soap and then rinsed, just as you can do with your broom. Make sure after every time you use your mop, you allow it to fully dry before storing it.

Vacuum cleaner: Vacuum models can be extremely different, so make sure to check the guide specific to your vacuum model for specific instructions. That being said, some aspects are universal.

Be sure to regularly empty the canister! Empty it after each use, or if you have the kind with the paper bags, make sure to empty it as soon as they are full. Also, you should clean the filter every couple months. Take out the filter, run it under hot water and use a bit of dish soap if you wish. Rinse well until the water runs clear and then leave it to dry completely before replacing it. The vacuum attachments can be simply washed with hot water and dish soap, and allowed to air dry. Finally, the power head can be cleaned out by using scissors to cut out hair or string that seems to always get trapped around the brushes. This should be done monthly or so to keep it from getting too entangled.

Duster: Take the tool outside and knock it against something to shake out most of the dust it has picked up. For a deeper clean, fill a bucket with a warm water and dish soap solution and dunk the duster a couple times. Rinse until the water runs clear, and hang up to air dry. Once it is fully dried, run your fingers through it to ruffle it up.

Cloths: For things like regular cotton cleaning clothes, old towels, and T shirt rags, it is easiest to just throw them in the washer on the hottest setting and then the dryer as you normally would. You can also add a little baking soda to the detergent for extra deodorizing power. For microfiber cloths, which are designed to hold an electrostatic charge, be sure to not use fabric softener on them or wash them with other things. For best results, hang them up to dry. Microfiber cloths are supposed to last for several hundred washings, as long as you don’t remove their static power.

The things you use to clean your home with should be washed on a regular basis, in order to keep your home as clean as possible. If you’re putting the work in to do the cleaning, you want to make sure to get the best results!


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