Just because they are used for cleaning doesn’t mean they don’t need to be cleaned. In fact, the cleaning supplies can harbor and spread dirt, bacteria, debris, and odors if not cared for properly. Also, the better the cleaning tools are maintained, the less you need to spend buying their replacements.
Here’s how you can give the bacteria a brush-off, and have your home along with the cleaning supplies cleaned.
- Clean the scrub brushes
Do not forget to rinse the brushes thoroughly after every use. This helps remove any dirt or food particles from them. However, do not soak them to clean; doing so will weaken the bristles. Make sure to allow the brushes to air dry before storing, else they become moldy.
- Maintain the shape of your broom
If you do not take proper care of your broom, there are chances that the bristles are splayed. To maintain the shape of the broom, you can either hang it on the wall, or store it upside down. In case the bristles are splayed, submerge them in warm water for about 30 seconds, then wrap around the bottom with rubber band. Let the broom hang for a day or two, and as soon as you remove the band, you’ll have the bristles’ form restored.
- Dust-off the Dusters
Be it a feather duster or a lamb’s wool duster, the general maintenance and cleaning is the same. You can release the dust either by shaking your duster outside, or gently tapping it on your ankle to unleash the dust. I need not ask you to vacuum the floor afterwards, do I?
- Clean the sponges
One of the widely used ways of disinfecting sponges is microwaving, which is sadly a bad idea. Although it kills bacteria, there are chances of catching fire. So, after you use sponges, rinse them and squeeze the liquid out to clean them. Let the sponges dry thoroughly keeping them in an open dish. It is best to replace the sponges every two weeks.
- Wash the cotton Cloths
Cotton cloths are used for various purposes of cleaning. You use it for wiping, soaking up big spills, or even for removing the blotted stains on carpet. The most common form of cotton cloth used for cleaning are the classic white towels. To clean those towels, machine-wash and dry after every second use.
- Rinse the Mop
Mop reaches every corner of your floor, so keeping your mop clean is impeccably essential. This not only ensures cleaner floors, but prevents from spreading sour smell of unclean mops. So, after giving your floor a mop, rinse it thoroughly in a bucket of hot water, not boiling though. If you have a detachable mop head, you can rinse it in utility sink, too.
- Clean your Vacuum Cleaner
Cleaning your vacuum cleaner is as important as vacuuming. Wipe the dirt off the casing, hoses, and attachments using a damp cloth and mild detergent, every month. After every use, before putting away the machine, vacuum the floor attachment with the crevice or hose. Empty the vacuum bags every week or so.
- Flush off the Washing Machine
Cleaning your washing machine from outside is not a very big deal- just wipe it with dishwashing liquid and water using a clean piece of cloth, then rinse off and wipe dry. However, if you feel your machine needs a deep cleaning, run a hot wash cycle with detergent, and rinse with plain water. If your machine is exceptionally dirty, add 3/4 cup of bleach and 1 tablespoon of powdered laundry detergent in the washer filled with warm water, and let it sit there for few minutes. Then flush off by running plain water for a couple of times.
- Wash the dishwasher
You need to clean the dishwasher door panel, and control panel every week with a soft dampened cloth, and dry thoroughly. Excessive water can damage the panels, so damp the cloth very lightly. Stainless steel must be cleaned only with a stainless steel spray.
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