Although it may seem silly or counterintuitive, the cleaning supplies you use to do chores and sanitize things in your life also need to be cleaned. This keeps them in the best shape to clean when they are supposed to. By cleaning your cleaning supplies often, replacing them when they are worn out, and using cleaning methods specific to your supplies, your cleaning supplies will be clean when they need to be used.
1. Wash the mop
There are different kinds of mops, each of which will need different kinds of cleaning. Cleaning the mop head helps eliminate bacteria that can grow when the damp fabric or sponge sits after cleaning. If you have a cotton mop with a removable mop head, you can throw it into the wash with towels on a warm wash. Avoid using fabric softener so it doesn’t get on the mop head and make sure you use high heat and the delicate cycle when drying. If you have a sponge broom with a removable head, you can remove the sponge head and clean it in the same manner sponges, as described below.
2. Clean your broom
Your broom works hard to remove dust and trash from your house, but these things often get stuck in your broom. Once a week, take your broom outside and beat it against a hard surface. This will dislodge any dirt or dust from the broom. Once a month, soak the broom in a solution of warm water and dish soap for an hour or two. Remove the broom and rinse it, then let it dry completely before using it again. You should also wash the dustpan at the same time.
3. Sanitize the vacuum
The canister or bag in your vacuum should be cleaned often. If you have a canister vacuum, empty the trash every time you use it to keep down germs and smells. The canister should also be washed gently with soap and water and dried before adding it back to the vacuum. If you have a vacuum that uses bags, empty the bag as soon as it gets full and wipe out any excess dirt from inside the vacuum.
4. Sanitize the toilet brush
One of the dirtiest places in your home is the toilet, which means the toilet brush often needs sanitizing. To wash your toilet brush, soak the brush in a mixture of 2 cups of white vinegar, 1 tablespoon of borax, and ½ teaspoon of dish soap. Let the brush soak for at least 30 minutes before you rinse it thoroughly.
5. Sanitize sponges
Sponges get dirty very easily while cleaning up messes. To sanitize your sponges, rinse your sponges to get all possible dirt. While still wet, place the sponges in the microwave and heat them for two minutes. Remove the now extremely hot sponge carefully and run it under cool water, then let it dry.
6. Sanitize towels
The towels you use to clean and dust should also be washed frequently. Once you finish using towels in cleaning, wash them in the washing machine. Use your regular detergent and the hottest cycle your wash has. Dry them on the hottest dryer setting and dry them completely. Skip using fabric softener, since you don’t want the towels to have unnecessary residue on them.
7. Clean microfiber cloths
Microfiber cloths need to be washed differently than normal towels. They work by attracting dirt and dust through an electrostatic charge in the cloth, which is recharged during washing. Before you throw them in the wash, rinse them gently in the sink, scrubbing the cloths with your hands to release caked in dirt and dust. Then, place your microfiber cloths in the wash by themselves with a small amount of detergent. Then dry on a high heat setting or let them air dry.
8. Wash dusters
Dusters are easy to clean after each dusting. First, take the dusters outside and shake out the majority of the loose dust and dirt. Then fill a bucket or the sink with hot water and enough dish soap to create sudsy water. Dip each duster in the water, swirl it around to release dirt in the feathers. Rinse and let the duster dry completely before using again.