Cleaning your cleaning products is just as important as cleaning itself. Your dish-scrubbing tools, for example, are home to lots of bacteria buildup that requires attention. Cleaning your dishes with a dirty sponge doesn't quite make sense, does it?
How often do you think you should be cleaning and replacing your sponges, mop heads, dish cloths, scrub brushes and microfiber cloths.
Once you know how to properly clean your cleaning tools, it makes your entire home feel cleaner.
CLEAN THEM RIGHT!
Check out these tried-and-true sanitizing methods for keeping your supplies clean.
Toss in the dishwasher. Wash with hot water and bleach. Microwave a wet, non-steel sponge on high for two minutes.
If your mop head is machine-washable, toss it in the washer. Soak it in hot water and bleach.
Always allow to air dry completely, and store head up.
You should always use a different cloth for hand drying versus dish drying. And once you use a dish cloth on any high-risk spills (meaning raw meat, raw vegetables, etc.), it's time to "throw in the towel." LOL.
Wash your dish cloths separate from clothes, and make sure you use hot water and bleach to completely rid the rags of germs and bacteria.
If you want to pre-treat your dish rags prior to washing, you can boil them. This will get rid of any mold, mildew or other stubborn smells. Simply add the rags to a pot of boiling water for 15 minutes.
Rinse your kitchen scrub brushes thoroughly to remove all food particles. (Don't soak!) Then, allow to air dry before storing bristle-side up.
Any scrub brush, besides a toilet scrub brush, along with brooms should be cleaned at least on a monthly basis.
Pick out any loose debris over your trash can. Rinse the brush or broom head thoroughly.
Fill a bucket or utility sink with enough warm water to submerge your brushes. Add half a cup of OxiClean powder or your favorite bleach. Let your brushes soak for 20 minutes, pull them out, rinse them and let them dry. Be careful not to soak wood handles.
Microfiber Dusting Cloths
The cleaning methods for microfiber cloths can really vary from brand to brand. To get the most life out of a regular microfiber cloth, toss it in the washer with cold water and regular detergent. (Don't use fabric softener!) Then, dry on low or no heat. Don't add any dryer sheets either. They will ruin the static-cling properties of the cloth.
Think about all the germs your toilet brush picks up each time you use it. Yuck! If you're ready to clean it, follow these instructions.
Fill a bucket with a quart of hot water and add OxiClean powder or a mixture of 2 cups white vinegar, 1 tablespoon borax and one-half teaspoon dish soap.
Let your brush soak for about 30 minutes.
Make sure you clean your toilet brush each time you use it.
Replace your toilet brush every four to six months.
Source: HGTV - Kayla Kitts
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