How to Clean Your Cleaning Tools
Don’t you just love the feeling when you enter your warm home and everything is tidy and smells like it has been recently cleaned? It instantly brings a feeling of warmth and happiness making you want to loosen up and just enjoy the comfort. A clean home is a happy home. But just like you take care and make sure your clothes are clean before wearing them, you should also pay attention to the cleaning tools before you begin with your cleaning adventure. Just because they are called cleaning tools does not mean they clean by themselves. And you simply cannot start the cleaning process if your brushes, sponges and cloths are dirty and not ready to do their magic. For that purpose, I have gathered a few tips and ways to clean these tools easier. Take a look.
With the so much dirt you have managed to clean with your brushes in the past few cleaning sessions, it is high time you paid some attention to the bacteria and dirt in them and clean them as well. Put a pair of disposable gloves on and get rid of any hair or debris in them. Fill a bucket with warm water and add soap or detergent. Stir the water, put the brushes inside and leave them a couple of minutes to soak the detergent. After you are done, leave them to dry; you can either hang them or leave them on an old towel to absorb the excess liquid. Do not forget to rinse your brushes after every use.
I am sure you have heard that many people clean their sponges by putting them in the dishwasher. But think about it, does it make any sense to put your dirty sponges next to the kitchenware you use daily? Beware, if your dishwasher does not have a sanitize cycle, you will not accomplish anything and will do more harm than good. Furthermore, you can also put your sponges in a bucket of hot water and add vinegar to it; leave them in it for a couple of minutes and then put the sponges in the microwave for about 2 minutes. However, beware not to put sponges that contain metal in the microwave. Also, do not forget to replace them every other week as these are one of the most used cleaning tools in the home.
Regular cloths, towels, old t-shirts, rags, cotton cleaning clothes and similar can all be thrown in the laundry machine and washed on the hottest cycle. You can also add half a cup of baking soda to regular laundry detergent to deodorize and brighten up the cloths. In case some of them are too greasy, there might be no point in putting them in the laundry machine; you might as well throw them in the garbage bin and save yourself the trouble.