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Here are a few more tips on how to clean your cleaning tools:
If your household uses bleach, simply combine 1 cup of it with a kettle of boiling water. Swish the brush in the mixture and let sit for an hour. If you’re bleach free, 1 cup peroxide and 1 kettle of boiling water should do the trick. After 30 minutes, dump and repeat to ensure things are doing the best job they can.
For your toilet scrub brushes, consider dunking in some warm water mixed with bleach after use. Scrub brushes for dishes and glasses can be throw in the dishwasher. Other brushes can be washed with water and baking soda or if they’ve scrubbed something greasy, warm water, dish detergent and a little white vinegar. When cleaning scrub brushes with wooden handles, don’t soak the wood. Clean once a month.
Rags & Sponges
Both pick up a great deal of grime, but should be treated differently. Sponges should go in the microwave, or the dishwasher to rid them of bacteria (they can go in the washing machine, but only if the temperature goes above 120 degrees). Rags on the other hand should be first rinsed in the sink after using, eliminating as much chemical or cleaner residue as possible and then tossed into a load of hot laundry. If they still feel a bit icky, try soaking them in lemon juice and then leaving them in the sun until dry, re-launder and your stains should be gone and your towels brighter.
The Washing Machine
Although you don’t really use your washing machine to clean more than clothes, it still does its fair share of the work. Try running a load on warm water with 1 cup white vinegar. It will help freshen your machine and all it’s 2000 parts. Make sure to leave the door open when finished!
Your dishwasher is just like your washing machine in the sense that it has a rather focused cleaning job. Give it a break once in awhile and let it clear out it’s inside bits with a white vinegar rinse. You can pour it straight in the bottom of your machine or add it to the dispenser cups before starting. Make sure to open the door and let it air dry when finished.
Brooms & Mops
These two items do a great deal around the home and we’re willing to bet you’ve never really cleaned your broom before. Wipe down it’s handle with a mild cleansing solution and then fill your sink (or a bucket outdoors) half way with warm soapy water. Run your fingers through the bristles while keeping them submerged. Drain water and run hot water over the bristles until it runs clear. Take outside to dry in the sun if possible (even if you can only stick the bristles out the window to catch a few rays) angling downwards slightly to drain remaining water off.
Removable cotton mop heads can be thrown in the washing machine to be cleaned, while sponge versions can usually be washed in the top rack of your dishwasher. You can also soak them in lemon juice and allow to dry outside in full sun and then rinse with a vinegar and water solution.
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