How to clean your cleaning tools (part I)

Are you doing the best job you can do to keep your tools clean and working efficiently? We’ve rounded up the best ways to clean the most common cleaning tools you have around the house. It could be the perfect task for any extra time you’ve got during the week or weekend.

Here are a few of the tools we use on a daily basis. Some of them accumulate more dirt than others, but eventually, they all need a little time and attention to keep them running at top notch!

Vacuums
We spent a great deal of time making sure we find the right vacuum before purchasing. We want one that sucks (literally) and can take on an entire household of dirt and pet hair without skipping a beat. But cleaning the guts of your vacuum is a must-do for those looking to make their unit last.

Start by unplugging all the hoses and connections you can find. If you still have your service manual, it can be helpful to show you exactly what you’re looking for. You can often run a clean, soft dish towel through each opening, often times coming out another. If your vacuum isn’t like that, simply try using canned air (do this process outside) to make sure there aren’t any blockages. Wash the outside with a mild soap and water solution and wipe dry. Rotate your filters (or hand wash them in warm soapy water if you can) and clean out the brush rollers on the bottom. You should be in tip top shape in no time!

Wool Dusters
Ever since we were little, we’ve had a wool duster in the home. But after picking up a bookcase worth of dust, it could use a little freshening. Try taking it outside and tapping it against a railing or stoop to shake dust free. You can also vacuum them to remove excess dust and debris or you can hand wash them in cold water with baby shampoo and then hang to dry.

Wool dusters need to be cleaned once in a while!

Microfiber cloths and rags 
Regular rags and old t-shirts can be washed as normal. But you want to take a few additional steps to clean microfiber rags. Rinse. Place in a delicates bag. Wash alone or with towels. Add laundry detergent. Avoid fabric softener or dryer sheets. Try not to use them to clean overly oily or greasy things. Stick them in the dryer as normal (you want these to have static cling to help clean better!). Wash after every use.

Next time we’ll give you more tips on cleaning your cleaning tools!

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