A lot of people tend to forget to clean their tools. This is more out of laziness, but let’s face it – we’ve all done it every once in a while. We know cleaning is important, as well as maintaining our belongings, but the cleaning tools are often left forgotten once we’re done with them. Here’s what you need to do about them, so they can be useful once again.
Useful Tips in Cleaning your Cleaning Tools
Be it scrub brushes, toilet bowl brushes or cleaning toothbrushes, the principle remains the same. Cleaning is a critical part of removing debris caught in the bristles, removing bacteria and dirt in the process. You should put on a pair of gloves, preferably disposable ones and pick out any hair and other bits. Use a disposable chopstick or an old pen to help out. Use your utility sink or bucket, fill it up with warm water and drop a half cup of oxy powder. You should stir it up well, then add your cleaning tools. This will help break the bonds between the dirt and your tools, and also cleaning any bacteria on them.
Many people tend to put sponges in the dishwasher, doing it for years and dealing with it just fine. There is something unpleasant about putting a dirty sponge inside a dishwasher with dishes, and then having that same dish sitting beside the dishes. You should keep in mind that the dishwasher doesn’t have a sanitising cycle, so you’re not cleaning them well enough.
You can also microwave sponges, which works but might be a problem if you don’t do it right. If you plan on doing this, you should make sure the sponge is very wet before you move on to microwaving it. Microwave on high heat, but for short amounts of time. Remove it carefully from the microwave with a pair of salad tongs, or you will cook your skin off. Let it cool down. Above all, NEVER microwave any sponges with metallic scrub pads or parts, or you will cause sparks to fly and you may start a fire.
If none of this works for you, you should consider soaking your sponges in hot water with a tablespoon of oxy powder, as mentioned above. This should let the debris soak out and the sponge will get discoloured, but it will be clean. This is the least stressful way of sanitising it, but also the most effective. Once the water is cooled, rinse off the sponge and you’re done. Sponges should never stay wet, so let them dry out after squeezing them. Remember to replace the sponges, especially the scrubbing side if it wears down or flattens. Clean them every week or even more often.
There are many types of cleaning cloths, and you may think that laundering them is the way to go. In most cases that is the case, but if they are laundered, then you need to make sure microfiber cloths keep their electrostatic abilities. Regular clothes, rags and old shirts and towels, as well as cotton cleaning cloths, can be thrown in the laundry with ease and washed on the hottest cycle. Adding a bit of baking soda to the regular detergent can help brighten them up and keep them fresh. For really greasy cloths, you can use a can of Coke. Use these rags to deal with grease, and dirty clean up jobs. You can simply throw them away when you’re done if you think there’s no way to salvage them. Find replacements later and you’ll be right as rain.