How to Clean Your Cleaning Supplies

How to Clean Your Cleaning Supplies

Keeping to a rigorous cleaning schedule doesn’t mean a thing if the tools you are using are dirty. Learn how to keep three of your most common supplies spotless with these tips. 

A Dirty Washing Machine Can Spread Disease

You may not want to think about it, but the typical washing machine is full of germs which can make you and your family ill. To reduce the number of germs and bacteria from spreading, make sure to use bleach when washing a load of whites. After you’ve washed a colored load of laundry, run the shortest cycle possible with bleach; this will help to decrease the amount of germs and keep your family healthy.

Another common problem that many homeowners face is that a musky smell lingers on their clothes even after washing. This is due to a buildup of detergents within the machine.

To correct this problem, fill the detergent dispenser with 500g of soda crystals and run an empty load at the highest temperature. At the end of the cycle, thoroughly clean the inside of the machine, including all the seals and the door. Remove the detergent dispenser and wash it completely Finally, add 500ml of white vinegar to the inside of the washing machine and then run another empty load at the hottest setting.

Keeping Your Sponges Clean

A dirty sponge will just transfer germs from surface to surface. If you are not replacing your sponges every week with new ones, you should at least make sure to sanitize them. There are several ways you can do this.

A dirty sponge will just transfer germs from surface to surface. If you are not replacing your sponges every week with new ones, you should at least make sure to sanitize them.

One of the most common methods is to run your sponges through the dishwasher. If you choose this method, make sure your dishwasher is equipped with a “sanitize” function, and use it. Otherwise, you won’t eliminate the bacteria embedded in your sponges.

You may also want to try an alternative method for sanitizing your sponges. Before trying this method, you need to make sure there are not any metal parts of your sponges. First soak the sponge thoroughly. Place the sponge in the microwave and microwave on high for two to three minutes. Open the microwave, and let the sponge cool before trying to remove.

Don’t Forget to Clean Your Mop Heads

You should wash your mop head every month to prevent spreading germs throughout your home. First, put on gloves and pick off any loose dirt from the mop head. Then soak your mop head in a bucket of hot water with detergent and a cup of baking soda. Hand-wash the mop head until clean. Rinse in clean water then wring out and let it air dry completely.

Do you need help with a large cleaning project? At Chet’s Cleaning, we can tackle the toughest cleaning chores you throw at us. Give us a call at 248-206-3444 to learn how we can help make your home look and feel brand new.