How and When to Clean Your Dirty Mops, Brooms, Sponges and Brushes
Before you go full-steam ahead on your spring cleaning, consider the shape of your cleaning tools – meaning your mops, sponges, brooms, etc. When you think about it, it doesn’t really make sense to be cleaning with tools that are, well, not clean. But cleaning your cleaning tools? How do you even accomplish this clean-ception? Never fear, Clean My Space is going to show us how it’s done! Watch the video below to get tutorials on how to clean all your traditional household cleaning tools.
Thinking about the dirt and grease that these tools are used to clean up, it makes perfect sense that bacteria would start to build up if these tools aren’t properly cared for. Not only that, but if you show your tools some TLC, they will perform longer!
Here’s just a few of my favorite cleaning techniques from the video above.
Cleaning Brushes – Pick visible debris out with a pen. Fill a bucket with warm water and add 1/2 cup of Oxi powder. Leave the tools to soak for 30-60 minutes.
Sponges – Because of everything they absorb, sponges are stinky breeding grounds for bacteria. But you have two effective ways to get your sponge clean.
You can soak your sponge in the Oxi powder mixture your brushes were in, or you can microwave your sponge soaking wet in a bowl for 3 minutes. When you take your sponge out of the microwave (careful not to burn yourself) run it under cold water and everything will be neutralized.
Mops – Mop heads are removable, so this makes them easy to clean! Launder them with regular detergent and no fabric softener on the hottest water, then hang it to dry. If you have a flat-head mop, you can remove the fabric part and launder as well. This should be done once a month.
Brooms – You can remove the “broom part” of the broom and stick that in Oxi powder mixture, once you have picked out all that debris, of course. Brooms should be cleaned once every three months.
Do you have any tips to cleaning your cleaning products? Share them in the comments section below.