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How to Clean Your Cleaning Tools

How to Clean Your Cleaning Tools

Think about the main reason why we clean surfaces. They are dirty. So, if we are constantly cleaning up messes with tools, why aren’t we regularly cleaning our cleaning tools as well?

These handy housework helpers can harbor bacteria, debris, and odors, and they will wear out before their time if they are not cared for properly.

Here’s a quick guide to your scrubbing squad, and how to clean up their act.


Statistics show that our kitchen sponges are in the top 5 most germ-infested places in our homes. Luckily, there are two easy and effective ways to clean your sponge.

Option 1: You can soak your sponge in hot water with a Tablespoon of Oxygen Bleach for about 30 minutes.

Option 2: Let your microwave do the work. Place a VERY wet sponge in the microwave for one minute. The sponge will be extremely hot when you are finished, so make sure you allow plenty of time for it to cool before you handle it.

Cleaning Cloths and Mops

Mop heads, cotton cleaning cloths, towels, and old t-shirt rags can all be washed in your washing machine on a hot water cycle.

Microfiber cloths and flat mops do require a little more thought when cleaning. Since these cloths get much of their appeal from their electrostatic properties, you never want to launder them with fabric softener or dryer sheets, as these are designed to reduce static. You can still wash them in the washing machine with regular laundry detergent; you just want to make sure that you don’t hinder their cleaning static superpower by adding any softeners.

Scrub Brushes

Whether you’re dealing with a toilet brush, cleaning toothbrush, or a scrub brush, somehow hair and debris always ends up getting tangled around the bristles. The first step is to remove all of this by using an old pen to go in between the bristles and tossing the debris. Next, soak the brush in a bucket filled with warm water and ½ cup of oxygen bleach for half an hour. Allow to air dry thoroughly.

We want to hear from you, Austin! What’s your favorite way to clean your housecleaning helpers? Leave us a comment to let us know!