How to Properly Clean Your Cleaning Supplies
Keep your supplies and appliances looking brand new.
You've finished cleaning around the house and you feel better than ever. Before you put away your cleaning supplies think about the last time they got a cleaning? We always give thought to the items we're cleaning but never think about how clean our supplies are. If you're not cleaning your supplies enough you could be spreading more dust and scum back onto your items.
Here's how to properly clean your cleaning supplies.
After a full day of cleaning your vacuum will start to collect a lot of dust and debris. Don't forget to empty out the dustbin when it starts to reach full capacity.
If you're using a robotic vacuum, make sure your vacuum is turned off before cleaning it. Dustbin cleanup is as easy as pressing one button at the back to release the dustbin and remove the dust. If you're using a model that comes with a submergible dustbin, such as bObi Pet or bObi Classic, you can rinse your dustbin under water and the wash lingering germs down the drain. Empty the dustbin at least once a week, or as often as needed.
Do not put your sponges in the microwave to disinfect them. While it may seem like a good idea it's also a hazard waiting to happen.
Instead, rinse and wring your sponges out after each use. Keep them in an open dish so that they can dry thoroughly. When they start to look worn out it's time for a replacement. Try to replace them every 2-3 weeks.
After cleaning, rinse the bristles of the brush under water to remove any traces of dirt or food. When the brush is clean allow it to air dry bristle side up or hanging from a hook to prevent any molding.
We recommend using a microfiber cloth to clean most surfaces. After each use, rinse the cloth with water and let it dry over a rack. Add it to your next load of laundry and throw it into the washing machine and dryer when you're ready to wash it.
Feather dusters are great for easily removing dust off dirty and hard to reach surfaces. Remember to clean your feather duster after each use by gently shaking the tool outside, or tapping the duster over a garbage bin. You can vacuum the remaining dust from the floor.
Give some cleaning thought to the interior and exterior of your dishwasher.
Once a week, polish the exterior of your dishwasher with a slightly dampened microfiber cloth. Use it to clean the door panel and control panel. Dry thoroughly when done. If the interior of your dishwasher is starting to smell a little funky, you can freshen it up with a baking soda paste.
After each wash, wipe down the gasket of your washing machine and leave the door open to prevent mold from growing inside.
Once a week, wipe down the outside of the machine with a cloth dampened with mild dishwashing liquid and water. Rinse the cloth with water and wipe the machine dry.
If you notice a musty smell coming from the inside of your machine it's time to give it a deep clean. Add 4 cups of white vinegar to your washing machine and run the machine through a complete cycle on the highest load and heat settings. After the cycle is done, run another cycle on the same settings, this time substituting the vinegar for 1 cup of baking soda.
You’re not done yet! Now it’s time to clean all the little nooks and crannies. Spray down dials, detergent dispensers, gaskets, etc. with a solution of 1 part white vinegar and 2 parts water. Scrub with a toothbrush and wipe clean with a cloth.