Cleaning tools are some of the greatest inventions in mankind since sliced bread. They make our busy lives so much easier and more efficient. Can you imagine how much dirtier our homes would be if we had to hand wash our laundry or sweep and beat our carpets and rugs? In order for our favorite cleaning tools to actually do the jobs we use them for they need to be clean from the start. Over time items like dishwashers and vacuums get coated in the gunk they clean from our dishes and floors and then no longer effectively clean. To keep your cleaning tools in top condition doing the jobs they were made to do we have to give them a quick clean now and again.
Here are the top Cleaning Tools in Our Homes that Need Cleaning
Your dishwasher should be cleaned once a month, without a monthly cleanse your clean dishes will actually be bathing in a pool of bacteria, fungi, black yeast, and even mold. Don’t wait until your dishwasher is giving off a foul odor to clean it.
To Clean Your dishwasher: Start with picking up large debris from the bottom of the drain with a rag or paper towel. Once the large stuff is out of the drain, take some white vinegar and pour it into a dishwasher safe cup and place it in the top rack of the empty dishwasher. Run the dishwasher on the hottest water setting. You can sprinkle baking soda on the bottom and run a hot setting to deodorize.
Another cleaning tool that can let off a very foul odor over time. This dark and wet environment is a favorite hang out for mold and mildew. So over time you could be wearing a whole host of germs. Ew!
To Clean Your Washing Machine:
You can kill two birds with one stone by washing your whites with bleach on the standard whites setting. The heat and bleach will kill anything trying to bread in your machine and an added bonus your whites will be sparkling clean.
You can also run an empty machine with hot water, white distilled vinegar, and baking soda. For top loading washers use 3 or 4 cups of vinegar and 1/2 cup of baking soda right in the drum. For front loading washers use 1/4 cup of vinegar in the fabric softener compartment and 4 tablespoons of baking soda in the detergent compartment.
Tips: To help prevent mold and mildew growth leave the door open between washes so things can air out. Wipe down the seal around the opening to front loading washers because mold and mildew love to hang out in there.
If you don’t clean and maintain your vacuum it is simply a dirt pusher, relocating dirt instead of sucking it up and away from the floor and furniture.
To Keep a Vacuum Clean: First make sure the canister is emptied after each use. If you have a bag, empty it when it is about half to 3/4 full. Clean the filter or replace it every six months. Check the rotating brush for hair and other string type items and remove them every so often.
If your vacuum has a funny smell take off all removable parts and wipe clean then make sure to completely dry before re-assembly. Don’t forget to clean attachments as well.
Brooms collect large amounts of debris in the bottom of the bristles. Once in a while gently wash the ends of bristles with warm water and mild detergent and air dry.
Mop heads are very similar to sponges. They have the potential to spread more germs than they could ever pick up. If you have a mop with a removable head, stick it in the washer with bleach and hot water. Wash traditional mops with dish soap and hot water and store with the head upright to let it air dry. Don’t leave a mop sitting in a bucket the moisture will sit and grow bacteria and mold.