Tips for Sanitizing Cleaning Tools

Author: Lauren Ross

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Cleaning and sanitizing the apartment is an important routine to maintain, since it keeps the home looking its best, and you, healthy.

Cleaning tools may be used for cleaning, but they are not capable of self-cleaning. Meaning, they can trap dirt and odor-causing bacteria if not properly cared for. Your cleaning and sanitizing tools will sustain longevity if washed, which means you won’t have to replace them as often.

Below are some tips for sanitizing the cleaning tools you have in your apartment:

Broom

Constant sweeping of the floors will cause the broom bristles to become very dirty. The struggle to keep the floors clean is very real, even when sweeping on a daily basis. To keep your broom lasting longer, it needs some deep cleaning every now and then.

Remove grime and loose particles by vacuuming the bristles with a round brush. Then, immerse the broom head (straw or synthetic) into a bucket of warm water and dish soap. After, rinse thoroughly and hang it upside down to dry.

Splayed bristles? Soak in warm water for about 30 seconds, then tie a rubber band at the bottom of the bristles and dry upside down for 48 hours.

Mop

Every four months you should replace your mop head. However, you can do something to extend the life of it. To sanitize a microfiber mop head, place it in the wash on the hottest temperature setting and add some mild detergent.

If you’re washing multiple mop heads at once, place them in mesh bags to keep them from knotting together. Boost the clean by adding a cup of baking soda to the load. Refrain from using fabric softener and dryer sheets, as these items will leave a weird coating on the fibers, lowering its quality.

Sponge mop heads require a different cleaning process. Soak the sponge in a bucket of hot water and vinegar for 30 minutes.

Dry microfiber and sponge heads outside, preferably in direct sunlight. Or, tumble-dry on low for microfiber mop heads.

Vacuum

The vacuum can get dusty real fast, inside and out. Before you start scrubbing, make sure the appliance is unplugged. When dealing with a bag-less vacuum, empty contents and then rinse container with mild, soapy water. Let it air-dry before you reassemble to avoid mold. For vacuums with bags, dump full bag and wipe down insides with a dry cloth.

Make sure to remove hair and dust from attachments, and then wipe down the outside with a damp cloth and suds.

Toilet Brush

Let’s be honest here – how often do any of us think about cleaning the toilet brush? You know the brush is nasty, but did you know the cleaning process is easy? Wipe the wand with a disinfecting wipe and pour about two cups of bleach into the bowl. Submerge the bristles for an hour, rinse and air-dry.

 Duster

Lambswool or feathered, both are essentially sanitized the same way. Shake off the remnants before placing the duster into a bucket of warm, slightly soapy water. Move the duster around to remove particles. Gently wring out the duster, and then rinse under a faucet until the soap is gone. Hang to dry.

After the wash, run your fingers through the feathers and fibers to give it shape again.